Posted by Alex Pendragon

Welcome to yet ANOTHER episode of The Chronicles of Pendragon Hold, that stay-cation getaway hidden on the outskirts of redneck "civilization". Here it is hot, humid, and drying out as thunderstorms pound the dickens out of everywhere except, you guessed it, Pendragon Hold. I'm not panicking yet, because the gardens are mostly retired for the season, and nothing appears to be all that stressed...yet. Besides, ONE of these soakers should be scoring a direct hit any day now.....the odds dictate it. Unless the odds decide to take a month off, that is.

(Even as I prepare to post this, the sky is darkening and it seems the odds might be heading right for us.....)

I happen to be enjoying my almost two week "stay-cation" here at the Hold, doing nothing much except laundry, meals, sweeping, laundry, feeding animals (inside and out), laundry, repairing fences, moving plants, and the dishes; none of these activities in any particular order. However, we DO have planned a minor getaway to the wondrous Ichnetucknee river, a rather cold, spring fed stream that people pay to float down in inner-tubes and canoes that enterprising people rent to them. The Wife and I visited this pleasant little river shortly after we met, and both of us actually have to carefully consider what we are going to wear. Waistlines are not necessarily static concepts. It's not to far away and shouldn't cost an arm and a leg, so hopefully there will be enough bribery left to enjoy it.

As far as the car is concerned, I think I've narrowed the noise down to the two older tires which appear to have been scalloped, a condition arising from bad suspension parts, which I have just replaced. I really made a good effort to check the wheels for bad wheel bearings, and they do not display any of the classic symptoms other than the noise, which isn't necessarily a bad wheel bearing noise, but more like a bad tire noise. It's hard to type this post with all my fingers crossed, but they are.

Back on the political front, I have included this video of Bill Mayer discussing capitalism and health care and everything else that greedy people like to harness in order to enrich themselves. He truly says it all.

Being a rabid consumer of NPR and PBS, it seems that the news regarding our environment and what we're doing to it only gets worse and worse, and then it gets even worse than the pessimists insisted it was going to get back when things started looking bad. I used to be a glass-half-empty sort of guy. Half of something is better than nothing at all, right? Well, the hell with that. The glass is broke. After the last G-8 summit, it is obvious that the nations of the world will not take global warming seriously enough to do what must be done to stop the slide. So, I have decided to quit worrying about it. Join me if you wish at the Restaurant at the End of the World, where we will feast on the last of the ocean's bounty, the last of the produce to be pollinated by the soon-to-be-extinct honey bee, and whatever else we might get our greedy mouths on before it all goes away and the great hunger begins. Oh, and we'll crank up the air conditioners with the last of the coal-fired electricity and hold out against the heat as long as we can. Can't promise ice cream.......doubt the cows will be around much longer either........

The sunsets should be gorgeous, though...........

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3 slick comments

I know what you mean..sighs.. depressing but like you, I am resigned. They just are NOT going to deal with global warming. It is beyond our control.

On a positive front, with the ban on pestricides in Toronto now in its 6th year, I feel the ground is sufficiently clear to grow something - so our tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, beans, squash and pumpkin are all thriving!

July 28, 2009 at 8:06 PM

Crop dusters were just flying here again this year. If I were going to grow anything (or attempt to with my wretched non-green thumb), I'd be doing it in a green house.

You are correct. Maher said it all and said it nearly perfectly. Thanks for linking to it.

Enjoy the rest of your stay-cation.

July 28, 2009 at 11:34 PM

Michael, are you planning a fall garden? Perhaps you can squeeze one in before global warming pushes fall into the middle two weeks of December.

July 29, 2009 at 6:20 PM

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