Monthly Archives: February 2015

Daily Drama 35 (by Dobby)

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Daily Drama 35 (by Dobby)

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^ See that? I’m leaving it there. Stacy wants me to write this Daily Drama for her because “she is too busy” but she told me I have to use this template, and I think it is kind of insulting the way she set it up. She also said I had to write about the wild mallard drake getting stuck in the aviary. What a LOSER! He tried to fly out, instead of walking out the gate, which is how he got in, of course. And I’m not allowed to mention my harness malfunction this afternoon.

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She’s got a lot of nerve.

So, she abandoned me for about a week, and left me with the pet-sitter. I tried to get rid of him, but he is extraordinarily persistent and annoying. He doesn’t let me into the kitchen, he doesn’t straighten my blankets every day, and there is no Garden Party with the chickens and ducks in the afternoon. It’s a miserable existence.

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My eyelashes went white! Just kidding. That’s a feather.

The first day she was home, I spent almost all day in the kitchen, snoozing, lolling about, and generally reclaiming my territory.

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It’s all mine, and I’ll do what I want with it.

I must say she brought home some nice weather, but it only lasted a couple days.

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Pouffy in the sunshine.

Now that she’s home, I can go to the front yard to graze, again. Here is a picture of me in the front yard:

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WAIT A MINUTE! I WASN’T READY!

She is relentless with the camera, which is why I am stuck writing this blog: she took so may pictures of that island she went to that it is going to be a couple blogs, or maybe one great big boring one. There were NO CAPYBARAS AT ALL.

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This is more like it!

I actually lost five pounds while she was gone. I had more than enough to eat, I just wasn’t very hungry. I got a little dehydrated, too, even though I had hot tubs all the time, and an entire swimming pool full of water to drink. Lula the chicken has improved, though, and even left the infirmary a couple times, but she’s still a little bit weak. Everybody else is about the same.

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A bit thin, a bit dehydrated.

Now that I can migrate to the front yard again, I am an eating machine. I had some good bamboo while she was gone, but there’s nothing quite as satisfying as grazing in your own front yard.

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I’m a lawnmower.

That’s all for now, folks.

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It is a funny farm.

 

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Daily Drama 34

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Daily Drama 34

The dramas keep coming and at times I think I am surrounded by a$$holes. The squirrel hanging off the bird feeder in the photo below, for instance, should be glad I didn’t take the time to grab my telephoto lens. Cover up, dude!

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You didn’t really want a close-up of a naked squirrel.

Dobby can look so innocent, so calm and placid. Day before yesterday, Connor was on the roof cleaning the gutters, and unclogging the downspout to the diverter that fills Dobby’s bathtub. In other words, he fixed my “rain barrel.” Dobby barely tolerates having people on the roof, but he is getting used to this particular neighbor, even though he doesn’t stay on the ground very much.

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A photograph of sublime innocence.

Yesterday afternoon, I accompanied Dobby to the front yard. That, apparently, was the signal for the weatherman to turn on the sky sprinklers. The pressure reducing valve failed and the subsequent gullywasher was even too much for Dobby, who is, after all, a rainforest animal.  He was through grazing in the front yard, already totally drenched and he finally gave up on the great idea of going in through the front door. We were both on the narrow path to the back yard when I was suddenly knocked flat into the mud from behind! At the same time I heard the front gate open. I looked up and saw Connor standing there! Nobody expects a neighbor to visit during a downpour, and it scared the heck out of Dobby! Between the three of us, I’m not sure who looked most embarrassed! Dobby certainly looked unhappy about knocking me down!

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You should see the jacket and pants!

A couple days ago I noticed that Dobby had pulled out the birdseed and dumped it out. He does love him some birdseed! However, the message was more complex than “I’m hungry for bird seed.”

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“Except that I actually WAS hungry for birdseed. Want to try some? Its pretty good!”

He couldn’t eat his potatoes because there was poop in his potato bowl.

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“See, I lost my appetite for potatoes, and that’s when I noticed the birdseed!”

It’s a good thing I have guinea pigs. Even at their worst, they are still adorable. I have never had one knock me down.

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Who could be sweeter than Carl Sagan?

Stevie Ray is a handful, but once you get him away from the others, he forgets to be macho and loves to cuddle. Most guinea pigs don’t like being on their back, but Stevie Ray loves to be held tummy-side-up like a baby.

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“It’s all lies!”

Fred usually comes over to be petted but quickly realizes how undignified that is and runs off with the others.

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“I’m busy customizing this window.”

 

I’m still transcribing Georgia Dee’s Diary. Every once in a while I realize I have a piece of jewelry someone gave her 70 years ago. I even have the fountain pen she used to write in the diary! I’m up to November 4, 1944, but I’m stuck for now, because I know what happens on the next page. I’m not ready to face it, though it happened long ago and I’ve known about it for 50 years. So, I’m relieved to be leaving town for a while. I’ll turn that page and finish transcribing when I return.

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Georgia Dee’s 5-year diary and artifacts

Gift shop sales are going well, but the shop will be closed for a couple weeks while I am away. I’ll try to post some more jewelry when I return. I also want to sell some true “garage sale” items like my S&P collection or maybe I’ll just pull some boxes out of the closet and sell everything I find in there. There are a lot of boxes in my closets. On the bright side, there’s a reason why I still have some of my Mom’s stuff from 70 years ago.

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Shipping by Mr. Woody Slug

 

So I have switched into my Alternative Writing Mode. The pet sitting instructions are seven pages long. I slipped out last night after dusk to take a photo of Dobby’s heater. It hangs up on some s-hooks, and sometimes he knocks it off one of the hooks, so I thought I’d give the petsitter a photo of what it is supposed to look like. But, DANG! The heater is hanging and it is plugged in, but the kennel pad has come unplugged! I didn’t expect to see that!  The kennel pad is actually more important than the wall heater, so it’s a good thing I saw it before I left home.

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Unplugged!

 

So I locked him out and plugged it back in. (Take my word for it, you don’t want to be molested by a 125# rodent while you are trying to plug in a heater.) So, just one more thing to worry about while I’m gone. Other than that, I have a hen in the infirmary (She laid an egg today!) and the turtles seem to be coming out of hibernation early.

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Plugged!

This year, the bartender and I are going to Maui! My orchids at home are ready to bloom in anticipation! This was a test and it looks like my camera has decided to focus. Cameras do have an uncanny sense of when to go wonky, but let’s hope it keeps working throughout the trip!

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Aloha!

Capycoppy and SuperCapy will be reporting in when I return!