Pootie doesn’t live here anymore

99° in the shade today. 101° heat index.

It’s almost dark here and the temp has dropped a bit. The animals and I are stirring after a few hours of zoning out enjoying the synergy of the AC and ceiling fan. Doing some low-energy mulitasking, knocking out some laundry and dishes.  All while waiting for some chicken to marinate.

Worked at Job 2 yesterday and today. Trying to wring some weekend out of this tail end of a Sunday night by making some lo mein and catching up on this week’s DVR harvest.

It’s been just a few weeks shy of two years since I moved in. One more time, I realize I’m starting to recognize this place as home.

Sunday morning coming down video: I ain’t up to my baby tonight

Fell into this over @ Adrastos last week and have been dipping into it liberally since, for more than one reason, though climatology overarches all.

Here at casa virgo, the livestock are spread out in Dali-esque pools, the ceiling fans are rumbling, and I’m trying to stick to my guns and keep the AC off till late afternoon. Like the coffee table in the video, mine is crowded. Except it’s with laundry that needs folding. Thus, I distract myself.

Cause it’s hot, ya’ll.

Hey, it’s as good an ethos as any. Plus, subtext.

Love thy neighbor. Do it now.

Our neighbors in the midsouth states need our help. They are reeling from the hellish storms of two days ago.

55 dead. More than that injured. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people likely homeless.

The news will only get worse.

Monkeyfister has some direct links for regional and local relief, and promises updates. Stay tuned there.

Don’t forget the animals: Noah’s Wish and American Humane Society Disaster Response.

AP photo



Not like I don’t live in one of the warmer regions of the country or anything, but today was one of those cold and gray rainy days — I couldn’t get warm and all I wanted to do was go home and crawl back in bed with (as an old dyke friend used to say) a book, or someone who’s read one.

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Watching 93L

Stay tuned to Jeff Master’s Wunderblog tomorrow morning for an update on low pressure area 93L, currently dancing around the southwest coast of Florida.

The concern re this system is that several of the models show it aiming for the  Lousiana coast, thusly:

Even if it gets no stronger than a tropical depression, this would not be good….

(h/t Ivy, and Gentilly Girl)


Too early to tell but…damn:


Jeff Masters’ Wunder Blog : Weather Underground

and the
Tropical Storm: Tracking Map : Weather Underground

Then and Now

Today is the 37th anniversary of Hurricane Celia’s landfall on the Texas Coast. Despite its small size, Celia was the costliest hurricane in Texas history, due to intense localized wind gusts, tornado-like microbursts, within the storm system that left anything they touched literally reduced to splinters. Infrastructure, commercial structures, homes, boats and automobiles were demolished.

The wind gusts were confined to small areas “looking almost like a tiger’s claw” over the city of Corpus Christi. One man, in his description of the wind burst, stated the sound of the gust was “like a giant hammer hitting the building.”

In the two years since Katrina, I’ve blogged here and posted elsewhere about my family’s experience during Celia. Long story short, it destroyed our home and my parents’ livelihood.

Even though they lost everything they’d spent their life working for, my parents were able to get back on their feet relatively quickly, in a new house on the same spot in just under a year.

That was then.  This is now.

Image: PBS

Yesterday, the welfare of the corporate state was  again placed above the lives of thousands still scrambling to recover, two years after Katrina.:

NEW ORLEANS – Hurricane Katrina victims whose homes and businesses were destroyed when floodwaters breached levees in the 2005 storm cannot recover money from their insurance companies for the damages, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

The case could affect thousands of rebuilding residents and business owners in Louisiana. Robert Hartwig, chief economist at the industry-funded Insurance Information Institute in New York, said in June that a ruling against the industry could have cost insurers $1 billion.

So instead, the huge insurance companies and their parent corporations continue, intact, to prosper, while the financial burdens of recovery and rebuilding will be carried on the shoulders of individual homeowners, businesses and other entities in the hard-hit communities along the Louisiana coast and in New Orleans.

And it dripped in my head and flowed into my brain


I opened my eyes
And looked up at the rain,
And it dripped in my head
And flowed into my brain,
And all that I hear as I lie in my bed
Is the slishity-slosh of the rain in my head.

I step very softly,
I walk very slow,
I can’t do a handstand–
I might overflow,
So pardon the wild crazy thing I just said–
I’m just not the same since there’s rain in my head.
~~Shel Silverstein

Variations on a theme

(Earworm alert)

Lemon Jelly, Nice Weather for Ducks

And today….. it rained. Again.

After a hellacious Friday downpour that resulted in all the major roads in and out of Wimberley being closed (some more briefly than others), we had a fairly dry weekend and most of the day today, then bam, a huge downpour to close out the afternoon. Casa de virgotex is well above the nearest creek but as we sit on a long slope, the runoff from a big storm rushes across the yard in a dramatic fashion: