Saturday, November 30, 2013

November 30, 2013

11am
I didn't post yesterday's blog to Twitter, G+ or FB like I usually do. I didn't want the extra flak that I may have gotten from some folks about Ezra.
But, this one I will post out there. Ezra is doing well. My mom said he even climbed up on the toilet because he was out of water in his bowl. He'd drank it all through the night. She refilled it, as we don't allow the critters to drink from the toilet ... ew. She even changed his bedding that he'd messed on! That's a shock ...
Anyway, he's going to get some sheep yogurt for lunch along with his herb tinctures, etc. He's sleeping a lot, getting his energy back. Not much blood in his pee today! Yay! If he takes the yogurt well today, we'll move up to some ground meat.
Finished cleaning cages and vacuuming. Second load of laundry running. I'll get some painting done this afternoon.

Time to harass Ezra and hopefully brush/comb all the cat litter out of his britches. If that goes well, he'll get a bath to get all the blood and pee off his hair.

Noon
Got some brushing done before he got annoyed. He peed in his box twice. No blood. He started wandering around the bedroom. Drank a good amount of water. Didn't want to stay in the bathroom. He took a baby spoonful of yogurt. But, that wasn't what he wanted. So, I gave him a baby spoonful of chopped salmon. That's what he wanted! But, that was enough for now. I don't want to rush him into eating too much. I did leave a baby spoonful of yogurt mixed with some salmon in a bowl. Hopefully, he'll eat that on his own. Now to find me some lunch.

Leftover pork roast in butter!

3:30pm
I got almost 3 hours of painting done. Here are pics from the last 3 days of painting - although I took all the pics today.
Thursday
Friday
Today

9:15pm
Sad news about Paul Walker. He was only 40.









Ezra is doing pretty good. He jumped up in bed with my mom tonight. So, she had to jump up and get the extra bedding for him to lay on in case he doesn't make it to the box ... He pooped again earlier. A bit of diarrhea. Not surprising. He ate a bit more salmon and some cream. I'm not totally happy with the amount he is peeing, but the blood is nearly gone.
Tomorrow, he will definitely get that bath. He stinks. Poor baby.

Friday, November 29, 2013

November 29, 2013

10:30am
Well, I haven't felt like blogging the past few days. I've had some bad stuff going on. It's hell having no money for emergencies. Ezra's bladder got blocked. Yes, this is a major life or death emergency. But, a vet would cost hundreds, if not thousands, to do x-rays, blood work, catheterization, possible surgery, hospitalization, meds, etc., which I don't have. I know. I've studied vet medicine (many years ago ...) and have also paid for all of that with past male cats who were born with congenital urinary tract issues and both lived into their teens after their crises. I had no money to even start this process with Ezra. I have my old vet books, natural health books and homeopathy books. This started about 4 days ago. Two days ago the crisis peaked to the point where he totally crashed. He could not walk as his hind end was too painful with the bladder being so full. He wasn't even strong enough to cry. Just moan. And, could barely lift his head. I knew he wouldn't make it. The next morning (Wed.) I went to the co-op after I got paid (luckily, I got paid a day early due to the holiday) and snagged up several homeopathic remedies. They are packaged for humans, but with a little tweaking on dosage down to cat-size, they work. I mainly used a liquid extract by Herb Pharm called Stone Breaker. It basically dissolves the stones little-by-little. Also, Goldenrod flower essence by Flower Essence Services. (He hates the taste of both, so I put the drops in his ears and rubbed it in.) I also got Urtica Urens pellets by Boiron. I had Cranberry with Vit. C soft gels and Boiron Cantharis pellets that I'd given him earlier in the year, too. He'd had a minor problem at that time. Plus, he's getting homemade bone broth by syringe. He is getting all these about every 3 hours, except overnight. He IS drinking water occasionally on his own. He has kept clear eyes all through this. And, is fiesty, but weak. I really wasn't sure he would make it last night. I woke up this morning to my mom yelling that Ezra actually walked (VERY slowly) to the litter box and peed. A lot! Still a lot of blood in it ... He has since peed 3 times in the past 4 hours. His bladder is no longer full and hard (it was the size and feel of a baseball ...) He is by no means 'out-of-the-woods', but he continues to fight and is making progress. Even after all this, I will keep him on a few remedies indefinitely to keep his bladder stone-free. At this point, it does not seem that his kidneys had shut down completely through this. He never got edemic, luckily, either. He did get slightly dehydrated, even with the water and broth, though.
I am very lucky that my work has a very flexible schedule and that I am in the middle of vacation this week. If I worked a regular all-day job, he would be gone already. As it is, I am able to check on him constantly, massage him, brush him, clean him (he has long, double-coated fur and the blood and litter cling to his britches) and keep him 'here'. So, this would not work for everyone's cat! I am not a vet, just desperate to keep our boy with us. So, please don't try this at home! Seriously.

3:30pm
I got a few hours of painting in today. It's so nice out. I think it got to about 70F today.

I came in to give Ezrie his herbs and he was peeing (less blood every time!) again AND he finally pooped after 4+ days! Poor baby wasn't strong enough to get it all out on his own. Ew. But, he's more comfortable and on a clean blanket now. He's walking much better, too. No more tummy ache. He'll get more broth tonight and tomorrow he'll have some plain sheep yogurt and possibly some milk kefir. He'll also get brushed and combed and maybe a rear-end bath if he's up to it. He's never been averse to baths, so it shouldn't be a problem.
He has his meow back, too!

