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By beckysdad on Jul 4, 2015 at 11:45 AM

I did step away from the Giants game. I couldn't take any more. Our offense seems to have deserted us again. But it's not all bad news. Both Cain and Peavey came back from the DL this week and pitched well. That's encouraging at least. I'd be glad Dallas is taking the weekend off. You'd have to deal with her on some level if she didn't. A few more days of peace should be cherished.

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By beckysdad on Jul 4, 2015 at 9:41 AM

So we've got our ace on the mound this morning and he started the game thusly: 1st pitch - homer - second pitch - double - third hitter-homer fourth hitter - single... 3-0 after 1st inning. This was not an auspicious start to the day. I can see the calming influence of a kitteh. That's a real plus that ll your cats have been affectionate. Purring little furmonsters on your lap or chest would be very nice.

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By beckysdad on Jul 4, 2015 at 5:46 AM

You really have to admire a cat's ability to organize their lives...eat, sleep, poop, play and a bit of affection... all have their time and place...and there's really no room for anything else. They make no excuses for that. I still find myself a committed goggie guy because they dial up the affection requirement, add in a desire to be of service and bring a cheerful attitude to everything. They are higher maintenance though. Some cats can ramp up the affection and even come close to a cheerful attitude (perhaps I'm being generous there) but they'd all choke on the notion of service. But I also recognize I've only lived with a cat a few years in my life and I was far from open minded at the time. Add in the fact that so many people I care for and respect are devoted kitteh persons I'll grant the likelihood that I've just not had the right cat break through my somewhat rigid perceptions. I don't know if it would be because of or in spite of all the characteristics I listed that a cat could win me over. I'm just skeptical that there's one that would have a desire to try. Ask me how I got off on this monologue and I'll be at a loss to tell you...but there it is. Enjoy your soggy Saturday. I'll have a hot one in San Ramon and be desperate to get home to be with Becky the whole time.

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By beckysdad on Jul 3, 2015 at 12:21 PM

I would definitely be digging a rain storm like that. It's been sooo long. Maybe this will be the winter it comes back... I've let the back lawn go brown. The front lawn I keep alive but nothing more. Has Elf awoken from his nap? I should say that current nap as it's probably one long nap broken up with short interludes of waking. I napped hard this morning. I did a small woodworking project as soon as we got back from our walk and then sat down in the study after breakfast and zzzzzz. This wasn't a twenty minute nap like my usual ones. I was out for over an hour. I feel pretty good. I woke up just in time for lunch...kinda like a cat, I suppose.

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By 2katmom on Jul 3, 2015 at 11:01 AM

Thank you -- i know you had a scare with Elf- - so glad you had happier news. DaVinci is 13, so I'll hope for the best, but so far even warm chicken that I'd eat is just getting a sniff. I know the doctor did say that it might take 24 hrs or so for the steriod to kick in. At the moment i'm just trying to give DaVinci some space from his little annoying brother to chill and rest. Thanks for the support though.

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By beckysdad on Jul 3, 2015 at 8:28 AM

Well at least you won't ever feel guilty for not periodically spoiling Elf with some tuna now. Is he back to eating his regular food now? That reminds me of a situation in my Hornblower novels. At one point he's been dispatched on a mission in the Pacific. He's to replenish his supplies when he gets to the western coast of South America. Due to some combat and weather they're not able to replenish right away and as they repair the ship in a small bay the crew is forced to forage for some supplies. They have access to virtually unlimited supplies of exotic fresh fruit but the crew gets all grumbly they don't have their usual rations of hardtack and boiled salted beef. Enjoy that tuna salad!

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By beckysdad on Jul 3, 2015 at 5:42 AM

The loud banging noises probably had some appeal when I was a young man but anymore it's lost on me as well. Last night there were only a few and they were done by ten. I fear it will start tonight with abandon. I'll have to keep the house closed up. Is Elf looking any more frisky this morning? I hope you're to the point where you can relax now. Our budget must be getting better in San Jose. Our libraries are all back to a 6 day schedule with the main library being open seven. It's been a two group system with each group being open a different four day schedule. I was obviously able to work around it as there are branches from each group nearby bit as a symbol of fiscal health it's encouraging to have a six day schedule again.

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By beckysdad on Jul 2, 2015 at 5:43 PM

If somehow weather would prevent the firecrackers and M80s but allow for some bursts of color in the sky then Ma Nature would be very welcome. I hope it's not stormy enough to frighten Elf. We'll be getting together on Saturday out at my brother's place. I'll run the folks out there but leave right after dinner so I can get home to Becky before there are too many explosions. If we can just get through the next week... I got a call from Mom saying that Dad did a great job with the sanding and it all looks very nice. He's already put a coat of stain on it so they'll be able to give it to Mike to give to his in-laws on Saturday.

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By beckysdad on Jul 2, 2015 at 2:02 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18caPNisP2U The Sox have had a Series victory since then so the edge has been taken off that loss but still...

