4 of 5

This is day 4 of 5 off in a row. We managed to go grocery shopping yesterday and today I did some weeding. Other then that its been a relaxing kind of time off. Some reading, some streaming and some sleeping and getting over colds.

I didn’t take the time off just to have a cold, but it has worked out that way. My colds generally follow the popular theory of a cold is 7-10 days. Since today is day 7 I figure mid week I am done! Mind over matter if I must.

Tomorrow we have some fun planned with family. Looking forward to that since I have been in the house so much this week.

In other 4 of 5 news…..we haven’t even gotten close to the new kitten. It is very very skittish. It reminds me of my first kitten ever when I was a kid. But this one I have been calling 4 of 5. Because the feral cat supposedly had 5 kittens. We took three to the shelter and then this one shows up right after. It camps out behind the big blue agave in the back yard, it it knows it is super thorny and it is protecting it.

Summer weather means grilling

Our weather has been so hot.  Last week was near 100 every day so we finally cleaned the filters in our window AC units and turned them on.  Opening up the house every morning to get some fresh air through until 10:00 a.m or so when the outside is no longer cooler then the house.

We don’t have central air, but we have a very small 700 square foot house so a unit in the kitchen, one in the office and one in the bedroom means we can have them on for the room we are in or all three at once and they meet in the middle and cool it pretty quickly.

It also means just about everything I cook except breakfast has been on the grill.  Just this weekend was a chicken, sweet potatoes, salmon and spaghetti squash.  Thing is I think this is the absolute best way to cook that squash now.  Luckily LA means I can generally grill every day except the four days in February when it rains.

I’m kidding, it rains more than that…..I’m pretty sure.

Summer also means early morning weeding.  Because really after 10:00 a.m. there is just no use.  Sunday morning I had to be up for work at 6:15 to turn to the next shift.  I had left my work clothes out and went outside and weeded for several hours before it was just too darn hot.  I also had to be back on line for work at 2:30 and that ended up being pretty much a full shift.  I was so glad I got something done in the morning.

Oh and there is yet another kitten.  My brother just took the three ferals to the shelter for us and one we had never seen before shows up.  My theory is that with all four nursing the momma was producing milk, once it was down to just this one she stopped so it had to come for kibble.  It is super skittish.  I can’t even get close.  I tried with treats and a rope toy and went around the shed back and forth it would dash the other way.  I’m sure it was quite comical.  Either way, we now need to catch this one and hope the mysterious 5th kitten never shows up.



Kittens, Knots, Kneecap

Today’s post brought to you by the letter K.

The kittens are gone.  We paid my brother to come pick them up and take them to the animal shelter last Thursday. (Guild Money) Sending him with a blank check to cover the fees and if there were no fees to give them $100.00 donation.  Donation it was.  They took the little critters without hesitation. Cute, 9 weeks old, eating solid food, I had a litter box in the yard they were getting used to and I was picking them up at every moment so they wouldn’t be feral assholes like their mom.

Since they had not left our yard in two solid weeks because that is where the food source was, we didn’t even tell the neighbors who had no idea where they had gone.

So we are back to just the “usual” feral cats.  None of them were really thrilled with the kittens.  Even our CeeCee wasn’t going outside much because they kept coming into her cage, that or the ridiculous heat we were having.  The old guy we call Lionel wasn’t around much but he is venturing back now and even came to the door and meowed for food last night.

So that was Kittens, on to Knots.  I am super excited about an organization I found last week at the fair.  It is called Knots of Love and they are an organization where you donate your time, energy and materials to make hats for cancer patients and NICU blankets.  Since I am usually working on a blanket this gives me another option.  There are a few specifics for the hats and blankets, mostly an acceptable yarn list and 18×22 for the blankets.  Patters, colors and all that are up to the knitter or crocheter.  So when the blanket I have on my hook is done this is my next purchase will be some yard they approve and making some hats and NICU blankets.

This weekend I ended up being on call.  My regularly scheduled weekend is this coming one.  Saturday started early and there was lots of work the day was nearly over when I finally sat down.  But the laundry was done, I had run out to the notary for work and put in several hours of work.  Sunday morning started just as early.  Lori and I both had Chiropractic adjustments.  As I said to my niece this is not the Crack-a-lacky kind of adjustments they get.  They are full body and take an hour.

