We’re having a heat wave. It was a lovely 92 out yesterday and looks to be the same today. We’re all surviving it ok. It should cool down again soon. In the meantime, the kitties are all hiding in the darkest corners, so getting pics has been real work. Oh, and my lip is finally back to normal, though I’ll be on the antibiotics for another 5 days yet.
I was intending to post something during the week, but it got a tad stressful here. On Tuesday morning at 7 am, they started to work on the wall of our building. Our bedroom is on one side of the wall and their work on the other side. They were stripping the plaster off to prep it for the new building going in next door.
This was the view later in day
The funny part about the whole thing was that my phone went off at 11:30 that day. I couldn’t answer it because the noise level was far too high. It was the landlady, but she didn’t leave a voice mail. She called again at noon on Wednesday and since the crew was on break, I answered. The convo went like this…
Her: The crew wanted me to call and tell you that they would be working on your wall and that it would be noisy.
Me: I know. They started yesterday at 7 am.
Her: I tried to call you yesterday, but you didn’t answer.
Me: The construction noise was too loud for me to answer
It was absurd
Anyhow, It time for the pointy eared people to shine. They have really adjusted well to the constant construction racket. Jenny is doing exceptionally well, given her normal levels of paranoia. 🙂
Ok, it was more like a very heavy drizzle, but it was wonderful. We went out in it and got soaked before we were done. I hope to have some pics up in a day or two. The construction continues with all the noise and dust. Pfffft! At least the pointy eared people are less panicked now.
Now it’s time for the pointy eared people to shine.
I have a construction update this week. While we still have a kitchen window, there’s no view to speak of, so I took this from across the street.
And now for your viewing pleasure, here is a happy elephant
With Lastech on swing shift, we had to go run errands early today that almost caused me to forget what day it was. To make matter worse, Tito has made it a point to run when he sees the camera. What can you do? 🙂
I light of my last post about seagull youngsters, here’s a good bird fight vid.
The beat of hammers, that is. Progress is being made, even today. They don’t work on Sundays, thank goodness. The fleas are still an issue, but getting much better. Thanks to the humidity, I have to reapply the Diotomaceous earth (food grade) on a regular basis, but I made sure I got enough to do that.
I had a post prepared for midweek, but I had to go off and deal with jury duty and issues with the apartment. I’ll try to post it tomorrow.
Here are the furbabies
As for the construction….
Now for something unique. There was a traffic jam on the Golden Gate Bridge right in the middle of the evening rush hour.
The deer (black-tailed) made it across safely and vanished into the headlands that are visible in the vid. 🙂
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. We’re plugging along as usual. Life here is interesting this weekend. A large section of one of our freeways was closed for earthquake retrofit. Yesterday’s gridlock was amazing. Lucky for Lastech, his work hours helped to keep him out of the worst of it.
The fleas are almost gone now and the beasties are much happier. They even managed a good romp or two. They’re also a bit more relaxed with the construction outside, but I’m careful to NOT let the Feliway diffuser go dry. 🙂
As for the construction, it’s ongoing. I still have a kitchen window for the moment, so I can keep tabs on the work.
The flea problem has eased up. The kitties are free of them and the apartment is mostly clear. The food grade diatomaceous earth has worked very well. I think it will take a while before they completely relax, but they’re rebounding quickly. The construction next door is still noisy, but I think they’ve adjusted to it somewhat.
The fleas are dying and the kitties are much happier. We got them some Advantage and I dusted the apartment with non toxic food grade Diatomaceous Earth. It works well. We also have (thanks to a friend) a couple of flea traps set out. The nearby construction has been on hold, thank goodness. The poor kitties have been through enough.
In the midst of all this, poor Titanescu must have pulled a muscle or something. His right hind leg was hurting him to the point that he cried and limped. Titanescu doesn’t cry, so I know it was bad. Lucky for all of us, he’s already much better today.
Speaking of Miss Jenny… If you remember, she took up tater stealing a while back. She decided to expand her horizons.
When I went to clean up the mess, I decided to carefully pick up the shredded roll with a sheet of paper. I placed it on the table and looked at it. It was a work of art!
Yes, we have fleas. Lord knows where they came from. I’m guessing that the drought and the construction next door stirred them up. In our twelve years in this apartment on the second floor, we have never had fleas or any other bugs. Ok, we had the occasional ant swarm, but those were easily dealt with. Poor kitties. As if the construction wasn’t bad enough… We’ll take care of it.
I managed to get a few pics. Between the fleas and the construction, it has been difficult.
Here’s the construction update. We had cement trucks parked and running right outside our window for a little more than 5 hrs. The kitties were NOT amused.
We still have a kitchen window and this is the view. The bottom right corner is my window sill. The wall you see close by isn’t the outside wall of the next building. It’s a hallway. The outside wall of the next building is also in the bottom right corner and barely visible. There’s no space between the buildings. My window will go away at some point. I thought it would be gone already.
After all that, a bit of humor is in order. Here’s a funny vid of a horse and a cameraman.
Five years ago today, Lastech and I got sick and tired of being slaves to nicotine and so we smoked our last cigarette. We don’t miss it. More after the pointy eared people get their spot in the sun.
As an introduction to today’s Caturday, here is a comedy skit by Big Train. 🙂
Written by Lastech:
Grand Marshal Titanescu continues to surprise… It isn’t simply that I haven’t been hit, bit or hissed at in about two weeks, the Titan’s made some surprising progress socially. It might be a combination of stress from the construction next door, the Feliway working its magic, or simply gaining his trust at last. I’m not sure, but Titanescu’s become a Velcro kitty. He runs after me wherever I go, rubbing against my legs, rubbing his scent on me and even purring. Yes now we know he does purr. You can barely feel it when he’s on your lap, and certainly not hear it. But as he peels back his lips, rubbing on you, there’s no mistaking that low rumble. But wait. We’ve also been able to pick him up and move him without injury! Oh sure, he doesn’t move off a lap voluntarily, but he’ll submit to the relocation without retaliation.
Frankly, from a cat who hissed and hit us just for laughing, that is amazing!
Miss Nightshade Jenny had a birthday. Today a gift box arrived for her from her Auntie Grace. Tomorrow, she’ll get to see her gifts and I’ll be taking pictures of her, the boys and the goodies. Then we’ll be able to thank Grace properly.