Sep 13 2014

Random Updates

Published by at 12:04 pm under Calamity Suzy,Car,Cats,Garden

You will be glad to hear that my back is back to its old and now much more appreciated self. I am still trying to remember to be nice to it to keep it in a good mood. A grumpy back is actually more fearsome than a grumpy Suzy. Imagine!

In addition to the temporary couch coma*, here’s what’s been going on around here:

  • So far, I have managed not to kill the new (to me) Japanese maple. I’ve been watering it every day for about three weeks, and so far, so good. It’s not showing any signs of trauma from being dug up, dragged here, and moved into a bag. I’m trying not to think about how sad it and the neighboring red Japanese maple will look in a couple of months when all the leaves fall off.
  • I had the bright idea of putting the cats’ dishes away when I went to the jobette or was otherwise out of the house all day. I’m sure this new policy was not popular with food fan Clyde, but I’m hoping it will be equally, or even more, unpopular with Yellow Cat. I figure if he slinks in there and finds it food free, he might cross us off his route. I think this evil plan has been somewhat successful, since on non jobette days over the past week, I’ve seen him only once, and he fled when he saw me. I kind of feel like a jerk, but I have a zero tolerance policy for bullying my kitties.
  • Wednesday had a vacation in Santa Rosa. The fix it lights came on yet again, and the car doctors here on the Coast judged the problem to be beyond their abilities. They recommended a place in Santa Rosa, where the mechanics not only figured out what was wrong with the car, but that the fix it was under warranty by Ford. So Wednesday got a whole new transmission on the house, saving me between $3-5,000 (not to mention $500 worth of rental car while Wednesday was in the shop). Apparently the problem is unusual so we should be good to go.

    Having said that though, today was the first time I had driven Wednesday around here since she got home from the Santa Rosa spa, and while enjoying the lack of lights on the dashboard and the ability to go around curves and uphill simultaneously without the engine jerk I had been suffering before the plastic surgery, I heard a loud BEEP and the low tire pressure notice and light came on.


    I stopped in at the tire place on my way to work, and couldn’t get the key out of the ignition. The tire guy came over and I got out of the car and explained what was wrong. He reached in and took the key out. I asked him what he did, and he said that sometimes even when the car is in park, you have to push the gearshift forward a bit or the key is locked in the ignition. Apparently it’s a safety feature.

    Maybe I am as dumb as I am….

*While marooned on the couch, it occurred to me that I often wish I could just sit around on the couch all day when I have to go work and do other faux adult activities, and now when I could, all I wanted to do was…not. I guess part of it is my general perversity, and part of it is wanting to lounge when not drugged and damaged. Having wishes come true often seems to be more “Monkey’s Paw” than not.

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4 Responses to “Random Updates”

  1. Guyon 14 Sep 2014 at 3:39 am

    Yes, I’m glad your back is better and that you are now able to do the things you love without feeling pain. As for your strategy regarding the food dish, sounds like it worked, stray animals are always looking for a free meal and their memory is uncanny when it comes to food. Any living thing will always survive well when taken care of, your tree is no exception, I’m glad its doing well. Finally good news regarding the car and finally also a break with a free repair, sigh of relief I’m sure.

  2. Joyon 15 Sep 2014 at 4:11 pm

    How nice to have that Japanese Maple…I love them. They grow beautifully in Toronto, but not in our area…sigh!
    So very pleased to hear about Wednesday….boy! that was a lucky break. Wonder what that Beep etc., means? It is quite a character, this car of yours.
    Best news of all is the tidings that your back is now mended and painless. Look after it well.


  3. Suzyon 15 Sep 2014 at 4:50 pm

    The beep was to alert me to the low tire pressure…in one tire!

  4. suzyon 16 Sep 2014 at 5:29 am

    If Yellow Cat was a stray, I’d find a way to integrate him into the family. But he seems to have an owner – he has a collar and is healthy, sleek and well-fed. Hopefully we can find a way to get along!

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