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04:17 pm: Mormons and Miller
After I got offline last night, I moved things around in the utility room so I could see Loki behind the washer and dryer. I talked him partway out, then he backed back in and I nudged his butt with the mop end of a dry dustmop. He came dashing out then. I shut the utility room door and, after putting things back in place, poured a lot of water down the drain in there and killed the damn cricket. I don't know if they come up the drain or just find it a good place to live, but they drive me nuts.

Loki headed for the tub in the guest bathroom and stayed there until I settled in with beading in the recliner. Then both he and Junie came out and disembowelled Mr. Gator and looked around. Spirit watched carefully. When I went to bed, Junie came to be petted while I was reading, and also wanted to jump to the top of the bookcases. I'll have to fill the squirt gun before bedtime. But once she went to bed, it was Spirit waking me up constantly. I think I got about five hours of sleep last night.

Today, in the middle of that five hours, there was a knock on my door and it sounded like a neighbor, so I put glasses and a robe on and it turned out to be promotions for our bigot of a state representative, Jackson Miller. I put the magnet in the trash and the flyer in the mixed-paper recycling and went back to bed.

After I finally got up and headed out to the kitchen, I saw Loki in the tub, and then a lump on the couch under the sheet. The sheet is there so I have a non-furred place for people to sit, and Junie had decided to sit (hide?) underneath. As long as I was taking her out from under, I gave her the eyedrops, which she still doesn't want. I put the wet food on a dish on the floor and retired to the recliner with my required light cranberry juice. Spirit started on the food, but Junie came and ate and then Loki. This was the first time Loki had seen the outside and he lay down in front of the sliding glass windows and watched the outdoors.

I came and booted up the computer and started doing my regular schedule of things when I saw two Mormon boys walk by. They knocked on Luke's door (probably thought it was mine, since they'd clearly seen me inside) and then knocked on my door. I told Spirit not to worry because I wasn't opening it. They knocked again louder. I don't know why they think I have to answer my door, much less when I know it's them.

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From:soon_lee
Date:September 12th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
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We had a cricket that found its way into a crevice in the garage roller door. We could hear its chirping reverberating (normally after we'd turned in for the night) but couldn't pinpoint its location.

Drove us nuts for over a week.
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 12th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
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Mine always turn up in that drain, so I suppose they come up/in it, even though the moisture from the air conditioning goes down the drain. A lot of water at once seems to drain them, though.
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From:fledgist
Date:September 13th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
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Perhaps they're looking for the hearth...
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 13th, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
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LOL Thank goodness I don't have that superstition!
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From:janetmk
Date:September 12th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
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The kitties seem to be making real progress. That's good news.
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 12th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
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Yes, they're really starting to think they belong here.
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From:agent_mimi
Date:September 13th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
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I'm glad your kitties are getting braver! We also have cricket problems, we kill one almost every day. I think they get in through a drain in the hot water heater closet.
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 13th, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC)
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They really do seem to be getting braver. We have another cricket now, but it's smaller (higher pitch sound, at least). I'm going to drown it when I'm done with the laundry.
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From:dragonet2
Date:September 13th, 2009 02:33 am (UTC)

We have a cat who

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kills bugs as well as mice, and she may be teaching the youngest two to do the job too. She did teach them about mice.

The Mormons probably have me on a 'nasty-old-lady-do-not-bother' list because: One day when I was still working from home and on a deadline, they came to our neighborhood. I also saw them and went, "Well, I'm not going to answer the door."

Until they started ringing it with the impatience of a four-year-old and NOT STOPPING. I gave them a couple of minutes and then went, "ENOUGH"

I come down to the door and they stopped ringing the bell. I told them to get off my porch now. They tried to plead their case three times and I finally went "Get the F-K off my porch, I'm calling the police if you are not on the front lawn or better yet, the sidewalk before I finish calling 9-1-1."

"But Ma'am..." "Get the F-K off my porch." (dial 9) "But ma'am, don't you want to hear the word of..." "Get the F-K off my porch." (dial 1).

They fled. BTW, if you are home and call 911, they get here in a flash because we usually have a community policing officer lurking about just in case. Which is nice to know.
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From:fledgist
Date:September 13th, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC)

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That's a great strategy for use with Morons. The JWs who annoy me leave when I tell them they are trespassing, or ask why illiterate boors like themselves can't read the blasted no soliciting signs at the community entrance. Then I call the neighbourhood watch.
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 13th, 2009 06:59 pm (UTC)

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Our JWs and Mormons both usually say that they're not trespassing or soliciting (and there is a case in one state that says they're not soliciting), and I tell them I'll call the police if they don't leave.

They do usually leave the development because most people look through the peephole or kitchen window and don't open the door.
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From:fledgist
Date:September 13th, 2009 07:23 pm (UTC)

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To their credit, they leave at once when I order them off. They don't seem happy. I haven't had any try the "We're not trespassing" line on me.
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 13th, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC)

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Spirit used to kill bugs, but she's going blind now. Fortunately, we don't have mice.

If I called 911 for non-violent trespassing, the police would be very unhappy. We have a non-emergency police number to call. If I open the door, I usually remind them of the no-trespassing and no-soliciting signs at all entrances to the development (unless they forded Old Winter's Branch North). Sometimes they argue, but I just shut the door.

I must admit that I was tempted to open the door and throw my iced tea on them.
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From:fledgist
Date:September 13th, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)

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I ought to try that last. "Oh, sorry, I didn't see anyone standing there officer. I wasn't expecting anyone, and we have a 'no soliciting' sign at the entrance to the development, so naturally, no one would be soliciting."
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 14th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
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It's so nice to see the kitties are settling in so well.
Those Mormons sure are persistent, aren't they? I have a "no soliciting" sign on the window by the front door and that doesn't seem enough. For a while, I added a note that said "religious or otherwise" and that seemed to work.
Take good care,
Doris
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 14th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
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They're trained to be persistent and I can be persistent, too!
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