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I'm posting this last puzzle in case I can't find the time before the movers pack me up. You can be sure the computer will be the last thing that gets packed up when they come first thing Thursday morning. I get on a plane at dawn on Friday, and hopefully will make it to Florida by late afternoon/early evening. The cats are going to boarding tomorrow evening to get them out of the way and so they won't escape while the movers are here. I'll use my sister's computer for the day or so that I'll be staying with her and hope to check in then, then I'll be incommunicado for hopefully only one to two weeks.

I'll be posting updates on this puzzle if I can. Please forgive my not answering, and for not answering on other puzzles that you might post on.

See you all on the other side!

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octomom

Hi Francine, I'm going to the other puzzle you left a message on, and will leave my entire comment there.

bookish

Gail, you're one gutsy woman. I couldn't handle what you've been going through...and still are. One day at a time....Keep up that Pollyanna attitude whenever possible....Though I don't leave messages often, I do think of you, hoping things are improving.

octomom

Well, hello there, stranger! What are the chances of having TWO palmetto bugs crawling up your leg? It happened again about five minutes ago, when I was on the lanai reading the paper. Unbelievable! Also, it's been one thing after another here. Fans not properly installed, have to replace five or six of them. Wall has to be removed in living room, also ceiling, because fan not installed correctly. Lanai flooded out last night. More shit going on than I can even think about.

Write when you can.

cindycain

Hi Gail...this is a very nice puzzle. Just now getting on to yahoo, and saw your message. I know I need to check it more often. I read about the palmetto incident. I feel for you. I don't think Florida is a place I'd want to live. We couldn't even get out of the car one day because the mosquitoes were so thick. I visited a few times when my grandparents were alive. I do hope it gets better for you and you grow to at least like it. I will write more later in an e-mail. Gonna feed the babies, then go to bed. Gonna try to work 8 tomorrow. Take care and talk later...cindy

octomom

Plumpy, sadly, there aren't enough pythons here to take care of all the loonies...

Plumpossum

I visited Florida years ago for a meeting, and saw nothing that would induce me to move there. I had the strangest sensation that Florida was one of those floating "islands" of plant debris. The major deterrent today (for me, at least) is the proliferating population of pythons. . . . Tsk...

You are very brave, Gail. Third world, indeed.

octomom

Hi Lajuin, to continue my lucky streak, I got a call from management and was told the water was being shut off in 15-20 minutes. Turned out to be five minutes, just long enough for me to go to the bathroom and fill two pots with water. Fortunately, it was out for only five hours. Now I'm supposed to boil my water for 24 hours. Welcome to Florida!!!!

I'm glad you're aware of the beauty of Oregon, and especially the places I've lived. You know how gorgeous it is.

lajuin

Hi Gail - We've had friends and relations in both Tigard and Wilsonville and lived a short period in Hillsdale., so am familiar with it. In May 1994 there were storms in Fla and our plane stopped in Tampa and we had to drive to Jacksonville for our gdaughter's 1st bday. Nasty ride, arriving about 2:00am.

Yep, you've got to write the book. Other than friends I have with careers in the military, you now have lived (living) in the most diverse areas than anyone I know. Great to compare and contrast.

I saw the "blackout" puzzle. Some days you just aren't lucky - surely will get better.

octomom

Thanks, Faye, for that quotation. It put a big smile on my face just now. In the "that which doesn't kill us makes us stronger", did you see my "blackout" puzzle? I should write a book ~ "The Perils of Octomom"!

gemstone

Remember Julian of Norwich: "All will be well"...she just didn't clarify how long it would take! Hugs all 'round.

octomom

Well, aside from a fight I just had to break up between Schnellie and Charlotte, and Charlotte penning Keeper in the bedroom, all is well...

Plumpossum

How are the kitties doing, Gail?

octomom

Hi lajuin, it's wonderful to hear from you. When I moved to Oregon in 1980, I lived in Southwest Portland, mostly around the Hillsdale area. When things got a bit too expensive, I moved to Tigard and lived there for many years. My last house was in Wilsonville, about 25 miles south of Portland. I was in a fairly rural area, yet it was only one mile to my pharmacy, supermarket, chiropractor, and I-5.

I guess the closest cities to Largo would be St. Petersburg, which is about half an hour away, and Tampa, which is somewhat further. Largo seems like a huge city to me, with traffic everywhere, crazy out-of-town drivers (present company excluded, of course), stop lights that last an hour, supermarket a couple of miles away, doctors even further. I still don't know my way around and am relying on a Garmin GPS, which I swear is going to run me into a canal, where I'll be swimming with the alligators and manatees. I miss Oregon terribly, but I guess at some point I'll settle in here. It'll probably take a good year or two, like it did coming from the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and had to adjust to major culture changes. And the weather here? 104 degrees on my lanai yesterday (screened-in covered porch) and so humid you can't help but sweat; it never goes away, even at night. Yesterday in Portland? 80 degrees during the day, 58 at night. Sigh...

lajuin

Hey Gail - You are doing a great pr job for Oregon. I think sometimes "people" don't really understand the term "Great Northwest". I was raised mostly in Portland and always liked it. However, I was happy to move to Seattle area all those years ago as it is beautiful here in Issaquah.
Which town did you live in? Where is Largo in relation to other cities?

octomom

I keep trying, Junee and Ms. Bug-Smasher, that's all I can do. I keep making mental lists of the positives, and I know my list will get longer as the days progress. Still and all, I dearly miss my friends and the beauty of Oregon. It's so flat here, everything is so far away, there are strip malls wherever you go, and fast food joints all over the place. In two weeks, I've used up half a tank of gas, whereas in Oregon, it would take me six weeks to use up a full tank.

One day when we meet, maybe you can tell me your long story. I have no idea where Green Point is, and had never heard of it. I always lived within NYC proper, and the Upper West Side of Manhattan the last number of years I lived there. In Oregon, I was 25 miles south of Portland, in a pretty rural area that was gorgeous. The cities have tree regulations, and if you cut one down, you have to replace it. Our tree canopy in Oregon is one of the largest in the country. Yet I was only one mile from everything. Here, it's a mile just to get out of my little area. In Oregon, mass transportation was huge, and here, I see articles in the paper every day about the lack of vision for mass transit. I think it's the beauty I miss most of all, even more than the oppressive heat and humidity. My electric bill for three weeks was over $130, and in Oregon in the hottest or coldest months it never topped $80 a month.

I swear my Garmin GPS is going to drive me into a ditch one of these days. It keeps wanting me to make wrong turns, even after my sis Amy gives me good directions. And I found out after what I thought was a full day charging my Tracphone that one of the lower outlets I was plugging it into doesn't work, so ran out of charge when I needed it. But as I drive around more and more, I'm starting to recognize where I am. So far, I haven't let Ms. Garmin kill me...

Hooknstitch

my two grandsons, the older boys, live on the far eastern end of long island. Green Point. a hop skip and a jump to the long island ferry! beautiful area. They live with their step father. Long story about that! - Ada PS: there are always a few positives we can eek out if we look hard enough. I have days - well almost daily - I wish I lived some place cooler. But it seems no matter we we live there will be upsides and downsides. either the weather, location, people or something to have us wish to be elsewhere. I love the "area" where I live. It's rural yet not rural. Minimum is 1.25 acre lots. Farming type area but built up fast. seems everyone has one manner of animal in their yard, not just cats and dogs! Horses, goats, water fowl, chickens, peacocks you name it! It's zoned that way. But the down side is I am not really close to town or easy shopping. Only my grocery store, one gas station and a few other small stores in a small shopping center is on our main road, and they are about 5 miles away from home. 8 - 10 miles to town. 6 miles to the major interstate and turnpike so it's easy to hop on to either of those to go to other places in Florida and visit family and friends. But they end up being one to two day adventures. LOL I like the openness here , no zero lot lines and neighbors just a few feet away. But still close enough sometimes to bother us. ha. I just don't like the summer months very much and get cabin fever stuck inside during the hottest months.

juneshone

that's our Octy - optimistic Octomom. So glad you have family close by. When I first lived on my own I didn't have any relatives nearby. Karl lived in London for 26 years and Jennifer lived in Birmingham for 12 years. She came home 20 years ago and Karl six years ago and I wouldn't be here now if it wasn't for them.

octomom

Hi June, I remember when I first got to Oregon. I had come from NYC and lived on the Upper West Side, an artsy area filled with activity, culture and many people. A friend of my ex had found an apartment for Marc and me. It was a large two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment with 16' ceilings and vertical skylights. It overlooked a farm, with cows, horses and sheep. I took one look at this beautiful vista, burst into tears and cried, "I want to go home!" It took me two years to get over the culture shock of coming from a big city. The last house I owned was in a rural area but very accessible (one mile) to my grocery, pharmacy, chiropractor, etc. So moving from the Portland area to a much larger city (Largo) is going to take quite some getting used to. And this is the quiet season. I was told that when the "invasion" of the Canadians take place, traffic will be unbearable. A lot of Canadians come down to rent mobile homes for the winter, and it becomes very crowded. But I'm looking forward to making some new friends. I know it's going to take a lot of getting used to, and I'm trying to be more positive. I make mental lists in my head of the positives and negatives, and one of the huge positives is having family so close by. My sister lives 15 minutes away, my brother and other sister (in Delaware and Long Island) are a short plane ride away. My older sister is flying down in another couple of months again (she came down a couple of weeks ago to help get me more settled in), as is my brother, so it will be the first time in years that the four of us will be together. The negatives will melt away in time, but I know it won't be easy with compromised health. The Pollyanna in me will surely come out in time.

Ada, whenever you come will be fine. If I'm ready or not for you, you're welcome. Where on Long Island does your grandson live?

