As ever, click images to enlarge. Yes, I know this is a larger home than I'm accustomed to. Yes, I know that it is CRAZY, AFRICA-HOT in Arkansas right now. And yes, I know that this is happening all over Arkansas--heck, many folks in North Little Rock, in central Arkansas, and Prescott, in South Arkansas, are near riot-ready, with some Prescott businesses being forced to close, hopefully temporarily, due to the inability to keep up with their $10,000+ bills for cooling costs. And this month's bill for us is only about a hundred dollars higher than last month's (and last month's shocked us PLENTY), so the mere thought of NEXT month's extortio--um, bill, scares the living wampus outta me.
OH! And let's not forget the simultaneously-due electric bill for the for-sale house...you know, the EMPTY house? That no one LIVES in? That only has night-lights on unless someone is actually there, working on the place?Yup, $700 worth of electricity, all due at the exact same time as Bella's monthly preschool tuition, the mortgage on our for-sale house, and quite a handful of other wonderful, inescapable things. There are a couple of people to whom I have made modest offers of assistance in dealing with some of their own hardships, and I hope those folks will understand waiting just a bit longer. I know that they will.
And just so that this is not a total bummer of a weekend post, I offer you a photographic helping of Southern culinary happiness: fried pickles!And more on flickr, naturally. Oh, OH! For those of you who might have wondered about the incidents which led up to the necessity of installing the Bella-Cam, it was mostly due to our waking up to scenes such as this one (staged on our kitchen floor):