Living Maintenance - Maintainers Weekly Chat May 26 - June 1

05-26-2014, 06:06 AM
I tip my hat to all the spelling guru's doing maintenance - there's a lot of you geniuses. Despite knowing the mantra, Correlation does not imply Causation, I gotta wonder if the Spelling Diet might make us all rich. Dr. Oz could declare that learning to spell makes the pounds fall off - without exercise. We'll make our money by publishing lists of the words with their ounces lost value. We'll use scientific reasoning to determine the list.

My challenge is to stop chomping the cough drops. They're becoming addictive as sugar bursts even when I don't need them for the cough. This brain will grab anything with fat-sugar-salt and try to justify more-more-more.

05-26-2014, 06:40 AM
Re the "Spelling Diet" :lol: but why not? Dr. Oz seems to be endorsing a lot of things that are "less than mainstream" these days.

And re the cough drops I had that problem too. I tried sugarless ones but they produced stomach upset :faint: and I found I craved them too after awhile. It's hard to rewire a brain that responds favourably to anything sweet/salt/fat etc. My brain just doesn't get excited by the taste of broccoli, kale, etc. :rofl:

I am glad to be home and am off to stretch - behind schedule due to an unexpected ebay password reset.

Good day all!

Dagmar :cool:

traveling michele
05-26-2014, 11:30 AM
Happy Monday all!
Planning on enjoying my day off while thinking of the veterans who have protected our freedoms and given their lives.

Planning on morning yoga and a family cookout later...

What do you all have planned?

05-26-2014, 04:05 PM
We're about to head out for burgers for lunch. I though DS was going back to school in the early afternoon to try and get home at a decent hour, but his friend's Mom has a special dinner planned and DS has to take his friend back to UCLA so DS will be lucky to get home before midnight. Thankfully it's not finals week yet.

It's been a great, relaxing (but hot) weekend. We went to see X-Men (kitchen scene is hilarious) and Chef--very entertaining movie. In my spare time I prepared a jar of beet kvass and a crock full of jalapeņos en escabeche. They have to sit on the counter a couple of days to ferment and then the sampling begins.

05-26-2014, 04:41 PM
Hi all,

I have the day off but did my BBQing etc over the last two days. I've been getting up early each day rather than sleeping in to walk the dog in the cooler part of the day I love it. Why is it so hard to get up early on the weekends in the winter? Probably the darkness. I've worked out each day, too and am enjoying the movement and sunlight. I've also caught up on house chores and made a batch of watermelon rind pickles. BF has a sunset cruise tonight and it will be an early bedtime for me. I'll be outside all day, most days this week.

Allison, what is beet kvass?

Bill, it seems anything that involves eating less rich food and moving one's body more will help take off the pounds, at least in almost any case. It's amazing, isn't it? Dr. Oz could endorse anything and I think it would succeed, lol. It's the Dr. Oz/Oprah effect.

Thinking of our veterans today.

05-26-2014, 10:30 PM
Megan~Becky told me about beet kvass. It's a drink derived from beets, whey water and salt and fermented so it has probiotics and help digestion. I bought a bottle of kombucha to see if I liked it (I do!) so I may make that next. I have yet to taste the beet kvass...

I feel so sorry for DS. He didn't get the early start he wanted. Left at 6 PM to take his friend back to LA before going south to Irvine. I doubt he'll be home before midnight due to the horrible traffic.

05-27-2014, 06:30 AM
So it seems I can't quite catch up in one day everything I've had to let slide for a month. Had a bit of a melt down yesterday late afternoon - literally and figuratively. Temps hit 29C up at my house. A/C wouldn't work. I had been up since about 2 a.m. :mad: :rollpin: :faint:

DH did figure it out but it took him a couple of hours. I was most apologetic later and I think he understood. Megan I now totally "get" what you were talking about last week re your being "hangry". I think in my case it was more "tigry" :tired:.

I've been quite overwhelmed since Sept. 2012. I need to take some sort of break from all the "house madness" :crazy: but the hits just keep on coming. I'm finding I'm not rolling with the punches much at all any more.

It'd be nice to have a couple of clones of myself to divvy up all the work, errands, worrying, etc. etc. :lol:

Dagmar :twirly:

05-27-2014, 06:59 AM
Dagmar's next career should be robotics design.

