By: joealaska , 6:20 PM GMT on July 19, 2013

I let Dutchie out again last night. As usual, I let her out the patio door trying to direct her to the back yard which is grass, trees, and a creek. Instead she took off around the corner toward the parking lot.

When I was getting ready to go to bed, I went and looked for her. Again, as usual.

I found her in the trees just out my back door. At least I thought it was her, all I saw were two eyes glowing in the dark. I was whistling and yelling for her to come in. After great hesitation, she suddenly sprinted toward me. And right by me, heading toward that parking lot again. I had enough of the games, so I went to bed.

I was up early this AM and walked around the building looking for her. Then I expanded the search loop, covering a bigger stretch of the green belt that goes behind my place. At one point I was at a corner of the property about 300 yards from my apartment when I heard her. It sounded like she was more pissed off than scared. Suddenly I was remembering coaxing her out of that thicket in Ocean Shores just a couple weeks ago.

In Ocean Shores it was too dense for me to even enter the area. Here, it was very thick, but there were ways to enter the foliage. But it was difficult, and I figured there were various good reasons not to enter. Tics, for example.

So I tried to coax The Queen out for a while. She just kept crying and whining, sounding like about 20 feet away. Finally I entered the thicket a few fret and saw her sitting there like nothing was wrong. I stepped toward her, and she backed away. I was thinking she was hungry, but she sure was not acting like it.

At one point she came out and bounded off to another area just as thick. It was getting old. I was sweating like a pig even though it was not even 8 AM. If I left, I may not find her again. FINALLY she came close and I snatched her up.

She will be inside for some time now…

I ordered a comfortable chair that can be used at a desk, as well as relaxing. It will be delivered today. That will get me pretty well moved in. I still have to hang the inflatable globe UK sent me, as well as assemble and hang the big map of Arizona I have. It will fit on one wall thanks to the 9 foot ceilings I have here. The map is approx 8 feet by 9 feet.

I couple days ago I was using my laptop when all of a sudden it locked up on me and a new screen came up. It had The Department of Justice seal and looked pretty official. It said my computer operation had been shut down due to me violating the laws of the US. While it did not mention any specific law, it did give a few examples that may apply… child porn, using pirated copyrighted programs, or sharing something illegally. I had no idea what was going on.

Further, while it did not tell me what crime I committed, it was very clear on how to pay a $300 fine that I was assessed. For whatever. It named various locations where I could pay the fine using "paypack" (never heard of that). Pay the fine and my computer would be freed up. I had 48 hours to do so, or all contents in my computer would be deleted. Well, like I said, the page looked pretty official, but it sounded funny here and there. No phone number to call. Wording that sounded ambiguous.

So I googled for scams regarding the Dept. of Justice and it came right up. The REVETON virus. I tried to re-boot, but it came right back up. My only solution was to call a computer guy. I needed to take the laptop to him, as it blocked him trying to fix it online.

$50 bucks later, a few thousand pictures, all my blogs, the beginning of Novel #2, the bare bones of a future kids novel, and many other needed files are available for me to use again.

Cut off all my hair last night.

As usual.

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19. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
11:47 PM GMT on July 23, 2013
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18. Rotty3
8:49 PM GMT on July 23, 2013
osdianna: sorry you're "treated" to a howling Rott'n one. Not that it's much comfort, but it's better than some other breeds of canines (beagle and coyotes / wolves come to mind here).

Sending vibes that you will find peace and quiet soon. All my dogs usually quiet down when I tell 'em that they are good singers. Hmmm.. makes me wonder, are they thinking I'm trying to be honest or phaeceacious lol. Either way, they shut up usually.

Of course, you could offer a big knuckle bone for entertainment (most likely it's a noise that makes the dog sing - you may not even be aware there is such a sound). Having some distraction CAN help. :)
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17. dotmom
7:30 PM GMT on July 23, 2013
Lawsy, give Diana a break from the howling and let things get back to normal.

What is Great Britain doing with all this heat, humidity and rain? I know they get lots of rain, but I thought it was a cool damp rain.

We need the sun to shine on the new son! What fun to watch a happy event on TV for a change. They all look so happy. Wish them nothing but the best - and I feel certain they will have it.

