Wednesday, May 4, 2011


Note to self:  Never post on the blog “problem solved” about home improvement projects until the problem is, indeed, solved.  I went to the hardware store; picked up the part I needed, came home to fix the sink, and couldn’t do it.  I understand exactly how it’s supposed to work, I just couldn’t do it.  It required hand tightening a screw.  I’m not sure if it’s my lack of male genetalia, or the fact that I’ve been a hairstylist for more than a decade (causing tendonitis) and my grip isn’t what it used to be, but at any rate, I’m back to square one on the sink stopper issue (it’s back on the list for someone else to help me with).

The lilacs are blooming!  They are so beautiful. I walked out of my back door last night and I felt like I ran into their fragrance like a wall.  There aren’t quite as many blooms as I thought there would be, I think they’re gonna need a little pruning this year, and then, lookout!  Next year, baby!  My mom told me to make sure I buy good quality clippers for them, and I think she’s preaching to the choir.  If anyone knows the importance of quality tools for the job you’re doing, it’s me.

Also, Arthur still needs some adjusting to the new house, he still pukes on a regular basis.  I’m not sure if this is a real problem, or just nerves, but I’m gonna give it a couple more days to decide before I take him to the vet.

I, however, am doing great.  I seem to be sleeping really well here.  I have slept for over seven nights in a row for at least 8 hrs a night.  That hasn’t happened since Sawan was alive.  So, wow.  I feel like a million bucks.  It’s amazing to have people ask me how I’m doing and to be able to say “good.”  Not “hanging in there” or “allright.”  I’m actually really doing good.  It’s awesome.


  1. Noel,

    I hope the "fix it" problem isn't about male genitalia... If so, I have to slink under a rug somewhere! I too, think you might want to check with a vet... Arthur shouldn't be anxious this long. I'm comparing him to Sasha, who is the biggest wienie I've ever known, and even he didn't take that long to adjust. You have your stuff there, his stuff there, and you're there, so I think he might be sick. Just my thoughts! Love your blog! Keep it up!

  2. @Kevin, I think Arthur could challenge Sasha to a contest of who is the biggest wienie. Maybe they could arm wrestle. The problem is, he'll go five days without puking, then start up again. This seems to be more frequent in the new house, but not unlike him, he has phases like this often. So I'm trying to decide if it's worth taking him to the vet, because he freaks out so bad while he's there, and then that's hard on me, too. So I just can't decide if I should put us both through a trip to the vet over it...

  3. Have you tried leaving the tv or a radio on when you aren't home? Our dog used to get sick sometimes when we left her alone or shortly after we got home from getting nervous. Leaving the tv on seems to have cured her of it. There are so many new noises in a new house. I'm sure it is a little scary for him.

    I am very jealous of your lilacs. I think that lilacs might just be what I miss the most about living in Montana. I don't think that they grow in Phoenix, or at least I haven't come across any in the 14 years that I've lived here. Please enjoy for the both of us!

  4. hi noey,

    i know you've got your dad a million other guys that would help you at the drop of a hat, but if you ever have a home fix'it problem please don't hesitate to ask. i'm great at that stuff and would love help. anytime. (it doesn't hurt that i have a construction company at my disposal, either.)

    glad to hear things are going well. hope to catch up soon.