This is between my son and myself.

Me: “I can’t believe you left and didn’t eat all the cookies.”

Brandt: “FACT: I was planning on eating them.”

Me: “QUESTION: Who would win in a fight, Me or an Oreo”

Brandt: “FACT: An Oreo”

Now you see how I rate with my son…


So they finally have the tollway built right to my front door now. Before I had to drive to and from work via normal city streets. It didn’t cost me any money but it cost me about 45 to 50 minutes each way. Well now the toll way is finished and it has changed my life.

First of all the time. It now takes me less than 20 minutes to get to work. Not only that but I get there at 75 mph and on cruise control. Lets say that it’s this 20 minutes vs. our previous 50 minutes. That’s a 30 minute savings, EACH WAY. Multiply that out and that is a savings of 260 hours every year.

Now the money… It now cost me $1.70 each way in tolls. If you multiply that out you end up with $884 each year. That’s a lot of money to just drive to work. But is it worth $884 to save nearly 11 days worth of driving. I think so. That’s 11 days I can use sleeping, playing, loving, working, learning, or just doing something crazy like being with family. It’s worth it…

Well Leo is finally getting better. He somehow got these really big cuts/gashes/holes/sores or what ever you want to call them on his hip. I tried to take care of it myself by keeping it clean and keeping antibiotic cream on it. That wasn’t working and it started to look really bad. So Monday I took him to the Vet and they gave him a shot and some medicine. It’s just been a couple of days and he’s looking SOOO much better. A few more days and he might be well enough to go out side and play a bit.

Leo’s Wounds

Just just looked at my check book for the first time after taking Brandt to the dentist. He had a root canal and a porcelain crown done. A couple of years ago he took a nasty spill on his bicycle and killed off one of his front teeth. It had turned gray and I was concerned that with him being a teenager it would impact his self confidence. So we decided to get it fixed. It’s looking really good. I’m sure once they are finished it will look completely normal. Well anyway, today was the first time I looked at my checkbook since cutting that nearly $1300 check. Luckily I had the money in the back so it’s not like we are going to be eating from the dumpster in the back of McDonald’s or anything, but it still hurts none the less. Anyway, I just wanted to say… Ouch!

Well this weekend Mom and Dad came down to visit. We had a real good time. Actually, if you take off the work nightmares, the past two weeks have been the best I’ve had in a long long time. Anyway, I took some pictures. Wanna see em, here they are…  Aug 06

So here is the story of Leo and the birds. A few weeks ago I noticed that Leo would sit at the window and look outside. You open the door for him to go out, he wouldn’t. Not during the day anyway. I noticed when I let him out in the evening, he was all crouched down and sneaking around. I thought this was strange.

One day he did manage the courage to go outside in the daylight. I immediately knew why he was such a scardy cat. There were two “Blue Jay’s” I suppose, that were basically dive bombing him. Over and over. At one point they had him pinned down behind the deck. I went out to rescue him. They then proceeded to dive bomb me. I was a little bigger target and with the addition of a tennis racket a formidable opponent.

A few nights ago, I was out “swimming” in the pool about ten o’clock or so. Here comes Leo. I knew something was up cuz he was meowing very strangely. It was dark so all I could see was his shadow. Then a small portion of his shadow ran off trying to get away from the big part of his shadow. He proceeds to chase down the small shadow and bring it to me as a gift. A live, still squirming mouse that I will from here on refer to as the “Rat”. He was pretty big. I splashed Leo back a bit. He played with him until all the “fun” was gone outta him. At which point I wrapped up in my towel and headed off to get the rat shovel for disposal purposes.

Two nights ago Leo was out late. I was on the phone. I heard Leo come in through his kitty door. Then I heard this same strange meow. I knew exactly what was up as soon as I heard that. I of course had to run through my emergency phone hang up procedures. I found he didn’t have another rat but this time a bird. I didn’t think much of it. I pried the bird outta his mouth and scooped him up with the rat disposal shovel.

Last night I called for Leo about ten times before I went to bed. He didn’t want to come it or wasn’t around. So I went to bed with him still outside. About 3am or so I got up and opened the door. As soon as i whistled for him he came a running. This morning I walked out on the back porch to check the pool water. What do you think I almost stepped on, another dead bird, or at least what was left of it. Once again the rat disposal shovel came to the rescue.

Now what I’m wondering, was this Leo just taking revenge on the bully birds? Maybe the rat was just practice.

New pics are up for Febuary.

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