As for UK? Keep on keepin' on!
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16. osdianna
4:51 PM GMT on July 23, 2013
Dix, I thought the same thing, but it IS pretty cute.

UK...congratulations to the entire UK on the birth of an heir. I just hope the paparazzi give them all a break (yeah, right). While you swelter and drip I am sitting at my computer clad in sweats and wondering if we shall see the sun at all today. Nothing but drizzle and marine air yesterday. It is 9:45am and 53.4 degrees...and I would REALLY enjoy some sunshine today!

Oh, and I am fervently hoping my vacation neighbors go home today and take their "singing" Rottweiler with them. This is day 3 of the noise...I have never heard a rottie howl before this weekend, and I am mystified at the kind of people who think this is OK to perpetrate on their neighbors....because I am sure he does this at their home too. grrrrr
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15. dix608greys
2:39 PM GMT on July 23, 2013
Loved the cat video but...the first thing that came to my mind was, "do they have city water?" Because I do and I pay for mine and it's very expensive. If I let my water run like that every time the cat was thirsty I would have to take a part time job to pay for it. Maybe it's well water, I hope. Darned cute though.
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14. insideuk
12:26 PM GMT on July 23, 2013
My forearms keep sticking to the desk...

The jet stream has plunged southwards and this week I find myself in a warm, sticky, bangy and crashy weather mode.

Yesterday, early evening, I was with friends as the news came through that a new baby boy had been delivered for the nations collective entertainment. As if by some sort of omen the skies immediately darkened, within 2 minutes of the announcement the TV signals were lost and we experienced a humdinger of a storm for the next hour.


It might have been the 32c/90f heat of the afternoon that sparked it, not Prince Whateverhesgoingtobecalled of Cambridge.

I left during a lull in the torrential downpour and skirted the storm system all the way home. It sat on my right shoulder, then loomed up directly ahead, then back onto my right shoulder again. It was putting on a spectacular light display – with giant bolts of forked lightning stretching up a 20 mile section of motorway.

During the journey the temperature monitor on Betti had gone from 23c/73f down to 18c/64f and back up to 24c/75f as I entered and then left the muddled up pool of air. Here at home it was still dry and extremely humid, and it remained so until 4 o'clock this morning when it all went bang again. Then storms visited several times during the morning, with only brief gaps. Several neighbouring schools are still open this week so the kids were darting around in the puddles at 8.40am, screaming at the thunder and counting the seconds after the lightning, all in unison, all at the tops of their voices.

And I thought having a hot, furry fretful dog in my bed at 4am was the worst of it. I'll bet those parents were grateful the kids had another day left in school after the early start they must have had today...

On Wednesday they all finish school for the 6 week summer break.

You can see the stress building on the faces of parents.


I just want to be able to unpeel my arms and close the windows...

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13. Rotty3
3:15 PM GMT on July 22, 2013
Funny video, cholla. Thanks for sharing. My indoor felines will drink from faucet but not dip under the stream.
My TB will stick his nose forward, get his nostrils into "camel shape" and then suck water from the stream hitting out of a waterhose.

Need to post some pics this evening. Came to find a suprise in the coop yesterday afternoon. :-D

About to built an ark. Already raining here again... 3/4 - 1" predicted. Saturday new record of 2.5" in a day. Sigh.
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12. miyuki
9:42 PM GMT on July 21, 2013
Haha!! Our one eyed cat, Frank, does that but not to that extreme. Actually, both cats prefer to drink from a dripping faucet rather than their bowls.
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11. joealaska
5:59 PM GMT on July 21, 2013
Thanks Cholla, very entertaining!
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10. cholla
2:12 PM GMT on July 21, 2013
For all you cat lovers, here's a funny video
Joe should teach Fluffer and Dutchie to do this:

