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08:45 pm: When it rains...
Last weekend I met up with mangaroo, who drove us to Annie's to hear a talk by gardening author Pam Peirce. While we were there, mangaroo somehow managed to talk me into buying more plants, one of which was a Chilean Guava, something I had never heard of before.

I managed to squeeze the new plants in with the rest. Strong winds and cool temperatures have been taking their toll on my balcony plants, though. The tallest stem on the German Butterball snapped in half, though the other potatoes seem to be getting along with just a bit of damage on the leaf edges. Interestingly, my third runner bean plant has finally sprouted, showing that it managed to survive the winter like the other two.

Tuesday I got word that the short sale papers for the house I'm trying to buy were signed at long last. I arranged for a property inspection on Saturday. My real estate agent was annoyed that I didn't want to use the company that she recommended, but when she saw the inspector I selected get to work, she admitted that he impressed her with his experience and how thoroughly he explained things. The house is over sixty years old, so it does have some issues, but nothing that seems overwhelming.

We were sprinkled upon during the inspection and had intermittent showers the rest of the day. By the time I finished my shift at work and got on the road to take Benny back to his kennel, the sun was in exactly the right position to project a full rainbow directly in front of me. I hope that turns out to be an omen that this will all work out well.

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From:mvrdrk
Date:May 31st, 2011 05:48 am (UTC)
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Yeah! House! A good house inspector is very important, I'm glad you used the one you trust.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:May 31st, 2011 03:40 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you used the one you trust.

In general I tend to be open to the things the agent recommends, since she does have experience, but I was firm about the inspector.
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From:manga_crow
Date:May 31st, 2011 01:49 pm (UTC)
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Woo! Glad things are moving forward on the house front =)

Rainbow omens ftw!
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:May 31st, 2011 03:41 pm (UTC)
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Rainbow omens ftw!

It was pretty awesome. It may be a good omen for the Japan trip, too.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:May 31st, 2011 02:03 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, the Chilean Guava is really pretty!

Yay for progress on the house! Hopefully you'll get to move in soon, and have more space for all your plants.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:May 31st, 2011 03:55 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, the Chilean Guava is really pretty!

It's supposed to flower in early summer. I don't know if mine is big enough to produce anything this year, but it certainly should by next year.

Hopefully you'll get to move in soon, and have more space for all your plants.

Yeah...I'm already starting to stack smaller pots on top of larger ones to save space. If all goes smoothly, they'll get to move to their new home in a few weeks.
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From:megory
Date:June 2nd, 2011 03:58 pm (UTC)
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It's good you were able to find a wonderful inspector. Did anyone else you know recommend him, or was this research all done over the web?

The Chilean guava hedge plant is beautiful. I think you are going to absolutely fill up your new yards.

Congratulations on your patience and the process as it continues.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 8th, 2011 10:24 pm (UTC)

Zeist and Eternia, circa '99 . . .

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Back in 1999, I found this cool fanfic about He-Man and the Highlander (Duncan, I think), which was a good read at the time: it taught me the word "scintillating" and ended with a very fitting quip about "furry underwear". The author even deigned to write me back after I'd praised her work. (Do you still have that old E-mail, "On Masters and Princes"?)
Anyway, I'd like to see you do one about Dante (from Devil May Cry) and Samus Prime (a la Metroid). I mean, how weird would that offspring be?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 9th, 2011 02:03 am (UTC)

Re: Zeist and Eternia, circa '99 . . .

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I'm glad that you enjoyed the story, and that you've remembered it even after so long. That's quite flattering.

Right now the main story I'm working on is set in the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender, but things are so busy that I haven't been able to devote much time to writing.
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