Blade Runner

I have been shaving my head on a regular basis for the last umpteen years using a straight razor, so I decided to finally crawl into the modern age and try a razor specifically made for head shaving. After a lot of research a.k.a. watching multiple videos of sexy, bald, sometimes shirtless men shave their head while saying how good it feels….

(pause for silent innuendo)

…I decided to go with this little baby:

The HeadBlade ATX

It’s a neat little razor that fits around your middle finger. It has 2 front wheels that glide along the surface of your head, and allows you to use your whole hand as a guide to shave while simultaneously feeling for missed patches of growth.

It’s like shaving your head with a hot wheels!

I’m on day two and I have to say, I like it muchly. It’s a bit faster, and gives a smoother shave with fewer repeat pass-overs on the ol’ naked noggin. I was a bit timid the first day (it’s good to never completely lose the fear of cutting your head while shaving…it hurts like a mother!) but I had a lot more confidence with it on my second go round.

And what a sweet, smooth shave!

Daddy like!

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Move your feet…

…lose your seat!

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Old Fogey-ness

It’s sad…my idea of rebelliousness these days is staying up to 10:00pm on a work night.

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Fencing

While our dilapidated fence remains partially down and wide open to the road behind our house…

…we’ve had to harness and leash the dogs whenever they want/need to go out, something none of us enjoy. We’re getting quotes on new fences, but everyone’s busy so it looks like, best case scenario, we’ll be waiting 6-8 weeks for a new fence.

We decided that was too long for us all to endure the leash life, so we took matters into our own hands and decided to erect a temporary dog fence. After a run to Homo Depot to get some rolled wire fencing and metal posts, we headed out into the hot sun (87 degrees) to pound post and unroll wire.

45 minutes later, the dogs were out exploring their reduced yard space and new barrier.

We’re not going to win any awards for our wire weaving, but it got the job done. And the dogs are much happier they are free to enjoy the yard, leashless and harnessless, again…as are we.

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Isolation Revocation…

…or “Zero to Sixty in Seven Seconds.”

We’ve remained faithfully isolated since March, working from home, only going out for bare essentials (groceries and remicade infusions) and the occasional “sanity drive” to get out of the house.

Just before the Pandemic hit hardcore, we had contracted to have our basement finished (which we promptly put on hold.) Just after the Pandemic hit hardcore, we started having problems with our septic and, one costly assessment later, discovered it needed major repairs. We have been “on call” for the septic repair, waiting for any opening that might pop up in their booked schedule for them to come do repairs (and rationing our water use for months to avoid any back up…stressful enough without all this extra rain.)

In addition, our fence is literally rotting away, still standing (where it is) on luck alone.  We desperately need to have it replaced, but couldn’t schedule that until the septic got repaired, since they need to get large equipment into our yard and any new fence that went up would just have to come back down again to provide access. So, we’ve patched it, as needed, with our meager cover-the-hole-with-a-bucket skills. (It really put a scare in us seeing Harvey prancing around in the neighbor’s yard, having discovered a new hole in the fence. Oy!)

After a l-o-o-ot of discussion and many safety precautions put in place, we rescheduled our basement finishing, which was started 2 weeks ago and is being done by one person (a good friend), who has restricted access to the basement and one guest bathroom (that we’re not using for the duration.) All interactions are  done by text or phone call; or with masks in place, standing at a safe distance, when in-person consult is needed.

A sneak peek of things to come.

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Then we had to bring in an electrician to put in some (many) new outlets in the basement…same rules. (SIDE NOTE: It’s a wonder we did not burn the house down with the myriad of extension cords and power strips we used to maximize the only 3 existing outlets in the basement to power our TV, Lamps, and other electronic devices down there.)

Then, this morning, we got the call: the schedule opened up, and the septic folk were coming to drop off equipment and do a pre-repair septic pump before coming tomorrow to fix the septic. Minutes after the call, we heard the giant excavator being pulled into the alley/road behind our yard. (Talk about little notice.) We needed two sections of our fence, two small trees, and a small  concrete “patio” with steps (a weird little stone “stage” in the back left part of our yard, we think may have been a pool deck at one time?) removed, so the septic folk could get all their equipment into our yard. We had a different handyman guy on call to remove the fence and trees, but with so little notice, we couldn’t get him here this morning in time to do it (No big surprise.)  Fortunately, the Septic folk offered to do the work gratis, acknowledging they screwed up and gave us no time to prepare. (Whew!)

They left this behind, but didn’t leave the keys 😦

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When monster (vehicles) attack!

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Additionally, are septic folk informed us we need to bring a plumber in for a minor (but additional none-the-less) inside pipe repair on our outgoing pipes

So, our yard will be occupied by 3-4 people for the next two days, there are 2 people in our basement for awhile,  with a 3rd – the plumber – soon to be popping in at some point over the next couple of days.  Not to mention, we still need to schedule a fence replacement when all is said and done.