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9. iaotter
6:43 PM GMT on July 20, 2013
The kids left on Friday to go camp somewhere in Council Bluffs. Apparently there is a park there staked out for the RAGBRAI group that want to come a little early. The official tire dunking and such happen on Sunday and then they are off. I am currently babysitting two of their three dogs.
The rotty-mix bolted out the door twice yesterday. He led me a merry chase around the back yards of the neighborhood until he finally went back to the deck and stood patiently by the door until I got across the yard. Next time I was going to put them out I thought I was ready for him, but he bolted again. After dark this time, but I could hear his tags jangling as he raced around. This time he came back fairly soon with no chasing. Now he goes into the cellar until I can bring the cable into the house and shut the door. Then he comes out and gets clipped to the cable before the outside door is opened again.
My dog is not very happy with the company. She has to share her treats and favorite sleeping spots and some of the attention. She'll do fine for a week, but by next Sunday she will be very ready to be an only furchild again.
No fighting or growling, even at feeding time. They really do get along well. I wish I had a fenced in yard so they could just go out and play a bit. Not even a dog park anywhere within about a hundred miles. I can trust mine off leash in the woods and on trails, but not the other two. They have had no experience with that and would just take off and probably follow the first deer they saw into the next county.
Ticks are thick here. Every time I have taken dog out to the woods I end up with one or two on me. I wish they made something like frontline for people. Or at least a good lymes disease vaccine for humans.
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8. lotis2
6:12 PM GMT on July 20, 2013

iaotter: Saw your comment from previous blog about the bike riders. There is a group from the St. Louis area headed up there to help raise funds for the BACKSTOPPERS. They help support the families of fallen police, firemen and first responders in this area. They pay off mortgages, college tuitions, ect. Great group of people that do great things for our local heros families.

UK: If you need help, let me know. I have long, very hard finger nails to help pinch them off with. (They are real, not the glued on fake ones that pop off when pressure is applied to them.) I'm only 3-4 hours away. Need to go to Cincinnati anyway to visit late husband's cousins. Need to pick up some Cincinnati chili packets and some vichy water. Grocery stores here don't know what's good.
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7. osdianna
3:27 PM GMT on July 20, 2013
Good luck with Dutchie; this is a real pissing contest, and she has the upper paw already because you love her. She will test that love! Good thing you have Fluff to balance it out.

Ticks, eh? shudder...We have lots of deer here but I don't think anyone has had a problem with ticks (that I have heard). I have had them on me when the family used to go fossil-hunting in the Napa Valley in California...from sheep, though, not from deer. I recall being totally grossed out by them. Good luck with those too...a real problem on the cats.

My computer has been shutting down the Internet Explorer program...so it is about time to have it overhauled, backed up, etc. I want a Mac....I am so fed up with PC's...but that is in the "want" column of my budget, not the "need" column, so it probably won't happen. The other alternative is to go dark all together and toss the dang thing....it's tempting, but then I would lose touch with all of you, and so much more.

It's all Bill Gates' fault!
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6. cybersuze
2:07 PM GMT on July 20, 2013
There was a record .04" of rain in LA on my visit there last week.
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5. cholla
1:48 PM GMT on July 20, 2013
REVETON virus...
Maggie's brother had the exact same happening a couple weeks ago. The clincher at the end read something like if you don't buy this $300 program "you will be deported." One hundred-fifty bucks later, and his computer is back to normal. The fix-it guy told him that if he had bought and installed the $300 program it would have seized all his personal info immediately.

INSIDEUK... I think my part of Arizona would probably be on Joe's map- somewhere in his bathroom or maybe out on his deck.
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4. insideuk
11:58 AM GMT on July 20, 2013
Ahhhhhhh……bliss…….68f……..until Monday…..then the heat ramps up to 90f alongside humidity and thunderstorms for the foreseeable……

Still, it’s not all bad.

I have, for the time being, lost the deafness associated with being permanently near a fan on full whack AND I have regained control of the 60 sheet hole punch whilst it is temporarily excused heavy paperweight duties.

Fans on setting #3 can blow a 500 sheet ream of A4 paper out into the garden in the time it takes me to sign for a package at the door, as I, and my neighbours, have discovered this week.


Now we know why you were being so choosy with the apartments. Fluff just needed a place to rest, whilst Dutchie required a darkened bolt hole full of tics (a cat tornado shelter?) whilst you required a wall the actual size of Arizona.

If Cholla reports that it’s gone dark at his place then it might be best to shove sleepy Fluff along the map a bit towards New Mexico.

Or the kitchen, as it’s now known.

I’m assuming this infected laptop is your reliable DELL INSPIRON TUDOR BRICK EDITION?