I've seen many suggestions for robots to do errands, but her's is the first to suggest a robot to do worrying. Errands don't consume my life, but worrying does.

Hope you quickly patent your idea.

05-27-2014, 07:26 AM
I'll take one of Dagmar's worrying robots! I am pretty good about realizing when things are out of my control to just let it go, but sometimes, especially if it involves my children, I just can't let it go!

Had a relaxing weekend. This is the last week of school!!! I am working next week to do some extra projects but they pay me extra for that, so it is nice and no lesson plans/classes, makes it an easier week!

After that my traveling starts!

05-27-2014, 09:47 AM
Good morning all! We had a pretty good weekend. C took her first steps! It was bittersweet. I have been looking forward to them walking for so long but now that I saw her take three little steps I am sad that my baby girl is growing up. Pretty soon they won't be "babies" at all. Now I am sad that I'm at work because I miss them!

On the other hand they've also started fighting over their toys. It's pretty ridiculous. If one of them sees the other playing and comes over to play with the toy too, the first one will start shrieking and slapping at her sister's hands and face, then the second one starts shrieking and slapping too and it's a disaster. It's kind of funny because the shrieking reminds me of apes in nature documentaries fighting over food. :lol: Sadly it will be quite a while before they learn to share. For the moment we just separate them so they don't injure each other.

Dagmar, glad your DH was able to fix the AC. We had our AC serviced last week and the guy said that it was end of life and could fail any day. Sigh. Someone is coming to give us a quote on a new AC and potentially a new furnace this week. DH is grouchy about this, but we do have plenty saved up for precisely this kind of problem.

05-27-2014, 10:44 AM

Hooray for short work weeks. :P I needed to get back to work to recover from my weekend. We had something like 50 guests for the BBQ - it's a lot of hassle and a lot of fun. Too much fun! I have some, okay, quite a lot of apologies to make to my liver.

Jessica, aw!!! I'm laughing about the slapfest, though. :D

Allison, thumbs up on the fermenting! Your innards will be so happy! :lol:

dagmar, I'm at my absolute worst with the combo of hot and tired. I hope you get some well-deserved rest soon and get the AC thing taken care of.

Bill, hide the cough drops. ;)

05-27-2014, 10:49 AM
Thinking back on my weekend, I just feel better about my life overall. I ran in a race, I loafed over the newspaper, I read Donna Tartt's first novel, I cooked just a little, I saw two documentaries, and unfortunately also had to get some work done.

The only thing I found that I don't like is that my peaceful shaded patio with its deep cushioned wicker chair is no longer a place of respite. The apartment directly across from me got bought out by the Co-op management and given to the new live-in superintendent, who's got three kids. And so now those three kids are out on the grounds yelling a lot. I'm not used to that, since despite having about 200 apartments between the three buildings, this place is nearly child-free. It's mostly an older crowd who sold their big houses in the area, moved here to get rid of maintenance duties & now like gardening and reading and often live in second or third homes for part of the year. The apartments aren't big. If kids live here, they get the former maid's bedrooms. Also we have all kinds of ordinances against leaving bikes lying outside, let alone toys or any such thing. No dogs allowed, of course, not even visiting. When a child comes, it's generally leashed like a dog. And they aren't very loud. So I think I'm gonna go fish out my noise-canceling headphones for when I sit out on the patio reading in the summer.

traveling michele
05-27-2014, 11:14 AM
Saef-- that does sound pretty terrific minus the children!

CalCounter-- a little jealous of you-- I have three more weeks. They're good and bad. I'm done seeing classes but my monumental task of inventory for over 36,000 books begins. Couple that with teachers/parents/students arguing/disagreeing over missing/lost books non stop. Plus approx 6,000 books are still checked out and need to be wrangled back.

I'm debating taking off next Monday though. I get two days off per year and I've only taken one. You take it or lose it. I'm going to the Lionel Richie/ Cee Lo Greene concert next Sunday night and it'd be nice not to have to work the next day. I bought the tix for dd and dh to go with me but he is leaving for China today so I asked my new friend and she said she could go. I think it will be a blast!

Jessica-- sorry for also laughing at the slapfest. Your method of separating them sounds the wisest. Yes, they grow up amazingly fast.

