Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Talking to cats

I realized Monday that I spend an awful lot of time talking to cats. It's not in the baby-talk, crazy cat lady fashion either (well most of the time it's not), I tend to talk to them normally. A good chunk of that talk is things like "I can't read through you", "Did I say I wanted a cat sitting on my stuff?", "Hey, what are you doing up there?", "Stop trying to puncture me" and "Get out of there", but there are times when it is a bit more mutual. Cleo meows a lot and she meows in response to a person talking to her so it ends up sounding like a conversation, although I often feel like we are both talking to ourselves at the same time or maybe that we're humoring each other by responding and it's just cascaded. Damien likes to 'sing', do long sweeping meows in parts of the house that echo and if you here him doing it and respond he will come find you. Then there is when Whiskey and Cami are playing with a toy. They will chase it around and then carry it, meowing the whole time, to where you are. They don't stop meowing until you praise them, which sounds somewhat silly when you are praising them for catching a green foamy ball. That is unless you are overrun by foamy balls, and in that case I have some cats I'm happy to rent out to you.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Just a little wind

We're under a high wind warning right now which works out to having sustained winds around 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 65 to 75 mph. Every time one of the big gusts hit it sounds like the house is going to blow apart but otherwise not too bad. When E and I were in Vegas they had winds around 50 mph with gusts up to 90 mph. A said she was sure her trailer was going to blow apart a few times during that week.

Cheyenne is regularly on the list of the top ten windiest cities in the US, and we have some level of wind all the time. Since I've lived here most of my 30 some years wind just doesn't seem to be that big of a deal unless it is strong enough to cause damage to the house or it causes a blizzard. Otherwise you just learn to live with it. You get trash cans that won't blow away easily or you work out a way to attach them to something solid (ours happen to be hooked onto the rails on the deck with bungee cords), you set fence posts a little deeper, and you replace flags a bit more frequently. What is interesting about it is looking at the wind speeds we are used and where they fit into the Beaufort Scales. Wind speeds of 31 to 38 mph are considered near gale and that is just at the point where I think that wind is getting a strong but it's not awful yet. I thing it's starting to get bad at the next stage 39 to 46 mph. That is a gale force wind. The top wind gusts they forecast for us today, 75 mph, that is a hurricane force wind. And yet it's really only the truly high end winds, 45 or 50 mph or higher, that bother me anymore. It's amazing what environmental factors you can adjust to, to the point that they are the norm.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

It's been a while

It's been a while since my last entry so I though I'd do a couple of updates here.

Scooter is doing fantastic. The lump isn't entirely gone but since it is not getting any bigger the vet said to watch it and see if we need to do another round of antibiotics.

Work has been crazy this last week because of computer problems with the agency that manages the internet access and one of the programs we use. We lost about 2 days worth of work time due to their poor planning. The only upside is that this happened during the legislative session so it ha been noticed by someone other than us lowly state employees.

The other big news is that my mother-in-law has had to be rushed to the hospital in Salt Lake City twice in the last few weeks. Luckily the second time it appears to be a problem with some of the medications she was put on after the first incident but it's made it a pretty wild couple of weeks.