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Old 01 December 2018, 10:31 AM
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Sounds like a night to treasure!

I didnít see the Roast Dinner offer coming! Quite an opening gambit!
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Old 04 December 2018, 12:56 PM
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My landlord and landlady live a few houses down and own the large garden that runs behind all the houses on this terrace. It means I don't get my own garden, but I do get to look out of the window into a lovely garden that I don't have to tend myself.

Today there were four female pheasants pecking around in the back of the landlords' garden. I sat and watched them for a bit. At one point a cat came running out of nowhere (the landlord and landlady don't have a cat) to chase the pheasants, then one of the pheasants turned around and chased the cat. It sulked in the bushes for a while before wandering off, pretending that it wasn't interested in the pheasants anyway.

All in all, an entertaining way to start my day!
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Old 04 December 2018, 02:46 PM
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Blatherskite, years ago I once looked out the window to see a large wild turkey quite near to the house -- and also the smallest of my cats at that time, huge eyed, belly flat to the ground, creeping very slowly and cautiously in the turkey's direction.

I went out and broke that one up. I think the cat was only trying to get a better look at this amazing bird that was larger than he was; but I didn't want to take a chance on it, and I couldn't see it coming out well for the cat.
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Old 04 December 2018, 04:13 PM
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The daftest thing I've ever seen a cat stalking was a sheep.

It either got distracted by mysterious cat things or it realised that a sheep was too big to carry and leave on the doorstep of its human slaves, but either way it just pounced a few feet away from the sheep and then bounded away in the opposite direction.
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Old 04 December 2018, 04:39 PM
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I saw a cat attacking a LION!

No really.

Not in person, but on a video. Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NztY2bo8H0
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Old 04 December 2018, 07:39 PM
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Looked like play gestures to me, on both parts.

Would have been a really risky game, though --

and is that really a sturdy enough fence?
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Old 05 December 2018, 01:36 PM
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The brave kitty defended her yard! Good job.

The stories remind me of the time our quite small cat decided to chase one of our chickens, who was probably 5 times her size. The rooster saw that his hen was being bothered, so he started chasing the cat, so I had to run after them all to save the cat from being killed by the rooster. After that, the cat decided to be an indoor kitty.

And that sounds like a great night, Richard. The books are interesting, from what I saw of them.
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Old 09 December 2018, 04:30 AM
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As discussed in another thread a few months back, Target has started playing music in their stores. So it made me happy when I went there today and they were NOT playing Christmas music. In fact they weren't playing any music at all. I don't know if that means they've reversed their decision to play music, or if it just wasn't working today. Or maybe the employees complained.
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Old 10 December 2018, 03:16 PM
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I got to meet one of my imaginary friends of 18 years standing (not a snopester) while I was in Vegas this past weekend.

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Old 10 December 2018, 03:45 PM
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A private group has purchased about 900 acres of beautiful land near my house, which is going to be added to an adjacent nature preserve. There is a great hiking trail through the site, and I was worried that the land would eventually sprout houses, but now it never will.
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Old 13 December 2018, 05:48 AM
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Early (so freaking early) tomorrow I fly to Cancun for a 2 weeks and change vacation. Wheeeee! I'm gonna scuba dive and work on my Spanish and see Mayan ruins and eat alllllllllll the tacos.

Two days ago I got hit with a case for which we needed to file a writ petition ASAP. The last one took me over a week, so I looped in a supervisor who used to do writs and offered to put together the record before I left so she could get started. She agreed. But then this time things ended up much faster than expected, and I finished and filed the petition myself at 4! Then I came home and packed, but now I'm too excited to sleep. It's all happening!
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Old 26 December 2018, 05:27 AM
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Today we had a bone fide, albeit small scale, Christmas miracle.

In a (relatively) last minute decision, I decided to drive down to Texas to spend Christmas with family converging on the area—they knew I was coming, but in some cases only with a day of notice, so not much chance for them (or expectation on my part) to buy anything for me. Which is all fine.

For days, I’ve been wearing the same pair of jeans—I pack light, you see—and though I had a pair of khaki pants, they were a little loose around the waist and I neglected to pack a belt. On Christmas morning, just to break the monotony, I decided to wear said khaki pants and I commented early on that it would be "a Christmas miracle" if a belt appeared under the tree for me (I specifically said no thanks to an offer of a belt from my father—I didn’t need one that bad, it was just idle talk). Anyways, as expected there were only a couple last minute gifts for me, not a belt, but there was also a problem with some of the gift bags losing their to/from labels. One of the unlabeled bags was supposed to be for my father, but as we were figuring that out and I was about to pass it to him, my mother (the purchaser ofthe gift) suggested that it might be "better" for me.

Skeptical at first, I dug through the tissue paper covering up the gift below to find a new belt, still with its original store-bought packaging (so not a last minute injection of a used belt, but a belt that was genuinely purchased as a gift for my father), and found it fit and matched perfectly what I was wearing. An honest to DOYC Christmas miracle! complete with magically disappearing to/from labels (more than one bag was affected, so this wasn’t a staged thing either) and spontaneous fulfillment of a predeclared statement that it would be "a Christmas miracle" if certain conditions were met. And they were!

So, yes, Virginia, there is a Christmas.
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Old 26 December 2018, 04:38 PM
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Merry Christmas, ASL! glad you had a good one.
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Old 02 January 2019, 04:53 PM
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Not sure if this is where this belongs, but it made both of us laugh this morning. CBS morning show had a bit about home nurse visits for new borns in Raleigh NC IIRC. The newsperson then said "For more information about how to calm a fussy baby, go to our web site." As I looked up, there was a prominent picture of Trump. It was not done on purpose as the photo was a shot of the CBS main page and a zoom in to the article about babies.

ETA: I'll bet dollars to donuts that this appears as a left wing attack on Trump in the right wing fake news.
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Old 02 January 2019, 06:07 PM
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Richard, seems to me that would have the opposite effect!
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Old 14 January 2019, 06:58 PM
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My kid's school had a book swap this past weekend, where you could bring in your old books to get other people's old books. It was great. My wife found an entire series that she was going to buy for our daughter for Christmas, but I stopped her then due to our budget being gone, and the rest of us got some good free books too. It was also great seeing others get excited about the books we brought in. I just hope they do this again some time.
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Old 14 January 2019, 07:47 PM
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I have now heard a "good HOA" story, so it's not all negative stuff in my head any more!
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Old 14 January 2019, 07:51 PM
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I have now heard a "good HOA" story, so it's not all negative stuff in my head any more!

That's only one in a sea of negative stories. I will admit that I have a very strong bias against HOAs though. YMMV.
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Old 15 January 2019, 04:04 PM
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A somewhat-less-little thing that makes me happy: the cat who had been persistently losing weight is now gaining weight instead.

The problem may, after all, have been incorrect dose of her thyroid meds, and not a cancer or old age nutrition absorbtion disorder (the vet had thought it probably wasn't the thyroid, because her test results had been in the normal range, though at the upper end of it. But maybe that wasn't normal range for this particular cat.)
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Old 15 January 2019, 07:25 PM
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Thorny has inspired me to note that two little things make me happy about Ferdinand's medication. First, it's really easy to get him to take his pills and second, he's tolerating the pheno very well (he's been on it for almost four years).

Here's to many happy years of properly medicated animals, Thorny!

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