More work. More expense.* More People. More exposure.

My isolationist COVID-anxiety has kicked into mega-high gear.

We will continue to take every precaution, sanitizing everything, masking like mad, and hoping for the best. This would normally be such exciting/good news (and it is), but the Pandemic makes it all feel so risky and dangerous, as well.

* I feel the need to point out we are not made of money and did not have the funds for the bulk of this work. We had to borrow a shitload of money from the Bank and will be in debt up to our ears for years because of all this work. But ya gotta do what ya gotta do. Who needs a condo in Boca Raton, amiright?

 

 

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Peace

Despite my efforts to distract, meditate, compartmentalize, hope, laugh, sing, appreciate…anything to stop from succumbing to the darkness of the country and state of the world, I just can’t seem to find the peace and serenity this little lady found today:

I guess I’ll have to live vicariously.

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Little Bits of Love

Today I had to leave the house for my 2.5 hour Remicade Infusion, which I get every 8 weeks to keep my Crohn’s disease in check. Aside from these bi-monthly excursions, I almost never leave our property. As you can imagine, our dogs love it and have quickly adapted to having us home 24/7, with no complaints. Despite spending time with them around the clock, it is still hard to leave them for even a few hours, because I can’t explain where I’m going or why I have to go. I have to leave, feeling the weight of their sullen eyes on my back, serenaded by the sounds of their sorrowful whimpers, something I have lost much of my built up immunity to, as the need to leave the house daily ended in March, so my defenses are low.

Harvey spends most week days in my makeshift home office (aka “the Giraffe Room”, 9-10 hours a day, lying behind me on pillows and blanket while I stress my way through the work day. He senses the moment I turn of my computer and dances excitedly to go downstairs together.

Today my husband texted me the picture below. His text message said:

“Had to turn giraffe room lights on. That’s where  Harvey is waiting on you.”

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I can’t even with the heart melts right now.

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Hooray! Adoption Day!

Just 11 days ago we celebrated Rita Mae’s 10th birthday, but today’s even more special, because 8 years ago today we brought Miss Rita Mae home to join her forever family.

Yay! Yay! Rita Mae!

We’re so glad you came to stay!

Strike a pose, Rita!

(And, yes, that’s a GOOD Fairy you see in the background!)

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Battling the Blues

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It was a stressful and sad week, fraught with a couple sleepless nights. Another “old” blogger friend left this mortal plane. We had fallen out of touch, but we had met “IRL” just shortly after his wedding and enjoyed a visit and tour of his home town. I was sad to read of his passing (just after his 50th birthday.) I know he had quite a few struggles the last few years. I feel for the loss his family and friends are experiencing now.

So, it was no great surprise that I woke up this morning feeling blue (as is happening more often, lately, between work stress, the pandemic, and the ugliness society is revealing through their lack of concern for others.) Rather than give into it, I followed the checklist of mood-lifting steps:

  • Got out of bed, showered, and put on a fresh frock.
  • Opened the blinds and flooded the house with sunlight.
  • Had my morning coffee on the back porch in the fresh air.
  • Asked Siri to play “Happy Music” on the home pod.

I started to feel my mood lift a bit. Then came the small accomplishment part of the “perk me up” program:

  • A nice older couple came by to pick up some odds and ends from our basement that I had offered up on Freecycle, thus clearing out a few more unwanted “gathering dust” items from the basement without adding to the landfills.
  • We put brackets on our (sleep number) bed frames in anticipation of ordering headboards. (Long overdue.)
  • We did a load of laundry.
  • We went for a long drive and picked up some liquor from a small mom and pop store out in the middle of nowhere, thereby getting out of our daily rut and supporting a local small business.
  • We came home and picked up the newest batch of garbage strewn behind our fence buy our ever thoughtless neighbors.

So, while I’m not euphoric, I’m feeling better than I did upon awakening, and that’s something.

On another note, our basement refinishing is finally underway, something I’ve wanted done for 8 years. It was started on Friday and it’s being done by a one-man operation (and friend), so exposure is limited. He’s sticking to the path from our front door to the basement, and we always all wear masks at a distance when interacting. Its hard not giving hugs like old friends do, but we’re all trying to stay safe while giving him much needed business and income, and he’s giving us our dream space. (Actually, my dream space, since it will mostly be a comic book lounge when all is said and done.) I’ll share pictures as progress is made.

Hope you’re all staying safe and finding ways to smile.

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Mask-arade.

We got a surprise package in the mail today with 2 new face masks: Owl and Pooh!

A mutual friend bought us this set, and she got my bf Jim and his hubby Ken a set of Tigger and Eeyore masks.

Can’t wait until we can all be together again for a group photo.

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