Desert Cat's Paradise
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." - Proverbs 27:12.
Friday, March 31, 2006
What in the sam hill is with these WACK-JOB sellers I've been dealing with lately?!Comments
The old curmudgeon looked at the two offers before him--at least one of which was above the asking price--and decided to take the property off the market. The hell?!
Before him, I made a better than full price offer on another property. After a 3 week delay during which the seller was supposedly too sick to consider the offer on his property, the seller's agent decided they couldn't handle having the property off the market for a 90 day contingency period. (The contingency period was to give me time to sell my two lots in order to complete a Section 1031 exchange.) THIS was after the property had been on the market for well over a year, the seller had previously rejected less-than-full-price offers, and the property was not even listed on the MLS, only with one local agency. Now all of a sudden a 90 day contingency is a big issue? The hell?!
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Thursday, March 30, 2006
And darn accurate, too!Comments
dead mousie to Ith
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Counteroffer tendered today. We'll see.
If you're wondering where is the Cat, yes he is busy. I wish there was a way to blog straight from my thoughts to the web.
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Sunday, March 26, 2006Comments
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Lifted whole from here.Comments
I've nothing to add, except "wow!"
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Monday, March 20, 2006Comments
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Saturday, March 18, 2006
I was working on a new shed to house some of the stuff I have to move off my lots today. I'd been digging a footer trench and mixing cement by hand in a large bin, and my back was carping and moaning loudly about it all.Comments
Daisycat was out shopping. I called her cellphone and left a message, asking her to pick up a cement mixer on the way home. Lo and behold, if she did not show up at home with a cement mixer in the trunk!
That was a pleasant surprise. You might not know it looking at my workshop, but I'm notoriously tightwadded when it comes to big-ticket tool purchases. I have to get to a point where I simply cannot proceed efficiently with a project before I will spend the cash on a tool. There are people (like Steve H.) who seem to be into tool buying for it's own sake. I've wanted a mixer for years, but could never quite justify it to myself. My phone message was more driven by exasperation and exhaustion. I *did* harbor a small hope--perhaps this was my subconscious looking for a shortcut around the internal tool censor. Bingo! Paydirt!
This opens up possibilities that were simply beyond consideration previously. I think I can reasonably expect to have a finished shed floor in a week of evenings or less now. And if I get that property I'm looking at, there will be no end of uses for a good mixer. The best part about it, is that this is a 5 cu. ft. model that costs the same as 3.5 cu. ft. models were going for just a couple of years ago. Nor is it some off-brand either--it is made by Husky.
Ask and ye shall receive. And don't let your jaw hang too slack--it makes you look silly.
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Friday, March 17, 2006
What we have here is a movie that, hands down, could be the worst movie of 2006.
Then why am I laughing so hard?
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Well it sounds like Blogsplot blew a gasket a couple of days ago and had to be towed in for repairs. Looks like it's back up and running.Comments
So in the unlikely event that you checked in yesterday or the day before, that was where I was. Somewhere in blogland limbo.
It's like losing the remote for your life.
Whether I have something to say or not, it's good to be back.
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Sunday, March 12, 2006
I think we're making progress.Comments
Daisycat spent the day slinging lead from a .40 S&W. Yes, those petite little wrists did just fine with the recoil. I was very impressed! She was working on reducing the tendency to drop the muzzle while pulling the trigger. From start to finish there was a marked improvement.
I let her fire the .45 I was shooting too. If it hadn't been for the casing that popped back and hit her forehead, distracting and intimidating her, I think she might be able to handle a .45 in a pinch too!
"It's all in your head", as a gunshow vendor explained to us once. He said his daughter shoots .45, and most of the issue with women and the larger calibers is in preparing themselves mentally for what it is they are firing. Hand strength does have something to do with it, but it is more a matter of being prepared to fully use what strength she does have.
I played with a Springfield Armory Champion .45. Very nice pistol! This one fits me very well, and fires very accurately from my hand. I am encouraged that this model is very similar to the Kimber Pro Carry that I want to get. It is just more confirmation that I've got my eyes on the right pistol for purchase.
I realized very quickly that there wasn't much challenge in hitting the target center either at 5 yards or 10 yards with careful aiming, so I switched to practicing more rapidly acquiring my target and double-tapping. What's important for personal defense is getting them all inside a man-sized profile, and doing it quickly.
