Monday, March 30, 2009

Sunday, March 29, 2009

The One Where the Pool is Revealed

Sunday was a beautiful day! Papa arrived home last night with, not only the infamous glass, but also hazelnut chocolates and genuine Belgian waffles. Mom was very excited. She sure likes her edible gifts! Not that I can judge, we love our pizza crust gifts from AZ.

The day was spent outside working in the yard mostly. Weeding, removing onion grass, cleaning up odds and ends and the finale was taking the winter cover off the pool. This is the first winter we had the pool but mom did a great job winterizing the water! The chlorine was a little low but the Ph was perfect and the water was crystal clear. Save a half dozen leaves and, unfortunately, one bird (mom almost cried) - there was no debris in the pool!

We'll have a load of water delivered to bring the level up to the filter box and will then shock the pool and start filtering! It will be Polar Bear Club swimming only for awhile but the two-leggers were pleased with the unveiling.

This is a photo of the pool, after removing only the bird. Obviously the balloons to keep the cover tented did not work!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

The One with the Water Woes

Yesterday mom was very productive. She goes back to work next week so is trying to get her Spring Break projects completed. One of which was changing 25% of the water in the salt water tank. This was her first solo water change. All seemed to go well, though the nepthea is still not bouncing back from what ails it. She had hoped raising the salt level and adding the nutrients would help, since the other levels all appear to be normal. So far nothing has changed for poor nepthea.

See it there, wilted, behind the feather? In fact, the Colt, to the right of the screen has been having some trouble too. (I may have their names reversed!)

So back to the drawing board - or should I say message boards - for a solution.

Meanwhile, I woke this morning around 5 for a potty break. When mom opens the door, we both hesitate because it was SILENT outside. I figure that it must be because the heat pump isn't running for a change. We both shake our sleepy heads and head back to bed until daylight.

We stumble out of bed later and notice the DVD player, stored in the TV stand holding the fish tank, had popped the disc out overnight. "That's odd," mom thinks, and pushes it back in just as she sloshes on the carpet. Mom frantically checks the tank for noticeable leaks. After some time, we conclude that the auto-filler malfunctioned, she probably jostled it too much yesterday, and just kept filling until all of the water was empty from the resevior. That's 4 gallons of salt water now in the carpet, which, as I'm thinking about it, probably diluted the salt in the tank considerably, wasting our time yesterday. I guess she'll have to test that again.

So, she soon realizes she shouldn't have pushed the DVD in because it's now stuck in there, as the unit is not responding - and it's brand new. (She just took the box to the garbage station yesterday!! Another project gone awry it seems....) This is not the first time this has happened. She has a plastic cover now but this was so much water I'm not sure it would help. The silver lining is that the DirecTV box is below the DVD player and was, again, spared. Or just built better to resist water! Out comes the handy steam cleaner to suck up all of the water! But first, she needs to take us out for a quick walk.

Remember how quiet it was earlier this morning? With fresh eyes and ears, we realize the pond is not running. No problem, walk down to empty the filter box - already empty. Check the plugs - fine. Try to reset the fuses - fine. Stare at the pond for several minutes - no luck. Check the plugs again - still fine. I grow tired of this so prance off to visit the horses.

They must have slept in because they're not around but they left me some fresh presents. Oh, and I should mention, it was raining all night and during this pond mystery. I figure the rain will cover any suspicious perfume marks and proceed to roll excitedly. Too soon Mom calls and I run back expecting treats but get a sour face and a bathtime sentence. "I'm just drenched with rain," I try to explain. She doesn't buy it.

Into the bath I go, while my "best friends" pretend I'm invisible and cower behind the chair praying they are not next. Somehow mom loses control of the showerhead and, let's just say mom and the bathroom got as much of a bath than I did!

Mom has since used the cleaning machine to suck up the water on the carpet and has taken a proper shower. We have been awake 56 minutes. Today is going to be exciting! Thankfully papa arrives home early this evening to save the day.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The One with the Mission

When papa travels, he will often will bring mom unique glasses for her collection. Some time ago he brought home a Delirium glass, which quickly became mom's favorite. Unfortunately, she later broke it - despite carefully avoiding the dishwasher and ice machine. He was given a mission when he left for his latest trip: find that glass!

Mom has looked online and found that it is touted as "the most stolen glass in America." Because of the popularity, she's had trouble ordering it. Plus, she wonders if she orders it here, will it have the etched elephant at the bottom of glass?

I certainly don't understand the big fuss but this is what we're looking for:

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The One with the Completed Project

All of the camper curtains are completed. Papa is amazing!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The One with the Return

Last night - VERY LATE - mom and papa returned from a visit to Arizona. We were SO glad to see them! They brought some pictures home - look at these blue skies!

Papa spent some time bonding with the M&Ms. Even telling Mesa a secret!

Molly performed her favorite trick: stealing napkins and tissues in exchange for treats!

A trip west would not be complete without papa visiting an Airstream store!

And a visit to Dr. Aunt Katie's office and gym space. (Is my mom a vampire?! She took this photo facing a mirror but there is no reflection. Spooky!)

The girls sure were tired by the end of the trip!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

The One Where Arizona Goes to the Sweet Sixteen

Game ONE

Game TWO
(Can you spot Laser Dog?)

Next stop... Elite Eight.

Friday, March 20, 2009

The One Where Underdog Gets Away

Today was a beautiful day! We had some visits from a couple two-legger friends. Phoenix was naughty when Stacey came to visit. She chased a bunny and was out of the yard for awhile. Now she's demoted to leash walking only - again! Not to mention, she rolled in the perfume yesterday when Lisa came to visit and had to get a bath. She's having a rough weekend!

My backup and I have been keeping a close eye out for my nemesis - Mr. Squirrel.

