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By buyerbware on Jan 24, 2015 at 12:32 PM

Old Boss Boi is or was like no other cat I've ever seen. Nothing made him move except fireworks! His hearing was fine, but you'd think he would have to be deaf to tolerate a revving motorcycle engine, a weed-whacker, etc., but so help me, I never saw him move from any noise except fireworks (which Mrs. Buyer reported and the police stopped after someone set off a 16-ft chrysanthemum over our roof). His mother was always with him until she died, and ever after in the colony, there was always one cat who seemed to have the responsibility of being his best friend and constant companion. Two neuters had this position, and they're both gone, so a very sweet long-haired blue cat was his most recent best friend. I don't think he would ever consider leaving her for anything but a lifetime of gushyfudz, which, for all I know, he might have. Cats have all kinds of ways of surprising us, even though I always thought him way too territorial to leave the colony. I guess I'll know in Spring. Pump up the soap and turn down the volume! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6wOcXQ1ALQ

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By Sylviag on Jan 22, 2015 at 8:20 PM

You should send the clean-up bill to BIL :) Gives Chuck a few more months to get it all squared away. Are there a lot of furnishings and other stufff in the house that need to be dealt with too? Have you scouted out a real estate agent you might want to go with? I finaly thought I would look up the oak leaf issue and here is what I found http://northernwoodlands.org/articles/article/why-do-some-leaves-persist-on-beech-and-oak-trees-well-into-winter The theory is that oak and beech are somewhere inbetween evergreens and normal deciduous and are still possibly evolving to become like all the other deciduous and drop their leaves in fall. Don't think they will eveole in your lifetime though so keep that rake handy LOL It ws a s shock but I am glad we at least know I've had many friends who just stop coming (like kingjasper) which leaves one wondering what happened and hoping it was nothing bad.

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By beckysdad on Jan 22, 2015 at 7:45 AM

The spare boots become very handy when you get killed. That doesn't mean the game is over. You wake up in the bed you last slept in but everything you had in your possession when you died is gone. Having extra armor, weapons and tools stashed in a chest in your dwellings makes life much easier. I got killed a number of times pre-armor and then was okay for a long while. I was exploring a cavern yesterday that had many dark areas that breed lots of nasties. I was set upon by six zombies at once...let's just day the spare armor came in handy when I woke up. So Chuck will be doing his part for the economy when it comes to all the debris at FILs...wise man.If BIL was still around you could just add him to the list of things you'd like hauled away.

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By Sylviag on Jan 22, 2015 at 6:09 AM

Mornin' ED about the kitchen. I cetainly understand needing a break from all that just for a bit. Hope Chuck can get someone to clean up the debris at a reasonable price. Once that is all gone, it will be easier to tackle the rest either himself or by a contractor. Oh gads yes, oak leaves hang on to their leaves forever. We had them all ovr out disc golf course in WA. Intresting that they do that and I wonder why they are programmed tht way. Come Spring w will have dratte pine needles to rake up again But they ahve a 2 week free dump for those every yer so we will wait until then. I;ve had that jewelry forever also since aunties gave me some when they were alive and just now atually looked at them :) We have a run of nice days and temps in the low 50s during the day through at least Tues but what everyone really wants and needs is snow. Get all you errands done yesterday? I'm feeling all broke what with the Honda 30k service and Bryan's teeth :)

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By beckysdad on Jan 21, 2015 at 9:22 PM

The boots are made and spares as well. I ran across some Youtube videos of environments that people have built in Minecraft and it kinda blew my mind. I'm going to have fun with this over time. What a drag that Chuck has to spend so much time cleaning up right now. It will make it that much more rewarding when he gets to put things back together. Dump runs are no fun. Is it going to be heavy rain tomorrow or just enough to make it miserable to be outside?

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By catmom on Jan 21, 2015 at 1:16 PM

Termite damage was 'pleh' Contacted my builder's office and got the name of their current finish carpenter. He gave me the 'best' bid, most likely because I think the builder uses the same molding profile in all his houses. The molding is scheduled to be installed tomorrow and the painter will start after then finish up on Friday, as long as all goes as scheduled. Paws are crossed here because Kibby and Chessie are confined to the master bed/bath until the repairs are done. They are now officially getting 'cabin fever'!

