I've been lazy about blogging lately. Kind of odd, now that I'm getting more hits than ever. All I can say is that I'm always tired now. I still love my job, everything is great at home, I'm just fatigued. Probably a lot of it is psychological now that I know my week of long overdue vacation is only weeks away.
Other than that, it has been a normal week for us routine-wise. The kittens have been adorable, they are 8 weeks old this weekend. On Tuesday they go in for the bad thing, but they may calm down after that and we won't have to deal with that smell ever. They are getting bolder and went into the basement for the first time earlier this week, prompting a quick, thorough sweeping and cleaning of the floors and cobwebs. Now they can go down there all they want, after all, that is where we want the litter box to ultimately be. Warning, I have been trying to take some more pics for the inevitable cute kitten post soon.
Yesterday I skipped an in-laws get-together and reorganized the corner of the garage that holds the yard and garden tools. Everything is up off the floor now, on hooks and such, making room to store my new toy. I bought a table saw yesterday morning to help me in my various projects, including the compost bin I want to build soon. So after cleaning up the corner of the garage I assembled the table saw and stand. It is a very inexpensive one, 130 dollars, but I can't justify spending hundreds of dollars on a tool I will only use for maybe a couple projects a year. After that and a bit of yard work I tired so I retired into the house for the evening. Soon I will review the whole manual and play with it a bit to feel it out.
We had a very nice small gathering of good friends last night for food, drinks and a fire. It is nice to do, but preparation is an all day affair. Yes, my wife does most of it, but it still occupies our whole day. I'll feel better about it after I get to take a vacation, if I don't drop dead first.
I didn't take many pictures so I missed half the people and got none around the fire. But look! I got a picture of Zubin (far right) acting natural instead of avoiding the camera!
Today is Father's Day so my wife's dad came over this afternoon and we grilled out a tenderloin. After last night I am exhausted so thankfully not much was asked of me. I added a bunch of music to my itunes, posted over at my garden blog (link on the right) and now here to get caught up on everything. Now the only question is if I nap or not. TTYL
My sister in law, Allison, brought us our new kittens late this morning (she's on the board of and does a lot of volunteer work for a local cat rescue organization). I think I mentioned here that we were looking to get two male sibling kittens, and that is what we have! Sorry, this isn't the best picture - I'll get better pics later, but they're either moving too fast to get a good picture or else they're napping a lot, like kittens do. They have the run of the house but most often stick to a corner area of the living room. They know where their food and water are, and they know where the litter box is but they haven't used it yet. No 'accidents' that we know of, but I will feel better when they use the box a first time. Mostly we have been having fun with them and watching them for most of the day.
Kate has a history of bad cat names (Kitty, Puddy, etc.) so it was up to me to name them. After I did some research for ideas we decided on Basil and Hamish - though we just got them and we reserve the right to change them in the next couple of weeks if we wish. Basil, asleep in the pic, is slightly bigger and has one white ear, Hamish is a few ounces less and has more color, less white. They have to be at least 2 pound before we can get them fixed and I think Basil was 1 pound 14 ounces and Hamish was 2 or 3 ounces less when they were weighed this morning. Sorry, kitties, but it will have to be done.
Our last cats we each brought into the relationship, and the cats were different ages, sexes, and temperaments and barely tolerated each other. Also, every female cat I have ever known has been some degree of antisocial, psychotic, not-fun type of cat. So this time we wanted two males for the better temperament (when fixed), and preferably siblings so they would actually like each other hopefully for a full lifetime. It will be different for us to have two 'normal' cats, but we sure look forward to the adjustment!
When I first heard Bob Welch I was just a boy, I loved the song 'Ebony Eyes.' I had no idea who sang it and probably didn't really care at that age. That song stuck with me through years of not hearing it again, then some years ago I found out who did it and was able to find the song online. Since then I have become even more familiar with him and his music, so I was sad to hear of his passingyesterday, especially with the circumstances. He was part of Fleetwood Mac in the early seventies (he sang on early versions of 'Rhiannon'), in fact, he left amicably and even set them up with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks and the Fleetwood Mac that everyone knows was born.
I hate to do this again so soon, but actually I wanted to do it shortly after my first LLP post, when I posted the I Fink You Freeky video, shortly after their latest release, Tension. They have been on my radar for quite some time now, see here. So before this is no longer new to me and because the second video from Tension was released yesterday, here is why Die Antwoord is another latest listening pleasure. A bit of a guilty pleasure for me, but a pleasure nonetheless... Um, probably NSFW.
Today is the recall election for governor of Wisconsin. After Scott Walker was elected almost 2 years ago he incited historic protests with his union busting. Tom Barrett once again takes him on in what appears will be another close race. I have a hard time understanding why it is so close, but with the way the Republican Party works and their misleading campaign ads it seems they take advantage of the 'simpler' (for lack of a better word right now) by scaring them into not voting democrat. I am so sick of politics, but when my wife gets home we will be going to cast our vote.
We have had umpteen people knocking on our door these past few weeks, we have been deluged with ads on TV and even the internet and ignored scores of phone calls on the subject. Too much, too much, waaay too much. Needless to say, I will be glad when it is all over tomorrow and a winner is decided upon. If it is Barrett then I hope he can reunite Wisconsin. If it is Walker then I hope it doesn't take too long for the Feds to arrest him (like several of his cohorts already have been) in their 'John Doe' investigation.
I'm 50-ish, happily married and child-free. My wife and I have a home near downtown Madison, Wisconsin since 2009. I am not on farcebook or other social media, only this blog. If you wish to reach out to me you may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I check it when I think of it, at least monthly.