Friday, February 29, 2008
Another warm morning so we set up outside again. Ray sanding on the front table, and Jay and me working on the back one. The cats were already on the screen porch in the front of the house watching the world go by.
Ray discovered that one of the cabinet doors out of the Little Van was coming unglued, so we had to glue that up, and put it in pipe clamps overnight. See above.
Jay and I worked on the entertainment center for the White Class B. You can see the compound angles we had to make on the "wing" pieces going to the front, as that wall is sloped. At least, this way we weren't building over the window, and it will be a place for the drapes, when they are open, without covering up much window. See left.
One decision that had to be made, which TV are we going to put in there ? We had the choice of either installing an 110v. 20" LCD flat screen TV & DVD, or a 13" 110v./12v. TV/VCR. Both color, with remotes, of course. The flat screen TV mount is metal, and very heavy, and you can't just stick it anywhere, as it has to be bolted on to something solid. The fiberglass roof on the Class B, didn't really give us much option.
We measured, decided, and made the space for the 13" TV. It will fit up there out of the way, and there is plenty of room in that cabinet for the depth of it. The Class B has a solar panel and regulator on it, and so the 12v. part of the TV/VCR would be powered by the batteries, and then the batteries would be charged by the solar panel. If we put the 110v. LCD TV in there, and I couldn't really see how it could be mounted securely, then we would have to install an inverter, so that it could be run off the batteries. I have already applied for my 2 coupons from the Feds, for the new boxes that will be required when TV goes digital, for the RVs. I don't need the coupons for the house, as I am on cable.
We installed the oak panels on each side, and framed up for the TV and the cabinet doors. As the couch/bed is on the driver's side, the TV needed to be on the passenger side. It will be a great storage space for blankets, sheets, pillows, or other light weight stuff. The little triangles on each side, under the side windows, will be good for putting little stuff that needs easy access.
The auto parts for the Little Van came in, so a quick run into town, and get them dropped off to Jim, the mechanic. Then Jim called and said they sent the wrong door switches. Isn't that always the way ?
So that was another productive day.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
With all that sawdust flying, I set a special table up in the workshop for Ray to polyurethane some oak that was urgent, and is needed first. The door and window power switches for the Little Van should be in at the auto parts store today. I knew Jim would want to install the switches in their oak trim on the front doors where they belong, as soon as possible. Plus we needed some angled boards polyed for the White B. Ray got two coats of poly on those parts today.
Jay and I were coping with double compound angles on some of the framework for the entertainment center. We could not cut the roof back any more than we did, due to cab lights, etc., so that meant that the front of the top side windows would be in the way. Now these windows will have drapes, so we are making an angle at each end of the entertainment center to go forward to the front of those windows, and when the drapes are open they will nestle in that little angle. It was those little angle boards that had to be double compound cut to account for the slope of the walls there. Those boards had to be polyed, too, so that we can continue. Once those are screwed in place we can put the uprights in. In between those two uprights will be the measurement that we have left for the entertainment center.
As you can see one front top window is black and one is not, even though they both look black from the outside. So one decision left to be made is, whether to have one cabinet door a with plexiglas insert, or just make it out of oak. I have some etched glass, but I would be scared to use it up there, for safety reasons. At least there will be light in that cabinet during the day, if one is looking for something. We already have the wiring run up there, 110v and 12v. The 110v outlet is installed, but not the 12v. one. It might get installed in the driver's side angled part, outside the cabinet, for easy access.
The cupholder on the dash is the one we made out of a pattern from the one in the Merry Miler. They are both Fords, so it fit quite nicely.
It doesn't look like we got much done this morning, but we got a difficult part out of the way. Tomorrow we can put those parts already cut, and polyed, in place, and the cabinet will start to take shape.
The puppies are starting to look more like little dogs, and their different personalities are showing. One beige girl is a whiner, and wants what she wants, NOW. She took on the MinPin personality. The little beige boy, the smallest of the litter, is quiet and unassuming, and will be a little sweetheart. The black and tan girl, and the larger boy are just rough and tumble puppies. They all love it when I turn them loose in the grooming room, while I tend to their puppy pen. They just scamper around and tug on stuff with their teeth, which is sometimes my jeans !! They are all very sweet, but I will be glad when Monday afternoon rolls around and they leave here. All that bending down to tend to them, isn't that great on my old back.