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By buyerbware on Jan 21, 2015 at 12:17 PM

Well, it's finally warm enough to snow. Year after year, I'd always give up on Old Boss Boi making it through a winter, and in the spring, there he'd be, slow and skinny but calm as could be. Unfortunately, I have not seen him since New Year's, and his best friend always shows up without him. Maybe we lost him this time. He was always (and I mean ALWAYS) first up at feeding time, so maybe he made it to eleven years and no more. There's only one neuter left in the small group if he's gone, a six-year-old black neuter who is the youngest of the colony. It seems strange to me that no other cats have joined the colony in three years; we would occasionally get temporary residents when pets would get lost or barn cats came to our street for more food. Now that there's snow, though, maybe it's good that there are so few cats because that means that there will be no competing at all for shelter. No blizzards this winter so far, and am I ever glad for that! I thought this was funny. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jk5ljG0JU-M&index=71

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By beckysdad on Jan 21, 2015 at 7:39 AM

A site with data on the game is essential. It's not the most intuitive game in the world. It is a lot of fun. I still haven't run across any diamonds, gold or more valuable items like that yet. I did run across some more iron though which has been helpful. Rusty was a perfect gentleman. Having Becky there totally put him at ease. They were pretty cute together. Has Chuck started work on the kitchen? How many lebenty bags of leaves are you up to now?

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By Sylviag on Jan 20, 2015 at 9:02 PM

Well no dropped balls but no 100 either - 92 was the highest score. Got a strike in the first game and a spare in the 2d - woo hoo! But getting a gutter ball in the next frame after the spare killed my chances for 100 ) Not ready for "Bowling for Dollars." My goal is modest and I am sure it will happen. Son said there is still pleny of winter left to go and thus more bowling opportunities. Are all the leaves gone now or is it like a Sisyphs thing - a never ending task? I have always heard of the killer skeeters in A to include form people who have lived there. But they grow eveertying big up there in the summer because of the long days. I have seen pics of cabbage heads over that look like two feet around. Today I deep cleaned the master and some other house puttering like laundry Then got hung up on jewelry. I have a crystal bowl where I keep all kinds of fake sparkly stuff which I've collected for years cuz they are so pretty. Took them all out to clean with a little brush and water as they were so dusty. Then was admiring some things I had gotten from passed elder aunties. And remembered that some of the older costume jewelry have names of the makers on them. Found quite a few pieces and by holding a flashlight under my chin and using a magnifying glass I got the names. Like reading something on a pin head! Looked some of them up and two of the parure sets from one elder auntie likely have some value when I looked at some similar ones for sale online So I sorted them out and put them in a box May take them to vintage jewelry store in Portland when we go there to see what they might value them at. Not sure I want to sell them, but would like to know their worth. So that took hours. You know how starting one thing and then wandering off in another direction goes :) Bryan had spent half the day helping son on a job and then picked me up at 1:30 and we played disc golf for the first time in 2 months I think. We played terrible being so out of practice, but it was a beautiful day so was nice to tramp around the course and get fresh air. Tomorrow Bryan has a dental cleaning appt and will take the Honda for an oil change and I plan to mostly putter around here since I haven't been on much last 3 days.

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By beckysdad on Jan 20, 2015 at 2:11 PM

I have no doubt you've improved with age. I can't imagine that the skeeters left you alone up there though. perhaps your tolerance has waned over time. There's an on-line Wiki for Minecraft that offers explanations for most everything. I would never have come up with throwing the eggs on my own...certainly not in hopes of getting another chicken. It seems to be about ten percent of the time that you get a chicken. I've been running into more zombies lately. Early in the game I was out in the open more so I could keep better track of when the sun was going to go down. Lately I've been mining more and lose track of time. When I come to the surface I often find that it's dark. Zombies usually are lurking outside and come into the mine to attack now that I've shown myself. If you kill them quickly enough it's all good. Some of them explode if you don't kill them quickly. Without armor that would kill you. It does blow a rather impressive crater in the immediate area which can cause problems. We made a new friend on our walk today http://cheezburger.com/8431864576

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By catmom on Jan 20, 2015 at 12:55 PM

Thank you!! Dealing with termite remediation stuff this afternoon. Getting estimates to repair the damage.

