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otherstuff
05:15 PM - 05/19/2013

The topic: Finally started my spring cleaning

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I figured windows and screens first. I love a clean window. And screen (note previous entry referring to mosquito remains). Pulled the ones off I could and scrubbed them with vinegar water.

I got a late start so I got the windows first that would be hit by the sun. I cut it really close on the windows on the west side of the house, as a matter of fact, I have to wait for the sun to go down to clean the inside of the family room window (I hate moving Miss Elizabeth, that's her favorite place in the house).

One of the reasons I got a late start is I wanted to get this piece of  Hewlett Packard color laser printer (2605dn) out of here. That was the biggest waste of money ever. I've never been happy with it, I didn't get it for everyday use and when I do use it the white background always looks filthy. The last time I tried it (last month), I was ready to take a hammer to it. Instead I pulled it out of its position on the printer stands this morning (headed to be wrapped in trash bags and stored in the rafters in the garage, safe since the cats can no longer get up there), moved the Epson R1900 over to where that was (it's shorter and opens up the room a little more) and moved the copy machine to where the Epson inkjet had been.

Then I got my Epson Perfection (what a name!) 4990 Photo scanner from it's storage place and put it where the copier had been. The cats used to lay on the copier (it was below the office window) and I wasn't really concerned about moving it. After all, they can lay on it where it is now, it just won't be in the sun (and it's a lot more accessible).

Well, Lorelei is laying on the scanner now. *lol*

I've got lots of old photos of cats who are at the rainbow bridge. And some photos my mom had saved (my dad used to have his own darkroom, but it didn't look like she saved too many of those photographs). Maybe now that it won't be a big production to run the scanner, I'll be more inclined to scan.

I need to wash the towels and covers I had on everything in here as well as all of the towels I used for the windows.

And this coming week, I hope to get the floors cleaned. And my bathtub. My bathtub and walls badly need to be scrubbed down.

I love clean windows!

Brian's doing stuff on his tractor, he washed it and waxed it this morning (another reason I wasn't working on the windows). He used the pressure washer. He got us Subway for lunch and I asked him to pick up a six pack of Miller Lite. I haven't had a beer in forever. Ever since my gallbladder surgery, alcohol doesn't seem to agree with me. He kind of balked (he doesn't drink beer), but he relented. When he came home, he had a twelve pack of Miller (no six packs!) and a twelve pack of Mike's Hard Lemonade, four different flavors.

Ah, summer.....

And clean windows.....


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otherstuff
05:01 PM - 05/19/2013

The topic: Ish

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I do not like ants.

I do not like flies.

I do not like mosquitos.

I hate ants because of the movie "Them" that I saw as a child. I wanted to see it (it was on television). After much whining on my part, she finally gave in. Since it was on past my bedtime, I had to take a nap first. but I watched the entire thing. And I hate ants to this day.

I do not like flies. Fly larvae gives me the heebie jeebies. I hate the specks flies leave on glass. I hate flies.

And mosquitoes, those blood sucking insects have no reason to even exist.

We used to keep a couple of doors open for the cats to come in and out. I just couldn't handle the flies any longer and we try to keep the screen doors closed when the flies are moving around. We have ant spray for the ants, pet friendly stuff that doesn't smell too bad. An hour later.

The mosquitos? We've got bug zappers outside. The bulbs keep burning out. In the fountain out front, we have those mosquito donuts. "Animal safe" it says on the package. I hope so. (I don't think we have too many animals drinking out of the fountain anymore.) And I squish them when I can. Lots of mosquitos have lost their lives against the screens. Squish, then smear.

Yesterday morning, after my shower, there was a mosquito flying around in my bathroom. I did the clapping many times. I swatted the air with my bare hand. Finally got that asshole down on the counter. SLAP! Dead.Deaddeaddead.

I wiped the remains up with a tissue, brought it in to the office to show Brian. I was still undressed, fresh from the shower. I opened up the tissue. He looked, said "ew". I told him I needed to take another shower to wash the blood splatter off of me.

I really get pissed off when I kill one of those things full of blood. Because that means someone just got nailed.

I do not like mosquitos. At all.


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catstuff
11:25 AM - 05/19/2013

The topic: You ever have one of those days?

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Charlie had one yesterday.

We were both on our respective computers yesterday morning when we heard some growling on the patio. Usually we don't do much since it rarely escalates.

It escalated.

Charlie and Mario were in such a tight clench you couldn't get a stick between them. The growling wasn't loud, it's hard to be loud when you have your teeth sunk into another cat's neck. There was some fur flying, but they were more rolling around together than slapping (think boxers in a clench). We run outside, Brian goes toward them, me telling him not to use his body to break them apart. No feet, no legs, no hands, no arms. Keep your skin away from them. He picks up the dog pillow and starts whaling away on the large, moving ball of fur. It takes at least a minute for them to break apart. Mario runs into the house first, Charlie seconds behind him. Charlie heads down the hallway to the bedroom. I follow him, his face is bloodied. Then I look for Mario, can't find him anywhere (this was just a quick look to check health status).

All the cats in the house are freaked out. When I looked for Mario under the sofa, his old hidey spot, Katie came running out. I guess they could tell this was a pretty intense argument. I walked back into the office and there was Mario, under the folding chair in front of the printers. His usual floor spot in here. He doesn't seem any worse for wear, later in the day he protested when I touched the area under his left arm. He wasn't jumping much, but he's better this morning.

Charlie was invited to take one of his Xanax pills. He only gets a quarter of a pill, it's small and easy to squeeze in a moist treat. He ate it right down, spent the day on the bed.

I snapped a photo of him.

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His nose was bloody. It looks fine this morning, just a little scab on the top.

Then, late yesterday afternoon/early evening, I went into the extra room to get my tablet. Charlie ran in after me. It's a game he plays with both of us, he'll sit outside the door if he thinks someone is in there and then dash in when the door is open. It's the only room in the house with carpet. We keep the door closed to keep the cats out. My exercise bike is in there, a little television with DVD players hooked up to it. Brian does his ab-rolling in there, I've got the laptops, my CD collection and books in there.

Sometimes I grab him up and take him out right away, other times I just let him stay. I let him stay yesterday, my hands were full when he ran in.

I forgot about it.

This morning, I hear a cat crying. Skip is sitting outside of the closed door.

Charlie! 

I let him out, he ran to the food bowl first thing. I went in and checked, didn't see where he'd pottied. Not a lot of stuff pushed onto the floor.

Maybe he'd just been too tuckered out from the fight and Xanax yesterday that he just spent the time snoozing.

I wonder how long it will take him to dash back in again? I give it a couple of days.


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