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Jewel

So it appears we have a new cat. You rememeber the kitten I saved a few weeks back? Well it turn out after spend over $100 to get her shots and dewormed and all, we decided to keep her. Now we have 3. Peeker the oldest male, Jasper the youngest male whom we got in late 2001 and now little miss Jewel. I'll post a few pics soon.

We didn't do a lot with the long weekend. Turns out we just needed some US time. So We stayed in the city Friday night and cuddled. Then Saturday we went to the farm. We had another 8 inches of snow so I went to start the tractor and plow the drive but of course it was too cold for it to start (around 15 degrees it gets real finicky). I ran the battery down and tried to charge it on the charger but it refused to hold a charge. So it was over to the Autozone in Beardstown who were the only ones in the area who carried a 6 volt Positive ground battery. I was thinking with the amount of old tractors in the area that more people would stock them but I guess it's not everyday that a battery on one of these things goes out so why keep a regular stock. Plus the tractor is 55 years old so maybe there are not so many in action as I think.

We bought a DVD player at Wally World while we were over in Beardstown because we were wanting one for the farm. I had no idea they'd gotten so cheap. We bought a Sony DVD player for $88. The RCA we bought a year ago for the city house cost $159 for Pete's sake. Bought some DVD's as well. Ice Age, Lilo and Stitch and the 4 DVD Set of Lord of the Rings.

Got back home and hooked up the DVD for Deb. Then I bundled up in long underwear and coveralls and headed out to the barn with the new battery. And of course there were parts which required me to take off my gloves and work. My arthritis was kicking in with my fingers a good bit. Got the new battery in and worked for an hour to try and start it. Sounds like it may need a new carburetor or maybe a new distributor. Anyway, it wouldn't start and I ended up draining the new battery so I stuck the charger on for the night.

Sunday it finally started because it had warmed up into the mid-20's. Ran really well as a matter of fact and I was able to plow the drive and make driveable paths through the barnyard and down the field lanes. The rest of Sunday was spent watching DVD's and relaxing. Made Rib Eye steaks and baked potatoes for dinner.

Monday was a long day as I had to go all over the countryside delivering Xmas presents my Mom had sent back with me. I started out over in Virginia and then up to Philadelphia then a speed run out to Denver with a stop in Tennessee in between. I got back to the farm after dark and we headed back to the city. Looks like I may have to go to Cuba and maybe even Peru this week to make more deliveries.

Today my thesis advisor emailed me. I have an appointment to see him next Tuesday afternoon. He thinks the April date for completion is doable. Hot damn. One more step towards completion and then on to a doctoral degree. Finally.

Looks like a lot of cleanup work this week.

Peace,

Wander

Comments

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moonvision
Jan. 21st, 2003 12:07 pm (UTC)
With DVDs, I often end up spending over twice as long watching movies because of all the extras and commentaries.
wander
Jan. 21st, 2003 12:19 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, us too. I'm almost to the point where I will wait for a DVD to come out rather than see something at the theater.

Wander

ryl
Jan. 21st, 2003 01:28 pm (UTC)
My mother once said a Very Wise Thing to me about kittens. When I found Mayhem, he was under the truck mewing pathetically. I kept trying to get her outside to see him and when she wouldn't go, I brought him in. She looked at him, looked at me, and said "You didn't bring him in the HOUSE?!? Now we have to keep him!"

Words to live by.
i
Jan. 21st, 2003 01:33 pm (UTC)
naming cats after our mutual friend, are we? funny, since i dubbed my sister's kitten "mews", and it stuck. ;)
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i
Jan. 21st, 2003 01:49 pm (UTC)
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i will never have a first born, so you will have a long wait ;)
wander
Jan. 21st, 2003 02:38 pm (UTC)
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It's up to Dave then. I can't have any-borns much less first-borns.

Wander

wander
Jan. 21st, 2003 02:37 pm (UTC)
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Actually I wasn't thinking of that! We named our last cat Jasper because we were making a lot of Jewelry with Picture Jasper at the time and he had gotten into a whole drawer full and scattered it all over the studio. We named her Jewel because we couldn't decide between Amber and Ruby.

Wander
i
Jan. 21st, 2003 02:51 pm (UTC)
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when i named my sister's kitten, i was definitely thinking of that ;)
neo_rising
Jan. 22nd, 2003 07:22 am (UTC)
im not sure is this is the appropriate place to ask, but i wanted to join your shamanism group. When I was 13 a man named wolfdancer told me that the coyote was my spirit animal, and showed how he impacted the way i feel, think, and live. Tragically he got into a car accident that took his life before he could finish teaching me. I have since yearned for an acurate source of information and found your group when doing a search of the word coyote on livejournal. I do take this very seriously, I am do not walk this path for glamour or the envy of others. I could talk about it more, but i'll save it for later. Thanks again,

Neo
wander
Jan. 22nd, 2003 07:30 am (UTC)
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Neo,

Please write me at dierker@frontiernet.net and let me know a little more about you. I'd be happy to add you from there.

Wander
twistedcat
Jan. 25th, 2003 02:52 am (UTC)
ok, so it's a little late now, but...

did you ever think of just reiki-ing the tractor when it gets too cold?
wander
Jan. 27th, 2003 07:52 am (UTC)
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Hmm, I've never thought of doing something like that with a mechanical instrument. It's not too late, it's still damned cold here. If you tried to draw a parrallel with a human patient it would be more on the lines of someone having a deffective or damaged organ that needed to be replaced rather than one that just needed therapy. I'm pretty sure it just needs a new carburetor.

Wander
twistedcat
Jan. 27th, 2003 11:02 am (UTC)
I was just thinking in terms of warming it up....
wander
Jan. 27th, 2003 12:33 pm (UTC)
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Hmm, reiki on the oil pan might be an idea then. I'll have to give it a try.

Wander
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