There was a time when we endeavored to remember to take the trash out because of the fruitflies. That was before ThinkTank, aka The Thing That Lurks. To be fair, it wasn’t kind of me to leave a chicken carcass (see that empty tinfoil up there?), garlic bread and watermelon in the trash. Tellingly, the watermelon was thrown away because it was an especially bad one – crisp and juicy, but almost totally without sugar. You’ll notice the dog didn’t bother with it, even though she loves fruit.
We punished her by baking a peach pie and then eating it in front of her without sharing. According to the SPCA, this does not qualify as abuse.
Later her only dog friend, Vivian, came over for play time. Vivian is very sweet and good-natured, and therefore the only dog that can tolerate Tank’s excessively troglodytic bullying. In all seriousness: Tank’s method of engaging another dog in play is to run up to them, punch them in the butt (as seen below) and then bark 1 inch from their face. Leave it to us to find a dog even more socially retarded than we are.
In news that has resulted in my declaration that I am not going to waste money on plants next year, this happened to my tomato plants:
The internet seems to think that it is caused by bacteria, and that the only way tomatoes get it is through physical contact. Since I planted them in fresh garden soil and new pots, the prevailing belief is that the tomatoes were infected from the plant nursery. Which makes me pretty cheesed, let me tell you. I used to like gardening, but I’m starting to think I like catching the subway to the farmer’s market more.
This is a terrible photo, but the best I can get of the neighbor’s tree that fell over onto their gazebo on Sunday during a wind storm. It was a beautiful day, warm and blue-skied, but windy. We had been playing Portal 2 for something like 6 hours when there was a loud crack, the ground shook and the lights flickered. The Viking’s response? “It was just a trashcan or something.” I swear he said this.
We’re talking about a man who once reached for a weapon when he heard the mailman put mail in the box. TRUE.