Thursday, June 16, 2016

Thursday This n That

I'd forgotten how much I like crawdads.  (Crayfish, crawfish, crawdaddies... whatever you prefer.)  Not to eat!  To watch.  They're like little freshwater lobsters.  We used to dig for them at the bottom of the hill behind our property.  Yes, dig.  We lived near a couple swampy areas and somehow the crayfish would be there in the dirt.  Not sure how or why.  I'd totally forgotten about all of that until the other day when I went fishing and saw a couple crawdads in this little pool I was using to wash my hands.  Lucky for me, I saw them before I put my hands near their hiding spots.  Crawdads pinch hard.  Yesterday, I saw another one in a different spot.  It was huge as crawdads go.  Probably 6-8 inches.  See if you can spot him in this pic:
(Hint: upper right, partially under a rock.)

I've decided that sanity has taken a staycation this year.  I don't believe it's left the world entirely.  I just think it's not working right now.  What does one do when sanity has stopped working?  Muddle through.  Carry on.  Go somewhere and sit on a rock and watch nature. 

It's too freaking hot right now.  Mid to upper 90s for the foreseeable future.  This means everything I want to do will be limited to the mornings.  Which isn't that much of a relief.  It's already 76F here headed toward 98F.  Umm, yah.  As soon as Hubs gets up, I have to get ready to go to Wallyworld.  Ugh.  Kind of craps out fishing.  I went picture taking at 6:30 yesterday morning.  In no time, I was soaking wet with sweat.  Yep.  Bleh.

In the summertime, I take a cooler with me when I go shopping.  It's the only way to get the ice cream home without it melting.  Or the milk home without shortening its life by several days.  I absolutely hate when milk goes bad before the sell-by date.  Ticks me right off.

What's on your mind today?


  1. I'm still wading through paperwork and email. Have to get to the post office to mail off an addendum to one of my contracts. My first Desire will be released in Sweden in audio (already in print/digital) this fall and the original contract didn't cover audio rights. I'm excited.

    But hot! 112 heat index hot. I hate it. And here it is noon and I'm behind. The story of my life.

    The world has gone over the edge. I hope it finds its way back. :(

    1. Ugh, paperwork. I don't understand how any of that contracty stuff works. I'm excited for you about the Sweden thing! Go you!

      Yeah, we hit 110 heat index yesterday. Bleh.

      You and me both. :hugs:

  2. It's hot here, too, but only 95 with a 107 heat index. I take a cooler when I go shopping, too. One time my brother decided to bring me chocolate chips, but by the time he got here, I had a bag of well-melted chocolate. I made my own chocolate bars. :-)

    Hereabouts, crawdads dig holes in dry creek beds when it rains, then hide throughout the summer drought deep underground. The only time I've actually seen one was when it rained 15" in one day.

    1. Ew, sorry about your heat, Deb. I wouldn't wish this on anyone. LOL about the chocolate brick. Good thing you found a way to make something with it.

      Ah, yes, that would explain the crawdad digging. Fifteen inches in one day??? Yuck.

  3. I've never seen a crawdad and if you hadn't given the hint, I'd never have spotted him.

    I'm so glad you're having the heat - I don't do well in the heat. We've had nothing but rain, torrential at times, in my part of the UK for a couple of weeks now. The thunder has been epic. Only half way through and it's the wettest June on record. I love to watch Mother Nature kick ass, and between you & me I sometimes want to run out and dance naked in the rain. I wouldn't because fat & fifty dancing (no jiggling) naked anywhere isn't a good look, but the primal part of me wants to.

    I'm having a birthday next week and planning dinner out with some friends at a casino in the next town. They have a great restaurant and we get 20% for my birthday, then I give myself the huge sum of £20.00 to play with. Such a gambler huh?

    1. I just googled crayfish in Britain, and it looks like you only have one native kind, Fran - the white-clawed crayfish.

      LOL, yeah, I don't do well in heat either, but I do worse in cold, so it's all good. Ugh, I hope you don't get bad flooding because of all the rain. I alos get the urge to run out and dance in the rain - but not naked. Don't want to give the neighbor a free show.

      Happy Early Birthday!! I hope you have a great time with your friends and loads of fun gambling. I'm the same way. I take $20 and when that's gone, I stop. We're such rebels. ;o)