Off to inventory.... hope I survive....

Arctic Mama
05-27-2014, 08:55 PM
Oooph Saef, I have to say those apartments sound like my version of ****. But I can think of few things better than laughing children, open spaces, no neighbors, and no covenants :lol: Ditch the dogs and bring on the kids, if you ask me :)

On the subject of noise canceling headphones, those are good for all sorts of things. It's one of those purchases you never regret, especially if you work in a busy or loud space.

As for us, we had an orthodontics check for my oldest. Her palate expander gets to stay in place for another three months and then we're onto the next phase of opening her mouth. It's amazing how much it has changed the structure of her upper jaw, and for the better. She had a pretty bad crossbite and it was one of those things that if not fixed fairly quickly was going to lead to permanent facial issues. Her teeth are still a bit crooked and she'll need braces when she is older, but her bite is more aligned and her teeth are straightening a bit on their own.

Afterward I generally treat the four kids to frozen yogurt next door to the orthodontics place. My oldest got full and tossed half of hers, which still amazes me. I never remember not finishing something delicious, even if I was stuffed to the brim. But she is naturally very lean and doesn't enjoy eating nearly as much as I did as a kid. My others are also fairly intuitive eaters, though they're stronger in build and bigger in appetite that the oldest.

I've felt pretty good the part few days. Exhausted, but only lightly nauseous. The biggest downside right now is that I am having a food aversion to the seafood I usually eat every day for lunch. I tried half a can of oysters today and it was a chore to get them down. That's unfortunate, as I love them and they're so nutritious.

I really need to get my butt off the couch, do dishes, and get in my piano practice before my lesson tonight. Off to do the next few things.

05-27-2014, 11:33 PM
Saef, sounds awesome except the noise. Ahhh a weekend alone sounds great!

Michele, it's great we get out early but we have to be back on Aug 4th! It just feels so early! Take the day off! I get two days off also. I always use those two and then sometimes a couple without pay.

During the summer, which isn't quite here for me, but almost, I read like a maniac because I have no time during the school year. I wish I could say I read intellectual books, nope! I get on kicks like dog books (I know they are so sappy) but I love reading them! So this weekend I read Dean Koontz's book about his golden retriever Trixie. It was not the best dog book I've read but I still cried at the end. It was too long, a few too many details that didn't matter to the story. I've never read any of his best sellers because I'm too scared to read thrillers. Ridiculous, I know! But we each have out hangups. Started when I was in high school back in 1977. I remember because I was a junior and I lost so much sleep and couldn't do things because a book scared me so badly! It was Amityville Horror. Oh my gosh, I was afraid to be home alone, to babysit, even to walk down the hall alone, it was ridiculous. Looking back on it, if it was today I'd have been sent to a counselor and been given prescription drugs! But I made it through on my own and the only scarring I have is that I have never read anything very scary and barely watched anything scary. Sometimes we will rent a DVD and I just have to leave the room if it is too scary. I hate it, but I just can't do it. So maybe I still need the counselor!:dizzy:

Last summer I was into these silly, mindless, chick lit books, all taking place in London because my DD was there for the summer and I was just in the mood. Love the British humor!

I don't know what mindless thing I will be reading this summer, but I think I've read most of the dog books. :( Oh I also just read You Got me at Woof. So funny.

Bill is right! A spelling bee diet would sell millions if Dr Oz would endorse. Actually any diet book would and that guy appears to endorse everything. I don't watch tv but my MIL always tells me what Oz recommends. I just smile and nod.

05-28-2014, 10:41 AM
Taryl, I guess that's what we get from the Internet: Interaction with people whom we'd probably never meet or get to know in real life because of profound philosophical differences about what constitutes a good life.

What we do have in common is that we're about the same height, close to the same weight, and we don't like it: Thus, our mutual use of this website.

Today in CT the temperature dropped about 30 degrees overnight, from lazy heat to a bit chilly with scudding rain clouds. My manager wants to go out at lunchtime with four of us. Problem is, I'm the only one of the four with a car. Everyone else takes Metro North to work. My car is a two-door. This should be amusing: Loading them all in will be like filling up a clown car. That is, after I get the GPS, the binoculars, the pushup circles, the bike shoes and the reusable shopping bags off the back seat ...

