Friday, August 15, 2008

end of a week

Today will be spent awaiting the dryer repairman, who is set to come "between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m." -- so said the computerized phone call we got last evening. A fairly huge window, imo, for me to be waiting. But since the dryer is now inoperable (it screeches and moans like a dying banshee) and there are mountains of dirty laundry needing to be washed, I guess I'd better do it.

I've been considering getting one of those clothes-lines that spin around on a pole, so that I could hang the clothes right from the deck outside the laundry room. I don't mind hanging clothes out, but no one here likes the stiffness. Isn't there something you can do to avoid that? Anyone know what it is?

Otherwise, Keil Bay is back to work after time off due to chiro. Cody is back tomorrow. And if I can juggle the dryer repairman, the predicted afternoon thunderstorms, and getting a move on this laundry, I'll be out riding sometime today.

Last night Rafer Johnson threw a little donkey fit when it was time for Salina to eat her dinner alone and he was confined to the barn aisle (with us). He generally takes this in stride, but for whatever reason, he had a bucking/kicking fit last night. It looked very much like what I would call "donkey adolescence." It was intense and rebellious, and we pretty much let him wear himself out but did not allow him to aim that intensity at us. And then suddenly it ended. When it was over, he got some hugs and rubs.

This morning, we are nearing another developmental milestone, with Mystic, the growing-at-the-speed-of-light kitten. Dickens E. Wickens is outside the cat/dog door quite literally peeling it back so that Mystic can learn to get out! I can almost hear Dickens whispering: Come on, push. You know you want to be a junior cowboy. Just one little push and you're free to roam the range!

I am gearing up to get back to my novel editing. My notes and solutions are patiently enduring my late summer doldrums with writing. Fall will pick that up - it's my most productive time of year and boy do I need it this year!

Right now the sun is shining and the sky is blue, and it's time for Pilates before I head out to feed.


The repairman arrived before I even had time for Pilates. New dryer is on the way this evening. Not the lovely color front-loader I want, but alas, it will dry the clothes and that's the important thing.


Grey Horse Matters said...

Glad to hear you're getting a new dryer. When I used to hang clothes out I put softener in the rinse cycle and it mostly keeps them from getting stiff. Clothes smell much nicer when dried outdoors in my opinion.
As for Rafer, well I think that's pretty cute, and I'm sure he is just misunderstood.
Your kitty is adorable, I'll bet he figures that door out soon and he will be out able to join in the fun with the rest of the critters.

billie said...

Arlene, I totally agree about the smell of clothes dried in the sunshine. I took in a batch just now and they all smell heavenly. I'm trying to keep the laundry going so there won't be 20 loads on my hands when the new dryer gets here.

LOL - I think you're right - that was the exact message he was projecting last night. NO ONE RESPECTS ME! YOU JUST DON'T CARE!

This morning he was very much his regular self.

I'm not sure my daughter is ready for her baby to be on his own in the great outdoors. I found a pair of tall rubber muck boots propped against the doggie door earlier. :)