Friday, October 2, 2015

Finally Some Fresh Clean Air

We can go outside and breathe again!

The weather has turned and there is a fresh breeze blowing with not quite good air quality but in the moderate range which is about as good as it gets here in the valley where the bad air just kind of hangs around because there is no place else for it to go.

I've got the windows and doors open and rode the bike over to run a few errands and it's nice and cool outside and only supposed to get up to about 80 today. Then this weekend we might even get some rain!

It actually did sprinkle a little yesterday, some clouds rolled in and some raindrops dropped but it only lasted about 5 minutes and then all the clouds rolled back out and blue skies for the rest of the day. I was outside trying to get the backyard cleaned up, which is a major major undertaking. The cats and dog have their potty places in the side yard along the fence, so you've got to rake all that up, then there are the leaves that constantly drop from the camphor tree out front, so you've got to rake all that up, then there is the big tree in the back yard that also constantly drop leaves, so more raking. And sweeping. I just kept working as what little rain there was fell, it felt really good to me and there really wasn't even enough rain to get me wet.

I made Keith get up out of bed and come help me move these huge pieces of wood that have been laying in the middle of the back yard for months and months, part of some project or something, but very hard to rake around. The yard looks somewhat better now, but there is still a lot of junk here and there, things that Keith might need someday, or things that he has in mind for yet another project, or just plain things that need to be thrown away.

I just finished watching a bunch of Hoarders episodes on Netflix (love love love my Netflix!) and while our back yard would never qualify for an episode, it does come a little too close for comfort. Keith definitely has some hoarder tendencies, the can't part with this whatever because I might need it for something someday. My thinking is that if you haven't touched it in years you aren't going to any time soon so get rid of it and then if you really need it later, just go buy a new one!

And speaking of buying new things, I kind of wish that Walmart had come out with this new line of dishes and other kitchen stuff a lot sooner than just now because I would have been all over these back when I decided to replace all of our old dishes with new. I don't remember how many months it's been but I did buy new dishes at Target, sets of 8 of each so I can't really justify buying more dishes, but I would have much rather gotten these dishes.

They were designed by The Pioneer Woman, and if you are not familiar with her, she started out as a food blogger, she lives on a cattle ranch and started blogging to share her recipes for feeding a hungry ranch family. Then cookbooks came along and a show on The Food Network. And now a line of dishes and cookware.

I did buy 2 coffee mugs the other day and so far like them very much. I like her glass pitchers that remind me of the old carnival type glass so may eventually get one of those. The prices are quite reasonable, it is Walmart after all, and I really like the vintage feel of it all. You can see more of the line at or just go check it out in the housewares section.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Pumpkin Spice Crap And Tiny Spiders

I guess it is spider season and they like my kitchen a lot. For the past month or so every time I swept the kitchen floor, which is actually quite frequently since I like a clean kitchen, I've swept up teeny tiny little spiders and have found teeny tiny little webs under the cabinets by the floor. I sweep up spiders one day and by the next, more tiny spiders. I sprayed under the cabinets a few times which seemed to help but yesterday was amazed at the audacity of this tiny spider, trying to build a web from my canister to the counter top, a counter top that I wipe off multiple times a day.
That tiny blob is a tiny spider hanging by a spider web thread from the front of my canister.

Last night I went over to Target to pick up some milk and a few other things and decided to peruse the area that they have by the front checkouts where they display cookies and crackers and seasonal stuff. I know autumn is here according to the calendar but not according to the weather outside, which has been hot with air quality that is 'unhealthy for everyone' in other words stay inside and don't breathe.

So, up in that area where they have cookies and seasonal stuff they have gotten a little carried away with all the pumpkin spice and other fall flavored things. It's a bit ridiculous as far as I'm concerned but probably marketing genius (and I had to look up how to spell genius because I always think it should be spelled genious).

We've got pumpkin spice pop tarts, pumpkin spice bagels, pumpkin spice english muffins, pumpkin spice cereal, and a whole lot more pumpkin spice in every food imaginable. An entire row of pumpkin spice foods. The english muffins were actually tempting but I resisted.

The Entemann's pumpkin donuts were also tempting but I resisted.

In some rather sad news, we decided to have poor old Genie cat sent to the big litter box in the sky. She had been failing for a while now and also incontinent, extremely skinny and just not looking so good. Keith took her to the vet who said he could do blood work and all to see what was wrong with her but the cost was just way too much for such an old cat and we just couldn't justify spending money that we really couldn't afford to spend. As near as we can figure she was 15 or 16 years old and the past few years have just not been good to her. So, down she went with Keith broken hearted, but pets don't live forever and its actually a relief not to have to deal with trying to take care of her every day which of course fell on me since Keith is not home all that much. Actually all of the animals would probably starve if I weren't here and the cat boxes would be overflowing.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Millie Malone

Keeping the world safe from tiny bird feathers since 2015.

