Archive for December 2010

Taking Care of Business Dec 2010

December 16, 2010

This was our first snowfall this year

‘Taking care of business’ was Elvis’s slogan when he wasn’t not taking care of business.  I found that out on a trip to Graceland a few years ago.  Maybe I should have included a picture of his pink Cadillac instead of our gazebo in this post.



Patty is gone again and so are the neighbors.  Traci and Rene are in the Philippines until after Christmas and Patty went to a conference in Portland last week and this week is visiting Sue and Kai in Seattle.  I’m taking care of the fauna and flora here at home and next door.   So far I’m only down one cat.   Tigger is no longer around here.  I didn’t do anything to him and I’m sure he’s fine, just not here anymore.  I’m a little worried about the angel fish too.  When I fed him this morning I accidently dumped about a pound of fish flakes in the aquarium.  I hope he paces himself.

One other little glitch…Teddy forgot his haircut.  He was supposed to go to Talent Tuesday morning at 9:AM for his appointment and he forgot.  I suppose I’ll get blamed for that too.  I got to thinking about that and it makes very little sense that it costs more than twice as much for the dog to get a haircut as it costs for me.  Also, he gets them more frequently than I do.  Like every six weeks.  I get a haircut when my eyebrows get so bushy that it impairs my vision.  So, we spend three times as much on the dogs haircuts as on mine.   Patty says. “Yeah, but Teddy has more hair.”  Also, he gets his anal gland squeezed.  I don’t think that service is even available to me and if it was I wouldn’t do it.   I’m supposed to be brushing his teeth for him too.  That’s not happening either.

So, what do I do when I’m here alone?  Well, I read a lot of books, watch a lot of movies, play a lot of solitaire and fix things.  Fixing things is my primary purpose but probably takes less time than any of the other things I do.  When Patty is gone, I watch like two movies a day.  Sometimes it’s hard to work them in
if there’re football games on TV but usually it’s not a problem.  I save the Meg Ryan, Meryl Streep and Tom
Hanks movies for when Patty is home and get the trashy movies when she’s gone.  Action, suspense, horror and sophomoric humor are what I indulge in.

This year has been a good year for hearing from friends and family.  I got a call from my nephew Scotty, who is a fireman in Nine Mile Falls, WA.  Haven’t heard from him in years but he got a card from Patty & me and gave me a call.  I also heard from my childhood friend, Kevan, who I haven’t seen in over 30 years.  I send his mom a card every Christmas and he told me she passed last May.  And, my nephews, Gary and Mike, who both live in Oregon City, sent me a card and suggested we get together this spring.  I’ll try to work that in and maybe we can get my nephew, Robin, from Salem to join us.  I also have another nephew in Salem, Tom, who I haven’t seen in about 30 years and it would be great if we could include him.  They all knew each other back in the 50’s when we were kids together.   I’ve got a lot of nephews since I had six sisters.  Not many nieces though and I seldom hear from them.  I guess it’s partly because my nieces are generally much younger and I left home at 18 and didn’t come back except for short visits.

Patty should be home Friday so I’m looking forward to that.  I think she takes off just so I’ll miss her and appreciate her more when she’s around. Or maybe she just needs to get away from me.  I can understand that, I’d like to take a break from me sometimes too.  Well, I’ve got a couple movies I’ve got to watch, ‘True Grit’ and ‘Lottery Ticket’ so I’d better close for now.  I watched a movie yesterday that I think Patty will like, ‘ The Kids Are All Right’, you should watch it.

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