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Zoe-cat hasn't been eating.  She threw up in several places Monday? (not certain due to the out of town) night, and no one is sure they've seen her eat since.  She definitely has not eaten in a day, as we put the food dish away so we'd know who was eating.  We tried giving her wet food last night, which she happily licked up the juice from, then threw up an hour later.  So, off to the vet she went today.  Vet can't find anything wrong with her, other than being dehydrated (not an unlikely consequence of not eating for a few days.)  Hopefully she will just be fine in a few days.

Gears

Jul. 1st, 2009 11:12 am
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All the rain has kept me inside, and made me finally get back around to the gear mural project.  Here are the first ones I put on the wall.  I'm not entirely happy with the reverse one.  The spray paint is nice and bright, but the positive image jumps out at me and it's in the dull background color of the wall.  I think I'll take a hand brush and some bright paint of some kind and try to make the positive image more interesting.  I'm also being amused by realizing how ridiculous it is for a control-freak perfectionist like me to be doing an art project with spray paint.
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Just got back from my first Baitcon last night.  I loved the feel of the forest it was in, and liked the chance to relax and hang out with people, though it took me a day to figure stuff out and start doing so.  Lots of little wildlife in the forest: tiny bright lizards, snakes, huge moths, birds, little brown toads.  The birds were so loud the first morning I had trouble sleeping.  I didn't manage to explore the whole area, and would like to at some point.  Also drums, silks, ice cream, hammocks, and a neat swing.  Going to work this morning after three plus days of not really being inside is going to be a shock.
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Latest yard project, building a step-stone path around the pear tree.  I like the effect from a distance, but the hard work of leveling out the rocks so they don't tip when you step on them is still to come.  Pictures behind the cut ) 

We've started letting Ivy out as well, because she whined so much, (I know, giving in to the whiny cat sets a great precedent doesn't it?) and I saw her climbing the elm tree for the first time today.  She's catching up with Zoe in crazy level!

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Tried Zing Pizza today (in Porter, near the Dunkin Donuts)   I was quite impressed.  We tried 'fiddlehead on the roof' and 'blue october', both were tasty, neither had a tomato sauce.   A little spendy for pizza slices, but large ones.

They had compost, recycle and dishes but no trash, and the mantle over their fireplace was covered in hotsauces.  The fireplace itself contained what looked like a hubbard squash.
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Kendall-ish people: I want to try out this friendly toast place and see if it is any good.  Would other people be interested in getting lunch there sometime next week?  Probably wed.
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Pictures from my garden over the past month, including the bench we assembled a month or two ago.  I'm hoping it will weather to match the beds it's next to.  It's an excellent place to sit in the morning and drink tea or read, but gets too hot and sunny later on.  I'm trying to pick another spot for a chair which will be cool all day long, in the last weedy corner of the yard.  We got 353lbs of rock this weekend to complete the stepping stone path through that corner, but I'm still not sure what the rest of the design will look like.

I got this laurel on saturday and am still very happy about it.  I've been looking for a small evergreen to fill that spot for months, and this should do well there.

I've been spending lots of time outside, many weekend days doing a mix of garden work and just reading when I'm tired out.  I don't get as sick outside, so it's a nice place to be.

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My dad's prizewinning chicken, for those who were interested.  The forehead is part of the chicken, not the costume.
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My dad dressed up one of his chickens and entered him in a pet costume contest as a Klingon.  And won third place.  I ... don't have any words for this.  The article in the local paper mentions him in passing.
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Random thing that amused me...we got work done on the downstairs kitchen.  Specifically, we got the countertops and kitchen faucet replaced, a cabinet with a light under it added over the sink, the large cabinet that was four inches higher on the left rehung, and a dishwasher added.  The unexpected side-effect of the new dishwasher is that we stopped having enough dishes to fill the upstairs dishwasher before we ran out of some random thing we need (most often bowls.)  We wound up going to Ikea and getting a new, larger set of dishes for upstairs.  I wonder what we'll discover we need for the new dishes.

