April 13th, 2021


Lots of stuff delivered, Lots of stuff done

Spook joined me for a minute or two just as I was getting out of bed, I was already late from playing on the tablet and listening to the Monday morning LVFD roll call on the scanner app.

Rushed to gather all the garbage and recycleds, and wheel the bins out to the curb. Recycled was collected around 10:30, so the rush was needed. But not for trash.

Got a call from the screen door company,  they located a handyman to remove the prison doors, and they will call back when he confirms a date & time. Their installer will accompany him. Cost for the project is exactly what I budgeted. Yay!

Drove to PetSmart, bought some plants for the tank, but they didn't have anything else I was interested in. Need to hit Trop for more moss & glass cats or some similar benign scavengers. And maybe more neons. And maybe another male betta - one seems to have disappeared. The latest one is a small crown tail, the same color as most of the females. The missing one is a red veil tail. Could possibly be hiding in the moss.

Delivered was:
- Two stands for the streaming camera - one tripod one a desk stand. I assembled the desk stand, the tripod is for future use
- Bissel vacuum cleaner. Easy to assemble but I needed to sit down to put one of the pieces in place.**
- Six bottles of Treseme shampoo - very hard to open box, took them out and put them in the bathroom closet
- "Save my pets" fire department decal. There were three in the packet, placed one on a front window.
- Lever and wheels for moving the sofa. Kind of tricky because the fulcrum was not high enough off the ground, but the wheels are a triangle with a depression in the center for the sofa's legs, and I was able to slip them on with some trial and error. Wheeled the sofa across the room, off the rug. Mom and Spook were both confused by the new arrangement. The wheels slipped off a couple of times when they hit the folds in the rug.

Trail mix for lunch/snack.

Watched some fishing streams.

Tivo: American Idol  was another long one, this time only solos. Way too many country singers, most of whom did not sing well, IMHO, but the panel liked their "authenticity". In other words, their gravelly voices and heavy handed guitar strumming. There were three very good women singers, and two who need more work. The non-country men mostly sang falsetto, which is not singing, IMHO. One very large fellow bucked that trend and sang alto, I liked him a lot.

And there was a special sports program, an interview with ex-Quarterback Cam Newton in front of a big audience. He's pretty entertaining.

SlingTV had another episode of Graham Norton, for a change I loved the musical group.  Michelle Visage was both a guest and the lead singer.
Also on Sling was Below Deck Sailing Yacht with its usual crappy production values, and way too much screen time spent on crew romance drama. And the chef needs a talking to by the captain about American breakfasts. She thought "over easy" was scrambled. And so on. She refuses to listen to the stewardesses, who have to serve the guests and bring back the mistakes which are sent back. And the portions are too large.

BASFA zoom meeting was entertaining. Once again my rumor of the week won by a landslide.

Dinner salad before BASFA, beef portobello after for dinner, then mint chip ice cream.

Plans for tomorrow:
**Vacuum the rug
Maybe roll up the rug to get the creases out. If vacuuming doesn't do that.
Move the sofa back in place, along with the sheepskin rug, a throw rug, two scratching posts, a cat toy, the exercise bike and the TV tray.
Depending on the sliding door schedule:
Tropic for Java moss, glass catfish or something similar, a male betta and a couple more neons.

Rug victory, Magic Nails FAIL, more fish, more Spook

After breakfast, vacuumed the rug with the new Bissel, and was able to smooth out the lumps and waves caused by the sofa. Wheeled the sofa back in place, took off the wheels and while the rug has some waves in it, they are minor and I think I can flatten them with a piece of wood I have out in the shed which used to be my office "floor" in CA when I had carpet. Maybe a few bricks on top. I have some in the back yard.

Made a nails appointment for 1 pm, Magic Nails, got there 5 minutes early. My person was finishing up with a customer and said "5 minutes" but it was clearly going to be 10.

After she finished with the customer she went into the back room, and never came out. At 1:30 I left.

Went to my next stop, Trop, where I planned to buy some moss and a male betta, but got sidetracked when I saw they finally had kuhli loaches. I bought 2. And 4 glass cats. And the male betta. Plus a bag of algae wafers.

Home, after an hour let the fish out of the bags and was surprised that all the fish except the glass cats went wild over the algae wafers. When I gave the fish their evening flake food I also added two slices of zucchini. The gouramis love it but so do the red tails.

Set up the tablet with the fire dept. scanner while I watched fish. Spook worked on her tan by the open door.

"Yeller" was not impressed.

Mom took her place late in the day, Spook was not amused.

Watched assorted streamers, spent more time on Twitter than usual because Minnesota police were being incredibly stupid. It is not possible to mistake a gun for a taser. Good to hear that both the stupid officer and the stupider chief resigned. Now let's prosecute the officer.

Got a call from the screen door scheduler, she wanted to have the prison doors removed Sunday, but the screen doors won't be ready by then so I said let's do this all the same day.

Amazon Fire/Sling TV - watched Temptation Island. Mark Wahlberg is the dullest host ever. There was one pair of couples who will be breaking up. In both cases the person they latched onto is bigger than the person they came with. Skinny woman landed a taller, broader man, skinny man found a chubby woman with huge assets. Both new couples are happy.

Except not so much because all the tempters are being sent home.

PTI  I could only take one episode. Mike rants way past the 2 minutes they allot to each item.

Did some serious Yelp research and found NaiLand, which I seem to remember going to either when I first got here or when I was here in 2019 scouting houses. The latest reviews for them were all 5*, none of the others came close. Made an appointment for 1 pm tomorrow. The person I spoke to spoke American English.

Delivered was a long-delayed box of facial tissues. And a 1-day delayed pair of SodaSense CO2 cartridges.

Plans for tomorrow:
Watch streams
Watch more PTI
American Idol
and The Voice and Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.
And FishTV which helps me bond with Spook