7pm
Finally watching the last Francis the talking mule movie, Francis in the Haunted House. Totally different than the previous six movies. I can see why they didn't do any more of them. This one is not as good as the others.

8pm
Ezra is ready for bed. Love his bright green Ezra Standish eyes.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

November 26, 2013

3pm
Just came in from painting for a couple of hours. I have about 1/8 of the house done! haha!

This morning, we got most of the kitchen cabinets rearranged. Still a few to do. I put some of the doors on top of the cabinets and made shelves. My mom's basket collection has a home, now ...

Viola emailed me to let me know one of the stores I was going to do, another rep was able to get to it. So, I will do the other tomorrow after the furnace maintenance is done. And, since the predicted rain for Thurs. is no longer in the prediction, I should be able to paint in the afternoons from Thurs. - Monday and might get half of the trailer done as I wanted ... goal!

This was lunch:
Ground pork fried in butter with dried onions, pepper flakes and parsley. Topped with Organic Valley Mexican Blend shredded cheese.

5:45pm
Dinner was pork roast, heirloom tomatoes with mascarpone and black pepper, half a banana and milk.

Watching a couple more Francis the talking mule movies.

7pm
Hot chocolate hits the spot!

Monday, November 25, 2013

November 25, 2013

8:30am
I got up a little late today - 7:30 - I can't seem to get in gear, but I have to go to the co-op for a bunny box and milk. The boys are out of greens. They had a carrot and sweet potato chunk for breakfast with their hay.

12:30pm
Whew! All the doors are off of all the kitchen cabinets! I've decided to use a few of the doors as shelves above the cabinets (they were built with no tops!) So, we can put stuff up there, too. That will be tomorrow, though. It took about 2 hours to take off all those doors after I got back from the co-op.

I also got interrupted by a couple of phone calls. First, it was Amy at the park office telling me that the water was being turned off for a while due to a leak ... then, it was Viola asking if I could service 2 stores this week (so much for vacation!) So, I will be servicing them on Wed. Money!

The last of the leftover chili beans for lunch. Then, painting time!

4pm
I painted for about 2 hours. But, it looks like I may have to work tomorrow. I had told Viola that I would do the stores Wed. But, then I remembered that the furnace is going to be serviced that day and you can never be sure when the person will come! So, I probably won't be able to paint again until Sat. We'll see.

8:15pm
I'm having problems with my FireFox browser freezing today. So, I'm going to close up and continue watching a couple of Francis movies with my mom.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

November 24, 2013

8am
I've been listening to a lot of Monkees songs lately. Mike Nesmith didn't get much credit for his singing. It was always Mickey or Davey. But, Mike had a nice voice.

3:15pm
I am cold and tired. Busy day again. This morning, I vacuumed all the cabinets and steam-cleaned both bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room floors. Took 3 hours to do that. Had left-over chili beans for lunch. Then went out and painted for a bit over 2 hours. It is 60F outside. I am done for the day ... except to list a book on Listia.

Tomorrow morning, I'll be taking all the kitchen cabinet doors off. My mom wants to rearrange everything in the kitchen and I am moving the bookshelf that's in there into my office to get the rest of the books off of the floor. Then, more house-painting in the afternoon.

5pm
We are having eggs fried in butter with Aidell's Artichoke & Garlic Chicken sausage. With milk.

Watching a couple of the Francis the Talking Mule movie with my mom.

7:30pm
Two mugs in 2 days broke in the oven heating my milk for hot chocolate! Not good ...

Auction: Hemlock Bay by Catherine Coulter - Hardcover with dust jacket

Saturday, November 23, 2013

November 23, 2013

8am
Well, I have 10 days off from work starting today. I'll get back to work on Dec. 3.
I didn't get online all that much yesterday. So, didn't blog. I have a lot to do today. And, of course, the first thing out of my mom when she comes out of her room is a complaint. Ezra peed on her bed ...

First project today is taking my mom's closet doors off and figuring out why they keep jumping the track ...

Then, cages ...

Nikky got in trouble right out the door this morning. The local stray cat must have been sleeping under my car, so Nikky had to chase her! Luckily, she listens to commands and stopped about 2 doors down, but she really wanted to chase more. I had to prompt her several times to come and 'yard' (the command to go in the fenced yard to potty.)

9:30am
So, the closet door is going out on the deck to hopefully get Martin (neighbor) to take to the dump the next time he goes. The track is no good. That's why the door was constantly jumping off. There's a big dent in it that I can't fix. My mom never liked the doors anyway. Full mirrors. I hate mirrors. So, the doors will go. Rearranging her closet this afternoon, so Ezra can't pull stuff off the shelf. Ha!




11am
Cages are cleaned and critters are fed.  Floors partially vacuumed and mopped. I didn't steam-clean the floor today. I'll do it tomorrow after I vacuum the kitchen cabinets.

Still need to go out and clean Nikky's yard.

Hungry. Having turkey backs and necks for lunch.

1:30pm
Lunch eaten, closet rearranged, yard cleaned. Getting a bunch of CDs ready to list on Listia.
 But, first laundry needs to be folded and put away.

Wow. Just got the first freeze warning for the season. Kind of early, I think.

