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      Tuesday, June 30, 2015

03:43 PM - 06/30/2015

The topic: At my house this afternoon



08:00 AM - 06/30/2015

The topic: And more fun stuff from last week.


Last Tuesday, I walked into the garage and it smelled weird. Like something was burning. I checked all around the garage (you know when you smell something and you sniff so much you get lightheaded? that was me sniffing around the garage) and didn't see anything unusual. I walked outside and sniffed out there, maybe it was coming from next door. Hmm. Nothing.

A little while later, I went back and sniffed again. Still there, but it didn't seem as bad. A little while later, it was bad. I went out back and got Brian. He sniffed. Couldn't find anything, but he smelled something. And he saw something that I didn't, he asked if it looked smokey to me. No, it looks normal. So, we ended up unplugging a bunch of stuff, shut the door to the garage (in case the smell was coming in from outside) and waited. The next time we checked, the garage was horrible. And there was smoke coming from under the freezer. Yeah, the freezer had gone bad and fortunately, this happened during the day and not at night when we were in bed and when we were both home. It could have been a lot worse. A lot. It's scary to even think about.

The freezer was unplugged, I came back to the computer and checked out the local Lowe's inventory, did a little bit of quick research and ordered a 14.4 cubic foot upright freezer that was on sale for $398.00 with a $50.00 rebate. I ordered it and Brian went down to pick it up. Got it home, moved the old freezer out (we still hadn't opened the door since it was unplugged), let the new freezer run for about four hours and I started moving food. Some of it seemed a little soft, but the freezer still had frost in it and I don't think anything thawed out.

Then I checked on the rebate. It was through our local utility company and it was a recycle rebate. They needed the old freezer for us to get the fifty bucks. I signed up for the pick up. Then I read the rebate rules. The freezer has to have been plugged in and turned on for at least an hour before they pick it up so they can check to see if it still runs. Uh oh. I called the number on the form and left a message about canceling the pick up. Brian went to his mom's house that night (his sister was in town) and his brother told him they don't check, just put it out, fifty dollars is fifty dollars. (And besides, even if they didn't haul it away, Brian had already gotten the okay from Lowe's for us to bring the old one to them since that's where we got the new one.) 

I figured I'd just wait to see if they called to double check the pick up and they did. So, it hadn't gotten canceled. When they came out, all they did was look inside (Brian thinks it was to make sure it was empty). It had been "on" for hours and wasn't cold at all. After handing him a slip of paper that said they'd been here, they hauled it away.

I did save the basket that had been in the bottom of the old unit and it fit nicely in the new unit. Which was a good thing because accessing the bottom shelf could be pretty hard on the knees, even for someone close to the ground like me. Much easier to pull out a basket.

It's always something, yanno?


07:52 AM - 06/30/2015

The topic: More from last week


For the first time since the fall of 2013, I washed most of the windows. Instead of doing them all in one day, since I'm in such crappy shape I figured I'd do a few a day. Then it got hot. *lol* Well, it's wasn't the heat, it was the humidity. I still have the office window and the bedroom window to do. (The bedroom window is a real pain to do, there are roll out windows, I can't just pop the screens off; and the bed is in front of the window, I have to stand on the bed to get to the window.) And if I get really motivated, I'll also do the garage window.

I love clean windows, I don't know why I hadn't cleaned them in so long. They were so bad they reminded me of My Cousin Vinny.

But all (mostly) pretty now!

      Monday, June 29, 2015

04:45 PM - 06/29/2015

The topic: Woohoo!


I finally finished something I started that didn't have a deadline! Yay me! (I still haven't finished fixing the formatting on this weblog...)

I finished the book with the listings of the SVG files I have and the pictures of each one. (And, let's see, it's the end of June? Next week I'll have seven months of bank reconciliations to do....gah!)

But I finished my file book!

Yay me!


      Sunday, June 28, 2015

01:40 PM - 06/28/2015

The topic: I was going to make a little movie


Of one of the cats, but as I was transferring the video and photos to my hard drive from my camera, it dawned on me I'd be really sad if I lost all of my videos and photos if the drive went bad, so I decided to back them up right now this very second.

The backup is 57% done. Then I'll make my little movie and share this adorable kitty with you all.

I could probably do it all at the same time, but things go more quickly if I do one CPU intensive project at a time. And rendering movies takes a lot of CPU.


10:49 AM - 06/28/2015

The topic: Empathy


I think a lot of people don't have it.

The recent ruling from the Supreme Court, the one on gay marriage, has a lot of panties in a lot of wads. I can't understand this.

