dry and windy

Australian summer, in my experience:
  • Weird, semi-unpredictable weather.
  • Merry fucking Christmas, snow-related imagery is traditional so let’s taunt you with pictures of cold things while you’re at risk of sudden combustion.
  • Family’s nude, if I wasn’t so dysphoric I would be too.
  • There is no cold tap in summer. No matter which one you use for water, the water will still be hot.
  • Chickens laid eggs, which were just brought inside, but are already hard-boiled somehow.
  • The chocolate is melting.
  • The butter is a small yellow greasy pool.
  • The pavement is melting.
  • That fire’s so far away it’ll never get here, air’s still full of smoke though.
  • You just went to bed so now there are 1000% more mosquitoes to buzz around your ear.
  • Fuck, there’s a bee in the living room!
  • Fuck, there’s a bird in the living room!
  • FUCK THERE’S A SCORPION IN THE LIVING ROOM
  • FUCK THERE’S A BABY VENOMOUS SNAKE IN THE LIVING ROOM
  • WHY IS ALL THIS DAMN WILDLIFE IN THE LIVING ROOM?!
  • Dry and windy and now the dirt, the sand, the ground itself is airborne.
  • Walking through a dust storm to get to your mailbox. Great, now your clothes are full of sand.
  • The dirt is full of iron, it’s red, so when there are dust storms it can look like the apocalypse.
  • And then there was sudden hail. Since it’s still summer, the small pile of ice on the ground melts quickly.
  • HELLO AND WELCOME TO THUNDERSTORM
TalesFromRetail: The time I "didn't know what I was talking about"

Setting the stage:

I work in a garden center. I am Certified in my field, with many years of experience.

The weather has been hot and windy lately.

A customer brings in some Japanese Maple leaves that are dry and crispy around the edges and starting to curl.

Customer: “Can you tell me what is wrong with my tree?”

Me: (Examining leaves) “It looks like windburn, see how the edges are…”

Customer: “It’s NOT windburn!”

Me: “Sir, Japanese Maples are very prone to windburn in this kind of weather…”

Customer: “No way is this windburn! I water it correctly, so it has to be something else!”

Me: “It doesn’t matter how much water it’s been given, Japanese Maple leaves will scorch in hot dry windy weather…”

Customer: (Interrupting) “Can you get me someone who knows what they are talking about??”

Me: (Offended, but externally keeping my cool) “OK sure… one moment…” (I page back-up customer service to the desk)

While we are waiting I remain at the desk, completing some paperwork. The customer asks me another question about different gardening problem….

Me: (Not looking up. I’m done with this jerk.) “Well, since I ‘don’t know what I’m talking about’ maybe you better wait until my coworker gets here.” (I continue with my paperwork)

My coworker comes up and they walk off into the nursery. She later told me that she had also told him it was windburn. He asked a few more questions, and she was not able to answer one. She said he should ask me since I knew all about the subject.

Customer: “Umm…. I can’t ….. I think I pissed her off….”

By: CappuccinoBreve

i think the big message of humanity is that everyone is proud of how bad their climate is where they are from. everyone loves to tell you how hot or cold or wet or dry or windy or humid it gets there. maybe it is kind of a drawback-free way of telling people that you have suffered- a feeble attempt at vulnerability, a blind grasp for warmth or pity or respect from people who grew up in milder climates

Terrors of War

   At the crook of dawn, the boy woke from the mechanical rumblings of the ground. He gazed at the sky, purple and sweet, swimming with sunshine like early spring morning daffodils; the boy’s house gave an open view of the sky in its naked form.

   He crawled out of the damp, rotting, and shabby shed he called home. The boy felt the roughness of the concrete rubble against his grimy hands and fingers. The cement’s dust painted his palms white as a misused palette of pure white paint. By the door of his tiny house, there lay a toy rifle. Its plastic was covered in dust from dry windy days. The edges seemed rustic and lackluster. It lacked the ammo to kill, but pulling the trigger fired some alarming imitations of a gun fire minus its recoil.

   The boy grabbed the toy gun by the handle. He glanced at the iridescent sky. The boy looked back to his front and spotted a hill of rubble and garbage of a generation forgotten, burned down to the depths of nowhere.

   The boy imagined his father in his military uniform, carrying his rifle slung over his broad shoulder along with his rusty canteen. His father waved a sweet goodbye with forehead kisses of farewell soaked in parental love.

