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Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Yep, get your free RHINOvirus here.


Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Piglets Have Arrived

It's raining.

It's wet.

It's cold.

BUT, the Cedar Waxwings have at last arrived and they're eating berries like there's a fire sale on. I've checked out all the little piglets carefully; maybe a northern storm shooshed a Bohemian Waxwing down. Doesn't hurt to look.

'Who you callin' a piglet, piglet?'

Monday, December 15, 2008

Bad Timing or Stroke of Genius?

Uh... the former. No doubt.

Old, Harvest Gold, Hippy fridge circa: 1970s

When I moved into my house, I bought the fridge from the previous owner with thoughts of replacing it in a month or two. That was ages ago - the fridge was about 30-something years old back then. No lie.

So how old is the fridge now? It's freezer contains a mammoth carcass. Tusks, hair, everything. No, really.

So, after years of stalling, I've moved most of the kitchen into the living room and after washing down the kitchen walls, my kitchen overhaul is begun. December is a stupid month to do such a task, but I like to think it's a Christmas present from 'moi' to 'moi'.

Earlier today a handyman moved the water supply line for the fridge and added a new electrical outlet so I can put the upcoming new fridge in a new spot. The handyman's fee was mammothly expensive. I won't be hiring any out-of-the-phone-book plumbers or electricians again any time soon. I wish I could work up the brains/courage to undertake such a job on my own, but cannot rid myself of an inner vision: me, found spread eagle on the counter top, wire in one hand and screwdriver in the other, as plumes of black smoke rise from my smoldering carcass.

Water outlet for upcoming new Fridge

Wider view; where the portable dishwasher used to stand

Ta Da! New Fridge, which through the magic of late posting & time shifting will be installed in January of 2009.

Dutch doors, bottom freezer drawer and
filtered water dispenser. Cool.

[Management regrets in the course of this post Ms. Miller made 2 references to 'carcasses' in one post. Management is appalled and commits to the promise, there shall be no more carcass references for this month at least.]

Friday, December 05, 2008

Great big, self mocking, bone rattling sigh...

My mini-retirement ended the post-Thanksgiving weekend. It was great fun while it lasted, and no surprises; I got almost NONE of my many home projects during that time. I did have fun and rest and I gurded up my girly loins for re-entering the salt mines (work!).

There is a reprieve however. Since a repair man is visiting today I decided I'd give myself the entire day off, as it's not worth the hour plus round trip commute and gas, etc., to go to work for a mere four hours. Hopefully I'll get some odds and ends around the house completed. Hum... so far on this day off I've watched Grey's Anatomy and Ugly Betty. Heh! Didn't seem to do a damn thing towards getting those bulbs planted or the dining room blinds re-hung...