Saturday, July 15, 2017

July 15, 2017

I had such plans for today! But, the weather is not co-operating. It's already 100°F ...

I got a late start this morning on all my planned projects because I had to go out and BUY a box!!! I had brought a box home from work the other day, but it wasn't big enough. I sold a large lot of computer stuff (old floppy disks and other things to go with them ...) and needed a box with at least 18 inches wide and long. So, anyway, had to go to the UPS store down the street and pay a ridiculous amount for it. Then, come home and pack and weigh it all and put the postage on it. And, then over to the PO annex to drop it off. At least it's done.

So, I didn't get started on anything until 10:30 and it was already getting hot outside. But, I got some spray painting done and scrubbed the carport stairs (boot marks from the electrician the other day ...) I still have to paint 6 of the treads ... maybe tomorrow. I also filled the bird bath for the hot birds.
I painted the old metal TV stand that's been around since I was a baby. I replaced the wheels last year, as my mom was going to use it for Freddie's cage. But, she changed her mind. So, I am using it as my printer stand, now! And, my shredder fits under it perfectly.
Painted the spring hooks on the carport stair rails and put them back on.
I forgot to take pictures the other day of the tub from hell. So, here they are!
This is it for now. Hopefully, at some point, the faucet will be removed and the hose attachment (the original plan ...) will go there. But, not for quite some time. I am sick of the tub!! I also need to put on the caulking strips around the edge.
The killer hole! That board sticking out on the left is what battered my arm (see previous blog post ...)
The problem. The odd-sized flared attachments on the copper pipes that I could not replace. The pipe that comes up through the floor is so corroded that I could not break loose the joint. I had wanted to put in shut-off valves, but couldn't. Maybe some day I can afford to pay someone to do that.
All the hard-won, pretty new hardware.
Gypsy rarely gets to come in here, so she had to check things out.
The closet right next to the toilet that I had to squeeze into to work under the tub.
The next expensive project ... :(
Once I was done outside, I came in to start on my healthy elixirs, etc. So far, I've made sole (for the first time) and a new batch of golden paste (I swear by this stuff for pain.)
Sole is just pure (Himalayan or sea) salt in filtered or spring water. Do not use cheap, white 'table' salt. It isn't dissolved, yet, in this picture.
Turmeric golden paste (I make 3 jars like this every few weeks, freezing two of them.) I take about 1 teaspoon 2-3 times a day (more if I am really hurting.) I also mix some in the dog food I make for Gypsy and Nikky. It has really helped Gypsy, as she has a weak hind end, but you can't always tell when she has this.
Make sure to also add 1-2 Tablespoons of Ceylon Cinnamon (it MUST be Ceylon or Sri Lanka cinnamon, not regular cinnamon) to the recipe, with the coconut oil and pepper. This WILL prevent the possible 'cat pee' smell that some people and animals may get ... Nikky and I never got it, but Gypsy did ... so, I add it.
I also made a new batch of dog food that will last about a week or so. I get the ground mix from my local co-op. The head butcher there, makes a great mix - good ratio of meat/bone/organs. There is a chicken mix, a beef mix and occasionally a mixture of various other meats (turkey, lamb, pork, buffalo, etc.) I try to get a little of everything (usually 2 lbs. chicken, 2 lbs. beef and if they have it the other mix.) Then, I mix all of it together, along with various supplements (ground egg shells, ground dehydrated eggs - or a raw egg, spirulina, sardines, powdered whey, powdered buttermilk, bee pollen, hemp seeds, chia seeds, gelatin powder - or fresh broth, golden paste.) Mix it all up, then freeze most of it. The dogs love it, especially served in raw milk. No kibble-crap for them!

And, now, I'm scrubbing all my colloidal silver jars, so I can make a new batch of it.
It's very easy to make your own colloidal silver for pennies per batch. Just distilled water, .999 silver rods or ribbons (get from a jewelry supply), an adapter with the end cut off and attached to positive and negative clips. And, a little laser light to check when the silver is done (you'll see a straight red line when you shine the laser at the water - it's the silver particles collecting the light.)
The girls got their nails trimmed.  They were not impressed. ;)

And, I'm going to soak my feet in Epsom salts and lavender essential oil after dinner tonight.

I have to get things together to make a mystery swap (Swap-bot). I have the fabric (6x6-inch square ladybug pattern) the host sent me; just have to decide what I want to make with it. I'm thinking a key fob, as I have the hardware for one.
A key fob it will be! Now, to get it done and mailed before next Saturday!
We're having pastrami sandwiches for dinner. Yum!

