Thursday, February 26, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
I bought three new plants, all attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, and planted them around the house. The nursery is always filled with Monarch butterflies, and I hope to attract a few to my neck of the woods. I do have some concern that the 50 birds that live around my house may eat all the caterpillars before they ever get a chance to cocoon, but such is the cycle of life.
I came home Friday night to find a dead mouse in my kitchen, so apparently, some of the poison is getting to where it needs to be. I also came in to my kitchen on Saturday night to find a mouse eating the dog's food out of her bowl. My favorite though is when I can hear the mice bickering with each other.
Didn't watch the Oscars, but I'm glad Heath Ledger won. I'm so behind on movie watching that Dark Knight was the only film relevant to the Oscars that I've seen.
Monday, February 16, 2009
I had a nice Valentine's Day - lunch with Edit and LA, and then Sam and I stopped in the local pub for wine, beef jerky and some good local music.
Sunday was a lazy day, and our neighbor came by for a few hours of knitting on Sunday afternoon
Man, was it pouring hard this morning. Stayed in, watched videos from Netflix and Graboid, actually got some work done, actually got some knitting done, got some cooking done, and spent time with my little buddy.
How was your weekend?
Friday, February 13, 2009
But the mice living at my house are just laughing at me.
I get up about 4 am, woken by the noise of the mouse party going on outside my bedroom door. I turn on the light on the back deck, only to piss off the three mice that I actually saw. Apparently, they like to climb up into this metal, 3 dimensional sculpture on the back wall of the deck. This makes alot of noise. When the lights went on, one mouse emerged, gave me a dirty look, and dropped to the ground. I could hear another mouse in the sculpture, and a third mouse dropped into a potted plant and started squeaking at me.
That's right, I was being sassed by a small, black mouse. Frankly, I don't think I have to tolerate backtalk.
I think they are immune to the poison I've put out (and that they seem to eat), and not all of of them are dumb enough to enter the Victor Electronic tunnel of death.
Sam aspires to be the great mouse hunter, but without much (or any), success. Could a cat be in my future? Or will I just then venture into the world of Tom and Jerry?
And we know who always won that battle . . .
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Long time readers of Nanners and Noodles (hi, la!), will recognize the Victor" Electronic Rat Trap. Cold weather has been driving the beasties into the house, and the last 2 nights have resulted in 2 less mouses in the world. What I can't manage to eliminate is the rat that I can hear out on the deck at night . . .
Oh, and when I got home Monday night and opened the front door, I was greeted by a mourning dove in my living room. I did manage a successful catch and release.
I know I get cranky with work stress, but these are the news stories that are bugging me . . .
The Michael Phelps pot story. He's a college age guy who has devoted years to training. Does anyone really begrudge him a toke or two? C'mon now.
The crazy octuplet lady. The doctor who implanted 8 embryos should lose his license. Humans aren't meant to have litters.
On the good news side of things . . .
I'm making progress on my sweater
AND I'M GOING TO MAUI THE END OF MAY!!!!!!
And I'll go to the islands at least 14 lbs. less than last year!
And I got word today that I got a really good result for a client!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
By ROHAN SULLIVAN, Associated Press Writer Rohan Sullivan, Associated Press Writer 1 hr 40 mins ago
SYDNEY – It was a chance encounter in the charred landscape of Australia's deadly wildfires: A koala sips water from a bottle offered by a firefighter.
David Tree noticed the koala moving gingerly on scorched paws as his fire patrol passed. Clearly in pain, the animal stopped when it saw Tree.
"It was amazing, he turned around, sat on his bum and sort of looked at me with (a look) like, put me out of my misery," Tree told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "I yelled out for a bottle of water. I unscrewed the bottle, tipped it up on his lips and he just took it naturally.
"He kept reaching for the bottle, almost like a baby."
The team called animal welfare officers to pick up the koala Sunday, the day after deadly firestorms swept southern Victoria state.
The koala was in pain but recovering with antibiotics, Jenny Shaw of the Mountain Ash Wildlife Shelter told Melbourne's The Herald Sun newspaper.
Despite her gender, the now famous koala is nicknamed Sam.
Sunday, February 08, 2009
How was your weekend?
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo --- Even though it was with a couple of other kids in elementary school, I'm counting it=)
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child - have not, but who knows what life will bring my way?
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon - How 'bout I shoot for a 10k first?
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community - no, but I have seen a Shaker community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo's David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa - going to Botswana is high on my list of things to do
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced together a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London.
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. See the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
82. Read the entire Bible - I keep starting the "Bible in One Year" that divides the Bible in 365 parts, each consisting of Old Testament, New Testament, psalms and proverbs, but I have yet to get past January. Genesis is kind of dreary . . . begat, begat, begat
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
91Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a lawsuit
98. Owned a cellphone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day
Thursday, February 05, 2009
He claimed he was a life guard for 26 years and that he could still swim out to the oil platforms -with me on his back. He also mentioned that whenever it starts to rain, he returns to his home in Monterrey. Apparently, he travels on a special coach that can go from Long Beach to Monterrey in 2 hours.
I could deal with all this - although I was sort of ignoring him and checking email, except to tell him that the closest beer store was about a mile away - but then he told me he had just washed his beard this morning, and wanted me to smell it.
We gave up waiting out the rain, and got soaked walking home.
There is nothing Sam hates more (ok, maybe except getting her nails clipped and going to the Vet's), than being in the rain. Here she tries to recover from the trauma of getting wet.
Here is my project for the latest Knitters for Obama service project. As you may know, our president has called for Americans to re-dedicate themselves to serving others. We're knitting (and crocheting, sewing, quilting) for the Mattaponi native american tribe in Virginia. I'll be knitting in a 2 year old size. Even better, this is yarn and a pattern I already had in my stash.
I'm still working, but it's mindless stuff, so I'm also enjoying a Harp beer - cheers, all!
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
- lots of flowers growing along the path in Bolsa Chica, like these daisies
- Coffee Mate's Italian Sweet Cream creamer
- my new coffee maker with the insulated pot that keeps coffee hot and so much more tasty than keeping the pot warm on a hot plate
- Graboid.com - I can download episodes of my favorite BBC tv shows that haven't been released yet in the US, and recent movies, like Quantum of Solace
- going for long walks with a book on tape playing on my iPhone and with my little buddy Sam
- that both Sam and I are slimming down
- eReader that lets me read books in the dark in the morning while I'm drinking my yummy coffee and still snuggling under the covers
- that Freddy is eating his seed mix, even if he still treats his highly nutritious pellet mix with disdain
- recent home improvements that make such a huge difference
- that Psych, Burn Notice and Flight of the Conchords are back on tv
- that I know I am blessed in so many different ways
What are you diggin' these days?
Sunday, February 01, 2009
My sweater is zooming along, half a sleeve, the body, and most of the left front. This may be fastest knitted sweater I ever made.
Back to work tomorrow, and . . .