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.