So, along with all the other problems I'm having with the house ... the water heater is acting up. The same water heater we replaced about 5 years ago and nearly went into bankruptcy ... It's working fine, except for the damn rattling, vibrating noisy sediment rocks in the bottom. Woodland water is horrible, but as often as the park shuts off the water for repairs (constantly!!!!), there is no way to get all the sediment out of the water heater & it just keeps building up. The noise started last week ... it sounds like a semi is coming into my mom's bathroom ... (the water heater is behind that little closet shown above ...) It only lasts a few minutes at a time (whenever the gas heats up the water and starts making the sediment bubble around.) But, somehow I hope to replace the damn thing again, as the constant vibration may crack the glass lining eventually. That's what I've gathered from reading multiple plumbing forums the past few days. It's not dangerous, just a pain in the ass. Oh, and draining it does not eliminate the problem ... the drain is too far above the bottom of the tank.

Most of the critters are in bed; the dogs go to bed in an hour. I'm soaking my feet and drinking my raw chocolate milk while reading some Mag 7 fanfic. I love The Magnificent Seven! I even have the theme as my ringtone. I am looking forward to the Magnificent Seven Old West Convention. They have moved from Los Angeles to Old Sacramento this year and will occur during Gold Rush Days on Labor Day weekend. I am going to be a volunteer on Saturday and Sunday!!!! I can't wait. I just hope I have a few extra dollars to have a pic taken with Anthony Starke (he was Ezra Standish, my favorite character.) He hasn't been confirmed to attend, yet, but he always goes and he's tweeted a few times that he's looking forward to it again this year. I think my biggest problem is going to be parking. Not sure if I might take the bus from here or park at my cousin's house across the river from the site & take the bus the short ride from there ... I can't deal with parking in Sacramento and the parking fees for two days.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

July 8, 2017

It's been a very stressful few weeks for me, especially the past week. I'm feeling very overwhelmed ...

I have the impending park inspection looming (in about 2 weeks) and I'm expecting to have the expense of replacing the posts for the carport awning (one of the things they inspect.) I went to the meeting about the inspection on June 20 and they seemed to stress on that - if there are even small dents, they will fail ... they were dented when we bought the place!! Plus, a few other things I am nervous about that might get wrote up ...

A few weeks ago, my mom's constant nagging about fixing the garden tub in her bathroom went to DefCon levels ... so, after 9 years, I fixed it. I had tried several times over the years, but she just doesn't 'get' how hard something like that is for me to do by myself ... the opening under the tub is 8 inches square and is inside the small bathroom closet, the opening of which is right next to the toilet. I am not big, and I can barely get in there. Plus, I have to lay on my side on the hard floor. The pipes are all original and corroded in place ... I don't have very good upper body strength. It took me about 5 days to break the pipes loose, working a bit at a time. Plus, when the water is turned off at the access point outside ... it doesn't really turn all the way off inside!!!! So, I was also dealing with flooding under the tub much of the time. We are in a mobile home. Mobile homes and excess water don't mix well. I'm worried about the future of the floor underneath the tub ... I was able to get the hot water turned off completely at the water heater ... after nearly scalding my hands and arms ... It took a week, but we now have a working tub with no leaks. I am still in pain from that. It cost me nearly $300 to replace the pipes, etc. This mobile home was built in 1977 and the pipe fittings, etc. are in odd sizes and are not made anymore (trust me, I went to hardware/plumbing stores in 3 counties and even online!!) So, since I could not get the copper pipes leading into the house replaced, I had to do a lot of modifications to fit the new stuff to the existing stuff.
This is what fighting the pipes through the tiny opening did to just one of my arms. Doesn't look quite as bad today, but still hurts.
Plus, to top that off ... during my fight with the tub, we started having electrical issues!! Random rooms kept flickering on and off for no apparent reason. Only part of my mom's room, one kitchen wall (where one of the two fridges is plugged in), the air conditioner and the laundry room were not effected! The circuit breakers are NOT tripped. I scraped together enough money to get an electrician out here to try to figure it out. He checked all the outlets and switches; fixed 2 outlets and switches and 2 overhead light fixtures. Everything worked when he left ... then, the same thing happened that night ... I can't afford to get another electrician to come out. So, I started a GoFundMe page. I hope to at least get all the outlets and switches replaced and possibly all the circuit breakers. The electrician that did come out said that the wiring itself should be good for at least another 20 years ... but, I want another opinion, too ... something has got to be done. At this moment, everything has been working all day today, but who knows if that will last! It's nerve-wracking.

