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A Little Of This and A Little Of That [Apr. 16th, 2010|12:52 pm]
Wizard of Changes -- ©cdozo 2004 to 2015
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[The river is |tired still tired]
[The frogs are singing |Maybe from the musical Annie, playing in my head]

Yesterday was a very busy day, way too busy for my taste.

I got up at 5. I had to get G to school extra early because his school choir was singing in a competition. On the way home I stopped at a house that I could buy and move onto my land. It looked nice but smelled moldy, so I probably won't take it. I didn't know exactly which house it was, so while I waited for the seller to call and tell me, I roamed the neighborhood around the house. There was a small green belt along a creek and it was really beautiful. Rich and I have been going to Kevin Anderson's series of lectures about the history and nature of the Colorado River, and it's made me see things so differently. Then the seller called, I checked out the house and it's pretty little yard and went home.

I had set up to meet around 11 with the plumber out at the land because the water coming out of the pipes in the house has gunk in it. He called and we arranged to meet in a hour. When I was about set to go, I got an important call about a tax form I was missing, and while I was talking to them G called. He was away at a choir competition and I wanted to answer and make sure that things were OK, so I told the tax form people to call back and answered G's call. He was calling to say his choir had won a trophy in the competition they were in. Then the tax people called back and I figured out how to get the form and send it to my tax guy. So I ended up late for the plumber.

The plumber wasn't upset. He had gotten in and was working away. He determined that there is lots of weird gunk in the hot water heater. It's a combination of what looks like gray silt, some white flakes that feel like soap, and some clear balls that break easily and feel like oil. Also, at one point there appeared to be an oil sheen on the top of the water that was coming out. All of this makes me worry that the pump for the well is going out. So I'm going to send photos and a description to my well guy and see what he thinks.

Gunk From The Hot Water Heater

After the plumber left, I wandered around looking at the land and taking photos. Everything is really beautiful there and I found a cool new flower. It's a green stalk, about 3 or 4 feet tall, with leaves growing out from the stalk, and a bunch of tiny pink flowers at the top.

New Flower -- Close-Up of Flower
Click here for more photos of this plant.

Then my tax guy called and asked me to meet with him to get my tax stuff finished. By the time I was done with that G was waiting in the rain at the bus stop. I picked him up, mailed my tax stuff, went home and fell asleep. After a while, I managed to get up and whip up some dinner, then I fell asleep for the night.

[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-04-16 10:45 pm (UTC)
Take a look at p.276 of that field guide to SW & TX flowers I think I gave you--this is somewhat out of range, but Pink Windmills (Sisymbrium linearifolium) would fit from just this one picture, maybe. Size is right. The four petals and the linear leaves, anyway. What a pretty plant, whatever it is!
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[User Picture]From: urbpan
2010-04-17 12:44 am (UTC)
The flowers suggest to me that that plant is in the mustard family.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-04-17 04:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah...S. linearifolium is indeed in the mustard family. Usually found south and west of here, but with the movement of plants in Texas, quite possible it's moved that far. Or it could be a closely related species. But definitely a mustard-family plant.

Checking the Wildflower Center's plants list, using either the family or that genus for a start, might give you additional species and even one in Travis County, but I'm too busy today to do that looking up for you.
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2010-04-17 06:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks to both of you for getting me started. I really appreciate it. I'll post what I find out.
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[User Picture]From: ndozo
2010-04-17 02:04 am (UTC)
Sounds like a good day.
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