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So, yesterday around 5pm Mikey told me his light flickered and died.

Cue me going up to put a new bulb in...it was only AFTER I tried a new bulb that I noticed that the hall light upstairs and the stair light were not working either. So I check to see if anything he had plugged in was getting power. Nope, so I go into the accessible part of the attic to see if by chance power comes up to his room by that area. Nope. So I go to the other side and pull open the exploratory hole I made shortly after we moved in. After a bit of crawling and looking I thought MAYBE I had spotted the incoming power line coming from under the floor of his room.

I found out I was mistaken, It didn't lead down after I got my head close enough to see it . But it was time for gaming. I made sure his light switch and the hallway switch was off and told him not to go up there since I was slightly afraid of a fire...no way to tell which breaker was his since power was already off and I don't have the equipment for tracing a breaker.

So I get up and go up there shortly after breakfast with Ben being my helper.

I knock holes in the ceiling to get up above his room. At first just big enough to stick my head through to see if I could SEE. Nope. So bigger...and get the ladder instead of standing on furniture. I climb up there and start tracing lines. I took several trips to identify things correctly because I had to dismount a few ceiling fans and light fixtures to see where the wires went.

Apparently the power comes up from one of the outlets in Ben's room and goes through the box his ceiling fan is mounted on. I didn't look further because according to my meter power was getting to that point. I unwrapped the electrical tape and power was back to Mike's area. So that was the problem. Some dumbass had just used electrical tape to join all the wires. There were some crimped connections but it was one of the taped ones fed power to the other half of the upstairs.

So quick trip to Home Depot. (Sorry Lowes, they are closer) to get Wire connectors, electrical tape, some materials to patch the holes I made, as well as a toilet flapper and a handle for the toilet that decided to break DURING gaming. (we did have this complicated mechanism that converted the toilet to flush less water if you pull the handle up instead of down, but the damned thing was a headache even before it broke completely, so standard flushing it is.)

So Wire connectors replace electrical tape. Tape over the crimps, and then spend a few hours remounting fans and fixtures. Then patching holes. The patches ain't pretty but they should keep the hot attic air out of the rooms.

Ben was a fantastic help, he got my tools, carried, cleaned up, took over on some screws when my arms gave out ( I always have had problems with holding my hands above my head for long periods,) recommended I take breaks, carried stuff at the store, steadied ladder, hammered nails a bit while patching, cut tape, and just generally did anything I asked.

But man I'm tired.

This already went on FB.
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Our youngest dog  Max had to be put down last night.

She contracted parvo.

She spent Saturday vomiting and such. Early Sunday morning I took her to the emergency vet, because whe wasn't getting any better.

They gave her everything...plasma, vitamins, dextrose, tons of tests.

Around 11:30 last night they called me and told me that she wasn't responding to treatment, they had gotten her blood sugar back into normal range but she was no longer breathing right and they didn't expect her to make it, and she was in a lot of pain.

We went to get her this morning and brought her home to bury her.

The boys, of course were hit hard but asked that we find another dog quickly...so this afternoon we visited the humane society to see if they even had a dog small enough for us.

The answer was yes.

They had a female Jack Russel mix stray that they were calling "littlefoot" She is much calmer than Max was, but seems to have taken to us quickly.

Beast (our oldest dog, a chihuahua) spent her first few hours barking at her occasionally, while she basically tried to follow him around wagging her tail.

Right now she is sleeping next to me here on the couch.

We have had a rollercoaster day, and I expect that I'll be dealing with occasional sadness fits from the boys (and myself I suppose) for a while yet. Littlefoot (name may change, but I doubt it) will certainly lessen those but...
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Our youngest dog  Max had to be put down last night.

She contracted parvo.

She spent Saturday vomiting and such. Early Sunday morning I took her to the emergency vet, because whe wasn't getting any better.

They gave her everything...plasma, vitamins, dextrose, tons of tests.