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By Sylviag on Jul 2, 2015 at 8:56 AM

My Lucy LuLu warches me clean all the litter boxes in the morning and then promptly takes a dump and looks at me the whole time while she is doing it with a big s**t eating grin on her face. We are just their humble servants. Just a little time this am as we are getting ready to go camping. Be back Mon - no more long disappearances :) Have a good 4th.

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By beckysdad on Jul 2, 2015 at 8:04 AM

When you're a pet owner, poop is an important thing. I've not been put off by the poop discussions at all. What made me chuckle wasn't your delight at finding a poop but rather your disappointment that you didn't get to watch! LOLI understand that too though. I would think that it would be more telling to watch the next one though. That there was some straining involved with this one wouldn't surprise or concern me. If he strained at the next one I'd take notice. Yeah, it's sad about Dad but a,ll things considered things are still pretty good and we've been very very blessed for a long time so complaining too much now wouldn't seem right. I hope Bassett can develop a sense of humor about that situation in time because that's going to be replayed a bunch in the coming years. I wonder if Bill Buckner has reached out to her yet...although he may still be in hiding.

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By beckysdad on Jul 2, 2015 at 5:04 AM

That sucks about Elf. I hope the vet has another trick up his sleeve that will turn this around. There was just one number in that scroll saw work that I wish I could do over. That's really not an option though. Dad asked me to take him out to the garage after dinner to line him out on steps for the rest of the project. That's just so sad as he always did such good work. It's one thing to have the skills themselves deteriorate over time. The loss of the mental ability to reason through the next steps is really devastating. On the plus side, both he and Mom remain very happy and able to function on their own. His world is just getting smaller. Wasn't that heartbreaking for England? Nobody should have to deal with a circumstance so cruel. Now we get a rematch against Japan. This should be fun.

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By Sylviag on Jul 1, 2015 at 9:29 PM

Oh sure, I dropped out right before your birthday :) An all purpose apology card to all the friends' birthdays I missed :) I'll make up for it next year http://cheezburger.com/8525841152.

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By beckysdad on Jul 1, 2015 at 9:15 PM

It turned out to be a very productive day. I finished the actual scroll sawing...turned out pretty well, too. Since Dad had some trouble earlier we had to cut off the bottom end of the plaque that had the names and wedding dates on there. I'd used another piece of wood to make another go of the name and wedding date so our final act today was to drill some holes and pop some dowels and wood glue in there to attach my work to Dad's. He'll have some sanding to do before he gets to stain it but I think we'll be okay and quite likely deliver it on Saturday. I hope you and Elf had a good night and will have more energy to face the day. Did you see the report on how England lost their semi-final game to Japan? OMG...painful.

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By beckysdad on Jul 1, 2015 at 12:32 PM

It wasn't worthy of more than a groan and perhaps not even that. Only a doubling of the cost from the glass guys? Geez, that seems reasonable. How long do you have to wait for the second guys? The utility dance was a hassle as it's tough to get all the info together to compare side by side. So much programming is available over the web now that I wouldn't be surprised that by next year I'm ready to dump cable tv and go strictly web with a HD antennae. It doesn't look like the nap is going to materialize. There's too much to do in Sunnyvale. I hope Elf has taken a good healthy one and is feeling feisty again.

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By furrgetmenot on Jul 1, 2015 at 10:35 AM

Ohai, and Fankies!! http://cheezburger.com/8524978944

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By beckysdad on Jul 1, 2015 at 9:14 AM

Praying for poop...That makes a world of difference to one's demeanor...the less I poop demeanor I get, right? C'mon tuna oil! That situation with the glass guy has to be frustrating. I spent the morning fighting with AT&T over my cable and internet bill. My deal expired a week ago and they were going to charge me $90 a month more. What a hassle to renegotiate. But it's done for another year. I hope you get your nap. I'll be off to see the folks and I'll have two weeks of to-do list items plus the scrollsaw project to finish. I think I'd like a nap too.

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By beckysdad on Jul 1, 2015 at 5:08 AM

It could have been a beautiful thing but the Giants just couldn't come through. Ah, well...in the scheme of things the women's victory was far more important than one game against the Marlins. The steak softened the blow considerably. So Elf's delicate palate remains unsullied. So long as you can employ the old goo on the paw method to get him his potassium then giving in on the food thing is probably okay. I suspect there's a good nap in your future after getting such an early start to your day. Okay, it was really more of a night interrupted than a day springing forth early. At least it gave you extra time to appreciate seeing Elf being perky.

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By cataff on Jun 30, 2015 at 9:34 PM

I'm sorry Cleo is the only cat you've had go so peacefully. Thank you for the good wishes for my cats when their time comes. That would make me feel better if they could go peacefully. I don't understand why Patterson stays so popular, and I hope the screenwriters have improved the story for ZOO.

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By beckysdad on Jun 30, 2015 at 6:12 PM

The ladies came through 2-0. I'm glad they got the second one because they got a couple of breaks early on that could have made a victory suspect. The second goal was exciting and solid. We outplayed them but we caught some real breaks too. Now, can we get the Giants to come through...

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