Thursday, July 31, 2008

August 1, 1987

I meant to post this, this morning, but I got up late. Luckily, my baby knows how I feel!

Today is my "baby's" birthday. She is 21 years old. I remember when she joined our family like it was yesterday.

I love you Binks! Happy Birthday!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

People I hate

I know. Hate is a strong word. But there are people who make me hate them. They are people who look you straight in the eye and lie through their teeth. Then walk away with a smirk on their face as if you didn't get that they were lying. I encountered one such person tonight. I have never cared for this woman. I always thought that there was something not right with her, something a tad askew. She is a "friend" of My YD's
She called me at work all out of breath and dramatic. "Oh!" she says, "I just had to talk to you, I'm glad you answered!" Then proceeds to tell me that they had cut the locks on YD's tack room at the ranch (with an expensive saddle inside) and there were people who were getting ready to start taking all of YD's things. But how she had come in a saved the day and now she wanted me to have all of YD's things so could she bring them right over.
Supposedly, they cut the locks, because they rented out a stall and paddock and the tack room was supposed to go with it. (That right there is poppycock) YD's horse is in pasture right now and she needed the tack room cause SHE WORKS THERE! N.E.WAy...She shows up at work, and we put all the tack in the back of my truck. I locked it up and started back into the store. She said I'll meet you inside I have to pick up something. So we get in the store, and she wants to know where the...padlocks are...because the lock they cut on YD's tack room was...her it wasn' was YD's lock...(?) Because if it was this friend's lock on there, why didn't she just use her key??? Then she blows it even more by telling me that the new manager of that ranch is her new boyfriend...(???) SCUZZY WOMAN!

I'll tell not piss on my back and then tell me it's raining. I know these things.

UPDATE ON THE REMOTE...It's still MIA. Maybe I gave it away with the kittens yesterday!

Has anybody seen the remote?

I cannot believe that we have lost the remote to the TV/cable! There are three of us here, one of us has the remote in hand or next to our hand always, other than that it lives in the drawer in my desk. Sometime yesterday the remote went AWOL.
I seached the couch cushions, under the couches, in back of the couches, under the dogs, in the garbage, on the TV, desk drawer, my bedroom, the garage. It is GONE! Shouldn't be a big deal, but the TV remains on the same channel since we can't find the remote. And we can't turn it up or down. The cable company gave us this little box with no controls on it what so ever, so if you lose the remote, you have no control at all. There are no buttons to get up and change things, no buttons for on or all comes from the remote.
Have you seen the remote? I guess the dogs will have to watch the learning channel all day, instead of animal planet.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A little bit of a few things done.

I couldn't have planned this pose!

Some friends of YD's came today to pick up some kittens I have been raising for the last nine weeks. I had found homes for all of them, but three of those people had to change their plans. Amanda was going to take one of them and ended up taking all of them for me. She is a critter foster, and will get them all spayed/neutered, and find good homes for them for me. BIG load off my mind and an extra half hour a day. The poor things were living quite comfortably, but since they were born I have had less and less time to spend with them so they are a little wild. No worries. As soon as they are separated and in their permanent homes, they will settle down and enjoy their new humans more. I have never had to ignore furbabies like this, I feel bad, but there was nothing I could do about it. It would have been fine if YD had been able to be here, but she is not and I don't know when she will be able to come back. Amanda is also going to find a home for the other two adult cats I have that I didn't ask for. YD had brought Gata (the kittens mommy) years ago, and then right after I got Purrcy, YD brought Chili who looks like a siamese kitty. He is a little cranky cause I think he would prefer to be the only cat, and he has to share this place with cats, dogs, a bird and a rat. Oh, and humans, which I think he feels is the biggest insult.
So after we visited the kitties for a while Amanda and another friend played Wii for a couple of hours. We did the turns, with next up plays the winner. We had a good time. We laughed and that felt good, cause I haven't had a reason to really laugh for a while. When it was time to go, we gathered the kittens into a big box for their ride home. I gave Amanda my litter boxes, a new bag of litter and some kitten food. After all, she is helping me out, I don't want it to cost her anything.