Around 11:30 last night they called me and told me that she wasn't responding to treatment, they had gotten her blood sugar back into normal range but she was no longer breathing right and they didn't expect her to make it, and she was in a lot of pain.

We went to get her this morning and brought her home to bury her.

The boys, of course were hit hard but asked that we find another dog quickly...so this afternoon we visited the humane society to see if they even had a dog small enough for us.

The answer was yes.

They had a female Jack Russel mix stray that they were calling "littlefoot" She is much calmer than Max was, but seems to have taken to us quickly.

Beast (our oldest dog, a chihuahua) spent her first few hours barking at her occasionally, while she basically tried to follow him around wagging her tail.

Right now she is sleeping next to me here on the couch.

We have had a rollercoaster day, and I expect that I'll be dealing with occasional sadness fits from the boys (and myself I suppose) for a while yet. Littlefoot (name may change, but I doubt it) will certainly lessen those but...
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Couldn't sleep and I'm bored, so I figured I'd post some of the things I've been doing lately.
Construction Time (long) )
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Couldn't sleep and I'm bored, so I figured I'd post some of the things I've been doing lately.
Construction Time (long) )
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Mikey (our middle one) started complaining about feeling bad last night (just before bed)...he was still complaining this morning so I talked to him in detail to see what specifically was wrong (He was not acting sick just saying he felt bad.)

He said it was his tummy so we got him some children's pepto this morning, and I gave it to him as soon as we got home.

Those of you who know Mikey may be alarmed at the next statement.

He's been sleeping a lot this morning.

He is like me in this regard though...when I feel bad the one thing that usually helps is just sleeping....I'll keep tabs on him, but I suspect that by the early evening we will be subjected to another round of "story telling." (in other words, he will be running around providing sound effects for some imaginary battle he is pretending to have)
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Mikey (our middle one) started complaining about feeling bad last night (just before bed)...he was still complaining this morning so I talked to him in detail to see what specifically was wrong (He was not acting sick just saying he felt bad.)

He said it was his tummy so we got him some children's pepto this morning, and I gave it to him as soon as we got home.

Those of you who know Mikey may be alarmed at the next statement.

He's been sleeping a lot this morning.

He is like me in this regard though...when I feel bad the one thing that usually helps is just sleeping....I'll keep tabs on him, but I suspect that by the early evening we will be subjected to another round of "story telling." (in other words, he will be running around providing sound effects for some imaginary battle he is pretending to have)
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I painted my AC shade today. Painted it black. (Duryea left like 8 cans of black spray paint behind...)

I also finally got around to fixing the bedroom doors upstairs. They had been catching on the carpet making them hard to move through their arc of movement easily.

I took them off the hinges and sawed about a quarter inch off the bottom of each door (two of them).

Took me all of 15 minutes....for both...and that includes putting them back on the hinges.

Now Mike wants a night light so he can shut his door at bedtime....sigh.
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I painted my AC shade today. Painted it black. (Duryea left like 8 cans of black spray paint behind...)

I also finally got around to fixing the bedroom doors upstairs. They had been catching on the carpet making them hard to move through their arc of movement easily.

I took them off the hinges and sawed about a quarter inch off the bottom of each door (two of them).

Took me all of 15 minutes....for both...and that includes putting them back on the hinges.

Now Mike wants a night light so he can shut his door at bedtime....sigh.
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I uploaded a bunch of new user icons today...I had a bunch that I had put away thinking I might use them sometime...well it's sometime.

The two youngest boys got into the fridge and pantry again today.

They got the milk, two boxes of mac and cheese, a box of crackers (the wrapped up packages of 6), a bag of marshmallows, and two cups of applesauce.

I punished them for doing this before by not letting them play downstairs for the rest of the day...did that again today...but obviously it doesn't work.

I added a couple of butt swats for the instigator (Ben) to it today. Don't think that worked either...he cried for about thirty seconds and then went on about his business like nothing happened.

So I sat down with him in the kitchen and pointed out what could have happened.

