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04:44 PM - 07/27/2016

The topic: Okay, who spilled the beans?



There is a kitty that's been around since last month. I mentioned our first meeting last month.

Well, I started feeding him a few weeks ago. He didn't seem like he was feeling well, so I added antibiotics to the food. He didn't mind. He ate. Breakfast and dinner. After a week of feeding him, I was able to pet him. Then he started coming into the gated entryway for food, patiently sitting there. He'd hiss at me, but just waited until the food was down.

I started petting him more and he was okay with it. I left the front door open so the other cats could see him. Spot was very unhappy.

It became more obvious that this kitty has never been a feral cat, but an abandoned cat. Ferals don't let you pet them, even when they're eating. Ferals don't let you see their bellies. Nope, this boy has been abandoned. This boy, who we call Tommy.

I told Brian last weekend that I want to catch Tommy in the morning and put him in a carrier and take him to the vet for testing and neutering, then bring him in to his new forever home.

As soon as I knew it would work, I would make the call to the vet and make an appointment, I figured I'd give it this week.

Do you think I've seen him in the morning? Nope. Not since Monday. Sure, it's only two mornings and he's here at night, but damn it. Someone must have told him and I'm betting it was one of the cats.

Dude! I took a couple of pictures of him, but it was through the fence and I couldn't see what I was taking pictures of. I was just pointing the camera and shooting. If I can get any of them to look decent, I'll share them.

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04:21 PM - 07/27/2016

The topic: This’ll do


This may seem silly, but I feel such a sense of accomplishment when I learn something about the Silhouette Design software that makes things so much easier.

I mentioned earlier that I wanted to make frames for my photos. This is the frame I snagged from the Silhouette Design Store.

I have some 13" x 19" proof photo paper that I've had for a long time. A couple of days ago, I printed this photo:

And I realized that this could be my first photo on my photo wall. And I'd like it framed, but no way in hell do I want to spend a lot of money on frames. And that's when I checked out the Silhouette store.

I could have sworn I had some 24" x 12" paper, but I do not. What I do have is 18" x 12". Not big enough. I shopped around at different websites and found where I could get two hundred and fifty sheets of 100lb card stock for a fairly reasonable price. I could have gotten it cheaper, but it needed to be inkjet usable because I want to be able to print on it before cutting. Lot of ideas rolling around in my head.

But I know that practice is a big thing for me, even though I love to just jump in before testing the waters, I know what a mistake than can be. I decided to do a test frame, with plain white paper.

I'm spoiled by the files I buy from SVGCuts.com and 3DSVG.com. They come ready to work with. Not so the files from Silhouette. All pieces are in the same file. This one needed to be split into five different sections. Not a problem, it's easy to do. But then there are the score marks, the marks where the paper will need to be folded. They're actually nothing more than perforation marks.

But I'm not fond of having the perf marks show in my work and the SDS software has a way to work with that. You can cut by layers or colors. I'm familiar with cutting by color. This file has everything the same color, so it will all get cut at the same depth. I don't want that. For the score line, I just want the paper lightly cut, so I can use that as a guide to actually use my score tool.

Well, waddya know? All I had to do was to highlight the part that needed the color change, then change it! And adjust the machine settings to match what I needed.  So, the machine cut the score marks first, then went on to the heavy cutting.


But wait! I'm not done yet!
I've got more to say!

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02:16 PM - 07/27/2016

The topic: Wow


I've mentioned my love of mystery boxes in the past. I only have gotten them from a couple of places, Woot.com an Meh.com.

At Woot! they're known as BOC. Bag of crap. After Woot! sold out to Amazon, they really did start living up to the name. I got one and Brian got one a couple of weeks ago and there was nothing outstanding about either one. The best thing was a pair of women's designer sunglasses. And a thing of exercise cables, Lifeline brand, I think there's at least one of everything they offer, cable wise.

