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Actual Succulent

Yesterday, someone brought in a three month old pit bull puppy. He is the cutest baby, I'm not even exaggerating. White with a black patch over one eye and a nearly perfectly circular black spot on his rump. The reason? "He pees."

Yes, folks, someone brought a puppy in for peeing. Grrrr.

And today a sweet 9 month old pup got returned because she was too high energy for the people. It's so easy to fall in love with a dog at the shelter but get in way over your head in reality. I totally know how that goes. "My" little pup has moved out of my neighborhood, so I don't get to see her anymore. :(
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Tiny Arachnid

What a day. It's boot weather, suddenly, so I was rooting around in my shoe closet (don't judge me, it's not like that, really). I've intended to get an actual boot rack for my boots, but haven't ever got motivated enough and so have them kind of stuffed into a large plastic storage bin, without the lid on. As I was looking for the left boot for one pair this morning, I started sniffing. I bought these little shoe freshener balls that I shift around from shoe to shoe. I don't like the smell of those things, actually, but this wasn't that. It was ...

Cat. Pee.

Apparently someone liked my shoe closet as a hideyhole when terrified and peed. All over my boot collection. This was probably months ago, so the smell is good and set in. *bangs head on wall* I suspect Abe, as when Pickle was peeing outside of the box a while back it was a direct commentary on the lack of suitable box options for her and no one else is a peer.

Then I came home to a giant puddle of puke under my kitchen table. THAT was Pickle, who hates getting brushed like whoa, then constantly barfs up hairballs. *bangs head on wall*

I love them, though, the little peeing and puking menaces.
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Acronicta Hesperida

We had a tornado warning today. People were in a tizzy for a short while, including my boss who gathered us all together in the midst of it ... in the corner-situated conference room, which has two exteriors walls made entirely of windows. LOL. Me: I don't think this is where we should actually BE...

But nothing came of it. It's not common for tornadoes, though last year a small town down the coast got hit - they come up off of the ocean.

Jaffa Cake

Sep. 17th, 2017 03:33 pm
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Jaffa Cake

About four and a half years ago, maybe longer (holy crow, where does time go?) I tackled homemade Jaffa Cakes but substituted orange curd in place of the jelly. They were delicious and I think they won the monthly contest on the now-defunct Bake,Bake,Bake community. This time, I went for the jelly but despite the apparent health qualities of gelatin, it just grosses me out to think on. So, I used agar powder.

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Innit pretty? Texturally, a bit grainier than gelatin, but it tastes fine. I do wonder if the orange will come through the chocolate. I had a heck of a time getting these covered. The jelly disks didn't want to stick to the cakes and the chocolate didn't want to stick to the jelly disks. They're a little sloppy, too, and I am 99% sure I over folded the flour into the sponge, but these are just for work folks. They'll get eaten. Hah.

Recipe here.

Succulent?

Sep. 16th, 2017 04:04 pm
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Succulent?

Not sure what kind of plant this is. I liked the leaf pattern.

Walked to the tile store today to scope out shower tiles. I'm still not convinced I can do this project by myself and I've about reached my limit with the white small-tiled bathroom floor as well. White floor + long dark hair = a big, ugly pain! I can't go in the bathroom without shedding at least one hair. The shower is a must, the floor is a want. I will send photos to see if I can get an estimate, then maybe that will motivate me to be able to do it myself. Sticker shock is a great motivator for me.
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West Coast Lady II

Can we please stop with pumpkin spice? Oh my gosh, there is no need for pumpkin spice cheerios. Or yogurt. Or licorice. Or waffles. Or wheat thins. Or, or, or...

Drove to "the city" for a dental appointment today. Shopped a bit at Target (meh), DSW (meh) and Trader Joe's. The latter used to be a fun stop when I first moved to the boonies. It was a chance to stock up on treats - I've never really liked TJ's for practical things: their produce is overpackaged and anemic-looking, I'm not a big fancy cheese or meat person, etc. Today, TJ's was also kinda meh. I must have rednecked the city girl all the way out of me.

Nothing I purchased was pumpkin spiced.
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I'M NOT SHOUTING

No bifocals. I probably could have ordered new contact lenses, but when I found out they increased by $30 per eye, I decided I can make my current pair work for a bit longer. Eye doc said I'm likely to see a bit of fluctuating from here on out, but no bifocals yet. Whew!

You know, Hank has been with me almost a year and to be honest - I had hoped that the others would have accepted him. I was looking at photos for the last three months of last year, when Pickle was so sick. Before she just couldn't shake the yuck, she and Hank played well. After? She changed. I halfway wonder if she associates him with her illness. You know, like when you were a kid and you vomited soon after eating, say, peanut butter and for a long, long time after you cannot think of peanut butter without getting queasy. I think I am going to try to cordon off three of the downstairs rooms and kind of keep them separated for a bit, reintroduce Hank again. Hmmmm.
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Red, Gold and Green

Karma, karma, karma, karma, karma chameleon.

What a day. Was on the go for most of it, busy, busy. I don't mind busy, but now I'm super tired.