It’s a shame the Reveton virus got at it – you’d have thought surviving all those years with the bubonic plague hanging around would have hardened its immune system somewhat…

Back it ALL up Pudden Head.

Only try REALLY HARD not to delete everything whilst doing so.

Just one question remains unasked.

Everyone is just too polite.


I’ll do it.

Once you had shaved your ENTIRE BODY, did you find that little tic?

************************************************* ********


This is the British Department of Redress.

You have only 48 hours to find that tic before I book a flight to help you out…

************************************************* ********
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3. DHaupt
7:30 AM GMT on July 20, 2013
Joe, can I conclude that your laptop is not a MAC? I do occasionally get Phishy emails, but those are not viruses or trojan horses. The don't do anything to the machine, just try to sucker you into divulging account numbers, usernames and passwords.

I use a spam filter called SpamSieve which is pretty deadly but also pretty accurate. The only legit emails it trashes are ones that I tell it to because I'm not interested in the product and they didn't take me off their list.

I recommend looking online for a good used MacBook with Intel processors. They would probably run every Mac OS from Mountain Lion forward, and maybe backward. I've seen them priced for a few hundred dollars. The other great thing about Intel Macs is that by partitioning the hard drive or on a separate drive, they can run Windows operating systems in native mode!

I've done that to my Big Mac because some medical imaging software that I occasionally need to run requires a Windows machine. Doctors are so backwards, radiologists especially!

AND, above all, get yourself backed up to an external hard drive -- on all your machines!

Sounds like you've got an incorrigible, acting-out teenager for a cat right now. Tough Love!

Livermore is getting up in the low 90s most days; 88 is normal this time of year. September and early October are our Hell Weather time. We live in the night and sleep all day. I am so grateful for the big solar array on my roof when I have to resort to the AC.
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2. Rotty3
8:02 PM GMT on July 19, 2013
Whew, what a mess with the former Queen of the Tundra, now of Zoysia fame. I don't blame you keeping her inside for a while. I hope you and the neighbors have good ear plugs. If not, pay want to provide them with a few individually wrapped packages :)

Congrats on the new chair, hope it is as comfy as you hoped it would be.

Computers: It really helps to keep (even a free) AV program on the machine. Too many sites are bugged, even though they don't look it. Glad to hear you got it all back.
After a complete head crash and a lot more money, I was able to rescue my pictures, my graduate class and writing files and lots of other stuff. Not cheap, but as the ad says, having your electronic life back... priceless!

PS: Treasure the e-life and back up that machine while you can :)

Dotmom: I would much rather have heat right now than all the rain... 28 inches and counting since third week in June. Seems to become a regular summer event here. Sigh.

Soooo.... JoeAK is now looking like in some of the older AK pix (again)?
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1. dotmom
7:55 PM GMT on July 19, 2013
Whoa! I thought he was going to tell us all those things were wiped out on his computer. Cut off his hair he did. He's coming by for dinner tonight - I hope we recognize him.

The weather has been beastly hot here. Yesterday morning FranKY opened the garage door to go out there for something - and there was a white cat!!! Trapped in there all night long. Glad she was still alive. Not a familiar face either. So now whose cat is this anyway? Started calling people, stopping people on the street, posting signs here and there and finally going to a clinic to see if it was "chipped." Of course not. Back to square one. I'm trying to cut the length of this tale, but it isn't easy. No one recognized this cat and you could tell it was a "family" kind of cat. We fed it, we watered it, we put out a litter box and continued trying to find the owner. My instincts told me this could be a neighbor's cat who lived a couple of doors away. E-mailed her dad (as she was at work). He waits until she gets home to call to see if Powder is home. MEN!!! Well no - where is she.

By then, 6:30ish the owner comes to my door looking for her cat and we have allowed the cat freedom to go if it chooses. It did and of course we could not find it. We spent at least nearly two hours looking for Powder. We gave up and decided to leave our garage doors open a bit for her to return. Her "mother" couldn't stand it and she and her nephew went looking in the neighborhood and FOUND her about 5 doors away. An old cat about 18 years old - home safe and sound. I couldn't sleep! We are all happy!

I feel for UK but we are no better - but we do have the air conditioning. Come on over!
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