Gah. As it is for many summers now, this is my time to be lacking sleep. Unlike some years when I was off from my real job due to knee surgeries, I'm working full time and covering the BB live feeds here on the blog. When I was actually working as blogger for AOL television, this was my cash cow season. Alas, not so much these days. While I do earn some money, it's nothing near the days when I could technically earn more than $100 an hour just writing on AOL. And, this year's cast is very wild, thus getting the Internet audience more worked up than usual. Me? I don't really care who wins the show, I'm just the messenger of the feeds and host of blog parties.
So, I'm in my zombie period at the present. Work, write, work, feed cat, write, work, pet cat, write, work. You get it.
Yes, if I have to ever have another surgery, I'll indeed schedule it in the summer for no other reason than I need the sleep. Local blogger Dan Damon even shouted at me as he drove by me on the street ... "Do you ever sleep?" Sigh. No. Not enough. Not lately.
Anyway ... onto the photos for the week ...
|Dreary morning train|
In this area, we continue to get more and more rain. Other years, at this time of the summer, most lawns are dried out, leaves are turning brown. This year I've seen green growing where I've never seen it before. That said, I've been enjoying the days without heat waves one after another. Plainfield Train Station
|Everything's coming up roses!|
Er, well. Maybe not. However, compared to many past years, life is doing okay by me here. I hope it is with you, too! Roosevelt Avenue, Plainfield.
|Double chicory blossoms|
These blossoms at the Plainfield Train Station have been more tightly closed than ever during my early morning commutes. But, once the daylight comes in strong, they open to soak it in.
|Okay, car fans. What is it?|
I keep seeing this sporty really yellow car on Watchung Avenue in Plainfield. What the heck is it? Other than yellow. I realize it's yellow. Really bright yellow. I caught it sitting parked on East Front Street.
|Add in a yellow muscle car|
I'm not really sure what this one is, either. But, at least with this one, I know that I would have known it if someone asked me in the early 70s. (A mind is a terrible thing to lose.) Watchung Avenue, Plainfield
|Mockingbird on a wire|
I'm not sure if this is the same one who chased two other birds right smack into me one day. Sheesh! Nothing like unexpectedly having birds fly into your back! The mockingbirds are very territorial. Bridgewater Train Station.
|This IS the culprit|
Yes, this is the mockingbird who chased the two other birds into me!
As I got home from work much later that usual on Tuesday, I stopped by the National Night Out festivities at Plainfield City Hall for a little while. They had just started and I didn't really stay long. After a rather grueling long day at work, I really wanted to spend the evening IN, not OUT.
|Re-purposed Obama sign|
|Free food! Free balloons!|
|Rise up and take a stand|
|This balloon only heard "rise up"|
"I'm sitting in the railway station, got a ticket for my destination." - Paul Simon
Mind you, I have a monthly pass and I'm not sitting at all. I've arrived at my home station! Going home! Putting my feet up! Catering to a spoiled cat! Plainfield Train Station.
Gotta love those dang predatory wasps! Well, perhaps not love, per se. I do like to photograph them when they're not being ornery. While they can be very aggressive, if you catch them busy at something, they're usually fairly easy to photograph. You just have to be a bit brave. Or crazy. Or both.
|What's going on here?|
I went to hang my tote bag on the fence for a moment when I noticed this action going on. Phew! Glad I saw them rather than absentmindedly hanging my tote over them! Bridgewater Train Station.
|Ah, quite the little nest there|
|Just sittin' on a leaf|
|Attracted by the glue?|
This one was all over where someone had removed a sticker from a sign. A glue-sniffing wasp? Get those bee cuffs out! Haul him away!
|This week's blimp|
I showed you the MetLife one a week or two ago. Here's the Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield one. I didn't have my camera on me when I spotted the GEICO banner plane. I'll eventually snag that, too. Of course, the Saturn Ion blimp is history along with its company. I wonder what it's like to be a blimp driver for a living. Hmm. Bridgewater, NJ
|Moth in a bush|
George has a HUGE mushroom growing right on his tummy! It's kind of like a huge belly button! I took this at the cemetery in back of the Friends Meeting House in Plainfield.
Overnight one night, these two giant mushrooms sprouted up at the Bridgewater Train Station. At first, from a distance, I thought they were child-sized soccer balls.
|Teensy blue wildflower|
These are growing along the fence by the cemetery on Church Street in Plainfield.
|Cicada, no magic|
Nope, this one is not part of the long gone Brood II Magicicada which made its 17-year appearance earlier this summer. This is a plain old annual cicada. Berckman Street, Plainfield
|"I see a cicada up there. I want it."|
No, Vincent, you may not have a cicada. You didn't even kill the fly that was in here. You're slacking!