I had picked up some wood from the lumber yard next door to the hardware store where I work. They had gone over the whole lumber yard and cleaned it up really good which meant they threw out pieces of wood that aren't good for building. But it's great for burning! Sunday after work I went through the dumpster where they tossed the wood and gathered it. Today I cut it up into pieces that will fit in my fireplace. I am starting to stock pile for the winter. I love a good fire, and it'll help keep my heating bill down. I just need to gather wood from here on through to November and we should have enough to last us throughout December - March. I HOPE! My only wish is that I could sleep in the frontroom during the winter, cause the warmth is in there and not in the bedrooms. I DO NOT WANT the $500 a month gas and electric bills I had last year. (and they have told us the rates are going up!!!)
I got the dreaded laundry all done this morning. It was an uneventful trip, again. I love when laundry is actually boring. I just got it all done and put away nice and neat and I don't have to think about it until next Monday or Tuesday.
Tomorrow is back to work after a (what feels like) short weekend. I have to start setting up a new way to order my products, because the rep I had for my stuff has left his position. He said MAYBE a new guy will come in. But I don't live by maybes, so I am going to start fixing my new ordering ways.
I hope you all have a great week!

Monday, July 28, 2008

I've been hiding out...

I feel like a slug. Kim-D, I am with ya!

Just saying.

That is all...

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Speaking of sleep...

I went to bed at eight o'clock last night. I didn't go right to sleep, but I figured if I was in there and I got all warm and cozy, I would fall asleep earlier than I have the past few weeks. It worked! I think the last time I looked at the clock was about 9:15. I did start watching a movie, but it was one that pisses me off every time I see it (so why would I watch it, you ask?) I didn't complete it. It was one (heaven forbid I should remember the name of it) where Julia Roberts lives in a beach mansion with her skuzzy husband who is a complete control freak and smacks her around...okay, I'm hating it. I changed the channel and looked at the clock and fell asleep.
I did wake up on my own at around 6:15 this morning. Not exactly on my own, I have this big, black, furry alarm clock who needs to go outside at around 6-ish every morning.
So, now, I have work until 8 tonight, which I am fine with, sorta. I'm basically lazy and would rather not go to work, cause it's be much more fun to sit around here and look at all I have to accomplish here. Which I wouldn't accomplish cause, well, I am lazy.
I'm leaving for work a little early so I can stop at the store and pick up a sandwich for lunch and stamps. I get the sandwich for free, because we have purchased seven already. Um...well, I think my daughter purchased seven, I get the free one. Don't tell her! She owes me, I'm the mom! Plus, there is a Starbuck's in the grocery store and I'm craving me something warm and sweet. I am thinking I can afford that, cause I don't have to pay for the sandwich.
It looks like a sunny day here today. Not warm, but sunny. I can live with that. I don't do warm well.
When I get home tonight, I will force myself into bed as soon as I can and try to get myself back on a good sleep pattern, I am so tired of being tired.
Hope your day is a good one. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Seriously Sleeping In

Never again! I was tired last night. Iwas tired the night before and the nights before those. I just haven't gotten any sleep to speak of and there have been some late nights here. Not even partying nights, just stuff I had to do or places I had to go that kept me out and up late, late, late.

So, when the dog let me know it was time to go out at 6AM, (which is really sleeping in for me) I got up and let him out and then left the back door open for him to let himself back in and crawled back into my nice warm bed. I woke up again at 9:30! I was thinking as I drifted off to sleep that 7 or even 7:30 would be a good time to wake up. Now I feel as though I've been clobbered on the very center of my head with a hatchet. I feel lazy and groggy and all yeck! I think I hate sleeping in.

I have got to clean this house today. Since I have been busy, the whole thing has just sort of gotten out of hand and I guess everyone else who lives here have just been busy too. (I'm sure that is what they will tell me)

