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And I got more long-overdue yardwork done. So nice to be able to get into an area and just tear everything apart! LOL 

My brother loaded up the pickup with an old brush pile Saturday and I got that hauled out. I really needed to get that out of there because it was where I'm going to have to park the truck this winter. Has a very nice lot of compost there now, which has to be dug out and stashed elsewhere until we put it into the gardens next spring. I started digging it out today, but then found that A) there's sugar sand underneath it (which means it should go into the rose gardens in particular, to provide better drainage in the clay soil) and B) the old cement foundation (used to be a lean-to there) goes down almost 9 inches. So emailed my bro and we decided to dig out the whole thing down to the bottom of the foundation, put in a special kind of cloth over the subsoil and then fill it with gravel. Now, bear in mind, the area we're talking about is approximately 8 feet wide and 14 feet long. And the compost is 2-3" deep above the top of the foundation. In other words - that's a hell of a lot of digging to do! But I'm going to work on it a little bit each day and he'll help over the weekend. We've got 2-3 weeks before it *has* to be done (winter parking restrictions and snow) so we should have time. Hopefully our backs will hold up!

Also tore apart a garden in front of the house. The gal that took care of my mom had put the garden in (which was pretty) but she used old tree stumps for a border and they were rotting out. Most came out fairly easily, but there was one about 5 feet long and not quite 2 feet wide - wasn't quite as rotted as the others and it was damn heavy! But all of that's in the pickup now and the garden itself is cut down and mowed. Tomorrow I have to mow the lawn again as we got a ton more leaves dropped over the weekend. I mow, dump the bag onto a tarp and then when the tarp is 'full', drag it back to the post heap and dump it. It seems like a lot of work but it's a lot easier and neater than raking...

Got some more notes typed up for my book. I keep thinking up various scenes for it and then have to figure out how different things work, or what agencies do what, etc etc. Not sure how many will actually get into the story, but I have the info if I need them. And it's strange - I have one character that I was going to name Sam but damn if he insists his name is David! As I'm typing up my notes I keep typing David instead of Sam and then have to go and change it... I'm thinking I'm just going to have to give in and let the man be David!

On another note, Muffy's getting weaker every day. She's so thin now we have to make sure the cushions on the couch are tucked in tightly or she slides right in between them and then can't get out. It's like picking up a pillowcase. Sleeps all the time except to go outside or when I wake her up to eat. Tonight she slept in my arms for almost an hour while I was working at the computer. She's not in pain or anything (I'd have her put down if I saw that). I keep watching her to see if she's still breathing; I almost hate to come home in the morning because I don't know if she'll still be there...

Fang and Petey are doing okay, thank God. Fang is now a whopping 4 pounds. Chest to butt not quite a foot long. Don't think she's going to get any bigger - she's well over a year old now. Petey still has trouble getting up and down steps and he doesn't stand on his hind legs to beg any more, but otherwise he's cool. He's almost 11 now.

Anyhoo... life goes on. Or so they say...
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And I got more long-overdue yardwork done. So nice to be able to get into an area and just tear everything apart! LOL 

My brother loaded up the pickup with an old brush pile Saturday and I got that hauled out. I really needed to get that out of there because it was where I'm going to have to park the truck this winter. Has a very nice lot of compost there now, which has to be dug out and stashed elsewhere until we put it into the gardens next spring. I started digging it out today, but then found that A) there's sugar sand underneath it (which means it should go into the rose gardens in particular, to provide better drainage in the clay soil) and B) the old cement foundation (used to be a lean-to there) goes down almost 9 inches. So emailed my bro and we decided to dig out the whole thing down to the bottom of the foundation, put in a special kind of cloth over the subsoil and then fill it with gravel. Now, bear in mind, the area we're talking about is approximately 8 feet wide and 14 feet long. And the compost is 2-3" deep above the top of the foundation. In other words - that's a hell of a lot of digging to do! But I'm going to work on it a little bit each day and he'll help over the weekend. We've got 2-3 weeks before it *has* to be done (winter parking restrictions and snow) so we should have time. Hopefully our backs will hold up!

Also tore apart a garden in front of the house. The gal that took care of my mom had put the garden in (which was pretty) but she used old tree stumps for a border and they were rotting out. Most came out fairly easily, but there was one about 5 feet long and not quite 2 feet wide - wasn't quite as rotted as the others and it was damn heavy! But all of that's in the pickup now and the garden itself is cut down and mowed. Tomorrow I have to mow the lawn again as we got a ton more leaves dropped over the weekend. I mow, dump the bag onto a tarp and then when the tarp is 'full', drag it back to the post heap and dump it. It seems like a lot of work but it's a lot easier and neater than raking...

Got some more notes typed up for my book. I keep thinking up various scenes for it and then have to figure out how different things work, or what agencies do what, etc etc. Not sure how many will actually get into the story, but I have the info if I need them. And it's strange - I have one character that I was going to name Sam but damn if he insists his name is David! As I'm typing up my notes I keep typing David instead of Sam and then have to go and change it... I'm thinking I'm just going to have to give in and let the man be David!

On another note, Muffy's getting weaker every day. She's so thin now we have to make sure the cushions on the couch are tucked in tightly or she slides right in between them and then can't get out. It's like picking up a pillowcase. Sleeps all the time except to go outside or when I wake her up to eat. Tonight she slept in my arms for almost an hour while I was working at the computer. She's not in pain or anything (I'd have her put down if I saw that). I keep watching her to see if she's still breathing; I almost hate to come home in the morning because I don't know if she'll still be there...

Fang and Petey are doing okay, thank God. Fang is now a whopping 4 pounds. Chest to butt not quite a foot long. Don't think she's going to get any bigger - she's well over a year old now. Petey still has trouble getting up and down steps and he doesn't stand on his hind legs to beg any more, but otherwise he's cool. He's almost 11 now.