   He tirelessly made his way up the hill. His tattered clothes got caught up on some metal rods, bent and crusty. He held his rifle with his other hand and crawled using the other hand.His brow sweating, he carefully made his way up; and when he did get there, the view was a terror, a horrid picture of a desolate land abandoned. There lay more rubble, roaring fires, and cold frigid bodies lying around. Up in the melting blue sky, the boy could hear the rumbles of war–air strikes.

   In a striking defiance, the boy raised his rifle towards the sky. He could feel a tear slip down his cheek as he remembered that his father is not ever coming home.   

anonymous asked:

Hi have you got any tips for growing succulents in a really humid climate? I'm worried my plants might rot easier since it's so muggy and humid where I live and when I water my plants the soil stays wet for longer than usual (the pots do have drainage and the soil isn't holding too much water I checked). Thanks!

Hello! 

You can have a combination of:

Fast-drying pots (terracotta, unglazed)

Fast-drying soil (pure pumice/coarse material) 

Fast-drying environment (only water on windy sunny days in the morning so it has time to dry out)

OR you can heck it and just let them be soggy and see if they live. I do that with a lot of my plants, which don’t actually dry out in between waterings cos it rains several times a day sometimes. I think a very well-draining mix and terracotta pots have been the most helpful for me :) Good luck! 

Okay, so I’m not in a good mood right now. There has been road construction as they try to expand a nearby highway not too far from my house. It’s annoying, but I’ve just quietly dealt with until now. It’s only on the other side of the hill, and the blasts have shattered a window and shifted the foundation. Still, I was just dealing with it, but now I’m really upset.

I come home today only to find that one of their brush fires had gotten out of hand. It’s dry and windy, so you’d think they’d be more careful. Nope, the hill has burned already and there’s a few spots still burning. If the wind picks up again, it could easily get to my house.

This was taken from my front yard standing by my house.

That’s a forestry truck sitting in front. There’s firefighters on the hill now.

We have to keep an eye on it. I just hope it really is under control.

Update: Everyone has left now. The forestry people really did help out. It was the road department that started the fire burning trees and brush with the road expansion project.

Here’s more the damage. It almost got my neighbor’s barn too.

Lightning Lore - Scrub, Not Sand

It looks like Lightning Flight’s Shifting Expanse suffers from the same misconceptions as many Earth deserts do: namely, that people think this desert is filled with sand. This is a myth in reality and, according to the worldbuilding Flight Rising has done, a myth in Sornieth as well! But not an uncommon myth it seems. Even staff have described it as “rolling dunes”, and then designed a map that has no sand on it. Let’s look at the illustrations they’ve given us and see why there’s no sand in this supposedly shifting expanse:

That desert on the world map is clay and dirt and stone. The life they depict in the Highland Scrub- cacti, bushes, etc., wouldn’t grow in sand. They require dirt to live, and would die in a rolling dune landscape. The Carrion Canyon looks like hard clay and stone, created by layers of dirt being compressed, carved through erosion. Think the desert gorge scenes in the Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron movie, or The Grand Canyon without any river in it anymore. The Lightning Farm and Tempest Spire are stony and hard, made of the same stuff at Carrion Canyon possibly with hints of sand around those areas on the coast, carried there by the wind but probably not originating from the desert itself.

The sandiest area of the Shifting Expanse is definitely going to be the coast. And even the coast has been drawn like a cliffside, not beaches. Probably there are still some beaches here and there, pockets of sand and dirt combined amongst the cliffs and rocks. But the way they drew these cliffs, there doesn’t seem like any one area large enough to have even a really decently sized beach. I’d wager a guess the sandiest, beachiest area is on the border with Light Flight, where it smooths out. That’s probably where we would find “rolling dunes.” 

Dust is prevalent however, and lots of dirt made from eroding clay. This is probably an incredibly dusty desert due to Stormdad’s ministrations. The dust would be kicked up by the storms and it’s probably terrible closer to the Spire, where it might rain less and is just plagued by staticy, windy, dry lightning storms. The decision to give his Flight an area of dust and static to build machines, which work best without dust and static, is a decision based on my theory that the deities want to directly challenge their worshipper’s greatest abilities. But I’ll write a post on that later.

