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      Monday, December 01, 2008

02:04 PM - 12/01/2008
We found a quarter and a dime on our walk this morning

The topic: Miss Elizabeth update

Well, the diagnosis is beginning stages of kidney failure. So, she’ll be on the same kind of med that Ollie is on, but a different dosage.  And it cost more to compound than his. Which sucks.

This weekend, she really didn’t seem to be doing well, she wouldn’t eat hardly anything. Then Friday night I cooked up some chicken for her. She ate a little that night, then she ate a little Saturday morning, but turned her nose away after I got the third piece for her.  She wanted to stay in my lap, but I’m up and down a lot, I was doing laundry and it bothered her to be moved.  I set her up next to me on a fleece blanket, then covered her. 

She was that way for over six hours.  She slept all day, then got up to get a drink of water and I gave her more chicken and she ate over a half a chicken breast at one sitting.  Sunday morning, she wanted some dry kibble, the treats the cats get in the morning and she ate more chicken throughout the day.  Yesterday afternoon she went back into the family room window and slept there for a while. 

Whatever else was wrong with her (I know it was more than the kidney thing), she’s coming out of it and I believe the chicken helped. There has been a small amount of sneezing, so it’s possible she’s been working on a cold.

I’m still waiting on her medication, it will probably be here tomorrow.

      Tuesday, December 02, 2008

11:38 AM - 12/02/2008
We found a quarter on our walk this morning

The topic: Tummy Tuesday #117!

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And today, we have Charlie Tuna.  One of these days I’m gonna catch him with the video cam, using his back leg to wash his face.  It’s the oddest thing I think I’ve ever seen a cat do.


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06:01 PM - 12/02/2008

The topic: Miss Elizabeth pictures

Miss E curled up in the blanket:

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Sagwa snuggling against her back:

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This was taken Sunday, she was feeling better:

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      Thursday, December 04, 2008

08:33 AM - 12/04/2008
We found a penny on our walk this morning

The topic: The sunset

Remember how I said last week, that the fires make for nice sunsets?  Well, last night I took the little Olympus camera I got earlier this year, set it for “sunset” (it’s very convenient to have all of these preset settings) and started snapping away.

The setting sun:

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Red sky at night, sailor's delight:

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A little lower now:

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Almost gone, funny how it's split in two behind the tree:

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What I find interesting with this one, is it almost looks like water in the background. Of course, you can see the sun behind the tree, almost completely set:

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      Saturday, December 06, 2008

12:12 PM - 12/06/2008

The topic: You might know by now that I like Woot

You know, http://www.woot.com. I have lots of fun there. Well, last year they added a new section, http://shirt.woot.com.

I never paid too much attention to it, then somehow started checking out what they had for sale each day. It’s interesting, they have derbies and people send in their idea for the current set of rules, then those designs are voted on by the members.  And the top three become shirts.

Same deal as woot.com, one shirt a day. It’s ten bucks, no shipping or an additional five dollars for overnight shipping. They sell a set amount the first day. Unlike woot.com, after midnight, you can order the previous day’s shirt for fifteen dollars. A portion of these sales go to the designer. And the top twenty sellers keep getting sold.  When a shirt drops off of the top twenty, it’s gone for good.

Except during the random shirt sell offs.  For $6.66 each, per account, you can buy up to three random shirts.  The thing is, you don’t know what you’re getting until you get it.

I’ve got two woot accounts because some of the stuff they sell, I want more than three of.  Like the screaming Woot monkeys that are occasionally sold during a woot-off. Or the mini kites.  The cheaper stuff makes great little gifts.

Well, I got my six shirts from last week’s random shirt sale and I’m pretty happy with this batch, more so than the last few.  Some I liked, but didn’t like enough to buy at the time or I had already recently gotten a shirt and just couldn’t justify another one so soon.  Anyway, here are the ones that were delivered this morning:

Mr. Spork—- http://shirt.woot.com/Friends.aspx?k=6638

BRB -- http://shirt.woot.com/Friends.aspx?k=6529

Plumeria paradise (2) -- http://shirt.woot.com/Friends.aspx?k=6501

Urban Painter -- http://shirt.woot.com/Friends.aspx?k=6417

Reverse Tarzan -- http://shirt.woot.com/Friends.aspx?k=6766

04:29 PM - 12/06/2008

The topic: Don’t know what to get your

cat loving friends for the holidays?  You know, the ones with cats, the ones who dote on their cats and give their cats only the very, very best? Or, you know, you? And your cats?

