Monday, April 30, 2007

April Flowers

Here are Jason's spring plantings in our flower box so far this year:

Lookin' good! I can't wait for the rose bush to start blooming.


Here is a picture of Beezus in her natural habitat. What can I say? When she's not knocking things off of surfaces, she likes to sleep in the bathroom sink. So what?

And here is a picture of Ramona on squirrel patrol.

They are both diligent in their daily duties and we couldn't be prouder.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

More Murphese

"Bitterman" - adj: a result or incident seeming particularly tailored to be the opposite of a desired result or incident; the correct term for the so-called "ironic" occurrences in the Alanis Morissette song. Origin: American men from the state of Iowa disposed to wounding of Murphy women's egos.

"Cow" - n: a stack of hay.

"Cow with raincoat" - n: a stack of hay wrapped in a tarp or other weather protectant binding.

"Haystack" - n: a domestic bovine animal commonly seen in farm pastures along midwestern highways.

"Sooz, Suz, Gunky, Sisco" - proper n: She Who Shall Not Miss Neither Book Fair Nor Opportunity To Purchase A Baby Afghan Pattern Book.

"George Baha Doodah Fred" and "Fred Baha Doodah George" - proper n: Cuddly puppy stuffed animals ideally suited to befriend the tortured younger sisters of elder Murphy terrorists.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Poor Poor Beezus

My cat is insane. Perfect, some say. But insane nonetheless.

This weekend our house was besieged by a calico cat that has moved into the neighborhood apparently with plans to terrorize the local house-cat population by teasing and taunting them through the newly open windows of homeowners enjoying the wonderful spring weather we are currently experiencing. This cat (which has a lot of squirrel-like tendencies) enjoys hanging out on the brick exterior windowsills in front of our open windows and laughing at our poor housebound pets.

Saturday morning we were awakened by Ramona's caterwhauling (get it?) at the top of her lungs, hissing, batting at the screen and generally freaking out at the calico cat's (henceforth to be termed "Lucifer's") presence. Not long afterward, a full on war erupted between the highly agitated Ramona and her sister, Beezus. And ever since, Beezus has been experiencing flashbacks and hallucinations during which, apparently, Ramona becomes Lucifer--an evil invader in her own home threatening her very existence. Beezus, therefore, has taken to wailing and hissing at Ramona when she approaches, which occasionally erupts, in turn, into a volcanic struggle for their lives.

As Ramona was here a year or two before Beezus, who has never known a day of life without Ramona around, it's pretty tough to figure out why she suddenly sees Ramona as an outsider. Suzanne says it's probably Early Onset Kitty Alzheimer's. Prayers are welcome.

Murphese: A Dictionary

"Doody Moos" - The 60's-70's rock band known to others as The Moody Blues.

"Nonpod" - Any mp3 player not manufactured by the evil geniuses at Apple. Also sometimes referred to as "Beloved" or "My Precious."

"Oop Doops" - Fruit Loops. Yum!

"Gorga Hunk" - See Gabriel Byrne, Kiefer Sutherland, et al.

Additional contributions forthcoming and comments with further additions welcome!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Haiku for Herkimer

Pretzels from Aldi
Cube prairie dogs sniff the air
Flatulence wafts on

For Suzanne

Because she hates it when I don't post anything for a week.

So here's something. It's a link. To a website. Where you can hear outtakes from Gary Busey's recordings for a GPS device that gives you driving directions.


Thursday, April 5, 2007

The Berry Blues

What is it about Manu Chao that just makes me smile and gets my head nodding and butt wiggling whenever he comes on the nonpod?

He might be saying "the married blues". Or "the buried blues". I don't know. But it sounds like "the berry blues" to me. And no matter what the words are it doesn't sound like any kind of blues I know. It sounds like a light rain while the sun is still shining in Jamaica.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Reading Log

I have had this habit lately of not being satisfied with just reading one book at a time. I thought it was a bad habit and was frustrated with myself--missing the teenager who would open a book and pour over it for a couple days straight until finished and then proceed to do the same with the next book.

Well, now, instead of trying to force myself back to that, I'm trying a new tactic to make myself less dissatisfied with the new way of being. Instead of reading any 3 books at the same time, I'm now reading one classic, one non-fiction and one fiction book. I started Faulkner's As I Lay Dying on Saturday. I didn't like Faulkner in college, but as I'm more mature now and As I Lay Dying is rather short, I thought I'd go for it, and likely would be glad I did. Well, I'm already glad. This guy's really good! I'm just trying to get in 10 or more pages a day on that one, and it is so short it will go by quickly and that'll be one more book I really want to have read in my lifetime checked off! ;-)

I just started my current non-fiction book on Sunday--The Great Deluge about the week of Hurricane Katrina. Definitely fascinating so far. I'm taking it easy on that one, too, just wanting to get in maybe 10 or 15 pages a day.

I had a really hard time picking a "regular" book this time around after finishing Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I spent days perusing a bunch of books on my shelves that I haven't read yet. I finally settled on Rohinton Mistry's A Fine Balance about India in the 1970's. We'll see if it works for me or not.

New Stuff This Week

Received my Zooba book-of-the-month last night: Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go. He wrote The Remains of the Day, which I loved. I also have his novel The Unconsoled on my shelf, and have had for a couple years, but have never started. I think the sheer length of that one intimidates me these days. But I'd already started a couple other books and have a book club book still to read this month, so this one will go on the shelf until it hits the spot.

I also got a few new albums last night, so I'm listening to those today--yay! Elliott Yamin (I know, but I really LIKED him!), Panda Bear (this one is more for Jason than me--supposed to be a bit experimental) and The Bird and the Bee (which I heard about on NPR a month or so ago and have been thinking about getting ever since--I think going to be a bit Iron & Wine-ish). They're on the nonpod queue today along with the new Arcade Fire album which I actually got a while ago but haven't properly attended to yet.

Happy Wednesday to me!

Monday, April 2, 2007

Oh, and I almost forgot

Our new tenants paid their rent on the 1st day of the month yesterday!!! And they didn't complain about anything or ask for anything to be fixed.

I love them.

They can crank the house music any time they want.


Mmmm....Downy fresh!

I love my clean clothes!!! I did laundry most of the day Saturday and Sunday. Just about every piece of clothing I actually wear at all, most of our towels and about two-thirds of the clothes Jason wears at all. And I finished the whole thing last night--matched socks, put everything away, the whole bit!

This morning when I woke up, lo and behold, I had all kinds of tops to pick from to go with my suit and could just grab a fresh PAIR of socks out of the drawer without hunting and pecking about and changing my mind about what color suit to wear based on what socks I was able to find. It was wonderful. Now if only I would keep this up....

Next on my organization list is to go through the back of Jason's closet and throw away the clothes that are back there that I haven't worn (and the ones he hasn't worn) for a couple of years. I already was able to take our suitcases to the basement now that I have the supercool shelves down there to store things on. This whole organization thing is finally starting to shape up.