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ITIWBS Posted Last Week
Today's prospect of a 20% chance of rain failed to materialize where I am, though there was distant thunder and I could see a cloudburst on the other side of the Salton Sea, about 15mi/24km away.
It rained last time there was a 20% chance forecast and probably rained in the western part of the Coachella Valley at the base of the Santa Rosa Mts., visibility too low for me to say for sure.
Instead, in the same time frame as rain had been predicted, there was a brief spate of gale force monsoonal winds coming up from the south off the Sea of Cortez, kicking up a local dust storm where I am.
Its trash day and I still had the recyclables bin out on the street.
It was blown across the street to a neighbor's frontage and I had to hose a quarter inch/half cm of wind blown dust out of it before I put it away.
Thankfully, the recyclables had already been picked before the wind hit.
The winds also blew over a stack of old shipping pallets I use for a foudation for flower pots to prevent plants in flowerpots from rooting in the ground.
Wind still blowing briskly, but no longer gale force.
Today's high by my own thermometer 83F/28C, 15F/8C lower than forecast.
Caught a glimpse today of the resident desert racer serpent, who has an annual litter of snake kits under the front porch.
Saw her mate a few days ago, venerable and motley colored old fellow with pale, sandy colored neck wattles rather like those of a turkey.
Both have been on the lot longer than the house has been.
I've got to go and give the place another quick looking over for wind damage before it gets dark.
cactuscafe Posted 5 Days Ago
Great wind report, atmospheric, I can feel the dust in mine eyes. Is this a regular winds? Do people go crazy?
There's a wind in .. in .. is it Italy? sends people crazy. Some kind of Mistral. Or perhaps it's not Italy. Or is it the Sirocco? Or perhaps it doesn't send people crazy.
. Well, that was a decisive and informed posting.
I've experienced the Meltami wind in Greece. That sent me a bit crazy, when it rattles rattles rattles the windows, and sand in the eyes everywhere you go.
Desert racer kitties? Are they tiny? Little snaky kitties.
And Peanut has her kitties. Like, cat kitties.
Bank holiday. Caught some late summer sun on the beach yesterday. Swam in the sea. Amazing.
Been walking through town, writing prose poetry and songs in my head, whilst thinking about the extraordinary in the ordinary, and the other way round.
Walking through town, Autumn is rustling in the trees. Warm greengold sunlight makes me so joyous I write a song in my head somewhere between the bakery and the bench in the park. A chi dog trots past, looks at me quizzically, makes me chuckle.
A billboard outside the newsagent crashes into my horizon. The headline atrocities make me so sick I have to sit on the bench for a while.
Through my fever I read the copperplate inscription, for Dorothy and Bill who loved this park. Ah love! Thankyou Dorothy and Bill, you bring me hope, thankyou for this bench, and I am warm enough to walk on.
Oh, have to go have lunch.
Elektragheorgheni -Please read 'The Post' Posted 5 Days Ago
ITIWBS Posted 5 Days Ago
Desert racer snake kits, newborn (they're born alive, rather than hatched from eggs), have about the dimensions of a number 2 writing pencil and the ones I've seen so far are typically either a pale sandy color that blends very well with the local desert sand, or they're striped alternately in sandy colored and old copper colored bands, unlike their mother, who's almost entirely the color of old copper metal, except for some black brindling around her throat, and their father, who is so motley as almost to defy description.
Their color seems to get more motley and variegated with increasing age, with especially an increase in black brindling.
One year, shortly after the snake kits made their debut, I was hosing off a concrete slab at the bottom of my front steps and the snake kits were lining up, rushing it at high speed and hydroplaning across in the thin film of water on the surface.
I accomodated them, keeping the water flowing until they got tired of the game.
Unlike many desert creatures, they don't seem to mind very much getting wet.
They're non-venomous, subsist primarily on crickets and other ground dwelling insects in the same size range and very adept at staying concealed.
Willem Posted 3 Days Ago
I like snakes, venomous or non-venomous! I've seen several different non-venomous species over here in my garden.
minorvogonpoet Posted 2 Days Ago
We just get rats.
I used to hang fatballs for the birds from a washing line which ran close to a magnolia tree. I noticed the fat balls were going very quickly. One morning I saw a big, brown rat hanging on the fatball container with as much dexterity as the birds. I took it down.
My first reaction was to hate rats - dirty things which get everywhere and spread infections. But it struck me they're very like humans - intelligent, sociable and omniverous. And they do well because we waste things.
ITIWBS Posted 2 Days Ago
Rodents are a strong argument in favor of rattlesnakes.
Without rattlesnakes, rodents tend to get out of control.
cactuscafe Posted 2 Days Ago
I love the colour descriptions of the desert racer kits, ITI, thanks! I can't believe they like hyroplaning! That's so adorable.
What other creatures like playing? Do all creatures play? Kittens, yes, pups, yes. Lion cubs? Yes, I think so. Dolphins? .
Play is so great. I like playing, despite the loss of my cool. Yesterday my niece and I were having a great fool about in the swimming pool, leaping and flipping like a couple of mad fish. . heheh. Even though we're supposed to be grown ups. Who says grown ups can't play?
Do other grown up creatures play? Or is it just cubs and kitties?
Rats! . Where are the rats? What?? I have to change postings, I saw rats, now I lost them.
cactuscafe Posted 2 Days Ago
hah! found mvp's rats! heheh.
Yes, rats. If I saw a rat in the house I'd probably go eeeek and call the police , because I'm a girl , but rats, yes I think they are very intelligent really, and there's a part of me that could chat with a rat.
I'm reading The Salmon of Doubt at the moment. Really funny. The first few chapters that were intended for the next Dirk Gently novel. the bit about the half cat. That was so funny I laughed very out loud in the swimming pool cafe, and people looked over at me and smiled caringly.
cactuscafe Posted 5 Hours Ago
I'm also reading the Moomin comics. . I never read them before. The original strips, by Tove Jansson. Published in newspapers in London, in the 50s.
Very interesting woman is Tove Jansson.
I never was attracted to the Moomins before, but my niece bought The Summer Book, also by Tove Jansson, which has been in print since the 70s, translated into lots of languages, so I checked up on the authoress and found she was the creator of the Moomins.
I'm not really into the Moomin books or the film, is there a film? I know there's an entire Moomin store in Covent Garden in London . I'm not really into that either. I just like the original vintage comic strips, the drawings are so amaaaazing.
I had this realisation today which is so pretentious I think I might spend the entire week avoiding myself. . I was thinking about taking photos, and I realised that, for me, a photo is half created by the camera, the way a camera manipulates light, but it is half lit by an inner light, like, a strange light that comes from my souuuul. My what? My soul. Like with writing, and making music. Same thing.
Even though I'm going to avoid myself , I'm quite into it really.
cactuscafe Posted 4 Hours Ago
Have you read The Summer Book, mvp? By Tove Jansson. I think it might be your kind of book.
minorvogonpoet Posted 3 Hours Ago
Thanks cc, I'll look out for it.
I've been rereading Joanne Harris's 'Chocolat' and 'Lollipop Shoes'. I think the first is gorgeous - so much sensual description, but I'm not sure about the second.
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