Hooknstitch

Gail, my original plan to drive out to visit my family was to be mid September. Things might change to end of August, early Sept. My 'oldest' grandson joined the army, and he says he is trying to save money to drive down to Florida to visit his mom [in your area] mid or late August. So waiting to see if that will happen or not! I want to see him again. He lives in NY, Long Island. In either case, I still plan to go. Definite dates are not confirmed yet. - Ada

juneshone

Hi Gail, glad you had a more positive day and that Keeper is adapting better. I have a wheelie walker I used to love the freedom of being able to walk to the next bus stop alone, there are no houses in that direction so it was enjoyable. Now I don't bother as I would have to take my oxygen bottle with me, and lift it our of the basket every time I needed to sit down, but they are a wonderful invention. I hope your feet will enjoy the new shoes as it is important to use your legs. Here's hoping you get a lot more bearable days until they all merge into one and become normal. I found it hard when I first moved here from the city, I remember one day I got quite hysterical about the green and how many shades of it there were, but now wild horses wouldn't drag me away. Took a while though. Hugs and stuff

octomom

Hi Ada, I can't wait until you visit. Is it sometime in August? Do let me know so I can get the place a bit more presentable. I'm not only doing it for company, I'm mostly trying to get it done for myself. Cat hair I can tolerate, but mess, nope.

Junee, I wish I could wish away your ills and make your body whole again. As they say, "if wishes were horses..." I'm also trying to take your advice. I'm going to ask my sis to take a walk with me in a park this weekend, just so I can get out and enjoy some beauty. I've got my walker ready to go, and it has a seat on it so I can rest when necessary. You know I feel the same way about you as you do about me, so mutual admiration society from this end. I actually had a good day today, well, I actually didn't have a BAD day, so that's a great improvement. I ventured out to a store called Good Feet and bought a pair of shoes. I'm hoping these will make it a little easier for me to walk without being in so much pain. I can't imaging what a diabetic must feel with foot neuropathy. I'm having the company that rents me a water softener put in a reverse osmosis filter in my kitchen sink so that I can have some drinking water without having to buy gallons of water. I just have to remember when I fill the cats' water bowl to draw it from the kitchen sink. My next cuppa will be spent thinking about you.

I went to Petsmart to look for covered cat litter boxes, and they didn't have anything that suited my needs. They were all too small, and I would have had to have at least three or four boxes for when I'm sleeping. There was one that was probably large enough, but it had rounded sides, and the way I clean the litter, I need to have a right angle to be able to scoop up the sawdust remains. Now I have some homework to do online. In the meantime, I put one litter box in my bedroom so Keeper won't have any accidents or be afraid to cross Charlotte in the guest bedroom, where the other litter box is. I really need a box built to accommodate the ones I have. She's loving the Science Diet AD and I'm able to catch her a bit more often to brush her. She's still not grooming herself well, but she's looking a lot chipper than before I went to the vet.

juneshone

my heart is sore for you Gail you are having a real hard time settling in but it's early days yet. Now please forget about the housework and empty those boxes a wee bit at a time. House beautiful doesn't matter when you are not well, I just had to get used to not being able to do what I wanted and now too bad is somebody doesn't like it. I am very concious of losing some use in my legs as I sit here all day so I have invented an exercise regime, I think I told you about it before. 20 minutes a day of leg exercises but the feet must stay on the floor, I find it very beneficial and my legs are a lot stronger. About the furries I can't help, just sympathize, as you know I am a dog person. On the whole they want to please and will do as they are told. Things will gradually get better for you if you learn to relax a bit, and tears are good let them flow -then a good blow in your paper hanky and a nice cup of whatever tea does you good. Lots of us are thinking of you and wishing you well, hugs to you and ear scratches to the furries, I wish they would learn to play nice

petslave

Sending you a virtual BIG HUG! You can have a real hug when I come to visit. HANG IN THERE!

octomom

Hi Ada, that's awfully kind of you, but I can't accept your generous offer. You've put tears in my eyes just making the offer, so that's enough for me. I've decided to do some searching at Petsmart for a simple covered litter box and not immediately spend $400 for two boxes. I have super large boxes I get from Petsmart that have a lowered front edge that they can step into. Still, Tootsie manages to dig all the way to China, in the process getting litter all over the floor. I need boxes that have square sides, not the rounded types I see in the covered boxes. It has to do with how I scoop up the remaining sawdust to get it into a garbage bag. For now, I can't go out far because I had a reaction to the antibiotics prescribed to me for the sinus/bronchial infection. I've lost 12 pounds in the last three weeks. Not a great way to lose weight, but I'm not complaining much.

I have a new very serious problem. Whereas Schnellie kept Charlotte penned in my office/bedroom at my other house in Oregon, when I let Charlotte out, she started picking on Keeper, now my shyest one. I've been trying to capture her for over a week here, and finally succeeded when she came out from under the bed. Went to the vet today. They wanted to charge me almost $500 to run myriad tests, but I only agreed to subQ fluids, a vitamin B shot and a shot of antibiotics in case she has some kind of infection. To find that out costs more than the shot, and it won't hurt her if there isn't any infection. She's looking so bedraggled and unhealthy and miserable; I was so glad to have caught her finally. Every time Keeper tries to leave my bedroom, Charlotte is there chasing her back under the bed. Earlier, I put Charlotte in my guest bedroom and slammed the door shut because I was so angry with her. Rather slam the door than slam her... I don't know what the solution is, and am contemplating surrendering her to the Pinellas County Humane Society with a donation. They're a no-kill shelter, but it would break my heart to have to do that to her, especially having spent two years on my dining room table in Oregon and coming here and finding out she's an actual normal CAT. I wish I knew the reasons they do these things. I'm in a tough situation, and don't want to have to pen one or the other in my Florida room without access to my bed, where they all love to sleep. But having Keeper be sick for nearly a month (she took the move very hard also) and not having the ability to catch her unless she's on the bed makes for an untenable situation. She's looking a lot better tonight, and I came home from the vet with a couple of cans of Science Diet AD, which she gobbled up. It is a high calorie, high nutrient food. She lost almost two pounds since we all left Oregon, which is a huge amount for a cat in a month. Please feel free to give suggestions, but I don't know that there's any answer. I am already using Feliway in the bedroom.

Junee, I absolutely hate it here, but it could be because I've been feeling so rotten. I haven't seen a chiropractor since I left. I saw her two or three times a week during the month before the move, plus had a lot of LMT work done by Nathan. I've lost all that, and my legs aren't working and are just about going to be the death of me. I'm going to call one referred to me by my sister tomorrow and see if I can't get in. All that effort and all that money wasted. And I'm not brave, I'm crying all the time and extremely depressed. My sis keeps telling me how much I've accomplished, but all I do is look around my house and see messes here and messes there, and feel unable to finish unpacking. My books and CDs have to wait until the flooring is done, and I don't know when Tom is going to do it. Everything is a chain reaction, domino effect, can't do this until that is done, etc. I hate the hot humid weather and the oppressiveness of the temperatures. It was 100 degrees on my lanai (covered screened-in porch) earlier today. I just want to be unpacked and get settled in. I'm enjoying parts of the house, but realize how much work has to be done here. I couldn't have even flown out before to house hunt, because when do I do it? Six months before my house sold (who knows when it would have sold?), three months? Do I buy something and have two payments I can't afford and for how long? I was lucky to sell my Oregon house, but the miserable buyers only gave me two weeks to depart, they were so intractable and difficult to deal with. I'm hoping at some point to get finally settled in and get the repairs done in the house. Then, maybe, just maybe, I can be someone's hero. Until then, I'm a miserable mess...

juneshone

PS .............and they do and I just bought it

juneshone

Hi Gail, I read the Australian book a few years ago, I was horror stricken by all of the poisonous critters. Also read one about America, A Walk in the Woods I think. He's a great story teller and very funny. Never read Notes from a Small Island but it's on my list, if they do it in Kindle. I hope things are settling down for you and that you are getting acclimatized to the fauna of the area. I think you are very brave, but then we all knew that any way. Hugs

petslave

Gail that box to hide the litter box looks to hold only one litter box, two of those for your 5 cats? Would the cats use it? Is there room in your house to put two of them? I am tempted to buy one ship to you. It's not that expensive. there would still be a mess inside that cabinet even though hidden. We sure do a lot for our furry family don't we? We go through a lot also. We do love them that's for sure.

octomom

You hate snakes, my fetching ex, only because you're a wuss of the first degree. Never see a snake? Ha! The first night after I arrived here, my sister and I were driving out of the park. We see a woman with her mouth agape in the middle of the street staring at something. I thought she was having a medical emergency! I asked what was wrong, and she showed me where a snake had camped out on my neighbor's roof. Big, huge, long, all snake-y like. So, Junee and lela, yes there are snakes here. Don't believe what Mr. LeSquirt says, but you knew that already.

June, Bill Bryson wrote a wonderful book about Australia called "Down Under" in the UK and "In a Sunburned Country" in the US. I don't think he wrote one about Florida.

Riveroad and Ada, my house is too small for those boxes to be hidden away. Since I don't have a closet to put the boxes in any longer, I'm looking for something that I can hide in plain sight. I don't really have any hidden areas in which to hide them. My bathrooms are so small there's hardly room for me to step out of the shower in the master bath, and the main bath isn't much larger, so no litter boxes in there. I feel kind of stuck in limbo until I decide what to do. Thanks for the ideas, though. They'd both work well if I had an area to put them in. With five cats, I need at least two monster-sized litter boxes. I tried the clumping litter a couple of times, and had a horrible time with it. Tootsie, especially, is a digger and gets the litter all over the place when she digs. Even with several boxes, the clumping litter got all gummed up, in spite of cleaning them out several times a day. I guess my cats are natural goers... Wood pellets were the perfect solution. At $5 per 40-lb. bag, and with each bag lasting at least a month or two, it was the least expensive litter possible. The Feline Pine-like litter costs $10 for a 20-lb. bag, so it's four times as expensive. But that darned scooper is a royal pain in the neck to use. Double trouble for me...

Ada, maybe you could ask Aaron what he'd charge me to make two boxes like the ones I pictured, and send me an email.

juneshone

I have never seen a snake in my life and I don't want to start now. I don't like bats and we have a lot around here chomping away at all sorts of stuff I wouldn't want flying in at my windows. I do have mozzy net up but it's to stop the pipistrelles from getting in and scaring me. Did Bill Bryson write a book about Florida? His Australian one is still filling my mind with all kinds of dangerous beasts, mostly tiny ones

patsquire

Junee and lelabug . . . NAUGHTY!!!!! Snakes are NOT a problem in Florida. I mean, you might see one once in a while, but only at a distance, not up close. In the 7 years I lived in Florida I killed 7 snakes, but only because I'm an aggressive snake hater. NOT ONE of them was poisonous and my neighbors said I was crazy because they help control the bugs and mice. Mostly I shot them with BB guns, but once I mowed one.

