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By Fauxpaws on Jan 29, 2015 at 3:23 AM

I have a feeling you enjoyed designing your compound. The master suite sounds like one you wouldn't mind having in RL. Can't have flames spilling out of your fireplace! Glad you tested it. The chippies do come out when I'm there if I'm not too close and don't make any sudden moves. They keep a wary eye on me. I don't know how long our current mailman has been around but I don't think it's very long. He seemed very confused when I explained the problem to him. He looked at the mail and then asked me what our street number was. I told him and then added, "just like it says on the mailbox!" Also, he took the mail I'd handed him, kept it and just continued on with his route instead of putting it in Meela's box and looking at the mail he'd already delivered to her, which obviously was somebody else's. I yelled 'hey' but he didn't stop and I didn't feel like chasing him up the street. I wonder how many people ended up getting the wrong mail. If it happens again I'm going to call the PO and complain, but hopefully he'll pay more attention from now on.

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By Fauxpaws on Jan 28, 2015 at 2:03 PM

Didn't find much at the library, but it was mainly Chuck who needed a new stash of books. He goes through them faster than I do. You're moving right along on Minecraft! Glad the shaft sinking was successful. I guess the bigger the risk, the more the reward. Your compound sounds interesting. Do you plan on having company, re the guest bedroom? Are there some hotties running around there? =) I always thought a fireplace in the bedroom would be really nice. It would be fun to throw stuff in there and see what happened. No sticks today. I went out and fed the birds and found a couple of chippies out there. They have little hidey holes around the yard under the big rocks for safety so I've started putting seed down them where the birds can't get to it, and now they hang out in or near them, apparently waiting for magic seeds to fall in. I also ran over to Walgreens to pick up my prescription refills, which I had called in yesterday morning and were supposed to be ready at 11 this morning. Got there close to noon and was told they weren't ready yet and it would be 15 or 20 minutes, or I could just come back later. That didn't sit well with me! Gotta remember to call first from now on if they're going to be that slow. Then I pull up back at the house in time to see the mailman at my box, so I pick up the mail and see that it all belongs to Meela next door - the second time that's happened in the past week. When he swung back around and came back up the street, I was there waiting with a few choice words. Maybe he'll start paying a little more attention to what he's doing. After that, I decided I'd better stay home the rest of the day, just in case bad things really do come in threes. LOL!

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By Sylviag on Jan 28, 2015 at 7:07 AM

Mornin' Good to check that kitteh LOL off your list :) I am puzzling your colander also - God only knows why LOL. I don't suppose you took it with you on your RV trip and left it in there? In the garage - changed the oil filter - maybe not :) In a closet holding balls of yarn for all that knitting you don't do? I have certainy lost odd things in the house that show up sometimes a year later when I am rummaging around somewhere. Ah, sorry about the loss. Hate to break a good winning streak. How are they doing overall? Only follow BB very peripherally. Now that you have reminded me of Miss H it was indeed a perfect fit :) To be honest I found many of the classics quite stilted, rambling and way too indepth with minute details especially anthing Russian - they do go on and on and on. I remember wading through Don Quixote in my senior year of HS and I was sincerely wishing his family had kept him locked up at home. But that is an old HS view and I may enjoy it more now. Perpretrated an educationalnoal no no also. My BFF at the time was one grade behind me and I let her plagerize my book report (for which I got an A) I am sure I will answer for that somewhere somehow LOL Going to seriously try to leave her after a few hours here. Oh my watching "Today" Nantucket got slammed.

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By Fauxpaws on Jan 28, 2015 at 6:57 AM

Aw, Sleep Number is so cute! Better watch it - between that adorable lol and cleaning the kitchen, your cred with the Manly Man Guild might have slipped some. =) You even mopped the floor! Wow! That certainly earns you a nap and play time on Minecraft. We opted for Reubens at the Buffalo Grill since we haven't been there in quite a while. They were as good as ever. Also stopped by FIL's and the library. We did eat outside, as a matter of fact. Sitting in the sun with no wind blowing made for some really pleasant weather. And we got to air the house out here, too. All in all, it was a very nice day.

