This Post accidentally got moved up in Scheduling because I Published it by Accident and you can't then change it to a Future Date once it's been Published. I didn't know how to undo that faux pas and potentially lose the whole Post... so... here we are! I had to move my other Pre-Scheduled Posts back another Day each so they're now not in Order. Well... SHIT! Sunday it Rained the entire Day! That's unusual, even during Monsoon Season, to have almost 24 Hours or more of constant Rain... and it's still Raining Tonight and the Skies are still Grey and clearly laden with more precipitation to dump! We need the Rain, since we've endured Two Years of Drought, but if it Rains too much, it will cause Flooding, so we don't need THAT extreme either! My Pasture is so Green tho' from a full Day's worth of constant Rain!
Our Pool Guy informed us there was a Wasp's Nest in the Pool House. So T.J. told us to get some Wasp Bug Killer Sprays and he'd take care of it for us, which he did on Sunday. The Pool Guy comes on Mondays, so now the Nests are killed off and I removed them to keep for a sealed Naturalist Jar. They were Smallish, not a big Hive, but we had been seeing Wasps coming to drink on the surface of the Pool so knew a Nest was somewhere nearby. I'm allergic to Stinging Creatures like Bees, Wasps, Hornets, so I don't need them around and take the risk either.
I was actually quite shocked when I got stung by a Scorpion last Year and didn't have a really Bad Allergic Reaction. Sure, it hurt like Hell and swelled up, but I didn't get even a little bit Sick from it nor did I nearly Die and need to go to the ER either. Who knew? Different kind of Venom I suppose, one would think Scorpion Venom would be stronger, so I kind of panicked when one stung me. Not to mention I sat on the damned thing so it stung me just about on the Ass on my Upper Back Thigh, so that was embarrassing! *LOL* And Yes, I Killed the 'lil Fucker, chopped it in half! We get a lot of those potent little Blonde ones that blend in with their surroundings so well they're hard to see.
Of coarse, if a 200+ Lb. Human sat on me, if I was the size of a Cricket and had Venom as a line of defense, I'd probably sting them in the Ass too! *LOL* I do understand Scorpions have their place in Nature and haven't required much Evolution to be highly effective Predators, but I don't like them, especially around our Home! I've thought about getting a couple Chickens just to keep them in check since they will eat Scorpions. Our Outside Working Cat, Miss Priss, liked Hunting and eating them, so when she Died we ended up with more than usual. Eli is an Inside Only Non-Working Cat, so we don't know how effective a Hunter he'd be? Miss Priss got stung often and never got Sick from it, even in Old Age.
Anyway, The Man found and killed one in the Hallway the other Night, so then that Evening he, Anna and T.J. went out with their Black Lights Scorpion Hunting. They found several near one of our Big Pine Trees and Killed a couple Dozen. So, we'll have to tell our Exterminator it's a problem, mostly Outside, but if only a couple get Inside, that's too many! Especially since they Hunt and are most active at Night when the House is in Darkness and you'd be Sleeping.
Our Antique Mall locations had a Weekend Sale, so I was Hopeful Sales would be Strong, but I did better on Non-Sale Days than I have for this Sale, it was Slow and Sales were Soft. Other Vendors at our Location told me it was for them too, especially at our Location turnout was low, the Downtown Phoenix Location was busier, much busier. The Man and I visited both Locations on Sunday, the differences in Crowd size were noticeable. Our Location seemed dead by comparison to theirs having long checkout lines and plenty of Shoppers.
I brought some fresh Inventory in anyway, mostly the Vintage Alfred Hitchcock Series of Books to put into my meager Halloween Display, which is pitifully small. I've noticed that at Craft and Big Box Stores tho', their Halloween Inventory is pitifully Small too tho', they're just having Supply Chain Issues that are quite evident, so shelves are bare in the Seasonal Decor Aisles. The advantage that is giving the Indie Shops and Vendors is not gonna do any good if we don't have the Inventory to Sell either tho'. At both Antique Mall Locations, Halloween offerings were scarce.
And for me anyway, most of what is Selling right now is Vintage and Collectible Toys and not a whole lot else really. People are either spending Money on their Kids more or the Kiddos have decided to spend their Allowances freely while in Pandemic Mode. Princess T said it's becoz they're already telling them at School it's very likely they will shut In-Person Classes down again soon, due to massive Outbreaks already happening. Splendid! I HATED Pandemic Home Schooling, it did not work for our Student or for us, and she fell way behind and only caught up by going to Summer School and having no Summer Vacay Break from Schooling. She improved once they were back to In-Person Learning.
Watching her, Grandpa and I trying to Deal with Pandemic Home Schooling was like watching the Three Stooges! I'm not even sure which Stooge I was portraying, but probably Moe, since he was always the Angry one whose personality was domineering, bossy and decisive, Yeah, that would be me, but I have better Hair. *LOL* Tho' I don't enjoy still having a Kiddo in School at our Advanced Ages at all, her actually attending In-Person Classes is better for all of us... probably for the majority of Students actually. I got enough "Jobs" to do around here without adding unpaid, untrained "Home Teacher" to the resume! I know my Skill Set and Strengths, Teaching Kids ain't one of 'em, Clearly! Trying to do that while juggling Caregiving and doing everything else I need and have to do, was too much.
With her IN School, she's not only doing better and getting better Grades and not so Socially Isolated, but The Man and I have time to do what we want or need to during her School Day. So, we'll see how it all shakes out, after the entire Girl's Volleyball Team came down with COVID and had to go into Quarantine, they also had a Bomb Threat via the Internet, so this past Week was really Hairy and unnerving! You want to know your Children are Safe, I don't want to send a Child into an Unsafe Environment ever.
They don't have the "Small Scare" first anymore to Win an 'Advantage', just the Main Creation they have Seven Hours to Create and be judged on. There are no Guest Judges anymore, just the same Three all of the time. I kinda liked having Guest Judges, even tho' I do like all Three Judges they have this Season. The quality of the Work, for this Creepy Doll, was as exemplary as previous Winners of any other Season, so I was duly Impressed with their Team. But then, after that, I must say the quality of the Work for other Teams fell quite flat and has been inferior to previous Competitors. Not just in execution, but in size, some are actually the size of a Cake... in previous Seasons, except for the Small Scare, where they only got 45 Minutes to Create it, most Main Creations were damned near Lifesize!
Wish me Luck, I'm gonna Need it... Dawn... The Bohemian