Thursday, September 3, 2009

rambling brain mush, shaken not stirred.

My blogging muscles have atrophied. I've been meaning, trying to post all week but just haven't found anything to post about. So I'll just post any way. Just to get the ball rolling here.

It's been a good summer - not great or fantastic, but good. The weathers been summer-y but not all out SUMMER, well except for that one week of 100*+ temps that did a number on the ferns and hostas I planted, but they survived and so did I.

Work has been busy, which is good. There was at a luncheon put on by one of the general contractors we work with about week ago, kind of a round table discussion on ways to bring in more business in this 'recession'. Many of the people/companies at the table are really having a tough time finding work. We've been fortunate, with the exception of a slow spring when no one was spending money were doing ok.

I love being in our new building. Little things like not having to move boxes to open a file cabinet to big things like having a big park and river side to walk during lunch or when I just want to get out of the office for a minute. The local mall is just down the road but I've been saving that for lunch hours when the weather turns on us. It's been fun getting to know the neighborhood feral cats. There's about 1/2 dozen of them. All skinny and skulking around. Their really not feral per say - as they will come up to you and let you pet them. Poor flee infested things that they are. There's also a group of five kittens (so tiny) in a bramble patch across the road. We called the Human Society but they aren't taking any more animals due to budget problems. Calling Animal Control is pretty much a death sentence (the county is pulling their budget as well) so we didn't try them. I know the right thing to do is to have them taken in, I just can't do it.

I took a walk over by the river after lunch today. Watch a train carrying Boeing fuselages from the Renton plant into Seattle to get their wings, tails and wheels put on before being flown up to Everett (Say hi Moohaa!) to get their paint jobs before being delivered to customers. While i was looking across the river at that I noticed a family of raccoons washing their faces in the river. Looked like parents and an adolescent. The big one spied me across the river and told the others o high tail it for the underbrush. They were fun to see.

I was driving back from having coffee with a blogger friend yesterday and drove by Boeing Field. There are like 20 planes sitting down there all painted and ready to go. Something I've never noticed before, they usually move those puppies right out. It made me wonder if customers are delaying taking ownership of the planes or something. Then about 1/2 a mile further down the road I went by the Union Pacific rail yard. There's about 50 idle engines sitting on the tracks. Again, something I've never seen. Makes me wonder if the recession is as 'over' as the nice folks in the administration would like us to think.

I've had a lot of fun gardening this year. Tomatoes came in awesome, Corn that wasn't suppose to be midget, but is, I haven't tried yet as he years arn't big enough and probably won't ever be. The peppers came out great and the peas, but I didn't plant enough of those - I'll know better next year. Strawberries were great but we didn't get many. Meaning Jay & I didn't get many. Bear can pick his own and does.

"Bear's Farm" now has 7 resident goats. Jay's been 'working' on me for weeks/months to get a registered doe so he can raise & sell registered kids. I finally caved. I was sitting outside on night and just got to thinking: Who am I to stop him? he does the majority of the work with them so what am I bitching about? - I won't bore you with my list of REALLY good reasons why we didn't need another goat. The two youngest babies are already promised by way of a craigslist connection Jay made. So we'll wait and see if that really works out. Anyway, Jay's got his new baby Cinnamon and he's happy. He (we) bought me a laptop and wireless router to keep me quite about it. Which might work for a short time.

I hope you all had nice summers - I intend to be a little more present around here after being a flake for the last 3 months. Just be happy I made that promise not to rant about politics a year ago, there's so much political crap going on out there it's hard sometimes to keep my yap shut!



Kathy said...

Well howdy!!!!
Nice to see you back!
Sounds like you've had a good summer, indeed! I'm not sure what I'd do about the kitties. That just breaks my heart.

Golden To Silver Val said...

I'm almost speechless! I've missed you bunches Mister! I hope you will post more now and keep us up to date on the happenings. I couldn't even find you on Messenger! You certainly did make yourself least to some of us. Ahem. Well, glad you're back and glad your summer has been about some pics of the kids and Jay's new one....does Mr. Deeds have a gleam in his eye?