A productive day.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Pictures are of the skirting on the side of the storeroom, and the power couch/bed in the Little Van.
There was one other place, by the steps, that we had to skirt to stop stray cats from getting under the storeroom and guest house.
Yesterday May wanted all her pay for the last 2 days, instead of waiting till the end of the week. Jay wanted to bet me $15 that she wouldn't show up for work today ! I knew she wouldn't either, so no bet. I phoned her three times this morning, and she didn't pick up, so I just went on to get Jay. I did stop and blow the horn at her house, but no May. So that is that. I had given her one more chance, but I know she just got drunk and couldn't get up for work. She always calls and says that she was sick, the day after she has any money. Gee, I am glad money doesn't make me "sick" ! Ray is going to finish the oak.
Jay and I had to make a hinged section in some lattice to get to the side of the steps that needed skirting. We screwed on a piece of treated plywood, on the side of the steps, as that part isn't seen because of the lattice. I have to get under that set of steps, that are 10' wide, as I keep 10' pipe under there, so removing siding would have been awkward. I can get those three screws out of that plywood any time with my screw gun, but the lattice has to be hinged upwards, for me to get to the side of the steps.
Then Jay and I did a bit in the White Coachmen B, dry fitting some boards for making the entertainment center, so that we can carry on with that project, while Ray gets all the oak ready for the Little Van. We also had to put a new battery vent louver on my old B+.
I stopped by Jim's, the mechanic, after I dropped Jay off, and he had the "dog house" off the engine of the Little Van, and checking all that out. I have to buy some switches and motor for the driver's power window, and other things, as I expected. Jim called later and said he had the parts list, and that the auto parts store wouldn't order some of the things until paid for. So I had to go into town and pay for it all, brought back what was available, and dropped those items off at Jim's so that he can get started in the morning.
Busy all the time, but didn't seem to get much done today.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Just for everyone's info, SPCA foster moms are volunteers. We do not get paid for taking care of the rescued animals. We do it so that abused, unwanted, and neglected critters have another chance to find good loving homes. They are given any, and every, medical attention that they need, and usually the boss at our county's SPCA pays for that, out of donations. Sometimes we have to "love" them out of their trauma of a previous life. Our county does not have a SPCA shelter, so it is all foster moms. They cannot be adopted until they have been vaccinated, and spayed or neutered. That is the main problem, there are not enough good homes for the ones that keep on getting born. Every litter bit hurts !! The Humane Society in our county puts at about 2,000 animals to sleep each month, because of irresponsible pet owners. OK, off soap box. Well almost......
Monday, February 25, 2008
It started out being a nice warm day, so put I the cats out on the screen porch for most of the day. This morning I had to give the kittens their next batch of de-worming. I have to weigh them first to give them the right dose of Strongid-T. I have a little basket that I put them in, on my postal scale. They realized that it wasn't going to hurt them, and let me weigh them. Two more mornings of that medicine on an empty tummy, and they can't be fed for 2 hours after.
May and Jay were ready, wonders never cease, when I picked them up. I made some more coffee and we went to work. The main event for today was to take out any oak that needed refinishing out of the Little Van so that we can still be working on it, even while it is at the mechanics. It takes a while to sand, maybe stain, and lay on at least three coats of polyurethene. I was surprised to see insulation when we removed the cabinets out of the back doors. Neither the White Coachmen Class B, nor Merry Miler have that. So Explorer did a good job.
Now about the "Little Van": It is a 1990 Chevy custom van by Explorer Van Conversions. 3/4 ton, 350 engine. 120,000 miles. Auto w. O/D, , Power windows. Power Locks, Tilt, Cruise. Front & rear AC. Power couch/bed. It has all oak things in it, like a clothes rod, bar, ice chest, little table, magazine racks, indirect lighting in oak tracks, little fold out drink/snack trays. Just a lot of oak storage places all over it. It did have a TV in it, so all the antenna stuff is there. 4 captains chairs with a removable table in the middle. The table stores in a cabinet in the back door. Couch across the back that electrically folds out to big bed. Powder blue cellular blinds and velour drapes, and velour seats, all in great shape. Not an really an RV, but it would be OK for a quick campout at a place that has facilites.