05-28-2014, 11:20 AM
CalCounter~if you like dog books you should check out David Rosenfelt. He and his wife run a Golden Retriever rescue and he writes books, mostly mystery or cop type books, but there is always a dog in there. So they're not really all about the dog, but there always the dog. I like those sappy dog books, too, but often end up crying too much.

I'm reading the Divergent trilogy right now. I started the first book Saturday and am almost done with it.

We're scheduling bringing DS back from his first year of college. His last final is June 11th and he could come home the 12th or 13th but we discussed it yesterday and he wants to wait until the 14th. He has to be out at noon SHARP on the 14th so I hope he spends a few hours on the 13th packing everything up so all we need to do is haul it to our SUV and let him stay to turn in his keys and get his inspection.

traveling michele
05-28-2014, 11:22 AM
CalCounter-- you sound like me with your summer reading! Please send any suggestions my way and I'll do the same. During the school year, I read mostly kids books. I also write reviews for School Library Journal, so I read whatever they send me (whether I like it or not!).

Come summertime, I read mostly adult books, but I also don't like anything too cerebral. Dog books are great! Romances, mysteries, etc. Nothing too trashy... just good reads.

05-28-2014, 12:48 PM
CalCounter, my problem is that I don't have enough time to read, so I feel like I have to choose books carefully, because I may only get through six or seven each year.

Everyone has certain expectations from books. You're entitled to whatever expectations you want; depends on how you use your reading. Never apologize.

For me, I make a living from writing and have to explain to people why good writing is important all the time. I'm looking for certain things from books, mainly, that they make me ponder something, or reflect on what it's like to try to get through this world, or that they give me a moment of unexpected beauty & show some artistry in the use of the English language -- so to some, my choices would be fairly cerebral. (But I know some truly cerebral people, and to them, my choices are middlebrow or a bit sentimental.)

The other thing is, some books are going to have to be books that friends have written, and have given me, or that I've had to buy, sometimes because I am interested in what they worked on but also, so that I can talk or write convincingly about them if the occasion arises.

You know that saying, "Never apologize, never explain"? That goes for your reading, in my view. No matter what you read, it's going to be smarter than what some people read, but it won't be as smart as what some other people read. There is a huge spectrum out there. Claim your place in it proudly. Life is too short & there are too many books out there. Don't waste your time on anything you won't finish or wonder why you're bothering with.

05-28-2014, 07:46 PM
Thanks Saef! You are right! I'm getting better about apologizing, a little anyway! I would think as a writer it would be hard to read and not be critical of people's writings.

Allison, I have read some of his books a couple years ago. I'll have to see if there are any new ones.

Michele, wow, you must be in a huge school to have that many books checked out. We have no library with books at my school. Three years ago we got a new principal and he closed the library. The librarian was let go. It was such a sad time for all of us teachers. Then this year we went to all eBooks. It's been difficult. Kids are always distracted with iPads. We are supposedly preparing them for the future. I want to say to them but my DS just graduated and my DD is in college and neither used/uses eBooks. In fact most professors in the smaller classes allow no devices at all because they are discussing the books. Sigh. But we don't dare speak up because we were told if we don't agree we should leave.

DD is on her way to Monterey! She's on a little minibus from San Fran to Monterey and then she picks up the rental car and gets to the apartment. You'd think id be worried but she was mostly alone last summer in London and other cities in Europe because the two guys that were also interns never wanted to do anything. She has emailed with one other intern she will be working with, a girl from Duke, and said she thinks they will get along so that will be nice. I leave on the 26th to visit! I do not have a return flight yet because I want to see how it goes. If she is busy with work/friends I don't want to be in the way. But I know I will stay three weeks at least.

Prayers are with the families in Santa Barbara including the family of the shooter. Can't imagine any of it and when will this stop! :(

05-28-2014, 08:42 PM
My reading, like my weight, varies with the seasons. I find I read more complex books in the summer, as I'm less tired and have more time. A lot of the time my book is dictated by what my client has in the house. I read two books during the long dogsit - one about middle class people living beyond their means and one about a writer's views on cooking, including recipes. One was quite difficult and one was an easy read - I enjoyed both.