OK octonano, I came over and found this, but Holy Mackerel, I'm the 98th comment and it'll take me forever to catch up! I'll read it all in stages, not one sitting. Should be entertaining.

For now, you have my sympathies, but buck up. Life will get better and better every day!

Bethamus

Oh, Gail! What an adventure. I'm sending you lots of hugs and calming thoughts. I'm sending the same to your furbabies. ((hugs))

riveroad

We have this litter box, no scooping. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySGsis-W10A

lelabugosi

.....snakes are probably just under the floor......(hee-hee!).......

juneshone

WELL!!!!! I've laughed and cried and sent lots of hugs, I do hope you will soon find some advantages in your move, just one question....Wot no snakes?????????

Hooknstitch

http://www.popscreen.com/p/MTQxOTY4NDEz/-Litter-Box-Covered-Cat-Litter-Box-and-Enclosed-Litter-Box-from-petco
This is similar to what I use to have for when I had cats. Mine was just a standard littler box with a matching cover/done with opening. Can't remember where I bought it, probably Walmart or Target years ago. Certainly wasn't expensive either.

octomom

Thanks, Francine. Every day gets better, but take a look at my most recent puzzle of a palmetto bug getting intimate with me.

Katie, thanks for the idea, but scoopable litter won't work for me. The ways my cats use it, digging like they're trying to get to China, the granules get all over the floor and it's hard to clean up. I used to use the litter pearls, which were great, but they were very expensive. That would be my choice but for the cost. My litter boxes would probably take three large bags at once, and it would be prohibitively expensive for me to keep changing them out. With five cats, they wouldn't last a week. My goal right now is to find enclosures for the litter boxes. I used to devote three closets to litter boxes. I had linoleum put on the floor going up the sides, and each would hold a large box. I had cat doors going into the rooms, so there was no smell or mess. Here, there aren't enough closets. One closet in the guest bedroom is literally two feet wide by 16" deep, barely enough to put shelves in there, which I'm planning on doing. The other closet is a walk-in one that I call a crawl-in one, and doesn't even have enough space for my clothing. The doors are heavy mirrored ones which, incredibly, Schnellie has found a way of sliding open and sleeping amongst my things. I found enclosures online that look like furniture; they're over $150 each, and I think that's the way I'm going to have to go, buying two and just cleaning the litter more frequently. They look like benches with a hole for the cat to walk into and doors that open. Here's a photo:

http://www.wayfair.com/Merry-Products-Kitty-Condo-Bench-MPS0010-MRP1027.html

http://www.amazon.com/Merry-Products-Washroom-Bench-White/dp/B004E8M7PK/ref=sr_1_4/178-7186908-4669008?ie=UTF8&qid=1374657245&sr=8-4&keywords=litterbox+furniture

Does anyone else have any ideas that would be less expensive? I don't know anyone who's handy enough to make something like this.

buckeye425

I use Tidy Cats scoopable litter for small spaces. The granules are small so the slotted spoon works well in getting mostly just the used part out of the box.

bookish

Good morning Gail. Glad the little things help to improve your days and that you've had one good day. May it happen more frequently. Hope sinus headaches have disappeared.

octomom

I've looked at some but so far haven't found any that suits the litter's needs. Now that you mentioned it, I'm going to renew my search here. Maybe I'll get lucky. There's so much waste that slips through the slots. I'm a huge recycler (they're not here in Florida, so I've got some educatin' to do to the folks here) and try to waste as little as possible in my life. What kind of litter do you use?

buckeye425

Hi Gail, just stopped here to catch up. I use a large metal slotted spoon (from the kitchen wares aisle in the grocery store) for my cat litter scoop. It works great and didn't cost much.

octomom

There's a woman I called Wonder Woman. Mary Anne is 75 years old and is a dynamo. She came yesterday and cleaned my windows of the build-up of mold and grime. But the weekend warriors were really my two sisters. Carol and Amy made short shrift of so many boxes. And, wonder of wonder, it's the little things that delighted me today. Just now, I took a break from Jigidi (haven't solved a single puzzle yet and it's 3:00 a.m.) to open a box that Tootsie has practically opened on her own with her polydactyl claws. It contained my mirror (oh yippee!) so I can finally tweeze my eyebrows without having to bend down and use a 2" magnifying mirror that killed my back every time I had to use it. And I found my hand-made toothbrush holder and soap dishes. All you women understand...

I may have a killer sinus headache, but today was a good day. I needed it.

octomom

Well, I finally had a day where the other shoe didn't drop. A welcome sign indeed. The only problem I'm having is a wicked sinus attack that leaves me feeling like my head will explode when I bend down. So, I've taken the day and night off to just relax. Did some shopping for flooring for the two bedrooms to get rid of that godawful carpeting. The litter boxes are in the guest bedroom, and the pellet-like litter (akin to Feline Pine but the Petsmart brand) I use must have some chemical in it that stains the carpeting. I can no longer purchase the wood pellets I used to use in Oregon because most people don't have pellet stoves in Florida. Anyone know where I can order some to be shipped here? I actually like the ease of cleaning the Petsmart litter better than the wood pellets, but the pellets are so small, they slip right through the litter scoops I have. I've tried to tape the slats up and then slice through them with a knife to make the slats narrower, but it doesn't work. Anyone have any ideas? Here's a photo of what I use:

http://www.petco.com/product/7029/Petco-Litter-Scoop.aspx

I haven't been able to find any scooper that has smaller slats. I did purchase a metal one, like this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Exo-Terra-Stainless-Steel-Scooper/dp/B0035H7KQ2/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1374731078&sr=8-5&keywords=metal+litter+scooper

The Feline Pine, when it disintegrates, turns to a sawdust-like mixture similar to the wood pellets. However, it has granules in it that the pellets don't have, and they don't sift through the metal one, since the holes are too small.

Does anyone have any ideas? I'm frustrated that I haven't been able to come up with any decent product.

octomom

Hi Mo, Plumpy and Nicky, I'm finally starting to laugh at the situation. However, monetary woes is something that's taken me a long time to laugh about. Here's the latest dropped shoe:

My car was delivered today with the a/c working (so I'm told; I haven't been for a drive yet). Allen, my BIL's friend who works there, asked me if I knew my outlet to charge the phone and GPS wasn't connected. Say what??? I had had my car broken into years ago while at work, and the dash and both locks were damaged. Also, my stereo had been stolen, all told, a couple thousand dollars worth of damage. I had the radio replaced and never thought twice about anything, since I've never had a cell phone or GPS until last week. Turns out, whoever installed the radio didn't re-hook up the outlet. No big deal, just hook it up again. Except, it's more than two hours of labor to open up everything and close it back up. That would cost a couple hundred dollars at the dealer. I've been told by many people here not to go to anyone but a dealer for car repairs. People here prey on the elderly people and take them for all they're worth. As an aside, there was a report not long ago on ABC News, and they showed how women especially were taken advantage of when it comes to car repairs. I've been told repeatedly that the mechanics here, for the most part, are all crooks. After watching that show, I believe it. And the dealers charge an arm and a leg. So, my outlet will say an un-outlet and I'll have to charge my GPS and phone at home. As Roseanne Roseannadanna said ~ "It's always something!"

Nicky, my cats are on Blue Buffalo dry food only, so there's no coaxing to be had with her. It's 2:40 a.m. now, and I've only seen a glimpse of her under the bed. She's really a problem child when it comes to meds, so I'm going to wait up until she jumps on the bed. Great advice, though.

Plumpy, I'll send you my address and you can sent a blowtorch! How am I supposed to feel the Florida sun on my face with a black cloud over me? My feeling right now is that, without all these things happening, how would I be able to tell funny stories?

On another positive note, Schnellie, Norton's best friend, who for the most part ignored me in Oregon, has become my best friend. She's making life difficult right at the moment since she's curled up on my lap purring her head off and making my back hurt because of the position I have to be in to type. I wish my kitties could talk and tell me what's changed since we've been in Florida. From Charlotte becoming a real cat, to Schnellie becoming my best friend, to Keeper becoming even more shy than she was in Oregon, I'd love to be in the know.

niccolino59

So sorry to hear you're having such a bad time of things at the moment, Gail. I'm sure things will improve, given time. Will kitty be coaxed out from under your bed with her favourite dish? (laced with the prozac of course!) Sending cyber hugs from across the pond, and 'keep your chin up' as they say over here! Will check back in a day or two to see how you're doing. It's 11pm here so bed beckons. Good night my friend...

Plumpossum

Gail, you really need to aim a blowtorch at that little (or large?) black cloud hanging over your head. It is not improving your life.

This, too, shall pass.

sparkles

Oh dear Gail! I have to say you are having more than your share of hard luck. I know we all wish we could be there to help but alas all we can do is give you moral support. Let's hope in a few months you will be able to navigate more easily in you new surroundings. Going from Northwest to deep Southeast is going to have it's moments, especially in the midst of summer. But maybe by fall, you will have gotten through this bad patch and will be able to enjoy the benefits of living in the South, yes there really are many. Try to look at all that you have accomplished and know that in time you will get through the rest. Hugs! Mo

octomom

Hi Francine and Nicky, thanks for your good wishes.

Martha, please don't worry about the umbrella, or about laughing at my foibles. I thank you very much for the offer, but I'll find another one at Walgreens. However, if you want to buy me a lottery ticket or ten, that'd be fine!