But then, homosexuality has never been a big thing to me. I really don't care if someone is gay, trangendered, bisexual, lesbian, assexual or heterosexual. It doesn't affect my day to day life. I just don't care. To me, sexual orientation isn't a priority in my dealings with those around me. Being an asshole about the trees, now there's something that is sure to get my panties in a wad. People speeding up and down the street gets me riled up. Tossing lit cigarettes out a car window, that makes my mop flop. Mosquitoes. I don't care for flies, but they have a purpose. Mosquitoes do not. Potholes. I do not like potholes.The people who leave the house with the gate wide open.

There are lots of things that bother me. Someone's sexual orientation isn't one of them. It never has been. It never will be.

I'm pretty sure there's no handbasket that will be taking us Americans to hell because gay marriage is now legal in all fifty states. God isn't going to send plagues of locusts or turning anyone into a pillar of salt because people in love can get married. Because if this really mattered to God, don't you think He'd do something about it? Seriously? Aren't there so many worse things going on in this world?

And to get all up in arms because it's God's law? It's in the Bible? Yeah, okay, don't you think God can handle this? His law, His judgement, His punishment? Where does it say anyone has the right to judge someone else? I don't remember much from parochial school, but I remember a little. Like "let he who is without sin, cast the first stone" (John 8:7). Or "judge not lest ye be judged" (Matthew 7:1). (I had to look those up since I'm not a bible scholar.)

I was raised Catholic. I'm lapsed. I believe in God. I do not believe in organized religion. I don't believe the bible is God's word. I've researched the bible through the years and there are too many contradictions, too many translations, too many humans reporting "the Word" (reminds me of that game we've played, where you have a circle of people, there's something written on a piece of paper and the first one whispers to the next person and that person whispers what he heard to the next person and so on; the last person says out loud what he was told, and it's usually not what was on that piece of paper, because we all have this way of spinning what we've read or been told). But these are my personal feelings and I don't expect others to live their lives by MY feelings....I think it's a wonderful thing, having faith and I respect those who do. It must be a comforting feeling. That said, you won't see me trying to change their belief system. No derision on my part. Not for their beliefs. (It's how they use these beliefs to hurt others is what I don't like.)

And I would hope they afford me that same consideration.

Back to empathy. You know that old "walk a mile in my shoes" saying?  I learned empathy early. I bit a kid at a birthday party when I was just a little girl. Now, what happened next would get a parent arrested for child abuse, but back then, it was an okay thing to do (hey, waddya know, a "times sure change" example). My dad promptly took me home. And he bit me. I don't think he bit me hard, but he got my attention. And he said "did that hurt?" Yes. "Did you like it?" No. "Will you do that again?" No. For a few minutes, I was in someone else's shoes.

Another empathy example. You know I love cats. I hate to see them hurt. I hadn't been on the internet for long, but someone on an old forum complained that feral cats were hitting their poultry, their living and killing them. There were many suggestions about how to stop this from happening, but this woman's husband was so full of hate for the cats for affecting his living, that he implemented none of the suggestions. No, he killed a cat that was going after his chickens. And when he picked up the dead body, he found he'd killed a lactating mother. There were kittens out there. Without a mom. Without a way to eat.

He and his wife went in search of the litter. They found the kittens and hand raised them. He bottle fed these kittens.

He fixed the fencing around his chickens so the feral cats could no longer get to them. They bought food that they left out for the feral cats.

He found empathy the hard way. And he was a better man for it.

Gay marriage won't affect traditional marriage.You can still have your traditional marriages, nothing is undermined. Gay marriage will not prevent you from being traditional married. If it goes against clergy's beliefs, they won't have to perform the ceremony. It happens now. I understand a rabbi can refuse to marry a Jew and a non-Jew. I know of some Catholic churches where you need pre-marital counseling. If you don't get it, you don't get married. By them, anyway. If you work for the govenment, well, that's different. But I'm sure this will all take time to sort out.

Allowing the gay community the same marriage rights as the heterosexual community hurts no one. If God doesn't like it, that's God's problem, not ours. Don't blindly believe what you've been told all of your lives, by your pastor, your friends, your community. Take the time to sit down and really think about it. Think about how two people who really love each other wanting that piece of paper to show their commitment for one another. Find understanding and empathy for them. Put yourself in their shoes. If you feel it will help, pray. I'm sure God won't advise you to smite anyone. That's His job. But I'm sure a week from today, a month, a year from today, you'll find that your life hasn't been affected much by this recent Supreme Court decision.