I’ve got an idea!

How about some Benny Da Finest Kind Catnip?  It’s available over at the store and while supplies last, I’m putting a cat toy in each bag that’s sold.

This makes the toy even more fun!

So, check it out.  And check out the other stuff, too.  I still have earrings and necklaces for sale.

(I haven’t done much this year because of my thumb, but it’s finally almost back to normal since I messed it up last March.)

      Tuesday, December 09, 2008

08:11 AM - 12/09/2008
We found two nickels and two pennies on our walk this morning

The topic: It’s TUMMY TUESDAY #118!

And today's tummy was taken while she was in the catcam chair, the sweet little Rachel who seems to be getting a mite roly poly. Brian didn't even recognize her in this picture. Like we've got any other cats colored like her.

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11:19 AM - 12/09/2008

The topic: A long, long time ago

Before Disneyland in Anaheim added on DownTown Disney and Disney’s California Adventure, there were shops.  And in one of these shops, I bought an umbrella that I always loved.  We kept it in the car and one day, it no longer opened properly, one of the ears didn’t full extend.

Well, last weekend I figured out what was wrong with it and now, it opens!

Now, if we'd just get some rain.

      Wednesday, December 10, 2008

12:47 PM - 12/10/2008

The topic: OMG!  OMG!

How so very cool is this!

      Tuesday, December 16, 2008

10:12 AM - 12/16/2008

The topic: It’s TUMMY TUESDAY #119!

We had a nip party last week and after most of the cats were gone and sleeping it off, Kirby noticed the nip (he hardly ever goes out onto the patio) and enjoyed the nip that was leftover.


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      Wednesday, December 17, 2008

08:19 AM - 12/17/2008

The topic: Woohoo!

It’s raining!  It’s raining!  It rained all day Monday, too.  It rained on our entire drive home from Disneyland. 

But I couldn’t enjoy it Monday because I couldn’t find Phoebe.  (Although I did enjoy it on the way home, took lots of little videos of the road and the rain.) I did find Phoebe and after six Monday evening, I relaxed, but it was dark and gazing out the window in the dark to watch the rain just isn’t the same as gazing out in the daytime and watching the rain.

Which is what I’ll be doing today, by golly!

      Thursday, December 18, 2008

tales from the parkside
06:57 AM - 12/18/2008

The topic: Christmas cards

When we packed up my mom’s stuff, one of the things she had hundreds of, were Christmas cards.  She had them in the buffet, she had them in baskets on the floor in the dining room, behind the table.  She had Christmas cards in baskets under the end table by the sofa in the little room where she watched television.  She had cards in the drawers in those little end tables at either end of the sofa. 

I was just amazed at how many she had, seeing as she didn’t send any out.  I remember last year before her brain melted as much as it did (thanks, Kaiser Permanente doctors, for giving her that final push), I offered to come take a picture of her at her house, and print up Christmas cards for her and help her address them to her friends.  She said “no, let’s wait until I’m feeling better and looking better”.

Well, all of her mail, with the exception of junk mail, is being forwarded to us.  And she’s gotten two cards.  Just two.  Yes, the family knows there’s no need to send her cards this year or any year, for that matter.  But where are all the others?

I’ve come to the conclusion, there are none.  And there probably haven’t been for years.  She just saved them each year she got them.  And that’s what I found.

Dad used to do the card giving.  Mom was never proud of her handwriting and her arthritis made it hard to write them out and sending cards just became a bother to her.   So, she only sent to family.

Of the two cards, one is reminding mom that her membership dues are due now, so it can’t really be considered a card. 

So, she got one card.

