Gone to the Dogs

September 13, 2014

Uno

Happy Birthday, Lissa, and just let it all hang out today — sort of like Uno here, just kicking back on the nice cool tile…

We’re officially in the new house — spent the first night here last night. It’s still kinda empty, but I have a desk (partial – I haven’t put it together), computer, internet hookup, table and chairs and a bed to sleep on. And an ADT security system for when we’re away (while we’re here, the dogs are my alarm.)

Speaking of dogs, look what Grover did to his new toy — took off the right eye the very first day, just to make it match…

Grover

Those two are thick as thieves (Grover and Uno, not Grover and the stuffed flea) these days, enjoying their new yard. Hope you’re having a happy birthday, Lissa — what am I saying, of course you are! Probably having a big party in your new tiki hut. Okay, I’m going to fix myself a martini…

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Thanks Peewee

This was a very low key birthday year!  Quiet dinner with good friends.  No Freaky Tiki action yet.  Sigh….

lis

Wonder Peewee!

September 8, 2014

WonderPeewee

Well, I finally got Lissa’s cast-off furniture back up to my new house, and I can’t believe I did it!

I got up at 4 am Saturday morning and packed a bunch of chow and hit the road. Nearly 7 hours to Homestead, taking the back roads to avoid tolls – can’t afford to have Sunpass kicking in and debiting money from my account suddenly… I made it to Homestead by 11:30 and rented a 14 foot van from UHaul. Then the fun began.

All of the furniture had been carefully shoehorned into a 5 x 8 storage closet (stacked 10 feet high), and lastly, Lissa’s ten-ton king-size mattress had been jammed in by three strong men. How was I going to get all that stuff out of there and into my truck all by myself?

Once I managed to tug, pull, push and wedge that rotten mattress out of the way, I thought, well maybe I CAN do this…

I left the monster mattress in the hallway and started on the rest of the stuff. Next was a heavy solid ironwood dresser, stacked on top of another heavy solid ironwood dresser. Somehow I muscled it down onto the dolly – thankfully a heavy duty, commercial airport-style dolly, and wheeled it out to the truck. From the dolly I dragged it up the ramp, lifted it one edge at a time over the edge of the truck and shoved it to the back.

I had both dressers loaded when someone showed me how to raise the ramp so that I could actually just push the dolly all the way up into the truck. Duh! Okay, no one ever said Wonder Woman was smart…

Three-quarters of tbe way through I conned two nice gentlemen into helping me with the mattress, and then I knew I had it. So it only took me two hours and a gallon of sweat. Then I spent another 30 minutes getting the car trailer hitched up and the car loaded, and back on the road I went. Another 7 hours later I was back home, and bouncing off the walls from the extra strength 5-hour energy drink I bought to keep me from dozing off at the wheel.

Driving a big-ass truck with a car in tow turned out to be easy. I just drove sedately, made wide turns and only stopped for gas once. Thank heaven it had a radio and killer air conditioning.

Thank you Uhaul – I was worried about running out of money for gas if my calculations were incorrect. The truck was supposed to get 10 mpg, but I wasn’t sure what it would get with the car in tow. So I asked the guy if they had a veteran’s discount, which they didn’t, but he very sweetly found me other discounts so that my money fears were assuaged. Very, very helpful folks there…

Still, all in all, I think I have over a thousand bucks invested in this furniture. Probably coulda got a better deal on some used furniture locally. Hmmm…. And that mattress is kinda gross, having been slept on by a pack of dogs for who knows how many years. Still, for $79 I can get a lovely memory foam “topper” from Overstock.com and it’ll be like a whole new mattress. (I don’t have $79 right now, but that’s beside the point).

First I need to get some sandpaper and a whole butt-load of polyurethane finish, so I can fix all the areas of the bed frame that the dogs chewed on.

Thanks for the furniture, Lissa!

The Cheeky Tiki!

September 7, 2014

Well Peewee,
It’s done We have a new Tiki Hut. Prime for parties and just relaxing on the water. Next comes the fence to contain the inmates. You know ‘The Felonius Four’ my furry terrorists.