Conclusion theories: the expanse is shifting because Lightning Flight’s denizens are ever changing and ever moving. It is both symbolic and literal, of the cycle of construction and demolition, moving communities of dragons, and constant invention and innovation. Worldbuilding around the Shifting Expanse, if it’s based on Sornieth of course (like those “characteristics of each flight” posts), wouldn’t involve any significant amount of sand. You would have hard clay for dirt, buildings constructed of mudbricks or very light wood, huge dust storms before rain, and lots of monsoons, though.

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I want to share this, because for some reason people think it’s funny my state is burning down.

I hate Trump. A lot of people here do. But that has nothing to do with the fact my home is being destroyed because people thought it would be funny to light our forests on fire.

It is dry and it is windy and the rain isn’t making it stop. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited park in the United States, and it’s dying. People are dying, being separated from their families, watching their homes disappear into ash. The Ripley’s aquarium was evacuated and surrounded by fire, that’s over 10,000 beautiful sea creatures that could die, and even that is nowhere near the amount of wildlife that will die or never come back. Gatlinburg is a huge tourist spot in Tennessee, the biggest in our area along with Knoxville. This is killing our economy as much as it’s killing our environment. Buildings are going up in smoke in minutes. We are an incredibly poor rural area as it is, we’re never going to recover. This is destroying us.

But laugh it fucking up.

Crow and the Sea

by Ted Hughes

He tried ignoring the sea
But it was bigger than death, just as it was bigger than life.

He tried talking to the sea
But his brain shuttered and his eyes winced from it as from open flame.

He tried sympathy for the sea
But it shouldered him off - as a dead thing shoulders you off.

He tried hating the sea
But instantly felt like a scrutty dry rabbit-dropping on the windy cliff.

He tried just being in the same world as the sea
But his lungs were not deep enough

And his cheery blood banged off it
Like a water-drop off a hot stove.

Finally

He turned his back and he marched away from the sea

As a crucified man cannot move. 

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Imagine if the world’s weather was dependent on the god’s state of mind/ personality.
*Etihw’s world is generally really sunny where people live/ are most likely to see, however there are some other areas that are constantly gloomy and dark, most of them having to deal with the war- Wastelands, the grave yard, and Ending Lake. Showing how they put on a happy façade in front of people, but are actually very depressed.
*Siralos’ heaven is covered in stars- he’s always showing off his skill and power. However, his Hell is dark and glowing red, showing how merciless he his to those he discards.
*Fumus’ heaven is shown to be a seemingly pleasant place- but under the clouds and in the Pitch Black (because there is no in between- anymore) its dark, stormy and overall not a good place to be. Suggesting that he’s nice to those how meet him, but once you get to know him- well…
*Elux’s world is told to be constantly stormy- suggesting that they are a very chaotic, relentless and impulsive person.
*Liliya’s world is not really talked about, but he seems like he’s obsessed with beauty; sunrises and sun sets are longer, light rains that always lead to rainbows and stars are so much clearer.
*Justim is once again not talked about enough, but they seem like a very balanced person- no one part of their world is too dry or too windy or too anything- everything is just right. Good times are followed by bad and nothing is set in stone.

what if dumb ereri neighbors au

like eren hangs his clothes out to dry and one windy day his underwear ends up on levi’s balcony.

or eren has a really fat cat and it accidentally drops down to levi’s balcony, who lives below him. and the cat’s yowling wakes up levi.

or someone’s water heater breaks… in the middle of winter and “uh, hey, so this is a really weird thing to ask… but can i borrow your shower for a few days.”

maybe one day one of them coughCOUGH ‘accidentally’ locks himself out of his apartment and hey could i use your balcony to climb up to my balcony. just as an excuse to talk to the other.

Hiking today in Lake Arrowhead. I did this quick watercolor at the top of the mountain. It was so dry and windy the paint kept drying too fast.

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It was a grey, grey January day with almost nothing to commend it, other than the fact that it was more or less dry, and not terribly windy.

Algy snuggled down deep in the Marram grass to keep warm, and stared at the sullen sea. Half-awake and half-asleep in the low winter light, he dreamed idly of life in a brighter, warmer climate, remembering a poem he had once read:

Some day, when trees have shed their leaves
    And against the morning’s white
The shivering birds beneath the eaves
    Have sheltered for the night,
We’ll turn our faces southward, love,
    Toward the summer isle
Where bamboos spire the shafted grove
    And wide-mouthed orchids smile.

And we will seek the quiet hill
    Where towers the cotton tree,
And leaps the laughing crystal rill,
    And works the droning bee.
And we will build a cottage there
    Beside an open glade,
With black-ribbed blue-bells blowing near,
    And ferns that never fade.