And, when the electrician came, I had to put the dogs out on the deck ... in the heatwave ... Gypsy just laid down by the door, in the shade of the covered deck. Nikky decided to lay down on her favorite step by the dog yard ... the guy was here an hour. Those of you who know the girls, know Nikky would have barked and went nuts the entire time if I had crated them and he was going from room-to-room checking outlets, so she would have been all over him if I left her loose ... anyway, I called them in the minute he left and Nikky didn't come right away ... I called her several times and then saw her struggling to get up the steps. Little idiot got heat exhaustion. Her eyes were 'bugged out', and she couldn't control her front legs, and her gums & tongue were bright red. I grabbed her up and grabbed all the ice packs from the freezer and took her to my mom's bed (her room is the coolest in the house.) It took about an hour for her breathing/heart rate to calm down and the redness to start fading. And, she finally took water. She had severe diarrhea the next day from the stress, but is back to normal in every way today.
Nikky and Gypsy. Gypsy is 8 today.
I still haven't finished painting the carport stairs ...

In less than 2 weeks, my manager for work is retiring. I dread it. I really like her. I don't look forward to dealing with someone new ... I've been working for this company since 2002 and she has lasted the longest. :/ I actually trained her about 10 years ago. I had given up half the stores in my route (I had around 50 stores, at the time, and just couldn't handle it anymore.) She was hired to take over the stores I gave up. About a year later, she became my manager! I'm gonna miss her.

And, we have rats and mice again. Haven't had a problem since we moved here in 2009. Caught quite a few back then. This month, I've caught 1 mouse, 1 baby mouse and 1 baby rat. I use a live trap and release them in a small wildlife area a few miles from here. I know there are more, though. There is a lot of construction going on nearby and I think that is where they are coming from. More farmland is being eliminated about a mile from here. :(

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

June 14, 2017

This past week, I finally started painting the carport stairs. It's coming along nicely. I'm working on the gray right now. Covering up the last of the ugly green that used to cover this whole house. The treads will be barn red, like the trim on the house. The metal posts on the stairs will be black.
Had a nice surprise this morning. We finally got recycle bins!!! Someone finally noticed that the park wasn't complying with the law we've had for over 6 years in Woodland ... I've asked the manager many times over the years when we would get them. Now, to get my mom to remember to use it!
Now, if I can get the manager to give me the booklet about the park inspection (supposed to happen next month) that she promised me last week ... I'll have to check again tomorrow at the office. I think my biggest worry is going to be our deck and if it will fail the inspection. It has some rot by the back steps and a warped board, but it is NOT in imminent danger of falling or anything like that ... but, I don't think I'll be able to get to repairing it any time soon ... so, don't know if the inspectors will consider it hazardous ... Luckily, I repaired the steps last year. Plus ... not sure if they will enforce the number of chickens. The limit is supposed to be 3 and I have 6 ... so, I may have to hide 3 in the house for a few days or just take them out to my farmer ... haven't decided, yet.

Damn. Migraine's back ... it was almost gone this morning ...

I forgot to put the flag out for Flag Day ... :/

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

June 13, 2017

I'm getting excited. I'm going to the Magnificent 7 Western convention in Old Sacramento in September. One way or another. I just filled out the volunteer application and hope to help out on the Friday and Saturday. If I'm approved as a volunteer, I get in the convention for free! I'd just have to pay for the photo op and the autograph session and whatever else I want to get. But, even if I don't get approved, the tickets are reasonable to get in. I can't wait to meet Anthony Starke and the other guys, too. But, he (as Ezra P. Standish) was my favorite character on the show. I'm so glad they moved the convention from the L.A. area, or I'd never get to go! Now, it's only 20 miles away!!
Hopefully, I can handle the crowds. It's being held during the Old Sacramento Gold Rush Days, at the Railroad Museum. Around 100,000 people go through Old Town during Gold Rush Days! Yikes! And, I need to find out about parking ... I might have to park at my cousin's house in West Sacramento and take a bus over the River ... hmmmm.

