||[Aug. 11th, 2009|11:07 pm]
real cat. Though the kittens are getting less skittish around me, I doubt any of them will ever sit on my lap and purr themselves to sleep. Portia arrived a few minutes ago. Last night she didn't show up at all. That might have been because the feral cats staked out the front yard, cutting off her access. For a while, two of the kittens were stationed at either end of the garage, like miniature versions of the stone lions guarding the entrance of the New York Public Library. As amusing as I found their living parody of Fifth Avenue's grandeur to be, I missed my |
Somebody recently snagged a small, aging house on a good-sized lot not far from my neighborhood for $31,500 (I love poking around on Zillow.) That's less than a third of Zillow's estimated value for it. That's low even for this collapsing market. It must have been a foreclosure. I wonder how one goes about nabbing one of those? The place is actually more convenient to stores and such than this house is. I ownder if Portia would like to live some place such as that? I'd have to leave the feral kitties behind, of course. But most of them will be scattering soon, anyway.
The late summer haze has arrived. Though it brings the sky a calming shade of mauve when evening comes, it makes the afternoons yellow and distressing— especially this year. It's too much like last year's smoke, I think. I'll be glad when autumnal clarity arrives.
Despite the heat, it was possible— though just barely— to avoid using the air conditioner today. Now I'm enjoying the cool night breeze which, with luck, will bring the temperature of the house down to a tolerable level by morning. The room the kitty stays in is cooler than the test of the house, so I'm going to join her there for a while. We can watch animal planet, her favorite channel.
portia likes animal planet? interesting. zack does not even begin to see tv or hear radio. he does, however, love shoes. right now he's making out with ted's sneakers. cats....
how's she doing? still licking those wounds? i hope they heal up ok.
fall will be so welcome!
Edited at 2009-08-12 10:51 am (UTC)
She likes The Planet's Funniest Animals
and was especially fascinated by the ferret chasing a ball in a bathtub bit they ran. She also likes dog shows, oddly enough. I thinks he might have lived in a household with a dog at some time.
One of her front claws was bleeding last night. I don't know if she got an injury int he fight or if she just got a really bad claw snag somewhere.
But did it still have plumbing, appliances, wiring? Lots of places get stripped!
I don't know about the condition of the house, but I doubt if it's been stripped of plumbing and wiring. I've never known that to happen here, even when a house sits vacant for several years as the one next door to me did. Stripping is more a metropolitan phenomenon, in places where there's a big local market for recycled copper.
As the cheap house was built in 1949 it probably didn't have built-in appliances, and if it came with appliances they were probably decrepit. It doesn't look like it was ever renovated. There are hundreds of old houses in this town that are largely unaltered from the way they were built sixty or seventy years ago.
But given the size of the lot and its location, $31,500 would be a bargain even for somebody considering the building a tear-down.