Lori has been coughing for nearly two weeks now.  To the point that she isn’t sleeping.  Which doesn’t help in the healing.  During her adjustment, she got her lungs re-aligned and the woman who does this adjustment says she had breathed in some spores.  We got home and she slept for a straight five hours while I worked and prepped food for the week.

My adjustment was slightly different.  My thumb had been hurting along with my left kneecap area.  With loud “Click” of the bones there a couple times a day.  I told her I was waking up every night between 3 and 3:30, she felt my knee, asked me if my right arm pit smelled more that my left (um yea) and said its your gall bladder.  Proceeded to adjust every one of my ribs and reach under (and when I say reach, I mean DIG) and adjust my gallbladder.

After some general other adjustments and a sheet of instructions, my knee 36 hours later does not hurt and for the first time in a month I didn’t wake up in the middle of the night, well to coughing maybe, but not to pee.


chores and baseball

That is the basic weekend recap, chores on Saturday and then a baseball game on Sunday.  You can stop here if the rest of the play by play bores you.

Doesn’t quite explain why its been a week since I’ve even thought of blogging.  Just so you know, and not that you care.  I generally blog on my 30 min dinner break at work.  However last week I worked alone as my co-worker was out so the dinner break never happened, hence neither did the blog as I did not make time for it anywhere else in the weeks schedule.

We had a lot going on at home.  The three little kittens are in our yard all of the time now.  Sleeping under the jade plant during the heat of the day and even mewing at the door in the morning for food.  I’ve picked up all of them, trying to get them used to people. I rubbed them down with a little peppermint last week to help with their fleas.  I did treat our actual indoor cat and split the other dose in the package between the kittens mom and the other female in the yard.  It seems to have helped.  The only two not dosed are the males.  The “uncle” if you will and the big male who has now been here for well over a year and still I haven’t gotten near enough to even touch him.  He is a little more scarce now that the kittens are here.  We are going to find out from our neighbors son what the intention is and then we will find them homes if need be.  They are eight weeks old and we seriously have enough stray cats in our yard.

But playing with the kittens and being alone at work didn’t take up the whole week. I also got a bug in my ear to re-organize my kitchen.  Shopping for baskets to store our pantry items in and effectively hiding them so there isn’t so much visually going on.  I looked at the container store, target and then one morning we went to world market and I found some baskets that are working.  I wasn’t sure at first and they still have the tags on them.  But a week in I think they are working nicely.

There was also a day of shopping for a new washer and dryer.  The unit we had was an industrial unit.  It had been given to us from a friend who was clearing out stuff at work.  We used it for seven years and it was used when we got it.  Well last week when the load finished it was full of a powdery, gritty substance.  Now we have super mineral water and thought it could have been a big deposit in the washer or pipe that broke up.  But it was a lot.  We ran the washer again and there was more, but also a burning smell.

So although it was not in our current budget, washer and dryer shopping we went.  Consumer report book in hand along with measurements we bought a new set.  We couldn’t just buy a washer because they were one unit and if something happened we would be replacing them both again.  I did have to remove a utility sink however and re-pipe a drain for the new washer.

I chose Saturday for delivery and an a.m. time because, well for many reasons, one being get it over with and two it is hot in the afternoon and no one wants to be out in the garage then.  Well the window was 7-12 and on Friday they called and confirmed 7-9.

We were up at 6:00 to clear out a path and remove the sink.  At 6:40 they called to say they would be there within 30 minutes.  They actually pulled up at 7:00 exactly and were gone by 7:40.  They moved the old unit to the street for us and while we spent the rest of the morning organizing our garage and taking a very large load to the thrift store a neighbor who repairs appliances stopped and asked about it and ended up hauling it off.  He had a hand truck and lift gate with him and we didn’t even have to help.

The garage looked great when we finished.  We end up doing this about once a year as it becomes disorganized overtime.  It serves as a laundry room, an extension to the kitchen for storage, the back up library and Lori’s drafting table is in there.  When your in a small house you need to make due!

