It's been another hectic week for me with my real day job and the BB season in full swing. I'll be thankful for September with a staycation and the wrap-up of another season of live feeds. I really feel like a zombie. I hope I don't look like one!
In my real life, I have a new boss at my workplace. Gosh, I hate breaking in new bosses, don't you? More seriously, it's always an adjustment period when this happens. I'm not particularly worried as I'm good at what I do and know my stuff better than most. But, still ... I can tend to be a bit change-resistant, especially when I enjoyed the previous boss. However, life goes on. C'est la vie. She does have a llama, a pig and other farm animals. I have Vincent the cat. So, we have some common ground. (Yeah, that's comparable, for sure!)
We had temperatures that I love for most the week, accompanied by rain for the first part of the week. I could have lived without the latter. But the walk to the train station early on the mornings when it wasn't raining was PERFECT. A bit of an autumn chill in the early morning air. I couldn't ask for more! The days are getting quite noticeably shorter -- sunset is before 8pm again. I know I'm weird, but I like that. I love autumn. It's supposed to be summer again by mid-week this week. Sigh.
On the home front, after not seeing him the first three months he lived here, I keep encountering the now not-so-new upstairs neighbor. He's always so pleasant that he could make noise and I wouldn't be mad. Yet, he's very quiet up there, even in his walking on the hardwood floors. Best upstairs neighbor ever in that apartment! Woohoo! He also seems happy here, so he may stay around for a while. It is a nice quiet neighborhood.
How was your week?
Onto the photos ...
As one who is now sporting a HUGE mosquito bite on my forehead, I'm appreciating the innocent little ladybug more and more. They're kind of cute and they neither bite, nor sting. You go, ladybugs! Bridgewater, NJ
|Sunflower avec bee|
Don't you just love it when I toss in French words here and there? Avec means "with." That's a bee in the center of the flower. East Front Street, Plainfield.
|Is NOT a yellow jacket|
This is a mimic fly. Its coloring and design tries to fool prey into thinking it's a yellow jacket wasp.
|IS yellow jacket|
This yellow jacket wasp is the real deal.
|Do these stripes make my butt look big?|
Of course not. Please point that butt away from me, thank you very much.
|The yellow jacket nest in the fence|
All was quiet when I checked on the nest one day this week. The workers must all be out hunting and foraging ... or stinging humans! Eep. Bridgewater, NJ.
|We needed all this rain last year|
It's usually this time of year we hear cries of drought, year after year. Not this year. I can't recall a mid-August looking as green as it does this year. East Second Street by Union County Community College, Plainfield ... very early one morning.
|It's raining again!|
Pouring rain at the Plainfield Train Station early one morning.
|Rain, rain, go away|
Same morning, looking towards the intersection of North Avenue and Gavett Place.
|Rain from the train|
Looking out the train window at the Dunellen Train Station stop.
|There's a bright light in the sky!|
Then, one morning ... what's that? Could it be sunshine shining on the Plainfield Train Station as I approach?
|Plainfield Train Station|
More sunshine on Saturday morning. Wow.
|At all NJ Transit train stations|
They have this sign campaign to keep people from committing suicide by train. It doesn't work. Train suicides in the state seem to happen almost once every week or two. I don't have any answers. But I do feel that if someone is bound and determined to kill themselves, a sign isn't going to stop them and a fast train will do the deed.
|It's going to collapse ...|
Mark my words. This will come down. I see new structural cracks in this addition to (what I can see of) the roof looking pretty bad. This whole bunch of buildings by the Bound Brook Train Station have been flooded so many times that I wouldn't live in any of them if someone paid me. I'm also leery of any restaurants in that oft-flooded area.
Like a skunk, the stink it can emit protects it. It's even a bit like the mimic fly, but with another defense method. Nature is cool. That is, as long as nature keeps these out of my home! Bridgewater, NJ
Another stink-protected piece of nature. I won't mention those well-placed rocks. Oops.
|Ladybug again or still|
Same ladybug, different shot.
|I'm so darned cute, right?|
Yes, although he has claws and teeth, Vincent feels his biggest defense is outright cuteness. Silly kitty!