3:15pm
Auction: Tom Jones Best Of - CD/DVD set - Used

 
Auction: Hits of the 50s CD - Used
 
Auction: Tanya Tucker 20 Greatest Hits CD - Used

Auction: Charley Pride 20 Super Hits CD - Used

4:30pm
Caught up with Listia. I'll be listing more books there starting tomorrow.

My mom is making beef market steaks with a mix of veggies/fruits (onions, pomegranate, Granny Smith apple, dried tomatoes, jalapeño pepper and yellow wax beans) fried together in coconut oil for dinner.

100 jumps on the trampoline. Nikky loves playing on it.

5:30pm
Dinner was really good. Very flavorful. There were no added spices, just the flavors of the ingredients. Mmmm.
Nicky had a turkey back for dinner.





6:30pm
Time for some willow bark ... my bad shoulder is really starting to hurt. This cold weather is getting to it, I think.

Also time for some hot chocolate!

Well, that was almost a huge mess. The mug cracked in the oven. Glad it didn't explode, just leaked a little. I carefully transferred the milk to another mug.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

November 21, 2013

4:30pm
Well, today didn't go entirely as planned ... only got 3 stores serviced ...

Before I left this morning, I paid half a bill (better than not paying it ...) Then, when I left I got more gas (I've only been able to get about $10 at a time lately ...), got the weekly hay for the bunnies (they didn't have organic in for me - my weekly special order ... - but they were having a 2 for 1 sale on the other varieties, so I got Timothy and Meadow hay), mailed a swap, then headed over to Davis. What a mess! They are doing some kind of roadwork or trackwork near the railroad track that intersects the entire town ... I got stuck in traffic for 45 minutes just a block from where I needed to turn to get to the co-op. Then, I got rear-ended! Just a little bump, but he broke his plastic license plate holder and just scuffed my bumper a bit. So, I didn't bother with us getting info from each other. No biggie. Finally, enough people got tired of waiting and started pulling out to u-turn and I was able to, too. I had to go out-of-my way to get on the freeway and get to the other side of town and then back-track through town to get there! Crazy. But, I got my morning hot chocolate, a huge bunny box and some meat to last a few days. Then, I went to West Sac. to check on Curtis (he's doing good) and borrow some money to cover what my mom is going to be shorted in her next Social Security check so I can pay the house insurance on time and a couple of other bills. I wasn't going to, but I know my money in my next check will not be enough ... so, I told him I'd pay him back by Feb. Then, I was finally able to get to Sacramento to service 3 stores. At one of them, I paid one of the local parking lot window-washers (you know, the enterprising guys who will wash your car windows for whatever you will give them) a couple of dollars to scrub my bumper and get most of the scuff-marks off from the rear-ending. I'm going to do 2 other stores tomorrow, then start my 10 days off.

The wind is horrible today. I much prefer rain.

I had a really good beef market steak when I got home. Fried in butter with onion salt and lemon pepper. Mmmm.

Now, I'm having Trader Joe's Cinnamon Tempest tea with milk.

Leftover chili beans will be for dinner later, since I'm not hungry now.

I have a bunch of stuff to package for mailing tomorrow (Listia auction winnings and swaps.) Still waiting on payment for a couple of them.

 5:30pm
I really should get some things listed (I am 3 days behind again!)

I really need to get a load of laundry going, too.

7:45pm
Well, I have the chili beans reheating in the oven and I'll have some hot chocolate with that. And, laundry is hanging on the inside line.
 Chili beans topped with Organic Valley Mexican Blend cheese

9pm
Time for White Collar!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

November 20, 2013

7:30am
Feeling a bit better this morning, but still not completely over the migraine. Still have some pressure there. So, I'll still get the 2 stores done today that I have planned. One of which has a special project. I'm going to stop at the co-op for hot chocolate after I get some gas this morning.

Rained more overnight. Looks like it might rain more later. Love it!

3:45pm
Got the 2 stores done! Also, got hot chocolate and gas, as planned. My migraine keeps coming and going. Really annoying ... and painfilled!

I have 6 stores planned for tomorrow. It's the last for the week. I hope I can get them done so I can start my vacation on Friday - ten days off!

7:30pm
I got a fun swap all packaged to send tomorrow. I also got 2 new penpals in yesterday's mail! I haven't had penpals for yeeeears. I used to have hundreds when I was younger (& stamps were waaaay cheaper!)

Time for Criminal Minds and CSI tonight. Heating up milk for some hot chocolate.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

November 19, 2013

8:30am
Migraine is really trying to take hold this morning. Drank some bone broth (I rarely have anything to eat this early in the day ...), taken feverfew, white willow bark and extra magnesium. If I still feel like I can drive in the next 20 minutes, I will start on that goal of servicing 7 stores today ...

It rained a bit overnight.

5:45pm
Well, my migraine is worse now. I did get 5 stores serviced! One of which had a special project. But, I just couldn't get to those other 2 stores. So, I will do them on Thurs. when I go near that area for some other stores. I did stop at the co-op and got a small bunny box and a hot chocolate. I also stopped at the Whole Foods in Sacramento (on the same street the stores I serviced are on) and took in the #5 recycling finally. Tomorrow, I have 2 stores in another town. Should be an easier day. I pushed myself too much today.

It sprinkled a bit more today, but it was while I was in a store. Other than that, just very cloudy.

My mom made chili beans for dinner! We haven't had that in years! She even soaked the beans for a couple of days! (She's learning!) It was very good, but not nearly enough meat in it.

I'm freezing. Had to turn on my little electric lap blanket.

