Archive for June, 2007

30
Jun

Packing Under Purple Sunset

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

Packing Under Purple Sunset

30 June 2007

“Thirty days hath September, April, June, and November . . .”  a very helpful childhood rhyme I can remember teaching myself from a book at a very early age.  Today, I find myself wondering why it is that the two months I have to be away, are two of the really long ones?

Having been so sick earlier in the week, I have tried especially hard not to worry or stress about this packing process this year.  And, I think I’ve done pretty well.   Maybe even too well.  About halfway into today I began thinking about waiting until Monday to leave.  It’ll mean I have to drive two days straight, no alternatives.  Just a quick overnight with my brother, or whereever.  But, it’ll also mean I get to spend one more night here in my own bed.

So, I packed at a leisurely pace, and although I’m not done, I got farther along than I thought I might.  In the workshop, I’ve just got to do a final check.  I think there are two items waiting to be carted to the trailer.  The grommeter is already on board.  The sewing machine is in the truck, as is all the office stuff I keep near me when travelling.  Tomorrow I get to concentrate on packing my own clothes and shoes, and doing a little bit of office work and housecleaning, laundry, etc.  That way I won’t be leaving such a mess.  When I know it’s likely going to be ten or eleven weeks before I see the house again, I hate to start with it being disheveled!

This afternoon’s packing was tricky—dodging raindrops!  Kyle helped me load those heavy pieces of equipment, and not five minutes later the bottom fell out of the big bucket in the sky, and I was very grateful for our timing!

While I was winding down the packing tonight, the sun was setting and casting a pink glow on everything.  I went to get my camera, and in the moments that followed, the sky changed from some pink in the blue, to PINK and blue, and then finally to purple.  Beautiful. 

~MB

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29
Jun

She knows . . .

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She knows . . .

29 June 2007

. . . that it’s almost time to leave.  She’s made this trip with me to Bristol for seven years in a row.  She’s never known a summer at home.  She recognizes the packing dance.  And if she wasn’t already completely convinced something was up, she sure knows it after today.  Every year before we leave, we visit the doctor and update any vaccinations and all that.  Doing renfaire with a pet, it’s not only necessary for following festival rules, it’s safer for the pet.  Today was “check-up” day for Artemis. 

All things considered, I guess it went okay.  She and I (and the doctor) all left the encounter in one piece.  Unless you count the thousands of cat hairs.  I’m not so sure about the scrawny little newbie guy they had working at the clinic this afternoon, though.  Although there was no actual bloodshed, I’m pretty sure he’ll have nightmares about my possessed cat. 

Although in the past, I’ve always been allowed to hold my pets’ heads, whisper in their ears, keeping them as quiet and still as possible, while doctors and techs did their stuff with needles and thermometers, today was different.  First we had the new kid who let us know right up front that he was uncomfortable with his job, just from his speech and body language.  Then, when I indicated I’d rather keep Artemis in her little bed/crate until the doctor came in, and we could do everything at once, he admitted to not being much of a cat person.  I tried to make light of the situation, hoping to put him more at ease, but it didn’t work.  He did okay with ‘Tia, who was also there for a booster shot, then he suggested that he take the cat in her carrier to the back and let the doctor and he deal with it all back there.  I never like it when they take the animal away from you, so I insisted that I wanted everything done right there in the exam room, where I could help.  So, by the time it was actually time to deal with her, he was downright afraid.  And all I had really said was that she was very “moody.”  Good thing I didn’t tell him she was borderline, or he’d have really been a mess.  I held her while he got her weight and her temperature, and although she growled to let us know she was not happy, things were on course.  It would be over soon, I figured.  Then, the doctor came in and things went from bad to worse.  The doctor (one I’d never encountered there before) refused to let me help hold the cat.  So, now we have a know-it-all doctor and a scared idiot tech kid trying to give two shots to a cat that doesn’t even let my husband pet her without hissing.

I have never heard an animal make the noises my poor bi-polar cat made in that exam room today.  And from what Kyle said about the reactions of the people in the lobby, neither had anyone else.  By the time the first shot was finally given, Artemis had growled, hissed, spit, and peed a little, which told me she was more scared than mad.  She’d been all over two counters, on the floor in the corner, in the sink, wrapped in a towel and I had raised my voice at the doctor.  The aforementioned, big, blood-curdling, kitty scream came after that.  I think it was that noise that really unnerved the doctor enough to let me help.  She made a comment during one brief kitty silence soon thereafter, that she didn’t understand why the cat was so much more angry and wild-sounding when the tech kid reached in to help (doing just what the doctor told him to do).  That gave me an opening to quietly say, “Because she can sense his fear.  Please let me help.” Obviously rattled, she did.  And from that point it all got better.  The kid backed away.  Once I was right there where she could hear my voice and feel me, the cat started to calm, and the second shot was much easier.  There was still hissing and spitting, but then it was over.  She went gladly back into her little basket/bed/carrier place.  And, she was very glad to get home.  But, it was not a good day for Artemis.