Summer said...

I've been a crappy blogger myself this summer. Not feeling so hot and my computer is half dead. I hope to be more attentive when it gets a little darker out.

Gawd I hate saying that. I LOVE summer!

Jamie said...

I am so happy to see you back - see, your "fan club" needs you.

Yes, I'm with you on politics, and no---I can't rant and rave about it either, but no matter what side of the fence you're on, there are some interesting, scary, just plain weird things happening!

I don't like to hear about the kitties either, it is heartbreaking.

Have an awesome weekend Brad - yea for three day weekends!

Hugs. :)

Karen said...

I am with all the other happy to see you back posting again, even though I'm taking a break.
So sad about the kittens.

Boxer said...

yay! You're back.

I want to come over with my video camera and get some footage of those goats!!!

Reading about the cats makes me want to go rescue them too, but where would I put five kittens in my office? I used to put out large bags of food for the ferals in my 'hood. I don't know if it helped, but it made me feel better.

Minnie said...

Send the kittens and 'ferals' here...we'll have them:o) Pity you can't 'orb' them over!

Can't you keep them? 6 cats is not that bad...honestly:o))) lol

meno said...

Well HI Brad! Nice to hear from you.

Just say "NO" to more goats.

Cheryl said...

All you have to do it talk to blog, and you're good at that. Don't stay away! You've got friends who miss you.


so happy to see your words here!! I felt as though I just took a walk with you from your words! I miss you--lots and lots.

me xxxo

Scarlet said...

I always pop in at the right time, right after you post. :)

You have nature and fresh food all around you and that's what I love about your write about everyday life.

The river, the racoons, planes, trains...and tomatoes!

Btw, would you like some avacados to go with your tomatoes?? I also have a banana tree in the backyard. If only we could swap. I LOVE tomatoes!!

Happy Sunday and enjoy your Labor Day!

Moohaa said...

It's so good to see you back here! Ahh.. it's like having a friend come back home after a long absence. Oh wait, that's exactly what it is. :)

I emailed you a while back, did you ever get that? Take care!

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

It's good to catch up with you. I'm glad you had a good summer.

Lynx217 said...

I don't think many of us were good bloggers this summer, I know I wasn't! But regardless, glad to know you're ok. Try not to be a stranger!

SOUL: said...

hello again :))
i've missed you.
and i enjoyed your update--- keep posting k?
love ya buddy

Leann said...

It sure is nice to see you back! I've missed you.

I'm sure we could all lement for quite some time on the politics and nonesense that accompanies it.

It sounds like you've had a nice summer. I know how nice it is to have a walking path and pretty places to go and unwind for a bit.

Take care and I look forward to reading more of the goats and feral cats. Poor babies.

Real Live Lesbian said...

Hi Brad! Nice to see you back! Blog when you can...of course, I'd love to see some pics of that garden! :)

Leann said...

Hey brain mush...........what's going on :-) (hugzz)

Miss Purdue said...

Hey Uncle Brad,

Just checking in. First spare minute I had in the last TWELVE months. Yep - she's one!

Glad to read your blog. It made me smile. I've missed you.

Miss P x x x

Jamie said...

Come back Shane!! (er..brad...)

Missing your words of wisdom.

Hugs. :)

Leann said...

**tap tap tap*** are you in here??Braddddddddd *echo echo echo**

SOUL: said...

just sayin hiiiiiii :))

Hope4Grace said...

Dear Brad........

Get on messenger tomorrow so I can start the process of catching you up, and I promise you can yell at me first.....


Tina... said...

box up one of the feral cats, no kittens....ours ran away and I really miss having a cat around. or you could just fly her to me cause i'm your best friend.

Smocha said...

Where the heck are you? It has been a month since you updated this thing!

Shame ,shame!

Grit said...

i keep popping back and still no sign... has blogland lost you to some other cause?!