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Successfully ran errands yesterday afternoon. However, it made me very tired and Ronette was worried that I had overdone it. All is back as it was after a good night's sleep. Too bad I can't do that more often. I'm so inactive right now that I'm not tired at night.

I had a run-in with a HUGE spider downstairs last night. Now, I have no desire to go downstairs to finish watching two weeks worth of The O.C. He was really BIG. Ronette tried to find him so she could squash him for me. However, he has hidden himself away waiting only for me.

Nothing much is going on here. I'm so boring. 14 day countdown for Doc appointment #2.
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Where!? Oh where did all these fricking ants come from?
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I can't figure out how I managed to do my 8th grade science project on spider silk which involved hunting down spider webs usually housing a well-fed spider, but the mere sight of the spider on my front door this afternoon had me off the porch and hyperventillating. At least I wasn't screaming as I jumped off the porch.

Busy Day

Sep. 30th, 2005 06:19 pm
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I've finally finished washing all the sheets, blankets, pillows, towels and anything else that wasn't nailed down or too big to fit in the washer.

I also finally figured out where the lint trap is on my washer. I bought one of the washer/dryer combos - more out of space necessity than that's the one I had to have. I really do like it, but for weeks I've been wondering "where does all the lint go?" It can't all go down the drain. It's also a ventless dryer so basically it evaporates the water from your clothes rather than heating them up to dry them out. I read through the manual front to back, even the Spanish section in case I missed something in English. If you take into consideration that my Spanish SUCKS, then you understand that I was grasping at straws.

Today I found the lint catcher thingy. I heard the washer ding ding ding-ing at me that something was wrong. I thought that the load was probably off balance, so I went to go readjust. NO! I had a different error code. I grabbed the useless manual and turned to the error code troubleshooting section - check for bent section of drain hose or clean out drain filter. There's a drain filter? I check the hose - no kink. I flip through the manual to find where to access the drain filter. That's what that little square box on the front is for. I pry it open like it says and voilÄ! the drain filter. I followed the directions and pulled out basically a wad of dog and cat hair. No wonder the drain was clogged. Now that I've found this secret compartment, I will be cleaning it on a regular basis.

I also freaked the bejeebers out of myself cleaning out that filter. When I unscrewed the filter, water came pouring out into the floor. I grabbed a towel to wipe up the mess, wiping under the washer in the process. I pushed a black many legged thing, that looked dead, out from under the edge of the washer. I eeked, left the laundry room to go run around the house "ewwwwwww" ing and to find a shoe to make sure it was dead. You know those little black spider rings that people give out at Halloween? Yes, under the washer is where Bella left this one. She is happily playing with it now. I'm sure I'll wake up in the middle of the night with it dropped into my hand when she decides it time to play fetch.

The dog and I made a much needed trip to the vet. All of his shots are updated and he is legal to be in Berkeley. More importantly he has a place to stay while we're gone. We go to a teaching vet clinic, so Dexter gets to be a teaching dog while we're gone. I think he's excited about this because everybody gives him cookies and kisses.

Other than an exciting trip to the library and a jaunt to get dinner, the rest of my day has been uneventful. I still need to vacuum and mop all the floors. Yuck, housework.
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I knew this would be a problem when I started ripping out the juniper.
I've got mice.
This is not good. I don't like mice. All mice, rats and other plague carrying rodents can just be eliminated from the earth. I like most creatures great and small, mice aren't on that list.

At least the mice aren't in the house, I took some preventative measures with keeping them out of the house.
However what I didn't count on was the fact that they would take up residence in the garage.
Although, I believe part of that problem is the apartment complex that leans their garbage up against my garage. Which means all the little mousies get to have a field day.

So when I noticed the prescence of mice a few of weeks ago, I went to the hardware store and purchased a couple of humane "rodents will avoid areas with these painful sonic wave" thingies. At first I didn't want to kill them, really. I didn't want to set and clean out traps either. I just wanted them to leave and go find another home. So the sonic wave thingies worked on the front part of the garage but not the back part.

Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago when one of them peeked his head out over the wall to see what I was doing. That was it, no more humane treatment of animals. I bought some rat poison and put those suckers in the garage.

I finally got my first dead one today.
Victory Dance!
And RTL is the one who found it and freaked out. (evil hee hee)

I will prevail!!!!
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I finished filling the plant bin. Woo Hoo!
I feel like I've accomplished a lot so far this week and it's only Tuesday.
This week's scores in Battle of the Yard.
Creepy crawling/buzzing flying things - 0
Spiders - 0
Juniper - 3
Grass - 1
Weedeater - 1
Dana - 27
Flying debris, dust and other miscellaneous plant material - 102

Clearly this is unscientific and based solely on my own biased opinion. But I feel a win.

Despite what I've accomplished I didn't get a nap, never figured out what's for dinner and I'm starving.
Woe is me.
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Maybe hate is too strong of a word. I'd like to sit by the pool all day (if I had a pool) and sip some exotic drink with an umbrella while the cabana boy feeds me bon bons and fans me and the gardener makes my lawn pretty and rips out mean nasty juniper hedges. Thank goodness for daydreams.

It's not the work though that bothers me. I actually kind of enjoy that part. It's the creepy crawly things, specifically the spiders.
That sounds too girly.
I know that most creepy crawly things have a purpose. I like the fact that ladybugs devour aphids and bees make honey and spiders make beautiful webs. However, I don't want to play with the bees or the spiders. Add to that the fact that I have a spider bite from October that is still healing, the spiders can go find somewhere else to play.
So not so girly at all, I've got good reason to avoid things with more than 4 legs. And no I won't play with a spider who is missing 4 legs.

So I'm stuck outside with the long sleeves, long pants, gloves, and socks. Yuck! And it's hot today. I have half of my plant debris cart left to fill and I still can't really tell that I've made a dent in the juniper. Truck and chains are sounding really good about now.
I did look to rent a chipper because I thought that I could grind the juniper and spiders up and use it as mulch. But no one rents chippers because apparently they are cheap to buy. But I don't want to buy something that I won't need after I'm done. Of course my other option is to get a dumpster from the city, but I don't want to pay for that either when I can work at my leisure and have the city pick it up every other week as part of my garbage fees. slow but steady like the tortoise.

On the very happy side, our friend GM is sending a prolific tomato plant home with RTL today. Apparently his mom planted tomatoes and they were quite prolific in her garden so she donated to GM which in turn benefits my tomato tooth because he has too many tomatoes to handle. Happy Happy Happiness. I think my dog will be happy as well. Now I've got to find a good place so Dexter doesn't devour the tomatoes off the vine.

Contemplating - a nap and what to cook for supper
Ready for RTL to come home so we can watch the rest of the 4400 and Hell's Kitchen.
Back to fighting the evil juniper.

Dont' forget to call the vet.


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