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      Saturday, March 28, 2015

08:31 AM - 03/28/2015

The topic: I’m really sad right now


Birds are flying around from tree to tree. Nests are gone. 


06:39 AM - 03/28/2015

The topic: A fun day in store


There's something not nice going on with the trees.  Really tall pine trees and parts of them have started dying. There were a lot of things that went through our minds, the neighbors poisoning them was one of the first, since the worst are the ones on the property line, but the ones in front of the house have no problems at all. And it appeared that all of the trees that are in the backyard didn't have any problems. Just those three on the property line. But when we noticed the smallest of them in the backyard, the very last one in the line, was doing poorly, I came up with the idea that maybe it's not poison, but lack of water (because of the drought and the rising cost of water, we've cut way back).

Brian bought some things that you put into the trees to kill beetles, in case there are any, and the trees have been getting a lot more water than they had been. And they seem to be responding. But there's still the matter of all of the dead stuff at the top. We don't see it much on this side, but as you come down the street, on the other side, where the asshole neighbors live, it's pretty bad.  I haven't had much use for either of them since we came home from dinner at my in-laws one Thanksgiving to find Junior drenched to the bone - they'd hosed him, probably because he'd been barking; and he learned this behavior because of their grandson who used to come out to the fence and yell at the dogs, kick the fence and throw things at them. I quit talking to her when everytime we had a conversation, she's start in on me about the trees. I always responded to talk to Brian about it, but she kept after me. She's a slow learner I guess, but she's one helluva nag. I liked the time when Brian was putting up the wood fence when they were dogsitting for their daughter and the dogs rushed the fence, scaring the crap out of Marco, he fell from the retaining wall and broke his hip. Two thousand dollars at the vet to get it taken care of and eight weeks in a crate.

Brian gets wood and puts up a wooden fence so that the dogs (or anyone in their yard, for that matter) can't see into ours. Brian at first was going to attach the wood to the chain link and Mr. Asshole says "you can't do that, the fence won't bear the weight, besides it's my fence and I don't want you attaching to it". (They didn't install the fencing, it was there when they moved in.) Okay, explain this then. Why are all of the poles that the fencing attaches to on OUR side of the fence? But Brian didn't say a word, he just went down to Home Depot and bought wood that he'd just build the fence as if there was nothing there. Well, Mrs. Nagatha Asshole comes out and starts screeching at Brian "my view! my view! what about my view?" and then asks Brian "well, are you going to cut down the trees?"  Brian and Mr Asshole had discussed why this was being done and Mr Asshole's comment was "well, the did the dogs hurt your cats?" (My head voice was shouting "no, you stupid fuck, but they rushed the fence and our cats didn't know what they were going to do, it was new to them, and it scared the crap out of them and ended up costing us a buttload of money." My head voice loves expletives.)

(Yeah, all of this time I was in the extra room, listening, amazed that Brian was so calm.)

Finally Mr Asshole said "Nagatha" (that's what I call his wife) "Go in the house, Nagatha"... and Mrs Asshole went inside.


So, a couple of weeks ago we get a thing in the mail that the company that carries our homeowner's insurance wants to come take pictures of the house, inside and out. Brian's nervous that because of the dead part on the trees, there will be a problem. And he contacted the guy who stopped by last December. "It's time to do something about the trees."  And then he tells me "I hate to bring this up, but we're going to need to sell some of our stock to pay for this". I was hoping we could skip a year (every year since he quit the glass business we sell some stock - our retirement money), but it needs to be done.

All of the cats are inside and the cat doors are blocked. Rocky is already going nuts and it's only been fifteen minutes. I'm sure once they start working, he'll be happy to be inside (he's not happy with strangers, he learned Stranger Danger well in kitty school). And because of Rocky, the catdoor in the garage is locked for in and out, a baby gate is in front of that and there are two #38 containers pushed against the baby gate. In the laundry room, the door is locked for in and out, a big heavy litterbox is in front of that and I've got the lid to the litterbox (we use Sterlite containers) is between the door and the litterbox. Getting out will take some work. Oh, and the backdoor is locked so no one accidentally opens it to get into the house.

Brian put out a cooler with lots of ice and bottles of water for the workers. I need to clean the bathroom, because you never know if someone has to potty. 

This is going to take a couple of days because the guys are climbing the trees to do the work, no equipment was rented. 

The workers are here. Keep us in your thoughts that all goes smoothly. 

      Tuesday, March 24, 2015

01:12 PM - 03/24/2015

The topic: Katie update


She's hanging in there. The tumor doesn't seem to be growing as quickly as it started out, but that could just be wishful thinking on my part. I'm sure we've all been there. 

Anyway, I got some video of her eating this morning, you can get a good idea of her chin. 

I'm thinking she'll be with us for a little while longer.


      Monday, March 23, 2015

mrs. crankypants
12:17 PM - 03/23/2015

The topic: The first candidate has thrown his hat into the ring…


For the love of God, people, get out and vote this next election!

I found today that there is absentee voting in EVERY state. That's right. Every state has absentee voting so that you don't need a ride, you don't need daycare, you don't need to take time off of work. 

We've done the absentee voting for years now. All we need is a stamp for each envelope. 

It's your right to vote. Exercise it!

      Sunday, March 22, 2015

06:13 AM - 03/22/2015

The topic: We went to see “Home” yesterday morning


It was a really cute movie. We liked it, I think it's one the whole family will enjoy. 

But like the last movie we tried to attend (The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) which we didn't see because of line jumpers and a special group who got in before the ones who won radio or television contests, the seats weren't the best. 

For the Marigold movie, there was a group called the Cinema Society. Then you have the same group of line jumpers. A couple of people get there hours early and then all of their friends start showing up after others (like us) have been waiting for over an hour. We usually try to be at a movie at least an hour and a half before it starts.  There will be less than fifty people in front of us, but by the time they start letting us in, the line in front of us has doubled or tripled. And it's annoying. We could have gotten seats in the two front rows, but keeping your head tilted back for over an hour and a half isn't very comfortable and for some of us, we feel the pain for days after. So, we left the line and came home. We'd been in line for an hour and forty-five minutes,  we should have easily gotten decent seats. But the line jumping prevented that.

Yesterday, it was Girl Scouts. The line jumpers don't usually hit the Saturday morning movies and I thought we had a real good chance at awesome seating. Nope. 

We spent four hours (driving, waiting and viewing) away from home for a ninety-minute movie. When we got home, Brian changed and when to work.

And I started rethinking this whole free movie thing. 

In Brian's business, time is money. Time away from home is time spent not making his product. For a lot of last year, he was running at eight weeks to get orders out. He feels this is unacceptable. How much money is it costing him in time to go to a "free" movie? Add to that the frustration of waiting so long and getting less than great seats.  I asked if what he thought about the idea of just setting aside a couple of days a month to go see a matinee? If we play our cards right, it would cost us less than twenty bucks a show (we don't buy stuff to eat or drink). We'd see the shows we wanted to (no more things like Purge: Anarchy) and wouldn't drive as far and wait in line as long.

He's all for it.

So, I'm not going to try to get the advanced screenings for a while. Maybe later I'll pick it up again, but for now, I'm going to just back off.  See if it helps lessen the stress level somewhat.

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