As it is not just a regular van, my insurance company is going to insure it as an RV. I took pictures of all the built-ins, the couch as a couch, the couch as a bed, etc. I know of a lady who had one like this, and added more to it, and when she got side-swiped, her insurance company just wanted to pay for a regular van. So I just want to have it all on record.
The picture on the right is only some of the oak parts that we took out to refinish. As you can see we have it scattered over two work tables outside, and there is more inside the workshop. It is easier to sand outside, where we can spread out, and makes less mess in the workshop. In the background of the picture is my vintage 1968 Hi-Lo, like new inside, travel trailer. We started to paint the outside last year, but other things got in the way, and it got shelved, waiting for better weather. That big dark tall thing on the second table is part of the Little Van's "dog house". (The cover that goes over the motor). It was easier to take that part of the cowling off to get the oak parts off it. The really long wooden thing on the first table that looks like it has teeth, is the oak clothes pole that goes all the way cross the back of the van, behind the couch. Even the drapery rods are made of oak. Very fancy.
I took May and Jay home, as it was time to quit for today.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
The pups seem to be a lot quieter, less ravenous, and more content, since they got de-wormed with this new medicine.
They are supposed to pick up the Merry Miler in the morning. As there are still things to do to it, Jay and I got right on it. I moved it to where we could plug it in, to charge the batteries, and turned on the fridge.
We got the rest of the drapery tie backs in, top picture.
I never could find any brown passe partout to cover the raw paneling edge of the sight glass for the water tank, so I had to use some cream that I had.
We installed some snaps and tie downs, to keep the bunk ladder in it's new place. I washed the plastic shower curtain. That seemed to rejuvenate it, and put it back up. I never could find a "Drylon" one the right color.
We checked the house battery, as it runs the fridge when not plugged in, and starts the generator which wasn't co-operating this morning. The house battery is under the front dinette seat, in a vented battery box, see right. There were some corroded connections, and a broken wing nut, even though the battery looked new. As soon as we cleaned them up, and sprayed them with dielectric grease, re-connected the battery, the inside lights brightened up. (This was before the rig was plugged in). Then we put the non-corroding battery spray over all the connections.
HaHa !!! So maybe now the generator will start ? It did, but then died like it was out of gas. I climbed up in the cockpit, and switched it to the back tank so I could see that gas gauge, and it was below 1/4 tank. Well, most generator gas fuel lines are made so that you have to have at least quarter of a tank of gas. This is so that you can't run yourself out of gas with your generator, and get stuck somewhere. Also, as it isn't fed from the bottom of the gas tank, it helps eliminate crud from getting in the genny's carburetor. I had taken off the fuel filter, and blown through it with the compressor, and it did have some dirt in there that blew out. I had forgotten to buy the new water heater cam lock, so we had to run up the road to the RV store to get one, and took a couple of gas cans with us. As soon as we put about 3 gallons of gas in the back tank, the genny started right up. Hurray !
Now this is an older RV, and to use the 110 v. with the generator, you have to "plug it into itself". This means that you have to plug the end of the RV cord into an RV outlet inside the cord storage compartment. This one was a bugger to get to. It was not designed the way I would have wanted it. It is a very narrow compartment, at the bottom of a narrow pantry, and difficult to get the plug through to the inside where it needs to be plugged in, or to the outside to get it to the CG pedestal. So, to make life easier, Jay made the little shelf above there, removable, so that you can have more working space. I priced an automatic switch-over while I was at the RV store, and I will pass on that !
We closed all the water drain valves, as it had been drained for the winter, and put some water in the tank, turned on the water pump, and all was well. The toilet flushed, too.
It was about 3.00 pm, and I was getting antsy, as the water heater cover looked grungy, and really needed wet sanding and painting. I asked Ray if he would come and help. He is good with spray painting. While Ray started on that, I took Jay home, as he had had enough of all the fiddly little jobs we had been doing on the Merry Miler all day. He is ready to get back on building the entertainment center in the White Class B.
The new cam lock is installed, and the water heater cover can be put back on tomorrow, after the paint has dried overnight. I still have to get the windshield drape finished tomorrow.
