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Archive for October, 2010

   Oct 29

Gloom and Broom

Clyde in a box! Shipping not included. You’d think this seemingly endless parade of cold, rainy days would inspire me to clean up the house, but you’d be wrong. I’m much more inspired to clean on sunny days, when I can have the doors open to dry things off and cheer me up. Whereas gloomy […]

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   Oct 28


What else is there to do on a rainy day? Not much has been happening here in Hooterville, other than the seemingly endless rain. I have the heater set at 64, and it keeps coming on and burning luxurious propane alarmingly often, since the temperature refuses to get out of the 40s outside. It’s dark […]

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   Oct 26

Even Better

My grumpy Sunday (and my house) improved dramatically after Rob’s arrival. With Megan at work and the rain pouring down outside, it was a good day to work inside. Rob installed the propane heater in the studio, which involved more than I expected. Lots of pipes and doodads, turning the gas off, and other things […]

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   Oct 25


Sun after rain Well, we got five inches of rain in 24 hours, according to a neighbor’s rain gauge. So it wasn’t just my whiny Self – there was a lot of rain. We’re supposed to get more on Thursday, but I’m going to pull a Scarlett O’Hara here and think about it tomorrow. Today […]

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   Oct 24


The uninspiring view from my porch It’s not even 9:00, and I’ve already had a lousy day. Audrey woke me up around 5:30, growling at the kittens and bashing at the balcony door. I reached for my glasses on the bedside table, but couldn’t feel them anywhere. I turned on the light and “looked” as […]

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   Oct 23

The Miracle

You have to see it to believe it! Audrey was sleeping on one side of the bed, and Clyde was on the other. I was putting laundry away when I saw Audrey get up and walk over to Clyde. Instead of the hissing and cuffing I expected, she sat down right next to him: And […]

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   Oct 22

The First Year

A year ago today, I moved to Hooterville. Last year, it was warm and sunny. This year, it’s cold and rainy*. Last year, I had my beautiful June Bug and my sweet little Henry Etta. Now they are gone, and I have the two rambunctious kittens to make me laugh, drive me crazy, and ease […]

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   Oct 20


A Roscoe original. Price upon request. Sometimes, it’s great that my house has so many doors. Other times, not so much… Yesterday, Rob came by to put the first coat of paint on the foyer floor. He carefully blocked the painting area from curious cats with a big piece of plywood, and put a big […]

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   Oct 19


It was a chilly 44 outside and 54 inside when I got up this morning. I sneezed myself awake. I’d rate that as slightly better than being woken up by the alarm clock. Or a cat claw on my lip. Guy might have something about cats and their healing powers, because they all slept with […]

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   Oct 18


Study in curves Well, I have a cold and a half. It’s hard to diagnose accurately, since I now have year-round allergies. It’s all this Nature, I’m telling you. I never had allergies when surrounded by nice, healthy concrete and skyscrapers. But yesterday, I realized that the headache, body ache and sore throat, along with […]

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   Oct 17


Now a warning?! I noticed this on the side of the house yesterday. I had never noticed it before, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t there. I’m incredibly unobservant. If I were a witness to a crime, they’d never catch the guy (or girl). Not that I’d notice. Rob was over working on the floor, […]

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   Oct 16

Audrey: A Pictorial

Audrey actually being in the house, in the daytime, and hanging out, no less, was cause for me to grab the camera. I let her out each morning sometime after 5:00 am, hoping that anyone who would consider her a nice, light snack has packed it in for the night. She slinks home sometime after […]

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   Oct 15

To Bee, Or Not To Bee

Inside the hive Megan and I checked on the hive yesterday with our brother. There isn’t as much honey as we hoped, and Jonathan thinks that maybe the Queen isn’t very productive. It’s hard to know, since these bees just volunteered, taking over the hive after the Italian Blondes died out last winter. This year, […]

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   Oct 14


I picked these apples myself! It was one of those days that turned into an inadvertent cooking frenzy(ette). I started the family Thursday dinner this morning (Megan kindly dropped off the missing ingredients of baby spinach and fresh ginger on her way home from work this morning), and in the course of looking for things […]

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   Oct 13

Home Improvement: Hooterville

The beginning of the end The hideous lime green floor’s days are numbered. That’s the kind of doom I can get behind. Rob came by today and started prepping the floor. I have to admit that if I did the painting, I would just slap on the new paint and hope for the best, thus […]

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   Oct 12

Trucks Are Fun*

Everyone knows it. Even four month old kittens. Audrey led the way, making the truck look cool by just being there. That’s what It Girls do. Then the boys got interested. That’s Roscoe in front. I’m finally getting better at telling them apart. A historic moment: all three cats in the same place at the […]

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   Oct 11


I’ve been thinking about getting a vine-y plant to twine charmingly around the new-ish rustic window. Of course, I never have any idea what to get, and my plant dreams are about as realistic as my day dreams. I wanted to grow a Kaffir lime tree and a Meyer lemon (after all, the mean old […]

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   Oct 10

New & Improved

Putting in the carpet took longer than we expected. You know how it is. Mark’s visiting nephew came over and helped us put all the furniture back before it got dark. The whole house has that new car(pet) smell! Here’s a close-up of the carpet: It’s called “Granite”, and I’m so lucky that Monica gave […]

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   Oct 09

Busy Day

Study in pink* Thursday was an exciting day. Mark came by in the morning and said he was ready to put the new carpet in the sleeping loft. I ran upstairs and started hauling everything I could onto the balcony. It’s a good thing that the balcony is so big and so close. I’m pretty […]

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   Oct 07


Sunset through the trees I’m definitely getting better at using the new camera! Yesterday, I stopped by Megan’s house before she went to work. I had barely reached her front porch when we heard a strange sound. We looked around, but didn’t see anything. I followed the sound back down Megan’s driveway, and there was […]

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