This morning I'm trying to feed cats and get my coffee going and Millie is out in the side yard barking and barking and barking. She has a rather high pitched yappy bark and I know it's annoying for our neighbors so I try to go out and see what she is barking at within a minute or two.

She was doing her 'I'm kind of scared but I'm also brave' barking thing at something by the gate and that something was a bird feather about 1" long. So scary!

She's barked at tiny bird feathers quite a few times so I should be used to it by now, but it always makes me laugh that first, she finds the tiny bird feather in all the leaves and dirt and other stuff in the back yard, and second, she is so very frightened by them. I'll usually show her that it's just a tiny bird feather but then she wants to eat it, so...into the trash it goes and out of sight out of mind. Tiny doggy mind.
 She is jumping up trying to eat the feather and save me from it here.
Funny dog.

We actually had a little bit of rain this week and for us that is a monumental event. It was quite exciting and we had a couple of very damp cats that either enjoyed the rain too much to come inside or were just too stupid to come inside. Or a little of both.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

And Some New Curtains!

Our new and improved and much more spacious living room really needed an update from the (cheap) apartment style hanging blinds, so when I saw a really good selection of the black out type curtains over at Walmart I made Keith come with me to take a look at them. We have that type of curtain in the bedrooms, it really helps keep the light out when someone is trying to sleep in the daytime and also helps keep the room cooler in summer and warmer in winter. So, I'm thinking that these might be a good thing to have in the living room. At first Keith was being all cranky and didn't like anything he saw, but we finally found some that we liked along with some curtain rods that took him about 20 minutes to pick out, and then we got some sheers to go behind the curtains for the one window so that you don't have to look at our boring side yard fence out the window but rather some nice diffused light.

It took Keith the better part of an entire day to get the curtains up, something that really should have only taken a few hours, but that is how he does things. No big hurry. I was getting rather frustrated and would have done it all myself except that I'm not real good at screwing things into walls.

So here they are and we really like how much nicer it makes the living room look and wish we'd done something like this years ago. The actual curtains were really not all that expensive, like $20.00 a panel and only $5.00 a panel for the sheers, but the rods were not cheap, Keith being picky about the style and I guess good curtain rods are just not cheap. But, for a couple hundred dollars it makes a big difference in how the whole room looks.

Mimi is enjoying a snack here.
We keep a blanket on Keith's new chair, specifically for moments like this.
No need to have doggy hair all over the new furniture. Millie enjoys that chair almost as much as Keith does. It is very comfortable!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

New TV And More Space

We did buy a new TV. And a new Blue Ray DVD player, which was only $69.00. Electronics certainly have come down in price since we bought our first VCR (video cassette recorder for you young folks who have no clue what a VCR is). I think we paid about $400 for our VCR many years ago, quite a huge purchase for way back when, but something that we did enjoy for years and years. The DVD player that we replaced with the new Blue Ray was actually a combination DVD/VCR, but the VCR part of it broke a few years back and who wants to watch a scratchy grainy old video tape anyway? I think we paid about $135.00 for that, which we thought was a pretty good price, and again, we enjoyed the heck out of it.

We got a huge TV, 55", so now we can have our TV on one side of the living room and the seating on the other and we can't get over how much roomier our living/dining area is. Plus how wonderful a huge TV with an excellent picture is. The TV was not cheap at $899.00, but we used our Target red card and saved 5% on it, which on a big purchase does make a difference. We also got the fancy wall mount that tilts and moves so that if you want to watch TV from the kitchen you can.

The TV also came with apps available, like Netflix and Amazon plus a bunch of others that we will probably never use. The Netflix and Amazon give you a free month when you sign up but the monthly cost is so cheap that we'll definitely be keeping both of those. So far I am LOVING Netflix, it's so easy to use and has a great selection of TV shows that I would normally have to wait to see until they came out on DVD. I've already started watching The Fall with Gillian Anderson from the X Files, and it's a great show if you  have a chance to see it.

I wish we'd gotten big TV and Netflix a long time ago!

And here is our new improved and much more spacious living room. It's still a work in progress, we are going to give the old TV cabinet to Joe and have been looking at coffee tables now that we have enough room for one, but so far haven't found anything we like. I did find a big poufy footstool thing at Target for $20.00, sometimes I just need to put my feet up which is what I was thinking about a coffee table for, but the pouf will work in the meantime.

We also got a new floor lamp that I just love, we found it at Lowe's after going to three or four other places, and found a new table lamp at Hobby Lobby that has a tilting shade that we also really like. I do like to read and that side of the room is impossible to read in without some kind of lighting. The lamp is great for TV watching, too, just enough light so you're not sitting in the dark but not enough to make a glare on the TV.