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      Sunday, February 15, 2004

11:30 AM - 02/15/2004

The topic: Sheesh.  Some people.


Sunday, February 15, 2004  Tomorrow should be interesting.  Brian was talking to his buddy across the street when his friend pointed out that one of our tall pine trees isn’t doing well.  The one closest to where the tree hating neighbors work van is parked at night.  Brian comes home to check it out, finds out that our heather bush he planted up there years ago is completely dead.  And the tree isn’t looking good, either.  He got a hose from the backyard and started running water on it.  And he discovered that it isn’t bugs or beetles or worms that is killing the tree.  It’s the paint thinner the neighbor dumps out right at that spot.  It’s been going on so long, that now it’s killing our plants.

Brian is going to confront the man about it tomorrow.  Of course, it’s pretty sure the man will deny it.  I told Brian this morning “that’s when you say ‘Okay, I guess I’ll just have to dig up some soil and have the county test it’.”  And of course, they’ll find nasty stuff in the soil (I can smell it when it’s dumped, sometimes the entire neighborhood smells of it, it’s horrible, horrible stuff and I’ve had a physical reaction to it before.  It’s really sickening and now, it’s killing our trees.  The county won’t look too kindly on someone dumping chemicals. Besides running the water on the tree 24/7, he also set the sprinklers to come on once a day for an hour until the tree shows improvement.  Hopefully, he’ll be able to save the tree and dilute the poison.

A cat fight woke me up yesterday morning and I went outside to check it out.  It was SpotTee and Notwally across the street.  I also saw the Heartless Bastard out watching, too.  Gah, I can’t stand that man.

I'm really happy with the cats’ progress on the cold they’ve got.  Most are now back to normal.  Oliver still has some residual problems, but it would appear the virus has left the building.  I had a scare with Kirby yesterday.  We heard some cat puking in the night and when we got back from breakfast yesterday morning, there was cat vomit all over the house.  As I was cleaning it up, I could see where it went from solid to almost watery.  Kirby was really under the weather.  I did notice that he has tapeworms, but I never realized, until I did a search yesterday, that tapes could also produce vomiting.  I gave him a Droncit? yesterday afternoon and, last night, he was acting a little bit better.  This morning, he’s almost back to Kirby again.  He ate quite a bit of chicken this morning and later, was on the grass, rolling around.

Then this morning Brian pointed out a huge vomit on the floor, under the coffee table.  I’d just been looking for the source of the wierd smell and I figured that was it.  But, it wasn’t.  It’s Ciara.  She’s having extremely watery diarrhea right now.  *sigh*  I washed her bottom off a couple of times and I’m doing a laundry of the sofa covers.  She ate this morning, and she’s sleeping now.  I don’t know what she got into.

Brian was so wonderful yesterday.  He got a bunch of stuff done around the house.  Replaced my shower head, finally fixed the leaky faucet in the kitchen (put a new one in we got at Costco, since the old one was washerless and couldn’t be fixed), and he edged and mowed the lawns.  My mom stopped by to pay me for the garlic butter cod I’d gotten for her at Costco and she gave me twenty dollars as well, for us to go get something to eat for Valentine’s Day.  At first, I was reluctant because I was still worried about Kirby, but when Brian said we could go early and I wouldn’t have to get dressed up (I did that Friday night, he got home late, we went out to eat, the parking lot was full, so we came home, and boy, was I so not in a good mood).

We went to Olive Garden, because I’ve really wanted to go to the new one in Santee.  I recalled really liking the one they had in El Cajon.  I have to admit, we were both pretty disappointed with the meal.  I didn’t like it because it was so salty.  I got the cheese stuffed chicken.  Well, the chicken wasn’t really “stuffed” it was sliced and there was cheese inside and it all melted out.  We decided that we wouldn’t be in a big hurry to eat there in the future.  We did order desserts, but got them to go. 

We came home and watched Steve Martin and Queen Latifah in “Bringing Down the House”, then side B of the “Simple Life” video (I bought it, I couldn’t help myself, what can I say?) and Brian said he was going to bed.  I said I was jealous because I’d like to stretch out.  He said I could watch television in bed, it wouldn’t bother him.  So, we watched (he didn’t go to sleep) the Steve Irwin movie that was out last year.  Crikey!  One of the reasons I couldn’t stretch out on the sofa is that since the cats were all so sick, they’ve been really clingy.  Brian was on one end of the sofa, I was on the other and there were eight cats on the sofa with us.  There were only two on the loveseat, but one of them was DeeJay and you just don’t mess with the Deej when he’s sleeping.  He gets extremely crabby.  Georgie, who was the first to get so terribly sick, just won’t leave Brian alone.  He wants to be held all the time.

Well, I’m as soon as this load of laundry is done, I’m going to check out that new shower head. 

You all have a great rest of the weekend.  I’m printing up a couple of calendars and doing laundry.  I think I’ll also start playing around with my new photo album script.

That really sucks about the trees, that is very illegal! I’d call hazmat on his ass and the city so he gets fined for it. Hopefully no animals have been affected by this too. I hope the trees recover. Sounds like you have some class act neighbors :a

Posted by Melanee @ Sunday, February 15, 2004 - 6:09:05 PM

:(  Lisa, I’m so sorry about all this - the sick cats, the yucky neighbor.  Man, that can just be hell when you have to deal with that.  There’s no getting away from it.  I hope things get better soon, especially the sick kitties.

Posted by Terry @ Monday, February 16, 2004 - 10:34:05 AM

Poor Lisa, poor babies.  I get POd just reading about the bassard neighbor.  I’ve had a few of those myself, and I’m sure they poisoned a cat of mine long ago.

I LOVE the image of you and hubby with 8 cats in between you.  Awwwwwww.  smile

Posted by Nancy @ Monday, February 16, 2004 - 1:35:05 PM

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