This just makes me sad, but it also gives me just a little more insight into what her life had become.

09:14 AM - 12/18/2008

The topic: I. Have. No. Life.

I know this is true.  Because I just spent the past hour plus sitting on the bench in the garage, looking out the window with binoculars.  Like I told Brian “doing my Mrs. Kravitz imitation”.

There’s a house on the corner that’s in foreclosure.  Brian and I have always wondered about the status of the house, because there was a young couple living there, then they weren’t, but his nice truck sat in the driveway for months.  Then one day the truck is gone and it’s sitting at an out of business upholstery shop on one of the main streets in our area.  The owner of the business retired and it would appear that the guy who originally owned the truck is is son.

So, then some people move in, have desert toys, and they aren’t there all that long, then someone else moves in.  There are never any for sale or for rent signs out, people just move in, people move out.  Really odd.

So, earlier this year, after months of sitting vacant, people move in.  Young people.  One of the neighbors pointed out that one of the vehicles in the driveway belongs to one of the dirtbags (I call them the “white people” because they’re skinhead, racist tweaking dirtbags) from down the street.  Hmm….  Curious.

But the house seems quiet, there isn’t a lot of traffic like you’d expect from a druggie house, they keep up the yard, all in all, they don’t draw attention to themselves.

Last night, we’re waiting for Gilly to come by and I keep going outside to check if he’s around.  I look down the street and see two dogs.  And I’m pretty sure one came from that house.  I saw an old man out there last week playing with it.  I come in, bitching to Brian about the damn dogs running loose and that’s probably why Gilly isn’t here yet.

So, this morning, I’m out in the garage checking kitty cats and I see a sheriff’s car down there.  And I see a bunch of people wearing sheriff shirts.  And I see one of those dogs chained up to a tree. Brian hadn’t left yet, he was still in the shower.  I yelled at him when I was in the bedroom, to get the binocs. I said that there was an orange extension cord going to the street light.   Then I went back to the garage.  Standing on the step ladder got tiresome, so I climbed up on the bench/counter and settled in for the long haul.

He finished up getting ready for work and said that the people were probably living there illegally and that that extension cord was for power to the house.  They were most likely stealing it.  Oh, my!   [nono5]  

I watch.  My first cop count was seven.   I waited.  Oh! Oh!  They’re bringing out a guy in cuffs!  Put him in the back of one of the marked cars (there were two of those, three or more unmarked).   I see him yelling and one of the sheriffs went over and opened up the door and they were talking.  Then they bring out a young woman.  In cuffs.   Put her in the same car and away they went.

San Diego Gas and Electric shows up.  Parks around the corner where I can’t see.  Then I see the SDG&E guy walk over to the lamppost with a orange bag and a shovel.  He starts digging and a bunch of the sheriffs came over and watched.  I counted seven.

Then, a bit later, an older woman is brought out and placed in the other car.  And I see a couple of sheriffs carrying out large evidence bags.  Curiouser and curiouser.  And more police.  There were at least a dozen, probably more.  And old man walked out with them. The same old man I saw playing with the dog.  The police all left and the old man stayed.  With both dogs.  Just a while ago I saw a couple of younger guys at the house and the old man came out with them.

So, I’m really curious who that old guy is now.

And about the evidence bags.  The mailman spoke with me last week and told me there’d been some mail theft around here. He wanted to know if there’d been anything strange with ours, since we have one of those alarms in the mailbox that alerts in the house when the box is opened. Our box was never opened, which leads me to believe someone who is familiar with the neighborhood.

I wonder if they found other peoples’ mail in that house and that’s what was in the evidence bags.  And I wouldn’t doubt there were drugs found, too. 

      Monday, December 29, 2008

03:22 PM - 12/29/2008

The topic: I’m alive

I’ve just been busy and when I’m not being busy I’m being lazy.

I’ve read three books the past couple of weeks, catching up on my old Stephen King collection.  I buy them when they come out and I just haven’t been reading.  I’m on my fourth right now. 

I made a ton of cookies for Christmas and they’re all gone, none left in the house, thank God.

