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June 29, 2008


Since the bees have gone, I had to resort to artificial pollination with a q-tip to get my tomato plants to bear fruit. I finally see a baby tomato - the first of the year!


Somebody likes his "nip"

June 27, 2008

The deck is done!

Well, almost. They still have to put a skirt on it to cover up the ugly pipes and stuff underneath. The cats have been really miffed lately because they have their own world under there and don't want it exposed.

Here is a view complete with (anemic) plants.

June 26, 2008

New deck progress

I am happy with the progress on my deck replacement project. They started yesterday and gutted my old, too small now that the wall is gone, deck. The only downside was that they uprooted my satellite dish which caused me great concern. I cannot be without my BBC America, my Nightly News and various other televisional delights. Besides, that dish is costing me whether it gets watched or not.

So, even though the deck was not finished, I took it upon myself to install the dish in the proper position so that the workers could carry on knowing what to do with it.

Needless to say, Kittay has been cross for a week at all this disruption and has decided to camp out in the front away from all the action.

June 25, 2008

Test from Flock

Let us see if this can post.
Today's gripe is that my dish is being removed (temporarily I hope) so they can build me a new deck - the dish is mounted on the deck. No TV or TiVo for x days until they get it done.

It published but the font is all wrong.

Blogged with the Flock Browser

June 23, 2008

The new neighbor

Finally great minds meet on a sunny afternoon.

June 21, 2008

Up at the buttcrack of dawn

Pouring cement and making sidewalks. They are supposed to finish up today, but it looks like there is a whole lot of work left and very few to do it, so I think chaos will extend into next week at meerkat manor.


June 19, 2008


Anti-Terrorist and Monitory Crimes Division.
Federal Bureau Of Investigation.
J. Edgar. Hoover Building Washington D.C
Telephone Number : +1 (206)-973-2572

Attn: Beneficiary,

This is to Officially inform you that it has come to our notice and we have thoroughly completed an Investigated with the help of our Intelligence Monitoring Network System that you are having an illegal transaction with Impostors claiming to be Prof. Charles C. Soludo of the Central Bank Of Nigeria, Mr. Patrick Aziza, Mr Frank Nweke, none officials of Oceanic Bank, none officials of Zenith Bank and some impostors claiming to be the Federal Bureau Of Investigation agents. During our Investigation, it came to our notice that the reason why you have not received your payment is because you have not fulfilled your Financial Obligation given to you in respect of your Contract/Inheritance Payment.

So therefore, we have contacted the Federal Ministry Of Finance on your behalf and they have brought a solution to your problem by coordinating your payment in the total amount of US$800,000.00 which will be deposited into an ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw funds anywhere of the world. You now have the lawful right to claim your funds which have been deposited into the ATM CARD.

Since the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been involved in this transaction, you are now to be rest assured that this transaction is legitimate and completely risk-free as it is our duty to Protect and Serve citizens of the United States Of America. All you have to do is immediately contact the ATM CARD CENTER via E-mail for instructions on how to procure your Approval Slip which contains details on how to receive and activate your ATM CARD for immediate use to withdraw funds being paid to you. We have confirmed that the amount required to procure the Approval Slip will cost you a total of US$750.00 which will be paid directly to the ATM CARD CENTER agent via Western Union Money Transfer / MoneyGram Money Transfer. Below, you shall find contact details of the Agent whom will process your transaction:


Name: Mr. Emmanuel Gore
Email: goreemmanuel@yahoo.com

Immediately contact Mr. Emmanuel Gore of the ATM Card Centre with the following information:

Full Name:
Zip Code:
Direct Phone Number:
Current Occupation:
Annual Income:

Once you have sent the required information to Mr. Emmanuel Gore he will contact you with instructions on how to make the payment of US$750.00 for the Approval Slip after which he will proceed towards delivery of the ATM CARD without any further delay. You have hereby been authorized/guaranteed by the Federal Bureau Of Investigation to commence towards completing this transaction, as there shall be NO delay once payment for the Approval Slip has been made to the authorized agent.

Once you have completed payment of US$750.00 to the agent in charge of this transaction, immediately contact me back so as to ensure your ATM CARD gets to you rapidly.

FBI Director
Robert Mueller.

Note: Do disregard any email you get from any impostor or office claiming to be in possession of your ATM CARD, you are advised only to be in contact with Mr. Emmanuel Gore of the ATM CARD CENTER who is the rightful person you are suppose to deal with in regards your ATM CARD PAYMENT and forward any email you get from impostors to this office so we could act upon and commence investigation.

Yeah. Right. Bold emphasis added by me. I told you it was a full moon!

June 18, 2008

Full moon today

Not too many crazy incidents so far, but beware!

June 16, 2008

Bye-bye wall.

A whole lot of wall is gone forever.


"Where's my wall, dammit?"

June 13, 2008

RIP Tim Russert •

RIP Tim Russert • May. 7, 1950 - Jun. 13, 2008

June 11, 2008

Tear down that wall

Kittay is going to lose his favorite wall in a day or two. He is not happy. Neither am I because with it goes all my privacy.


June 10, 2008

In the dark again

My power was off for five hours last night. Aside from my ice cream being a bit soft, everything was ok. My dodgy TiVo is not going to stand for much more abuse I am afraid.
Fortunately I cook with gas and I have a gas grill for outside, so I made myself some BBQ chicken for supper. The storm came in waves, so between them, I was able to sit outside and enjoy the silence - except for nighthawks and other active birds. It was kind of pleasant, actually.

June 02, 2008

Four-oh, 40, forty today!