October’s Final Week


Happy Birthday to me!  Saturday at two o’clock in the afternoon, I entered the seventh decade of my life. Seven decades doesn’t sound quite as long as its equivalent stated in years.  As I have been saying to friends and relatives, I don’t know how in Hades I arrived here so soon.  It only seems like ten years since I graduated from high school.

Here I am once AGAIN asking myself “what’s next.?” What am I going to be when I grow up. Dang it! I thought that I would have all the answers by the time I was forty. That certainly didn’t work out so well. Maybe I was asking the wrong questions.

For the past six weeks, I have been tinkering around with life.  I have habits that need changing: replacing old one with ones that I like better. Such as drinking a pint of whiskey every night before I go to bed, and flossing every day.

One thing for sure is that I like learning new things. It’s really fun learning to use Adobe software.  It’s amazing stuff, but it’s a challenge to learn.  It’s one thing using the tutorials, its another to really use what I’ve learned to create something. From time to time my forehead is bruised from beating my against the wall.  For those of you who check out my Facebook page, that’s why I change my header picture every month: practice with Adobe Illustrator.

I just caught myself starting to expound on my current philosophy of life, but I’ll save it for next week – or for never.

Third Week of October: Nanny to a Bird

I spent the weekend as nanny and companion to a small bird: a conure by trade and Piper by name. In case you know as little about birds as I do, here’s the skinny.” Conures are a diverse, loosely defined group of long- tailed New World parrots.”

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Front Door: 2nd Week October

Vote, Vote, Vote A Public Service Announcement

The folk who bring us WordPress published a recommendation urging we remind friends and relatives to VOTE!  Election Day looms. Personally speaking, I hate going to the polls so I vote by absentee ballot and have been doing so for years.  It’s worth the price of postage.

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First Week of October: Sorting Through Ideas of Infinity

When was the last time that you closed down your garage sale at the end of an afternoon then went inside and sorted through your ideas of infinity?

Imagine having so many ideas about infinity that you actually have to sort them! Dollars to donuts, I’ll bet you never once thought: “gee, infinity might be finite instead of infinte.”

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Last Week of September: Griping about the Weather over Coffee

Sunday Morning Coffee

Holding a mug of strong, hot, black coffee. Wearing my rainy weather sweatshirt. Where’s the rain??

Yesterday the forecast was 80% chance of rain. I scurried around stowing outdoor furniture away from the damp.  What’s outside my window? Fog and mist…fog and mist rapidly thinning into sunshine. On the weather radar it’s green all around, leaving Petaluma high and dry.

September has been hot; consistently in the high eighties and nineties.  The fleas are dancing, prancing and reproducing.  Pet owners are complaining. Flea medicine is flying off the shelves.  So far they have stayed off of Sassy. For several years, I have used Advantage II on her. She has never had a bad reaction to it, but I am dubious about the safety of chemicals.

My sister suggested an anti-flea formula made from a variety of herbal oils.  It’s a great formula and it smells good to my nose.  The bad news is that it contains just about every odor that is anathema to cats.  No hope at all for getting enough of the stuff on her to do any good at all.  So it’s back to the tried and true chemicals.

FREE!! Three tubes of mixed herbal oils with overpowering strong scent.  Great for outhouses and fish markets!

And that is the week that was.

Moments of Frantic Panic in the Third Week of September

Moments of Frantic Panic

Don’t worry! The title is misleading.  I got carried away with the look and sound of having “frantic” and “panic” together in the same line. However, I did experience  moments of  intense annoyance mixed with vexation and exasperation.

Misbehaving Car

Window Crash

My car misbehaved-twice.  First, the window lift motor on the driver’s side went kaplooy. Naturally, the motor failed when the window was DOWN, leaving me with a window that is permanently open (temporarily). I am putting around town with a sheet of clear plastic duct taped over the window. Ugly.

I am collecting repair estimates from Petaluma to Santa Rosa. Cost of a replacement motor is reasonable, but installing it requires removing both the exterior and interior door panels.  Given a choice, I would choose cars made with snap-in parts to self driving cars.

“Low Power” Light Dread

Sunday morning, when leaving for the Mystery Book Club meeting, my “low power light” flicked on followed by the “fix engine” light.  The first time that “low power” light showed up, I lost all engine power on the freeway, during the evening rush hour. That was a true frantic panic. So I always take that light very seriously.  Previous mechanics could never find the problem, so I spent an hour googling and found a GM maintenance note. The diagnosis was “crankcase vapors inside the throttle body.”  Serious as that sounds, it was a simple fix.  It remains to be seen if it is a REAL fix..

In Bed with The Bug

The icing on this cake of good time was a bout with random bug that put me in bed for a day, and close to home for the rest of the week. It’s so good to feel good again.

A Oil Slick  of Good News

There is a bright spot.  For years, my sister has touted the virtues of synthetic oil for preserving the life of an engine. I kept putting this off, In exasperation, she gifted me with five quarts of synthetic oil, one  bottle of engine flush, and an oil filter.  Wednesday, my mechanic flushed the old oil, installed the new oil filter, and added the synthetic oil. There was an immediate improvement in the sound of my engine

And that wraps up the week!