In winter I rarely can read but, when i can stay awake enough to not reread the same paragraph 20 times I tend to read books intended for 11-13 year old kids. Preferably ones that are trilogies or series. I just picked up a bunch of what I think are this type of book when a lot of books were left out for "free" after an area-wide yard sale. I might read them now or save them for the dark days of winter - don't know how the time will go this summer.

Dagmar :book2:

05-28-2014, 10:01 PM
On ebooks~while I like my Kindle a lot, there are limitations. You're in a really juicy part of the book and your battery runs low. You're reading a book with footnotes and it won't quite let you go to the footnote and then back to where you were (think Jen Lancaster). You get drowsy and drop it and it fast-forwards/backtracks and you didn't bookmark (I never do) and you don't remember where you were and you spend the next 10-15 minutes trying to find where you were.

Who else has some to add?

05-29-2014, 08:37 AM
I don't know whether anyone here is into CrossFit, but I found this article interesting. More is not better.

05-29-2014, 09:24 AM
I haven't managed to read much lately, but when I do read, I prefer a very specific subgenre of fantasy, and it's really hard for me to find books that I like that fit my particular taste. When I find them, I grab on to the authors and read every book they've ever written, multiple times. I have a bunch of series that I reread on a regular basis! DH doesn't understand rereading, he's like, you already know what happens so why are you reading that again? :lol:

I prefer reading on my kindle to actual paper books, for two reasons. One is that if I want to take multiple books with me on a plane or something, the kindle takes up a whole lot less space. The other is that I have issues with tendinitis in my wrists and holding large heavy books or holding a paperback open with one hand will make my wrist and hand hurt after a while. The kindle is much easier to hold, or to prop up on the treadmill while walking, etc.

That said, I do have an extremely large number of paper books that I purchased before getting the kindle, and I still pick up a lot of books at library booksales and such.

Jay, I have never tried CrossFit for some of the reasons mentioned in the article. As someone who is already very injury-prone, a lot of the CrossFit stuff looks like a recipe for disaster to me. I feel the same way about some of Jillian Michaels's workouts.

traveling michele
05-29-2014, 11:21 AM
CalCounter-- that makes me so sad that your school eliminated your library and librarian. That is my fear-- that I will be deemed unwanted/unneeded so I'm constantly having to prove my worth-- from adding ebooks, to organizing book fairs, Read-a-thons, teaching about research, you name it....

My school is huge-- 1100 students and it's an elementary school! I long for the days when I worked in a small private school of less than 200 students. My salary is half paid for by the school district and half by the parents. So, it's important for me to continually show my worth as the parents can deem they'd rather spend money on technology or other programs. Our demographics are almost entirely Indian and Asian and they strongly emphasize technology so I have to continually prove the importance of good old reading and books.

While I think I might like a kindle, I'm still holding onto good ole books. I do see kids having such trouble focusing with all of the technology bombarded at them. Our staff has trouble keeping up with the ever changing picture of technology too-- there's always something new and exciting to learn and then you forget everything else amazing that is still out there-- it seems a lot like ADD to me.

I'll be getting my steps in today for sure. I sent an email yesterday morning pleading with teachers to return any library books that were in the classrooms as I was sending email reminders after school.... you guessed it. I had at least 30 emails from unhappy parents wondering why I'm telling them their books are out after their child returned them to the library bins (in the classroom). I will be retrieving books this morning and as you can imagine, we have a huge campus.

05-29-2014, 12:02 PM
I don't know whether anyone here is into CrossFit, but I found this article interesting. More is not better.

Oh, yes. The wonderful Stumptuous posted this on Facebook the other day.

05-29-2014, 12:51 PM
Heehee! I follow Stumptuous on Facebook too and saw that.

I have a free CrossFit class through my health insurance that BF and I signed up for. I might go for the heck of it, but I won't compromise my safety to look like a hardass in class.

Shannon in ATL
05-29-2014, 01:44 PM
Someone suggested a pesticide to me last year for cutworms and/or boring insects on my pepper plants. Jessica maybe? Or Megan? Does anyone remember recommending something to me, and if so, what it was? I used the last of my sprayer and can't find the original bottle. :)

05-29-2014, 01:47 PM
Shannon, might I suggest clay? Like this stuff: . Physical barrier is much safer for food.