Ray and I checked some light bulbs on the Class C, and I cleaned up the rear light lenses. The guy that wants to trade me a van & cash for it, could show up tonight or tomorrow.
Ray and I measured how big the windshield drape needs to be. We installed the 'fisheye' mirror on the Merry Miler, and that was enough work for today for Ray, so he went home.
But I still have to worm the puppies, and feed all of us !
Dogs love canned cat food, even though they can't live on it, as it doesn't have the right doggie vitamins. I am going to try getting the medicine down the pups mixed in cat food. It works both ways, a cat can't live on dog food, it doesn't have the taurine in it, that cats need.
Another busy and "no nap day".
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
I went into the workshop, which is attached to the house, and started fastening the two snapper parts to each side of the tie backs, with the fabric in the middle. The third part is the other side of the snapper that screws into the wall. If it quits raining, I will screw the other parts to the sides of the windows, and that job will be 'jobbed'.
When I went to feed everyone their dinner, I couldn't find Boots, the black kitten, with white feet and bib. She usually comes when I call "Boots, Dinner"! I hunted for her for nearly two hours, inside, outside, around one side of the house, and the other, front and back. I thought maybe she had snuck out when Jim brought the car back, but I couldn't see how, as I have two doors, each with vestibules, front and back, going to the outside. This place is treated like a submarine, you don't open one door until you close the one behind you. I thought I had lost an animal, that would be a first, in all these decades, and I was pretty upset. It was raining hard outside, and she wouldn't know where to go for shelter, so I was worried about her being scared.
Minkie, the black kitten was also upset, looking for Boots, so I let her lead me to the workshop. She seemed to think Boots was in one corner of the workshop, so I thought she had been caught behind the rag box, then I heard a faint meow. Now this plywood rag box is 30" x 18" x 24", and has a hinged lid. I emptied it of the rags, and still I couldn't move it by myself, as it has to picked straight up, to get it to clear the side of the steps, going into the house. I got my screw gun and removed the lid, which made it a bit lighter, then I screwed drawer pulls on each side, so that I had something to hold onto, and I finally managed to lever it out of place. Boots wasn't there, but I could still hear her. I got a wooden panel unscrewed behind there, and that little dickens had somehow managed to get under the house, from the workshop.
Gee, we were never so glad to see each other. I put her in the grooming room and fed her dinner. That will teach me not let kittens play in the workshop.
I didn't go to Conroe to pick up the pup's medicine, as Kenya didn't go either. Too rainy.
Boy, what a day !
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Right now I am having to use my little tiny station wagon, named "Puddle Jumper". For the last 7 years has just been used in the subdivision for picking up dogs for grooming, picking up the help, and hauling trash. It's big adventure was to go into town, 5 miles away, and get inspected once a year. It is 20 years old, and has 191,000 miles on it. It still has the original engine, ( a 1.6 liter) and tranny, and is serviced regularly by Jim, the mechanic, who lives in my subdivision, here on Lake Conroe.
I sold my 4 x 4 Grand Cherokee as it was too high up for me to get in and out, comfortably.
I have been looking for a 4 liter, rear wheel drive, mid-size station wagon with all the buttons, for my going-to-town car. But I haven't got one yet. They are rare. I did find one, but it had 215,000 miles on it, and it was green, and had leather seats. I don't do green, or leather seats. Too hot, when you spend 6 months of the year in shorts. The seats will burn your legs when the car has been sitting in the sun. My cars are under cover here, but they get hot sitting at the store.
After Jay's appointment, we put water in the radiator, and found out that it was leaking at the back of the engine, not in front where the radiator and hoses are. We filled some bottles up to carry with us, and tried to get today's list done. We found the screw-in snappers for the drape tie backs, way south of Conroe, at an upholstery shop.
We stopped to pay a bill of Jay's, which is right next door to a big beautful clean thrift shop (who had sent me a 50% off coupon), and so I got quite a few things. Then stopped at Krogers to get the puppy and kitten food I needed... Boy, do they eat. We had left at 8.30 am, and didn't get back until nearly 2.00 pm. I fed the pups while I returned Kenya's call, then I took Jay home, and dropped the car off at the mechanics. He ran me home in his golf cart. So I just have RVs here to drive now, but I am not going anywhere.
