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It's been a good weekend, all told.

Let's see - Friday I brought my cat out to Cambridge with me, and he encountered Cowboy, M's roommate, for the first time. The Pooka does NOT like Cowboy, that I can tell you. I don't know why, but he really, really doesn't. It started out okay - but then tough, rodeo-riding Cowboy who ropes bulls for fun was jumping on top of furniture, afraid of the attacking Vampire cat. Once we told him Pooka had no front claws, things calmed down, but every time he walks past Pooka, the cat hisses at him. I have no idea what that's about. I had figured that Cowboy would either be at a rodeo or at his girlfriends for the weekend ( I think I've seen him twice all summer), or I wouldn't have brought Pooka out. He did leave for his girlfriend's yesterday, so things are a bit calmer, now.

Pooka around the dogs is kinda funny, actually - things are definitely getting better there, day by day. Pooka hisses every time he walks past them, and they just ignore him. Yesterday Havoc was sound asleep on the porch, and Pooka hissed at him as he walked past the dog's hind legs to get to me. Definitely no threat there - Havoc was asleep after all - so it seems like Pooka's at the point where he's just hissing on principle.

Anyway, yesterday morning we headed up to St. Jacob's, hoping to hit the market. We left a little late - around 10:30 - and we realized that was a mistake as we approached the turnoff from the 86. The traffic was backed up down the highway, so we decided not to spend an hour just trying to get to the market, and figure'd we'd hit St. Jacob's proper instead. The traffic there was just as bad, so we headed home. Did a little appliance and furniture shopping on the way (found a kitchen table that I really like, and might be a possibility), but didn't actually buy anything.

Today was spent sipping daiquiris in the sunshine, doing nothing more energetic than tracking down free-ranging animals. *g* Pooka's starting to like the place, I think - he seems to think that as long as he's standing on the concrete around the house, he isn't actually outside. He keeps doing a circuit - from the french doors, across the porch, across the concrete behind the garden, up the main steps, in the door, over the half-door separating the porch from the house (it's one of those doors with two sections, and only the bottom is closed) and then through the house to the french doors again. He seems to be enjoying the freedom to roam, but I won't let him go far. The last thing he needs to do is tangle with a squirrel. Without front claws, he'd almost certainly lose.


Jun. 3rd, 2007 06:45 pm
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For those at the party a week ago, M finally managed to catch a few pictures of the turkey that did such a good job of terrorizing him last week. There's nothing in the pictures to give scale, but yeah, he's pretty big. This turkey just keeps wandering through the yard. It's actually kinda weird. *g*

Pictures of the infamous Clive )

This Flickr thing could get addictive. Blogging from it's not as easy as I'd like, though.
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M & I spent the last 4 1/2 hours de-pigeon-shit-ting my balcony, and re-netting it in a little tighter this time. With luck, I'll actually be able to use the balcony this summer. It's not huge, but I'd like to wander out there once in while without being afraid that the toxicity would kill me. *g* And maybe even put some flowers out there, to have a little colour nearby....

The first attempt today took the pigeons 15 minutes to figure out how to get in. 15 minutes! So, we've tightened the attachments of the netting to the bottom of the railing, and blocked off the bottom with cardboard and my step ladder. Hopefully that'll keep them out until I can get some lattice to permanently block off the bottom on Monday.

After that, if they still make it in, I swear I'm investing in a BB Gun.

Next up is a shower, some dinner, and then down to the CrazySteve residence for [ profile] not_matt's birthday. Looks like we're gonna be a little late, though...


Jan. 15th, 2006 08:43 am
carynb: (Rogue Me)
In the conversations you don't really wanna have file:

Me: Hon, you need a haircut.
M: I just got it cut on Thursday.
Me: ... but it's long enough on top to start to curl. You hate that.
M: I got it cut on Thursday!
Me: ...itlooksverynice.
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M's looking for a roommate, to share the house he rents out near Cambridge, Ontario. Well, it's actually on Clyde Road, in North Dumfreys, right before the "Welcome to Cambridge" sign. The house is about a 5 minute walk back from the road, down a private laneway, so it's very quiet, and very secluded.

He's looking for someone to rent out the upper level of the house, which has two rooms and a bathroom with a tub (but no shower).  There is access to the shower in the bathroom off M's bedroom, though. There's shared access to the main living room, dining room & kitchen, and it includes parking and laundry on-site.

The house is part of the Grand River Conservation Authority, and comes with access to the trails in the Shady Mills Conservation Area, so it's great for anyone who likes to cross-country ski (backdoor access to the groomed ski trails, all winter) or bike in summer.  There's a built in BBQ, and a bonfire pit, and all kinda of great-outdoorsy stuff. Wanna see a deer give birth on the front lawn? It's happened (can't guarantee it's gonna happen again, though. *g*). Watch a den of fox cubs grow up? Done that, too.

There is currently a cat in the house, and two large dogs (Alaskan Malamutes) live there part time.  Any other pets are welcome, as long as they can get along with the dogs. The dogs are very friendly towards people and most other animals. Small dogs with Napoleon complexes don't tend to like them, though, because they're too big. *g*

He's asking $500 a month, which includes Hydro. Oh, and it's available pretty much immediately.

If you're interested, or know someone who could be interested, just let me know (you can reach me at carynb at & I'll send you M's phone number.
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So, M's involved in the Alaskan Malamute Help League, an organization for helping owners deal with big dogs, and helping to find new homes for the dogs when the owners can no longer deal with them.

Their main fundraiser for this year (in this part of the country, anyway) is something called a Pac'N'Pull, which happens at a trainer's house out somewhere near Peterborough. I've somehow agreed to go to this year's, which happens this weekend.

So I'm off to the wilds of Peterborough, Ontario, on an unseasonably cold, wet weekend. I'll be spending all weekend outside, but M's got a cab on the back of his truck, so if it gets too bad, Mayhem (one of the dogs) & I will be under some blankets in the back of the truck, while M & Havoc (the other dog) are out socializing and competing.

At least we're no longer planning on actually camping on the site, but have a hotel room nearby instead.

Actually, I think it'll be a fun weekend. I'm just afraid that I'm going to freeze
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