He had climbed the pantry shelf to get the marshmallows...and I noticed that the first shelf he had to climb on had tilted a bit...I checked and the only thing that kept it from tilting completly out was a bag of microwave popcorn.

(I am paraphrasing the conversation after this point cause my memory isn't that good)

I took that out of the shelf in front of him and said "Look what could have happened." Then I pushed down on the shelf.

The entire shelf falls out and lots of stuff came crashing down around my hand....I asked him then..."and where would you be?"

"in the hobbital"

"Yep...so don't climb stuff.  You want something ask mommy or daddy."

"Now...the mac and cheese you got...did you eat any?"

"Yes"

"didn't taste very good did it?"

"..no"

"Thats because it needed to be cooked. Most of our food needs to be cooked...next time if you are hungry ask mommy or daddy for something....we'll get something for you...maybe not right then but we'll get you something."


Hope that works.
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I uploaded a bunch of new user icons today...I had a bunch that I had put away thinking I might use them sometime...well it's sometime.

The two youngest boys got into the fridge and pantry again today.

They got the milk, two boxes of mac and cheese, a box of crackers (the wrapped up packages of 6), a bag of marshmallows, and two cups of applesauce.

I punished them for doing this before by not letting them play downstairs for the rest of the day...did that again today...but obviously it doesn't work.

I added a couple of butt swats for the instigator (Ben) to it today. Don't think that worked either...he cried for about thirty seconds and then went on about his business like nothing happened.

So I sat down with him in the kitchen and pointed out what could have happened.

He had climbed the pantry shelf to get the marshmallows...and I noticed that the first shelf he had to climb on had tilted a bit...I checked and the only thing that kept it from tilting completly out was a bag of microwave popcorn.

(I am paraphrasing the conversation after this point cause my memory isn't that good)

I took that out of the shelf in front of him and said "Look what could have happened." Then I pushed down on the shelf.

The entire shelf falls out and lots of stuff came crashing down around my hand....I asked him then..."and where would you be?"

"in the hobbital"

"Yep...so don't climb stuff.  You want something ask mommy or daddy."

"Now...the mac and cheese you got...did you eat any?"

"Yes"

"didn't taste very good did it?"

"..no"

"Thats because it needed to be cooked. Most of our food needs to be cooked...next time if you are hungry ask mommy or daddy for something....we'll get something for you...maybe not right then but we'll get you something."


Hope that works.

ugh

May. 19th, 2006 08:41 am
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Benjamin threw a fit today on the way to taking the other two boys to the bus stop.

Apparently he didn't like the fact that Mikey got ahead of him on the sidewalk...

Lately he's been doing that a lot...getting upset if he isn't first.

I must admit that usually I let it go...but this morning my head was already hurting so I wasn't going to put up with it.

I walked on to the corner with Jake and told him to come on.

He didn't...kept throwing the fit.

I walked back to him and went down to his eye level and told him he needed to come on and walk with me or I would have to carry him. (He generally dislikes being carried anymore)

Fit continued.

I picked him up. He went ballistic.

Kicking, screaming, the whole nine yards.

I get him across the street to the bus stop and set him down...he is still screaming.

I get down to his eye level again and tell him to stop screaming or he will be made to sit on the little garden wall behind him.

Screaming continues.

I pick him up and put him sitting on the wall.

Screaming continues. I get to his eye level again  and tell him that when he is quiet he can get up.

Doesn't happen right away.

Kids are crowded around us now wondering what happened..(he's normally very cheerful at the bus stop so they were concerned) I explained about Mikey being first..(meanwhile Ben has stopped screaming and is now only ocassionally screaming No at me when I say he can get up if he wants to)

Bus comes.

Screaming starts again...

I pick him up so we can wave bye.. still screaming. I set him down (lately he doesn't want me to carry him at the bus stop)...still screaming.