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By Sylviag on Jan 27, 2015 at 9:29 PM

U maded a kyoot kitteh :) I am LOLled out! But I sure had fun today. Answer rest of msgs tomorrow am, fave to theme profile and then I really have to do some RL stuff. Will wind down tonight by doing my never ending sorting.

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By Sylviag on Jan 27, 2015 at 7:04 PM

Was watching national and storm stuff and then dinner. What a mess. Wow, that you took the time to listen to some of their music is really cool. No one down here likes them and son just rolls his eyes if I put some of their music on LOL You really do have to like heavy metal and a hard driving beat which I do - head banger at heart :) . Yeah, I don't know why a lot of these goth smph bands' male vocalists have to use that growly voice which I can find very irritating. It is definitely a male dominated band. This band is on their third female singe. Their first Tarja, to me was the best, operatic quality voice but they split over "artistic" differences. The second Annette, had a bit thinner voice but OK. The newest, Floor, I liked when she was in a former similar band and her voice will be a better fit for the band I think. A lot of the lyrics are rather dark I must admit but that goes with the genre, it's not pop music :) My favorite album by them is "Once" (Tarja) and best songs for me are "I Wish I Had an Angel", "Dark Chest of Wonders", "Dead Gardens" "Romanticide" "Dark Passion Play" (Annette) would be my second fave with some songs being "Sahara", "Amaranth" , "Bye Bye Beautiful" "The Islander" "Imaginaerium' (Annie) I didn't care for that much but some songs I do like: "I Want My Tears Back", and "Arabesque" They are releasing their newest CD before we see them in concert and I hope it will be better than their last with the new singer. He has 11 pier blocks set out of I think 20. BUt he has to sink them into the ground becuase he wants the deck to be even with the house and sun room. So that is a lot of digging and leveling. He's got a 4 foot level. How the heck do you lose a colander? Not a small kichen item LOL Ooops, sorry on Miss Havisham - I am sure I had to read it, but obviousy have forgotten it amidst all the ash and trash bad literature I have filled my head with instead :)

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By Sylviag on Jan 27, 2015 at 4:44 PM

Kitchen kudos - colander halo for you! Re snow - it would be a hard transition for someone who has never lived in snow country. We were a bit concerned moving down here but so far our first two winters hae been extremely mild. Bonus on the deck. Lowe's called this afternoon and said they got the cedar in and could deliver if we were home. All stacked in the garage - the garage smells wonderful right now. Love the smell of cedar. LOL on reggae aroma. No, it is symphonic heavy metal group called Nigthwish - not very many peoples cup of music, I have lovethem for years and have missed them 3 times now for health reasons, their VISA issues and a vacation we were on. I love Portland anyway which is why we are taking an extra day to cruise aroud downtown. Staying at a McMinamen's and their Crystal Ballroom is right acorss the street so we can definitely enjoy a couple of glasses of wine with dinner before the concert. I lazed here all day - marathon LOl day. Tomorrow I will have to make upp for today and do something more productive. What, you didn;t knit it? I haz a disappoint LOL

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By Black_Friday on Jan 27, 2015 at 10:19 AM

From Sylviag. Let's have some fun with our friend, Ceiling Cat. One of the first ICHC icon kitties way back when. http://cheezburger.com/8436388608

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By Fauxpaws on Jan 27, 2015 at 8:16 AM

We get to see some of the country's top horses, trainers and owners here, so yeah, it's a pretty big deal and run really well. They've also added a huge "casino" area in the last few years (despite the fact that casino gambling is not allowed in the state!) that brings in good business during the off season. Other than checking it out once, we don't even go in there. I'm glad to hear Ryan is not a wimpy guy even if he does let Kimberly plow ahead with her clear visions. Chuck and I are both pretty easy going, even if we don't always agree. That would be boring anyway. =) "Much careful consideration"? Yeah, sure. Probably about as much as I gave it - none! I think we're going to run some errands today and eat lunch somewhere. It's just too nice to stay home. Sounds like it might be a good day for you to do some General reading on the patio with Becky!

