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Marilee J. Layman

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06:34 pm: Cool and Gray
So the windows are open now. I figured my check probably came yesterday, but the mail didn't come until after 7pm, which is when my credit union closes, so I went out today and got yesterday's mail, deposited the check, and dropped off a DVD in the drive-by box at the post office. The private disability company wants me to move to direct deposit (which I wouldn't, anyway, since that means they can take things from your account) which will arrive on the 2nd of every month. I usually get the check on the 28th of the month before, so I'd be nuts to do that.

I needed to refill the fountain and birdfeeder again and when I went into the guest bathroom to get the bucket and fill it in the tub, there was a cricket in the tub, trying desperately to jump high enough to get out. I caught it carefully and took it outdoors and then got the water. There were three squirrels on the porch chasing each other away from the feeder, so I dumped the small amount that was in there onto the porch and completely refilled the feeder. That took care of two of them, but one was still chased off.

This morning I got a call from Kaiser Health Information -- the primary wants to see me before he fills out the forms (reasonable, since I saw him in November, although we have taken care of some things by email since) -- and I made an appointment for Wednesday. I see the psych on Tuesday, so it will be a doctor week.

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From:kaffyr
Date:August 30th, 2008 05:10 am (UTC)
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Just wanted to tell you how chuffed I am that you can take crickets out. I can't touch them, even though I half-way think they're good luck to have in a house (that's my mom and my nana talking, I imagine); anything with more than four legs is automatic hands-off for me.
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From:mjlayman
Date:August 30th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
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I would hesitate to touch anything poisonous or that could chew or smush me, but otherwise, I'm not afraid of things. The good luck cricket is one in a cage, fed like a pet, not roaming the house and eating stuff. Since fewer people are willing to have crickets as pets in the US, a lot of manufacturers make brass ones to have around. The bottom of this article tells how to keep them as pets.

If I leave crickets, the cats will eat them and leave the legs for me to clean up. Spirit made a valiant try at two recently, but I think her cricket-catching days may be over. Shiva still thinks they're a good snack.
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From:kaffyr
Date:August 31st, 2008 01:51 am (UTC)
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Thanks! (My cats can't seem to decide whether they are mighty hunters of insects, or cowardly slackers who are convinced that every insect is out to eat their little kitty heads. On the other hand, the cat I grew up with, Vincent,was a voracious destroyer of June bugs. Which he'd promptly throw up on my watch. Partly digested June bug did not endear six-leggers to me.)
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From:mjlayman
Date:August 31st, 2008 02:13 am (UTC)
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LOL No, I can see that. My guys will catch spiders, too, if they don't stay above their reach.
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