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      Monday, June 02, 2003



08:31 PM - 06/02/2003

The topic: Stuff happens!

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Monday, June 02, 2003 Well, life finally picked up a little around here.  Heh.

Saturday, Brian went to Ranchita.  I really didn’t want him to.  I know that stuff has to be done up there, but I think it would be nice if he spent at least one full weekend a month here at home.  Last month, he went up every weekend except Mother’s Day weekend.  He was gone three days on Memorial Day.  As it is, he’s been going up there for Saturday and staying home Sunday.  I’m starting to get a little resentful.  Because there is so much to be done around here.  Like the living room, the dining room both need to have the ceilings painted, the walls painted and the new floors put down.  Remember that?  The office also needs to be done.  Then we have the pool area.  Sure, I started with the flowers, but there’s so much else needs work.  The streambeds haven’t been running for years because there’s a leak somewhere and it would just about be impossible to find the leak without pulling all of the existing grass.  And not much can get done just one day a weekend.  Besides that, I’d like to do the work around the house on Saturday, then do something fun on Sunday.  Like maybe go for a ride in the car with the top down before it gets too hot.  Or go to a Sunday matinee movie.  Or maybe just hang around the house and watch movies.  Last weekend, I really thought it would be fun to pack a picnic dinner, then go for a ride Sunday afternoon and eat someplace at picnic tables. 

But alas, Brian didn’t get home until around nine Saturday night.  Sunday, there was work to be done here at home.  I was so angry when he got home.  He’d said that he’d probably be home fairly early, so maybe we could go to a movie.  I really would like to see “Finding Nemo” on the big screen.  But that didn’t happen.  I’m afraid I’ll begin to resent the property so much, that I’ll never want to go there.  And that won’t be a good thing.  I’ve explained this all to hubby.  He says, totally clueless, like what I’m asking is way out of line “well, what do you want me to do?”  Uh, duh.  Stay home at least one weekend a month.  Pretty simple.  When we first talked about him going up, he would go up every other weekend.  Somewhere along the line, it became every week.  I’m not happy.  To top it all off, one of the reasons he was late getting home was that the toilet in the trailer was stuck on flush.  And no one noticed it and the holding tank overflowed.  His brother cleaned up the mess with clean towels.  That sewer mess.  So, the towels were in a plastic garbage bag and I got to wash them.  Nasty, nasty, nasty, smelly things.  This was a chore that I wasn’t happy about having to perform.  Not at all. Add another straw to that camel’s back.

Friday afternoon, before I was supposed to take the car in to have the CD player pulled, I started farting around with it.  I got it to work.  Turns out that it was probably dust inside the unit that was preventing the CD from being read.  The player is under warranty, but it’s a PITA to have to drive down to the place to get it worked on, waste an hour or so, then come home and have to do the same thing when the unit is working again. 

You asked for it!  New photos of Benny’s new do!

 







He’s such a happy cat now.

Yesterday, we went to Home Depot where I got a couple of more plants and a new cultivator (my other one broke; Brian fixed it yesterday morning).  When we got home, I planted the plants and he started working on a rock wall for the area next to the pool pump.  At one point, I heard a splash at the pool and Opie was going out of the water faster than he’d gone in.  He was soaking wet.  I have no idea how he ended up in the water.  Brian thinks he might have been trying to get on one of the plastic ducks floating in the water.  I thought maybe he was going after a dragonfly.  Either way, he ended up wet and ran into the house.  We didn’t see him for over an hour.  I went in search of him and found him in the garage.  I picked up a very frightened little boy and carried him outside.  He’d done a good job ov drying off, but his tail was still dripping.  I squeezed a bunch of water off of it outside.  He ended up hanging out in the cat tree.  I haven’t seen him close to the pool since.

Oh, for those of you who like Litter Purrfect and can’t find it, I’ve put up a page about what you can do.  Litter Purrfect.

Then, there was a big commotion over on the bank, under the pine trees.  I went over to check it out and Pete had a bird.  It looked like a pigeon.  Luckily, the pigeon got loose and flew off.  But there was still something going on up in the trees.  One of those creepy big black birds was invading a nest, a mockingbird nest.  The parent birds were attacking, but with no luck.  The big black bird flew off with a baby bird in its beak.  I saw it in one of the trees in the front yard, picking at the little one.  I’m sure it was eating the baby bird. 