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By Sylviag on Jan 27, 2015 at 7:31 AM

Mornin. Boston area getting slammed hard :( Yeah, we're spending 2 nights in Portland on a Sun and Mon, one night for a concert and then going up to WA to visit with friends for the rest of the week andbackhome on a Sat, Figured since we were halfway there would be a good time to fnally go back up ther. My BFF is organizing a luncheon with our retired work friends. We used to meet very couple of months and it will be good to see them all. Doesn;t matter who Kimberly thinks provided the genes, they both have to deal with it and it does take two when a child ha an issue like that. Oh I like you room-a-day plan. Is that a one time shot for major clean-up or a plan for the future? One mus be fleible when other important things come up like a good book, a nap, a detour into some other project that you didn;t even know needed to be done. That is a major failing of mine - strting in one direction and then getting hung up on something I found along the way. I o wish thi wonderful eather was later in the eason. I so badly want to do something in the yard but there just is no point because it is way too early. Think I will putte some more with my MP3 and here. I keep delayingy stamp project but I do have the start of it sitting on my dining room table LOL

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By Fauxpaws on Jan 27, 2015 at 5:15 AM

Yes, usually the Arkansas Derby winner here goes on to the big three, plus one or two other horses. Some of the top trainers in the country think it's a great prep race for the derby. So Kimberly rules the roost, eh? Between her and Charlotte, I'd say Ryan must be a very patient man! Chuck never complains about the yard. He even takes it upon himself to work in it every now and then or lend a hand when I'm out there. So I don't mind if he doesn't notice things. Likewise, I temper my comments about things he should do but hasn't gotten around to yet. Our motto has become "things will get done when they get done". Seems to work out pretty well. Looks like the northeast US has pretty much come to a halt this morning with that blizzard they're getting. I'll have to get outside and enjoy the 60's today!

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By jennybookseller on Jan 26, 2015 at 9:01 PM

I'm itchy right now, hoo-boy and howdy!! i feel okay. Just itchy! My back could use a skritch, but that's sort of illegal with shingles, dagnabbit!

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By jennybookseller on Jan 26, 2015 at 5:25 PM

And yay on Rusty gettin back home!

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By jennybookseller on Jan 26, 2015 at 5:24 PM

Hi, BD. Saw the doc this morning. I have a fever, so I'll be on another week of antiviral. Lost three pounds in six days, which is not the right thing to do when fighting a serious virus, she said. Hate to miss another band practice this week, but I might have to. Oh! Another of my animal poems was published today on Tails Magazine if you want to see it: http://www.tailsinc.com/2015/01/devins-tails-snow-cat/

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By Fauxpaws on Jan 26, 2015 at 4:54 PM

The horses are all ages here, from noobies still trying to win their maiden races, to 5 and older. It's really become a major track and we get a lot of really good horses running here. Maybe they will eventually open M-W as it grows more in popularity. It's so much nicer to go on a Thursday or a Friday now than on the weekends when it's so crowded. Boy, Kimberly had better be a little more careful who she's trying to spin that story to about Charlotte's less-than-stellar traits being from Ryan's side of the family! I'd say you've done really well with your room-a-day plan so far. Of course you can't be expected to do a room when you have other plans. That is a perfectly legitimate excuse in my book. Of course, my book is pretty large! We'll see how it goes tomorrow tho, won't we? Heh heh Today was "stick day" for me and once again I wished Becky could have been here. She would have enjoyed it considerably more than I did. But I did get a good number of sticks tossed down the hill, not that Chuck will even notice! =)