6:45pm
Time for hot chocolate. Sounds like it is raining again.

Just took Nikky out - later than usual - and it is pouring. We got wet! ;)

Why do most crime TV shows have to have a bank robbery/hostage episode that at least one of their main leads is caught up in? So unoriginal.

8:15pm
Feeling a bit better now.

Time to take Nikky out again and then put her and the other critters to bed. Going to get wet ...

Monday, November 18, 2013

November 18, 2013

8:15am
I'm having a 'dizzy' morning. Comes and goes. Hopefully, I won't be getting a migraine this week. Occasionally, that is one of my 'auras' before a migraine hits. Haven't had a real migraine in a while. Need to get more magnesium complex. I've been out for a while ...

And, my company finally sent a memo about Thanksgiving week being off (luckily, my manager had already warned me a few weeks ago.) If it doesn't rain, I hope to get more painting done that week. It's supposed to rain this week (Tues. & Wed.) but we'll see if it actually happens.

4pm
It's a lovely, cloudy day. Looks like it really might rain by tomorrow, as predicted.
I got 2 stores serviced and went to the co-op for milk and a bunny box. I also stopped at Trader Joe's, Dollar Tree and Cost Plus to find some items for a swap (a bit of a treasure hunt - that was fun!)

Tomorrow is going to be a very long, crazy day. I am going to attempt to service 7 stores ... eeep. I am hoping to have 10 days off starting Friday. If I'm lucky, I might get some more painting done on more than one of those days. Barring rain ...

5:30pm
Hot wings for dinner! I can't get enough of chicken wings. We have them a lot. And, milk.

9:15pm
I just registered for TVEverywhere through my cable provider. They just added that feature recently. I can watch current TV shows on my computer or tablet with no extra fee! Cool.


Sunday, November 17, 2013

November 17, 2013

10:30am
I'm not in the mood to paint today, but I have to. So, will go out after lunch ...
Vacuumed the cabinets this morning (very few bugs!) and did a load of laundry. Got a CD ready to list.

Lots of tornadoes today in the mid-west. So glad I don't live in that area!

Going to watch some old horror movies again today ... The Raven and The Tingler, and a comedy, The Ladykillers. I've watched them all recently, but my mom hasn't seen the first two for many years and I don't think she's ever seen the other. It's so easy to watch all of the stuff I have stored on my computer. I just transfer them all to a USB jump drive and plug it in the back of this TV. To paraphrase Wil Wheaton - it's great living in the future! (Sometimes.)

Auction: Christmas with Country's Finest, Volume 1 CD - used

12:45pm
Finished watching The Ladykillers.
Having Aidell's Sun-dried Tomato and Garlic Salame on rice crackers with raw mild Cheddar cheese for lunch.

3pm
I painted for a couple of hours. I would've done more, but ... a strange person came to my door and then saw me in the back yard. He wouldn't/couldn't explain what he was doing here. Supposedly he was a contractor for PG&E (which took too much prompting to even get that out of him!) checking that people are up-to-date on their 'deregulation'. BUT, he would not/could not explain what the heck he meant by that. 'We have a lot of rules we have to follow ...' One of which is apparently not to explain what that 'deregulation' is ... I told him if he couldn't explain why he was here, he could leave. 'OK. I'll mark your address down as another complaint.' 'You do that.' I watched him for a few minutes and he was going door-to-door. By then, I was out of the mood for painting ... ugh. I should have asked for his supervisor's number ...

5pm
Rotisserie chicken for dinner. Yum. With milk! And, baked quince with cream! So good.

5:45pm
OK. Baked quince that has gone cold before it's served ... not so good ... must re-heat. Hope it is still good with the cream melted ...

7:15pm
Well, we just finished watching the movies.
I heated up the quince and the cream melted into melted butter. I added a bit of organic cinnamon-sugar mixture. Is good now. With hot chocolate!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

November 16, 2013

8:15am
I STILL can't find my headphones! I have lots of earbuds, but they don't work as well and always fall out of my ears!

10am
Got all the TVs switched around! I can now see the TV from my office, since it is up on a cabinet. It was hard to see the old console with the arm of the couch in my way ... Going to watch some old movies later. Have to rest and then clean cages and then fix my mom's closet door ... again ...
 
Noon
Done. TVs, cages, door. All done. Must find food!

Leftover wild rice, broccoli and burger with butter! And, a rambutan fruit and a coconut date roll.

Now the rest of the afternoon will be listing a few things. Finally!

 2:30pm
The Wolfman on the TV.

 Oooh. The Blob is on next.

Having some hot bone broth for a snack.

Auction: 2 NuWave Pizza Kit Manuals - in Spanish

 
Auction: Handcrafted Fancy Jewelled Hat Pins (5)

3:30pm
Auction: 10 Bread Clips for crafts - used

8:15pm
We watched Devil-Doll before my mom went to her bedroom to read and then I watched the last two eps of 240-Robert. Too bad that show only had 16 eps in total. It wasn't a bad show.

Tomorrow, we'll be watching a few more old horror movies.

Gah. The noisy neighbors' noisy grandkid is screaming his head off outside again ...

9:45pm
One last listing for the day ...
Auction: Kokopelli Address Labels

Friday, November 15, 2013

November 15, 2013

11:15am
Waiting on the plumber to come. They called a bit ago and are on their way.
The bucks are out on the deck since I don't clean their cages until tomorrow and they look messy. ;) They need the sun.
I finally renewed my TracFone before it expires and I lose the phone #. Good for another 90 days ...
I also got all my swaps and auctions packaged and ready to drop at the PO this afternoon.
Working on my mom's Medi-Cal paperwork. I need to print out copies of her info to take now ...