Jim called and said it was a heater hose that was leaking, and he had ordered one, and I should get it back tomorrow.
I hope so, as I have to go back to Conroe to meet Kenya tomorrow, and pick up a different worm medicine for the pups second worming. She also told me that two puppies are booked now, and that the pups, and kittens will all get fixed on the 4th. March. The pups won't be coming back here, but after their recovery time, the kittens will. It is difficult to find good homes for black cats here in the US, ...weird, as they are considered good luck in Europe.... So I will be taking them to Adoption Day twice a month, until they find their 'forever homes'.
I had to give the pups their first shots today, so that they will get their second shots before they go for their surgery. By that time, Kenya will have approved homes lined up for all four to go to, as soon as they are ready. I weighed them today, and they range between 4 to 5 lb now. And they are fiesty ! I thought that I was through raising puppies 30 years ago.
So that was my day.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Because of the impending storms we had put the Class C in my RVport, but it rained so hard that it still rained in there a bit. A tiny leak had come in the Class C, and when looking at the clearance lights, we realized that nobody had ever removed them, and put new butyl putty tape on them. Someone had daubed them with silicone, but that was it. So we took them off, and some were so sunbaked that they had to be replaced. Once installed with Butyl putty and Dicor Sealant, Jay couldn't get them to work right, so I called Jim the mechanic down the street. He had to replace two more, as the contacts were old. They were all working when I had it inspected. RVers seldom suspect that their innocent looking clearance lights are a common source of their leaking problems.
Some folks came to look at it, and I had explained what we were doing before they came. We still had loose wires, a moving pad, and a long board on the hood, so as not to scratch or dent it, so they couldn't drive it. They seemed to like it, if the price is right. "We will get back to you, we have another to look at". They were going to look at a 72 Winnie, and we all know what skin pitting problems they had with the Thermopanel !
Then I got an email from a guy who has wanted the Class C for a long time, but he wanted to trade a party van, not camper van, for it, but today he also added "plus some cash". That did get my attention ! I wrote back and asked how much cash, as by now I am tired of trying to sell a manual transmission motor home. He has seen it, and driven it. So we will see how that works out. I am ready to get it out of my yard, even if I do have to have another van around here.
Today, I was supposed to give Shay's cat, Blackie her shots. I had often given dogs their shots when I had my kennel, all except Rabies. But I had never given a cat a shot, and wondered what you do with the flailing four corners with sharp claws !! One of the SPCA volunteers at the Adoption Day told me how to do it. You "scruff" the cat. Now, I have never picked up a cat by the scruff of it's neck before, I always pick them up with two hands under their body. But Shay and I got Blackie in her utility room, and I scruffed Blackie and gave her the shot 'sub q', that means under the skin, not like a muscular shot. Easy, once you know how.
I doubt if Blackie will ever let me touch her again. During three nights of freezing weather, I had brought her in my grooming room, to keep warm, and shoved worm medicine down her each morning. A couple of weeks ago I crated her, took her to Petco to have her picture taken, and she stayed there all afternoon during Adoption Day. Last week I picked her up, put her in a carrier, and hauled her off to Kenya's, who then took her to the vet. The vet put her under, and shaved her tummy. That's when they found her old spay scar. Then today, I scruff her and give her a shot. She must think I am a nasty 'people', when all I have done, is for her own good.
I just fed the animals, and starting to feed me, so this is another Sunday.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
Today, the 15th., is the day all the critters get their monthly dose of Revolution on their necks. It stops them from having heartworms, fleas, mange and earmites, so it is important. We buy the big vials of it, put it in a baby food jar. Then we draw up the required dose for each animal in an insulin syringe (with no needle), it is a lot cheaper that way. If they already have earmites, then they get a dose of Ivermec in their ears on the 1st of the month, it helps get rid of them quicker. Jay called and said he was going to be half an hour late, so I got all that done before I picked him up.
We went the RV store south of Conroe, found out where to get a new ballast for the florescent light that doesn't work, and got the parts that I needed for the Merry Miler. Then went to the Humane Society, which is also south of Conroe. On to Lowes to get more parts. Came back and worked on a few small unimportant projects, like cleaning the staples out of some boards that we were going to store, while I waited for someone to come to look at an item I had for sale.
