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      Monday, September 29, 2014

05:21 PM - 09/29/2014

The topic: The carousel


Got the photos up over on the album (there are twenty) and I'll share some of them here.

First, let's see the little video:


The "tent" portion, the top portion and the mirrored center:

Keeping the mirrors clean while I add embellishments:


It took me over four hours to put these little beads along the edge. I got them on eBay, they're only 2mm wide. I had no idea they'd be so small, I've got plenty of rulers around here that have millimeter on them, you'd think I'd have checked. But I like how it turned out. 

All parts are assembled and attached:

Time to add the horses and poles. For some reason, the length between the top and the bottom wasn't equal at all holes. I had to do each one individually. On my next one, the holes that are on the bottom two pieces for the "poles" will have matching holes on the top so the pole will go through both the top and bottom.

Horses and poles installed (I used black stirring straws I got on Amazon and wrapped curling ribbon around them for the gold), lights are added. I added holes for the top for the lights, except for some reason I had in my mind there were thirty lights on each strand. I was wrong. There were only twenty. And after it was finished Brian said it would look even cooler if there had been some lights in at the inside top, over the horses. Thinking it over, I can do this and it will probably be a lot easier. Tape doesn't stick too well to that paper and I tried three different types of tape. banana

As I said, you can see more of these photos over on my album. Clicking on a picture here will open up a new window over there. And to see the photo even bigger, click on it on the album.

This carousel is part of SVGCuts Carousel Ride Kit. As with all of their kits, you can find the instructional video over on their YouTube channel.



10:15 AM - 09/29/2014

The topic: All these years I’ve been telling Brian


When the water bill comes "we need to cut back, you need to quit watering the lawn so much".  He always said "it's only on for a few minutes in each place, do you want a brown lawn?"  No, but I don't want to have to pay $200 a month for water, either, and they just keep raising the rates and we're in a drought and and and....(I always have a lot of ands).

So, a couple of months ago he pulled the majority of pine needles the neighbor has been so graciously dumping on our bank for the past fifteen or twenty years and spread them over the front lawn. Voila! No need to water this area.

You might also recall the water backup in the laundry room after I got the new washer and dryer. It wasn't draining properly because there's a blockage in the line at this end of the house. Dishwater and laundry water weren't making it out to the sewer at the street. Instead of paying a couple of hundred bucks to get the line unblocked, Brian bought some pool hose and the water from that end of the house, the gray water, empties onto the lawn. This results in needing to water this area less than we had been watering it.

You may also recall my numerous complaints of the heat this summer. I'm sure there have been one or two.

Well, the water bill got here. It's down almost 25% from last year's usage. 

Brian said "all these years you've told me to cut back on watering...."

And the lawn? It's not all brown. 

08:57 AM - 09/29/2014

The topic: Advanced screening: “The Equalizer”


When we were waiting for the movie to begin, Brian asked "wouldn't it be cool to see a movie where the trailers were the worst part?" Because so many times, the trailers pick up all the good parts of the movie and there's nothing left. 

Well, guess what? He got his wish. The movie was WAY better than you'd get from the trailers. 

Bob (Denzel Washington) is a quiet guy, personable, helpful, doesn't seem to have much of a life outside of work and the people he deals with on a day to day basis. He works at a Home Depot/Lowe's type of store, lives alone and has insomnia. He has a little diner he goes to when he can't sleep and he reads his books and he has ongoing conversations with the fellow diners. 

A quiet man, a quiet life.

Until one of the late night diners answers her phone and tells the person on the other side, she doesn't want to go with this guy. See, she's a prostitute, the guy on the other end was her pimp. They spoke Russian. She leaves the diner and gets into a limo outside with the pig of a man who is paying for her services. Bob watches from his regular seat by the window.

Then one of the cashiers at his day job gets robbed and the thug wants her ring, the one that belonged to her mother.

We begin to see that Bob isn't as laid back as it seems. 

