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Ravens

More Ravens today. There were three sitting on their perch atop the office building this morning. I saw one rise and fly off -- no flapping, just soaring -- and by the time I'd run in to grab my camera the other two were gone. No trace of where they go to. I walked down the block and looked around, checked other birds who sat up on the building.

(Comparison: sparrow -- grackle -- raven.)

I cheered yesterday morning when I heard about the Discovery landing, out loud, in my car, with the windows down, in the middle of our street. I doubt, though, I disturbed anyone, since all the houses on our block are old cinderblock houses and from my experience living in one, it takes a rather sizeable explosion to be heard inside the walls, especially with the air conditioning on.

It's been cooler, highs in the mid-80's to low 90's, which is unheardof in August, but as noted in this article, it's been a trifle humid (the other day coming home it was 75%). Now THIS is a proper Arizona monsoon season. Very sticky. Lots of rain. Although, truth to tell, even when I was little the monsoon rains never lasted all day like this. It's been more like winter rains. When I was little, a monsoon storm could whip up out of nowhere, drop a half-an-inch of rain in ten minutes, and then be gone to leave very clear, very hot skies. But I ain't complainin' about the "cool" weather. I was thinking about how nice and cool it was coming home this afternoon and the announcer at NPR said it was 93 degrees, with 64% humidity, or something like that.

Cool.

I have a pot of blackeyed peas with salt pork in the crock pot, and that will be served with skillet corn bread, and then I'm going to cobble up chocolate croissants for dessert, as we're celebrating sillymagpie's upcoming employment! Yay!

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fenchurche
Aug. 11th, 2005 12:29 am (UTC)
Guh.

Can I come over for dinner?
wildrider
Aug. 11th, 2005 04:24 am (UTC)
Soitenly! Any time! :)
fenchurche
Aug. 11th, 2005 04:29 am (UTC)
Now someone just needs to invent a matter transporter and I'll be set!
wildrider
Aug. 11th, 2005 04:36 am (UTC)
Drat. I keep forgetting those haven't been invented yet!
janetmiles
Aug. 11th, 2005 12:46 am (UTC)
Ooh! Yay for sillymagpie!

Do you still get dust storms before the monsoons? I miss dust storms.
wildrider
Aug. 11th, 2005 04:30 am (UTC)
Oh, yes, although they don't get into town much. Mostly from central Phoenix we see them on television. I don't think there's enough dust left in the middle of town... :D
nutmeg3
Aug. 11th, 2005 02:50 am (UTC)
What time is dinner? Shall I bring cold sodas?

Congrats to sillymagpie, who I hope will see this.

And yee-hah! Ravens!

(If only lj had a bullet point feature I would clearly be an extremely happy puppy.)
wildrider
Aug. 11th, 2005 04:29 am (UTC)
Plenty of soda, and even found diet root beer, which isn't quite as rich as regular, but, you know, zero calories and all. :)

Which is, of course, very important when eating huge slabs of cornbread...
nutmeg3
Aug. 11th, 2005 04:33 am (UTC)
As a matter of fact, it is. I had dinner at B&N last night: a giant shortbread sugar cookie and a Diet Pepsi. It wouldn't have been right not to have diet.
wildrider
Aug. 11th, 2005 04:37 am (UTC)
I was being serious! I drink Diet Coke with my Big Mac and Fries. :) Saves a huge number of calories. (Seriously, back in college, I lost thirty pounds in two months just by switching from Coke to Diet.)
nutmeg3
Aug. 11th, 2005 04:47 am (UTC)
I was serious, too. I always drink diet. It can't hurt. *g*
(Anonymous)
Aug. 11th, 2005 05:23 am (UTC)
Yay, Maggie! And I miss your cookin'.... :(
tiirz
Aug. 11th, 2005 05:24 am (UTC)
Ooops, that was me...
wildrider
Aug. 11th, 2005 12:24 pm (UTC)
I've had that happen once or twice. "What do you mean, I'm not logged in!"

We miss you guys, too! :(
sillymagpie
Aug. 11th, 2005 06:22 am (UTC)
Not just black-eyed peas cooked with salt pork, but cornbread baked in the skillet used for frying the salt pork. Muy yummers! I love beans and cornbread. I put the beans and juice over the cornbread, but I notice that rahirah and wildrider don't. But how else do you soak up all the lovely bean juice?

Plus we had diet root beer. Not bad. There's something about root beer and summer that makes me nostalgic.

Thanks for all the congrats on the job! Tomorrow I go in and fill out HR forms. I start on Monday (Aug. 18). Since I'm rejoining my old company, my vacation and benefits pick up where I left off, so I'm starting with over five years of service behind me. :-)
wildrider
Aug. 11th, 2005 12:25 pm (UTC)
I like it with butter! But I do crumble up some in the bean juice, of course!
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