Daisycat encouraged me to try some one-handed firing, and I easily shredded a close pattern in the target at five yards. Well, I was impressed too. But I have to give a lot of credit to the pistol. This one just FITS, somehow.
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Saturday, March 11, 2006
After over five months with scarcely more than a few drops!
And no, I don't have to cross my eyes to get the raindrops to blend together on the sidewalk. It's really been coming down pretty steadily since about 5 pm this afternoon. I would guess it could be at least 1/2" so far.
This is a tremendous boon to the stressed desert, just ahead of the early summer dry period. These desert plants are designed to weather this kind of drought, but it is ugly to watch their coping mechanisms. Trees such as palo verde and mesquite, and Opuntia species cacti alike abandon branches and pads, giving them up to the gods of the desert and hunkering down to more defensible positions. The rock hard creosote bush refuses to put forth its leaves, and everything is a barren shade of brown or grey.
The only plant that truly doesn't care about the current dry spell is the saguaro. Saguaros thumb their nose at winter rains in any year. They simply don't take up water during the cool season. They take their water at one time of the year only--the summer monsoon season. What they need they absorb and store at that time in their enormous pleated trunks, enough to last them through the rest of the year, and if necessary, for one or more additional years, should the summer rains fail. This is the reason saguaros are only found in the Sonoran Desert. Other deserts that get winter rains but no summer rains cannot support the saguaro.
But as for me and the rest of my relations, we rejoice at the coming of the rain.
Update: Snow on the mountains in the morning light! Glorious.
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Friday, March 10, 2006
dead mousie to Rodger
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Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Little Miss Attila: My Private Wisconsin ...keep reading into the comments.Comments
("Sometimes", my furry hiney!)
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Having a rough day?Comments
Try Rodger's new Happy Kit(tm)!!
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Tuesday, March 07, 2006
The stronger solar storms could start as early as this year or as late as 2008 and should peak around 2012.
"...peak around 2012"...that would be about year 5 of Javier Solana's next 7 year term, right?
(8) The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was given power to scorch people with fire. (9) They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him.
Not to worry, this is just a normal cycle of sunspot activity. There's nothing to see here. Now move along.
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Monday, March 06, 2006
The Grand Master of Crapblogging has taken up a new theme: pissblogging--specifically as it relates to electric fences.Comments
I'm trying not to wet myself as I read this: A prick and a fence...
This one precedes it: Bedwetting "cure"?
And to round out a trifecta: Bull-roar!
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Saturday, March 04, 2006
There are times and places that I wish I had a horn like this!Comments
Someone put a train horn on their car--VERY funny video...
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"Where's that pesky cat? If he's not around here, he must be up to no good somewhere."Comments
Bizzy kitty! Between preparing for a tax lien auction last week, and moving junk off my lots in preparation for selling them, I've just not had time to do much other than read other people's blogs.
But now I have just finished modifying a couple of planter boxes for Daisycat's garden at it's new location, and I have a few moments to catch up.
So meanwhile back in the paradisium, any idea what I am experiencing while taking this photo?
This is Jasminum grandiflorum. Any closer?
In addition to beholding the beauty of a spring flowering vine, I am standing in the midst of a violet cloud of erotic, spicy perfume. It's a fantastic fragrance, and even pure essential oil of jasmine barely captures the heady aroma of the live performance. As it happens every year, the blooming of the jasmine occurs just before the blooming of the citrus trees. They usually overlap by a couple of weeks or so, and when that happens, I am intoxicated by the double whammy of jasmine and neroli (orange blossom). Neroli by itself is a very sensual fragrance, and you often see jasmine and neroli together in perfume blends. So this is the beginning of the best time of year in the Paradisium!
Either Pedro needs a new coat of paint, or I need to leave him alone to become more of an "earth angel". I'm not sure, as there is a certain rustic charm to his current state.
The little tomato plants in my seed starting box that I blogged about six weeks ago have now become monsters that have taken over my greenhouse.
And with the last of the tomatoes out of the box, I've turned it over to my poor stressed Salvia plant, to see if I can make her flourish like the tomatoes, radishes and everything else I've tried in there. This was actually one of the driving reasons for constructing the box. This particular salvia species is native to the high altitude cloud forests of southern Mexico--not exactly a great match for the desert. And she complains every summer about it, too.
Here's the feline Jasmine, enjoying a sunbeam in the greenhouse.
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Friday, March 03, 2006Comments
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