Monday, April 22, 2024

April 22, 2024 Monday--5am

Good morning!

Let's see...Dagan dropped off some groceries on Tuesday...Keanna had to switch to Wednesday...Thursday Leah left for Sioux Falls for work and came home Friday.  Ian was home from school Thursday...and by the weekend McFamily were all sick again with that cold/cough!  Me--wasn't a good week, but I was not sick-sick.  Have been very tired (even taking naps again), not feeling great, and have had a headache for several days.  So, the week flew by.  I never touched the clothes bins full of summer clothes or got near the art table.  Earlier in the week I did get some cooking and baking done and a couple loads of laundry done Saturday.  Wrote some letters and made plans to alter Miss Allie's life some more--lol!  Explanation will follow.  :)

The grackles are here every day.  As soon as I put out any seed they descend and devour every last sunflower seed--lol!

We had some rain...enough to briefly splatter the screen on the patio door where I tried to get a picture of some red-winged blackbirds who came to nibble.
We could have used a good downpour, but only had occasional drizzle.
Was enough to bring a cottontail out during the day to grab a bite.
Most of the week looked like this, though.  Very pretty--blue skies and white clouds.
Allie entertains me every day...
...with her water antics!
You may notice how the drizzle did green up the lawn!!
How do I plan to alter Allie's life?  Well, Blink uses pine pellets in her litter box.  I have been sprinkling some pine pellets in Allie's for quite a while now.  I made the decision to just take the plunge and order a wood pellet type litter box for Miss Allie.  So, instead of merely sprinkling the pellets over her usual littler...
...I dumped some all over the top of it!  She'll have had about half and half for a couple of days.  The new box is supposed to come tomorrow.  So I will set it up and switch her over this coming week.  Fingers crossed!  When I tried to switch Miss Annie over she would have nothing to do with it...period.  Pooped outside the box and wouldn't set foot on those pellets--lol!  But with Allie, I have been adding them to her usual litter for a good while and she has been okay with it.  I was figuring it will be easier to switch her over before the big move than trying to do it afterwards.  The time has come.

You can get a huge bag of pellets from Fleet Farm for like $7.00.  (40 lbs?)  You only have to scoop the poop out.  The pee goes down thru the bottom and ends up on a tray with a kitty pee pad.  Dagan hasn't even been using the pee pads--says it is just kind of like sawdust.  Kind of like a compost toilet for cats--lol!  No more kitty litter all over the place...or litter dust.  Apparently no more smell--well, except for actual poo smell--lol!  I am really hoping this works with Allie, too.  After all, I am going to be the official litter box scooper and cleaner once I move in.  Dagan will haul it out, but I will scoop and empty the bottom drawer with the pee pad.  I do think I will start with the pee pads that come with it and see how that goes.

Anyways, you may recall the cut up hunks of old memory foam pad from my bed (from when I used to be able to sleep in a bed) that I put under the cat beds all these years.  I had always thought I would sew covers for them or something.  I have wrapped them in towels sometimes.  But then it hit me!  I ordered some cheap orange throw pillow covers!  And they fit!
I think Allie even likes them--lol!  And they look SOOOO much better!!
Meanwhile, I am still battling ants.  But they are not really a problem.  They come directly out from under the baseboard and into the ink bottle boxes and back out and under...all day and night.  Especially where they first showed up in the bathroom.  (Next door apartment?)  Every time I hardly see any ants I put a little fresh peanut butter/borax in the box and there is suddenly a conga line of ants again.  They do love their peanut butter.  I wondered why they weren't dead and gone by now.  Googled and it said to use one part peanut butter and two parts borax.  I asked Leah what she had used  and she said she probably used half and half or maybe a little more borax.  That should be good, but she said she'd drop off some more borax this week.  

I have the feeling there may possibly even be more than one ant nest in the walls.  It's fine with me if it takes a long time to get them all because it's a less toxic way.  So many people have cats and small dogs in these buildings.  The ants are so happy being fed they don't even send out scouts like they were doing--(when they couldn't find anything but dry cat food in my apartment)--and Allie has no interest in the boxes.  There are just a few ants coming under the baseboard in the pantry anymore.  I haven't seen them anywhere else.  So, patience, I guess.  

I did get an assortment of pictures from Leah...hundreds actually--lol!  I'm not even sure where all of them are from, but they are Easter and up to the trip to Ohio for the eclipse.  I want to include some for posterity.  Probably more for feel free to scroll down if you would like to. ;)  I love seeing what they have been up to.
Pretty soon they won't fit into these matching sweaters they wear every Easter...
...and they will feel too old to wear bunny ears--ROFL  
Have to appreciate it while it is still fun times to hunt for Easter eggs.  :)

Easter dinner with Leah's brother, Aaron.

Easter egg cake!
Car packed on the way to Ohio.

Dogs love Dagan, too!

I remember when Dagan and I petted rays swimming by in Florida long ago.

Looks like a lorikeet came over to visit Liam at an aviary somewhere.

When you see dinosaur skeletons...another science museum, I assume.

