Monday, August 26, 2019

“Some days, it just doesn't pay to get out of bed.” Grave Peril by Jim Butcher.

You know, the day just has to get better when first thing in the morning, you see this—

Another huge pecan branch dropped off.  Really – I think pecan trees are not worth the nuts they produce.  This makes the third huge branch that particular tree has dropped in two months.  Honest to god, I’m going to have the damn thing cut down and the stump ground into the center of the earth!  Aaaarrrggghhh!!!

OK – I feel somewhat better now.  Guess I’ll be cutting up that (words fail me) branch this week.  Fortunately a friend has offered to help so between the two of us, we should be able to get it done pretty quickly.

Today, Aug 26, is National Toilet Paper Day (who do you think comes up with these things?)

Procter & Gamble's Charmin brand decided to celebrate by attempting the Guinness World Records title for largest toilet paper roll.  (allrightie then)

And just a few interesting (odd, weird, unusual) facts –

Americans use 50% more toilet paper than other Western societies.

Some interesting things have been used in place of toilet paper. Water, hay, corncobs, leaves, sticks, stones, sand moss, hemp, wool, husks, fruit peels, ferns, sponges, seashells, and broken pottery have all been used in the bathroom at one time or another.  (seashells?? broken pottery?? just how do you think someone knows this?)

Toilet paper was introduced in the US in 1857 when Joseph C. Gayetty began selling toilet paper with his name printed on each sheet. He marketed the brand as medical tissue for hemorrhoids.

Toilet paper is specially designed to decompose.  (well, that’s good since we use so much)

Global toilet paper production consumes 10 million trees each year.  (hmmm we might need to rethink the hay, leaves, wool, fruit peels ….)

During Desert Storm, the US Army used toilet paper to camouflage its tanks.

Okey dokey - onward . . . .

We finally got a little rain – about 0.02 inches according to a friend, not much but at this point, every little drop helps.  Of course, rain means the grass is going to grow and it will have to be mowed but the rest of the plants are happier.  And a couple of my day lilies have decided to bloom again (which is just odd all by itself). 

The Demon Duo are driving me bug-fuck-nuts!  They’ve just figured out how to get on top of the 6-foot bookcases.  The bookcases that have all sorts of things sitting on top of them.  All sorts of antique and/or glass things sitting on top of them.

They climb up the wooden Indian – aaaarrrrrggghh!

I spent time Sunday taking everything off the top of the bookcases.  Then, I had to move everything breakable on various other shelves they keep looking at with interest.  I worry about the ceiling fans because I watch them eyeing the fan blades and can see all the little wheels turning inside their heads.

“They're coming to take me away ho ho hee hee ha haaa
To the funny farm
Where life is beautiful all the time
And I'll be happy to see those nice young men
In their clean white coats
And they're coming to take me away ha haaa”

People – I need reassurances.  Never mind that I’ve had cats my entire life.  These two are into more trouble than any I’ve had in the past 50 years!  Please – this will get better, right?  Soon??  Like tomorrow?

They were so cute when I got them ----

I do not know what happened!

26 Aug 2019


  1. First off, you need to cut back your pecan tree every two to three years or the branches will fall because they can't handle the weight. Oh lawdy lawd, those kittens will be the death of you. When are you going to take them in to be fixed? That should calm them down a bit. Otherwise, invest in a super soaker water gun with a high power sight on it. Nothing good will come of reaching for the fan blades but it might be fun to watch. Sorry. Regain your sanity and take a nap or have some iced tea and watch the kitties.

    1. Vet wants to wait until they're 6 months old before neutering and they're only 4 months old right now. Pretty sure the opportunity to prune trees is past now - these are about 50ft tall and have branches bigger around than me right now. Just pecan trees and their tendency to self prune. All I can say - I'd better get pecans this year!

  2. Yes, pre neutralization days. That's when boy cats turn into agreeable lumps.

    1. Right! I knew that - thank you for reminding me - only 2 more months to go then agreeable lumps. In with the good air, out with the bad and relax Pamela.

  3. My dad's huge pecan tree got knocked over in a wind storm a few years ago - so sad! Fortunately it didn't damage his house.

    I'm not a cat person (cute little devil demons!) so I have no words of wisdom there.

    Did you see that supposedly Jim Butcher has FINALLY finished writing the next Harry Dresden book? I'll believe it when I get to download the James Marsters audio version!

    1. New book?! I will start looking for it. Here lately the pecan trees have been dropping branches all over town. Heat and no rain but also I think this will be a big crop year so they are all full of pecans (at least I hope for a good crop year).