beep beep beep beep beep

it looks like someone bought the rental unit on the corner, catty-corner from me. i noticed that the new folks going in and out of the place were a _lot_ friendlier than previous residents– hopefully that means they’re going to reside there. the house has always been one of the more disappointing on the block so it could use some enthusiastic new people living there.

and enthusiastic they are, it would seem. friday while i was home, there was this incessant beeping sound that i couldn’t pinpoint. finally, i went out the front door, and realized it was coming from their yard, where a piece of very large machinery was digging up the yard.

the beeping went on all day saturday (gaaaaah!) and continued this morning and this evening until it was pretty much dark. i also saw a truck from a waterproofing company pull up this morning. so i’m guessing there’s grading, waterproofing and landscaping going on.


i stayed home alone with mo this weekend and i have to admit, i started feeling pretty down. the highlight was going to see mm, who is stuck at home after knee surgery, and playing Clue. she’s sick of tv by now so i figured a board game would be a welcome diversion.

today sarah came over right after work and we gave mo his fluids. i don’t know if it was seeing sarah, or being home, or just doing something to help mo, but my mood finally lifted and after she left, i really felt like _doing_ something.

i decided to see if i could cut back the marjoram. earlier in the season, my well-established marjoram plant put forth a ton of flowers. at first, it was mostly honeybees that visited and that was pretty cool. but more recently, there have been a lot of wasps and hornets loving on the marjoram, plus the flower stalks had grown so long that they were hanging off the raised bed and on the ground and all over some other plants. it was really an unpleasant mess, and i had to water the rest of the garden rather warily, afraid i might piss off the stingers.

well, it turns out that it’s true that wasps return home in the evening, something i had heard but never put to the test. the marjoram plant was completely free of any insects, and sunset was only just starting. i pruned the marjoram back and put the flower stalks on the compost pile.

and then i decided, what the hell? and i mowed the grass. it wasn’t that hot, and the skeeters weren’t out yet, and it really needed it.

after that, i felt a lot better.


i’ve started giving serious thought to selling the westy. it has now been “over a year”: since i last worked on it. it’s hanging over me, going camping in it seems like a faraway dream, and i could use the money.

of course, it’s not as simple as just selling it because it’s mostly bare metal. and, as always with this project, i’m overcome with indecision. take it to maaco just to get a finish on it? make one last push to get the paint off and put the clear coating on it as i planned, then sell it? try to sell it as-is?

i’m also thinking about selling the convertible, which is a much simpler proposition. the idea of getting the money i’d get for both of them, plus also getting rid of two monthly fees (the car payment on the convertible, and the rent on the garage) is really appealing right now.

it dovetails with everything i’ve been reading lately about being organized, being rid of clutter, and not letting your stuff own you. and truth be told, if i really wanted to go camping in a camper with the boy and the puppy, a newer or at least more reliable vanagon or eurovan would be a better setup, probably.

well, i don’t know what i’m going to do, really, but it’s definitely been on my mind.


as for mo, he’s still doing pretty good. if things stay the same all week, i’m going to take him up to virginia with me this weekend.

in fact, he’s giving himself the most complete wash i think i’ve seen him have in years. he’s really gotten into washing again lately, i’m not sure why, but it’s nice. his fur is so nice again, and it’s just good to see him take care of himself again.