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hello. a lot has happened since my last entry.
well, its been rather rainy this summer, hasn't it? i prefer rain to drought... even though there's the risk of flooding, i'd rather face that than the dry despairing heat-the once emerald forests and grasses turned to impending fire hazards. there's still been sinkholes around all the coastlines. a lot of earthquakes...a tornado alarm rending the air off in the distance while deep red-purple stormy skies swirl with funnel clouds...the green-blue strobe of lightning directly over Lavenderland, silvery rain beating down in the darkness. or cool heavenly streams coming down in peace, mournful and cleansing. refreshing. i am very grateful for the water, for water is life...and there's been a steadily growing shortage of potable water. and its been practically burning up in the daytime. for in the mornings lately the water quickly turns to steam and thick moist air. and bugs. so many, of all kinds have been spawning from the standing water. some i know are good and kill other pests, like bedbugs. we cannot afford a fumigator... i've just been trying to wash our clothes and immediate bedding as often as possible(with warm to cool water, because hot water REALLY ups the power bill), and our vacuum broke last month sometime, so i've been sweeping the floors and carpets. our current air conditioner is too old to be energy efficient, so we've been keeping it off to save on energy. my husband's dad bought a large window fan and is letting us borrow it. that, and a small personal fan, have been getting us through the hot days and nights. except when its rainy...then it cools down...
...so the car that we Just got ended up breaking down again...not too surprised that the heat has been making it worse...also rainy days stop it from overheating so badly. it was stalling in traffic, and since it has power steering, it goes off the moment it quits. its been such a hassle. we've had to walk home a few times from where it died, then come back when it cooled down. but both of our payees now are on the same page, and its in the shop getting fixed. its been a few days...probably quite a few things were/are wrong with it. at least its getting fixed now.
...missed my dental appointment again, and they were kind enough to re-schedule me. still trying to keep my teeth as clean as possible. its difficult, especially since our bathroom sink is still not working. we've been using a coffee can to catch any water for a few months now. our landlord has been busy helping all the tenants...i don't understand exactly how all that business works, how he interacts with Public Housing. he stopped by the other day to have us sign a lease, and i reminded him that we needed the sink fixed. he said he would call a plumber. we don't mind not having the bathroom sink working, as long as the toilet works. and we still have the kitchen sink. i've been getting used to using it more to brush my teeth.
...also we now have a new pharmacy service. at first it was hard to get used to, but i've called them to deliver a couple of times now. its my husband's turn to call his meds in soon. i'm pretty sure that social anxiety is what keeps me from talking with people, even if its to get things i need.
we recently got a new casemanager. she's an older lady, and reminds us a bit of our first casemanager, a grandmotherly type that often locked horns with my mother in terms of letting me make my own decisions. anyways, this one has been very nice, been interested in my artwork and my husband's sewing. she helped us set up appointments with the eye doctor, and we both got new glasses. she helped us gather up all of our papers for energy assistance, which we usually fumble about with. she was even willing to set up appointments for some kind of physical therapy for my fibromyalgia.
...a good thing about summer is the longer hours of sunlight, conversely...more natural light to use and less need to rely on lightbulbs and electric sources of light. we have another bulb over the kitchen sink, and in the bedrooms and bathroom, but not out in the living room, where the heavy curtains are. and one in the laundry room that just went out, like yesterday.
...managed to get my summer tops and cooler clothing out of the depths of my closet, but i'll have to start thinning out what i wear and don't wear, because bedbugs hide in clothing. my husband will, too. first thing though, is getting the car fixed. a good thing we heard is that we qualify for an energy efficient air conditioner... so we need to get that taken care of as soon as we can. because August is going to be even hotter
New Horizons has finally made it to Pluto! i've been waiting for this for years now. the least known planet(or dwarf planet, technically) mankind now gets to behold it and its several moons. my father would have been very interested, he was fascinated with space and cosmic things. now me and my husband get to see it all for him, and for mother. and i got my new glasses just in time, too.
been trying to lose myself in drawing and video games and books and music, like i usually do. i've all but run out of regular sketchbook paper, except for loose sheets that are already labeled for a particular sketch. i can't wait for when i get a fresh new one^^ been working with tiny stubs and nubs of some colors that i'm running short of, and one of my fine tipped pens have run out. still working on requests and commissions that i agreed on. and plus my 40,000th kiriban is almost upon us.