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Random Blog Journey-2-Peace: October 2006

    Trish Monaco.
    singer. songwriter.
    dog walker.
    human. living.
    loving. laughing.
    in Los Angeles

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Monday, October 23, 2006

Little Pigs, Little Pigs, Let me in!

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Not Another Crazy Cat Blog


At the risk of turning this into a Crazy Cat Blog I reluctantly post yet another kitty picture. There are more, but I don't dare ... at least until I write about something else.

I've been wanting to blog more. But I have to admit, Blogger has been frustratingly slow. So slow that it has discouraged me to sit and post.

I'm still wanting to combine my websites with my blog and use some other service through my sites. But I don't know how, yet.

I had a guy come over and help clean out my computer last week. To pay him, I went around the house offering things I was looking to donate. He was happy to take a few games, a bottle of water, a dozen bagels and a cloth hanging shelf. He decided against taking the black widow we found in the box of books.

I cleared out the box, cleaned up the books, wiped away the webs and found the widow a new home. But I unconsciously put all the books back in the box and left them in the same place.

I'm now almost afraid to open the box. But it has to be done...with gloves this time.

We live in a house of spiders. Mostly daddylonglegs. They really keep the other critters at bay. I don't mind them. We just have to be concerned about our pets. Piper hunts spiders - and actually eats them. Gracie is discovering spiders and flies (and shadows and string and curtains and...)

I tweaked my neck last week. Went to see a chiropractor who told me to hire people to clear out the backyard. He's all for me doing the gardening, watering, raking and planting. But lifting 3-year-old, bug-infested, black dust-muck from the yard apparently isn't for me. Oh. Duh.

By hiring a couple of guys, it could be done in less than a day. Otherwise, it might take another couple of months. Just weighing my options here.

The money I spent on the chiropractor, and the money I lost from missing some work, could've been spent on yard help. Perspective.

We also need to raise and secure the fence around the yard. Our neighbor's crazy dog still wants to eat our little ones. Then there's the issue of the rainy season and parking out back. We need to pave or put gravel down. I don't know anything about that stuff so I'm winging it.

...Since starting this post (a few days ago -- I forgot to post it) we discovered another beautiful specimen of a widow. Pics to come, if you dare look.

Hah, bet you're aching for another crazy-cute kitty picture! Okay okay fine, but don't say I didn't warn you.

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Sunday, October 22, 2006

Garden Mishap #1

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Craigslist Rocks

This guy wasn't kidding! If the ad is gone (from craigslist), here's the text from the ad:

Womens Shoes Size 5 Never Worn Dr. Martens - $10

Womens shoes and boots. Never worn before. All are womens size 5US. Sister in law bought too many and am trying to clear space in garage. 26 pairs to choose from! All are Dr. Martens except one pair of Timberland.Great deal in time for back to school and the fall season. $10 each pair!




Here's what I came home with:

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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Buggy News

So we got someone to take the VW Bug from the junkyard...er...I mean...the backyard.

It wasn't easy but these young guys were determined to bring Herbie home for restoration. There was almost a bidding war for the junker. They came one night and couldn't find a way to get the bug out. They were crushed because they knew someone else was coming in the morning.

When the other guy came in the morning with his tow, he had trouble getting his truck down the alley and had to return home for a different tow. A blessing for the first two guys -- because they came back that night, with a friend, a truck, a tow, tools, flashlight, rope and tires.

They discovered the actual original color (deep reddish). I learned it was a '72 model, automatic transmission, super-bug. The spare tire was still in the trunk and the old license plate was on the front. They believe it had been sitting in the yard much longer than 2-3 years.

They fought (in the dark) to replace the rear tires, actually bending the lug wrench in the process. They removed the steering wheel to unlock the brakes and rolled the lovebug onto the tow to haul him away.

All smiles. Even after two hours of hard work.

I'm so happy for the guys that took the car. They claim they'll be riding into town in a few weeks - and I won't recognize the car. I believe them.

It's a win/win here. They get a car and we get a clear space in the yard.

Last night I received this picture from the guys. They're going for "army green with black trim."

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Traveling Kitty

Seriously, is that not the cutest thing you've ever seen?

Gracie goes just about everywhere we go. No questions. She wasn't too thrilled to be in my jacket while in Home Depot. She wants to see where she's going. That is, unless she's napping of course.

She does not, however, go to the dogpark with us. Unlike some crazies in this town! (Read that, you won't believe it! But it's a true story.)

There are so many playful moments between Gracie and Hunny. Unfortunately, I get so involved with watching (and oohing and aahing) that I forget to snap photos. Soon though.

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Saturday, October 07, 2006

The Yard: Part One

Slowly getting things organized around here. Very slowly. Dog work is extremely busy (yay) and Paula has been in production since before we moved in. Things are in no particular order but we're beginning to make some sense of this chaos.

No real solution to the kitchen non-cabinet situation yet. But we're making due with shelving and tables that we already had. The "front room" is basically still a catch-all for storage, tools, clothes, linens, and anything without a place yet. The living room looks great. Mostly because we hardly have time to spend in it. The shelves are empty and there are still boxes to be unpacked, but they're hidden well enough to make it look nice for "company" (meaning: production meetings). The office is a disaster. No rhyme. No reason. The bookshelf is the only thing organized in here. Still no washer/dryer. We need stackable because of the limited space.

The yard. A bigger undertaking than I even imagined - and I really imagined hell. [pictured right: top is the yard the week we moved in. bottom is the yard today.]

The back gate was falling off until this week when the landlord had it fixed. It actually swings now. No dragging. No huffing and puffing and praying it doesn't crash on our cars as we open it. I hung heavy duty tarp for privacy. [pictured left: top=before. bottom=today.]

We already filled one of those big orange trash bins. This is the second round. We've found so much junk under the three feet of brush. I'm keeping a running list. Remember, no one has lived here for at least two years. And we're slowly finding out what the previous tenant was like. We've heard backyard stories of all-night gambling casinos, fighting chickens, families living in parked trailers. I'm rarely surprised anymore.

One recurring item we keep discovering under the brush: rugs. yes, rugs. carpet remnant, welcome mats, throw rugs, runners, you name it. The entire yard was lined with rugs. You can see some of them rolled up in the pictures (too heavy for me to lift into trash bin). And we're still only about 1/3 of the way through the yard.

Ongoing list of other non-organic items found in the yard so far:

oil cans
take-out boxes
beer bottles
RCA cables
toy truck
football
plastic basketball
child's sneaker
spark plugs
cable wire
knotted electrical cords
plastic bags
high school student ID
paint cans
rocks
cement pieces
shards of glass
plastic cups
cardboard
rags
water gun
spray bottle
plastic tarp
rope
particle board
spray paint
toothpaste
hairbrush
ballpoint pens
and of course, the old VW bug, left for dead.

BEFORE



TODAY

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Friday, October 06, 2006

Look Who's Coming to Dinner




Our new addition - unexpected. She was crying/screaming outside the other day. When Paula picked her up, she stopped. I swear we heard her say mama. Her name is Gracie and she's here to stay unless someone answers our ads.