Ahem... just for the record, us "redneck girls" do NOT seek plumber's butts. Eeeuuwwwww... "Wrangler butts drive us nuts."
Have you had a Doberman hair yet? This has happened to me several times already where I was walking and suddenly felt a sharp pain in the ball of my foot. Upon close examination with proper lighting and a magnifying glass, I could see a hair lodged in the skin. How those hairs get into the tough skin on the bottom of the foot is beyond me but it hurts so include me in the sissy club
OMG, those hairs are the WORST! They hurt like nothing else! And I've also always been mystified how they get into that thick skin. It's a dobermystery for sure.
Juniper, barberry and lavender seem to be the standbys here. I like the lavender I've seen, it grows well--but it's lavender. I don't think it would look good with my color house/brick/deck. I already have barberry on the front of the house, and juniper is....juniper. Lots of sizes and some different growth patterns and textures, but still....juniper. It's kinda overdone here.
What variety of lavender, might I ask? I've been trying to get lavender to grow here (Zone 4) and I always lose it the first or second winter. I can keep it a full year if I bury it in hay in a chickenwire cage, but by the second winter, it always croaks. I like to use lavender in my soaps sometimes, but I don't want to use store-bought if I don't have to. So, if you know what specific type of lavender you have, please tell me? Pretty please? With sugar on top?
Wait, I just did a search for cold hardy lavender and besides the Munstead (which I have reliably killed three times in a row) there's now something called "Phenomenal" which is a hybrid and *supposedly* hardy even down to Zone 3, with winter protection. I might see if I can find some of that. From what I read, it grows taller and has longer flower spikes as well. But seriously, I live in South Dakota, so it might be some time before the nurseries here even hear about it, much less stock it. Well, I'll check.
Just watched the transit of Starlink satellites across the sky. There were about 60 launched earlier today. They traveled in a stream--I could see about 8-10 individual dots about the brightness of an average star (about like the North Star), but there was also a thin sorta glow between them making a sort of streak--the rest of the satellites. It wasn't totally dark yet and there was a very thin haze, so that was what my eyes could distinguish. They went straight overhead--first showed up at about 35 degrees above the horizon and disappeared at about that same angle on the "other side" of the sky.
This picture is from another launch a few months ago, but this is what they looked like (this video was made into a gif so it is very short before it repeats, but they actually travelled steadily across the sky)
If it were closer to Christmas time and my kids were still little, I could have told my kids it was Santa, his sleigh and his reindeers out for a test run.
What the heck are those for? 60 all at one time?
Man, sometimes I really miss the 60s.
On a completely DIFFERENT note, I just heard some clunking behind me in the living room and turned around to see the newest little baby kitten (I'm sure he barely weighs a pound yet) on the end table, playing with his reflection in the brass lamp. He thinks there's another kitten in there! I guess he got bored, he couldn't get the other kitten to come out of the lamp, so he knocked over the box of tissues and jumped off the table.
Correction - I just weighed him (I got curious) and he weighs 23 ounces, so he's almost a pound and a half! He's finally putting on some weight, yay!