August 19th, 2018



It's a little after 2 AM and I'm trying to work.  So I have the light on.  Apparently I have woken up the cardinal who lives in the bush outside my window.  He is now pecking on the glass and screaming "Jerk! Jerk! Jerk!" at me, like a neighbor banging on the ceiling with a broom.

What the fuck, dude.  I have the light on almost every night at this time.  There are dozens of other places in the yard where you could sleep in the dark.  Go find one.

EDIT 2:25 AM: My temporally confused neighbor is now attempting a full courting song.  I suspect his mate will shortly wing him in the nuts and direct him to find another bush.

Sunday Yardening

Today is warm and cloudy.  I went outside to remove a mushroom.

I also took some pictures.  My pink gladiolus is still blooming and a scarlet one is budding.  :D  Something else under them is putting out white, bell-shaped flowers.

When I got to the end of the south lot, I startled a deer in the road. <3  It galloped away, white flag flying, and then bounded.  It stayed on the margin for a long time, until it got down to the cornfield.

As I was walking past the white garden, I smelled an unfamiliar fetid odor.  Having seen stinkhorns recently in Champaign, I thought of them.  When I checked the nearest mulch pile, there they were, skinny red fungi that look like doggy dicks.  <3 my detritus food web.

In the prairie garden, the cup plants are still blooming like mad.  Blackberry lilies are done.  Hardly any action from coneflowers this year.  :(  Zinnias are going nuts, though.  Monarch butterflies are everywhere, some of them mating.  That made me think to check the milkweed and I found a caterpillar.  \o/

Poem: "Where Symbols Had the Power"

This was the perk poem for the August 7, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was originally hosted by DW user Dialecticdreamer. It came out of the July 3, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from DW user Zeeth_kyrah. It also fills the "Wise Men" ysquare in my 7-1-18 card for the Winterfest in July Bingo.

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Half-Price Sale in Polychrome Heroics

There will be a half-price sale from Monday, August 20 through Sunday, August 26 in Polychrome Heroics.  It's just a half-price sale, without the quarter-price option, since there still isn't a large amount of backstock.  At present, there are three open epics, so I don't want to open another until at least one of these concludes.  However, folks can still form a pool if they wish.  There will be several more poems about the raid on the Umsetzung Complex.