And so the list grows. Saturday, my horoscope said "wait for the other shoe to drop". How prophetic that was to be! My family and I all went out to dinner on the waterfront. I had to leave early because of pain. I plugged in my new GPS to Go Home. It took me through all sorts of neighborhoods without lights ~ pitch black. I couldn't use my a/c since it didn't work and my car filled with no-see-um tiny ants that crawled up my legs, so I had all the windows open. When I realized I was hopelessly lost, I tried to use my new Tracphone that my other sis had bought me. It said "press Unlock to unlock", so I could make a call. I kept pressing the word Unlock on the screen but nothing happened. With the windows all open and my overhead light turned on so I could see the phone, I had a bunch of moths and mosquitoes pile into my car, buzzing my head and biting me from the knees down to my feet. In tears and in total darkness, I continued using the GPS. Finally, I recognized the park near my sister's house, and wondered what kind of roundabout way it was taking me home, 15 minutes away. After five more minutes, it said, "Turn right on Normandy Court", and I realized it had taken me to my sister's house. The GPS had thought I was going to "Amy Home" instead of "Go Home" since that was the last place I had programmed it. She was still on the waterfront and I didn't have the ability to use my phone, so I rang the doorbell at 9:00 at one of her neighbor's house, the only one with lights on. The couple knew Amy and said I looked like her. They were gracious enough to let me use their phone to call Amy, who had to rush out and come home to calm me down. The wife, Pam, showed me that there was a little teeny tiny sliver of a button below the word "Unlock" to unlock the phone. I didn't have the combination to Amy's alarm so couldn't get in her house.

Think that was enough? Not by a long shot. Because the a/c wasn't working, I brought it in to the Honda dealer with my BIL Joe. After two hours, they finally diagnosed a hose with a hole in it that leads to the a/c. Easy enough to fix? Nah. They didn't have the part, so hopefully it will be in by tomorrow. They're going to deliver the car, so I won't have to get there with Joe. The cost? $450. Add that in to the more than $1,000 I paid for the washing machine that gave me two loads after it was delivered and then died a valiant death. $799 for the washer, $150 or so for the extended warranty, which is needed in Florida to handle electrical surges during hurricanes and storms, then add sales tax (there's is zero sales tax in Oregon), and there you go. So far, two shoes have dropped since my ill-fated horoscope.

I know everyone has problems and woes, but doesn't it seem like I have more than my fair share? Laugh if you all like; I'll probably laugh in the future and catch up to you.... I should probably save my comments and write a book.

Keeper is supposed to be on her Prozac every day, but she wouldn't come out from under the bed yesterday. I haven't seen her so far today, and it's 3:00 a.m. Don't know what I'm going to do with her. She's not adjusting at all, while the other cats all eventually come out of hiding at night. I feel so badly for her living under my bed. And if I can't find her to give her her dose, it won't get any better.

niccolino59

Hope the move went well, Gail. Best Wishes to you from very hot and sunny England.

bookish

Hi Gail, did another catch-up with your news. Glad to know about Charlotte and Schnellie.

Gail, are you sure that your name is not Pauline as in 'the perils of...'? I have to beg your forgiveness for finding your tales amusing. Maybe one day you can look back on all of this and laugh. For now I am sure you are more inclined to cry. You do tell the tales with such flair.

Congratulations on the successes with Charlotte. The move seems to have done wonders for her. If you have not gotten a new umbrella I will be happy to send you one. I have quite a few and I am sure that I can find one with the easy opening feature. Send me your address and I can ship it right out. You should still have my email address.

octomom

Thanks, Libby. Glad you're having some luck with Witch Hazel as well. I had my bug guy over earlier this morning and you should have seen the bugs jumping up off the carpet. I saw one jumping that had been sprayed (and is probably dead by now). I wouldn't swear to it, but I think it might have been a dreaded flea. That could explain my getting bitten all over my legs. When I clean the cat litter, I sit on a low stool (the kind you step on that has one step). The boxes are in the carpeted guest bedroom, and it takes me between 20 minutes and half an hour to do both boxes.

Speaking of cats, in addition to Charlotte, I think Schnellie was switched mid-flight. She decided all of a sudden that she's crazy about me. She comes on the new desk while I'm typing and puts her head on my keyboard. She frequently lies down hard on the Escape key, deleting everything I previously typed. Now, I'm sitting on the desk chair that was here, and when you lean back, it reclines a bit. She's on my lap as I reach my hands forward to type. So, gotta go before she gets back on the desk and deletes this comment...

Plumpossum

Gail, do you remember the Al Capp comic strip character whose first name was Joe, and whose last name was unpronounceable? He was never seen without his own personal little black cloud above his head. Did you inherit his cloud?

javasage

http://www.jigidi.com/puzzle.php?id=TL0V0FY3 was the inspiration for Marchon's latest jig...can I buy a vowel?!?
I have been trying Witch Hazel recently, too...my Naturopath vet suggested it for the pups, seems to work faster than the Benadryl, but doesn't last as long.

octomom

Lajuin, I started missing Oregon while I was on the plane. When we flew over the Cascades and especially Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens, I burst into tears. The man next to me had no idea what to do.

More bites. Jeez, they just won't leave me alone. I find that Witch Hazel or Hydrocortisone helps a little.

Libby, I don't know what sparked the post, but I have seen firsthand Sarge's comments. He is a PITA (pain in the ass) if you ask me. What's the scoop you know?

New woes. My washing machine, which was faithful to me for ten years, now is in trouble. It's blinking at 44 minutes, the longest wash cycle, and won't turn off until I unplug it. It cost me $900 then, and I don't know what I'm going to do. It doesn't have a central agitator, so I can wash heavy blankets without a problem. I think something got bumped during the move but won't be able to prove it. I may have someone come over on Monday to check it out, but it will cost me. For now, I don't have a washing machine. I keep waiting to have a good day, but it never seems to come! Still and all, my mood is relatively good.

Libby, I'll check out the Neem. Tomorrow morning, my bug guy is coming over to spray in the house, so I'll see what happens after that.

javasage

Got the scoop about SH...someone said it takes all kinds...;-)

javasage

No-see-ums plagued me when I lived at the beach years ago...Avon Skin-So-Soft kept them at bay as well as skeeters if you could stand the smell! Then they took out the ingredient that made it effective...now I understand it has been added back in, and they are marketing the new recipe as a bug repellent. I have a tough time with skeeters...they LOVE me, and have tried numerous natural products, some work better for me than others. Most effective ones (for me) contain Neem oil...TheraNeem...www.organixsouth.com. Our local health foods store carried it, then discontinued it, so I get it directly from the manufacturer. Skeeter bites last up to 2 weeks on me! The only relief I have found for that is Benadryl extra strength itch stopping CREAM...the gels, spray, etc. aren't as good. Hope some of this is helpful! ;-)))
BTW, what nasty/caustic remark did Sarge make to spark Marchon's most recent post? Inquiring minds want to know! Great response to whatever it was! ;-)))

lajuin

Oh wow,I really feel for you.
I've only been to Florida twice and that was Gainesville, Jacksonville when our son was stationed there. The complained mightily about the fire ants because they couldn't let their toddler daughter out side to play. And guess what?. . when he retired he moved to Lake Oswego . . are you missing Oregon yet?

octomom

The saga of the luckiest person in the world continues:

I had a contractor come over who was recommended to me by someone in the park. He gave me a bid of $900 just to install 400 square feet of no-glue vinyl. Just prior to giving me his bid, he said he had to go to his truck to get his glasses. He took a phone call and was on the phone for half an hour before coming back inside. He was supposed to be here at 6:00 p.m., and showed up at 7:15. I explained to him that I still had many boxes left to unpack, I was not well, I hadn't eaten, since he was supposed to be here at 6:00, and I thought he was a bit rude to disappear for half an hour to talk to a new customer. I bid him a fond adieu and silently, to myself, told him he could screw himself and the horse he rode in on. What's the matter with people anyway? Last night, I was at Target and left my $25 automatic open and shut umbrella, since I use a cane and it was easy for me to deploy, in an electric scooter. I called less than an hour later and the manager told me he'd seen an umbrella in a scooter but didn't pick it up. Was it rocket science for the manager, of all people, to pick it up and put it in the lost and found? I repeat, what's the matter with people? That someone should steal an umbrella from an obviously disabled person who uses a scooter is unbelievable to me. Oh well, live and learn. I was more angry at myself for leaving it there than anything else...

And then I got a bill from Frontier, my former computer/phone carrier in Oregon, for $250. They neglected to turn off my phone, and it took more than a week of calling every day to get it done. Then, they didn't put my forwarding phone number on the recording. Since I was "inactive", in their eyes, and hadn't turned off my phone (hah!), my bill had gone to "collections". There was nothing they could do at this point, and I was free to call the collection phone number. I asked to speak with her manager, and told him I had never had anything go to collections in my entire life and that if he ruined my 820 credit score, I would contact the FTC. He sincerely apologized, told me that "collections" was their internal department for "inactive" people, not a collection agency. The person thought I'd know that... He said he would send my information to the appropriate "collections" person and take care of it first thing in the morning. Not only that, instead of having to pay $250 to them, I was getting a check for $62.50. Every time I think something is done and finished, it comes back to bite me in the butt. I thought I took care of Frontier eight different times.

I should be in a reality show ~ "Gailie Boo Boo"...

octomom

Marchon, seen and responded. Thanks so much for the hearty laugh.

octomom

Martha, Faye and Nicky, thanks for your suggestions. I'm unable to bend down that much to put detergent or chalk around the perimeter of my home. I would also be subjecting myself to being out side in all the grass and getting bitten alive. My bug guy Gary is coming in the morning to spray the inside of my house. The insecticide he uses will nail all the ants, roaches (none seen so far), palmetto bugs and mosquitoes, and is not toxic to my cats.

niccolino59

Oh, you are having a time of it! I do hope that by now you are successfully moved and beginning to settle. Sending all good wishes to you from me in England! PS: I use a kettle of boiling water on ants outside my house. Not nice, but quick.

gemstone

When we had our townhouse, I laid a line of chalk/lime around the foundation and the ants wouldn't cross it.

Plumpossum

Gail, do NOT put your home address on your GPS device. People have been known to break into cars, steal the GPS, and then burglarize the owner's home. Lovely world we live in, huh?

And for you, and anyone else, bothered by ants, I recommend sprinkling detergent (yes, just ordinary laundry detergent) all around the perimeter of your house's foundation. I've been doing that for a couple of years, and (knock on wood!) no longer have an ant problem! Always, heretofore, the ants started invading my house every summer and getting into everything that was even remotely edible. One year, I even found a swarm of them in a roll of wax paper! I like to think the detergent also deters termites, though I don't know how to confirm that without a termite inspection. Here's another suggestion: keep a spray bottle filled with soapy water handy to spray on the ants that get into your house; it drops them in their tracks. You can also spray it on any other unwelcome insect guests, which it will either kill or slow down so that you can squash them. Side benefit of the detergent/soapy water suggestion: no poisonous pesticides to contaminate anything, plus saving the cost of them!