In other news ... I've had a migraine most of the day!! Ugh. At least it didn't really hit until I had gotten 2 stores serviced ... and, I'm off on Wednesdays, so it should get cleared up by Thursday.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

June 3, 2017

I feel so tired right now.
I rode my bike to the farmer's market this morning. Nice ride. I bought a gluten-free brownie, a pint of organic blackberries and 2 bunches of carrots (with tops!) Came home and got the 3 bags of bark poured in the brick box. I need 3 more bags to cover it well. Then, I drilled holes in 6 more of the old 18-gallon bins for my mom and she filled some of them with the 2 bags of garden dirt I bought. Need about 4 more bags of that, I think ...
Mixed up a big batch of dog food, boiled eggs, and started a batch of pork broth.
Fought with my mom's bathtub for a while. Some day, I will get the old parts off of it ... I did get the faucet sawed off today!! Progress. Still have one tap that I can't get loose and can't saw through it or I'll have a flood under the tub. I've been fighting with this damn mess for almost 8 years (off and on ...) Usually, we have to use the garden hose attached to the kitchen sink so she can use the tub, if she doesn't want to use my shower. Pain in the ass ... All the plumbing in this place is a mess and I've replaced so many things, but the tub has really been a bane ... Plus, last week my toilet stopped filling. So, I have to replace the tank innards again (replaced all of it when we moved in 8 years ago.) I've been using a dishpan filled from the sink to flush ... Woodland water has always been horrible and corrodes everything in sight ...

Friday, June 2, 2017

June 2, 2017

Well, we finally got notice after nearly a year of dread ... the owner of the mobile home park got his wish. The city is allowing part of the rent hike that he wanted ... :( So much for rent control. He got his usual summer rent hike that is effective in July. Now, he's got the additional rent hike that starts in September, PLUS 2 additional months (for July and August!) also due in September. So, I'll have to try to come up with almost $200 extra in September. After that it will be around $50/month more than it should be ... Totally sucks. I have so many bills due at that time (quarterly house insurance, car registration ...) and I had hoped to go to the Magnificent 7 convention in Old Sacramento for Labor Day weekend ... :(
I am not a happy camper ...

I'll be riding my bike to the farmer's market again tomorrow. Bunnies need carrots. And, I might get some cherries, apricots and nectarines. Maybe sweet potatoes, too, if anyone has any.
When I get home, I'll be pouring out 3 big bags of bark nuggets in the big brick box out in front of the house that I finally cleared all the weeds (foxtails!!) out of last week. All the aloe veras and bulbs in there should be happy they are finally being taken care of after a couple years of near-neglect!!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

May 27, 2017

Oops ... forgot to send this yesterday ...


I just got back from a relaxing bike ride. It has been MONTHS since I rode my electric bike. I had to top off the charge on the batteries and air up the tires before I left. I hope to ride every Saturday morning this summer. I went to the post office, then the farmer's market and then the Grocery Outlet. I got another birthday gift from the same vendor as last week, carrots for the bunnies, gluten-free brownie for me and cherries for dessert tonight. Yummy! Nikky acts like I've been gone FOREVER! :)

Time to go clean the dog yard and after lunch I hope to give Gypsy a haircut and bath.

ARRGGH! I just want to scream! I really need to try to get some real grooming clippers. The cheap crappy set from WalMart I bought quickly last year, the day I got Gypsy, is just useless!!! A one, maybe 2, hour grooming session took nearly 4 hours!!! And, she looks like a moth-eaten reject! I felt like I was just pulling her hair out by the roots. Wish I still had all my old grooming equipment ... but, I had to sell all of it but my trusty grooming table, my scissors, brushes and combs when we moved back to California in 2000 ... I had 3 high-end clippers and about 25 different blades and a really versatile blow dryer back when I was a real groomer ... Miss that ... Anyway, Gypsy was a real trooper through the ordeal. I groomed her out on the deck. I gave her a modified puppy cut, but it looks awful to me ... Maybe she will look better once she is dry. She got a nice cool bath (with Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Castile soap) out on the patio to cool her (and me) off.

She's hanging out in the bathroom now and Nikky is jealous because she didn't get a bath.
I have a Cocker Spaniel with jaws like the proverbial 'pit bull' ... I don't know where she found it, but she had one of those little black plastic roach/ant motel types of things in her mouth. I have no idea where she found it, I thought I got rid of all those ages ago! She would NOT let go of it! I finally had to scruff her and and squeeze her nose for her to drop it! Now she is pouting in the other room. I think she thought she was bringing me a present ... :/

Monday, May 22, 2017

May 22, 2017

Early day today. I got through 2 stores quickly today, hoping I'd get out to the Monsanto protest here in town. If you don't know (and I didn't until very recently), Monsanto's largest operation in the WORLD is HERE in little old Woodland!!!! Well, I drove by and no one was there! The no parking signs were still up along the road and a few other things, but no protesters. So, I get home and check the FB page and they are protesting at the jail! Ugh. A few were arrested and the rest are outside with their signs until they are released ... Arrests for a peaceful protest. :( Monsanto is desperate ...