Sunday included a baseball game with my sister, brother, Lori and I.  It was an Angels and Mariners game.  My sister had received the tickets and this had been on the calendar for a few months.  Plenty of time to get t-shirts and hats and show up at the Angels stadium fully representing the Seattle Mariners.  Well except Lori, The Angels are her team so I made sure to get her a t-shirt to represent.  Her team won!  We had great seats on the 3rd base line and luckily for us, they were in the shade.

The rest of my Sunday was making dinner and food prep for the week.  The week is going just as fast.  Monday before work I went grocery shopping and we picked up a shelf to go above the dryer since we now have room.  Today was spent doing a little weeding until it got to dang hot, vacuuming the house and washing my car.



Kitty Updates

Being away for three weeks had some kitty consequences.  It seems the kitty we call Tiki hasn’t been back since we left.  This is the little grey one who would come into the house at night, the “timeshare” kitty.  She was my favorite of all the kitties we feed, yet are not actually our kitties.

Our (actual) cat Cee Cee only took a day to get over being mad that we had left for three weeks and then warmed right back up.  We got her a new perch for the office.  She loves to be in there when either of us are working but wants to be on the keyboard or in a lap.  That doesn’t really work when I am working from home.  She has nearly disconnected me from a conference call when she walked across my cell phone.

And it worked, this is last Friday when I worked from home.  She was quite content to just be near the desk but not on it.

As for the outdoor kitties.  Just after we got back what was now TWO WEEKS AGO, (where in the heck does time go,) one of the newest kittens showed up with her momma.  We haven’t seen it since that day and rumor was there were five kittens.  At the time of this sighting they would have been five weeks old.  So if they all made it, we should have kitten sightings very soon.

(Three generations of kitties in this photo, calico is the mom to the two cats and the grey is the grand-kitty if there is such a thing)

It looks like we might have to treat them all for fleas.  Cee Cee has fleas for the first time since we got her, so I am sure the rest of them do to.  Two of those cats, both of the males, I’m not sure how we would catch them to treat them.  One (not pictured) has lived in our yard for well over a year but never lets us close enough to touch him.

………..more of the little kitty……because of course I picked it up.

Round Up. (Not the weed kind)

I had a visitor in town for a week, we went to visit friends and family, went to the Getty Villa in Malibu and to the Santa Monica pier but mostly sat around visiting. It was a week away from work, so that is always nice.

On the home front, we put together a pergola for the back yard. Got lots of weeding done, but since its been raining they just keep growing.  Also school is about done for the year.


This week we are “pre-packing” for our upcoming trip.  Making sure we have everything and then trimming it down even more.  I am trying to figure out if I want to bring an iPad so I can blog when I’m there.  Clearly there will be more to blog about but will I want to spend the time doing it.  Lately I have been thinking maybe the 12 years this has been going is enough. (Most likely it’s just I am fed up with most social media in general and my blog although not Facebook or Twitter it was and is my longest on-line presence.)

We are spending three weeks in June in Italy and Portugal.  A great end of the school year and will use up the rest of my vacation for a while.  My brother will be staying at our place to feed all of the cats.

Cats…..oh yea, the stray little girl next door had FIVE kittens.  They are in a bin in the neighbors yard.  I talked to the son and asked how many she had and he said 5.  That they were already looking for homes for them.  Also they thought Brandy was about to have kittens.

It was at this point that I realized Brandy is the one we call Lolita and we had her fixed in February.  We were never sure if she was their cat and she seems to live and eat in our yard.  (I did NOT tell him she wasn’t going to have kittens).  I have no idea how they didn’t see her shaved belly for weeks and that she would have been missing for the two days she was at the vet and the three day weekend she lived in our office.   But hey I know the FIVE kittens they have now are the only kittens for this season.


Another Day

The stray kitty we named Lolita was DONE being in the house by Monday morning.  If she was being held or petted she could sit still.  Otherwise  she was on top of the air conditioner and trying to get out.

So we moved her bedding and food and box to the garage.

It has been raining, and I was fearful her incision would get wet.  But today while I was in the garage doing laundry she was in there.  I was able to pick her up and check her belly.  All seems to be healing up fine.

It has been raining.  We need the rain.  I shouldn’t complain about the rain.  I grew up in the rain.  But, I am glad for the reprieve we expect for the next few days.  It will be raining again just in time for the weekend.

Rain Rain Go away Come again…..