Marchon

Gail, http://www.jigidi.com/created.php?id=TZTUMZXJ

octomom

To continue my string of bad luck, I was in Target with Amy and purchased a GPS system so I don't panic on the road when I'm going somewhere. It's going to be my lifeline to freedom from my house, even if it was expensive. Since it rains here without warning, I had taken my $25 umbrella there and put it in the electric scooter while we were shopping. When we were finished, I left the cart at the front near the shopping carts and went home. I realized my umbrella was left in the scooter, and called them as soon as I got home. No umbrella. I thanked them profusely for the honest people who shop there and don't return things left by disabled people. I'm more angry at myself for having done it. It was the kind that opens and closes automatically, which was very helpful for me since I use a cane with my right hand, and any little extra help comes in handy. Now I have to spend another $25 on a new one. Crap!

Then, after I got home, it was time to put Revolution on the cats, since fleas are prevalent in Florida and they can get heartworm, which is a killer. I did everyone, well, almost everyone. Tootsie was having none of it, so I had to corner her. She's still barely speaking to me. Charlotte nearly bit me and had a hissy and hissing fit. I only got half of it on her. I couldn't scruff her because she's so overweight. I'm hoping activity now that she's out of the bedroom will help with that. I was only able to get half of it on her before she turned on me and raced away, and I wasn't able to rub it in her neck with the applicator. Tomorrow, I'll try to get the other half on her and hope she's covered for the month. That's a $75/month expense I wasn't expecting! Not to mention having the bug doctor come every two months and spray the perimeter of my home for mosquitoes and the inside for sugar ants, those teeny tiny monsters that run at warp speed and get into everything. Ah, life in Florida...

octomom

I got it and responded. Thanks, Ada.

Hooknstitch

Gail I sent you email that might help with the flooring issue. Hopefully it will be the answer, I won't know until I hear back from my daughter and her fiance'. -Ada

octomom

I don't know if I mentioned it anywhere, but Charlotte is now part of the family. I let her out of the bedroom I had put her in first, and she tore out of the room and ran the entire perimeter of the house, sniffing and marking her scent with her body all over the house. It was good she was first out of the box and got to make it her own before anyone else got out. I put her back in the room and let the others out for the first time. The next day, I decided to see what would happen if they were all together. I opened both bedroom doors, and out they all came, including Charlotte. They've all been together ever since (over a week now) and, with only minor scuffles, they're all doing well. Except, apparently, Keeper, who's showing her stress in other ways (see below). So, no gates!!! They were returned to Petsmart without even being opened. I'm amazed to see them all together. Charlotte must really like Florida's "Stand Your Ground" laws, because she certainly is standing her ground. Two years in my office at my other house, and she never once explored the rest of the house, even though I gave her every opportunity when I was in there with the door open. Two years she never left my dining room table in there except to use the litter box and jump right back up. It's utterly amazing to see she's a "real" cat now, without any of the fear she'd previously shown.

octomom

Plumpy, my middle name is indeed Job, but my other middle name is, "Bullseye on Back"... New woes to report. Someone has been peeing on my lovely loveseat that the people left behind, one of two pieces (the couch is the other matching part). I finally caught the culprit tonight, and of all cats, it's Keeper, my shy, sensitive one. She's done is four times now in the same spot, so the couch may be a write-off. It's a real shame, since I left my couch behind to donate. I've got boxes now on top of the couch blocking anyone from going there. I'm hoping she won't find another spot to pee. I've cleaned it up as best I can with Nature's Miracle. There are still over 50 boxes here left to unpack, and I know it's a huge adjustment for them. She's taking the relocation more to heart than even I am. It took me a full two years to get used to Oregon back in '80. My hope is that it won't take nearly as long to adjust. I had a small meltdown tonight over the entire issue with feeling so unsettled, and with the cats not adjusting well. But I got over it eventually and moved on.

And there's a kink in the carpet situation. For 400 square feet in both rooms total, the cost is $500 for the flooring. They want over $1,100 to install it. They told me nobody wants to do vinyl any more. They use subcontractors to install their products. I don't understand why it's an issue. Vinyl is the easiest product to install over laminate, carpet, wood flooring and tile. The vinyl doesn't even need any glue; you cut it to fit and it stays down with quarter round or molding. It's a half-day job for two people. I was told they charge so much to discourage people from hiring a subcontractor to install it. The problem is that I don't know anyone here who can do it and I'm afraid to use someone I might find on craigslist. They prey a lot on elderly Floridians (not that I'm elderly or preyable) here. I'm not susceptible to fraud, but I wouldn't know a good handyman from a bad one until the job is done. There's a handyman in the park that I met last week, but I don't know if he's capable to do the installation. I'll see him later in the week and have him take a look. Hopefully, it won't be too daunting a job, but the furniture has to be moved out and it's a two man job. Also, he's the only handyman in the entire park now, since two others moved away, and he's swamped. We'll see. Nothing ever goes smoothly for me the first time, so why should I be surprised?

Plumpy, are you close with your sister? Maybe you can let her know she has a certain amount of time to deal with it and then you'll donate her things. Can't your niece handle it, or can she hire someone to help you? That would seem to be the easiest way to deal with it.

Plumpossum

I do hope your troubles are mostly over by now, Gail. By the way, is your middle name "Job"? tsk...

The major part of my family soap opera at the moment revolves around packing and shipping. When my sister (a world class packrat!), who lived with me for several years, moved away to be with her daughter, she left a lot of stuff behind. Dealing with it is a headache!

bookish

Smart. Much easier to mop floors than vacuum carpets.

octomom

Well, Francine and Rains, today was a fairly mundane day, if you don't count my pain level! Nothing much to report, thank goodness. Went and shopped for flooring to replace the carpeting in both bedrooms, so if the cats have another accident, it will be easier to clean up. I'll be more able to push my heavy bed out of the way to get to it, since they have a tendency to have hairballs, etc. smack in the middle underneath the bed, right where I can't get to it with carpeting. It's like radar...

Rainiqui

Oy vey INDEED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It took roughly half a minute to finish your lovely puzzle and about 42,000 (my favourite number) minutes to read The Misadventures of Octomom (and I thought MY life was stressful)!!!

I am sending wishes of peace and calm your way !!!

bookish

Egad!

octomom

Oh, and I got locked out yet again. The first day I slept here, I got locked out on the lanai because the bottom lock is the reverse of what it should be and I though it was unlocked. Fortunately I had my phone and called my sister, who had to leave work and open the door with the key I had given her. Today, Amy and I got locked out because my car arrived and I drove to the main area to get my mail, and couldn't get back in once we got home. The key sticks and it's difficult to open, but there was no opening it up earlier. Amy had to call her husband to come and get us out of the mess we found ourselves in. He ended up forcing the lock open with brute strength, and then filed the inside out so it doesn't stick quite so much. It's been a helluva day... Oh, then I dropped and broke a bowl I really liked. So, to recap ~ (1) dropped bowl because hands don't work well; (2) got locked out once again; (3) cat peed all over couch; (4) cat pooped under the bed; (5) hurt shoulder trying to get at cat poop; and (6) nearly got killed because my sister and BIL don't know how to give directions while I was driving to dinner ~ "turn here NOW" instead of "turn at the light", "get in the left turn lane NOW" instead of "you're going to turn left at the light", that sort of thing. FUN day! Glad it all happened in one day so I can say the day's over and tomorrow will be better.

octomom

Hi Francine, I'm glad you got caught up.

Kathy, that's such a funny story! It reminds me of my first husband, when I first moved to Oregon 33 years ago (two weeks before Mt. St. Helens blew her little top). We had just purchased a house on 3/4 of an acre, very wooded, backed up onto a park. As a result, we got a lot of critters and I was a huge wuss back then when it came to critters. There was a mouse or mice that had their way with our kitchen, and we'd find droppings in the drawers (especially silverware drawers ~ ugh). I told ex we had to get mouse traps. He did and set one under the sink. One night I'm awakened by a loud "snap". I woke ex and told him to go deal with it. He refused to get out of bed (yes, there's a reason we got divorced...), so I went downstairs and opened the kitchen cabinet and found poor little Minnie or Mickie trapped but still alive, opening and closing its mouth and saying "owee, owee, owee" and looking very pathetic. I went back upstairs and in no uncertain terms told ex to HANDLE IT. He ended up going downstairs and dispatching the half-dead Minnie with a hammer, since there was nothing else to do for it. After that, I refused to set any more traps to kill live animals. I cried for a week.

Plumpy, Francine and Kathy, would you mind sending me an email at my old email address? I haven't received any emails lately and I'm wondering what's going on. I haven't spoken with my IT guy in a couple of days, so I don't know if he's done the homework he needed to do to migrate my address book and folders with hundreds of emails in them over to my new provider. Plumpy, if you want to discuss your Peyton Place of a family, feel free to tell me about it. I still have well over 50 huge boxes left to unpack, mostly tchotchkes and artwork, needlepoint and pictures. They're chest high, so I need some help. I've hired a woman who lives here to help me get more accomplished than I'm able to do so that the place can look semi decent (I've given up on decent for now) for when my sister comes down from New York on Friday. She's in her 70s and has more energy than anyone I know. In an hour and a quarter, we got through so many boxes it was unbelievable. She's coming back on Monday to do more with me, and is cleaning on Wednesday and Thursday. The place hasn't been vacuumed in more than two weeks and is getting skunky with all the cat hair. I usually vacuum every three days and I'm having a hard time dealing with it.