What really scares me is that I will have to go to the laundymat to do laundry (what else would I do there???) Our track record with the laundymats around here lately have not been good. It seems that all the lunatics are going to them now. My girls ran into a really crazy woman in the laundrymat yesterday, who ended up chasing them around town after she drove up on a curb to try and run over one of them. This was after my daughter had asked if she could use the rolly basket after the woman was done with it. The woman wouldn't take her purse out of it. The daughter said to her (after asking politely three or four times, can you take your purse out of the basket? I need the basket) The woman made some really crude comments under her breath to her as she walked off. It escalated from there.
The other day when I was doing my laundry, there was this weird couple in there. After my clothes were dry I couldn't find a rolly basket that was empty, so I just put my clothes in one of my baskets and folded out of it and into my other basket. The weird guy, came over to where his wife was putting clothes in the dryer I had just vacated and stared at her butt. I mean stared! I just thought okay, he's weird, and let it go. Then he put his grimey elbow on the edge of my basket and I kind of just shot him a look. BUT then he looked in my basket to see what clothes I was folding, and reached in and picked up one of my t-shirts! Then I gave him this," OH YOU DID NOT JUST PICK UP MY CLOTHES" look. He threw it back in and threw his hands up and started apologizing. I looked him straight in the eyes and said, "That was just fucking weird." Loudly. His freaking wife gave me a look and I repeated it to her and jerked my basket out from under his 'still sitting on my basket grimey elbow'. He slinked over to a corner of the laundymat and sat there staring at the wall as I finished up my laundry. The whole time I'm thinking, well thank God it wasn't my underwear, or the guy would have been flattened to the floor, and maybe I should re-wash that shirt. Ew, ick, nasty. I have never liked doing my laundry in public, and especially do not like my clothes, let alone the undies exposed for public eyes.
I have GOT to get my washer and dryer fixed. MD said last night that if we can find some cheap used ones for sale she will help me buy them. My MD has turned a corner here and I think I like the direction she is headed in.
I am off to try and make some semblance of a clean house here. (Including the laundry, ick!) Y'all have a wonderful day!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Free Music

I can't believe what a turn my life has taken! I have been so busy lately, it is pathetic, and so totally not me. I have managed to do a few things around the house that I wanted to do, like clean, but not as much as I would like. Work has been the same crazy, frustrating place it always has been, but that is good, as right now it is the only constant in my life I have going for me.

Friday night I did etch out some time for myself. Pleasurable time. One of my friends and I have been trying to get together for a long time. It's hard, because she has regular hours at a regular job. (she works for the state) I work weekends and have varying hours throughout the week. Fridays though, I get off work at 3:30 and I am home by four, so that lends itself to getting together with my friend.
Her daughter lives on the other side of the hill from us in this darling little town called Brisbane. This little town is like stepping out of the world as we know it and traveling back in the fifties. Families play together, neighbors actually know each other, and they get together a lot outside of their homes and have fun. We joined them Friday night for "Concert in the Park". What. A. Blast. I wish I had my video camera with me, although it could not show the realness of this place. There was a band playing country music, kids running around playing tag, across the street is a skate park where teenagers where showing off their skateboarding skills to other teenagers and teaching each other new tricks on those boards, and a basketball court where several teens were playing b-ball. Parents were sitting around in front of the band on blankets or chairs, and enjoying the music. Everone was watching out for everyone else's kids. There were older people with money, on over to bikers in leathers with their motorcycles, and everyone in between. Everyone was smiling. The band was good, people were dancing to the music or rocking their babies in time to it. I have never felt such a calmness, I so needed it. We met a few of the local people and had such a great time. We have plans to go back every Friday. The next time we will be better prepared, these old bones don't like sitting on the lawn!
Next time we will take sandwiches and thermoses of tea and chairs to sit on. Salsa music is on the bill for next Friday. I'm going to take pictures.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

New thing I picked up at Blogger.

I like this new list of Blogger's I read. It shows when the person last posted, so I don't need to go to each and every one every day to see if something new is there that I just have to get in on. I spent a bit of time moving y'all over to the new list and then, ahem, I deleted y'all from the old list. Now that didn't hurt a bit did it?

We won't discuss the arguement when I got home from work and asked if it was really above the realm of doableness that there be some clean dishes going on when I get home so I could cook dinner. I was asked by YD to be nicer to MD last week and not evict her for the time being. (I will explain that at a later date, I don't have the liberty to do so now) I will tell you. I would walk to the ends of the earth for that particular daughter, but this...this is really asking too much of her dear ol' mom. I couldn't get along with MD if I had my mouth taped shut and I was blind and deaf! (Oh and lived in a different country) I tried, I really tried, I promise. I left the house yesterday and there were no dirty dishes in the sink. When I came back home yesterday, the sink was full. She was no where in sight. Today, I just said, I want everyone to get in the kitchen and wash the dishes they have used in the past coupla days, and I got this, "Well, most of those are OD's." I looked at OD and she said she had a plate, a fork and a cup dirty...the sink is full I tell ya! Geez! Am I overbearing? A nag? Bitch? Geez again!

