We all go a little mad sometimes.

Thanks for the affirmation, Norman Bates. (In an age of computer generated images enabling filmmakers to present a realistic show of ripping off people’s heads or running them over with trains, this scene is a refreshing reminder of the emotions real acting — no FX involved — can generate. If you are not at least a little creeped out by the pure psychosis Anthony Perkins exuded with just his facial expressions, you are not human.)

OK. I sense madness in the coming weeks. Too many uncertainties. One good thing, though — I’ve made some snail’s pace progress on the Backyard Reclamation Project. To clarify: we are reclaiming our back yard from the overgrowth, weeds, critters, and scary green things. Behold the initial evidence (sorry about the “after” shot lighting — I took it at dawn):

I hated that half dead wild rose bush anyway. It was like the Thing That Eats Worlds. But a few dianthus, petunias and marigolds, along with a Minuteman hosta plant on the far end spruced things up nicely. Oh, and don’t forget the garage paintover. I couldn’t move my arms for two days.

So what’s in store for you this weekend, my lovely fiends? Anything fun planned?

4 thoughts on “We all go a little mad sometimes.

  1. BoomR

    A great improvement to the garage & flower bed! Good for you! (well, not the “…couldn’t move my arms for 2 days…” part).

    As for me, lots of home music studio time working on my CD project, balanced with some pool time. Chamberlain’s on Sat night of course. And maybe a little early b’day celebration dinner at Kathleen’s Sky Diner & Art Cafe (http://www.skydinerdallas.com/joomla/index.php) where they have the YUMMIEST cakes & pies on the dessert menu (yes…gives Chamberlain’s a run for their $$) :D

    OK, and maybe some fun with my new iPad 2 :D

    1. Rat Fink Post author

      Thanks, luv — and I got a lot more done yesterday! Now I’m ready for a weekend with the Js, and a crazy upcoming week. Hey wait — I’m supposed to be on summer break! What the…?

      Italian Cream Cake? Double Fudge Chocolate Cake? Which did you have? That looks like a fantastic cafe — just the opposite of Chamberlain’s in appearance though! Have a great weekend, and a wonderful 49th birthday on Monday. :-) Did you take the day off?? You should!


  2. RD

    The backyard and garage look much, much better. I’ll have to eyeball it in person sometime–maybe when I’m out for a bike ride. Hope your arms have recovered well from the painting. I know these projects require a lot of energy and result in some sore muscles. Last summer I painted the exterior of our house. Some of it required being high on a ladder. Standing on it got to my legs. Yesterday I cut down an oak tree in our back yard and a dead lilac tree. I felt like a small time Paul Bunyan. I’ve also planted grass seed on some of the bare spots in our yard. That requires some persistent light watering for at least a couple of weeks (unless it rains). Tomorrow morning I may put weed and feed on the yard. Later in the morning I’m attending the ATS commencement. That’s all folks (for now).

    1. Rat Fink Post author

      You know you’re welcome at the homestead any old day, Mr. Bicycle. Text if you’re in the neighborhood! Sounds like you got some stuff done at ye olde parsonage as well. We need another Bux date, post-haste.


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