Blogabilities — Week of 07/10/2011

* It looks half dead, it should be half dead, my poor tomato plant. It has survived two years now hanging in this half disintegrated tomato hanger thing, and yet the poor thing has 5 tomatoes on it. I’ve been following these people’s blog for awhile now, and they posted about their tomato plants. I confess, I had Tomato Envy. Then reality struck and all I could think was, “How on earth do those people get the tomatoes from off the top of that thing?” Link
My poor tomato plant

* With the recent heat wave, the community pool has been loaded with kids. My response to that is that I’ve switched my schedule and now go swimming around 5:30am. I get in a good uninterrupted, solid 40 minutes of laps and 5 minutes of post-swimming stretches that way. I really enjoy swimming that early, although it does lend a certain sense of surreality to the start of my day. Or maybe it’s the weird marijuana smell over there that makes it surreal.  I hunted around for the source this morning, but couldn’t find it.  I thought it odd the first morning I noticed it this week that it never really went away the whole time I was swimming… so early in the morning. I also never saw the giveaway puff of smoke. Then again, this morning, when I went swimming even earlier, and there it was.  5am is kind of early to be smoking weed, isn’t it?  Maybe it’s some sort of weird plant that’s growing somewhere over there?  But I’ve never smelled it before… or maybe someone smokes it late at night and leaves their used doobies in their backyard?  I have no idea what’s going on. Surreal, yes indeed.

* This is why I’ll probably never use a new sun shade in my car until my current one disintegrates. I love having a gecko shadow on my dash.

* Tony discovered he had an issue this week with fraud on his debit card. We have no idea how, but someone fraudulently used his debit card at several merchant places — supposedly SWIPED it. We are baffled, because the thing has never left his possession. Fortunately, he’s not responsible for the charges, BUT his money is tied for 10 days. Money that he needs to use to pay bills. Even though the charges came from different merchants, I’m suspicious that it’s something like what happened with Michael’s Craft Store: LINK

* When our Parrotlet’s wings grow in, she becomes Miss Independent and sometimes cops an attitude. She did that to me last week and chomped into my lip. If anyone would have seen it, it was probably quite a sight to have a little green bird hanging off of my upper lip. I would have taken a picture for you, but (a) it hurt and (b) even I sometimes lack in dedication for photo documenting things. I pried her beak open and dropped her to the floor, except she didn’t drop. She flew all the way down to the first floor into the Den of Cats. It was harrowing, except the cats were more startled than she was… and Tony rescued her, and in the process pulled a calf muscle. I think there should be a recap here, except this paragraph is already way too long. Stop laughing! Suffice it to say, birdy’s wings got clipped this weekend and now she’s back to being the sweet, loving, funny little thing that she’s supposed to be.

* While we were getting birdy’s wings clipped, we talked to the pet store owner about our cats’ dietary needs. You may recall that we almost lost one of our cats last November due to urinary tract blockage. We would have lost him except for the quick diagnosis and dedication of our amazing vet. Anyway, so he and, because of him, all of our cats have been on a special urinary tract food. This has become prohibitively expensive for us, especially when you factor in that the manufacturer of this special food has a monopoly on the market of that type of food, so they keep raising their prices. Katie, the pet store owner, came up with a strategy for us to feed him a really good wet food morning and nights, and then she found a less expensive food with comparable ingredients to our special food that we’re hoping will work out for all the cats, including our “special” cat, in the event that he sneaks the food that our other cats are eating.

* We saw this sweet Bengal kitten at a pet store a couple weeks ago. I have never drooled over the way a cat looked more than I did this little girl. Isn’t she gorgeous?

* Ripe and ready figs from my tree in the back yard make me very happy. This one, I thought, was going to be terrible. It showed up so early on the tree. Turns out, it was one of the sweetest i’ve ever had.

* Our county fair opens this weekend — although we won’t go this weekend, I can’t wait to go!

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14 responses to “Blogabilities — Week of 07/10/2011

  1. We didn’t plant a garden this year. To lazy I suppose. So you have more tomatoes than I do!

    I had someone get a hold of my credit card number a while back and charge like $1500 worth (train ticket and hotel in Europe, no less). No idea how that happened but the bank suspected someone hacked a business where I’d made a purchase. It’s a big pain in the ass so I sympathize.

    • I didn’t plant a garden this year either — just leftovers that won’t die from years past! California for you.

      The bank had no idea how it happened… but they cleared stuff up for Tony by the end of the week. We were glad.

  2. Cat

    I’ll laugh about your bird story in a second, because, first…. OMG! You have a fig tree?? I didn’t know you could grow figs in north america. I thought it was just waaaay over there on the other side of the ocean. I am now slightly cursing our winter weather here or I could have yummy trees, too!

    Also, I am obsessed with my one tomato plant. I am sure you might have noticed from all the photos I keep posting. 😉 I am happy that you have some on yours when you probably didn’t think you would!

    I know the bird story is one that is only funny after the fact, but it is funny! It sounds like something out of a sitcom! I hope you’re both recovering nicely?

    Having your bank account hacked isn’t fun. We had that happen to us last year when Shawn’s card was cloned twice. It is very startling to check your bank account only to find you’re $700 in OVERDRAFT. Ugh.

    • Fig trees do really well here, actually. Mine is a Black Jack, which is considered a dwarf variety. I’ve had it for about 7 years now, growing in a pot.

      Tomato plants are fun.. I love how my hand smells when I prune mine. The pruning is likely what caused the growth spurt.

      That bird!

      Yeah, what you said about fraud is about right. We don’t know why, of all the people in the world, they’re targeting Tony’s card. It’s not like he’s rich and he keeps a very close on his accounts. So strange.

  3. tinyhands

    Weed at 5am is what we in the business affectionately refer to as “the wake & bake”

  4. PY

    Have a good weekend.

    Hope things will work out for Tony’s credit card.

    Hey the gecko shadow is very nice!

  5. swimming at 5am? I would drown because I would still be sleeping… sleep swimming instead of sleep walking. 🙂

    Did you bring the little girl home with you? She is BEAUTIFUL!

    I hope you get that fraud taken care of, its awful trying to get it all fixed!

    • Umm, the water is brisk enough it would wake you right up. Promise!

      No, they don’t have a price posted, but their regular kittens are $125. I can only imagine what a bred cat would be. So we go visit her. She is sooooo adorable.

      The bank cleared things up for Tony by end of week… but still. Why him?

  6. tony

    We will be going to OC fair soon, YES!!!
    :mrgreen:

    love you XXOXOXOX

    • I can’t wait! I already have the food planned out that I want to eat! First the BBQed corn, then Dippin’ Dots, then the artichoke sandwich (if they have it this year), and finally… WE NEED TO RIDE AN ELEPHANT! hehe

  7. good thing i never use my debit card. ;P hehe.

    mmm, figs! 🙂

    birds are like little kids. 😛 they get all feisty sometimes. you have to clip their wings! hehe.

    maybe it’s just a weird plant that smells like weed??? or: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=wake+and+bake

    • Credit cards are a good thing, as long as you pay them off every month! Protection from fraud and you don’t tie up your bill paying money.

      Mmm, figs.

      Well… I’ve never heard the kid/bird comparison, but it works!

      Ugh. People are so gross. Explains a lot, the wake and bake.