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Feb. 17th, 2009


Long Haired Dog +5 straight days of rain equals. . .

. . . one VERY dirty dog. *sigh*

Apparently, Carmen thinks rainy weather is Da Bomb, and likes nothing better than to sit out on the back porch and veg out.  The long fluffy hair under her belly is totally filthy, and since I don't have a bathtub, washing her is gonna be unpleasant for us both.

I think I might go ahead and get a shower attachment and see if I can talk her into a shower ;-)

Feb. 15th, 2009


Everyone say Hi to Carmen!

Carmen the long haired GSD  Today I went to the PETCO in Concord to adopt a German Shepherd Dog, and I ended up coming home with Carmen.  I'm lucky I even got to see her, considering I was SUPPOSED to show up at the PETCO on Saturday.  I misread the e-mail and had it stuck in my head that I was to show up Sunday, and it's only luck that she was still there on Sunday, since she was supposed to go back to her foster home in Manteca Saturday night.

She's 8 years old and very well mannered.  I still haven't heard her bark, and she leads like a dream.  She comes from a show breeder who is adopting her out because long haired GSD's don't show well in the ring.  She is apparently a cat-killer (though she seems to be fine with Jeff's birds and my rat) and while she's crate trained, she may not be house-broken.  She's already figured out how to use the dog door, and she gets along great with Damon.

So far the only thing I've had to discipline her about is counter-surfing.  Apparently since she was raised in a kennel instead of a house, she doesn't yet realize counter tops are off limits.  I expect she'll soon learn to ignor counters--or rather, Damon will soon teach her to ignore counters UNTIL THE PEOPLE ARE GONE.  She's still very shy and nervous around Jeff and I, and loud noises make her jump.  I expect she'll get over that soon enough, though.



Feb. 7th, 2009


Travel Crud

Well, I can't say I'm entirely surprised to have come down with a cold.  The thing is, I apparently was coming down sick BEFORE I started flying back home today.  I guess I can't really blame this one on the airline travel, though.

Feb. 3rd, 2009

Sephiroth Fire

Snow Again! Dammit!

I had to knock off early last night because I ran out of cedar for the inside of the chest, and out of brad nails for my nail gun.  First thing when I wake up, I vowed, I would hit Home Depot and resupply.  When I finally dragged my butt out of bed this morning, there were two inches of NEW SNOW on the ground, and more big, fat, fluffy flakes falling every second.  ARGHHH!  We'd just barely gotten dug out from the FIRST winter storm.

Today, though, I said to hell with it.  I dug the car out anyway, braved the slick roads and I made it to Home Depot.  I didn't even give Jeff time to wake up and get dressed.  I had to leave while the roads were still semi-safe.  Another two days trapped in the house without supplies would have just driven me stir crazy.

I am content now.  I have nails for the nail gun, and I've finished lining the built-in window seat with cedar.  All I have to do now is wait for the glue to dry on the lid, and I can sand and stain it, and that project is done.  I can now afford to kick back and appreciate the pristine white beauty of the snow from my seat in front of the fire place.  I might even play some Champions of Norrath on the PS2, I'm feeling so mellow.

Feb. 2nd, 2009


One Week Done

I've posted an update with pix on the "sanitized for co-worker viewing" livejournal.  Click on the link below to see what I've accomplished so far this vacation:

Jan. 31st, 2009

Head Tossing

Built-ins are Built In

I've reached my first milestone for my projects, and now feel justified in taking a day off to relax.  Tomorrow will be our cheat day, during which we'll go rent Underworld and Underworld II.  Having just seen Rise of the Lycans, we find ourselves wanting to re-watch the first two to refresh our memories of what happened. 

What I've accomplished so far is to build a wall around the vent pipe, and install built-in cabinets in the area around the vent pipe.  Then I put a partial wall in my bathroom to hold the medicine cabinet on one side, and a bookshelf on the other.  The bookshelf will be on the toilet side, of course. All of the built-in cabinets are made from ready-to stain pre-assembled cabinets, which have now been stained a dark chocolate brown.  I'm giving them until Monday to fully cure, and then I'll apply the coats of gloss urethane.