On the cat front, my BIL and sister were over today helping. As I was straightening up to go out to dinner with them, I noticed that one of the cats had peed on the beautiful couch that was here. Then I decided to vacuum under the beds in the bedrooms because it was carpeted and I finally found my carpet vacuum, and found that one of them had pooped under the bed. Since it was on carpeting, unlike my other house, I had a hard time getting under the bed to clean it up and ended up slamming my shoulder into the wooden bed frame. I'm certain it's because they're not used to people being in the house and most likely one of them was afraid to use the litter box. This was a huge lesson to me in taking more care to be quiet when people are in the house. None of my cats has ever done anything like that before, so I know whoever did it must have felt very stressed. I'm not sure what to do about it, since replacing the carpeting with something else has become a high priority before even the bathroom and kitchen. I don't have anywhere else to put them except either or both bedrooms (next to one another) because both bedroom floors have to be redone. One bathroom is too small to even have a person in there, and the other isn't large enough to hold five cats and a litter box. The rest of the house is totally open, so I'm stuck with no alternatives for when workers and family come here. Boarding would be too stressful for them in terms of transporting them and actually being there for the day. Oy vey me... To be continued...

Plumpossum

Yay! Omom is back among the land of the living! It's been a bit desert-like, with you "incommunicado", Hanne gone until Sept., and others missing or busy. Sorry I didn't find these latest posts until just now - - my energy and attention have been absorbed by an ongoing family soap opera, so Jigidi has had to take a back seat.

I hope your relocation saga soon comes to a felicitous close so that you can get on with your life. And I do hope your kitties have forgiven you by now!

bookish

I've caught up with your news, Gail. OMG!!
...Do like that mouse story - I wouldn't have handled it so well!

Hummingbird592

Finally made it over and caught up with all the news :-)))))))) Wish I could advise you on the bites, but I won't even try to go there. I will tell you a little remedy for fire ant bites....you will know when you run into some of them....anyway, for some reason Clorox will help diminish the bite. Use it at 100% strength. Just a dab on the spot will do. I can really tell a difference when I use it or don't use it. Funny thing is that Sophia, my hubby's cat, is a bit weird when it comes to Clorox. She will come and sniff the area and I have to watch her or she will take a bite. Very strange....guess she hates the stuff. She doesn't like me much anyway LOL She ADORES hubby. She is a one person cat.

Oh I have to share this with you. Guess what else you have to look forward to LOL Just wait until one of your babies shares one of its "treasures" with you LOL Happened to us just yesterday morning at 6:43 AM. Hubby was still asleep, but I was beginning to wake up. I heard Bandit meow. It was a soft meow.....I answered him back several times and then said his name. When he jumped up in bed, I looked at him, and there in his mouth was a live mouse which he wanted to show off and share. He dropped the mouse..... the mouse ran for the covers......disappeared....I promptly woke Steve......Steve hops out of bed.....I am sitting in bed.....feeling around for the now disappeared mouse..... locate the mouse under the sheet.....mouse moves...... Bandit pounces on mouse..... mouse hops off bed and runs under bed. Then there is commotion and noise under bed. Then all is silent as Bandit takes his treasure back down the hallway. It was so funny!!!! Thank goodness I am not afraid of mice. Just hope your fur babies don't deliver you breakfast in bed with a Palmetto bug or some other treasure they would like for you to have LOL LOL LOL

I will stop rambling now....hope you are smiling.....and will catch ya again later :-))))))))

octomom

June, Joyce, Ada, Martha, Katie, Lela, Cheryl, Faye and Libby, thanks so much for the concern you all have shown towards me and the furbabies. Warm fuzzies right back atcha.

Yes, indeedy, Florida will take some getting used to, but I WILL get there. The negatives do not in any way outweigh the positives from having family close by. My sis Carol will understand that I won't be done in time, but I really wanted her first impression to be one of controlled chaos instead of totally unmitigated chaos.

I did make a couple of calls and found some places that will chip for far less than this doctor charge$. They're a little far away, and I'll have to make numerous trips since I can't get my cats in the back seat of my Civic and the front is a bucket seat, but it is doable. There's a clinic called SPOT (ever see their magazines in vets' or doctors' offices?) that does it for $25 each, but they're really far away. I had to call an emergency vet clinic earlier tonight because I accidentally left out the Clavamox that Schnellie is on for her infections. I ended up speaking with someone who's friend is a vet not far from here, so I'll call him on Monday and find out what he charges. I forgot to mention that the vet I saw earlier charged me $5 for a "hazardous waste disposal fee". Wanna know what that was for? It was for two Q-tips she used to check Schnellie's ears for mites (turned out to be the fungus). Had I known, I would have taken them with me...

Here's my definition of palmetto bugs: !@#$%$&*$#@ little buggers. I had one on my lanai the other night. It took me an hour just to corner it because they're so fast. I smashed and smushed it with a Readers Digest. Lifted the RD and it took off running like nothing happened. Took another hour to recapture it. Smashed and smushed it with a very heavy package that Medicare sent me. Lifted it up. It looked dead. An hour or so later, I went back on the lanai with a tissue to pick up the poor pitiful very dead critter. Oops ~ it started crawling again. There's a reason "they" say that, when the world ends, roaches will still be here...

Has anyone who has suffered mosquito bites ever had them linger for a long time? They no longer itch or hurt, but there's a large red circle where the bite was, even though my skin is fairly flat in those places. There are about ten on my right leg from my knee down, and several more on my left leg. It's not the fibromyalgia red splotches I get when my legs and feet burn from my neuropathy. They're not warm or feel infected. If someone could tell me this is normal, I won't rush out to make an appointment with the new PCP I haven't even met yet, much less know where she's located.

Well, I'm off to try and solve a puzzle or two before I head off to bed. Between making comments and all, I only solved two small puzzles last night. The number of pages in my bookmarked section are beyond belief. Thank goodness TPTB no longer delete puzzles, so they should all be there when I'm ready to solve them. Thanks again so very much for your concern.

javasage

You have certainly been missed, Gail!
No matter how smoothly a move seems to go, there are always unforeseen problems...some even turn into horror stories! So glad everyone is at least in one place and you can begin putting the pieces back together! ;-))) (sorry, couldn't help myself!)
If you haven't gotten the chips yet, 2 other possibilities you might want to check out (if you haven't already)...the Humane Society does that here for no more than $15 each and that includes activation and the city data base, the other is (oddly enough our City/County Animal Control...they have clinics at least 2x a month, different parts of town and locations to make it more convenient and very affordable. I am sick of vet$ (like that Joyce) after what I went through with Dulcie, had Callie Lou spayed at the Humane Society and paid 1/3 what I have in the past! They also have clinic days for most everything else at much, much better rates.
At least the worst parts are behind you now, I'm exhausted just thinking about all you have gotten accomplished already...(yawn)...I'm done in! Libby ;-)

gemstone

Boy, I go away for a few weeks and all H*ll breaks loose! LOL

I was surprised to hear that you'd sold your house and were on the move. Sorry everything didn't go as smoothly as it could...and I was really concerned about how poor Charlotte was going to make out...but glad you are all together again...now, I feel sorry for the poor lizards...hope the kitties leave them alone so that they can take care of all the nasty bugs for you. I know what you're going through as we're visiting my sister in Bug Paradise and my right calf has a swollen red spot the size of my palm...I hope it's not infected as the dozen or so other bites seem to be diminishing.

So, hope your bites and pain are diminishing...hope the kitties settle in quickly and well...and hope you find an easier, happier life being close to family and a whole slew of new friends. A new adventure begins and I hope you have wonderful experiences to build happy memories and dreams upon. Good luck, Faye :)))

VermontMeow

Oh, my word, Gail! Your search for Tootsie sounds like the trip from Hell. I'm very happy you found her but sorry you had all that worry first. Glad you have the phone, tv and internet settled. So sorry about the expensive vet. Good that you discovered a cheaper alternative for the chips. Please, please do not wear yourself to a frazzle unpacking, sorting and putting things away. Your sister Carol will be happier to find you healthy with lots of boxes sitting around than worn out in a perfectly arranged house. Take care of yourself and the kitties. Give them all some pets from me and here is a hug for you.

lelabugosi

Glad you're sort of settling in!.........Also that you're feeding the mosquitos - someone has to do it!......

buckeye425

So glad you all got to your new home Gail! You tell quite a saga of beginning the settling in process. It will all come together in time! Like you said, one thing at a time and no worries about trying to get everything done right away. It does sound like you have a plan.

Hooray, hooray, hooray, all of you made it safely (sort of) and are reunited! That is what is important. Everyone is on the 'other side' and ready to begin the grand Florida adventure. Now I can breathe a sigh of relief. For some reason I was very concerned about all of you but I knew all would be well when you got reunited. Welcome home, Gail and company.

Hooknstitch

Great to read an update from you! Was getting worried. I think we still have a sort of plan in the works to drive out to Pinellas Park and Holiday mid September. Hopefully we will have an opportunity for a meet and greet. Maybe by then you will have everything put to rights and be sort of normal again. For sure Florida is NOTHING like Oregon. ha. And yes, mosquito's love sweet people. We have too much sugar in our blood or something. I am cooped up for the summer now, finding lots of things to do INSIDE. I rarely venture out during the summer months. Good luck on getting new desk and everything else. - Ada

cakes1947

WOOO HOOOO You're all together again and that's what counts. Sorry things aren't quite what you expected but it will work out in time. I hope you tell Amy to change vets!! That's outrageous to charge you a visit for each cat to get a chip. Oh well, like doctors, there are doctor$ and there are doctors. :)) I'm glad the Tootsie saga had a happy ending!!! I sure wouldn't want to play hide & seek with her!!! Don't push yourself too much to get unpacked & set up or you'll put yourself down for your sister's visit!!! Teach the cats to use the toilet, no more pellets. LOL It's nice that you're so close to your sister's place. Also nice there are friendly people in your neighborhood. One last thing, get mosquito spray!!
HUGS! :)))))))))))))))

juneshone

Oh wow! Well I guess nobody ever thought it was going to be easy and we know that with the heat all sorts of fauna thrive yuck. Still it's good that you are so near to your sister and not so lonely, also that you have made friends nearby already. I do hope you and the furries will soon settle down and enjoy the good parts of the move and that the warm will do you some good. Please don't try to build Rome in a day, take plenty of jigidi time to calm things down. Hugs and stuff.

octomom

Hi everyone, boy if I thought it was difficult before my furniture arrived, I didn't know what was in store for me. Everything arrived on Monday, and it's all still sitting here.

