|It has been a busy Saturday morning here at the Thompson
Techno Grotto. I got up at a more reasonable 7:45 this morning. I actually
woke up around 7 but snoozed another 45 minutes just because I could.
After reading the paper and eating a bowl of cereal I headed out to the
I started in the front patching and repairing some bare spots with
dirt, seed, and pellets. These new pellets work in place of straw to keep
the seed moist and from washing. They are supposed to expand when they get
wet releasing fertilizer and eventually breaking down into the soil.
Afterward I used the drop spreader to go over the whole front and side
with the grass seed.
Moving to the back I had several very large dead areas from the
drought. Again, I patched and seeded then did the whole yard. In between
working I took a break to play ball with the dogs. After they went in and
rested for awhile Malcolm was barking at the downstairs French doors to
come out and help. While I used the tree loppers to cut some branches from
the red bud tree I let Malcolm and Duncan out to help. As each large
branch fell Malcolm would grab it and go flying across the yard with it to
spot he thought appropriate for piling them up. He did this about five
times finally wearing himself out after dragging, shaking, the them systematically
ripping the large limbs into smaller ones. He actually went over to the
basement door and asked to be let in.
I dragged the limbs to the curb then cleaned up the mess he made of the
smaller branches and leaves. I also cut a few branches from the front
weeping cherry tree. It has been so dry this summer the bag worms got into
both the cherry and red bud. I cut the worm bags down and trimmed some low hanging
After getting all the tools and bags of the lawn stuff put away I
washed the spreader then watered down the patched areas good. The whole
purpose of this exercise this morning was the forecast of rain showers
this afternoon and tonight starting around noon. When I finished up about
12:15 the sun was and still is shinning with no rain in sight at this
After I shower and lunch I need to spend some time doing stuff here at
my desk. Bob had done the laundry and is working on his power supply
chapter. I shall take dog duty for the remainder of the afternoon to let
him work without interruption.
The temperatures this morning were fairly nice with only highs in the
low 80's and not much humidity. There was a nice breeze blowing off and on
making it tolerable to be outdoors working.
Last night I started the second book in the Sarah Andrews series
featuring the geologist Em Hanson. As I mentioned in the review of the
first book, Tensleep, at the very end she was promoted as a
geologist for the Blackfeet Oil Company she was doing the contract work
for as a mud logger on an oil drilling site.
In this book, her promotion has taken her to their main headquarters in
Denver where she has exchanged jeans and t-shirts for skirts and hose.
YUCK! I hate skirts and hose. Anyway, the first day on the job a man goes
sailing out of the 16th floor window of her building. A week later, an
engineer she works with on her floor also went sailing out of the same
window. Em begins to wonder what is up...suicides or murder. Her first
week on the job she has not found anyone being overly friendly. Having only a
four year degree in geology, Em cannot understand why she was hired to
replace her good friend Bill, who was murdered in Tensleep. Bill
had a masters and years of experience. Finally, after three days, Em is
given an oil drilling site to monitor but things do not seem to be
right about the entire project.
While Em is living in Denver she is staying with Bill's widow, with
whom she became good friends during Em's investigation of Bill's death.
Em really hates Denver, missing the wide open spaces of Wyoming but seems
to be willing to try to adjust her hatred of big cities.