And, no, I didn't get anything posted to Listia yesterday, either!

I did 100 jumps on the trampoline.

I took down the big yard umbrella and put it in the shed for the season. The wind is really picking up, bringing in the cooler weather.


7pm
I'm amazed I got all of the above done. But, that is all ... pretty much. Didn't list again ... so much for my daily goal ... so, tomorrow, I will attempt to list 4 things to catch up! Really ...

I also discovered (because of an actual TV commercial that I happened to look up and see!) that I have 'TV Anywhere' included in my cable package. When I went to the P.O. earlier, I stopped at the cable office to confirm! And, yes! I can watch many of my favorite channels on my computer! Without paying an extra fee! Nice to find another way to watch some things legally ... ;)

Now, to watch another old ep. of 240-Robert while having some hot Silly Cow Chocolate-chocolate milk.

9:15pm
Listening to Daniel Vitalis talking about the hollow tube on the Gut Rebuilding Experts seminar. Very interesting.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

November 14, 2013

7:45am
Damn. I forgot to put anything up on Listia yesterday! I'll have to put up 2 things this afternoon. I felt very distracted yesterday when I got home ...

I have to clean the bathrooms and under all the sink cabinets when I get home as the plumber is coming tomorrow for a regular check-up.
Hope he comes early, but of course, won't count on it ...

I need to get the paperwork done and copied for my mom's Medi-Cal and take it in tomorrow afternoon. Hopefully, it won't get lost again and she can get her money back that they are taking from her next check ...

4:30pm
Today was pretty good. Almost everything has gone according to plan, other than the horrible traffic. I got 3 of my stores serviced, stopped at the co-op for a bunny box and some other food, got gas, got hay, took the digital cable boxes back to the cable company. Just finished cleaning my bathroom. Reminded my mom to clean hers'. Load of laundry going.

Surprisingly, my mom has agreed to move her TV to the living room and move my little TV to her room (I rarely watch it.) This way we can start watching all the stuff I have stored on my computer that I may never get around to burning to disk as the TV  has a USB port! She'll never be able to complain that there is nothing on TV, then! I am still going to try to save up for a bigger TV for the living room, but for now her 32" will do. Going to move them around tomorrow afternoon.

6pm
Why is she watching Bill O'Reilly. ARRGGH! I have a headache now!

7:45pm
Snacking on some nuts, seeds and raisins with Trader Joe's Ruby Red Chai and milk. Going to watch an old 240-Robert and then a new ep of White Collar!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

November 13, 2013

5pm
It's been a busy day. Serviced 3 stores. Took forever to get the inventories entered into the company website! I've been having a lot of trouble with it lately. I type too fast for the entries! Sometimes it crashes the page, other times it does something really funky and shoots me to some random other website! Very annoying when I have hundreds of numbers to enter!

I have to cut back on my chocolate tea, I think. Got sores in my mouth from the damn caffeine ... (I'm allergic ...)

I'm so hungry. Can't wait for dinner ... whatever it is. My mom told me, but I was in the middle of entering all those damn numbers, so can't remember ... smells good ...

I've got a headache.

Got my oil check today. Paid the cable bill. Found by chance that they have moved their office around the corner! Right next to one of my banks and BelAir and the Pet Factory that I go to. So, since I was going to that bank to cash my check, I paid my bill, too. Going to take those digital cable boxes back tomorrow, too, so nice that they are closer!

Ah, dinner is salmon and wild rice blend mixed with broccoli and lots of butter. And, milk.

Need willow bark ...

8pm
Time for Criminal Minds, CSI and some Zhena's Hazelnut Chai tea with milk. Then, an old ep of 240-Robert.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

November 12, 2013

8am
Is it Monday? No, it's Tuesday. But, it sure feels like Monday ... I don't wanna work today! But, I have to! Glad I got all my paperwork together yesterday.
So much to do today. Stop at the post office to mail my swaps. All the critters need food. I need milk. So, I have to stop at Pet Factory for the dog and cat, then to the co-op for a bunny box and the milk. Then off to service 4 stores ... long day. And, at some point I need to call my mom's worker to find out about the Medi-Cal issue ...

It's very cloudy today. But, the predicted 60% chance of rain from last week is down to only 10% chance ... bummer.

Looks like Obama's SickCare plan is starting to really implode. More and more against it. I shouldn't say 'I told you so ...' but ... ;)

4:15pm
Well, I only serviced 2 stores, but that's alright. I'll do the other 2 tomorrow, and another here in town that was added for a one-time special project.

I ended up going over to Social Services to find out what was up with my mom's Medi-Cal. They lost the renewal paperwork I submitted a few months ago! So, my mom now has to totally re-apply and also ask for retroactive repayment of the money that will not be on her next check! That will probably take several months to get back! ARRRGGH! Sucks! I'm going to have to ask Curtis if I can borrow some money so I don't have late bills and then pay him back once my mom gets that money back ... damn.

5:45pm
Dinner was baked chicken wings with raw sauerkraut mixed with bell pepper and bacon. And, milk.

6:30pm
Got all the bunnies' food chopped up. They will have a piece of eggplant for the first time tonight.

Time for some Kalahari ChocoLatté tea with milk and some 240-Robert.