Meh.com, on the other hand, has stuff like the old Woot! bags had. Meh's are lucky bags or unlucky bags, you never know which. My first bag was during the Kickstarter phase and I got a brand new 64GB iPad mini. Two years ago.

I've gotten more since, but none as awesome as the iPad bag.

Until their second birthday Fuko earlier this month. I got Meh branded cheapo sunglasses, a cozy, and a sticker. I got an as seen on tv knife. A fuko bag. And one of these. Brand new. Never used. Nor a refurbished unit.

I am stoked. It got here last Friday and I've used it every day. Twice on Saturday and once a day since. I was so excited about what a good job it was doing, that on Sunday, I used the Floormate and washed the floors!

It will run for an hour, return to homebase, recharge, then, if it hadn't finished cleaning the house, will leave homebase and finish cleaning. 

It's really, really one of the best pieces of cleaning equipment I've ever had in my life.

Like Brian said "not bad for five bucks". That was the cost of the mystery bag.

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mrs. crankypants
01:34 PM - 07/27/2016

The topic: I don’t write about politics here, not much.


But I sure do on Facebook.

Right now, I've turned off the television. I'm going to play with a new file I've gotten from the Silhouette Design store (.99 in the design store, $4.99 on the designer's website). I have a wall in the living room that I think it would be fun to print out some of my favorite photos and have them hanging in frames that I made out of paper. Oh, and put my photo viewer thing up there, too.

Because I need to do something other than think about the upcoming election.

Donald J. Trump makes me crazy in the head. I've never watched an episode of The Appentice because I always got the feeling that he was a self absorbed putz.  And now, he's running for president. Scary.

My in-laws like his financial acumen. I don't think he's good at financial stuff, I just think he does what he wants and doesn't give a flying fornicate about who gets hurt on the way. I don't like the way he talks about women, I don't like that he's a cheater, I don't like his bigotry and I reallly, really don't like him thinking he's a real savior. He's thin skinned and mouths off without thinking or checking the facts. Facts mean nothing to him. When called on his BS, he says "I never said that" or "that's not what I meant". Well, if you're running the greatest country in the world, you'd better damned well figure out what you're going to say before you say it. No take backs, yanno? And he shows no signs of having learned this lesson so far.

The bankruptcies really bother the both of us. Four bankruptcies. He had the money, he didn't need to go bankrupt, but he took advantage of his options. Options that left him with a crapload of money and the investors, and small companies empty handed. Was it legal? Yes. Was it ethical? No. But I don't think Trump cares at all about ethics. I just don't. I asked google "How many financial lawsuits does trump have against him?" The answer is "a lot". 

Brian has been self-employed since before we met back in 1984. In the construction business. And he was stiffed on more than one occasion by someone who declared bankruptcy then started up another business doing the same damned thing. Back in the late 80s, he went into a partnership with his cousin (same business) and they did this really large job, without a doubt the biggest they'd ever done. At the end of the job, even though there was a signed contract, the customer said "we'll pay you this much and no more". A couple of hundred thousand dollars less than the contract was for. The company said "sure, you can take us to court and you would most likely win. But we're a big company with lawyers. We can drag this out for years. You're a small operation. Can you afford that?"

We couldn't. Our suppliers eventually got paid. Our employees got paid.  The government got paid. Brian and his cousin? Different story.

And during Brian's last year doing business by himself, he got stiffed for close to eleven thousand dollars from the same contractor. Two different jobs. Because he screwed up, not getting the Ts crossed or the Is dotted. And we weren't the only sub contractors who got stiffed. And even though we lost money through no fault of our own, our suppliers still got paid. Because it was the right thing to do. This contractor could have auctioned off his gazillion dollar custom hotrods at Mecum, even talked about doing it. But he didn't. He just left his subs holding the bag and went on his merry way.

Just like Trump. Sure, he's got accountants and other people "taking care of business" but in the end, it's his name and his brand. And the buck stops at the top. With him.

Never liked him, never will. As far as I'm concerned, he's a scam artist. A con man. And God help the United States of America if he gets elected.

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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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