While a lot of my friends are going to Bouchercon, the great mystery convention, this year in Cleveland, I’m home, as usual. This is due to several things:
(1) I hate flying, the TSA and all that jazz.
(2) It’s not in the budget, as a fairly large household expense is coming.
(3) We have an old, ill cat and he needs a lot of pills, special food and constant monitoring, as well as he spits up frequently, cries if left alone and so on. Much more than a cat sitter could handle, we think.
(4) I slipped on wet flagstones last week, though this is a minor complaint and might not keep us away all by itself, and my right knee is pretty banged up and sore. There was never any swelling, it’s just bruised.
(5) I’m on a strict diet, and traveling makes it very difficult to stay on course.
Only the first three really keep us away, but the rest compound the logic of staying here in Portland. I doubt I’ll make it to Albany next year either. Wish they’d have one here or in Seattle!
Meanwhile we (Portland) made the record books. The last quarter, Jul-Aug-Sept, was the warmest and especially the driest in history. No, I’m not comparing us to the drought in the midwest by any means, but we only had .25 inch of rain in those 3 months! That’s several inches below normal. No wonder our water bill for irrigation is so high! Many things in our garden are a year or less old, so not that well established, and we’ve been trying to keep them well watered in the hot, dry conditions. So far the forecast for October is for more of the same, which means we can enjoy the nice clear sunny weather a little longer, and we’re taking advantage of it, because when the rains come they’ll be with us for a few months, if our Winter is typical. Last year we had a warmer, dryer Winter, and that added to the impact of this hot dry Summer.
I’ve been reading a variety of things, but not doing a very good job writing them up and posting. Just not in the mood, sorry. I hope everyone is enjoying Fall, and those who, like me, aren’t going to Bouchercon this year, enjoy the reports and the pleasures of hearth and home.