I had to take a stray cat to the Humane Society. They scanned her to see if she had been micro-chipped, but she hadn't. I hated to do it, but as sweet as she is, she will probably be on display in their big main lobby with the other adoptees, after she has been spayed. If not, it is better that she isn't running around loose, hungry, homeless, getting Feline Leukemia, FIV, Rabies, or contributing to the 400,000 cats that are the progeny of one cat. We have so many wild ones here, that we trap them, and they go to the Humane Society, as they can't be tamed. They can give the domesticated cats all sorts of diseases. That is why it is better to keep your cats indoors. This one was very loving, and probably hadn't been a stray for long, so she needed a chance to find a home. She will have a lot more chance of getting adopted quickly there, as they have a much larger organization. We can place kittens, but our foster moms have so many adult cats that need homes already, we just don't have room to squeeze in one more. Too many get born ! EVERY LITTER BIT HURTS !
The Pups have already outgrown their bed, so I put a larger one in there for them. This shorter puppy pen will go longer, but I don't have much room in my grooming room to extend it. I hope that one of the "Puppy Foster Moms" has room for them soon.
So that was my 'exciting' day.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
I knew Jay wasn't going to be here today, but I still got everything done, and everybody fed, and ready to start work by 8.00 am.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Bobcat wanted out on her screen porch to watch the sun come up. I told her it was chilly, but she wanted to go out there anyway. She didn't stay out there long !
This is a picture of Blackie....................
I picked up Jay, and we started on the Merry Miler. Trying to get it ready for the pictures. There is a florescent light over the sink that is not working, and I had already bought a new 12 v. bulb for it, but that didn't fix it. So as we wanted the light fixtures to be the same, and there was another light on the other side of the kitchen, we installed 2 matching lights, but a different style. The other one that we took down, we put in the TranStar kitchen, and when we can get the one that doesn't work, working, it will be just the right size for the White Class B kitchen. Robbing Peter to pay Paul !!
While Jay was removing and installing lights, I was hemming the kitchen drapes for the Merry Miler. They are pleated and will have to go on cafe clip type drapery hooks, because of the shape of the rods. I pressed the drapes, so that the hems lie flat, and Jay dug around in the drapery parts box in my attic. We finally found enough cafe clips to do the rest of the drapes for the two side doors, but they were different colors. We clipped them onto a paint roller grid that normally hangs on the inside of a 5-gallon bucket of paint. ( we use it a lot for painting drawer knobs, etc) Jay sprayed them all with ivory paint.
Bobcat could see the sunshine coming through the living room patio door going to her porch, ( my front door is in the hall) and wanted to go out there. Still windy and too chilly.
We were to meet Kenya at the vet at Conroe, to pick up Blackie for Shay, and the shorter puppy pen for me. We left here early as we didn't want to keep Blackie in the car while we were shopping. We went straight to Hobby Lobby, to get the screw-on type snappers for the Merry Miler drapery tie backs, and to find brown "passe partout", but no-one knew what that was. All I really needed was some brown sticky tape, to go around the edges of the "sight glass" we put in the panel that hides the vertical water tank at the back. Gave up on that, probably have to use black.
We still had some time before we were to meet Kenya, so we went to three thrift shops, and I bought some burgundy work pants, a blue work top, and some lovely deep blue lined drapes, and matching valence still installed on a board. Jay got a nice warm shirt, some Aztek design pillow cases, and a belt. While we were cutting through a neighborhood some contractors we know were putting a bunch of torn up sheet rock, and kitchen cabinet parts into the back of their truck. They gave us some used cabinet doors and drawers, that they were just going to throw away. Now I know why I drive a station wagon or SUV, I am always hauling stuff !
Kenya got out of the vet earlier than she expected, so she called me and we met at Sonic. She was taking my old foster Llasa, Rambo, to a new adoptive mom, so I got to see him. We got Blackie, and the puppy pen, and headed home. Kenya had forgotten to bring the puppy food, so we stopped at PetsMart, and who should be there, but Blackie's former person, Shay's Dad.