My car comes in the morning, so I should be sleeping, but I can't go to sleep right now. Jigidi is calling me. The desk here is not working well for me. I left my old one behind. Right now, my leg is resting on top of my largest cat carrier, but it's still not working very well. I'm going to have to buy a new desk, since this one has to hold my printer, speakers, keyboard and monitor. The slide-out keyboard tray in this one is missing so the keyboard is on the desk and is not easy to type on. Until I get a different desk, this one will have to suffice.

There are still over 100 boxes unopened here, so walking in the house is difficult. I expect to get most of it taken care of in the next week. I've hired a woman who lives nearby to help me unpack because my sister Carol from New York is coming next Friday and I want the place to look nice by the time she gets here. I just can't physically do it myself.

The house needs so much more work than I originally thought from the pictures. The entire kitchen has to be somehow redone since the cabinets can't be refaced or painted. And the bathroom tub is dangerous for me. I'm going to have to install a walk-in shower and a new cabinet. The cabinet is way too low for me to comfortably wash my face, brush my teeth, etc. The rest of the room can be painted. The park is lovely, and I've met some of the neighbors. Every neighbor I've met has been wonderful. Amy is ten minutes by car from my house. I wish I'd known that in Florida, unlike Oregon, there's is a difference between a mobile home and a manufactured home. In Oregon, the terms are interchangeable. It's not nearly as nice as the photos depicted, and Amy did her best with this one. It's going to be very comfortable once I'm finished with it, but I probably would have been better off buying a more expensive manufactured home than to have to put a lot of money into this one. Plus, there's the aggravation factor in having to live with one 3x3 bathroom (literally) while the other one is redone. There's absolutely no room for my three litter boxes, plus I can't find the wood pellets I'm used to using in Florida, since it's so warm here that no one has a pellet stove. I'm using tiny wood-like pellets from Petsmart, but my litter scooper's holes are too large for it and half of it gets wasted going through the slots. It's also four times as expensive as wood pellets. I do like how they work better than the wood pellets I used to get at a fireplace store, so I'm going to try and modify the scooper by putting masking tape all over it and using a knife to create a more narrow space between each slot. Lots of things that were once so easy in Oregon are going to be a bit of a challenge in Florida, but I'm crafty and will make everything work.

I'm bitten from head to foot by no-see-um mosquitoes. People here told me that I must have sweet blood and must be sweeter than everyone else here!

Ada, my sis warned me but I didn't believe her. You should see my legs. Huge welts where I've been bitten. They no longer itch, but they do look godawful.

Martha, don't worry about me. Things will happen when they happen and I'm not going to kill myself trying to unpack everything in a day.

Mo, it was great chatting with you on the phone a few days ago.

Thanks so much, Heather, for your good wishes.

Cheryl, I decided to go with a company called Bright House. They did my phone, internet and cable TV. They're wonderful and are available by phone 24/7. Unlike Verizon, Bright House has been absolutely wonderful. They came by earlier to hook up my computer, so I'm up and running, if not entirely comfortable sitting at my desk.

The cats had a very stressful time, being boarded for the week prior to being shipped over, plus trying to get used to the house and people in and out, unlike where I used to live and was so terribly lonely. I really do miss Oregon, though. My friends Marsha and Nubia told me that, if I left Oregon, I was not going to be let back in because I was such a pain in the ass... Schnellie was very sick. She got conjunctivitis in both eyes, had a massive fungal infection in both ears, and her breathing was worse than normal. Tresaderm for the ears, neo-poly something or other for her eyes and Clavamox for her other infection. She's doing better now, but the vet's bill just for her set me back $250. I want to chip them, since Tootsie went missing a few days ago when there were four people in my house. Amy and I turned the house upside down, checked it ten, 20 times, turned the couches upside down, etc. Three hours later, and much hysteria on my and Amy's part, and we decided to go back in the guest bedroom where the other cats were hiding. We took off the twin mattress, took off the box spring and turned it upside down. Still, there were only four cats in the room. More hysteria. Checked outside all around the perimeter of the house, and still no Tootsie. Amy was about to leave as it was midnight and she had to go to work, but didn't want to leave me in that state. I checked one last time in the guest bedroom. I looked under the bed and there was one, two, three, four, wait-a-minute FIVE cats. Tootsie must have somehow gotten into the box spring (even though we checked for tears), never said boo when we turned it upside down and put it back in place. I crawled on the floor and got as close to her as possible, and asked her if she knew the fright she gave us. She looked at me and said, "Fright? After what you put me through in boarding and on the plane, I really don't give a s--t." We eventually forgave each other and all is well now. But Amy's vet won't waive the office visit to chip them, nor will she call Andy to verify that all the cats were examined prior to getting on the plane, and wants to charge me more than $500 to chip them. I started calling around and found SPOT (has anyone ever seen their magazine in vet's offices?), who can do it for $25 each without an exam provided I get them to their clinic. I was so spoiled having Andy care for my gang that I don't know what I'm going to do without her.

Anyway, I haven't been on Jigidi in close to two weeks, so I'm going to post a few puzzles now and try and catch up on a little before I have to go to sleep. Thanks to everyone who has expressed their concern and caring for me. It's more appreciated than you can ever know.

VermontMeow

Oh, Gail, I am so sorry you are having (or hopefully had) phone and Dish. If cable is available it is much more reliable than satellite. If you must have satellite I heartily recommend Directv over Dish. Hopefully both issues are already resolved. I do hope the fur babies have arrived and are settling in. I think of you and the kitters many times every day. Like all your friends I await your next report. Take care, Gail. Hugs.

heathercru

Sending love and hugs and good wishes to you and the furry babies!

sparkles

I hope by now you and the kitties are getting all settled in and you'll be back online soon. Look forward to hearing from you soon Gail. All the best in your new home ; ).

Gail, I am a big worry wart. Hope to hear from you soon and hear about the furrie's trip to their new home. Hope the trip went smoothly and that they are adjusting. They are bound to be happy to be back with their mommy. I am still sending strength your way and hoping that things will be soon sorted out and you can get some rest.

Dohun

I think you are in a situation where you can only do one thing at a time and stay calm. :)))
I hope your cats have arrived well and that they like their new home. Best of luck with everything and I hope that the thunderstorms will be over soon. :))

bookish

Hi Gail, just read the last two days' worth - OMG!! All the best.

Hummingbird592

Gail, just found your link that you left me to this puzzle. Thank you for letting me know about it!!!!!! Sorry that I am running three days behind!!!!!!!! Just did your puzzle and it is so nice to finally "meet" you. Edie and I were discussing the other day that we both like to know what the other person on the other end looks like. Edie was very brave and posted a picture of herself, so I decided to post one of me in private. Haven't had enough courage to bring it out in public yet. I hate seeing myself in a picture. Will have to give it some thought and get a bit braver LOL

I definitely have some catching up to do, so going to bookmark this to come back to and read all the comments as I have to run for now.......will let you know when I check back in and get caught up on all that going on with you......sorry I have to go right now :-(((((((((

Hooknstitch

Gail, you wore me out just reading what you have been doing and TRYING to accomplish! Wishing you best of luck with settling in and with your 'babies' coming. you and they will be thrilled to see each other. What you got yourself into? yup bugs. Rainy season etc. I did warn you didn't I? Well maybe I didn't. Shame on your sister if she didn't warn you. Or did she? LOL re: dish tv. UM. we use Direct TV. same issue during rain and storm. Will loose reception some times. only other option is AT&T Uverse, it's fiber optic and no dish and no cables. We were looking into it but for "our particular needs" Uverse so far won't work for us since between my husband and myself we watch and record LOTS of stuff and they overlap, so we have FOUR DVR's with two tuners in four rooms! Uverse you can record up to four shows but on only one DVR and they can be viewed anywhere in the house on other tv's, but it's only FOUR! with our set up right now imagine 4 tuners recording 8 programs all at the same time! Yup, between movies, mystery shows, reality tv, and other assorted stuff, it works for us. Most of the time though, there really isn't that much on TV to watch! I still hope to have a meet and greet with you later this year. Hopefully you will be all settled in by end of August perhaps? we'll see how it goes. - Ada

robryan

Yea!!! I'm glad you arrived safely Gail!! I hope your furniture arrives all in one piece and the cats aren't too traumatised by their big trip!!
Lizards are one of Layla's favourite things to stalk in our yard - when she brings one in through the pet-flap she gives a very distinctive high call (because her mouth is full of a wriggling lizard!) & then we have this very funny chase around the house - & the lizard usually sheds its tail!! She doesn't kill them though and we've moved furniture & lots of stuff trying to find the darn thing before it dies!! I'd say you're in for some fun & games with your lot!!!
I hope you get settled in, and the cats sorted, quick smart - and that the weather is kind to you!!!

octomom

What a hectic day it's been, and it's been a day of do-overs. Phone not working still, so I'm canceling that. Then I found out that DISH satellite goes down whenever there's a storm or even if it's cloudy, so I canceled that. I'm canceling the phone first thing in the morning, since without a phone for an emergency, I've had to stay at my sister's for two extra days. Will switch to a different service for those tomorrow, but now have to wait again for them to show up. It seems that whenever I think something's done, it's not really.

Now, there's a nasty storm going on, lightning, thunder, raining in sheets. Welcome to sunny Florida during hurricane season!

Cats coming at 6:30 p.m., so I'm excited about that, and I'll bet they'll be happy to be here once they get used to the new house. I spent all day with my sister tossing junk from the house. It came furnished, and there's so many dishes, pots, glasses, and so much other stuff that I don't want because all my things are coming. I saved just enough to get by until it arrives.

I'm exhausted, but cannot sleep, so here I am for a little while, maybe work a puzzle or two. Have to get up first thing to get over the house and continue to get it ready for the cats. I ordered two gates to shut off the Florida room for Charlotte and my office, but I can't install them until the furniture gets here. They're not the ones I want, and I hope 41" is enough to keep them out of the Florida room. For now, poor Charlotte will be confined to my guest bedroom, which I'm turning into a library/guest room. and whatever else the rest of the house won't hold. It'll be nice to finally move in once I get a phone. Verizon knew I was disabled and it was urgent that I get a phone, but I guess big corporations like that just don't care. I don't have a cell phone, so a land line is my only link to the outside in an emergency.

I met a couple of the neighbors, and they're wonderful. It's a very friendly community.