So OD washed a pan that she forgot to mention that she used today, and left for work. MD stood in the kitchen fiddling with something and then when I got busy with my blog list she slipped out the back door to go to her room. No dishes done there! I really want to run away from home.

Okay, enough of that.

I went to get pictures of YD's horse to send to her, and one of her girlfriends was there. In fact she helped us catch the horse. Her girlfriend has this little dog. Roper. He's a chi-weiner. I normally don't care for these kinds of dogs, cause usually the chi part of the chi-weiner is shakey, shy, slow to warm up to people, etc., etc. but this little guy grabbed my heart. And I picked him up, cradled him in my arms and he just melted into me. You should see him go after a herd of horses. I wish I had pictures of that! This little guy has GUTS! He doesn't run, he bounds. I had such a blast with him. Well, the whole point to this is that they want to find a home for him. I have thought about it and I am thinking I am going to take him. He would be such a asset in this house. So, there may be a new baby in my house soon...he's nine months old, btw.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

All's well...


It's been quiet here.

MD's got unemployment compensation. How a person can work so hard at doing nothing and then get compensated for being unemployed, I don't know, but she got it. I helped. I found the address for her and handed it to her. Would've been on a silver platter if I had one. YD requested that I befriend my MD for the time being. There's a reason for it, which I can only explain in the future. Sorry for the mystery. So befriend her I have done. She is now receiving a small but, better than nothing check every other week. I am hoping that by dropping little friend laden hints, that she will pay off her debt to the courts and keep her ass out of jail. She did say yesterday that she would need to do that, because she wouldn't be able to find work if she was locked up. I also reminded her that the compensation is to help her acquire a new position at a quality work place, so take advantage of it. There's also a chance to get some schooling out of the state to make her eligible for even more quality employment. So get with it KID! I explained this to her yesterday, that no later than 16 weeks, but not too soon before 16 weeks, she can request schooling and be compensated for it and maybe even get help getting to and from schools. Since she no longer has a car or a license, or friends to help. Certainly I can't. (WON'T...a person can let friendly get out of hand sometimes and I'm not going there)

She did some stuff yesterday that a weaker person would have fainted over. She started cleaning the 6 foot high forest of weeds in the back yard. (She has ulterior motives...she can't get to her room out there anymore) and... take a breath...she WASHED THE DISHES AFTER DINNER!!!!! ...let breath out... I won't hold my breath til that happens again, I might die of it.

On the Wii front, I have it, I am obsessed with it, I talk about it far too much at work, cause at work, I think about going home and playing with my Wii. Then reality sets in and I don't make it home until late, and when I get home it's eat, shower and sleep lately. I guess I got the Wii at a perfect time in my life. I am busy, too busy to play. Crap! OD, and MD were both home Saturday night when I got home and were just kind of hangin' out. OD said she wanted to play the Wii, she hadn't tried it yet and since it is my toy, she waited til I was home to ask if she could play. (How thoughtful) So we did a "family play night". We actually had a blast. Two of us played, then the one sitting out played the winner and so on. The only glitch was that MD (as usual) didn't want to put the safety strap on while using the remote. I very gently explained to her, that since it was MY game and MY TV she was playing in front of, she would put the safety strap on and like it! She did. It would be just like her to break something on it or my TV, cause she's destructive like that. I'm just hoping that she doesn't decide to use the damned thing when I'm not home, cause then I will be loading the remotes and nunchuks up in the truck with all my pots and pans, dishes and silverware. Today, I will be playing some of the games, so I am getting some excercise, but I have to go to the ranch and have one of the hands pull YD's horse up for me to get pictures of him. YD is not around for a while, and she has requested that I send pictures of everything that was her life here, before she went away. I have sent pictures of everything but Utah (her horse). I was hoping for a sunnier day, but it looks like cloud cover all day, so I will just have to work with it.