As I got on the road that leads to my house, Blackie knew where she was, and couldn't wait to get out of the carrier. When I pulled in the driveway, Shay was watching out of her door waiting to see Blackie, who was so happy to be back in her old territory. They are together, again.
I found out that Jay did go fix May's meter can yesterday, and the power company did turn her lights back on.
I quickly got the pups transferred into the shorter puppy pen, and fed them, the cats, and me.
So that is another day !
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
I knew that I wasn't going to pick up May, so when Shay next door also a painter, had said that she wasn't working this morning, I asked her if she would like to work. After I got back with Jay, we set Shay up with the cabinets that are going to be installed in the workshop, or maybe the storeroom. We got them set up on the worktables outside, as the weather was lovely, but a bit windy. May had primed them, so now Shay could paint them. Shay's ex-husband Ray, was going to do some intricate caulking for me, on the Class C, that is his forte. If he couldn't straighten out the PO's lousy job, nobody could.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Jay and I had our coffee, and waited for Leo to bring Muffie for her bath, and the rest of her groom. I dread grooming Muffie, she is fine until you get to her feet, and then she gets nasty. I have Leo's permission to muzzle her to stop her from bruising my left hand with her teeth.
He didn't show up, so we took off for Conroe to look for the oak trim, at a specialty lumber store that we need for the entertainment center in the White B. They didn't have what we needed.
One of the thrift shops was having a sidewalk sale, and I found a few handy things there. One was a beige toilet seat cover, that will match what I am sewing for the toilet cover in the Merry Miler. We did the rounds of the other thrift shops, lumber yards, and then came back to our little town and bought things that I had to have... canned puppy food, and kitty litter.
We were tired out.
I had an email from the Second Chance Offer guy wanting to now how he should send me a deposit on the Class C to hold it until he can get here next week. As I have to pay if he uses PayPal, I told him to send me a Post Office Money Order. If he is that interested, he will do it. We will see. I think, that he thinks, that he is still stringing me along.
That was enough for today.
Friday, February 8, 2008
Yesterday, when I took Jay home, I stopped by Jim the mechanic's place, and he was working gung ho on the 72 pick up that he is restoring. He called later and said that he will really get on the Merry Miler today. I hope we get it home soon, as we have to get it washed, the rest of the drapes in, and 24 photos for the eBay listing. It is scheduled to start on the 14th. I have to have faith that it will sell to the high bidder, not like the Class C.
I picked up Jay and May. We put the wagon back together, and it took three of us with metric and standard sockets !
May cleaned and primed the old white cabinets that used to be at the Onalaska house. Jay and I started cutting and fitting the wood for the entertainment center. He re-installed the base, with the outlet in it.
May got her pay, and I know she didn't pay any bills with it, just partyed. That's it, as far as I am concerned.
I got Muffy groomed a little bit, and he will bring her back tomorrow.
Wormed the pups this morning, and will do it again, tomorrow. I feed them and clean up after them a lot.
Kenya told me about a special website where we can put pictures of our fosters. The ones that the proffesional photographer took of Blackie, Boots and Minkie were there.
I printed out Blackie's page, and took it to Sharon. I printed out her favorite picture to keep. Kenya said that the vet found the scar where Blackie was spayed, so Sharon is going to keep her. Vet said Blackie was 2 years old, so that goes with the time line, that she was Sharon's Dad's cat, and that she had found her way back here.
Jim brought the Merry Miler back, and as usual, said that it was a sod to work on.
May won't be here tomorrow or the next day. Might never be again.
Another 3/4 of a day !
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Jay was going to be 15 minutes late as he had to get his mother off to Coushatta with Leo, her neighbor. I called May, and told her. Jay's mother took a while to be ready to go, another 15 minutes. Leo had already brought his dog, Muffie, here to be boarded at 7.00 am, and I picked up Jay's mother's dog, MaeMae, (who used to be my late DH's dog), and then we had to wait for May. She still wasn't ready, and was in a grumpy mood.
After coffee perked everybody up a bit, May polyed the ledge in the Class C, and another coat of hammered black paint on the wagon. It should be ready to re-assemble now. I was going to paper the dirty inside of the top drawer out of the kitchen in the White B, but decided to paint it. The shelves in the cabinets were grubby looking, too. So May primed and painted all that in nice clean ivory color. She raked the back yard, too, as I haven't had time. It gets raked often because of doggie leavings. It is kept clean.