Bob has a "before" life. And it was a well trained life.  Bob doesn't carry a weapon, but he's very aware of his surroundings. And you'll cringe. And you'll cheer. And you'll never look at Home Depot the same. I shouldn't say much more, I don't want to spoil the surprises. But they're all good. 

Despite all of the violence (none of it gratuitous, these guys had it coming!) it was a great movie, a fun movie. A very fun movie.

Rarely do I see so many smiles when we leave the theater, but this time? Yeah, there were a lot of happy people.  

Check it out. See it on the big screen. You won't regret it.


      Sunday, September 28, 2014

05:41 PM - 09/28/2014

The topic: Update!


We're fine! Cats are fine! We're getting a taste of autumn weather (but not for long) and I'm enjoying the heck out of it.

There's a Facebook fella in Alaska that posts things that are political and he's funny about them. He is retired Navy (twenty four years). He has a weblog and his wife has been gone for a week or so and he's more prolific than usual and I've been having so much fun reading (and responding to) the followups to his posts. See, he rattles the cages of the uber-conservatives and some of them have no problem private messaging him, he shares some of this hate mail on FB, and honestly, some of them are pretty ignorant and it's pretty entertaining to read the responses. On my last response, I said I hoped that his wife gets home soon because I'm not getting anything around here done. True story.

Today he posted a photo of one of his cats wrapped around his neck. Adorable.

I've been trying to catch up on some housework after the miserable weeks of heat we had and my heart really isn't in it. I need to get back into the swing of things. I did get some stuff put away in the garage and made room where I've just been piling things up. 

Oh, and since it's the new television season and our DVR (from the cable company) was over 71% full, I needed to get rid of quite a few of the programs that were recorded. I binge watched all of the last season of Dallas. And the season finale from the previous season. The show seemed to lose its way after the death of Larry Hagman, but they found their stride and I was really into the last few episodes. Although I kept hoping Sue Ellen would die or something. I can't stop looking at her mouth, it reminds me of Bobby's tail, Dammit. It seems to have a mind of its own and it moves when nothing's coming out of it. Such a dramatic part of her face and I want to slap a strip of duct tape over it. But other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed the show. Which surprised me. 

It's just been one of those summers.

Anyway, meatloaf for dinner, with scalloped potatoes (best potato recipe I've ever made) and probably baked beans. 

And I do want to get my carousel photos and video up, because it's just adorable. And I have the review for The Equalizer (go see it, it's an awesome movie) to do.

Man, dinner smells good....

      Friday, September 26, 2014

04:42 PM - 09/26/2014

The topic: Yesterday we ran out of canned food


For the kitties. Welll, we had two small cans of Fancy Feast for Miss Elizabeth. 

Wednesday night they got fed late, we'd been to see an advanced screening of "The Equalizer" (review coming soon) and yesterday morning, when I cleaned up the bowls, they hadn't eaten hardly anything . So, I figured they could go one night without wet food. 

We're heading to WalMart shortly to get more kitty cat food. I think they might eat tonight.

Plus, the heat has returned, not as bad as before, but it's uncomfortable and that might be why they didn't eat. I sure hope that's all it is.

      Monday, September 22, 2014

02:21 PM - 09/22/2014

The topic: Let me explain a little about my BIL and SIL


And why I feel the way I do (I've never been really fond of either of them).

Way back when, Brian and I had season passes for the Chargers. I don't know how many of you remember the big strike when the players walked out, but it was around that time. We had them for a couple of years.

To save the headaches of the traffic, we purchased bus passes for the games and we had to be at the bus stop by a certain time or we'd miss the last bus. One Sunday, Brian had gone over to his parents' house and was helping his brother out with something, I'm not sure what it was, maybe they were trimming a tree or something like that. Anyway, I know how sidetracked Brian can be and how he loses track of time when he gets in a zone. So, I call over there to remind him that he needs to come home and get ready to go if we're going to make the bus.