But mostly we've just been hanging out!

Baby Princess has been chilly this week, even though it's been nice. I think she got used to the temperature being in the 70s a couple of weeks back. The two-leggers ate dinner on the deck a few nights ago and she was shivering so papa took off his fleece jacket and wrapped her in it.

Cali and I were perfectly comfortable! Even Miracle and Delilah have been venturing into the field more often! We love seeing them!

We also love MáMá! We wish her a very happy birthday and a healthy year ahead! All of us wish we could be in Tucson to celebrate with her.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The One Where Cali Crimps Her Hair

I am happy to announce that last night Perfect Miss Cali rolled in the perfume and was subjected to an unscheduled bath! Better her than me!

If you look closely, or click on the picture to zoom in, you can see how different her hair looks wet! You'd think she took her old school hair crimper out!

Cali-bear has so much hair you really have to work at it to get down to her skin when her hair is dry- not after a bath!

Meanwhile, papa is making progress on the curtains for the camper! The back curtains are finished and he's moved on to the curtains for the front.

Monday, March 16, 2009

The One with the Thorns

Some excitement today!

Mom got home and we took a nice walk in the yard. When, to my delight, we realized a bunny was under the shed. So, classic move, Phoenix ferrets it out and I take chase. The three of took off making such a ruckus Delilah let out quite a nay and ran to the gate to, according to mom, see what all the fuss was! I think she was our cheering squad. Needless to say, we did not catch him. In fact, mom saw him running to the pasture as we ran the other way... :: sigh :: I work much better alone.

Anyway, on to the excitement. In her haste, Phoenix got herself caught up in a briar patch of sorts. Poor thing got herself in but couldn't get out alone. When mom noticed her, she was frozen in fear. It was a hoot watching mom try to move the brush to coax her out only to have to find the path of least resistance to climb in and carry her out in her arms. LOL! That Phoenix sure thinks she's tough.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

The One with the Gargoyles


Your mom pushed me to start this blog yet you seem to get a free pass. Is it writer's block? Or does she never give you a reprieve from your gargoyle post? You poor dear.

Last night we did, in fact, get some steak leftovers. Mom miscalculated Cali's food and, since she's allergic to so many things, has to stretch her food until she can pick up a bag in the city tomorrow. So, we each got some steak last night and canned EVO venison food this morning. Phoenix and I do not have allergies and have plenty of food but we get so excited mom can't resist spoiling us too. If in doubt, I usually try to convince her telepathically with this look.

Imagine waking up in the middle of the night to discover me staring at you like this over the edge of the bed. It really creeps out my mom. That's a fun game I like to pull out from time to time.

I digress. The point is, The Stare worked!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

The One with the Tiny Underpants

Happy Saturday, everyone! Mom is finally taking a break from work. The phone has been ringing all day - you know how I hate that! She promised us an extra special treat at dinner to make up for the lack of attention. I noticed some left over steak in the fridge so here's hoping!

Despite today's rain my nemesis was taunting me in the yard. I saw this picture while I was perusing LOL Dogs. Wouldn't this outfit take this squirrel down a notch or two?? If only I could catch him first. I gave it the old college try, as they say, but had no luck. Up the tree he went, as usual. I went to visit Miracle and Delilah when it became apparent he would wait up there longer than I would wait on the ground.

They'd snubbed us earlier when mom had apples. I checked in and, apparently, Phoenix annoys them with her barking. I'll have to talk with her... again!

Almost time for dinner! I'll let you know what delicious items are on the menu.

Friday, March 13, 2009

The One with the Progress

TGIF! It's been a boring week here at the park. Mom and papa both had very early work hours this week so it was early to bed! Mom worked from home today and when we woke up, this was the scene on the deck!

It quickly melted and spring was revealed once more, albeit a bit colder than this past week. This is the progress of our plum tree!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The One After a Month

It's hard to believe a month has passed since we last snuggled. We miss you, Ginger! I'm sure you're having too much fun with Sandy, Bell and Sugar to read my blog but that's okay because you know we love you!

Monday, March 9, 2009

The One with the Sneak Attack

Today began quietly enough and then.... mom started gathering our leashes. THE VET! It was promised that I was only going along for moral support but NO! I had to get an unexpected shot today! Yes, mom, who is very cautious about what vaccinations we get, approved a previously unapproved vaccination. :: sigh :: I was gracious about it until I found out we will need boosters in three weeks! Dr. Mitchell is going to come to our house for that so at least we don't have to make the long ride.

It gets uncomfortable riding like this for over an hour but someone has to watch out for tail-gaters!

"Almost home... I hope mom sees that sign for our exit."

Sunday, March 8, 2009

The One with the Busy Weekend

Greetings, loyal blog-followers! I am tardy posting because we had a wonderful weekend! Papa returned, the weather was lovely, flowers are blooming... spring is on the way!

The weekend started out with some chores. The two-leggers spent a good part of the day working on the camper. Apparently, the Argosy was very naughty because it got a four hour bath! Thankfully, even I've never been that dirty.

We had a glimpse of my nemesis but he vanished into thin air!

Other than that, we mostly supervised and one of us - not naming names - ate some sand.

After the bath, mom and papa put a new awning on the camper.

Puppy not included with awning purchase.

I should clarify that this finished picture would not exist if not for the help of our wonderful neighbors, aka: the crazy cat lady and her husband!

When papa started unloading the bags from his car late that afternoon, I have to say, I was a little worried that he was heading out again. So I stood in the back seat as a sign protest until it was clear he was just bringing in his things. Whew!

The day wrapped up with a delicious BBQ dinner and some pictures of the plum tree, which is kicking off the blooming season.

I sure was tired by the end of the day! Too tired to dig up that drink recipe... maybe next weekend! Unless I'm chasing squirrels...

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