February Is Gross

We’re back from vacation!

I miss the beach already.

I miss the beach already.

We snuck away to sunny Florida for two weeks but now we’re back in dismal northeast Ohio. Well that’s not fair, I love NEOhio but this time of year it just stinks in my opinion. All the holidays are over and it’s at least two months before the weather even thinks of getting better. The days are still short. I have no idea if our bees survived what is turning out to be the coldest winter in quite some time (you can thank us for that: we get bees = coldest winter ever).

Ohio in February is where optimism goes to die.

Can we just fast forward to May?

“But Chris, you just went on vacation, you should be refreshed”

Well, yes I am. It was fun to sit in the sun and we even went to the Everglades which was really cool – I saw alligators. So yes I’m refreshed. Yay.

Alligators in Everglades Nat'l Park.

Alligators in Everglades Nat’l Park.

One good thing is I think the mouse is gone from the RAV4. We haven’t seen any droppings while we were in Florida. On the downside I think there is one living in the Rabbit now though – back to mouse duty, once the temperatures get above freezing. I don’t know how to keep these rodents out of my cars. It’s always something you know.

Before we left I had the Therma-Tru guy come out and inspect our doors to see what we could do to close up the daylight in the studio door. Turns out there is a laundry list of problems with the doors, none are fatal but all work together to assure that our fancy doors are not doing the job we tasked them with. He noticed the weather-stripping (in all three doors) had been put in wrong, so he pulled the strips and reversed them to restore their proper orientation. For the one studio door he ordered a piece of weather-stripping that I will install, run wild, and cut to a longer length to overlap the boot. The door frame was out of whack so that was causing the door to gap funny here and there. No huge deal, but need to do the aforementioned weather-stripping trick. He also noticed that there was no dead bolt plate installed (it came with the door but was nowhere to be seen). So he ordered me a new one of those as well.

In addition to backwards weather-stripping on the other doors my Therma-Tru tech noticed the other man doors were missing many of their hinge screws. This is bad because the doors weigh a ton and will eventually pull away from the frame. They don’t sell these screws on their own so now I have to hunt down 2″ stainless screws to fill in all the places someone forgot to install the screws.

Um, where in the f*ck are the screws?

Um, where in the f*ck are the screws?

On the upside, getting back home meant I gained a new appreciation for my cat, Dixon. He loves me unconditionally plus he’s really soft and likes sleeping on my lap while I work. I’m sure he’s doing wonders for my blood pressure and he’s a good reminder of what really is important in life. He’s the best pet I’ve ever had…actually he’s kind of like the first real pet I’ve had. I had a turtle once but it’s not the same.

Mr. Goo (Dixon) on my lap.

Mr. Goo (Dixon) on my lap.

Outside it’s just grey and all the days run together. I look out at the garden each morning when I get up and dream of when Spring will be here and I can get out there. I hope that I can find the time to get out there and work in the yard this year. I’m really looking forward to it.

Now if I could just skip ahead past the blandness that is Ohio in late winter.

More fun pics to share:

What the hell is this? I googled 'giant lime' and didn't come up an answer.

What the hell is this? I googled ‘giant lime’ and didn’t come up an answer.

Our kitties got huge while we played in the sand.

Our kitties got huge while we played in the sand.

Daisy grew a lot while we were gone. Sadness.

Daisy grew a lot while we were gone. Sadness. Love the little sprigs of fur leaping from her ear tips.

I came home to this yesterday. It looks like my wife murdered an alien in our kitchen. It used to be a pomegranate.

I came home to this yesterday. It looks like my wife murdered an alien in our kitchen. It used to be a pomegranate.

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