Saturday, April 14, 2007

the Cat

Why would I blog about a cat on a houseblog? Well, I shall tell you. Because of HIM, we had to 'up' a project on our todo list. Here is the culprit:That's him, the one 'IN' the catgrass that we had just planted. Here is another one where he was trying to steal my lunch, the theif. Shortly after adopting him, he would come to us in the mornings with curled up whiskers like he had just gotten a perm until we finally figured out that he was checking out the toaster to see if it had anything swipe-worthy (like we toast bacon or something in there), STICKING HIS MUG IN THE SLOTS WHILE IT WAS HOT. He would steal broccoli from a cooking pot like it was a filet mignon, and growl at us if we tried to take the steaming vegetable back. Keep in mind that he is sitting on my monitor as I type this and maneuver around his furry butt (my screen is mounted below my desktop).

So I hope that I have adequately established that this cat is a beast. We initially named him in Billy Goat, as in "eat everything within reach", but he hassince earned a plethora of monikers in the meantime. Here are just a few:

Mr. Shino Bicho Complainer Saucy Sandy-Claws Chicken-Hawk Troubles

Anyways, back to why I would blog about a cat here. Roxana went out to the backyard to do some gardening with Michaela while the 6 month old slept. This cat always throws a fit if someone goes outdoors without him. Understand this: He is an indoor only cat; we do not let him out, even occasionally or as a treat so it's not like he knows what he's missing. BUT, if he does get out, he just goes to eat all the grass he can, or beat up any neighbor cats he sees (BTW, he caught a possum once, a Richmond, CA, possum while we were living there...twice his size!). At least he's easy to catch.

So, while he throws his tantrum about wanting to go out, too, Goat jumps up and pulls the deadbolt on the back door, locking my wife and oldest daughter outside, while the baby slept inside, he making a racket all the while. So with no other options, Roxana breaks the flimsy plexiglass on the door to open it back up. Now I had to either replace the silly plexiglass glazing with proper glass, or just replace the door altogether with something more substancial.

And if you have been following this blog at all, I'm sure you'd guess that I would choose the later and go for the upgrade. You would be right. We liked that the back door had a window to let more light into our cavernous (sic) kitchen, and yet we wanted a door what would go with the rest of the original doors throughout the house (5 interior doors). They are all just a simple framed door with a single inset panel. So we went with such a door, but with a double glazed full panel instead. Same by proportions, but different.

So, I spent that weekend mortising the hinges, and mounting the deadbolt (albeit a bit more stiff). I am no expert at hanging doors and windows, but I can do it with realive success. Besides, I got to play with my new planes and chisels (I love hand tools). You will notice that the door looks crooked, and it is because the house is sinking in that corner most egregiously due to the neighboring apartment building sporting a failing retaining wall. This is the result of a 5-6" drop in that far corner! Now sure how the apartment people got this redwood retaining wall by the city when they did, but now I have to deal with it. Anyone know building law & how I can get them to fix this?

So, when we get around to either leveling or lifting the house, the door 'should' fit correctly, and all the frozen peas I keep dropping will stop rolling to that far corner like they are posessed.

Note: This entry will be updated very soon, with more pictures, and a slightly emmended text. Stay posted, m'kaye?

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At April 15, 2007 7:17 PM, Blogger 1OldHouse said...

My cats have a thing for broccoli too, if I don't put it away they'll rip into the bag. Can't do candles of any sort either, one of the little darlings *will* sick his face and/or paws into the flame, even if I don't make it easy for him to do so.

At April 15, 2007 11:12 PM, Anonymous house of caudill said...

We have a cat we adopted from a Fix Our Ferals program in Oakland going on five years ago. Miles has NEVER been outside, yet he sits in the window and whines and chirps as if he would like nothing more than to make his way to the great outdoors. The funny thing is, he's the biggest chicken in the world and would run and hide if he ever did find his way outside. This does not, however, stop him from standing at the back door and growling at the Oakland possums and raccoons that make their way up on our back deck. Glad to hear that what could have been an awful occurence instead turned into a chance to get a new door. We're currently in the process of going through our own door situation ...

At April 16, 2007 9:09 AM, Blogger Oblio70 said...

1oldhouse: We simply cannot keep houseplants with housecats. We have tried everything, like placing the greenery "out of reach" which is a misnomer when you have cats (more like "slightly more difficult to get at"). This was the reason for the potted catgrass, which only lasted 16 hours before it was mauled. We once got a "lucky" bamboo....well, you can guess the rest.
house of caudill: Hurrah for a local Fix our Ferals! Just wish there was one here in Vallejo. The toms do serious damage with their fighting around here.


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