Now, let me be clear on one point. I wasn't the type of girlfriend or wife who was constantly in touch with him. When we were dating I could count on my hand the number of times I called him. I figured when he had a chance, he'd call me. I was like that with all of my boyfriends, I didn't smother, I didn't pursue. Maybe some may have thought I didn't care, but I just wouldn't do it.  And after we were married, I rarely called him when he was over at his parents' house (long  before cellphones - but even then I wouldn't call him at work unless it was an emergency). I figured he had a reason to be there and I knew he'd be home when he was done with whatever. But this Sunday, there was a time constraint.

Well, Mark answered the phone and I asked if I could talk to Brian. And his brother said to me, in a voice full of contempt "give him a break". 

I had no words. I had no response. I didn't know what to say. Seriously. He asked if I was still there, I said "yes", then I hung up. Of course, Brian got an earful when he got home. 

When Mark got married, I realized Karma has a helluva sense of humor. 

Then there was the Christmas dinner at his mom's house and for some reason, he started getting on my case about how many cats we have. Out of the blue, he was berating me in front of the family over how many cats we have. He didn't bring Brian into the equation, it was all me. It was another jaw dropper. Like Brian said "how have our cats affected HIS life?" We never asked for help with them, we never asked them to take care of them when we're gone, there was no obvious reason why he had said what he did. But for me, it was another brick in the wall.  

When he was dating the woman who he would marry, she was here at the house one afternoon. It was just the two of us. I didn't know her well, it was a getting to know you kind of conversation I guess. She told me about having a cat who "shit all over the house" so she dumped it in a nice neighborhood. 

Strike one.

Later in the conversation she asked me if I'd ever considered help. Help? Huh? Then it dawned on me.

She thought I needed professional mental help. I wasn't sure why, I didn't want to ask. And I didn't.

But we had strike two.

The swings and the misses just keep on coming. There have been so many over the years I could fill a book....all the times Brian's come home to tell me about her giving him hell over one thing or another, things that have absolutely nothing to do with him. Maybe some day I will. 

It just leaves me shaking my head and I just try to ignore it all. banana

The Xanax I took this morning after Brian got home sure helped.

But for me, this stuff doesn't just disappear, it doesn't just go away. No, it sits there in my head. Like a filing cabinet. Some files I never look at again, once they're in there. But others, they just keep getting thicker and thicker and thicker....

11:55 AM - 09/22/2014

The topic: We really need to get our affairs in order


If something happens to us, I do NOT, I repeat, do NOT want his brother and sister-in-law anywhere NEAR my cats. I can see them just dumping them somewhere or worse yet, just letting them fend for themselves while they help themselves to our stuff.

They are NOT good cat owners. They got a couple of kittens a few months back and Brian just told me they "lost" one. "Lost" one? WTF?

I guess they got the kittens to kill the mice and mice only come out at night, dontcha know? The SIL wanted to bring them in, but Brian's brother, the same guy who read me the riot act, out of the blue one Christmas day, about us having so many cats said they had to stay out at night. This man who knows everything about everything, this "knowallogist", someone who's opinion drips gold, it's so important.

And we all know that cats are natural hunters, right? It's not like it's something that they LEARN to do from their MOTHERS, right? And if the mother doesn't teach them, they automatically know how to do it.

Right now, the hatred I'm feeling for this man is almost palpable. You could almost touch it and feel it with your hands.

It is not a good feeling. Not at all.

11:38 AM - 09/22/2014

The topic: You know when you see a certain


Actor's name in a movie that you know you're not going to like the movie?

One of those actors for me is Nicole Kidman. Not that she's a bad actress or that I don't like her, but I don't like the movies she's in. They're always so weird. 

07:22 AM - 09/22/2014

The topic: Want to see Rocky?


Check out the patiocam. He spends lots of time on the chairs with the table. I gave up trying to keep him inside at night, I don't think he ventures farther than the patio. But he sure likes it out there. 

He comes inside in the afternoon and stays in until the cats are all in and fed, then we can hear him at the back cat door, pulling on it until he gets it open enough to go through.

He's happy.


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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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