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By Fauxpaws on Apr 17, 2014 at 4:14 AM

So it turned out to be a very nice day! Chuck bought me the requisite bag of M&M's and we went out to dinner at Copeland's for some Cajun grub. It was all good. Elf got a little extra gushy food and some extra brushing in honor of his b-day. He didn't seem to notice, tho now he might be expecting "extra" on a daily basis. Like he doesn't get enough attention to begin with! How did the scroll saw lesson go? That was a great idea, giving your dad something to teach you that he's good at and has a passion for.

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By jennybookseller on Apr 16, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Hi, BD! New blog post: http://booksellingwithweegee.blogspot.com/ Hope all is well out your way! I've got an editor pal reading my manuscript and I'm working on the cover now. Getting close!

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By Fauxpaws on Apr 16, 2014 at 4:14 AM

Aw, what a sweet and thoughtful lol! Just like looking out my window! Thanks, pal!! I don't know what we'll do today. Chuck woke up long enough to wish me a happy bday before rolling over and going back to sleep. That might be all the celebration I get. No telling with that guy! Hah! As for Elf, he turns 5 today and you can imagine how excited he is about that. Nawt! Ack, I forgot all about yesterday being a school day for you. Nice long walks are much better than getting all dirty and having to clean up again. In the summer I always put off my shower until I've gotten my yard duties done so I won't have to take another one. Tho sometimes I take a quickie before bed anyway just to cool off and sleep better.

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By Fauxpaws on Apr 15, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Those 6 books are scattered among all of our libraryl branches, actually, but it's easy enough to request one to be sent to the branch near us for pickup. So really, I'm kind of amazed they don't have more. It's chilly out but the sun is shining brightly. I found some great Becky sticks out front today! Did you make any more progress on the balcony sanding today?

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By Fauxpaws on Apr 15, 2014 at 10:13 AM

I can see why she was so happy about the ad! The pic looks perfect next to the promo - and boy, is she a pretty lady! It sure sounds like she's doing great as a writer. I looked in my library website and they have 6 of her books listed, so I'll have to pick one up on my next trip. Romance is not exactly my thing, but the mystery part appeals. I still make the bed every day, tho sometimes I wonder why I bother. After Elf gets through tearing around on it (which of course he does several times a day!) I just have to remake it. Still, it makes the whole room look tidier and you don't notice the rest of the mess strewn all over everything else quite so much when the bed's made. Yeah, right!

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By Fauxpaws on Apr 15, 2014 at 6:39 AM

Wow, you're a handy guy to have around! I hope your sis likes the photo addition, too. What sort of writing does she do? Has she ever been published? The thing about kitchens is that, if you ever do get them sparkling, it only last until the next meal. I gave up on having a sparkling kitchen eons ago.

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By Fauxpaws on Apr 15, 2014 at 4:19 AM

Hooray for getting the shower project done! Very impressive! I think we can forgive you for the less-than-sparkling kitchen under the circumstances. How did the taters turn out? Dinner must have been delightful and a nice reward for all of your labors. We're finally done with the rain, at least for a few days. It'll still be chilly out today, but chilly with sun is a whole lot nicer than chilly with rain and wind. We're at 35 degrees right now so I'm pretty confident that none of my flowers will die off. Whew.

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By catmom on Apr 14, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Oh, my sanding and staining a deck is a big project! Pork on the smoker sounds yummy, tho, and I can just imagine how good it smells, too. What happened to your shower doors? The worst of the storm is past; we're just left with the winds now. It blew so hard earlier that one of my window screens upstairs blew off the window... That particular window has a four poster canopy bed in front of it, so I either have to haul out the big ladder and replace it from the outside or carefully move the big bed away from the window enough to open the shutter and window, and replace the screen from the inside. It is always something, isn't it? Yes, our adoptions were 'light' last week, but we have mostly adults available now, and it is harder to find homes for adults, sadly. Kitten season will be here in a few weeks though, so I am sure we will have more youngsters available soon. What do you have planned to go along with that pork on the smoker?

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By Fauxpaws on Apr 14, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Wow! I think we need to have Becky put a paw to your forehead and check your tempy! You must have worked up a fever, getting all that done before lunch! We just had another bout of thunderstorms roll through so rather than listen to that, I vacuumed downstairs and dusted the living room. Felt pretty good about that but you've got me beat. Still, other than cleaning up the morning mess in the kitchen, that's it for me. I have a reputation to uphold! There are 5 cardinals on the balcony, all fussing over the seeds. A bright spot in an otherwise dull day!

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By Fauxpaws on Apr 14, 2014 at 10:39 AM

I won't be getting outside today except to check on the new ajugas and cover the flowers later. The temperature has dropped to 50 and it's so wet and yukky out there that there's not much to be done. We've still got more rain to get through too, tho it won't amount to much. Tomorrow should be sunny, so that'll help dry things out. Shower AND deck work today, eh? That's the spirit! And a yummy smoked pork butt for dinner to top off a day of progress! I might have to do some vacuuming so I don't feel like a slouch next to you. =)

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By Sylviag on Apr 14, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Morning BD, we're still sickie - sigh. Worst cold ever - OR germs are nasty I must say :) Getting better though. Made decision to work during the day while the weather has been beautiful, eating easy freezer dinner and early to bed. The greenhouse is all done and some plants and seeds put in. The first terrace is 3/4 all cleaned up and I'm in the process of planting over 75 gal size perennials we picked up at our nursery yesterday. Not an easy task as I've got to take out a huge bucket of the rocky volcanic dirt and replace it with a bucket of the 50/50 mix we had delivered from the nursery, plant the purties and haul everything up and down the terraces. Good thing I only have to do that once! Great exerise though. We've wiffled and waffled about fencng in the terraces and part of the back yard and decided we will do it to keep the deer out of the flower garden and off our eventual back deck. So we're getting fencing estimates. Busy time of year here and a couple of places Bryan has called are 2 months out which will not work. He did get one ompany to come out tomorrow and their etimated time is three weeks which would be OK. Looked up nerve ablation and it is an electrical radio frequency thing? So totally non-invasive. Hope it gives him some relief. Hope to be back here on a regular basis soon,