I was tagged by Debbie over at Gittin It Outta My Head! I'm not going to do it right now, but I have my lists started. They are going to take some time to fill out. It's a fun, but challenging one...for me.

Is anyone waiting with bated breath for the Olympics to start? I'm not. I'm already sick of the ads for it. I'm not anti-Olympics, I just get tired of all the hype. And I don't watch that much TV! I think I get tired of repetition of any kind, and man, the TV could win a gold medal in repetition.

Clearlake vacation for me is August 3 - 5. At least today, that is the plan. I may get cold feet and wait til I have more money. Lord knows I really don't need to spend any money on gas right now. I may wait til YD gets back and then go. She will need a vacation by then too! I have had to take so many days off lately, that another day might be my undoing. The temptation is there though and OD is planning on going up and has invited her BF and BF's mom. ACK! What am I thinking?! ? I AM going! I have to! I need to! Quiet, peace and quiet!

Off to start my day. I have put it off long enough. Hope your day is great!

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Hi my name is Claudia and I am a Wii-aholic

ALREADY!!! I managed to eat my dinner when I got back from my trip to Toys R Us, some twenty miles away. I was so excited, I didn't want to stall hooking it up! (So much for being a green citizen) Lately, I have been using more gas in a week than I used to use in a month!
So yea...after searching in vain for a Wii and Fit, Hallie came to my rescue and gave me a link to find who had Wii's in stock. Some of the places listed still did not have them. I am sure that those places had them, just not the ones closer to me. But I struck gold when I called this HUGE Toys R Us in San Mateo. I called, the young lady in electronics went and counted how many they had for me. They had ten left! So I told her I was going to go cash my check and be right down. (like she really cared) I did what I had to do, went to the bank, and left the coast for hotter climates. I had written down the directions to get to this place. As many times as I have been there in the distant past and kind of remember where this particular shopping center is and how to get there, even with directions I went in circles for a while. So many new things have been added to the area, so even with directions in hand I got lost!
By the time I got to the store, there were six left, and it only took me about an hour to get there. I can't believe how popular these things are. The young man who was helping me, was a fantastic salesman. He knew his business. He asked very appropriate questions, like "Is this for you? Or a gift?" Me, then he said, "You should know...and explained all kinds of stuff to me, that I was sure I wouldn't remember by the time I got to my car, let alone by the time I got back home. But it brought up questions I should have had to begin with. Let me tell you though, he was very informative and probably saved me hours of aggrevation. I will be writing a letter to his manager and let them know how well he does his minimum wage job! He also made sure that I bought stuff that I hadn't planned on, but needed to have an excellent experience with my new toy. Like spare batteries, and a second remote.
So I stopped at Taco Bell. (also affectionately known as Taco Smells, Taco Hell around here.) All I know is, it is fast, I don't have to cook and it's on my way home. I ate and threw my dishes away...I like that part too...and set out to hook up the Wii. I used to be a whiz at hooking these things up. I could get a computer up and running in a manner of minutes, or a (ahem) VCR hooked up and recording exactly what I wanted it to record. But since I am an older adult now and have children who were born with the instincts of geeks, I am not so knowledgeable about this stuff. Nintendo has it down pat. Easy to read instuctions, lots of pictures, and two points of reference. I like. It wasn't five minutes, but I got it hooked up and the only aggrevation was me trying to contort my body enough to get stuff plugged in behind my 9,000 pound TV and stand. I know, I know, it is actually easier than brushing your teeth!
I put in WiiSports and played for about a half an hour. Now, don't get me wrong, I would have played for a little longer, but it's about twenty degrees hotter here than I am used to and I just ate a heavy meal. And I am so over weight! After about a two minute break and with my obsessiveness, I went back to it for another forty-five minutes or so. Maybe a little too much longer.
I had to take a couple of Tylenol PM's so I could sleep last night. Just one thing the young man at Toys R Us didn't mention I would need to go along with my new Wii!

Monday, July 07, 2008


I got the Wii, but I have to wait for my Fit. I also bought WiiPlay, it used up some of the money I have for the Fit, but I will just put $20 a paycheck in my envelope til I have the $100 to buy the fit. I just wanted to play this thing today! I'll let you know what kind of fun I am having, if I ever stop playing. Ha! Ha! See Ya in a bit!