A surprise from housekeeping!  A towel folded to look like a pair of swans on the bed at a hotel.

Ian--his towel creation--and a note for the housekeeping staff.
The note says..."Thanks for the swans.  Do you like my cute little elephant?  Ian" cursive!!  That makes Gramma so very happy!

Anyways, that's a smattering of what they've been up to.  They're all sick again now.  I am still in very low gear, but not sick-sick.  Allie is parked in the chair next to me at the table.  Grackles are squawking on the patio.  Have the door open because it's 65 degrees right now...supposed to be close to 70 tomorrow.  

The main project this week is that I need to pull all the dead flowers out of the planters.  This coming weekend we are tentatively planning on Leah bringing over a hose so we can really clean down the patio and the planter that we can put them up for sale.  Once the patio is all cleaned off, no more seed for the critters until the planter boxes are sold and gone. 

Other than that, it will all depend on how I am feeling.  Hopefully will have more energy and be less achy.  Regardless, I know Allie and I will have an adventure with her potty changes that are coming--lol!   I hope McFamily will all be feeling better.  Hope you all are doing well, too.  
Until next time... :) :)

Monday, April 15, 2024

April 15, 2024 Monday--5am

Good morning!

It didn't take long to discover what Allie was doing with her water dish--ROFL!!

I secretly grabbed a short video so you can see for yourselves.  She cracks me up!
Silly cat!  But she does remind me to love what you love and appreciate the little things in life. ;)

This is what I saw of the eclipse--lol!  It was like this all day and I didn't even notice it getting any darker.
Dagan and Leah and the boys were in Ada, Ohio and got to watch a 100% eclipse! 
They sent me pictures as it happened. :)

The two partridges may have thought it was dusk and time to eat? lol!
Not really.  They often come during the day when it is very overcast.

Funny story.  I looked all over on Amazon to find some size A7 dividers that weren't just black, white, or clear.  Finally found this set of aqua ones--AND they came in a set of 12 so I could use them for the months in my budget binder.  They kept getting delayed for delivery.  On Monday I got an email that Amazon had reimbursed me for the dividers and they wouldn't be coming.  Well, I needed more than just the 12 regardless--so I gathered up some cardstock pads with scrapbooking size sheets that I knew I wouldn't use for cards (because they have borders all the way around)...and proceeded to trim pieces down to size.  (On the right side of the picture.)

I was down to trimming the last two when who should arrive but the nice UPS man...with the aqua dividers!  LOL!  (Left side above.)  

Anyways, I decided I was going to finish making the cardstock dividers...but discovered I didn't have an A7 paper punch.  So I ordered one from Amazon.  In the meantime, I put together the budget binder.  One down!  One to go!
Made up one of my project trays for finishing off the other one when the punch came.  (Punch is up in the right hand corner.)
With the punch delivered a couple days later, I could finish constructing the dividers.  Added tags on the sides.
Dividers done!
Even used one of the cardstock ones in the front of the budget binder, too.
That meant that next I needed to go through all those booklets that were inside of the traveler's style covers to reorganize and recopy everything I needed to transfer.  This was taking a few days, of course.  Allie decided she wanted to sit by me for a couple of those days--lol!
Even if it was boring--lol!
A girl can change her mind. ;)

Finally finished!  Whoohoo!  All five of the binders I had wanted to downsize or transfer into a binder...done!
We've had some crazy warm days.  78 on Saturday.  70 on Sunday. 
The grackles get upset when the partridges come because they are intimidated by their size but annoyed that they are there at all.  They much prefer being the bosses of all the small birds--lol!

I celebrated being done with the binders (after resting my aching body for a couple days) by playing around in the art journal some more.  Nothing exciting.  Just doodling around the blob flowers--but doing more scribbling this time with pens (drawing and Posca).
I think next time I am going to do some abstract painting, mark making, and doodling.  I feel so out of my comfort zone doing any art at all.  Been sooo long.  But it is fun to be trying out some new bigger brushes and just playing about.

Meanwhile, not much has changed here.  Every time I think the ants are gone I refresh the peanut butter and more come to eat.  They aren't wandering about the apartment or anything...just coming out from under the baseboards in the bathroom and pantry--they go directly into the ink bottle boxes and back under the baseboards.  I may be getting rid of ants from all over the building--lol!  Who knows?

Allie spends time every day happily playing in her water dish (and secretly entertaining me greatly).
Santa is still sitting outside the apartment next door in mid-April.
Yesterday McFamily came by briefly.  Dagan took out my trash so he could use the cart to haul in my summer clothes bins from the garage and to take out a big donation bag to the garage.  
Once again I will be purging a bit more as I switch the winter and summer clothes.  Will have another bag of donations, I hope.  I can stand and focus longer--can even try some things on this time--tada!  Feeling more human most of the time.  

Anyways, that is what I will be up to this week.  Plus hope to spend some time playing in my art journal...and possibly planning out some cards to make.  Been catching up on letters.  Need to catch up on emails, too.  The days just fly by so quickly...whether good days or bad days with my body--they are all good days.  Have a really good week!  
Till next time...  :) :)