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May Update

I had a scare today, when the well failed, but it turned out to be just the capacitor in the control box. A replacement was $7, and I have already picked it up and installed it.

The kitten is about 9 months old, and especially likes the dogs. I don't let him sleep in my bedroom at night anymore because he's too active and playful which disturbs Halo and I.

I've started tomatoes, eggplant and okra for the garden. The onions and garlic are well along the way. This entry was originally posted at http://www.dreamwidth.org/12345.html. Please comment here, there, and everywhere.
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April Update

I'm fine, as well as all my animals. I've been doing lots of home plumbing lately.

The well pump went out after only 6-1/2 years, but I managed to replace it myself, with help from neighbors in pulling the bad pump and line out of the ground. I installed a more powerful, and what I hope is a better quality pump. My parts cost was about $600, and I saved something like $5000 in doing it myself.

I also replaced the sink drains, pipes and garbage disposal for the double kitchen sink. The most frustrating part was taking one drain out. It took all sorts of technique to get the bottom and top drain separated. When I finally got it out, I could see that not only was the original installation incorrect, but parts were missing from the drain assembly. This entry was originally posted at http://www.dreamwidth.org/12345.html. Please comment here, there, and everywhere.
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I'm Planting Onions Tomorrow Morning

The bed is tilled, fertilized and raked, and tomorrow morning I'll plant over a hundred of mostly yellow onion sets. I'll also put in some red onion sets, just to raise red onion seed for next year. A rainy period of about 5 days should begin tomorrow afternoon.

The tiller ran fine, once I primed the carburetor and got it to start. This entry was originally posted at http://www.dreamwidth.org/12345.html. Please comment here, there, and everywhere.
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Tuxedo Cat And Health Update

I have to take my tuxedo cat in for a dental extraction this morning. They need to give him general anesthesia for that, which is dangerous, but after three days of the antibiotic Clindamycin, he's feeling much better than he was. This procedure is also quite costly, but he's a good cat, and I owe him the care.

I've been on a health kick myself, and have upped my protein intake by adding more eggs and meat to my diet. I do feel better.

I've been researching vitamin D, and probably get enough from sun exposure. I walk outside about 1-1/2 hours a day, usually with short sleeves. The body also stores vitamin D from the summer and releases it throughout the year.

My knees and feet have also been feeling much better, after I accidentally discovered that wearing 2 pairs of insoles in my shoes is better than one. I wear those Dr. Scholl's custom orthotic insoles, and surprisingly, two pairs fit in my shoes. This entry was originally posted at http://www.dreamwidth.org/12345.html. Please comment here, there, and everywhere.
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Cats, Dogs and Gardening

Halo loves a routine, to the point where there's an exact spot along the morning route where I let him off the leash. He doesn't want to be unleashed before that. I indulge him and we closely stay with the same daily routine. He's feeling good, and the joint supplement he's getting seems to help him.

It's warm outside and the trees are budding. The kitten stayed right with me for about an hour, as I cut up some branches. I'm planning to do about an hour's worth of yardwork, every day. This entry was originally posted at http://www.dreamwidth.org/12345.html. Please comment here, there, and everywhere.
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Odd Anxiety Dream

I had a drawn-out anxiety dream about a female corpse. Twelve hours later,the details that I recall are: I noticed mice swarming outside, so I went in the house to get my pellet rifle. It was in a bedroom, where apparently some unknown young women's corpse was lying in state. I just wanted my rifle, but my eldest sister didn't want me to go in there to get it. There was apparently a crowd of people that had come to the house to pay respects to the deceased.

The dream ended as I woke up to let the dogs out, but I went back to sleep, and the dream continued. This time, I was at the actual funeral for this unknown young woman, She was in a glass coffin, posed strangely, as if she was asleep. She was mid-20's blonde woman with styled hair reminiscent of the 1960's.

A male friend (who has passed away in real life), was there next to me, and he asked me if the display bothered me. I told him that I can handle anything pretty well, so I was OK. In truth, the whole display seemed to me to be garish and bizarre. People were lining up to view the corpse, and paying their respects, even taking off their shoes as a sign of reverence. This entry was originally posted at http://www.dreamwidth.org/12345.html. Please comment here, there, and everywhere.
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Dogs, Cats, Canning and Gardening

The Covid-19 test positivity for my county is now down 4%, which is a good thing.

I'm still taking the dogs for long morning walks. Halo leads us, as always, while Dinah hunts rabbits and mice.
Dinah also keeps aggressive dogs at a distance. Two were bothering us, and Dinah kicked their asses. I helped her by shooting pepper spray, but Dinah knocked one down, and then went after the other, an 80lb german shepherd. This neighborhood is full of aggressive dogs, and I'm glad that Dinah will protect us.

I saw a white/grey adult cat out where I found my kitten. It was quite large, especially for a feral, and was hunting mice. It could possibly be my kitten's mother.

I need to pick peppers, then I need to pull out all the pepper plants, except for the oldest one, from 2019. It's been a warm winter, and I think that one will again survive the winter.

I also need to dry plums in the dehydrator, and start canning squash and making lemon marmalade. This entry was originally posted at http://www.dreamwidth.org/12345.html. Please comment here, there, and everywhere.
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Winter Schedule

It's tough to get much done outside during these short winter days. I'll get up at 8, feed the cats, walk the dogs for an hour in the fog, feed the dogs, have breakfast. By then, it's already after 11 am.

It's almost 1:30 now, and this afternoon is still foggy and gloomy. There are a few chores that I have planned, but at about 4 pm, I will take the dogs for the final walk of the day.

The Covid-19 levels in this county are staggering, with ICU capacity at 150% of capacity. I'm rarely around people and have taken to order groceries for curbside pickup. This entry was originally posted at http://www.dreamwidth.org/12345.html. Please comment here, there, and everywhere.
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Last Post Of 2020

I'm a little surprised how the kitten has bonded to me. She'll follow me into the dog yard to watch me pick up dog poop, then sits next to me in the cat yard when I'm petting the orange cat. I halfway expected that eventually she would want to stay outside with the other cats, but after maybe two hours, she wants to come in.

The tuxedo cat wants to be inside more, so lately he'll spend the afternoon sleeping on my bed. He's finally over that upper respiratory virus, after a year and at least 3 courses of antibiotics. He's put on weight, and seems happy. He has a heating pad in his sleeping box in the garage.

Halo and Dinah are feeling well and we all enjoy our epic morning walks.

I plan on cleaning the house tomorrow, in preparation for the New Year. This entry was originally posted at http://www.dreamwidth.org/12345.html. Please comment here, there, and everywhere.
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Gardening and Cats

I finished trimming the tree away from the roof, with hours to spare before the rain started. My new electric pole saw is really wonderful.

I now have three big piles of tree limbs, and I'm not sure how to dispose of them.

The cats are using the insulated sleeping boxes I've set up in the garage, even when it's not particularly cold.

I've realized that when I'm missing one, and it suddenly appears, it was in a box. This entry was originally posted at http://www.dreamwidth.org/12345.html. Please comment here, there, and everywhere.