Day 3/Day 9

January 20, 2010

This is the third day of having no kitchen and having loads of (strange) people at my house.  Yesterday all the offending drywall was cut out and the walls, wood supports were scrubbed down with something that has a lot of chlorine in it.  A big blower was set up in the kitchen and roared through the night — drying all the chemicals.  Two workers were there when I left this morning.  They said they will finish with the remediation today.  The EPA inspector will be out tomorrow to make sure they got every last spore.  It’s my understanding that then the inside of the walls will be sprayed with a plastic coating.  So, on Friday, the construction crew will take out the rest of the cabinets and begin drywalling and taping and mudding and texturing.  Paint comes after that — so I need to go find my accent color.  Hmmm . . . that can’t happen tonight because there is a Lady Lobo basketball game and tomorrow night Chase has class.  Friday evening Chase has Novice run-throughs (this will be his first try at off-lead heeling).  It looks like Saturday will be paint-finding day.  I have a bunch of samples and have taped them to walls, but with the kitchen blocked off, I’ve not seen the samples with lots of light on them.  I think I’ll go with a pale tangerine — warm and hopefully inviting.  The new cabinets?  I have no idea how that works, but I’m going to look at what’s out there to get an idea.  There is a cabinet seller who carries Anderson “green” cabinets.  They are made from renewable woods (like bamboo) — I wonder if that’s in my adjuster’s budget.

Day 9 — that’s for the Phebe.  She’s flagging, invites Chase to investigate, but then walks away.  My “better safe than sorry” switch flipped on this morning, and we did an AI.  If she’s ready, or close to ready, there will be long distance swimmers heading for eggs.  Since the girls are the ones with the stamina, an early breeding is more appealing than a late one.  Jump in here and disagree if you’d like.  Anyway, there seems to be lots more where this dose came from.  I was also thinking that the AI might make Chase take a closer look at Phebes and find her more attractive.  We are going to continue the detective theme with this repeat:  Scarpetta (“M.E.”), Miss Marple (“Christie” — thanks Elaine, that’s a good one), Nancy Drew, Pepper Anderson.  If we got four girls, I would be one happy camper.  If there are more, we’ll need some more girl detective names — and I will be deliriously happy.   There seem to be loads of male detective names, so I’m just not worried about them:  Adrian Monk, Clouseau, Alex Cross (is that correct?).  So, go little swimmers — make me happy!


  1. Sarah says:

    Stephanie Plum.

    Of course, I would have thought the same thing about early/late. But, my two girls were completely opposite. Syd was bred early, and Bree was late (like I was losing sleep over trusting my vet-but he’s always right!), and I got boys from the early (and the total was 5 dogs, 1 girl), and girls from the late (total was 5 girls, 2 dogs). So, not sure how that computes, but that’s what we got. 🙂

  2. Red Dog Mom says:

    Trixie Belden – another girl detective.

  3. Sharrie Brockhaus says:

    I bought a young lamb from a friend that she had named and registered as Mystery. I didn’t like that name, but I wanted be able to identify her. She became Agatha as in Christie. I call her Aggie. I am glad that you have something else to occupy your mind. The chaos in your kitchen would be tooo depressing for me without the doggie action.

  4. I’m not very good at the “but you’ll love it when it’s finished” thing — when we had no garage for weeks and weeks a few years ago, which meant we had no backyard fence as the garage was one corner of the fence, and so I had to walk the dogs Every Single Time they went out, and Buzz wore his front toes raw on the cement………………………

    I wasn’t very good at appreciating how nice a new garage would be.

    It IS nice, though, to have a solid and DRY garage………….

    I know you’ll be glad, too, when this is done, though it’s cold comfort now……..

    Thinking those swimmers up to start those cuuuute little girl mice!!!

  5. Sandy says:

    Lowes was great to work with when we had to do all the cabinetry for the new house in Corona. Call there and ask for “Dave”….tell him Sandy Carr recommended him. They have great sales and super installers. I am guessing “real” green bamboo cabinets will not be in your adjuster’s budget..if so, you’re paying too much for insurance! 😉

    Girl detectives…the most recent on “Castle” is Kate Becket, usually referred to as just “Becket”. Love “Kate” anyway.

  6. Jean from NM says:

    Kinsey Millhone, a la Sue Grafton? Or Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, who isn’t really a detective but who does do a lot of detecting in her bail bondsman job. Whatever — go little girl-maker swimmers!

  7. Dawn Small says:

    Kinsey Milhone (From Grafton’s alphabet series)
    Eve Dallas (In Death series)

  8. Lybertygirl says:

    Oh Yes – you have to have a Khinsey Milhone – My fav. female PI!!!!

  9. Janet says:

    Girl detectives:
    Marge Gunderson (Fargo)
    Julie Barnes (Mod Squad) (love Pepper Anderson too!)
    and of course, Charlies Angels – Kelly Garrett, Kris Munroe and Sabrina Duncan

    and one boy name: Guy Noir, Private Eye (Prairie Home Companion) I actually met a Belgian Shepherd with that name at an obedience trial – thought it was a great name for a black dog!

  10. C-Myste says:

    “Precious Ramotswe”. She will be “traditionally built”.

  11. Kathy says:

    Honey West, Cagney & Lacey, Hercule Poirot, Ellery Queen, Philip Marlowe, Perry Mason, Nero Wolfe, Sam Spade

    Of course Wiki will give you more than you will ever need:

    Top ten famous male detectives:

    Swim….swim…swim for your lives girls!