Sunday, August 16, 2015

Off Topic: That Was the Week It Was - August 16, 2015

Good morning! Welcome to my weekly off television topic reflection of the past week in both words and photographs I've taken along the way! This post is a year 'round "feature" on the blog. If you're looking for Big Brother posts, they can all be found at this link right here. If you're not interested in this particular post, please feel free to skip on by it. I'll be posting a Big Brother blog party post coinciding with the East Coast airing of the show and, late this evening, another live feeds post. Stay tuned.

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.

Clicking on an image will open it larger ...

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.

Cool, man

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.


Happy hibiscus!

Wet hibiscus

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.

Mug shot

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!


Palmaltas said...

I can't believe you have to pay for air conditioning yet heat is included in your rent. Since I've always lived in southern and western states, both have always been included or neither but never separated. I always love the photos.

Jackie said...

Around here apartments generally come with either NO utilities at all or the tenant has to pay for just electricity. There's a boiler in this building which provides heat -- it probably wouldn't be cost-effective to install 40 meters to bill separately, I guess. About the only apartments with all utilities paid by the landlord would be multi-family homes. Thanks for the kind words on the photos!

Anonymous said...

I know what you mean about the heat. I am a native San Franciscan and so I am use to the cool summers with the fog and the breeze. But today and yesterday it has been well into the 80's. I am not happy. I just don't like the warm weather especially on days that I have to go to work. Actually, I complain whenever it is over 64 degrees. Lol. Have a nice week. Zoe in California

Jackie said...

64 is a perfectly acceptable temperature, Zoe!