Deposits, Deposits, Deposits!

August 25, 2014

Aye Chihuahua!

Well Lissa, I guess I won’t be moving into my new house this weekend after all.  Everybody wants money.  Security deposit.  Pet deposit.  Okay, those I expected, but then I had to pay $230 to the rotten electric company — as a security deposit.  This is not towards my first month’s bill, this is money they’re just going to KEEP for however long I live there.  Then the water/solid waste wants another $150, and I haven’t even called the cable company yet.  I’m afraid to.

So there went my moving money.  No furniture, no move.  Just as well; it’s going to take the extra week or so to get the place ship shape.  New tile, but old, nasty cabinets that need to be cleaned and painted inside.  Nasty stain on the porch wall where somebody got too close with a hibachi.  Hopefully some pressure washing will take that off.  Then I’ll paint the porch railing, porch and driveway, do some weeding.  They didn’t even mow — and since I don’t have a mower yet I’ll have to shell out some more moola for that.

At least ADT only charged me $25 — plus 1st month’s monitoring fee due when they come out to install.  Not bad, and well worth it for the peace of mind.

So Lissa, I won’t be sending you a birthday present.  But I’ll be thinking about you!  Hopefully when you’re celebrating your birthday, I’ll be chilling out in the new house, mixing up a pitcher of margaritas with the leftovers from your pantry.  Happy Birthday, old gal!

(Meanwhile — guess what bright young 10-year-old got an award from the governor for getting a perfect score in his FCATs for reading and near-perfect — missed by one point — in math? Give you a hint, it’s not one of your dogs…)

Well Peewee

this is one for the baby daddy!  After all it’s fifty percent to house his son.   The option of leaving the kid with The baby daddy for 3 months and living on the water in a gorgeous apt  no security deposit is still open?  Try the pilot job out  see if you can still write while you are on call????

lis

That’s a vulgar term, Lissa, and he’s already chipped in plenty, believe me. And I’m tired of living as a guest in other peoples’ homes. I’ve got my place and I’m going to fix it up and be very comfortable there – eventually. It will be my castle, to quote a very wise lady.

The Real Beverly Hills Chihuahua

August 16, 2014

BeverlyHillsChihuahua

Well Lissa, it’s been a long time coming, but it looks like we may get to move into our new home next weekend — or at least take possession. There was a delay with the tile contractors, so we’ve been in a holding pattern for the last few weeks.

On the bright side, we will get all tile throughout — nice, large, beautiful tile, even the bathroom! No icky linoleum or crapped out carpet — yay! Fairly spacious bedrooms and the air conditioning works GREAT (keeping the tile guys cool today). Big tree in the yard for the kid to build a fort in, and a beautiful park with swimming pool just down the street.

It’s going to be so nice to be in my own place again, to be able to do what I want, leave a dirty dish in the sink if I feel like it, stay up all night watching TV if I feel like it. Maybe I’ll even make some new friends. Imagine that!

And the dogs will have a fenced yard to play in. I want to find an old toilet bowl and make it into an outside water fountain for the dogs — that would be too funny. I can’t wait to start sprucing the place up.

p.s. I’m glad you’re enjoying your view.  Personally, I didn’t think all that gravel was terribly attractive, but I know once you start working your magic it will look like less of a construction site…

Home with a View

August 15, 2014

image This is my every day view I sit out here when I’m done with work have a glass of wine and watch this!

this is my home this is  my passion I love it here!   We’re getting a tiki hut built over the water in a couple of weeks and I will celebrate my birthday in the tiki hut!!

Life is very good

Death becomes US!

August 12, 2014

Peewee
I just found out a good boy we knew in high school, died 2 days ago. He was our age and I dated a couple of his friends. This really hits close to home. And it’s really sad. This makes me realize that we really have to enjoy our lives and make the most of what we got when we got it. Let’s take care of each other and ourselves. I love you!
Lis


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