Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Furry pants

Argotnaut and I continue to settle into the new residence and make it our own. Or to be more accurate, make it our pets' own. We have had ramps installed from the back deck down to the back yard, and along the two sets of steps that lead down to the front sidewalk. Buddy and Pepe have been pretty good about using the ramps and they too are settling into a nice rut. They were treated to an unusual sight in Portland last week, however: a dusting of snow:

That on top of the wettest November in the history of Portland, 12 inches of rain in 30 days. Fortunately, this is about all the snow Portland usually gets.

Meanwhile, the cats are making do until the new cat coop is built:

Where's our cat coop, dammit?!

The handy dude who built our doggy ramps is now in the process of constructing a new coop, which the boys will, I'm sure, disdainfully enjoy.

I guess you can see who wears the pants in this family.

Until the coop is completed, the kitties have to be content with the window box. Buster has accepted this for the time being. Grudgingly.

The humans, meanwhile, are also settling in. Or at least I am. Argotnaut has been so busy with finals that she has yet to make friends with our new abode. But after a trip to the Midwest next week, she should have the last couple of weeks of December and the first week of January to sit in front of the fireplace and also soak in the hot tub. Speaking of the latter, I've been trying to get up to speed with all the chemicals and such that one needs to enjoy a spa. What with all the Ph balancing, alkalinity, calcium levels and bromine concentrations, I feel like I'm back in high school chemistry class. I can hear the guy down at the spa supply place now: "Well, you got the basics down, but to really do it up right, you'll need some ear of foxglove (which you gotta dissolve in rose water), six types of powdered tree frog and some eye of newt, and then you'll be set."

Mmmmm...human cauldron.


Tavia Rowan said...

Never add eye of newt to human soup! Don't you watch "Charmed?"
The hot tub at Brushwood sometimes has plastic veggie toys, though, to flavor the people.

Devon said...

I KNEW Tavia could help you resolve that pesky "eye of newt" problem.

Andrew said...

I *do* occasionally watch "Charmed," not for the spells, but for the... well...you know.

Devon said...

Let me guess: The traditional family values.

Tavia Rowan said...

You'd think women who can afford the latest fashions whether or not they're employed could afford foundation garments, Bouncing those puppies around like that HAS to hurt!

Andrew said...

They can get away with a lot because them broads is magical!

liz said...

I watched it for their house!

And I never thought I would say this in any context at all, ever, but I miss Shannon Doherty being on the show.

Tavia Rowan said...

For what earthly reson could you miss Shannen Doherty's mediocre acting and dubious, uh, charms?

Andrew said...

They had a house? Oh, yeah. I guess they must've.

I don't know from Shannon Doherty. Rose McGowan 4Fr! And also Alyssa Milano. And Holly Marie Combs has her moments, too.

And lest anyone think I'm totally sad, I had to look up the cast members' names on line. I don't believe I've ever actually seen a whole episode of "Charmed" all the way through. For all I know it's an epic cerebral drama of Faustian proportions that makes a scathing statement on the hypocrisy of our times. I'm just in it for the babes.

argotnaut said...

TV show? Whut? Huh?

Devon said...

You cheater! You found "an epic cerebral drama of Faustian proportions that makes a scathing statement on the hypocrisy of our times" on the "Charmed" Web page, too.