Miss Elizabeth had a followup blood panel done last week, on Tuesday, the day I delivered all of the cookies to the vet’s office. The news was good, she’s put on weight (always a good thing with a CRF cat) and her values are holding steady.

Earlier this year, I ordered a new external hard drive, a Seagate that holds one terrabyte of information.  The intention was to backup all files that I’d never be able to reproduce, say pictures and movies, on it.  On Friday December 19th, I set it up.  Cleaned up the office a bit, made it more pleasant to be in.

On Monday, the 22nd, my movie drive died.  The drive with all of my little tiny kitty movies on it. My little tiny Disney movies.  It’s external and after doing some research, it may just be a failure in the enclosure which is preventing the computer from reading the hard drive.  I ordered a new external case and will move the hard drive from the old one to the new one and pray like hell my information is all there. 

The moral of that story is backup! backup! backup!

We had Christmas dinner over at Brian’s mom’s house, it was really nice.  Roast beef, yummy!

This past weekend, I cleaned up the extra room of all wrapping material and Woot booty.  I can once again access the laptop and the old computer. Brian can once again do his five times a week ab-rolling.  I’m seriously considering getting back on the exercise bike and watching the Sopranos again.  *lol* After all, I checked the pedals to make sure they’d freely move when I straightened up in there.

Got some pix for tummy tuesday tomorrow.  Just lost the time last week.

So, that’s it for now!

      Tuesday, December 30, 2008

07:22 AM - 12/30/2008

The topic: It’s TUMMY TUESDAY #120!

Well, today we have a two-fer.  I was doing laundry yesterday (seems like I do laundry everyday) and caught Rory and Sagwa stretched out together on top of the dryer.  The house was open, it turned out to be a pretty nice day, but the dryer was going and it was warm on top.  I think they also like the gentle vibration of the machine as it spins.

Anyway, here they are, Rory and Sagwa!

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05:19 PM - 12/30/2008

The topic: I did the Wii Fit this afternoon

It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.  I’ll be getting on it every day now.  In the morning.

You might wonder what I mean, why I’d worry about it being bad. Well, the little animated Wii board lets you know exactly how many days it’s been since you’ve been on, give you your weight, your BMI and does a balance test.  My real age is 55, my Wii age is 29 and my Wii weight is obese.  Yeah, there I said it, I’m fat, it’s not something I can hide.  *laughing*

Anyway, I do some of the balance exercises and one of them is a ski jump.  Brian has done this one many times, he was up there in the top ten all alone.  And today, I knocked him out of the first four places!  I rock!  You should have seen his face when I showed him.

We’re going to Wii tonight.  Probably bowl, bowling is fun.

      Wednesday, December 31, 2008

11:29 AM - 12/31/2008

The topic: I wonder what’s up with Gilly

I’m suspecting a new food source.  Because he isn’t coming around on a regular basis at all, but when he does, he looks fine.  Doesn’t look sick, isn’t limping, looks normal.

Last weekend I went out early to see if I saw him anywhere and down at the corner, across from that other house, the ones the cops were at, I saw an older man walking around the house with lots of juniper bushes, where in the past there was a feral colony.  He walked up the street, looking into the back yard. The odd thing was he was wearing slippers.  And he reminded me of me when I used to go in search of the outdoor kitties.

And I suspect this fella is the source of the food. 

What adds to my suspicion of a new food source is the fact that KittyMeeze is staying around.  When Gilly was sick or when he was injured, Kitty went down to stay with him and take care of him. Obviously Kitty is not worried about him now.

Magically, after I announce my ideas to Brian this morning, after seeing all food put out last night still in the bowl, very little eaten, I look out only to see Gilly eating with Kitty.  I put out more food, Gilly ate a small bit, then left.  There’s a horrible amount of food being thrown out the past few weeks. 

But what do we do?  Not put out enough?  I’m thinking that’s what we could do and just keep the dry feeder filled.  Although there’d not be wet food, there would at least be dry, so there’s no possibility of a cat leaving hungry.


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