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Friday, October 19, 2012

Little Bits about Lots of Things

We had gorgeous weather today! Rain is due Monday...everyone cross your fingers, toes, eyes, arms, legs, hair....
you get the idea, we NEED RAIN :)
OK ,OK, I'm too cheap to turn the water on my gardens.......
T had his first after surgery follow up today. Everything looks fine. The Dr would like to see him again in a couple of weeks,
since T had "off" symptoms regarding his Gallbladder. His Dr wants to further follow him a little longer to further his knowledge in case someone else comes in with T's symptoms.
M,T,and C have early Dr appointments tomorrow morning. Yes, on a Saturday. This particular Dr only has face to face appointments on Saturdays. During the week you can get an appointment ~ but it's on Skype in her office. uh, yeh, Skyping with a Dr is a little weird and hard to really communicate with.
I keep telling them, I'll Skype but I'm not driving 1 - 1 1/2 hours to have them talk to a computer....they can do that at home.
Hey, Convenience for all I say!
She just doesn't seem to get it.
So until then, Saturdays it is.
But Note to self.......
make them for later in the day!
Their appointments start at 9am, so we need to leave by 7:30am
Oh yes, the children and I are jumping for joy ~ NOT!
Update on the Raccoons
They visited the other night.
Anything they would get into was battened down.....
except for the pond. Unfortunately, Angel is missing, so we are assuming they got her. She was the largest fish we had.
She was also the first fish we bought in 1997 for our first pond,
back when it was a molded one
and not the lined one we have now.

She was also the most tame and would come up to the dogs as they got a drink from the pond. She was about 15 yrs old.
I miss seeing her so much.
I found a package of bird netting in the garage, why I never saw it there before is weird...well, maybe not so much. You can barely walk in that place without something falling on you or tripping.....but that's another story for another day.
Anyway, I took and unwrapped this netting
 and covered the pond with it.
Then placed extra large rocks on top of it ALL
the way around.
Those little buggers are good at pushing rocks,
 so I looked for sharp edged or ones with corners that wouldn't be so easy as the round river rocks that mostly surround it.
We're left with 7 Koi.
2 that were babies from our fish,
2 other smaller Butterfly Koi,
that were purchased years ago, 
3 that were babies from my Sister's fish.
I'm trying to do everything I can
with what I have to save the rest.
Which is what I did back in 2009.
One thing I thought of was leaving a good portion of extra netting around the pond hoping they would get tangled, or not like the feeling of it. But I'm worried they may chew threw it.
They haven't showed up that I can see for a few nights.
I have some ''booby traps'' set up in the back so if they do show they will make noise, the dogs will hear them and wake us.
One thing I've tried so far was the wasp spray. It didn't keep them away...but I think my aim may have had something to do with it. 
I would have liked to get it on it's face...yeh, my aim sucks
I hate Raccoons.
On a lighter side
Due to the price of gas, needless to say, we don't have many outings.....except as you see Dr appointments! LOL
But we needed to get some cleaning supplies so off to the Dollar Store we went. Cleaning supplies and bread are 2 things we always so to the Dollar Store for.
How those other items get in the cart is beside me!
Anyway, after getting what we needed, I decided to go to Mountain Mike's Pizza for lunch. We haven't eaten out for SOOO long...  They have a lunch buffet deal that's not to too bad and very very yummy!
But boy, did we get there at the wrong time. Groups of workers came in right behind us. 8 - 10 workers per group. They were taking whole pizzas ----- per person. Now I'm sure they were hungry from doing all their hard work but I can only say one word,
My kids look at me, I look at them and we go get in line.
Now the restaurant only puts out 3 medium pizzas out at a time. So you can imagine how long we had to wait.
Well, once it was our turn...we acted like buzzards to!
No taking one or two pieces!
Give those plates kids, let me pile it on for you!!
I was kind of surprised at how I acted.
But darn it we paid too and weren't going to to take our two pieces and then have to wait again for another 2 pieces......
I watched and these guys did this not once or twice but THREE times!  How does this place stay in business if they do this on a regular basis?
Anyway, we got our tummies full way before they did
And had a great time

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Don't Get Scamed!!

Need to read...beware. I never answer my phone unless I know the name calling...due to tricks like this.

Received this and wanted to pass it on....

809 Area Code
We actually received a call last week from the

809 area code.
The woman said 'Hey, this is Karen. Sorry I missed you- get back to us quickly.
I have something important to tell you.'
Then she repeated a phone number beginning with 809.
We did not respond. Then this week, we received the following e-mail:

Do Not
Dial AREA CODE 809, 284 AND 876 from the U.S. or Canada .


This one is being distributed all over the US. This is pretty scary, especially given the way they try to get you to call.

Be sure you read this and pass it on.

They get you to call by telling you that it is information about a family member who has been ill or to tell you someone has been arrested, died, or to let you know you have won a wonderful prize, etc..

In each case, you are told to call the 809 number right away.
Since there are so many new area codes these days, people unknowingly return these calls.

If you call from the U.S. or Canada, you will apparently be charged a minimum of
$2425 per-minute.

And you'll also get a long recorded message. The point is, they will try to keep
you on the phone as long as possible to increase the charges.


The 809
area code is located in the Dominican Republic.
The charges afterward can become a real nightmare.That's because you did actually make the call.
If you complain, both your local phone company and your long distance carrier will not want to get involved and will most likely tell you that they are simply providing the billing for the foreign company.
You'll end up dealing with a foreign company that argues they have done nothing wrong.

Please forward this entire message to your friends, family and colleagues to help them become aware of this scam.

: http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=6045




Monday, October 15, 2012

Cottage Garden Party

I'm joining in the Fall Garden Party over at ECS

 Not much left blooming...
Mother Nature has been on the war path :/
We've had temps to 105, so even if the plant wasn't done blooming,
it's fried! Then much cooler weather and some rain.
Now we're heating back up again. Oh joy.
I never know what to put on when going out.
Through it all this little Rockin' Robin is trying 
to keep blooming.

The Lantana is enjoyed the heat,
but it is lucky enough to be near the hose.

 Even the Geraniums are confused 

For years the city owned the tree that came with the house
 and we weren't allowed to even trim it.
The poor economy hit and all of a sudden the tree was ours.
They came around one last time
 for pruning prior to releasing ownership,
 but ahem,
 "someone" wouldn't let them prune it.

The Dr. scheduled T's surgery for the next week
(this was 2 weeks ago)
  so we figured we better do the "major attack" prior to.
It's been 4 days since surgery and he is doing well, much better than when my daughter had her Gallbladder removed.

But I digress......

Back up to last week and look at the pile
we have ready for city pick up!
Our front tree now has a single trunk! yippee!
Yeh, we could barely move and had blisters
but it was sooo worth it!
Plus no pruning for a few years...oh yeh ;)

But Looky what my Pomegranate gave us!!!

And not only have the Raccoons returned, but I saw this Hawk eyeing my Parakeets!
These critters seem to think I have a smorgasbord out for them!!!
I know for a fact there are plenty of field mice a few blocks over, guess maybe he was tired of "the same old thing" :(

Shooed the Hawk away and knock on wood by keeping a watchful eye out at night for the Raccoons and shooting them with Wasp Spray when they show (even tho I need to practice my aim) their appearances are dwindling. We still check with flashlights and loud bangs before letting the dogs out at night.

This year sure seems to be flying by.
Anxious to start a new fresh year,
more on that at a later date.
Wishing all a great week!


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