05-29-2014, 02:53 PM
Sigh. Not having a good day today. We had a guy come to give us a quote on a new AC. I'm at work but DH was home. He let Carter off his leash because Carter was acting friendly with the guy, which is fine and we've never had a problem before when Carter is acting friendly, and then somehow (I don't have all the details yet, will get them tonight when I get home) something must have set Carter off and he attacked. :( The guy was fine, no broken skin or anything, but Carter did bite his pants. Carter has been getting progressively more aggressive in his old age and I think this might be a breaking point, especially since the girls are about to start walking. Right now we keep them separated with gates unless we are closely supervising (e.g. in arm's reach), but once A&C can walk it will be much harder to stop them from going to find Carter. He's become growlier and snarlier and has bitten (snap-like biting, no breaking the skin) both me and DH. Last time I discussed this with the vet he said basically our options to make sure the girls are safe were completely separating them (which is what we are doing), rehoming the dog, or euthanizing. He didn't think it would be possible to do behavior modification to the point where it would be safe to trust Carter not to bite. I'm afraid that now that he's bitten other people -- and this isn't the first time, but it is the first unprovoked time -- rehoming is not going to be an option.

We will of course consult with the vet and a behavior specialist to see what options are available. I'm thinking it's possible that with some anti-anxiety medication we could make progress with him, but I don't think we'll ever be able to trust him. :( :( :( :( :(

Shannon in ATL
05-29-2014, 04:01 PM
Thanks, Becky! I've been looking at diatomaceous earth today. I'm also going to lay a beer trap and see if I get any slugs, to discount those as a possibility to decide which way to go. I'm also going to put foil around my plant stems tonight.

Jessica - sadness. :(

05-29-2014, 05:44 PM
Jessica, so sorry.

As most of you folks know, I was bitten a couple of months ago by a dog who had "never bitten anyone before!" and I was in the hospital for 4 days. (The bite wasn't even "that bad"--just puncture wounds--but an infection developed that was very serious.) All I can say is, you're better off dealing with this sooner rather than later, after he actually hurts someone.

05-29-2014, 07:46 PM
Jessica Sorry but not surprised to hear about Carter. Please read my PM to you ASAP.

Dagmar :(

05-29-2014, 08:15 PM
So sorry. I know that is very upsetting especially being the dog maniac I am. I don't really have any advice to offer. But I'm good at lifting people up in prayers! When I plank I have my massive prayer list in my head and I'll add you to it! Actually I always say a prayer for my 3fc friends!

05-29-2014, 09:50 PM
Sending :hug:s to you in this difficult situation Jessica.

05-29-2014, 10:54 PM
Hello everyone:wave:

I have decided to go to maintenance. I have been stuck at 133 for a couple of months so I am starting to think that this is the weight I am supposed to be at :dizzy: I will keep trying to get to 130 but if I don't, I'm not worried about it :shrug:

I've been hanging out in Calorie Counters since January but I have been lurking here in Maintenance. I see a few old friends here, Dagmar, Allison, Jayell & Papperclippy. Good to see you all :)

Papperclippy - I used to live in Carmel just 3 years ago. I lived there for 10 years. Now I am in Florida where my son, daughter, her husband and my 4 year old granddaughter live. Carmel is a great place to live and I liked living there but love living in Florida! (edit) Sorry to hear about your dog.

Anyway, I guess I'll be checking in here now if no one minds :)

05-29-2014, 11:02 PM
Sending supportive thoughts, Jessica, for all of you in a difficult situation.

05-30-2014, 03:30 AM
:hug: Jessica

05-30-2014, 07:33 AM
:wave: abbyin. Glad you're here!

Dagmar :beach:

05-30-2014, 09:00 AM
:wave: abbyin - welcome aboard!

Jessica, I'm so very sorry to hear about the conflict in the household with Carter. I've been thinking about it ever since you posted. :hug: An awful choice, and hardly a choice at all.

05-30-2014, 10:21 AM
Welcome to the Maintainers, Abbyin!!!

Jessica~hugs. It's hard but the emphasis needs to be on your children's safety above all else.

traveling michele
05-30-2014, 12:43 PM
Welcome to the Maintainers, Abbyin!!!

Jessica~hugs. It's hard but the emphasis needs to be on your children's safety above all else.

Ditto to both....

