Friday, June 08, 2007

Why Paris Hilton should ENJOY jail

For her at least - it's just like shopping!
Including the bit with the revolving door!!!


No, I don't give a rats ass about her - I just find this whole thing amusing. The things they will do in the Granola State.

Really, though, if I were the judge in this case, not only would I order her immediately back to the jail - I'd insist on her being in the general population, AND I'd also reinstate the 45 day sentance instead of the dumbed-down-for-divas 23 day sentance.

I'm mean like that.

In other news, the Garden is coming along wonderfully, the zucchini is no longer flaccid, and I have emptied the entire "Fibber McGee Closet" and found the water heater, which I cannot SEE where it is that it is leaking at/from, and have measured it as well so I'm now forearmed!

591 days

Thursday, June 07, 2007

The "Lowes" down on a new water heater

Ok, so last nite on the way home from work I stopped at Lowes to check into the whole water-heater thing. I had not had time to completely empty the closet behind which the dread water-heater lurks like a brown recluse ready to spring out and bite you...

So I don't know what size, how many gallons, or anything. My boss and his son confirmed that I probably have a natural-gas water heater, as it goes "WHOOSH" audibly when it starts up, much like the broiler mechanism on my oven.

So I ask for some assistance - because I want to know what I need to measure, how I need to measure, and what all is included in their installation package offer. What I got was scared off.

First off, apparently the mental defective who is the Customer "Service" person for the water heater area doesn't like women in his domain. Talk about a nasty greeting. Then, of course, I should KNOW how many gallons, how tall, how large diameter &etc are on my old water heater that is behind 3 tons of winter coats, my collection of board games, the vacuum cleaner, floor scrubber, carpet steamer, toolbox, seldom-used silver set, garden hose, table extension-leaves, "Merkan" flag for occasional outdoor display, collapsable lawn chairs, TV dinner trays, supply of freezer bags, box of floor-care-machine-add-ons, and possibly a partridge in a pear tree - and has been since the day I moved in, in fact, I've never once seen it, as I'd have to remove the shelves above the coat-hanging bar in order to open the bifold doors that hide this beast from ever seeing the light of day.

He then proceeded to rattle off about how installation is $274 PLUS permits, PLUS if I was mentally defective and hadn't measured correctly, then they would charge me $30 for someone to come out and give an ESTIMATE on how much it would cost to install it, and .... well... I politely thanked him and left him alone with his precious water heaters.

I think I'll go to Sears instead.

592 days

Wednesday, June 06, 2007


My water heater is dying.

It is peeing on the livingroom/hallway carpet.

I have been blaming the cats.

I feel bad.

593 days

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

My Zucchini is Flaccid


Got your attention, huh?

It has been raining rather heavily the last couple of days, and the zucchini plant (one of 2 in that pot) has decided to lay down on the job. It looks like it has "E.D.", all limp and flaccid and hanging down droopy. Poor lil' zucchini. It has, however, got little budlets that look like they will become flowers, so that bodes well for eventual edible zucchinis. In fact, if I get one zucc for each of those buds, I'll be having to be a "generous neighbor" type.

Talked to Dad last nite. He cracked his kneecap somehow. He's using a pair of canes to get around, which worries me some. I think I'd feel better if he had real crutches or a walker, to be honest. But he's as stubborn as I am (the nut falleth not too far from the tree), and I didn't even bother to try suggesting it.

I called the plant place last night because the baby blueberry plant is dead. They are sending me a replacement. Michigan Bulb is a very good retailer, I've always gotten quality products from them and they do guarantee their stuff will grow (as long as you water it and grow it in an appropriate "zone".)

My baby lime tree made a flower. The flower has since fallen off, but I'm still rather pleased that it was happy enough to make a flower at all!

594 days

Monday, June 04, 2007

Baby Tomatoes

Yes, there are teeny, tiny, itty bitty pea-sized baby tomatoes on one of the miniature tomato plants. (I have a "Sweet 100" and a "Cherry", but forgot to put their sticks in the pot with them, so I don't know which is which anymore). I've not seen much action on the full-size tomato plant, although the lillies that are surrounding it are very tall and look like they will have several layers of bloomage.

The cucumber plants are growing like gangbusters and making a lot of flowers, so it's only a matter of time before they start to make cukes for me too. They're also starting to make the little "grab on to the trellis" tendrils, so it looks like my dream of a vertical cucumber garden is going to work out ok. Woot!

The zucchini and yellow-squash plants are doing well, they are each about 10-12 inches tall and have leaves the size of my hand on them. They look to be quite happy. The chives are not as good, but they're not dead yet.

Unfortunately, the "Patio Blueberry" bush is not doing well. I suspect it may be dead by now, although there is still some residual green in a few of the stems. Something keeps digging it out of the ground. I don't know what it is, or why it is picking on the little blueberry bush. I may just order another one to see if I can make that one grow - protect it with a plastic hat or something. I suspect mourning doves, actually. I've seen a nesting pair cooing around of late. Damn things are a nuisance.

At least they can't nest on my back porch light anymore. When the association put on the new vinyl siding, they also put new light fixtures all around. This is great, although I would like to have my motion-sensor one back in the front again (saves on light bulbs and electric bills). The upside, however, is that these new fixtures have pointy tops on them, which means the doves can't make a nest on them! No more worries that Mamma Dove will peck my head as I go into my back door!

(edit in)Question for you electrically-intelligent folks out there (Electric is not my strong suit). I got a sensor thingy that screws into the lightbulb socket in a fixture and is a photo-sensor. This turns the light on at night and off in the day. I would like to use this on the outdoor light that no longer has the motion sensor. The only downside is that it specifically says to use it with INCANDESCENT bulbs. Is there a legitimate reason why NOT to use them with the newfangled low-energy screw-in flourescent bulbs? What specifically would contraindicate using them with anything but an incandescent? Inquiring mice want to know. (/edit in)

It is raining today, so no need to water the gardens tonight. Thank you, Mother Nature! In lieu of that, I shall perhaps vacuum tonite. I'm also thinking of purchasing a single 1/4" sheet of 4'x8' plywood to make a cat barrier between the livingroom and the kitchen. This would be tall enough to keep them from hopping over it, thin enough so it wouldn't be too heavy for me to tote around, and I should be able to secure it with just the moulding from the downstairs bathroom door and the diningroom wall - and a couple of nice heavy chairs. With the water fountain, and the auto-feeder, I could easily leave them overnite or 2 as long as I block them out of the main house area so they can't get into any mischief with chewing electrical cords or knocking over glass items.

I'd really like to have a pocket door there instead, but the way the house is built, that just really isn't an option. I love pocket doors. Mom and Dad had them at their old house (the one where SPTLM and I grew up) for both the kitchen entrances, and they were just wonderful.

I got my baby fan to working again. It is so cute. Only about 4" tall, it has see-thru blue plastic blades that are very flexible - you can't hurt yourself by touching them at all, even when it's running - and it does put out a fairly strong little localized breeze! DOUBLE-A batteries, however, not AAA.

Damn. I was going to make cinnamon-raisin scones for breakfast but I forgot. This morning was hard to wake up. Too many naps this weekend, I fear. I got a small batch of stuff done, however, so that's all good. One of the cats seems to be having digestive issues again - the carpet is not happy. (Another reason for getting a blockade set-up working for the kitchen.) I hate to have to confine them so much, but I just can't handle getting up in the middle of the night to get a drink and having to dance around the livingroom to avoid stepping in cat vomit.

I hope you've all had a nice breakfast long enough ago not to be grossed out by the previous paragraph.

595 days