Anyhoo... life goes on. Or so they say...
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One more night of work - I traded days with one of the guys because he had a party to go to, so this will be the fourth in a row. Yuck! I am soooo glad I didn't put in for full time work - I like working no more than two days in a row! This guy mentioned that one of the gals I work with was looking for someone to trade with later in October - but that would mean working five days in a row - NO WAY! Okay, I admit it - I'm spoiled! LOL I think it would be different if the work day wasn't so long. 10-1/2 hours (commute, lunch, actual work) is just too much. I have way too much stuff to do at home and I'm too wiped out without a day or two break.

Anyway - slept too late yesterday to call the store in town, so that's on Monday's list To Do. As well as getting the application for the local grocery store. It's like planning on doing my grocery shopping after work - good intentions but by the time the work day is over, I just want to go home and sleep! But it only takes maybe half an hour to fill out the app and get to the library for a printout of my resume, so not like it's going to take days to get it accomplished.

My brother didn't come down this weekend - after looking at the road closings and detours (due to flooding) he decided it wasn't worth an extra hour (or more) driving time, esp since the weather was going to be crappy yet (so no chance of doing yard work). One town was under water Wednesday night (our WalMart had already trucked in almost $2000 worth of toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, and other hygiene products to all the people sheltered at the high school) and the town was still closed this morning to everyone except actual residents. I am soooo glad I live on a high hill. I can't imagine living through that and trying to clean up and pick up the pieces afterward. I helped with cleanup years ago when Rochester got flooded (similar situation - 8" of rain in less than 24 hours) and oh man... it's just unbelievable.

Muffy's still hanging in there - some days I swear I'm going to check on her and find she's gone; other days she acts like she's still a pup. What a roller-coaster... (She just rolled off the couch - again - so had to give her some loving up, poor baby...)

Sooo - housecleaning this week, as my son is coming home Thursday for his 10 year class reunion. It's a big deal - first graduating class of the new high school, class of 2000, yada yada yada. Huge parade even. He's getting a rental car so he can stay at home and just drive up to the city for the festivities - I told him I was fine with that as long as he wasn't going to be drinking. Which he isn't. He doesn't drink much at all - an occasional glass of wine with a meal but that's about it. Which makes me happy overall. But it'll be good to see him again, even if I won't see that much of him until Sunday.

My brother won't be down next weekend either - other than bringing John down from the airport and then taking him back again on Sunday. He's got a photograph in an exhibition!!! He's been into large format photography for a couple years now, and his work is finally starting to pay off. I'm so proud of him. :D But he has to attend the exhibition for a while, of course, and then he and a couple photographer buddies are going to a couple other exhibitions (and this was planned before we knew when John was coming home) so he just can't come down.

Okay - about time to hit the rack before work - then tomorrow I've got a couple crits to get done (Sorry for the delay, Billy!) before I get started on the drudge house work... Busy week ahead!
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One more night of work - I traded days with one of the guys because he had a party to go to, so this will be the fourth in a row. Yuck! I am soooo glad I didn't put in for full time work - I like working no more than two days in a row! This guy mentioned that one of the gals I work with was looking for someone to trade with later in October - but that would mean working five days in a row - NO WAY! Okay, I admit it - I'm spoiled! LOL I think it would be different if the work day wasn't so long. 10-1/2 hours (commute, lunch, actual work) is just too much. I have way too much stuff to do at home and I'm too wiped out without a day or two break.

Anyway - slept too late yesterday to call the store in town, so that's on Monday's list To Do. As well as getting the application for the local grocery store. It's like planning on doing my grocery shopping after work - good intentions but by the time the work day is over, I just want to go home and sleep! But it only takes maybe half an hour to fill out the app and get to the library for a printout of my resume, so not like it's going to take days to get it accomplished.

My brother didn't come down this weekend - after looking at the road closings and detours (due to flooding) he decided it wasn't worth an extra hour (or more) driving time, esp since the weather was going to be crappy yet (so no chance of doing yard work). One town was under water Wednesday night (our WalMart had already trucked in almost $2000 worth of toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, and other hygiene products to all the people sheltered at the high school) and the town was still closed this morning to everyone except actual residents. I am soooo glad I live on a high hill. I can't imagine living through that and trying to clean up and pick up the pieces afterward. I helped with cleanup years ago when Rochester got flooded (similar situation - 8" of rain in less than 24 hours) and oh man... it's just unbelievable.

Muffy's still hanging in there - some days I swear I'm going to check on her and find she's gone; other days she acts like she's still a pup. What a roller-coaster... (She just rolled off the couch - again - so had to give her some loving up, poor baby...)

Sooo - housecleaning this week, as my son is coming home Thursday for his 10 year class reunion. It's a big deal - first graduating class of the new high school, class of 2000, yada yada yada. Huge parade even. He's getting a rental car so he can stay at home and just drive up to the city for the festivities - I told him I was fine with that as long as he wasn't going to be drinking. Which he isn't. He doesn't drink much at all - an occasional glass of wine with a meal but that's about it. Which makes me happy overall. But it'll be good to see him again, even if I won't see that much of him until Sunday.

My brother won't be down next weekend either - other than bringing John down from the airport and then taking him back again on Sunday. He's got a photograph in an exhibition!!! He's been into large format photography for a couple years now, and his work is finally starting to pay off. I'm so proud of him. :D But he has to attend the exhibition for a while, of course, and then he and a couple photographer buddies are going to a couple other exhibitions (and this was planned before we knew when John was coming home) so he just can't come down.

Okay - about time to hit the rack before work - then tomorrow I've got a couple crits to get done (Sorry for the delay, Billy!) before I get started on the drudge house work... Busy week ahead!

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