Bus leaves (he did wave bye while screaming)

We start to walk towards house (still screaming)

We get across the street. (can't remember if I carried him or not...don't think I did)  (Screaming stops somewhere in here) he stops walking after a few steps on the other side and apparently wants to go back to the bus stop to play...I of course tell him that he can't because it is time to go home.

Screaming resumes.

I just pick him up this time...no warnings, no alternatives..

Walk home with him kicking my ribs all the way.

Go in. Lay him on the couch, take his shoes and socks off, take his jacket off (he continues screaming the entire time)

I put a blanket on him and tell him he now has to take an early nap for throwing a fit...I know I shouldn't use nap time as punishment...but he obviously needed a nap at that point...

He screamed for a good 20 minutes more and then got quiet...with the occasional screamed NO when I told him to sleep.

He went to sleep after about 10-15 minutes of that.

I expect that he didn't sleep well last night and thus is cranky... he should be his usual sweet self when he wakes up for school this afternoon. (I hope)

Me...I need something for my head...(and a bit for my ribs)

I've never seen him throw a fit this bad or this long.

ugh

May. 19th, 2006 08:41 am
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Benjamin threw a fit today on the way to taking the other two boys to the bus stop.

Apparently he didn't like the fact that Mikey got ahead of him on the sidewalk...

Lately he's been doing that a lot...getting upset if he isn't first.

I must admit that usually I let it go...but this morning my head was already hurting so I wasn't going to put up with it.

I walked on to the corner with Jake and told him to come on.

He didn't...kept throwing the fit.

I walked back to him and went down to his eye level and told him he needed to come on and walk with me or I would have to carry him. (He generally dislikes being carried anymore)

Fit continued.

I picked him up. He went ballistic.

Kicking, screaming, the whole nine yards.

I get him across the street to the bus stop and set him down...he is still screaming.

I get down to his eye level again and tell him to stop screaming or he will be made to sit on the little garden wall behind him.

Screaming continues.

I pick him up and put him sitting on the wall.

Screaming continues. I get to his eye level again  and tell him that when he is quiet he can get up.

Doesn't happen right away.

Kids are crowded around us now wondering what happened..(he's normally very cheerful at the bus stop so they were concerned) I explained about Mikey being first..(meanwhile Ben has stopped screaming and is now only ocassionally screaming No at me when I say he can get up if he wants to)

Bus comes.

Screaming starts again...

I pick him up so we can wave bye.. still screaming. I set him down (lately he doesn't want me to carry him at the bus stop)...still screaming.

Bus leaves (he did wave bye while screaming)

We start to walk towards house (still screaming)

We get across the street. (can't remember if I carried him or not...don't think I did)  (Screaming stops somewhere in here) he stops walking after a few steps on the other side and apparently wants to go back to the bus stop to play...I of course tell him that he can't because it is time to go home.

Screaming resumes.

I just pick him up this time...no warnings, no alternatives..

Walk home with him kicking my ribs all the way.

Go in. Lay him on the couch, take his shoes and socks off, take his jacket off (he continues screaming the entire time)

I put a blanket on him and tell him he now has to take an early nap for throwing a fit...I know I shouldn't use nap time as punishment...but he obviously needed a nap at that point...

He screamed for a good 20 minutes more and then got quiet...with the occasional screamed NO when I told him to sleep.

He went to sleep after about 10-15 minutes of that.

I expect that he didn't sleep well last night and thus is cranky... he should be his usual sweet self when he wakes up for school this afternoon. (I hope)

Me...I need something for my head...(and a bit for my ribs)

I've never seen him throw a fit this bad or this long.
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My youngest son has a great future in thievery.

He frequently grabs things of other people in the house and runs off with them.

Now he doesn't do this in front of us...he waits till we are distracted.

Thats bad enough...but he is also good at hiding the evidence.

Today for instance he took off with two Tarot decks that I had next to my computer.

I didn't notice till hours later...by that time he had managed to hide a good portion of them.

I have found all but one...lord knows where it is...I've had things he has hidden show up months later...

