The Great Basement Clean of 2018

the massive stack of cardboard after i cleaned the basement

OK.  I realize there are many situations where 4 hours can feel like 14:  a really bad first date, a half day meeting at work, shopping.  But today I’m talking about cleaning the basement.  I hauled heavy shit into the “dump pile”, I cleaning off shelves that haven’t been cleaned in probably 20 years, I vacuumed cobwebs off the ceiling, and I cut up more than 100 boxes for recycling.  O.  M.  G.

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Light for Kathy’s Cage

the new light fixture installed in kathy's basement cage

For a few months now, half the basement has been dark.  There are 4 sets of fluorescent ceiling lights down there, but 2 had burnt out.  Unfortunately the half that’s been dark is my neighbor Kathy’s – her cage is in a separate room of the basement and been basically pitch black.  I knew I needed to get replacement bulbs, but I’ve been sick for so long and so exhausted that I kept forgetting. 

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A Cat Update

bonkers looking adorable in his pirate sweater

I haven’t really written a pet update since June, so I figured now would be a good time. I’ve been holding onto some photos from the past few months to share with you. We don’t currently have any rats; we’re still mourning the unexpected passing of Franc last June 🙁 Instead we’ve been busy focusing on Bonkers’ health, my health, and an accidental onslaught of fish babies…

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Ipswich Illuminated 2017

ipswich illuminated 2017 - led color changing waterfall lights

Every year Ipswich, MA does what it calls Ipswich Illuminated.  They light mini barges on fire along the River, decorate public streets & parks with lights, have activities for kids, have cool artistic light-related installations…  it’s very cool!  I’ve enjoyed seeing the River fires since I moved here 6 years ago.  Apparently I’ve never posted any pics on my blog before.

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DIY Litter Box

a dremel cutting disk hit me in the neck because i had the dremel on too high a speed

About 6 weeks ago, after being sick for 6 weeks [I’m finally starting to feel better, although I’m still way too tired] I decided I needed to do something DIY-ish.  Birdie was having a love-hate relationship with her litter boxes and usually left me daily “presents” on the girl cave floor.  Turns out it was the litter not the box, but I didn’t know that then.

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