9:30pm
My daily Listia -
Auction: Personalized Monarch Butterfly Address Labels


Monday, November 11, 2013

November 11, 2013

8am
I got all my paperwork printed and files ready for tomorrow. Lots of new projects starting ... resets and such.

Load of laundry started.

Just watched the newest 'Workout Wednesday' from Zach Anner on YouTube. He's a riot!


I was surprised yesterday to get 3 sales from my CaféPress shop. I haven't gotten any sales there in months. I hate that all sales seem to come from the marketplace rather than directly from my shop (which is a change that was made several years ago and my sales plummeted to nearly none ... sucks ...)

11:15am
Got the kitchen cabinets vacuumed out. I try to do it every week. Suck up the bugs and then bag it up for the garbage. Put out all the new traps I bought yesterday & threw out the old. Have a load of dishes from the 1 cabinet shelf I scrubbed in the dishwasher. Wish I could do all of them, but not enough hours in the day. So, I can only do one at a time and then start over again when they are all done. Never-ending ...

Need food.

Uncured Canadian bacon wrapped around a BabyBel cheese round. And, a rambutan fruit. Not bad.

Got a set of dropper bottles cleaned and ready to post on Listia this afternoon. I hate GooGone - it stinks, but it does work to get the label residue off before I boil them.


3:45pm
Painted for about 2 hours and wrapped 2 pipes.
One of these days I want to put an outdoor sink on those pipes.

5pm
Dinner is the leftover veggies and meat from making the bone broth, in broth and lots of butter. And, milk.


My daily Listia -  
Auction: 5 Amber Glass Dropper Bottles - Used

 Oh, fun. My next swap is a scavenger hunt ATC! That will be fun. Now ... which to make first, this or the button fairy ... ah, button fairy is due first, so that one it will be. I think I'll go through some buttons after dinner.

7pm
The button fairy turned out kind of cute. First one I've made!

Time to watch 240-Robert and have some Trader Joe's Cinnamon Tempest tea with apple juice!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

November 10, 2013

11am
It's been a busy day already.
I went to Home Depot and got the ladder I wanted. It took them 20 minutes to find it. They had the wrong model on the floor in the slot for the one I wanted. I got a 13-foot Werner telescoping ladder. They had the 26-foot there. That is way too big for me! My roof is only 12 foot from the ground! The great thing about this one is that it extends high enough to get to the roof and collapses small enough to store in the shed! My other ladders that I'd inherited from my dad were too big. I got a 10% discount for my patience! I also got a pack of white rags as I need to throw some of mine away. I use them to line the rabbits' trays and also for cleaning. And, more roach traps and 2 fly swatters (my old one's falling apart!)

Wow. My mom made me lunch. Hard-fried eggs and turkey burger patty.

I'm going to take the digital converter and digital box back to the cable company on Tues. I got them a couple months ago on special, but we don't even watch the extra channels! And, the little converter didn't work half the time. I kept having to call them to reboot it! And, y'all know how I hate using phones! So, back they go and we'll be back to just having the extended basic package.

Speaking of phones ... ;) I need to get more TracFone minutes/days before the 20th! Should do that now ... maybe this afternoon.

Got all the spices added to my broth before I left for the store. So, I'll be straining into jars later today.

Noon
My daily Listia:
Auction: Patsy Cline The Definitive Collection CD - Used

Going out to pull weeds for a couple of hours. I'm tired of not being able to find all of Nikky's messes to clean up! The weeds are trying to take over the little yard again ...

2:15pm
Glad that is done for a while. It still looks awful, but at least I can clean the yard more easily. I also got the ladder unwrapped (why do companies insist on so much cardboard and plastic on everything?!) and put in the shed. And, I put the old A-frame ladder back under the stairs.

Time to strain the broth and put in jars. Once they cool down, I'll put most of them in the freezer and keep a couple in the fridge. I put the broth in pint jars.

3:30pm
That messy job is done! A dozen pints of pork bone broth are now cooling on the counter before I put them in the freezer or fridge. And, about a pint of veggies and meat was strained for later eating. It's great with lots of butter. ;)

Gah! This is frustrating. Got another letter saying my mom's Medi-Cal is cancelled, so her MediCare Part B will no longer be paid on her SS, so it will be lower next month by over $300! That's really going to hurt. Especially since my damn company has added another week off this year at the last minute (all of Thanksgiving week ...) Going to be some laaaate bills in Dec. I'll have to call her worker and set up an appt. Tues. to see why this keeps happening.

So, I'm debating about even paying for more TracFone time now ... Might wait until I get my oil check and see if it is a good one this month. Should be here next week.

6pm
Dinner was baked turkey thighs with sliced tomatoes topped with crème fraîche and fresh ground pepper. And, milk.

Did 100 jumps on the trampoline. Need to get back to doing that every day. Great for the lymph nodes.

My next little craft project for a swap is a cute little button fairy! I'd never seen them before, so it is going to be fun to make! I love trying new crafts. I've got tons of buttons! And, feathers! So, sometime between now and the 23rd I will get that made.

Time for an episode of 240-Robert and some Trader Joe's Cinnamon Tempest tea with milk.

7:15pm
That was a fun episode! It's too bad this show didn't last more than a season. Although, Joanna Cassidy was always annoying ... Wish I could find this on DVD, as I'm watching old VHS copies from the TV.

Having some nuts, seeds and raisins to snack on.

