Monthly Archive for October, 2007

New Family Member at Casa de Kitty

So after long consideration, and such, we’ve finally decided to accept the chocolate siamese cat that came with the house as our own.  We’d been feeding it for since we moved in, and had finally gotten it tamed.

Now, after applying the appropriate flea treatment, and such, we’ve brought the cat inside.  I named him Toddley after a Siamese cat that my family used to have when I was a boy.  He looks so much like him.

Ms. Kitty is actually taking it quite well.  She still hisses at him at times, but I think that’s all a front.  I’ve caught them sitting next to each other in the living room and in the library.  Prior to bringing him in, we had seen them sitting next to each other on the porches. 

Here’s the first pic of him, with many more to follow.

Mr. Toddley Kitty

Craftsman Weekend in Pasadena

Craftsman WeekendSo Chris and I have made plans to attend the Craftsman Weekend in Pasadena next weekend.  Hopefully it will be full of information and such about the Craftsman movement.  

 I’ve signed us up for two walking tours, an evening mixer, and the big tour of homes.  For me the highlight is going to be the Greene and Greene Neighborhood walking tour.  I do love the aesthetic that they created and have modeled the garden gate and arch using some of their elements. 

We’re going to be meeting up with my good friend Ray while we’re down there on Saturday.   Should be fun hanging out with him.

Luckily we’ll have our good friends Ryan and Rebecca kitty sitting for us and the new alarm system will be installed on Tuesday.  Thank you Brinks Security!

Things that go bump in the night and Alarm Systems

So early this morning we had an odd thing happen.  At about 3:40 a.m. (YES! Freak’n A.M.)  the doorbell went rang!

It took a minute for me to get up and out of bed, throw my robe on.  Instead of rushing right to the door and opening it, I went cautiously, to see if I could see anyone out there through the living room porch windows.   As I crept to the front of the house, I kept to the far side of the dining room so as to not throw a shadow from the night light in the kitchen.  Well I got up to the door, opened the little door that serves as our peep hole, and called out, but no one was there.  I went to the porch windows to see if any one was lurking on the porch – not a soul in sight.  

It was about this time that Chris got up and asked what was going on and who was there.   I told him no one.   We figured that somehow the wireless door bell got a signal crossed.   Meantime I went to the library to look out the window, and then saw someone walking back up to the front of the house!

 The door bell rang again, this time I was directly behind the front door and asked in my most gruf voice who it was.  Instead of answering me, he man asked for “Sondra” – I simply, said “Sorry, no Sondra here”.  At this point he swore and asked where she was.  I clarified, that “Sondra doesn’t live here at all — you’ve got the wrong house.”

One thing this has shown us is that we need to get the house alarm system back online for peace of mind.  Now to find one before we leave for the Craftsman Weekend in Pasadena.