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Marilee J. Layman

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05:35 pm: Rain and Thunder; Drenched Doves
We've gone back to the 50s with lots of rain today, more tomorrow. We might get 3" which would really help the watershed. I had three completely drenched mourning doves today and the dry doves wouldn't let them near the feeder, so I went out and poured a scoop of seed on the dry part of the porch. The drenched doves came to eat and wouldn't let the dry doves eat there!

My electricity bill was in yesterday's mail, and the city sends a four-page letter from some city department in every bill. This one was Town Hall and I was both pleased and taken aback to find out that I qualify for a home repair program for people with "extremely-low income." In fact, I get about $7K less than their max for a single person. They specificly mention "accessibility improvements" so I think I'll apply there first for the new concrete ramp.

One of the bookgroup members took the DVD player yesterday -- in fact, someone took everything I had to give away and that was nice. I read another 2.5 old newspapers last night and hope to continue at that rate.

Shiva was very hungry last night so I put another pouch of wet food on a plate and then put it on the counter, because Spirit can't jump to the counter anymore. Or I thought so. After Shiva got up and started eating, she was highly agitated -- food and she didn't have any -- and she jumped to the seat of my swivel rolling desk chair, then to the top of the back of it, and from there, two feet to the top of the half-wall between the kitchen and the dining room. She was pretty desperate. Fortunately, she only ate a bit and then Shiva came back and finished it. The problem is that if she can get to the counter (she can't jump up to it from the kitchen floor anymore, doesn't see well enough), then I don't have anyplace high enough to put food where Shiva can get it and she can't (except bookcases, which would be stupid). This morning I put the wet food dish on the floor and after she ate most of it, Shiva went in and finished. I really need to give them separate food, where she can't get to his, without shutting anybody behind doors, and I can't figure out a way to do it. I'm going to have to make a step for her to the heating pad, too, she's starting to just barely make the jump.

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