May 2021 Extras

May 31, 2021

Here are some photos and thoughts from May that were a little thin for their own posts.

But what a washout this weekend was. Teeming rain and highs in the high 40s. This sounds weird, but my ears are messed up from the pressure changes.

I am experimenting with pour-over coffee. So far, so good, but I still miss my usual Fancy Coffee Friday expeditions. Soon.

a pour-over contraption on top of a coffee cup

The garden continues to grow, and I may have some strawberries to show for it soon.

tiny green strawberries on a plant.
Three tiny strawberries!

A few years back we found a birdbath underneath the tangle of ivy in our back yard. We put it back together, added some soil, rocks, and one of WM’s Jizo statues, and now each spring Nature gives us a new little garden.

a birdbath garden of moss and tiny green plants
It looks its best in the damp, early days of spring.

A bird family built a nest above our porch and because my house is a split-level, we had a great view of the nest the entire time.They hatched four baby birds who all safely left the nest. I miss them!

one peeved baby bird peeking out of the nest at the weird lady who keeps trying to take their picture.
One hungry baby bird. The other three were hunkered down in the nest.

And two memes I saved and shared with others…

meme: getting one dose of Pfizer and one dose of Moderna is called an Arnold Pharma
I really had misspelled memes.
Housing market of 2021 - image of a child's plastic playhouse with "New Listing Coming Soon - $299,900"

We still do not have a third dog. We’re not applying for every single dog we see, but we have been rejected from every dog we’ve applied for. Fun. At least the latest rescue emailed a rejection. For the record, that was for a 15 week old black cocker spaniel pup named Murphy, which would have brought immediate and welcomed chaos.

The NYT Crossword puzzle streak, as of the end of May is 162 which blows my mind. I allow myself to Google 2 answers per puzzle, and I can’t remember when I last used both. I think it’s been weeks since I’ve Googled one answer. I estimate that there are about 150 stock answers to clues and once you memorize them, you’re pretty well on track to solve any puzzle. The Duolingo streak is up to 42. That streak I’m not as attached to. The week off of Duolingo at the beginning of April was muy bueno and I think it helped me not burn out altogether.

Onto June, where I have 4 social events, 2 doctor appointments, and 1 hair appointment and I’m more than a little worried about exhausting myself.

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  • Gina D May 31, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    Your meme about the housing market made me lol. We’ve been casually searching for another home and it has been beyond ridiculous.