Sunday, April 29, 2012

Finally, The End!

My long ass day it now concluded. No more suicidal cats and crazy, crashing drivers for at least a few glorious hours.

More Crazy Drivers!


For the life of me, I cannot figure out why people are in a hurry to get places.  It is not especially warm, sunny, rainy, or cold out which is the usual cause of "OMG! Imma die if I don't get where I need to go to!" syndrome.

This morning while driving by a church that was ramping up for mass, a little girl no older than nine or ten ran into the street in front of me.  I was not doing more than 30 so stopping was not a big issue, however, the father of the child told me to slow down.  Yes, that's me. Mister Fast & Furious here in my little while 225,000 mile car.

While I was in Puyallup earlier today, there was another set of drivers how just had to get in front of me even though I was technically speed at 45 MPH in a 35 zone. No, 45 was not enough; 55 is more like it. Coming back from Puyallup, same thing.

No, I am no Sunday driver and definitely distracted & inattentive while driving.  I am in a minority of people who knows how to drive defensively as well as offensively (look at me bragging :-P ). However, I hate, hate, hate accidents because I HATE having the inconvenience of my car all bummed up.  Okay, </rant>!

Good Morning Me!

I had a bit of a bad start this morning: I hit a cat. I really, really hate hitting animals.  I really do try to avoid hitting animals even if they are already dead and in the road. Three or four years ago, I had a raccoon and a rather large raccoon at that, on my way to work heading towards Bremerton. It completely devastated my morning and my front end. Not because I actually hit it, rather the raccoon was still alive and  having been spun into the left-hand lane where I saw another truck and several other cars run over. If I'm going to hit something, I would like it to be dead on the first go-around.  I would have to say that if I was a raccoon and I bolted into on-coming traffic, I would pray that the vehicle that hit me would be enough to provide a finishing blow. I guess I'm funny that way.

Anyhow, while striving my sister to work I saw the shadow out of the corner of my right eye and my sister gasped, saying that I had just hit a cat. For some reason it had bolted into to the street and under my tires. I do not know if I hurt it too much because it ran off even twice as fast as it ran into the street. On my way back taking the same route, there was no sign of the it. A little bit later this morning I noticed that there were quite a few cats hit around town and the county. Who knows, maybe Mt. Rainier is getting ready to blow (over due), or we are finally going to have our Cascadia fault rupture that is so long over-due as well (15+ years).

Anyhow, this is just a little blurb about my crappy morning. I have since then had my coffee, and coffee usually does make me feel better.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I'm up, I'm up... Although I Wish I Was Not.

Good morning, all.  It is about 4:30am here and I have been up for a just over an hour and a half, however, I wish to be sleeping soundly in my bed again.  Although that is not going to happen, much to my consternation.  The early bird catches the worm, as they would say ... back in time and memorial. 

Monday, April 23, 2012

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Tis the Season For Composting!

I have began building one of my compost piles the other day from my lawn clippings. Of course, I have a proper ratio of nitrogen to carbon for quick composting, however, I did want to try this new compost starter that my mother showed to me at one of our favorite gardening stores. It is called
Dr. Earth Compost Starter and costs around $12 dollars. The gardening store I visit will sell only organically safe products and they often try out what they sell.  Another reason why I decided to give this a try is the simple fact that it is supposed to be human & pet safe instead of the chemical starters that are more than readily available.  From what I can tell, it is microbe-saturated sawdust. And so far, just after four days, it is already steaming a plenty which pleases me to no end.  Now for me, it has only sped up my compost by a matter of a week or two depending on the weather here.  Although probably not a big bump for some folks, it is a big bump for me since I use a lot of compost around my rather large yard.  I will report back good news or bad news about the product as I work with it a bit more.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Crazy drivers

I cannot stand how crazy drivers are around here lately. I seemingly cannot drive to Safeway,  Starbucks, or just down my own blog without someone pulling a move from The Fast and The Furious. This is Washington  State and  not the damn movie! Sadly, much of this behavior is from people not even from this state and/or are freaking out from either a more than a drop or two of rain, or another day too gray for their primitive minds to work around.  We do not wait for the weather to clear up here. That are what hoodies were made for and on certainly more inclement weather, rain jackets.  REI is just right up the road from my house and just about one in every major town and city that I know here.  Oh, God! Even JC Penny, Sears, and Old Navy carry them regularly.  Regardless of what the reason is, I rather wish they would stop being juvenile vehicular asshats and drive a bit more responsible. You can still speed safely…. Somewhat.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Wide Ass Turns

I captured this lovely photo the other morning while   returning home. It is from a dump truck leaving a massive public works project for Sound Transit off of Pacific & 25th street.  It was too good not to snap a pic of. I love it when people do things like that.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Spring is here!

Minion -- yes, that is her name -- at the backdoor grateful
 for the a warm day to pounce upon one of her brothers.
Well, spring has arrived and I am very grateful!  Nothing beats the prospects of spring, summer, and fall.  My favorite three seasons of the four, however, that is not to say I do not enjoy Winter either.  I found this last winter particularly hard on me, but I could just be showing my age. :-P  With the warming spring sun and somewhat warm showers that comes with it, I have started my vegetable garden and already have my compost pile working.  However, that is just the being of my work for the season or two.

One of my projects is to take down my incomplete shed that I built several years ago and replace it with a bigger one. And actually complete it this time. I stopped working on it when I decided on taking a road trip with my uncle and just never returned back to it. I also have a kitchen remodel that needs to be finished up, however, I need to expand the permit for the bathroom as well since it has developed some serious issues in the last nine months. I really did not want to break into the bathroom remodel while I have a kitchen remaining unfinished, however, it cannot be avoided right now. Speaking of remodel, I also need to repair the shoddy electrical in this house. The previous remodel-er and owners really screwed up this house, but the house is over a hundred years old.