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By beckysdad on Jan 20, 2015 at 7:45 AM

I had a worse time with the skeeters in Canada than either time in Alaska but they do grow 'em big up there. Evidently at some point you run into a village where you can trade for carrot seeds. They don't just occur in the wild but I read that sometimes when you kill a zombie they will randomly drop a carrot or a potato. Another interesting thing is that you constantly find chicken eggs from the chickens you run across. And when you "throw" an egg there's a ?% chance that a baby chick appears where it breaks. The only other use I've seen for eggs is that you can bake a cake but that doesn't garner you any huge benefits. It's a fun and quirky game.

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By buyerbware on Jan 20, 2015 at 3:33 AM

Here's some "research" by Friskies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKwvtYZ6xBc

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By beckysdad on Jan 19, 2015 at 5:26 PM

Wet paws don't bother the little girl at all. She's be right at home up in Alaska. So you're not enthused about having an 8-wheeler for a commuter vehicle? Pretty timid... I really am astounded at some of the conditions that people live in up there. Leaving your car parked on a road and taking a quad or an 8-wheeler to get to the house is pretty wild. And bringing in water? Lots of times folks don't even have a well. The land is beautiful but there's a limit to what I'd put up with. So you think this gal might not be in it for the long haul, eh? I just got through watching the Warriors day game. They only won by 42. They're such a fun team. They had a guy play in his first NBA game tonight that they called up from the D league. He got in late in the game but had 11 points, three boards and a blocked shot. When he blocked the shot the bench erupted with the first team guys whooping and hollering and waving towels. Kerr game him the game ball to remember his first game...cool stuff. Turns out you need carrots to lure pigs and I haven't run across those as yet. The sheep were easy to lure with some wheat. They normally just eat grass but it turns out if you feed them wheat you get little sheep. Still no more iron... I think just combining flint with a stick and some feathers gives you arrows in this game. I still haven't made any. I'm just collecting flint at this point.

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By beckysdad on Jan 19, 2015 at 2:52 PM

Castle vs. AFC Championship game wouldn't be any better of a contest than the game was. You made the right call. Nope, none of that yard work is finished...or started. I did fence in a nice area for my sheep and I've been stockpiling flint for arrowheads...in my game. I'm having trouble finding another vein of iron though. That's troublesome. ;^) There's been no rain either but it was kinda drizzly overnight so the pavement was all wet this morning. Does that count?

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By Sylviag on Jan 19, 2015 at 7:46 AM

BFF's son and friends took the light rail downtown Seattle SoDo to sillybrate after the game - was a massive happy dansen party I am sure. Was so glad to hear of no riots, cars overturned, etc., :) Yahm I read an MRI was up today. Oh thanks for the reminder :0 I have dropped it backwards before.

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By beckysdad on Jan 19, 2015 at 7:45 AM

I didn't stick around terribly long in the Indy game. That was a rout from the start. Luck will have his day. He took this group further than anyone expected. Can't you arrange for a nice wind to start right at your property line and blow the leaves down the hill in one direction and away from your house in the other? How hard could that be?

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By Sylviag on Jan 19, 2015 at 6:37 AM

Mornin - still alive and breathing. Was in doubt yesterday LOL Has to be one of the most fantastic and nerve wracking playoff games evah. How we pilled that one off is amazing. We could hardly get a TD and then TD AND a 2 point conversion which is like another freaking TD. We played our whole game in the last half of the 4th. Gotta really credit the defense for keeping us somehow in the game and holding them a lot of FGs. It aint over until the fat lady sings :) Get to keep my avi up another 2 weeks - Yay! So glad we have 2 weeks to heal, especially Richard Sherman. Need that dude healthy. Bowling at 2 today with son and gkids as they have today off.

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By beckysdad on Jan 18, 2015 at 6:25 PM

I'm sure they did think they had it won...they should have won given where they were at. I expect the kittehs are having a ball with the aftermath...what with all the shreddypoms...but during the game they were probably hightailing it for the underside of a bed. All the yelling and screaming could not have been good for their zen. I wonder how many times during commercials Syl and Bryan were repeating...breathe...breathe...breathe...

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By beckysdad on Jan 18, 2015 at 3:48 PM

It's really hard to believe Seattle was able to battle back to win that one. That was a real combination of Seattle winning it and Green Bay losing it. They had plenty of chances to finish them off but just couldn't. I can just picture Syl watching that final quarter.

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