Mist again. Probably this is low clouds, but the effect is the same. Very heavy rain, then high humidity which causes water to condense out on everything from your roof to the trees. Inside the buildings, it's not a problem as long as I have electricity to run my air conditioners and dehumidifiers.
Outside is a different story. My walk ways around the house are made of pressure treated boards. I'm getting a kind of green, slimy algae looking substance growing on them. Slippery as hell, and if you aren't careful, it'll cause you to fall. The same stuff is growing on the surface of my cement parking pads. I've been sanding the walk ways, and spraying Thompson's water sealant on them. That helps but doesn't eradicate the algae or bacteria, or whatever this is. I am treating the cement by spraying it with a mixture of water and bleach. It turns the green stuff brown, which looks nasty but at least it isn't slippery.
The cedar shake roof is growing moss. That's a bad thing, as the moss holds moisture on the roof, doesn't let the shakes dry out, and they rot. I am having to spray the roof with chemicals to kill the moss, something I don't like to do but I'm out of alternatives. Home Depot sells a bottle of moss killer that attaches to a hose, so it isn't hard on the side of the house that is upslope. But on the side that is down slope, you have to use a ladder and that's dangerous, especially when the ground is spongy.
If you go out into the woods, everything is covered with green lichen. The constant high humidity levels are letting this stuff take over. I spray the logs of my house and outbuildings with preservatives but even so, I'm starting to get little specks of this green, fuzzy mold on the outer walls. I have to walk around with a spray tank and "touch up" those places.
Just a week with lower humidity and no rain would solve all this, but there's no break in sight.
The fog at night means I can't see what's going on around the house. Neither can the dogs, so they bark at every strange noise from the forest and wake me up.
First last winter was much colder and there was more snow than normal. Then this Spring was brutally hot and dry. Now the summer, always a wet, dank time , is worse than normal. Adapting to these different weather issues is a lot of work and costs a lot of money. There's not much choice about doing it, though.
On a less carping note, the new Survivalist arrived. It has an article about how to take over and fly a helicopter if the pilot croaks. Innovative subject, but as one who flew helicopters let me say that should you experience this event, you are going to die. No one alive can sit in a helicopter and fly it , and land it, with no training or experience. You can get away with that in a fixed wing aircraft but the idea of doing it in a helicopter is , in my humble opinion, fantasy. So much for that.
There is a good article on sheltering in place, (the trendy term now is bugging in.) I enjoyed the story on home surveillance systems, and got a few good ideas from that. My own security camera system is not bad but could use some improvement . Just about everything can always stand improvement.
There's a really good article about over the counter medications, and that alone was worth the price of the magazine. Speaking of prices, if you subscribe to a magazine, the per issue cost comes down from about ten dollars to less than half that over a year. It's worth thinking about if they mail the magazines in a protective sleeve, which Survivalist does.
Survivalist is looking for authors. They don't care if you are a first time writer, or someone who has been published before. You can get their writers guide from their web page. I know a lot of bloggers I read who could very easily get published there. I don't know what they pay, or even if they pay anything at all. But really, when you get published just seeing your article in print is reward enough.There are other benefits too. If you spend money on your research, the cost is often tax deductible, provided you got a check from the publisher, even if it wasn't much. It's worth thinking about.
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