It's been yet another quiet summer week for me on the whole this past week. We had quite a bit of rain here, with a few nice days. The heat hasn't been horrible (yay!). I haven't had my air conditioner on since that long heat wave a few weeks ago. Fans have been plenty to keep it cool in here.
Let's see ... this week ... this week ...
I worked, I slept, I reported on the BB live feeds, I ate, I petted Vincent and catered to him as per his demand. I didn't really go anywhere other than work, then home. I lead such an exciting life!
On the home front, the upstairs neighbor is still the best and quietest ever above me here. (Yay!) One of the downstairs neighbors told me the new landlords increased his rent by $15. I didn't tell him I only got a $5 increase. I actually know why -- he's in a studio apartment and the increase brings him to what new tenants pay for those. One of the past landlords had him under market to fill the building. Mine is already above market.
Huh. I don't really have much more to say. I guess I'll just get to the photos I took this week --
I believe, after Googling, that it's likely to be a female common whitetail. (The males are actually whitetailed.) It was kind enough to pause on an old curb at the Bridgewater Train Station.
It's good that I took this shot of these on East Front Street (Plainfield) early in the week as someone chopped them down by Thursday! Argh. There are more closer to the house, but I don't want people to think I'm a total weirdo going on their lawn.
|Early in the morning|
I took this shot at about 6:30am looking towards the sun from Church Street in Plainfield. By 10am the rain started and kept up all day long.
Perhaps due to this season's weather (cold rainy spring, extended heat wave, rain above average), the rather phallic stinkhorn mushrooms don't seem to be around much in the mulch. However, these way cool almost translucent mushrooms abound after each rain. Some of these shots were Plainfield, some Bridgewater.
|In the afternoon|
Although the fence in the back of my apartment building is covered with white morning glories, I kept seeing pink buds in the afternoon as I took out my trash. (Taking out my trash is about the only reason I'd be near the fence.)
|This is why they're MORNING glories!|
I took the trash out early one morning and there they were. Why the white remains open for most the day and the pink doesn't, I don't know.
|Aren't they pretty?|
Again, I'm thinking it must be the unusual weather as of late. For nearly twenty years in New Jersey, I've never seen a garden snail anywhere. Now I'm seeing them at the Bridgewater Train Station. I came across these two on the overpass during a rainy day, but with a break in the rain as I shot them. The two large antennae are their eyes. Cool.
|Sign of the times|
There will be a special primary election for nominations to replace Lautenburg's senate seat (he passed away) called by Christie on August 13th. Just when I thought we were safe from political signs strewn about, here they are again. I got my sample ballot and will be voting, but geez ... signs, signs, everywhere a sign.
No, this is NOT the spider that bit me the week before last! This is one of those teensy little jumping spiders. I found him on a pole at the Bridgewater Train Station and couldn't resist trying to get some shots. They're so tiny that I never knew what they'd look like close-up! Kind of creepy, kind of cool.
|Look, he has little eyes and a face!|
|Gulp. Are those TEETH?|
|No, I didn't break him!|
He kept trying to attack my camera lens (or mount it!). I shook him off the camera and he landed back on the pole. He's fine. Apparently he bends that way!
|May I be in your blog?|
Okay, okay. You know you're just a pigeon, right? Plainfield Train Station
|A little cooperation would be nice!|
Hmm. He didn't want to cooperate for the camera. He tried, but hasn't been able to kill a fly here in my apartment. I think I just might have to dock Vincent's wages this week!