March 8th, 2019

laszlo moholy-nagy_chx

Oxford, Comma

Dinner was late tonight. I got hung up with some cat-related posts on the Farcebook, after being tagged in a comment on a photo of a black cat that was trapped on my property. The thing is the cat was trapped on February 17 and transported to Marysville a couple of days later, and this is the first posting I've seen about it. I'm grateful to all the volunteers who are putting so much time and effort into helping the cats in the fire zone, but damn, the whole system is so disorganized.

Anyway, I'm not at all sure the cat in the photo is my black cat, but I've given the matchers and whoever information about his unusual behaviors and eventually (two or three more weeks, perhaps) someone might get around to observing this cat closely enough to see if he exhibits them. I'm not really expecting it to be him, but just in case.

I went out twice today, the first time to the Save Mart I take the bus to, and the second time to the Grocery Outlet I can walk to. There's a likelihood of rain later tonight and tomorrow morning, but if it clears up tomorrow afternoon I'll be getting a ride to Safeway, which should take care of all the grocery shopping for the week, unless I decide I want to take another bus trip to Raley's on Monday. That's entirely optional, though, if I go to Safeway tomorrow. There will be nothing I really need, other than replenishing the beer supply at Trader Joe's.

Oh, and I got another coupon deal from CVS, which is five dollars off any item in the store under ten dollars. It seems odd, that it's under ten dollars, rather than over ten dollars. One would think they'd want people to spend more, not less. But I don't run the store so I won't question their madness. It's good through Sunday, so there's one more trip.

But for somebody who really hates shopping I'm doing an awful lot of it these days. I'm obviously being punished for something.

Now I have late dinner dishes to wash, then reading to do, and good chocolate to eat.
caillebotte_man at his window

Four

I just spent a couple of hours ordering stuff online from K-mart. There will be a couch-like futon for the living room, and a night stand for the bedroom. I really need something to sit on other than this kitchen chair I use when I'm using the computer, and its matching chair just isn't working out as a night stand. Stuff falls off of it. The futon has fake leather upholstery, so I'll have to get something to throw over it, and maybe a couple of pillows, fake leather being rather unpleasant, but I'm getting desperate and K-mart's limited selection of clearance items was my best bet. I also ordered a few items of clothing from their clearance sale. Four hoodies and a flannel shirt. I think I'll have enough hoodies now, even if I still don't have enough furniture.

Now that there will be a couch-like thing I suppose I'll have to get a couple of end tables and lamps and a coffee table (or a small ottoman with a tray to put on it) and then it will be an upholstered chair or two, which will pretty much fill up the room. What I'd most like to find is a pole lamp such as were popular in the 1970s, as I could set it up to have one lamp shining down on the kitchen counter and not have to do stuff with my own shadow hiding my work. That ceiling light is just in the wrong place. I haven't seen pole lamps in ages though. When I search the Internet for them the results are all for floor lamps, which are not at all the same thing. If I search "tension pole lamp" I do see some, but not from retailers. There are only photos of them. Apparently Pinterest is the only place where anyone cares about pole lamps anymore.

Shopping was done at Safeway this aternoon, and then I checked the furniture and books at the Goodwill store, but they had nothing new of interest today. I had heard that the 99 cent store sells almond cookies, so I stopped in there but their only almond cookies had coconut in them too, which didn't appeal to me. Instead I bought a package of green tea cookies, which is something I've never encountered before. I've been looking for green tea ice cream but haven't found any, so the cookies will fill the gap until I do. They turned out to be not half bad for such a cheap item, though no match for almond cookies.

We got a few sprinkles today, and it's supposed to start raining again later tonight and continue tomorrow, but I'm not expecting it to amount to much. Winter is getting old. I know how it must feel. Today was the four month anniversary of the fire, and I'm pretty sure I've aged quite a bit more than that since then. Four months with your cats missing will do that. Winter will soon turn to spring. What I will turn to I have no idea.