What can I tell ya? Not much else to report on these days so I’ll use the dogs as an excuse to pop in here.
The one thing about the somewhat mild Texas winter is that it tends to be wet. Cold, and wet. Which means every dog walk is followed by the dog drying off routine. And it means in the morning that I have to wear the walk clothes and then change into the work clothes. More fun.
The winter also begins the really enjoyable 1am “please wake up so that I may go outside in the lovely chilly weather!” snorting woofle. It is often followed at 4am with the “so sorry but I’d like to come in, now” yip yipooo. It is amusing that she knows to give quiet barks – she is very thoughtful of the neighbors. But it leaves me without a decent night’s rest. No, I do not wake the Sarge, generally, because she won’t go with him. Mother must see her out. Damned fool dog.
Of course, Ranger follows after her if he isn’t too tired. He is getting older so he chooses the opportunities to fit his whim. But he still has it in him to whirl and juke at and around her as we take our daily exercise. His muzzle is white, though, and his eyes a bit dim so he is more sedate than in his mad, mad youth. My goodness, how he used to make me crazy.
Soon, Sarge will be back with them and the towel flinging battle will begin in an effort to remove at least a portion of the drizzle from the deep fur. They both needed a bath but now the weather makes the usual outdoor event unlikely. I’ve tried to get her in the tub before – not gonna happen. She is very averse to being soaked, anyway – one assumes it is a deep genetic imperative: wet = death. So she’ll shake off a rain that sits on the slick top fur but is not happy with a soaking.
Now, snow? Well, that is something else entirely. That is fun. For them. For me – before going to work? Not so much – at least not until I order the proper wet weather footwear. I have a feeling it will be a long, wet winter here…
A few weeks ago, my pal over here mentioned a slick hydration option sold here. I have a metric ton of the aluminum bottles so I tend to keep one or two handy when on all-day treks. Now I can keep a big ol’ Nalgene bottle in the car and never wish I’d brought a refill. I also made them the go-to gift for all those impossible to buy for folks – you know the kind – they’ve had every slick tool and toy since they had a job to pay for them. They come from Israel so it took a week or so to arrive but they did and in find shape.
But because of that I would definitely order as much as you can in one go to save on the shipping. It wasn’t that bad, really.
And, yes, I added a few cleaning tools – never let that sort of gear get nasty – far too difficult to clean it if you let it get outta hand.
In other news…
I asked a good pal of mine to model a fine bit of gear in order to put it on ebay – it is a Vollers black patent leather corset that once fit quite…nicely. But it is time for it to make someone else very happy. If you happen to know a someone that would like it, sing out. It fit a 36 DD size 10/12 at the time…I don’t think they even offer it in the patent leather anymore. At any rate, about $375 new, hardly worn, and with garters that can attach or no, depending on the need. In truth, I think the 36DD was just a bit much for the size – no one complained, mind you, but a D cup will probably be just as happy ensconced therein. They are asking $435 US for it – I shall be rather more reasonable. Also – I will consider a trade for ammo/gear.
I think that was all I wanted to cover…I always think of things to discuss with you, dear friends, but then life interferes and I forget. The broken tibia gets another look-see tomorrow and I am hoping the word is all good. I had to fight to work from home these last few weeks though there was no interruption in service. I could not manage the crutches though I gave it a try. But after tomorrow it is all over – back to work with a 90 minute commute each way, every day. I am, obviously, on the hunt for something else – there is no reason to spend 3 hrs of my life everyday without pay – rather, it costs me to go there.
Life is in flux, the world is in deep hazard, and I am about this || close to just closing the 401k and using it to get things Done that are vital…hopefully, after Christmas, we can sell this place to a Yankee with more money than sense and move somewhere a bit less crowded. We’ll see…