Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Home Again.

Monday, we packed up and went to the retirement property. I was returning all freshly washed bedding and the freshly washed dishes to their freshly cleaned cupboards. I made a list of all the little things that I didn't know I would need (the pepper grinder broke, we have no glasses, dish soap, etc) Also made some amazing discoveries (I found a vacuum in the closet and stared in astonishment as it slowly came back to me that I'd bought a stick vac last summer specifically so that I didn't have to haul my vacuum back and forth) 

Give me a couple years and I can probably hide my own Easter eggs.

The garden needed continued attention. It is going to be a real mixed bag. Seed crops are hit and miss. It looks as if something has been eating the seeds, specifically the corn, beans and peas. I got a decent amount of corn (one of four rows is pretty much decimated) and the beans and peas have a few survivors. The sad news is that we cannot replace those seeds to try again. We got things in late but I will have a lot more time to devote to that garden, and so I am hopeful. Tomatoes, peppers (five varieties of each), onions, cucumbers, squashes and potatoes look pretty nice. No. No pictures, sorry. I meant to get back out there and do that, but I didn't. 

Once up there though, we found ourselves stranded. We had driven the 'good car', and they tarred and chipped the road. Tim did not want to drive on fresh tar and chips and we had enough food and clean underwear, and lord knows we weren't going to run out of work, so we wound up staying an extra day.

It was a nice break. We worked hard on our respective projects, but had plenty of time for setting off some fireworks and giving four wheeler lessons to William. 

We came home today to find that our television and phone had been shut off. We were a little surprised by that. We pay our bill every month on the 10th. Turned out we were $10 short on the last payment. Tim is adamant that he paid what was billed, so I don't know what happened. They apologized and turned it back on and said the mistake was on their end. but that we still owe that mystery $10. We don't know why or where the charge came from and they can't explain it any more than to say that we owe it.

The plan was to take William to the pool to spend the afternoon today, but our temperatures only got into the low 70s and it was cloudy. We've delayed that for one day. Tomorrow is supposed to be in the 80s and hot and muggy, a much better day to spend at the pool. He's also got his drum lessons and he's about to hit 600 hours MINUTES (for pete's sake!) of reading since his last day of school on June 17th. He is just finishing his 4th book of the summer and his dollar is sitting on the coffee table as enticement. 

Tim called inside, "You've got a visitor!" and I went out. There was Mangey. He is looking quite healthy. He followed me inside while I dished out his cat food (he's special, he gets the good stuff). If you look closely, he still has thickened skin on his back and by one of his ears, but his hair has grown back. He was very vocal today, and did not eat until I sat down on the steps with him. We visited for a while, and I petted him. He finally settled down to eat after ten minutes or so, and spent another hour or so grooming himself and greeting people as they came in and out the door. Quite a change from the skittish cat several months back!

I'm headed to bed early tonight to read for a while myself. I'm dog tired (don't tell Mangey) and in need of an adult beverage.

32 comments:

  1. All in all, not a bad few days. Glad Mr. M is back.

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  2. How exciting that Mangey is back and feeling socially interested. What's the family vet person say?: Should he get some more of the magic medicine to help him recover completely? Linda in Kansas

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    1. Family vet person got uninterested and I hate to pick at them. I feel as if they might mistake me for someone who is seeking free medical advice because I'm a tight wad. (I am, but that's not the reason I asked her advice). That being said, I did give him another dose in the good cat food. He hasn't had a dose for 3 weeks. I figured that it wouldn't hurt. It is cool that he's so social. He was winding around my legs and meowing quite a bit even after his food was set out. When I sat down on the step, he climbed right up beside me and sat there while I petted him. When I talk to him, he answers. Cracks me up.

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  3. Forget your vege garden, I need a photo of Mangey. How wonderful he is back and has forgiven you.

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    1. I will try to get a photo of him today. He's not the most reliable of visitors. He's got his own schedule.

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  4. Mangey was probably firmly telling you he needed a better name. I never hear any reason to trust large corporations.

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    1. He's become Mr. M. and...how ironic. It's a pretty rare thing on this side of the pond too.

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  5. Adult beverage. I must remember that one.

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    1. That is how William referred to them once when he was just wee, and it tickled me...and so they have remained 'adult beverages'.

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  6. William will have such wonderful memories of spending time with you and Tim.

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    1. The summer project is getting him more independent. We brought his bike here so that he can ride the neighborhood. At his age, he's old enough to cross streets by himself. He's been experimenting, riding his bike around the block, seeing if he can find other kids. He just came busting in the house breathlessly. "My friends are at the playground. I need my phone. I don't know when I'll be back, but I'll call." Made me laugh. That's exactly what I wanted to see. I guess we will NOT be going to the pool today.

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  7. That’s good about Mangey.

    I have also forgotten purchases from one season to the next.

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    1. Thank goodness. Like Red, I worry about my forgetfulness.

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  8. Good to have to stay put for a while longer.
    Looks like Mr M has passed you as trustworthy!!

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    1. It is a sweet thing, when you see a stray animal make the decision to trust.

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  9. I'm so glad that Mangey is doing well! Good work.

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  10. I'm glad Mangey came back and is looking better! (And being more friendly!) That's very weird about the phone and TV. My seeds have been a mixed bag this year too -- I think it's been too cool and cloudy for them to thrive. (I'm only growing flowers, not veg, but still...)

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    1. Your garden is such a diverse delight. I've begun really working at my flowers both at home and where I will be from next. I do not lie when I tell you that everything I plant, I think of your gardens. Something to aspire to, I hope.

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  11. Hope you got rested up and enjoyed that adult beverage. Enjoy the pool time with William.

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    1. I am pleased with Mr. M. He's come a long way!

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  13. Mangey sounds a lovely fellow. Arilx

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    1. He has a reclusive nature, but when he came around this time, he was quite a talkative gent.

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  14. So frustrating that your phone and cable were shut off over a $10 underpayment. One would think that the company could look at their records and see you have paid in full and on time for years and cut you some slack.

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  15. Once the payment is made, we don't keep the bill. Tim insists he paid it in full. We don't have any proof of the billing. That is the biggest frustration. Ps the $10 collected a 3 cent late fee. Once it crossed the $10 charge, it was shut off.

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  16. the comment about hiding your own easter eggs made me giggle as I can so associate with it

    Lesley

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  17. How aggravating about that $10. Isn't there some way to check?

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