Unless you're in the business of weddings.....


      Monday, June 22, 2015

10:35 AM - 06/22/2015

The topic: Brian is a latecomer to Game of Thrones


After the season finale last week, I said something about wanting to watch it from the beginning. When I first started I was back in the office doing paperwork and didn't do the full attention to the storyline.

Last night, after watching Guardians of the Galaxy for the gazillionth time, he said "how about GoT?" Okay.

It's on HBO's video on demand, all five seasons. Brian quickly got interested seeing the characters at the beginning. We watched two episodes last night and I realized why Joffrey hated Sansa so much, why he took extra special delight in her misery.

She saw him cry. And he hated her from then on.


08:07 AM - 06/22/2015

The topic: So, I have all of these “kits” for paper crafting


That I've gotten over the years. Hundreds. SVGCuts has this thing when they come out with a new kit, it's free when you spend at least $9.98. That's a hard bargain to pass up. So, I haven't. And then there's SVGAttic.com, I picked up a lot of her stuff before she went into partners with Lori Whitlock. At one point, she had a going out of business sale and everything was a .99 or less. I stocked up.

And here I am with all of these files and it's gotten to the point that I don't know what I've got. I've tried organizing in the past, but I got nowhere with it. Just printed a bunch of graphics.

But now...now, I have a plan. I spent the weekend printing out the main photo of every kit and every set of elements, the photo that has all of the items in the kit in the same photo. And these prints are captioned with the file name (I used Picasa, a free graphic program). The prints are in alphabetical order. Yesterday, I ordered a huge binder and seperators. I will put these prints into my binder.

And I'm going to make a list sheet. The names of the pages will be listed and will tell me at a glance what a certain kit has. If it has regular cards or box cards or lever cards or waterfall cards. If it's summer themed or baby themed or winter themed or birthday themed, I'll know. If I have the PDF file (which shows all the SVG files for each kit and the paper needed) printed. If there is some specialty item, like a haunted mansion or a ferris wheel or a hot air balloon...

I figure I can get fifteen or twenty kits listed on a page.

It will take a while, but it should make this a lot easier.

07:20 AM - 06/22/2015

The topic: What a week it was


It was hot hot hot! And the office is not the place to be when it's hot.

So, last weekend I ended up making some stamps after finally getting the negative sheet done on the 11th. But I didn't just make stamps, I also got some black cardstock and made varying sizes of matting sheets to block out any residual light that might appear at the sides of the negative when I was making the stamp. I used the Silhouette and I made quite a few of these mats. I actually considered taping or gluing the negative to the mat (did I mention I made a lot of them?) but figured I'd just see how this initial set went.

They turned out nicely. I do have to work on getting all of the residual polymer off of the stamp during the cleaning. Either the Dawn dish detergent isn't the optimum cleaner, the brushes don't work (I also started using a toothbrush to clean the the finer and smaller areas of the stamps) or I have no idea how to clean stuff. I decided to let them set for a while and maybe the polymer on the smooth side will come off a lot easier. Nothing I can do on the stamp side. Once that's been hardened under the UV light, it's done.

Then Sunday I did a cleaning of the garage floor. It was horrible. Just a lot of built up crud. It's much nicer now.

Then there was this really, really hot week. Having lost so much of the foliage in the trees, the front of the yard now cooks. So, we're going to have to adjust for that heat in the bedroom. In all of the time we've been here, this has never been a problem. I imagine it's getting pretty toasty in the afternoons at the house next door. The shade from those trees helped them more than it helped us. One can only hope, right? (Have I mentioned I really don't care for these people?) I wonder if they're smart enough to figure out cause and effect. Or maybe they'll think it's climate change!  141031079

Miss E is doing well, no residual problems from the seizure. She's getting her fluids three times a week now, I think it's helping her. I did notice flea dirt on her when I was giving her the fluids. So, last Tuesday, I got all but three cats dosed with Advantage. I got one of those done on Saturday. I most likely won't get the other two (Autumn and Joey). The worst thing about doing this is I start to feel like the dying fleas are jumping on me. Not that I feel them crawling, but I start to itch. Well, sometimes I feel them crawling, like last Thursday when I pulled one from my hairline. (Marco sleeps on my pillow.) But I think it's safe now.

Brian brought Katie's remains home on Friday.

Other than that, there's really not much going on here. Heat does that.



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lisaviolet is sixty something, married with no kids, takes care of lots of cats, likes taking photographs, loves Southern California weather and spends altogether too much time avoiding her responsibilities.

In her spare time, she makes pretty things to sell in her store.

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