Most of last week was being lost in Sudoku. Two, three, and, sometimes, four hours at a time, I was distracted only by making meals, eating, doing minimal errands and chores, being just a bit creative, and combing gnats and fruit flies out of Molly's fur. No excuses for my slacker activity, not even the few days of high temperatures.
It wasn't until recently that I learned to play Sudoku. So far I've been able to solve a puzzle every eight games or so. I'm indiscriminate: I play easy, medium, hard, and very darn hard games, whatever happens to by lying around in a newspaper, magazine, or Sudoku book. Whatever its level, the puzzle I'm playing is difficult. I like the process so it doesn't bum me too much when my solution doesn't work. Solving Sudoku reminds me of doing algebra problems once-upon-a-time in high school. I loved solving for x's, y's, and z's, regardless of whether I got the correct answers. The chase! (Cue wicked grin.)
Do you know that some kinds of fruit flies bite? The past two months I have been blaming fleas for taking refuge in Missy Molly's fur and biting us, she and me; the Husband, the fortunate soul, is tasteless to the creatures. I was most likely right about the fleas at the start of summer. Not anymore. The sillies attacking Missy and me in the backyard are fruit flies. A couple weeks ago I found bites up and down my left side, from the base of my neck to my toes, after picking up the fallen green apples and persimmons in the backyard. There they were on the ground among the dozens of apricot pits that bugs left behind after devouring the fallen fruit.
Leaving fruit to rot on the ground is no longer a very good option for us. (Cue: apologetic shrug while looking upward) Only took me three summers to figure that one.
It's time for me to decide on what to enter into our county fair coming the first weekend of October. Entries are due in three weeks. Flower arrangements, definitely. Crafts, too. But, not those painted pots you saw above. Nor those work-in-progress painted rocks and tiles. Maybe baking and confectionery. Yes, yes, I know I haven't done much successful baking or making truffles in quite a long while. There's the challenge. (Cue wicked grin) And, most of all, to have fun. I'd love to enter a painting or drawing in the Fine Arts Department, but next year may be better.
If you were going to enter your county (or something similar) fair, what would you enter?
It being still Monday, I'm off to link with Jesh at All Seasons and Angie at Mosaic Monday. Come along and check out the wonderful bloggers who also participate.
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