We started this past week with heavy rains and ended up starting a long heat wave which is expected to be around for most of the upcoming week. Have I ever mentioned how much I dislike heat and humidity? I got a Nixle alert on my cell phone yesterday telling me the cooling center will be open at the YMCA. I expect, if it does last and gets nasty, they'll open the one at the Senior Center closer to where I live in town.
But I won't go. I have air conditioning and fans in my apartment. As long as I can pay for the electricity (one of the reasons I work for a living), I can have my AC. I prefer the winters bill-wise -- my heat, hot water and cooking gas are included in my rent. It's just the summers that I have to pay more for air conditioning. The bills haven't been so bad this season so far. That old refrigerator I had was sucking up power. I've seen significant decreases in my power usage since I bought the new one. My new refrigerator is now almost a year old, but it will be new to me until it's old!
Life has been going as usual for me, nothing overly exciting, nor horrible has happened this past week. The new-ish neighbor remains quiet although I actually heard a television playing from there one night when I had my windows open. That's certainly not a problem. I'm just loving the change from the noisy screaming thumping family who used to reside there.
I didn't take a gazillion photos this week. First, it rained for a few days. Then it was hot and I just didn't feel too inspired with what I was seeing. I really have to head to the park. Maybe I'll do that on my next day off if it's not too too hot.
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|The pigeon overlord|
Master of his domain, King of the Chotola (apartment building), Ruler of North Avenue in Plainfield. What if ... he's actually a government spy? Perhaps he's a camera with audio disguised as a pigeon!?!?!
Okay, he's just a bird. However, he's majestic in his own way.
I messed a bit with the colors of this way close up shot of a red hibiscus bloom.
|Sad wet hibiscus|
The rain came down on the passed bloom, making it even sadder.
|Pretty as a picture!|
|Perked up by the rain this week|
|The teensy-weensy spider|
This teensy-weensy almost translucent spider was all but unnoticeable to my eye. But it crawled across my hand and I felt it. After I shook it off onto a pole, I was determined to get a photo to see what it actually was. It wasn't much larger than a gnat.
The pigeon family in Bridgewater are still interested in my camera. Last night two of them were sitting on the train rails as the train approached. ACK! They flew up and away just in time! I have no desire to photograph pigeon bits.
|He loves Lucy|
A rather unusual t-shirt for 2015, but I didn't dress him. I'd rather a laptop on the seat any day than nasty feet! Raritan Valley Line.
|The Plainfield Train Station with train|
No, no passengers. There were people getting off the train with me. But I lingered until they left and the train started pulling out. I didn't want them to get irked at me for taking photos.
|Seeing where we're going|
From the front of the first train car which is pushed by the locomotive engine instead of being pulled by it, you can see almost what the engineer sees. He's actually got a much better view with double windshields across the front. The engineer is "driving" the train in a little space through that door you see. You can't get this view in a train being pulled by the locomotive engine. They're all fancy like that.
|"I got stoned and I missed it."|
Vincent rolls around in his catnip. Ignore sneakers on the floor. Hey, I live alone. I can do that!