Yes, I've been missing. Computer problems again. After some difficulty and various try and fail, try and succeed, try and fail again, I think I have narrowed down my problems to a faulty digital cable running between my computer and my monitor. So I'm using an analog cable right now which is less than perfect but it works. My screen is narrowed by about an inch and a quarter on each side and the fonts are a little fuzzy but it works. So here I am.
It has been warm here. At a little after 5 p.m., it's 98 outside right now. The high was 101 earlier. It's been hovering right around 100 degrees every day for about a week. And this is only May. There will come a slight monsoon season sometime this summer, as I recall, but I can't tell you when. And it may be more dust storms than actual rain.
So the heat is on and we put up with it. It is still pleasant to sit out on the patio in the mornings and so I do. We've had another problem with tiny red ants. But our gardener says they don't damage the plants but SWMBO has been waging war with them with Spectracide, Triazicide and I have contributed Andron. They seemed to be largely defeated this morning though there were still some wandering in confused circles.
A Gila woodpecker has been hammering away at our tallest palm tree and appears to have built a nest. I can hear him (hell, the whole neighborhood can hear him) screaming from time to time. I'm not sure if that's a call to a prospective mate or just frustration on his part.
And yesterday morning one of the several mockingbirds who seem to have taken possession of our neighborhood was going through his entire litany of song atop a neighbor's roof. They have an amazing number of different calls and songs.
Then there are sparrows and finches and the monotonous mourning doves. And a starling or two and who knows what else. Perhaps I'll name this residence Birdland! I wonder what the birds would think if I began blasting out some Dizzy Gillespie tunes at them. I wonder what our neighbors would think. Perhaps that's not such a good idea.
Best leave the entertainment to the birds.
As mundane as this post is . . it's good to be back.