There was a discussion on another forum, not a catlovers’ forum.  I mentioned in one post that I didn’t care much for children.  In another, I posted about my dislike (nay, hatred, loathing) of coyotes.  Funny thing, the only response I got for either comment was someone who was “surprised” that someone else didn’t find coyotes a thing of beauty. as a matter of fact, he’d had them as pets as a child (sorry, but this brought to mind comedians talking about being so poor, they had cockroaches as pets).  No one at all brought up my dislike of human children.  I thought this was kind of funny.  He did say that coyotes kept the feral cat population down.  I dared not respond.  So, I just thought to myself….‘hey, coyote lover, KMFWA!’

Well, it’s getting late, animals need to be fed and litterboxes need to be cleaned out.  I’ve gotta get busy before it gets even later. All done!



Benny’s face in that top picture is precious but he doesn’t look like the happiest cat going..lol..

Not everyone likes children.  There is nothing wrong with that.

Posted by granny @ Tuesday, June 03, 2003 - 1:26:04 AM


Don’t worry, I don’t like other people’s kids.. My kids ROCK! (Well, my God-Kids anyway.)

What is so special about Litter Purrfect?

Posted by Tia @ Tuesday, June 03, 2003 - 5:33:04 AM


Love the pictures in your family album!

Posted by Bobbie @ Tuesday, June 03, 2003 - 5:40:04 AM

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I think Benny was annoyed that I wouldn’t stand still.  He really wanted me to hold him, not keep walking away.  I must have taken twenty pictures of him.  :D

Litter Purrfect is a great litter.  Minimal dust, great clumping even with thousands (haha) of uses, mild smell and the cats love it.

I don’t know what happened, but somewhere along the way, I started not liking children.  It just seems that they’ve gotten mouthier and pushier over the years.  I would have never spoken to my parents like I hear these kids. 

And I really should update the family album more often, but somehow I just never get around to it.  They are great looking cats, aren’t they?

Posted by lisaviolet @ Tuesday, June 03, 2003 - 6:44:04 AM


Thank you for the litter hint..  smile

BTW, is Benny a Hemmingway kitty?

Posted by Tia @ Tuesday, June 03, 2003 - 7:21:04 AM


Thanks for posting the pictures of Benny. He is a great looking cat!! Looking good!!! I loved reading his adventures. I look forward to reading more in the future.  :rolleyes:

Posted by Brenda @ Tuesday, June 03, 2003 - 7:52:04 AM


I find it ironic that you would accuse children of changing for the worse over the years without saying anything about the parents that have raised them, and yet you would defend kitties and blame their owners.

Posted by Shanna @ Tuesday, June 03, 2003 - 10:29:04 AM


Love that Benny! I have to admit I’m partial to gray cats. The lion cut really looks good on him. What a great idea for removing those nasty mats.

Posted by Diane @ Tuesday, June 03, 2003 - 10:37:04 AM

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I do think parents are responsible for the behavior of their children.

Posted by lisaviolet @ Tuesday, June 03, 2003 - 2:28:04 PM


LOVED the picture of semi-hairfree Benny.  Reminds me of a picture that was floating about regarding a cat and some drunken frat boys - cat looked a lot like Benny does.  I bet the hairdo feels better than those mats did.  He looks like a mini-Lion:D

Posted by Lisa M. @ Tuesday, June 03, 2003 - 3:13:04 PM


I love all animals, coyotes included, but I hate when they kill another to eat, especially animals we consider “domestic” like cats - feral or not.  I also dislike kids if they are the kind that mouth off and are disrespectful.

Posted by Lisa M. @ Tuesday, June 03, 2003 - 3:15:04 PM


That’s ok,I know kids aren’t for everyone. Sarah is only 2 and she won’t be a mouthy one, she’ll get shipped off to Grandpas (the ex-marine)if she even tries it! I think I’ve trained her right so far. I at least have her respecting my cats!  wink

Posted by Melanee @ Tuesday, June 03, 2003 - 6:07:04 PM


I forgot to mention I finally went and viewed the kitties in the family album. Great watching them grow, and seeing the ones that are missed so much. Love Bennys hair!

Posted by Melanee @ Tuesday, June 03, 2003 - 6:10:04 PM


I love Benny’s haircut! I did that to my orange tabby and everyone thought I was cruel. That couldn’t be further from the truth!

Silly Opie! He is adorable.

Oh, I feel sorry for the baby bird that got kidnapped from the parents. :-(

Posted by Honest @ Wednesday, June 04, 2003 - 8:48:04 AM


It’s too bad your area is so populated. I firer off a gun in the area that a crow is picking on an owl or after baby birds. That puts an end to the harrassment. I don’t kill or injure the bird. But it sure frightens them. Ditto on the kids.

Posted by Darlene @ Thursday, June 05, 2003 - 9:10:04 AM

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