Read a sad story out of Ohio. The founding rescuer for the Animal Rights Foundation killed herself and 31 rescue dogs ... so sad. I've nearly been there a couple of times, but because of my dogs (Quinn & Gemini were my saviors and still watch over me) I didn't do it.

10pm
Just watched an old movie short. The Bees' Buzz. It would've worked better as a silent movie (which I though it was originally.) It had its funny moments, though.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

November 9, 2013

8:15am
I can't seem to warm up this morning. I have the heater on. I'll warm up once I start cleaning, though. It's Saturday. Cage-cleaning day ... fun ... I'm going to let the boys out to run around for the first time since Sheree bit Robin on the nose. One at a time. Can't let them out together any more. They are no longer bunnies, but mature bucks now. Is sad :'(

First load of laundry is in the dryer. Will do 1 or 2 more today.

Just joined a bunch of swaps on swap-bot. Love swapping!

Noon
Wow. The first time in 3 hours I've been able to sit down and rest. Just finished cleaning dove and rabbit cages, letting the bucks run around (Sheree for almost 90 minutes and Robby for about 60 minutes - Nikky was in mama dog heaven), put veggies in my pork bone broth, vacuumed, steam-cleaned the kitchen and laundry room floors, got the 2nd load of laundry going, feeding/watering all the critters after washing their bowls and bottles ... and not all in that order ... I'm exhausted. And, of course, my mom threw a hissy fit rather than help with any of them and is hiding in her room. But, that's every Sat. when it's cleaning time ... or every morning when it's feeding time ... and, she's the one that wanted a bunny ... I have to find something to eat, now.

Ah ... hard fried chicken and dove eggs with leftover pork roast fried in butter for lunch. Mmmm. And, a rambutan fruit.

It's another pretty day outside and I am not in the mood to do anything outside today ... ugh. But, I have to do something!!! Sure as hell won't get done if I don't ...

1:30pm
Yep. Not gonna get much else done today. Too tired ... Have the 3rd load of laundry running with one more to go. Where does it all come from!?

Changed out all the roach traps. Fun. Not. Yeah, we got a looooong-standing problem with them ...

Still need to mess with the fish filter and also top off their water, yet ...

At least I made $3 today. Just finished doing a survey.

Next ... last load of laundry is in the washer.

3:15pm
Snacking on some nuts, raisins and seeds ... about a tablespoon ...

My daily Listia listing:
Auction: The Eagles - Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 CD - Used

5:15pm
Dinner was so good. Lamb leg steak with baked apple smothered in crème fraîche with a date in the middle. Mmmmm. And, milk.

Time to watch another episode of 240-Robert and have some hazelnut chai tea with milk.

But first, this is always a winner:


6:30pm
Gah. The noisy neighbors are being extra noisy tonight ...

Grumpy Cat and I are so in tune ... 
Leave me alone, I'm tired.

Damn. The destruction in the Philippines is immense. And, the storm is headed to Viet Nam now ...

Having some organic apple juice diluted with a bit of water. Haven't had apple juice in quite a while, but bought a bottle for a recipe last week and only needed a cup for that. So, drinking it a bit at a time so it's not wasted.

Sure wish I could figure out what happened to my headphones. I need them right now to drown out the noise ... over a month since I moved my office out of my bedroom and still can't find them! I did find my car charger adapter yesterday, though! Win!

Discovered earlier that I paid my Home Depot bill 4 days late! Can't believe I read the due date wrong last month! $25 late fee! First time late on that bill! Plus, I need to go there tomorrow morning to buy a new extension ladder. Mine was stolen about a week ago from my backyard! It was my dad's and has a crooked foot. Hope they fall using it!

7:45pm
Listening to some John Denver music to drown out the noise. Earplugs did not work ...

Found at least 3 origami projects I want to try out in the ebooks I got yesterday. A cute little papoose, an angel and a haunted house (which will be great for next year.)

8:30pm
Bedtime for the critters. Yay! Nikky is waiting to go out and then to her room. Then feed the bunnies and doves and turn out all the lights. Then I'll watch another episode of the new Ironside that I found. I thought I had all of them since it's already been cancelled.

Friday, November 8, 2013

November 8, 2013

11:45am
OK. Back to my daily, boring ramblings. Ha! I know! You're thrilled! ;)
Busy morning, so far. Fed and cleaned up after all the critters. Scrubbed the floor under the bunny cages. Vacuumed the carpet (can't wait to get rid of all of it!) Those are all daily things to do.
Cut and sorted all the free veggies I got from the co-op yesterday. I go there at least 3 times a week just for the free 'bunny box'. Depends on how much they have left to put in the box as to how often I go. My boys love the variety! They will be getting a bit of cauliflour for the first time tonight along with the usual lettuces and other trimmings.
Fixed an antique unicorn head and a little display box that my mom broke yesterday (grrrr!!!) when moving a shelf. Which also broke. Fixed that, too.
Started 2 crockpots of pork bone broth.
Trying to fix the damn fish filter that will not siphon ... cheap crap.
One load of laundry done.
Broke my glass straw while drinking my morning lemon water ... it lasted over a year! Wrote to the company and should get the replacement in a couple weeks. This is the second replacement from the original I bought. They have a lifetime guarantee.
Turned on the heater for the first time this season. I waited as long as I could ... but tired of having freezing fingers all day.
Now, to figure out what I want for lunch ...