05-30-2014, 06:01 PM
SIGH. I have a great deal of experience training and modifying dog behaviour but I am at a loss with my cranky old tiny cat. I can't figure out whether what she did yesterday is a show of contempt, loss of bowel control, senility, or a combo of all of these things.

TMI for some folks follows. We take a nap together every afternoon and then I feed her dinner. Yesterday afternoon she was bugging me and bugging me for dinner while I tried to nap. I got up and went to the bathroom. Came back to find a surprise on my pillow. EEEWW! Good thing my nose was working and I saw it before lying down and putting my head/hair on it.

That's twice she's left a turd in the bed. I hate to lock her out of the bedroom now that her buddy is dead. She really doesn't come downstairs much with us (that was his "territory") so we generally hang in my office or in the bedroom.

Lots of laundry if she keeps this up. ARRRGH! And part of me is :lol: because maybe I'm being bullied by someone who weighs 9 lbs.

Dagmar :cool:

05-30-2014, 08:38 PM
Hahahaha I was not laughing at the surprise on your pillow but your line that you are being bullied by something weighing 9 pounds.
We have a little 12 lb mixed dog, schitzu/?, and he definitely thinks he is in charge and I always have to be on my toes to rein him in.

traveling michele
05-31-2014, 11:12 AM
Yuck Dagmar! My dd's cat has done that twice in the past few months. She thought he might have been spooked and afraid to go to the letterbox but who knows? My cats haven't done that except when constipated and having something stuck....

05-31-2014, 12:14 PM
Oh, Dagmar. Where's our <facepalm> smiley? Not cool. But I got bullied by a 3# rabbit this morning. She wanted OUT at 7:30am and kept thumping til I got up. She wanted the pellet delivery promptly at 9, so she looked me right in the eye and took a bite out of the chair across from me. I shooed her off, and she came right back, looked at me again, and grabbed a mouthful of carpeting. Sighhhhh. I'm so well-trained. ;)

06-01-2014, 01:14 PM
DH and I did our first kayak of the season today. We went into the 30 KPH wind and then had it at our back on the way home. We were out there paddling for over an hour. I felt it most in my arms and my hip. Weight lifting for the next month will fix the arms but I think the back and hip will be something i learn to live with.

DH was so tired :faint: after all of this (plus I made him get up at 7:30 - poor baby :devil:) that he's taking a nap with the cat now. I'm all energized and will go for a walk by myself to check out a trail close to the house which I think we can access with our bikes. I won't make him bike today but he IS going for a walk this evening.

Dagmar :strong:

06-01-2014, 03:28 PM
Wishing it were cooler here. It was supposed to be a bit cooler this weekend so we were planning on golfing, but they changed the forecast and now the cooler days are mid-week. We did buy some cooling cloths to keep in our golf bags so perhaps we'll venture out next weekend.

It's a quiet weekend here. DH did the weekly Costco run yesterday before taking care of the office cat while I did the Trader Joe's run and the regular grocery store. We went out for a nice lunch yesterday followed by my going for a much needed mani-pedi (saw and talked to Steve Garvey!). Today we were thinking of going to a movie but have decided to stay in and perhaps see something on pay per view (we watched a new release--new in theaters and released to DVD same weekend--last night called Cold in June quite good). If we can't decide on a movie, DH will watch his NASCAR and I'll read the second book in the Divergent trilogy.

06-01-2014, 07:34 PM
Apropos our recent conversation regarding cortisol, weight loss, and how to improve one's stress level, I thought you all would appreciate the photo I came across while surfing FB yesterday: a prairie dog in a posture of meditative repose (but eyes open), with the caption "Come on Inner Peace, I don't have all day." Yep, that's me to a T.

Quiet weekend here too. One DS had a sleepover (at our house), another went to a birthday party, and the oldest went to a friend's HS graduation party. It's official: my kids lead a more active social life than I do. I am now just the chauffeur.

My weekend project was to figure out how to create a mosquito-proof, covered zone on our deck since we are constantly being chased indoors by the sun and the bugs (we live a few hundred feet from a river). I think I've found a solution, but will need the help of a handyman to install it so it won't collapse next winter:
Once that is in place, I will go ahead with purchase of a new outdoor dining table and some rocker chairs to complete what I hope will be a more hospitable outdoor habitat for us. I'm sick of hiding inside all summer.