I ordered new pillow covers for my throw pillows on Saturday. They arrived today and the pillows look so much better. Funny how they seem less flat and lumpy since I stuffed them into new attire. I got four in a pack, thinking I could use some salvaged foam from a bed topper that got peed on. I don't know why I thought that would work. I think I'll have to get some batting to get the foam into better shape.

Going to the eye doc tomorrow. Sigh. I fear it will not be news I want to hear...but I suppose it's better to hear it, deal with it and adjust to old eyes. Grrr.
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Still Life with Grape Soda

I don't know why I bought the diet. Blech.



Finally put up some photos on the wall today. After much measuring and remeasuring and sweating over the measuring ... they're still not even. *head desk*

Church Door

Sep. 9th, 2017 03:31 pm
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Church Door

It's raining today, which is lovely. Everyone's been raving about our wonderful summer, but frankly? I like a rainy day now and again even in the summertime.
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Ford Country

How many photographs of deer can one take? Apparently there is no limit.

Buzzworthy

Sep. 7th, 2017 07:06 pm
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Buzzworthy

These things are no joke. They've decided our office is the perfect spot. *shudder*

I stayed 45 minutes late at work today. I really try not to do it, but I scheduled an appt 45 minutes prior to my leave time and so naturally the person had every single possible question under the sun to ask. The worst part is: I don't think they are going to qualify for any help. I feel bad making people jump through hoops and then say no. But I can't say no unless they jump through hoops.
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Yellow on Green

I can hardly believe it's September already. Time goes by so quickly.

Smoky Sun

Sep. 5th, 2017 07:26 pm
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Smoky Sun

The fires are really bad this year*. :( The moon was very dark amber/red last night, too, and the sun couldn't break through the haze today. It helped keep things cooler, but I'd rather have it hot and not having wildfires destroying large swaths of land, y'know? Came home to ash dust throughout my house from the open windows.

*Damn fool kid with fireworks = massive, totally preventable destruction. Fireworks need to be banned.
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Blueberry Rhubarb Pie Ice Cream

Um, I haven't even tried this yet but I feel sure it's gonna be yummmmm. It sure looks it, doesn't it? I love that I can get four pints out of two cups of heavy cream, a can of sweetened condensed milk and bluebarb sauce. I also made the cookie crumble rather than using graham crackers. Yum, yum, yum.

Now, to go down to the dungeon to sweep it out, maybe hose it down and toss some stuff. I wish I could keep it un-filthy. The cats love it down there, but I do NOT love the grimy pawprints all over my house when they come back in.
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$3.00 Bouques

The struggle to type that out as it was written is real. This is the first time I've seen any "bouques" at this particular little flower stand and let me tell you, the coffee creamer vases? Not a surprise at all. LOL.

Walked to the store - roughly 2.5 miles from my house. It's an easy walk, normally, but it's a smidge warm today; I left early to beat the heat, but didn't beat the heat. It's really more that my body plus exercise plus anything over 65 and I'm a sweatbox and look like I'm about four seconds away from death. I'm not, but I apparently warrant comment. I've had people at stores ask me if I need help. Like, not help finding something help. LOL.

So, I planned on using the self-check lanes to avoid direct human interaction in my beet red faced, head-to-toe sweaty condition. Foiled! The "self-check aide" insisted I allow her to check me out, and of course:

Her: Did you just work out or something?
Me: Or something. It's a little over two miles for me to walk here.
Her: Jeeeeez, gurrrrl.
Me: I just sweat a lot, I'm sorry.

Oy. You'd think I'd learn, but no. I just can't justify a two mile drive to pick up heavy cream, which I don't really NEED except in the way I need it to make blueberry rhubarb crumble no churn ice cream... Oh yes, the need is needy.

Tangled Web

Sep. 2nd, 2017 02:54 pm
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Tangled Web

After my cat food jumped in price by $6, I looked further into feeding raw. Holy smokes, with my clan, it'd be $116/week. Of course, that would be raw only and I can't even afford canned wet only.

Migraine back today. I go for long periods of bliss with my pillows and then WHAM! They try to murder me for a while. I still managed to walk downtown for a failed shopping excursion (couldn't remember what I'd gone for, until I was back home), did some landscape clean up and just did a heavy duty clean of the litter boxes. I have been remiss with that. I am a bad cat guardian. No wonder Pickle decided to pee outside the box a couple of times.

Now I'm done. I can do no more. Except I have to - I stripped the bed and must do laundry. I also have to vacuum and hose down the floors. After I brush the cats. Does the work never ennnnnd?

Please to pass the cheese and crackers to go with my whine.
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Thingamajobbie

Too lazy to figure out what kind of plant this is. Okay, not too lazy - started the month out with a migraine, finally took a pill toward end of work day. Too close to unconsciousness to figure out what kind of plant this is... Hah! But my head doesn't hurt, so there's that.

There's a little Mexican Hairless at the shelter right now - a stray. He is the sweetest lil' thing, gets a bad rap for his looks. Personally, I think he's adorable.

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