[Algy is quoting the poem After the Winter by the early 20th century American poet Claude McKay.]

anonymous asked:

Please share your take on Sam's NC post. I'm baffled because he must be traveling with someone (they took the pic), and if it's not MM, then might it actually be Cait? I thought they needed to be in Scotland tomorrow for the Leanne interview. Or maybe the pic was taken a couple days ago??? So confused!

Sam’s NC post certainly could be from today. It rained in the area in late afternoon and early evening today and before that had been quite dry and windy for the previous two days.
And it does appear that he is traveling with someone who took that pic of him. Cait has been pretty much MIA on social media as far as her location lately and she was last seen in London on Friday evening at that party with Sam, so it is possible that she could have taken that pic- she could be there- she certainly doesn’t seem to be anywhere else. And one posting whereabouts and the other one quiet is their usual method when traveling together in the past. And they do seem to have an anniversary coming up on the 2nd of December….
Another possibility is the Novel Adventure outfit that tweeted out about Sam being in the area for Thanksgiving. They seem to know all the local fan ladies and they also seem to know a good bit about Sam’s business to know to tweet about his impending arrival before it happened. Maybe because they knew for sure he was coming because they were hired to show him about the area? Or hired to show him and Cait about the area? Either way a person is present to take the pic of Sam with no mm needing to be involved.
The Novel Adventure angle also goes a ways towards explaining the grocery store meetup- this outfit seem to know all the local fans- they are clearing up misidentifications of the subjects in the grocery store pics so they clearly are taking some charge of this “situation” and clearly know these women Sam met at the grocery-and could easily have got a small, quick meeting for a few locals arranged with Sam’s cooperation. What happened next when the fans posted the pics may be part of some publicity plan to promote the Sam and MM “relationship” or it might be all on the fans. But someone is clearly using this visit to promote Sam and MM. Wether Sam knew of Ms. Puhrmann’s intention to use her fan photo with him as a way to promote the Samzie ship, and of Ms. Pendley, who posted no pic of her own, to use Ms. Pittman’s pic to further her own Samzie ship, is unknown, but I doubt it. His own words as quoted by Ms. Pittman describe his business in the area as a holiday undertaken for business. And MM was not mentioned by name by Ms. Puhrmann, she only claims to have seen Sam with his “lovely girlfriend”. So we still don’t know who was with Sam in that store, if indeed anyone was. Ms. Pittman’s description of the meeting makes it sound as if he was alone. Or perhaps he was with an employee of Novel Adventures who was taking him about that day and one fan assumed she was a girlfriend and the other didn’t? So once again there is really no evidence that MM is in any way involved in this visit to the area by Sam (and Cait?).
Sam posted a pic around 6pm local time from Blowing Rock NC-likely it was taken late this afternoon. Blowing Rock, incidentally, is on the same highway as the Inn that the Novel Adventure people are so keen for Sam to check out, and it’s also the the highway that leads down to Charlotte NC which is the nearest sizable airport to the area Sam is visiting. He could well be headed home today and that could have inspired his post. Perhaps he did stay at the inn- seems a good spot for an anniversary if Cait was along, or maybe with all the publicity on Twitter for the place he chose to stay somewhere else instead. Either way he was on a road leading to Charlotte and an airport that offers a nonstop flight to London departing at 6:20 pm which is very close to the time that he chose to post this pic. He (and Cait?) could be home in Glasgow by late morning tomorrow and present for the interview with Leanne. A bit of a whirlwind, but doable. And if Cait is still home working this week then Sam could be back tomorrow and in plenty of time to be there with her for the 2nd of December- after a Sunday to Wednesday spent checking out the Fraser’s ridge area-maybe to scope out places to live if they are to do some location work there, maybe because the studio said it was time to do another bit of publicity for the cover story of Sam and MM. Who knows?
Two hours later MM posts a pic from a popular tourist attraction located about a half hour drive away from Blowing Rock. The pic could be from today, the weather conditions fit, but there is no Sam in MM’s pic, and no MM in Sam’s pic. So that is still no proof that these two went sightseeing together today, or any day. She often visits the area and is bound to have pics of visits to most of the local sights already on her phone or camera. And she had two hours in which to look for a suitable one if need be. She even helpfully left the geotag on the pic just so that no one would be confused as to where it was taken. That says a lot right there.