Jay and I put the new hose on the inside of the washing machine in the guest house, and leveled it while we were at it. I also got him to redo the connections on the back yard sprinkler system, as they were all leaking. I was supposed to be grooming Muffie, but I knew work was at a halt until the wallpaper was up in the top of the White B where the entertainment center is going. So Jay and I got the front part of the two sides of it papered. Enough to start on the cabinet.
May's friend drove up while we were doing that, and May wanted to leave, and get $20 from me. Golly, that got me upset. Not her leaving, that was fine....but she knows that I don't keep money here, and I am not going to make a special trip into town to get any, that is not the deal.
She and Jay both have bills they have to pay, and don't. The whole idea is to get their bills paid by me, not buy beer. I got so sick and tired of folks (drunks) bothering me when I am working on the computer in the afternoons, and asking for money. So I just don't keep any here, and told them all to leave me alone in the afternoons. If they want some of their pay in cash, let me know at least a day ahead of time, BEFORE I go into town. I knew that she wanted it to get beer, and that chaps me.
I pay Jay's bills on line, so I don't have to fool with driving into town. He asks for maybe $5 every other day, so that he has something in his pocket, and I buy his tobacco when we go into Conroe, and take it off his balance. He cannot be trusted with money, and he knows it. I know he gets on his bicycle and goes and buys beer, but he knows not to put it in my car when we are out. He has got into so many thousands and thousands of dollars of trouble over his beer drinking.
Anyway, enough of that. We were just quitting on the wallpapering when this dippy fiancee of the late JD drives up, and goes on about a man throwing a pregnant Chihuahua at her, and it has pups that night. She has four little puppies in an ice chest, and doesn't know what to do with them..... well, you know I do. They were weaned but she had been feeding them cat food. I called Kenya, and told her I had them. Jay and I were quickly setting up the puppy pen in the grooming room, took the little wooden bed away from the kittens. (They have other beds.) All the time Kenya and I were discussing the pups, I was looking in the pet food cabinet to see if I had canned puppy food, putting newpaper in the pen, and placing a nice comfy rug in the ex-cat bed. They finally were out of the ice chest, and in more suitable surroundings. I remembered that I had some Purina Puppy Chow, and so I mixed some with Alpo Puppy canned food I found. They chomped down on that. They each weigh just over 2 lb and are 5" tall at the shoulder. "Dingbat" said that they were 4 weeks old, but they have just about all their dentition ! Tomorrow I will have to start them on the three day Strongid-T worming process. So, hard as I try not to, I am fostering dogs again. What a surprise !!
The day started out cold, but we were down to our shirts by lunch time.
I never did get Muffie groomed, as I had quite a day.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Meryl put another coat of poly on the wood for the cabinet doors for the white B, and the dinette ledges in the Class C. She also got another coat of paint on the wagon. Jay found the leak in my washer, fixed it. Then looked at my other washer in the guest house, as it has started leaking, too. It needed a hose that goes from the tub to the pump. I bathed Punkie, and Jay brush dried her. Then he got the water hooked back up to the sprinkler system in the back yard, as it isn't supposed to freeze again. I just can't watch them and concentrate when I have grooming to do, so we knocked off early. We are behind on the "First of the Month" stuff, but he couldn't think of doing any of that.
I got some more done on the poodles, then I had to take Blackie the black cat to Kenya in Conroe, so that she could get Blackie spayed tomorrow. I met Kenya, then went to Wal-Mart, and picked up the stuff I needed there. On to the appliance repair place, and got the hose for the washer, and then to the Ford house for a part for the Puddle Jumper. The counterman finally found out what that part did, didn't have one, and couldn't get one. It is to stop interference on the radio, which sounds fine right now. So it is not that important. I couldn't tarry too long, as I have someone coming to buy the gas stove I have for sale, and more grooming to do. Maybe I will have time to eat tomorrow !
Finally got the last poodle done, and all their nails cut. The folks picked up the stove, and Mindi picked up her poodles at nearly 10.00 pm.
What a Day !