As I write this, now, a number of hours later, she is <please read this sitting down> laying curled up between Kyle’s legs as he reads in bed!  She seems to be over her mad, and except for having a little less patience for the dogs and their cat-herding games this evening, she is fine.

But, she knows.

~MB

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29
Jun

No Kidding

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

28 June 2007
No Kidding

…as if parking on either side of the street were even possible. I drive this road every day on the way to and from work. I hope, every day, that I don’t require a reason — any reason — to have to park on the side of this road. The original road was a construction path through what is called The Arlington Bottoms. With the completion of Trinity Boulevard, this small construction road has become a pretty major travel path for many folk who live in Arlington and work up airport way. It’s a situation that needs to be corrected in terms of widening the road, but I dread the day they start that, for my 22 minute drive will suddenly & dramatically increase.

Cheers

~KR (28 June 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.1 sec (1/10)
Aperture: f/3.5
Focal Length: 58 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

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29
Jun

The Guardian

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

27 June 2007
Guardian

I’ve shown you the English Garden and some of its statues in previous posts; I’ve even taken photos of the fence. But this is the statue that sits on top of the fence at the corner of the road leading to the property. Another grey day in North Texas, I took advantage of a rare rain respite, rolled down my window and took this photo while waiting for the traffic to clear. Their house and gardens are a wonderful gift to the community. They are constantly updating and cleaning and gardening and building. It’s quite marvelous.

Cheers.

~KR (27 June 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 58 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

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29
Jun

Coloured Glass

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

26 June 2007
Coloured Glass

~KR (26 June 2007)

I see this photo Kyle took and am reminded of the wonderful potential experiences as a baby apprentice glass blower, that await me this summer!  The artist who made these lovely pieces in this photo is our beloved gaffer, Shannon Jane Morgan of Girl Glass.

~MB

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.8 sec (4/5)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

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29
Jun

Only in Texas

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

25 June
Only in Texas

Another day of off-again, on-again torrents at DFW. This is also the day where I finally completed a nearly 6 month exercise in gaining a government issued access badge. The entire process in gaining that badge fills me with wonder; wonder that our government can even function being such an inefficient, poorly-maintained and badly-in-need-of-lubrication machine. Certainly the government is less well cared for than this beautiful bike (and its attendant horn).

Cheers.

~KR (25 June 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/1000)
Aperture: f/3.1
Focal Length: 14 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire, auto mode

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28
Jun

Gimme an "R" . . .

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

28 June 2007

Gimme a “U” . . . Gimme a “B” . . .

I know —I’m on the Rubbermaid bandwagon, again.  But, it’s packing time, and a last minute trip to a local Lowe’s to buy more Rubbermaid tubs was inevitable.  I decided to leave the truck and trailer attached and ready to boogie, so Kyle took me to Lowe’s when he got home tonight. This time tomorrow, with any luck those five tubbies will be packed and loaded into the trailer, along with a bunch of other stuff. 

My fever seems to be pretty much gone, although the brain-battering cough is getting worse. 

~MB

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28
Jun

Gimme an “R” . . .

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

28 June 2007

Gimme a “U” . . . Gimme a “B” . . .

I know —I’m on the Rubbermaid bandwagon, again.  But, it’s packing time, and a last minute trip to a local Lowe’s to buy more Rubbermaid tubs was inevitable.  I decided to leave the truck and trailer attached and ready to boogie, so Kyle took me to Lowe’s when he got home tonight. This time tomorrow, with any luck those five tubbies will be packed and loaded into the trailer, along with a bunch of other stuff. 

My fever seems to be pretty much gone, although the brain-battering cough is getting worse. 

~MB

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28
Jun

Gimme an “R” . . .

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

28 June 2007

Gimme a “U” . . . Gimme a “B” . . .

I know —I’m on the Rubbermaid bandwagon, again.  But, it’s packing time, and a last minute trip to a local Lowe’s to buy more Rubbermaid tubs was inevitable.  I decided to leave the truck and trailer attached and ready to boogie, so Kyle took me to Lowe’s when he got home tonight. This time tomorrow, with any luck those five tubbies will be packed and loaded into the trailer, along with a bunch of other stuff. 

My fever seems to be pretty much gone, although the brain-battering cough is getting worse. 

~MB

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28
Jun

Gimme an “R” . . .

   Posted by: krmb    in Daily

28 June 2007

Gimme a “U” . . . Gimme a “B” . . .

I know —I’m on the Rubbermaid bandwagon, again.  But, it’s packing time, and a last minute trip to a local Lowe’s to buy more Rubbermaid tubs was inevitable.  I decided to leave the truck and trailer attached and ready to boogie, so Kyle took me to Lowe’s when he got home tonight. This time tomorrow, with any luck those five tubbies will be packed and loaded into the trailer, along with a bunch of other stuff. 

My fever seems to be pretty much gone, although the brain-battering cough is getting worse. 

~MB

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