We're also getting the basement stairs replaced, both the bulkhead and the interior stairs.  There was more rot and damage than expected and things are taking longer, so getting to the basement right now is a choice between walking outside and going back in again through the bulkhead and jumping down about 4-5 missing steps.
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As I mentioned earlier, [livejournal.com profile] frolain and I went to the pacific northwest last month. We went to several cities over about a week and a half along with SJ. Where we went, with photos. )

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Back from the west coast.  A bit tired, and will probably be jetlagged for a few days. We had a good trip though, went lots of places, did lots of new things, saw people, and got sunburnt in Canada in April.  I might put up some pictures in a few days.
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I've been taking pottery classes for a couple months now, and I'm just starting to get a few pieces that I really like.  I'm particularly fond of this creamer.  The glaze on it isn't as high gloss as most others, and I like how the speckled effect came out, you can't see all of that in the photo though.  This mug is pretty nice too.  I'm using it as my tea mug at work now.

I've been completely redesigning the sun bed (a flower bed about 20x8ft in size) so I'm digging up and moving almost every plant in it.  Many of them are perennials that are getting split (bearded irises, some-other-iris, evening primroses).  Some just need slight movement (lupins, poppies, yarrow, lamb's ear, tulips, daylilies).  Either is a lot of work.  The butterfly bush, viburnum, peonies and rose get to stay where they are.  It looks kind of like this right now.

My other yard project is making a bench, for this spot.  One of the hard things is that the bench should rest against that raised bed, and the planks there are 3 ft long, while almost all benches are 4 or 5 ft long.  I've found one online which came as a kit and may require some work because the reviews on quality/easy of assembly were mixed.  It's cedar, which should age outside okay, but I may want to seal it with something anyway.  I'm still thinking about that.

[livejournal.com profile] frolain  and I are headed out this afternoon to the west coast.  We're flying into Portland, spending the weekend there, then taking the train up to Vancouver BC (via Seattle).  We'll be there a few days, then take a ferry to Victoria, stay there a few days, and ferry back to Seattle, and fly back from there.  Total trip is about 10 days.  I hadn't realized how very very much I need the vacation until it really hit me last night that I didn't have to go in to the office again for almost two weeks, and I felt so much better. 

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I made candles last weekend.
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Here are the two pieces of pottery I've brought home from my class.  I like the bowl quite well, the cup is...more special.  I have two more finished pieces, but I'm not a fan of the glazing on them, so I'm waiting to bring them home until I have a chance to talk to the instructor about whether there's anything I can do.

[livejournal.com profile] frolain and I are thinking of taking a weekday off in the next few weeks and going to Wachusett for skiing.  I'm hoping it'll be less crowded on a weekday.  If you'd be interested in coming along, let me know, we'll likely have space for 1-2 more people in the car.

I'm going a bit stir crazy waiting for spring.  Still at least a month to go before I can reasonably expect to be able to work in the yard. 


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Looking outside today, I saw these and couldn't help but think they look like multi-tentacled aliens.  Perhaps there were a few too many aliens this weekend. :)
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[livejournal.com profile] frolain  and I are planning to see Endgame, by Beckett, at the ART.  It's playing Feb 14-Mar 15th.  Would anyone be interested in coming with us? 
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I watched the Dr Who Christmas special, and I just have to say, would someone stop letting the bad fanfic writers write the show? Please?
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I went to the Harvard Bookstore's warehouse sale yesterday, and got a book on Madame de Pompadour (ie, french pre-revolution history in the 1700s) which I am enjoying greatly.  I also put the primer coat on the back stairwell, then went to my company's semi-formal holiday party at the Four Seasons with paint still on my hands.  The party was more fun than I expected, with good food and many more people I knew than previous years. 

This morning: le jardin en hiver.  I think my work on improving the winter interest is showing.  There's still more to go; I need more evergreens in a few spots, and want art or stones for one or two others, but it's not a blank, dead field like it was a few years ago.
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I'm going to take the Beginning Pottery Wheel class from the Student Art Association over IAP, because I want to see if I enjoy doing pottery.  If anyone is interested in taking it with me, the class listing is here. It's wed from 4:30-7pm.
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