Good news and bad news. Good news: the manager has been fired, so she won't be living right next door to me. Bad news: whoever is managing the complex will live there. Good news: the new manaagers won't know about my cats, and nobody will be living there when the cats arrive tomorrow night. Manna from heaven!

Jeez, you can't imagine how loud the thunder is. I'm going to crawl under a rock until the storm stops. I'm stuck here, since my friends Marsha and Nubia told me that once I left Oregon, they weren't letting me back in...

octomom

Hi all, I'm just on for half an hour before I hit the sack. I called Andy earlier to see how the cats are doing, and Tootsie is still not adjusting. Funny, because she's my most boisterous cat. She's hiding in the back of her cage and not eating much. I had them bring the phone to her and they brought her out of the cage and into an exam room. I gave her my favorite whistle for them and started talking to her. Her ears perked up, she looked all around the room as if to find me, and started meowing asking where Mom was. If I had known what her reaction was going to be, I would have called every day. Oh well, in two more days, they'll all be here.

Brie, it's not possible to go more than once to the airport. For starters, I wouldn't be able to figure out which ones to leave there; second, it's way too far, it would take hours to shuttle them. I went online and amde a couple of calls for pet transports. I found a woman who has her own company and a mini-SUV, so between her and my brother-in-law, we'll do it all in one trip. She only charges $50 for the entire thing, so it's a great deal. They're going to have to be smuggled in because I live right next door to the managers. 500 homes and I get the managers next door.

I can't tell you how many lizards I've seen whenever I go outside. They're everywhere and in all shapes, sizes and colors. It's unbelievable. You can't even see some of the bland-colored ones until you almost step on them. Fortunately, they're fast and get out of the way. I saw my first palmetto bug in the rest room of the airport. For those of you who don't know what a palmetto bug is, picture a cockroach. Then picture a cockroach that's at least 10 times the size of one. Then picture a cockroach that's 10 times the size that flies and has antennae. That's a palmetto bug. Ugh. And chinch bugs and mosquitoes and ants and you name it, they're here. You can't even walk in the grass here because it's not like regular grass. It has large thick blades that make it unpleasant to walk on it and you get completely bitten by the mosquitoes. What in the world have I gotten myself into???

Spent time earlier with my niece and her husband, who drove over from Orlando. Saw my sister's MIL in her nursing home, who's birthday is tomorrow -- 97 years old. Brought back dinner and now here I am while everyone else has gone to bed. I'm good for one puzzle and then it's off to bed for me. I have a very busy day tomorrow and Monday getting ready for the cats and trying to get in a pile all the things I'm not keeping. I wish I knew when my furniture was coming so I could be ready. They said they'll call the day before and tell me "your furniture is coming tomorrow". Same with my car. It's very hard to plan based on such loose timing, but oh well, nothing I can do but wait. Fortunately, there's furniture there. So much to do, so little time and strength. My niece's husband has said he'd come the weekend after my furniture comes to hook up my computer. Yippee! I'm moving from my sister's to my house tomorrow, so this is probably my last posting for a while. If I come back to Amy's, I'll check in here. Until then, I bid all of you a good couple of weeks.

PS: Judy, telling me not to worry about you is not going to make me stop worrying. I wish it was that easy, but it's just not the way I was made... So, please take care and save your energy for the important things and the rest will fall into place.

Hooray! You got there safe and sound, well sort of, at least you got there. Just think of how much you have accomplished. Now to get the furries and the possessions. You will breathe a big sigh of relief to know that is over with. Sending what strength I can to help you through the next few days. Way to go!

Brie1648

Hi Gail - think I missed you because of time difference and teaching all day so no puzzles. Glad all went well with the flight and that you had room to stretch albeit a little bit more than cattle class! Can you do several trips back and forth to the airport or is it a long way? I am sure all your kitties will be fine and get re-adjusted very quickly, even Charlotte - lots of TLC!
Take care. I am so glad this part has gone so well; it must make you feel so much better. I love the picture - that looks like Norton there too...
Love and hugs
Bren

juneshone

Hi Gail, hope I haven't missed you, I am so glad that your part of the move is over and I hope the cats are soon settled in with you. Anyway this time next week you will all be happy together in the warm sunshine, and with family nearby it is perfect. Hugs to you and the kitties. june

RandomWorship

I'm so glad you arrived in one piece Gail - despite a difficult flight from the sounds of it. You're that much closer to being in and settled. I know you still have a lot to go, but every step forward is moving you closer. Take care, my friend. xoxo

petslave

thanks for the update. Lots of storms in Florida yesterday and today. To be expected, it's summer! Hope the cats do well and will be thrilled to see you and you them. - Ada

HeyJudeNM

Gail, thank you so much for keeping everyone informed about your moving saga. I can't think of anything much more stressful and hope you can rest before you unpack and set up your new home. Take pictures to let us see it when you can. How wonderful for your dream to be in Florida with your sister to be unfolding. You have lots of friends here rooting for you and your furry babies. Great pictures, and we thank you for that.

I'm doing fine; I just hit some rough patches now and again, so please do not worry. I will post when I can and rest when I can't. Take care and don't worry about anything; it accomplishes nothing but stress. I'm imagining wonderful new beginnings for you and your family, so don't disappoint me. :-)) Big hugs surrounding you wherever you are!!.

mipahollo1

All the best from me too!

cakes1947

Hi Gail ~ I'm very happy to know you made it OK & hopefully will quickly settle in. Joyce :))))

bookish

Good hearing from you. All the best. :-)

octomom

Well, here I am in Florida, on my sister's computer. Had a long, difficult flight, which got delayed due to weather, but made it just in time for lightning and thunderstorms. Yay. I probably won't be on again for a couple of weeks or so, since I'm going to my new place tonight.

I saw my house for the first time last night. It's smaller than my other house, and has a lot less closet space, but I'll make do or start throwing things away. There is so much already at the house that it's going to take a week just to go through it and throw away or donate things. Cats are coming Monday evening. As of now, I don't know how I'm going to get them from the airport to the house. Joe, my BIL, has an open truck, but I don't want to smuggle them in on an open truck. Maybe I'll just leave them at the airport.

See you when I see you!

Gail, so the time is here at last! Here's wishing you and the furries a safe and pleasant journey and a happy reunion in more pleasant climes. Know you are busy and distracted so I will keep this short. Best of all to you and fare well until we meet again on pages of Jigidi. I hope that will be soon and we will all look forward to hearing all the details. Love, Martha.

Hooknstitch

Gail I never received your email reply! I searched my email folders and only see the one from you that I replied to. what happened? argh! in cyberspace someplace I guess. - Ada

octomom

Thanks, Heather, Plumpy, Heidi, Maria, Kirsten, Edie, Katie, lela, Libby, Rob, Ada, Francine and Hester. It's been a stressful week. The movers didn't show up on Tuesday to start packing me, and now they're going to be late with the truck to take everything away. My kitties have gone to their favorite vet and my dear friend, Andy, who has moved heaven and earth to take care of my cats all these years. They didn't go willingly, kicking and screaming the entire way into their crates. Poor Charlotte, the first thing she does when she's stressed is to pee, and this was no exception, unfortunately. I had to clean the crate and start over. The poor girl just huddled in the back corner of the crate, making herself as small as possible. I hope she makes the trip without backtracking. I spent almost two years socializing her with me, and I'd hate to lose all that time.

I paid extra for seats on both legs of the flight in what's called Economy Comfort on Delta. It gives you an extra few inches of leg room, so hopefully that will help. Edie, they won't let a disabled person sit in the bulkhead seats because they're by the emergency exit door and you have to be able-bodied to help others in an emergency. Which, if Libby and I have anything to say about it, there won't be.

Ada, I received your email and responded. I'd love to meet you, so whenever you're planning on coming to town, just let me know.

That's it for now, folks, I'm off the computer for a few weeks until my furniture and computer arrive and can get set up. I'll be spending a lot of time at my sisters, so I'll check in whenever I can for a little while. I'll miss all of you, but I'll be back as soon as I can get settled in. Fortunately, the house I purchased is fully furnished, so I'll at least have some furniture until my things arrive and I can sort everything out. Enjoy the next couple of weeks!

feistyfreddy

Bon Voyage, Gail, to you and your kitty klan! A safe, stress free journey and lots of welcoming family hugs awaiting you in sunnier climes! Hugs from me and Freddy too. :-))

bookish

Have a safe trip, all of you. Best of luck. [Great photos BTW.]

Hooknstitch

I sent you email in reply to you "final" email. Not sure you saw that. Was letting you know I might be visiting some of my family members in the area you are moving to. I do hope to get a chance to visit with you. I am thinking we might drive over either late August or early Sept. that just a guess at this point. I hope your travels and move goes smoothly and with out stress or pain. Good luck dear - Ada

robryan

Here's hoping you all arrive safely - & Good Luck!!!

javasage

May you land with the gear down, on the runway and all your luggage arrive with you! Safe travels! ;-)))

lelabugosi

Bon voyage!...........

buckeye425

Best of luck and hoping it all goes well for you and the cats!

2dogs7cats

Do you have any good drugs for you and the cats? Something to put them in la la land while on the plane? Even better than an aisle seat is the front one where you have lots of extra leg room and lets you stretch out. Sometimes if the plane isn't too full you could try asking if there's a spot in business class. I know that they will sometimes let people move up there, especially if you're going on in a wheelchair. It's worth a try. Safe trip for all :-)))

RandomWorship

Oh, boy Gail! It's hard to believe that this time has finally come! For a while there, it seemed that it never would. I hope the flight goes OK, I know it's going to be hard for you though. Perhaps get an aisle seat and walk around as much as you can. And I hope the fur babies have a safe trip too. I can't wait to hear how it all went, when you're on the "other side" as you say. Take care! I'll be thinking of you. Love, Kirsten xoxoxo

mariadavis

Safe trip for you and your furry littles!

Surreal_Heidi

Wishing you and your ''children'' a safe and pleasant trip across the country. Bon Voyage, and keep your sanity!!!

Plumpossum

Bon voyage! And happy landings! I hope everything goes swimmingly for you and your kitties!

heathercru

Wishing you and the furry friends a safe journey and peaceful arrival!