Thank you Miss Hallie! I owe ya one!

Why Is It...

that I have the money (not just yet, but SOON) and then what I want to spend it on is not around? Dang girl, I have called every stinking place that would even think about carrying the Wii and Wii Fit and NO ONE has it in stock! GRRR! I refuse to cash that stimulus check until I find my prize! If I cash it, I will be tempted to pay a bill or buy groceries, or God forbid buy GAS! Cripes!
I am dizzy with all the phones calls I have made. (can you say
O B S E S S E D?) I am even more dizzy with the many ways are there to say N O? I have heard that one two letter word more in one hour than I had the whole time I was two years old and wanting to touch, pick up, throw, dive in to water, bite the dog, etc., etc. (I think, I don't really have a count on how many no's I heard, but I am sure there were quite a few, I was two after all!)
I just went and got my mail...the checks here! the checks here! But damn, still no Wii's in sight. I hate this. You know damned well, that if I didn't have the money, everybody and their cousins brother would have a Wii and Wii Fit in stock!
Gotta go. I'm going to obsess a little more...maybe someone in San Jose (50 miles away from me) will have one. I AM DETERMINED TO GET THIS THING!
Wish me luck!

Friday, July 04, 2008

YAY! for tomorrow!

I get my stimulus check tomorrow...maybe. Monday I am off for my weekend, and will start my shopping for my Wii, and Wii fit, finally. I cannot wait.
I will have to find some kind of cabinet to house the Wii, because where I live is really dusty and as much as I try to keep up with it, the dust tends to take over.
I'm excited! I want to start playing with it now! I'm feeling like a five year old on Christmas morning. You have to understand that this is the first time in YEARS that I have purchased anything with extra money that did not have something to do with cleaning or cooking. Every other check I have ever gotten that I considered "extra" (mainly tax refunds), I have bought a new appliance or repaired a car, or bought tires. Yes I do need a dryer that works right now, but ya know, I am not having a problem with taking my two - three measley loads to the laundymat every week. Besides that saves me gas at the house, and I am not paying for my daughters to dry their clothes. BONUS!!! (which will lower my PG & E bills) I don't think I use a significant amount of auto gas to make me stop. And that dryer problem is just a matter of pulling this one little part off and popping a new one in. No biggy, I have fixed that darned thing at least three times. I used to have a second dryer that was the same as this one, until I pirated all the parts off it to fix mine. Now I am reduced to buying the new parts.
Back to the Wii. This will be the start of me taking better care of myself. Yes, I know, you are all sitting there wondering why I needed to wait to get a toy to start. Well, I am thinking that I will excersise, cause itisin the privacy of my own frontroom and it looks like fun and I know I can get addicted to it. I figure that would be a good addiction. Also, it is summer and all my favorite foods are available...fruits of all sorts, so I am going to be more likely to eat those as opposed to ice cream or cake and stuff. I love me some fruit. I am going to attempt to log my progress here on my blog, so I can see how I am doing. And maybe if y'all see me slipping, you can yell at me.
Boy this was random!

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Purrcy ain't shy!

I told you! I told the cats have at it. That dog doesn't know what he had. Now that Purrcy has taken over, the dog will want it I am sure. But I think the dog is outside sleeping on the cement patio. (???) I'll never understand that, it's not like it hot out and he needs a cool place to lay down. Oh well, I am just glad "somebody" is enjoying the bed!

I hope he isn't tramatized by the skulls and crossbones, Purrcy is a peace lover.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Bedtime Stories

This is NOT a bed for a 130 pound German Shepherd. Or at least, that's what I thought. Dante, the 130 pound German Shepherd thought it was JUST RIGHT. I did not like seeing him all half on half off. I mean, it just didn't look comfortable to me. But I'm not a dog, so what do I know??? He was always sleeping in it, so it must have been okay, but just okay. When I found the fleece at Joann's Fabrics and it was on sale, as well as a big thing of batting on sale, I just had to change Dante's sleeping arrangement. So I did.

Of course, Tootsie thinks it's her bed too. After all, Dante used hers, so why can't she sleep on it as well? I made her get off of it.

And he lived happily ever after. The End.