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By Sylviag on Jan 26, 2015 at 4:10 PM

Still working on the General, eh? After plodding (I mean reading :) through some more of the book did you relax and wander through Minecraft world? Played DG incrementally better than last week so hopefuly if we keep playing once a week by the time of our trip back to WA end of Apr we won't look totally clutzy on our old course. Bryan tried to weasel out of it with his "project". I told him to stuff it (in a nice wifely way), we were going. W didn't play for most of last year because of "projects", this that and the other. We used to play 32 baskets in WA and here we only play 18 so when we got home, I did a turn on the treadmill too. Halos firmly in place. It is good they diagnosed your grand niece fairly early - how old is she? They have made some advances in treatment but not yet the cause and some treatment is still controversial. Often children "outgrow" it to some extent and I hope that will be the case with her,.

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By Fauxpaws on Jan 26, 2015 at 1:28 PM

The track was supposed to open on Jan 16, but they cancelled that entire weekend due to the freezing weather. We're due for another cold weekend here, so will just have to wait to go. Too bad they don't race on Monday thru Wednesday, since that's when we seem to have our warmups lately. That's a shame your little niece (grandniece?) has ADHD. Kids are hyper enough without having that added into the equation. It must have been nice to get her to smile for her picture! Did she wear your mom out or was she up to the challenge? I'm sure she enjoyed it either way. Back to the general, eh? LOL! Your perseverance is admirable! Are you still waiting for The Only Woman in the Room? I checked with our library and they don't have any copies of it. I was bummed.

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By Sylviag on Jan 26, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Good grief - T-shirt weather here yesterday. 60+ The weird warm weather was definitely a topic of converation at the party. It was really fun, some people we hadn't seen since fall. We left around 9 when things were starting to get a bit wild LOL Got home and was all talked out so piddled around on the endless task of organizing my faves. Did some spring cleaning yesterday morning that started with reorganizing the freezer now that I'm down to one smaller frozen Christmas cookie contianer Bryan is already in mourning for when they are all lgone. That segued into cleaning the fridge and indoor freezer. I keep it pretty clean but there are always the 1/4 jar of some kind of condiment that is out of date That led to the pantry and other food cupboards :) Then went outside as it was so sunny and warm and helped dig out the weeds between the bottom rocks of the part of the bottom terrace Bryan will butt the deck up to. That was the real drudge job of he project and I kno he didn;t want to do it :) That will involve a lot of tricky cutting on the ends of the deck planking but will look so cool. I was purty tired after all that and went to bed very early. WIl be very nice today, mid 60s - almost San Jose weather! - so we will play DG as part of our effort to play at least once a week. Glad to see Paws back but OMG the BIL drama is unbelievable and I really hope Chuck sticks to his guns Really bad form to just go out and buy all that stuff and then charge back the estate without getting the OK from ayone else in the famiy. He is a piece of work. So glad your plumbing issue was taken care of by the city. ED that lunch at folks was nice.

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By Fauxpaws on Jan 26, 2015 at 3:30 AM

Well ok, so better than a lottery ticket! I won about $350 on a $12 trifecta bet at the track once. That was fun. More than covered my bets for the rest of the season. The track here has already opened but we haven't gone yet. Too cold most days and when it does warm up we always have other stuff to do. Sorry your other niece and her family didn't make it, but glad it was a nice afternoon.

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By Fauxpaws on Jan 25, 2015 at 3:37 PM

Wow, the city took care of it for free! And in time to cancel the plumber! You really were lucky there. Yep, you missed your chance on the lottery. Almost as good tho, in my opinion. It was cloudy and windy here all day and I never did get outside. I kept expecting the power to go out but it held here. It did go out at FIL's house. We won't hit freezing tonight so it won't be a problem. I guess the northeast is really in for a doozy of a blizzard. I feel so much better today and am glad to have that over with. What've you been up to?

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