Somewhere in this house is probably a Gameboy SP...still haven't found that.

sigh
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My youngest son has a great future in thievery.

He frequently grabs things of other people in the house and runs off with them.

Now he doesn't do this in front of us...he waits till we are distracted.

Thats bad enough...but he is also good at hiding the evidence.

Today for instance he took off with two Tarot decks that I had next to my computer.

I didn't notice till hours later...by that time he had managed to hide a good portion of them.

I have found all but one...lord knows where it is...I've had things he has hidden show up months later...

Somewhere in this house is probably a Gameboy SP...still haven't found that.

sigh
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Bennie (our youngest) busted his lip last night.

I had given him and Mikey (The middle one) each  a pop-tart for a treat. He got so excited, he ran into the living room at full speed....he tripped  just before he reached the couch and went mouth first into the metal rail I use as support in the couch

He was bleeding pretty good for a while.

It's hard to keep direct pressure on a 2 year old's lip.

Afterwards looking at it...looks like he came close to biting a chunk out of his lip....may have even bit through... (wounds both inside and outside the bottom lip...can't check him real well...)

He's running around this AM like it never happened.
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Bennie (our youngest) busted his lip last night.

I had given him and Mikey (The middle one) each  a pop-tart for a treat. He got so excited, he ran into the living room at full speed....he tripped  just before he reached the couch and went mouth first into the metal rail I use as support in the couch

He was bleeding pretty good for a while.

It's hard to keep direct pressure on a 2 year old's lip.

Afterwards looking at it...looks like he came close to biting a chunk out of his lip....may have even bit through... (wounds both inside and outside the bottom lip...can't check him real well...)

He's running around this AM like it never happened.

Clothes

Feb. 20th, 2004 10:44 pm
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Three boys have a HORDE lot of clothes. I never realized...I mean I get them ready for school and I'm always having to search high and low for something wearable so I naturally assumed that it was because they didn't have many clothes...Nope. It's the opposite. I got fed up with it today and decided to try to organize the piles of clothes that I had around (mainly in the Laundry room.)

I think I'm done...MAN they had a lot of clothes....why the heck couldn't I find them? I was looking through the same damn pile I just sorted into each individuals clothes...they were all there... I just couldn't find them.

Sigh.

At least if I work at it I can KEEP it organized and MAYBE find clothes for them.

Clothes

Feb. 20th, 2004 10:44 pm
gazerwolf: (Default)
Three boys have a HORDE lot of clothes. I never realized...I mean I get them ready for school and I'm always having to search high and low for something wearable so I naturally assumed that it was because they didn't have many clothes...Nope. It's the opposite. I got fed up with it today and decided to try to organize the piles of clothes that I had around (mainly in the Laundry room.)

I think I'm done...MAN they had a lot of clothes....why the heck couldn't I find them? I was looking through the same damn pile I just sorted into each individuals clothes...they were all there... I just couldn't find them.

Sigh.

At least if I work at it I can KEEP it organized and MAYBE find clothes for them.
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I haven't posted anything here of substance here for a while...guess I'll mention some small things going on.

Bennie has started standing without holding on to anything recently...hasn't done it much....I got a picture of it earlier today.

Been working on making an editable character sheet for aberrant (an obscure RPG) which Rod is running.

Just configured the job's credit card processing to work with the DSL line...it took a little bit...but wasn't too hard...just had to wait till I got a credit card order in to test with.

Passenger window on our van stopped holding itself up a few days ago so I went out today to see if I could find out why...it runs on a track and part of the track broke off no way to fix it so that it will still roll up and down so I fed the broken piece through the motor and used it to close the window....then I unhooked the switch...it should stay closed...maybe I can figure out a way to fix it before I need to open it come summer...may be a better idea to fix the AC.

Gonna re hook up the heater core tomorrow...I bypassed it a while back when the van was overheating easily...but I've replaced the radiator since then so MAYBE it works...if not I may be investing in a heater core...not a big deal...just a pain to put in.

Think I'm done rambling this time.

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