It is already getting too hot and it isn't even noon ...

I found out 11 protesters were arrested and 6 have been released so far - 1pm.

Don't forget to check out my sales items - today from Bonanza! Tell your friends!
Vintage Silver Rosary with bag
I finally got my butt moving and rounded up all of the items I have for sale on Bonanza and put them in one area. I still haven't found the magazines I had sold the other day and had to refund ... no idea where they are.
Shit. It's 100 frickin' degrees! 3:45pm! It's definitely going to be a bad summer ...

Sunday, May 21, 2017

May 21, 2017

It's been a fairly nice day, other than getting in the 90s and making me turn on the A/C! I suspect it's going to be a scorcher this summer ... :(
I got my camera to work again. Not sure what was wrong with it yesterday or what I really did to fix it ... I just plugged it into the computer to see if it would show up and then it was fine! Maybe something had to reset ... I'll never know. But, I was able to take a few pictures of the veggies we have growing on the deck and the rails to the front steps that I painted the other day and remounted on the steps.
Lemon cucumber that I bought yesterday.
Radishes are coming up.
Terrible shot. I need to get a better angle than from above! The formerly white rails are now totally black. I painted the base to match the stairs and used black bolts to accent.
I made a sale from my Bonanza shop yesterday - 3 vintage glass craft magazines ... but, I just refunded the payment. I can't find the damn magazines that were sold. They are not in my sale cabinet, or any of the shelves, dresser drawers, bins ... I have no idea where they went ... I really need to sit down and go through everything and make sure everything listed is actually still in the cabinet! Ugh. I have to do that before I list anything else. Frustrating.

Gah! 97 degrees at 4:30 ...

Gypsy needs another haircut, badly! I may have to put her in a puppy cut, rather than my favored show cut. There will be too much hair for this heat on the old girl.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

May 20, 2017 - March Against Monsanto

Wow, I haven't written in this blog since February ... I got annoyed because I can't figure out why my posts stopped sending me an email that I could forward to my Yahoo Group which it has fairly reliably done for years ... we'll see if this one works ...
Well, it has been an interesting day and this will be a picture-heavy post at the end. It's a day I've been kind of looking forward to for a year, since I missed the last one! I joined the March Against Monsanto in Sacramento! It was a fairly good turn-out, but the organizers were a bit un-organized (they admitted) due to a couple of leaders not being able to help this year ...
So, my day started out around 9:30 this morning when I headed for the local farmer's market! I lucked out and found a very healthy lemon cucumber plant that I wanted. Already has 2 long vines and some baby cukes on it! I also found a cute birthday present for someone special that's coming up in a few weeks. And, some carrots for my bunnies. And, a gluten-free brownie for me. Then, since the farmer's market is on the grounds of the library ... I went in and renewed my card. After that, it was off to fight the traffic to Sacramento. It was horrible! Found a parking spot in a residential area about 6 blocks from the capitol and walked to the meeting spot on the West Steps of the Capitol building. After the speeches and some music, the March headed to the Sacramento Convention Center where the California Democrats State Convention is being held. There was even a politician marching with us, but I didn't catch his name ...
I'm a little disappointed that no one mentioned that glyphosate (main ingredient in Round-Up, made by Monsanto) has been found in vaccines ... but, I'm not quite brave enough to speak in front of crowds ... yet ...
I snagged this pic of me from one of the videos that was taken, which you 'might' be able to see here: I'm in it at various times, just standing around with my backpack and my sign. ;)
Of course, my camera decided to have errors and I couldn't get it to work. So, I had to use the camera on my little flip phone and it's crap. And, it cost me 200 minutes to send them to the computer (you can't just hook it to the computer and transfer them ...) Now, I have to figure out what is wrong with the camera ...
When I came home, I had to soak my feet - Epsom salt and tea tree oil did the trick. I don't think I'll have any blisters, but it sure did feel like I would when I was walking back to my car!
Front and back of my sign.
Cute little honey bee.
I think this was the best one.
Two of the organizers and the politician that Marched with us.
Seals of California.
Our chant leader - Aren - 11 years old. He was great. The future.