August 01, 2008

The Great Flea Adventure

So we started to notice our dogs had picked up some fleas. Not an astonishing fact in and of itself until you realize that we have not had any fleas in the house for almost 15 years!

The prime variable in this, however, is that we are now a canine foster household. Even that is not of as much import as the usual procedure is to pick up the fosters from the vets after they've been thorougly checked out, bathed, and given Frontline or equivalent.

However, in the case of our latest foster, Noel, we picked her up directly from a 'courtesy' foster parent, and she was a mass of hair. The person we got her from said they had given her frontline the week before, but when we brought her home, she was scratching and chewing up a storm, even after we bathed her.

Oh well - so two weeks later, our dogs start showing flea infestation, even though they had been frontlined three weeks earlier.

On advise from our vet, we dosed the three dogs and the cat again. The next day, we packed all three dogs and the cat in the car, set off 7 flea bombs in the house, and drove around on errands while the house was fumigating.

When we returned, we covered our mouths and noses, running around the house opening windows and turning all the fans back on, and then sat out on the deck with some beers waiting for the fumes to clear out.

We gave the dogs Capstar tablets, which are supposed to be 90% effective within 30 minutes at killing adult fleas.

Natty, our cat, however, even having her Capstar pill wrapped in Tuna, decided she didn't want to ingest the anti-flea medicine.

Oh well - bottom line is that everyone slept peacefully that night.

The one exception to the success story was me forgetting to turn the main refrigerator back on and having Jude call me on the road to say there was water all over the kitchen floor.

Luckily, all the fridge goods were still intact.


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September 18, 2005

Movable Type

Decided to do some modifications on the MT pages. Found a great resource at Learning Movable Type

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September 11, 2005


Gone are the days when a twisted ankle just brought a curse, a wince and that was it. Thought I could shake it off after walking through the pain Friday afternoon, but when I woke on Saturday to find a baseball sized knot hanging off my ankle, Jude insisted, and I agreed to go to the emergency room.

Will let the orthopedist tell us if there's a fracture, or torn ligaments sometime this week.


The good news is that there appears to be no fractures, but the bad news is I tore the ligaments up pretty bad. The concensus of both the orthopedist and Jude is that I shouldn't have walked the half-mile back to Dawson Hall on Friday, as that just increased the trauma.

What an idjit!

I'm now using an AirCast boot, which helps a lot, but those darn ankle cables still hurt like hell.

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June 17, 2005

The Golden Locks are Gone

Zack at MZM was nice enough to fit me in at very late notice at lunch to take off the Blonde Do and give me the buzz cut for the summer.

I'll have to give some thought as to what color I want for the next time around.


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May 15, 2005

A Great Wedding

All of my concerns were ill founded - the rain held off, it was cloudy but pleasant all day, and it was a fantastic wedding day!

Now, I need to get all the photos and movie clips posted to the web site...

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May 02, 2005

Pre-Wedding Blues

Jude and I have been working so hard to have everything perfect for the wedding. She has planted flowers everywhere, and now it looks like it will be pouring rain on Thursday.


Well, I'm sure I'll get over it...

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March 28, 2005


After posting to UGASTAFF, asking about places to recycle computers and such, I discovered FreeCycle Athens -- a Yahoo Group that lets folks post things they want to FreeCycle to each other.

Way cool!

Hopefully, I'll have the house and shop cleaned out of that old precious 'junk' before the wedding.


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February 08, 2005

Blonde Boy

Now that I've passed the 50 yr. old mark, it's time for some midlife crises fun. I decided that I'd start small by changing my hair color, so now I'm a golden blonde boy.

.. Hey, it's cheaper, and safer, than a motorcycle.

It came out a bit too yellow, so I'll have to do some experimenting. One of the girls in the office said I could do color streaks using kool-aid -- never knew that.


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January 30, 2005

Goolie on last legs

Woke up this morning to discover Goolie, my 900Mhz Athlon Gaming/Midi/AV workstation was powered off.

Hitting the power switch produced no video and only a flashing green led on the case. *sigh*

I hoped it was nothing more than the power supply, and fortunately that proved to be the case.

Luckily, I had an old orphan PC in the shop with a 250Watt supply (not quite the 300Watt that went south) so I used that to limp along 'til I can order a replacement.

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