12:30pm
Leftovers. Wild rice blend with turkey burger mixed in. And, lots of butter! Yum. I also tried a piece of quince. Not bad. My mom says it tastes a bit different than she remembered. They had a tree in their horse pasture when she was a kid. She said her mom used to make jelly with them. I told her that was the original marmalade. It's usually made from oranges/citrus these days, though ...

Yesterday, I finally called Bonney to schedule visits for the plumbing and heater service. I'm on their BAM plan for regular maintenance, but I am lazy about using a phone, so kept putting it off ... but, it's finally done. The plumbing will be checked next Friday and the heater will be serviced at the end of the month. The A/C service was done before summer. So, that will be all done until next year.

I've been adding things to my Listia site and have a goal of adding one thing per day this month.  I'm keeping up, so far. And, I'm still hoping to get my actual website up by the end of the year ... at least as a portal to all of my shops ... some day ...

Oh, and I'm going to teach myself some origami. Got some origami craft ebooks this morning. I certainly have enough pretty papers for it!

Sorted some magazines on one of my bookshelves. Pulled all the duplicates to put on Listia at some point. They were all freebies I get from the co-op and my local BelAir. Lots of good articles and recipes in them.
Also, cleared all of the books off of my trampoline! Still need to organize a couple of shelves to put them all on. So, they are stacked on the floor ... but, I can use my trampoline now!

2:30pm
OK, so I haven't gotten to listing on Listia, yet ... but, I did list 2 craft books in my Bonanza shop!
http://www.bonanza.com/listings/Plum-Purdy-by-Ren-e-Mullins-craft-book/132691135
http://www.bonanza.com/listings/Plum-Purdy-Season-Vol-3-by-Ren-e-Mullins-craft-book/132694661

3:30pm
Grumpy Cat just shared this on Twitter:
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How Ugly Can You Make Your Wedding Cake? Apparently SUPER Ugly->

Those are some really awful-looking cakes for weddings. But, I really like that hunter one with the deer heads and camo as far as being artistic.

OK. So, here is today's Listia item:
 
Auction: Custom Hits Country - Country Picks Vol. 1 CD - Used


This was shared by a friend on G+ today. This is a wise man.
4:30pm
Gah! I hate these damn filters. My last 3 ancient fish are going to suffocate if I can't get them siphoning. The motors run, but that's it. I have 2 and neither want to work right. I'll have to dig out the noisy air bubblers to get them some fresh air until I can buy yet another filter ... not happy ... wouldn't be so bad, but my mom cleaned the glass and stirred up all the algae and crap and the water is so murky I can't even see the fish!
Ugh. Noisy. And, of course, I don't have any little bubblers to put on the end of the air hose ... doubly noisy ... oh, well. At least they have some O
2
. And, I'm worried the air pressure coming out is going to impact the little guys too much. Just can't win. I wish my mom had kept them in the bigger tank she moved them out of a couple months ago. They are in the little 10-gallon ... damn ...
OK. I moved the tube so that it is just barely in the top of the water (even noisier ...), but at least it's not moving all the water so badly that they couldn't swim straight. Possible catastrophe averted. Ha!
It's been a nice day. Wish I had time to sit outside or do something out there today. Hopefully, tomorrow afternoon I'll be able to get some painting done.

Almost time for dinner. We are having pork steaks, baked potato (lots of butter!!) and milk.

5:30pm
My mouth is on fire. My mom rubbed the pork steaks with chipotle seasoning. So good, but HOT!

Going to watch another episode of 240-Robert now. Must have some chocolate tea, too!

7:45pm
For those of you who don't follow me on any of the medias (& why don't you!?) ;) this is a worthy cause. Wish I could donate, but I'm tapped out, so I share to spread the word. This baby needs her mommies close by:

TAKE ACTION: Help support Leah and her two moms | GLAAD

I've been debating with myself lately about getting back into mystery shopping. I haven't done any 'shops' in over ten years. But, I've recently started getting the emails again (since I finally transferred everything over from my old YahellMail and Hotmail accounts to my GMail - see how lazy I am ... I stopped using those accounts more than 8 years ago and surprised that my password still worked to get into them!) But, there are a bunch of shops available ... I may do some when they are close to any of my stores on my merchandising route. Still thinking about it ... 

That Typhoon Yolanda is so massive. It's really wreaking havoc on those poor islands. I would never want to live on an island with no way to escape something like that. Scary.

Friday, November 1, 2013

November 1, 2013

5pm
Well, I was sure disappointed with Hallowe'en last night. Only 5 kids. Next year, I am only buying boxed raisins as my mom and I will eat those. I'll be giving the suckers and sesame sticks to Martin's kids this weekend.

I had a busy day today. Went to check on old Squint and cleaned Curtis' floors that probably haven't been cleaned since my mom and I moved out of that house in 1992. Paid bills. Got the car washed. Went shopping at the co-op. I love that store! Always find great deals. Bought a bag of discounted rambutan fruit that I've never had before. So good! They are a really funky fruit from Malaysia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rambutan Usually very expensive, but the discount cart has bags of different fruit for $1/lb.! Yum. I also got a bag of discounted pomegranates (which I don't like, but my mom does.)
I also finally paid the neighbor for pressure washing the trailer a couple months ago for me. He's going to help me with some of the painting on Sunday. He's been so busy with all the kids he's been watching (his own 3, a nephew, a cousin and a neighbor kid) lately that he hasn't been able to.