My next project, after putting on the urethane will be to construct a built-in storage window seat in my walk-in closet.  I'm going to line it with Cedar, and that will be where I'll store blankets and such when they're not in use.  When I have the cabinet doors in place, I'll take pix and post 'em.

Jan. 28th, 2009


Well, the freezing rain finally stopped. . .

Just long enough to dump a couple inches of snow on top of the ice.  Yesterday Jeff suggested that I should have gotten a four wheel drive rental car, and I told him it wouldn't do any good on top of ice.  Now I'm wishing I could have rented a tank.  Something with big treads would be just what I need right now.  I'm going to give it a try anyway.  I'm climbing the walls here at home, and if I don't get out soon, I'm gonna go stir crazy.
View from back doorThis is the view from my back door today.  The trees look beautiful, but I can hear them creaking and groaning.  It's a good thing I have young trees that aren't tall enough to menace my new roof line, or I'd be worried for all my new construction.  My sister has a sycamore tree with a huge limb draped over her roof, and I'm not sure if she's dreading a broken limb or hoping for one.  She has homeowners insurance, after all, and a limb crashing through her roof means a new renovation would be 100% paid for :)

Link to Pix

Here's a link to a livejournal I set up just for my construction stuff.  I've just added the pictures I took of the new upstairs construction.  It's bare studs, so you'll have to use your imagination to see livable space like I do.  The new journal is sanitized so I can show it to the guys at work.

Jan. 27th, 2009

Horse Laugh

Winter Vacation Day 2--Cabin Fever sets in

If this stupid freezing rain doesn't stop soon, someone is gonna get hurt!

Day Two, continuedCollapse )

Winter Vacation Day 1

So I got in at 630 pm--one hour late because the plane we were supposed to board in Atlanta was delayed by weather--only to discover that I'd come in right before the biggest winter weather advisory of the year. Apparently we're about to get 4-6 inches of snow AND/OR freezing rain. When you consider that the entire city of Lexington comes to a complete HALT for snow, that's a bad way to start my working vacation. I doubt ANYONE will be open for business tomorrow. *sigh*

I rushed home from the airport post-haste to lay in supplies before all the bread and milk were gone from the grocery store. It's tradition here in the south that when snow storms loom, everyone must IMMEDIATELY head to the nearest grocery store for milk and bread--just in case. I did my civic duty and laid in supplies for the snow seige. Generally speaking, I love the fact that I'm on a dead end street, but during winter storms it really sucks, because we're last on the list for snow plow action. If the storm is as bad as everyone says--and from the sound of the freezing rain coming down now, it sounds like it will be--I may not be able to leave the house for a couple days.

So as soon as the groceries were in the house, I started inspecting my domain. I'll be posting a picture soon of the total devastation to my hobby horses. My front bedroom was packed so full of stuff from the back bedroom that I couldn't even walk in. I had to re-arrange half the room before I could even get to my computer to post. And for those of you keeping track, the body count on my model horses so far is two fatalities, one mortally wounded, and dozens dinged and chipped. *sigh* It wasn't as bad as I'd feared, but it definitely could have been better. They also managed to poke a hole in one of my limited edition framed and matted prints. I may be able to cover the damage by having it re-matted to show a smaller section of the picture, but I'll lose the signature, and any collectible value it had is totally out the window.

On the bright side, the new ceiling in the back bedroom looks wonderful. In fact, it looks so good it makes the walls look like crap, and now I have the sudden urge to repaint the walls in the back bedroom. And considering we just spent four hours re-arranging my furniture and horses to turn it in to a bedroom again, Jeff may commit justifiable homicide if I ask him to move the furniture back OUT so I can paint.

After making the back bedroom livable again, my OCD has abated enough that I can wait until tomorrow to finish boxing up and inspecting the rest of my model horse collection. Tommorow is gonna be all about making phone calls and doing shopping. I'll be making lists, and the making lists of my lists. If I can get my contractors in here to work on the upstairs bathroom, that might be my project for this trip home instead of the hardwood floor. I need them to put in the toilet and a walk-in shower so I can start tiling and putting in drywall.

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