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By catmom on Apr 14, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Good morning BD. How are you and the lovely Miss Becky this morning? Did my shift at the adoption center this morning. We had 3 adoptions last week, with one pending this PM. I don't know if that pending one will happen today though; right now we have a huge thunder storm and cold front moving into San Antonio, Thunder, lightening and lots of wind. I made it back from Petsmart just before the worst hit. We are supposed to get some hail with this one too. I just hope the power stays on and none of my trees suffer a lightening strike. New fridge is great. Stocked back up and running great!

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By Fauxpaws on Apr 14, 2014 at 5:10 AM

Too true about Mexico! Lol! Well, the storm was a doozy but the power stayed on AND Weebles stayed upright! Amazing! They said Little Rock got 3/4 inch of rain but I know we got over an inch here. Another storm blew through around midnight, and we've got one more round to get through before it's all over. Not to mention, we'll be hovering just above the freezing mark for the next 2 nights, so I'll have to cover my impatiens and hope for the best. Oh, Bubba! Or "Blubbering Bubba" as Chuck calls him. Sometimes I wonder how he manages to hold it all together long enough to finish the round, since he seems to break down the minute it's over. It's always so heartwarming to see the winners with their families. Spieth is a mature and classy guy, all right. And a force to be reckoned with. As for Aldon Smith, immature punk sez it all. Geez. Too bad they didn't have your shower parts at the local store but that's not surprising. They're ok for general items but not roomy enough for all the specialized stuff.

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By Fauxpaws on Apr 13, 2014 at 2:16 PM

One of the ships was cruising the Bahamas. They didn't say where the other one had been, only that it docked in Los Angeles. I'd imagine it had cruised down along Mexico. It looks to be the same virus again. Yeah, Spieth and Watson are battling it out! Looks like it could go either way, the way they're playing. That sucks about your shower. I hope you can find a replacement for that piece that snapped. And recaulking, too. Oh boy! It's about to get stormy here. There's a line of storms west of us and headed this way. I just heard the first thunder. Hope it blows over in a hurry, and that stupid maple stays upright!

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By Fauxpaws on Apr 13, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Maple-Weebles! Now there's a good idea! Haha! They'd be rolling all over the place here. That would be interesting! If I was ever going to take another cruise, it would be an Alaskan one. Not sure I ever want to get on a cruise ship again. I heard on the news just this morning that there are two more of them with sick passengers. That would be just my luck. We'll probably get hit with a storm or two later today. I'm hoping the tree stays upright through all that. At least it's closer to the house in case I have to run out there.

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By Fauxpaws on Apr 13, 2014 at 5:24 AM

Go home, Japanese maple! You're drunk! LOL No, the problem is that it's grown to over 10 feet and the pot is too narrow. I need to find new and bigger pots for each of my maples. I would put them in the ground, but what little soil we have is so acidic they wouldn't last long. This time I'll get square pots instead of round ones. I think about the only item on that list of places to visit that really appealed to me was the trip to the Blue Ridge mountains. Driving through them would be ok but I'd want to make a couple of stops and do some exploring on foot. Still, I think I'd canoe the Buffalo again before I'd do any of the others.

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By Fauxpaws on Apr 12, 2014 at 4:59 PM

I looked the site up just before I came on here (thanks anyway!) and other than Yellowstone, I haven't been to any of the others. And Yellowstone was in the summer so it doesn't really count for me, as I'm sure it's an entirely different experience in the winter. Last year's ajuga have all rebounded and are looking good. I bought 6 more (all they had!) and was going to get them in the ground today, but it was windy and that dang potted Japanese maple kept falling over again. So after repeated attempts to keep it upright I ended up having to move it to a new spot in the yard and then get it all propped up with mini boulders. I did get the ground prepped for the ajuga at least, so I can just pop them in. Based on how well last year's recovered and are spreading, I'll have to try and find some more at the big garden center this week. Glad you made some progress on the deck. I'd imagine there will be a day or so along the way that you'll miss, but i wouldn't imagine you'll have too much trouble keeping up with it. It's not like you can easily ignore it!

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By catmom on Apr 12, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Good morning, BD. How are you and the lovely Miss Becky today? New fridge is here!!!!! Have to wait 24 hours to stock it, but it looks great - as it should, all new and shiney :-) I agree with you about the rib eyes - just kosher salt pepper and maybe some garlic.

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By Fauxpaws on Apr 12, 2014 at 7:52 AM

The Buffalo made the top ten! How KEWL! I've only canoed it twice, but each time was an incredible experience. I've also been on the Going to the Sun road! I'll have to look that article up and see what else is on there. That would make a good bucket list. Well, I still give Chuck virtue points just for tackling the car when he could have bummed around all day. =) It's warming up nicely here and time to get out and tackle that ajuga!

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By Fauxpaws on Apr 12, 2014 at 6:26 AM

I think the real reason Chuck didn't feel like going yesterday was that his arthritic knees were hurting. But cleaning out the car most definitely earned him karma points! I remember having to tackle those "weekend projects". I think moving was the worst. It seemed to go on forever.

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