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A Cool Front . . .

Several readers wondered about how the new sprinklers worked on our hibiscus tree watering system.

Hibiscus Sprinklers

The little red caps let you adjust how much water comes out, changing from just a slight drizzle to spreading out over a foot on each side. Perfect for this.

Readers will remember how I ordered these 24” and 30” high Flamingos from a Facebook,

New Facebook Flamingos

The ad said they were made in the USA and shipped from California.

What I got were these 8” tall, broken flamingos, shipped from China.

Wrong Flamingos

While I’m trying to get my money back through PayPal, I’ve been trying to at least salvage these by gluing them back together. But with no luck so far.

I’ve tried Super Glue, Gorilla Glue, Contact Cement, and several others. But so far I haven’t found anything that will stick to whatever resin these are made of. I guess next I’ll try to drill a small hole in each piece and try to piece them back together that way.

Looks like the I-40 bridge that crosses the Mississippi at Memphis, and was closed in May due to a major structural failure, has finally reopened.

Finally, looks like we may be getting a cold/cool? front coming through over the next couple of days. While our recent temps have in the low/mid 90’s, tomorrow’s high is supposed to be about 86° with a low in the mid-70’s. Nice.

Only In Texas

Of course it sure seems like we’ve had cooler summer than normal anyway. So far we’ve not had a single temp in the 100’s, or even the high 90’s. And that’s reflected in our power bills this year vs last year. Maybe our usual summer temps moved out west for this year

Thought For The Day:

If poison expires, is it more poisonous or is it no longer poisonous?



After we sat outside with our coffee this morning I got started rewiring (rehosing?) our Hibiscus watering system. I’d been wanting to make it a little more automatic.

The first thing I did was to get rid of the old yellow kitty litter bucket and set up a 10 gallon garbage can with a plastic lid and a bigger pump. The previous version worked just fine for the two weeks we were gone on our Illinois/Alabama trip, but I wanted to upgrade it a bit.

Watering System Bucket

The bucket gets refilled regularly by the timer and the submersible pump, controlled by a computer-switch, feeds out to the system.

Then the first stop is a 3-Way ‘T’ that feeds up to the Flamingo Birdbath to keep it filled.

New Birdbath Filling System

The last stop was a “Y” feeder to a pair of adjustable sprinklers for the Hibiscus Tree.

New Hibiscus Watering System

They’re adjusted so that between the two they completely cover the area of the pot, rather than just watering in one area.

Later in the afternoon Jan and I had a late brunch over at the Denny’s on I-45. And as usual, we had Angie, our usual server, who has been our server for long enough that she knows exactly what we want without us having to actually order it. Our usual Ultimate Omelet with Fruit and a Grilled English Muffin.

Denny's Ultimate Omelet 20210801

A little bit of everything, with Cheese, Tomatoes, Onions, Roasted Red Peppers, Ham, Bacon, and Sausage. The cooks here really know how to make an omelet.

Then after a quick HEB stop we were back home by 4pm.

Lloyd, one of our local blog readers, commented to say that the nearby Tractor Supply’s have the Apple-Flavored Ivermectin Paste for $6.89 vs the $11.31 on Amazon link that I posted a few days. And in fact, they’ve sold out at that link on Amazon.

So head out to your nearby Tractor Supply and stock up before they run out too.

Thought For The Day:

So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious or otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men. – Voltaire

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