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So the nice contractor isn't going to be around tomorrow or next weekend. He has already left for the day, and therefore I couldn't borrow his drill today (as I went out for lunch with lyricagent). He came in around 11 AM and laid in the woodwork in the bath- door frame & the baseboards. There is still no paint, and he doesn't know when the plumber will be in to connect up my fixtures, because 'he's trying to get #21 ready'.
#21 is the apartment that was vacated by lyricagent's now-housemate, wurmfood. While I can understand that the landlady would like to get income being generated by that apartment, and it has nearly been 2 months since wurmfood stopped living in it...
...bitch, it's been a month since I could take a shower inside of my own aparment, dammit! UPDATE: just talked with the plumber as he went past my porch; he says he'll be fitting out my bathroom 'hopefully Monday, definitely by Tuesday'. So, exactly one month.

When I told the general contractor guy I wanted to change the kitchen hardware before painting it (I want it WHITE WHITE WHITE OH GOD THE EYES BLEED WHITE), he said he'd go ahead and drill the holes for the new hardware, if I'd mark the spots on doors and drawers where drilling needed to happen. He also suggested getting a longer screw for the door knobs that were uneven. They are now happily parallel to each other, as the longer screw makes it possible to fit the handles onto parallel holes.

And while picking up screws, I found a hook in the shape of a great big salamander (his tail's curved up) which is working quite happily as someplace to put a hand-towel in the kitchen. the salamander's body is about as big as my hand. It's great big.

I also found a jalapeno ornamental pepper plant that had BRIGHT PURPLE jalapenos peppers all over it. I did not buy it. I am not sure if I should buy it or not. I find it quite fascinating, though. Are peppers annual or perennial?
  • As far as I know, Jalapeños can be red, orange or yellow (if left to ripe in the plant) but usually just green.

    Now I want to see the plant.
    • My mistake, they're ornamental rather than jalapenos.

      here are pictures of some:
    • Apparently ornamental peppers are INSANELY hot. Be careful.
      • I have no intention of eating them. I just debate if this plant would be a useful plant to have as a decoration around the house.
        since the purple is SO INSANELY WEIRDLOOKING.
        • If I were good with plants, I would buy it. I'd stay away from the purple ones, but the normal looking ones would be a nice thing to have for salsas. : )

          The ones in the link you gave me are not jalapeños or serranos, it's another kind, hotter than serrano, called "chile de árbol" because the plant looks like a little tree.
    • I had that plant!

      Or at least some variety of it. (mexican ornamental? whatever, I forget.)

      It is, alas, only an annual. It didn't even try to come back in the spring. It was very pretty all summer long, and better yet, my flower garden had this distinct, if faint, capsacium (sp?) smell because of it. It was neat.

      But pricy for an annual, and it didn't grow a whole heck of a lot, so I didn't get another one this year. Instead went with these big wild purple things (salvias? I forget) that are butterfly-bait (although, alas, I've seen no butterflies yet) and have already doubled in size.
      • Well, it'd be indoors, and if it's going to drop dead between now and next year, I'm not interested, yeah. Thank you!
  • From:



    3,500-7,000 SCOVILLE UNITS *

    The most popular pepper in the country, it is sweet and thick-fleshed. When smoked and dried it is called a chipotle. Watch for new, vivid purple jalapenos in markets this fall.

  • I was under the impression that hot peppers are perennial.

    If this critter is annual, however, I'd suggest going with violets (my new favorite, as they are gorgeous and very easy) or find some bizarre orchid variant that looks weird and yet is pretty. No point in wasting money on a plant that may or may not be alive after the summer.

    Japanese maples, apparently, love San Francisco weather and hate Fresno weather. Which is why I have yet to be able to keep one alive through the summer. Stupid Fresno.

  • The jalapeno plant we have randomly in our front yard is perennial.
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