Laser Island Voyages Back In The Day

Knocked out *most* of the kitchen painting over the past few days, still have to widen the window sills for the kittehs and paint two small trim strips... that'll get done today after I have a cold beer. :rolleyes:

Here's the not-quite-completed kitchen, I also have to install the clear panels for that overhead light fixture... got the panels in my storage room, just haven't trimmed 'em yet, and I won't until the painting is entirely finished. This room was tough, and losing Sage had an effect upon my motivation during the process. Here are the pics, all that loose clutter will be cleared away once I'm done:

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My beloved niece made that rabbit sketch when she was young, perhaps with a little help from her mom... I'm gonna hang it on one kitchen wall, there's a spot just the right size next to the refrigerator. :cool:

Some shots of the kittehs, the youngsters are doing fine but Phoenix is elusive and shy, every time I reach for the camera she's off like one of Goddard's rockets, LOL:

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Tiger has a beautiful coat, I just haven't gotten a good broadside shot of it... both Tiger & Phoenix are flourishing with good food, saucers of milk, etc., and they're both venturing forth to explore their new home, which is a good sign. In that third shot, Crackhead is saying, "DUDE, TIME TO CHANGE THE WATER IN THE BIRDBATH!!!" Knucklehaid likes to drink outta the birdbath, so I change the water every day as I water the fruit trees I planted, those are also coming along nicely. As a sailor, I planted citrus trees, of course... no scurvy allowed on my property, it is VERBOTEN, LOL. Meh, life is a voyage, and it's also whatcha make of it... some fresh juice and lemonade in the hot months will be good in years ahead. :)

Oh, yeah, in that fourth pic of the last set, Crackhead says: "GET THAT GODD@M CAMERA OUTTA MY FACE!!!" :confused:

LOL. Here's a shot taken in the "Whetstone Room" of the Benson Public Library, look closely and you'll see a nice view of Cochise Stronghold:


TECHNICAL ROCK CLIMBERS' PARADISE!!! [And only half an hour from my home, not counting the approach on foot, LOL.] CHEERS!!! :D

P.S. Forgot to add that the door to the pantry closet in the kitchen needs to be rehung, it's outside on sawhorses... it's a louvered wooden door, so I removed it from its hinges, cleaned it up and painted it using rattle cans, only way to do louvered doors on the cheap. It's done and it looks good, I just need to rehang it today...
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I had a small collection of drawings from the Middle East, so I decided to hang some of 'em in my home. I put the camels over the gas range... if the unthinkable happens and I burn my signature lasagna in the oven, my friends and I can BBQ those camels instead, LOL. Probably use NAPALM for the task... KA-BOOOOM!!! :eek:

"OKAY, THEY'RE DONE!!!" :rolleyes:

[Flaming camel bits everywhere...] :confused:

No BBQ fork or spatula required, LOL. ;)

Anyway, here are the Middle Eastern drawings, some will go up on the wall of my back bathroom:

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That last drawing actually made it to my bar, it looks good hanging on that side of the cabinet which faces outward, LOL. Remember what I said, all visitors will know that a SAILOR lives in this home... life is a voyage, and I'll always have the perspective of a small craft sailor no matter what tasks I face, aye? Whether I'm pulling rehab work on a home I bought in the high desert, or whether I'm visiting family in Dago and spending a few days on the water... I'll always think like a SAILOR. I'd sail the heck outta that craft right there, with large coolers full o' beer lashed to the deck and a stainless steel BBQ mounted to the stern rail, LOL. No worries, I'd go easy on the crew, only a dozen lashes with the cat-o'-nine-tails for every infraction... :D

Tiger lounging in a chair:


Looks rather comfortable, doesn't he? Chair's a bit thrashed, I let the cats sharpen their claws on it... bought the chair for $15 at some thrift shop in Show Low, AZ, so no worries. When the kittehs sharpen their claws on my $1100 leather reclining sofa, THAT earns a caustic comment, LOL. :confused:
Gonna buy another dirt bike for recons and better access on the west side of Cochise Stronghold... there's a dirt (Forest Service) road that runs along the base of the Dragoon Mountains, and a dirt bike would keep my car from getting thrashed on that rocky road, LOL. Even a pit bike or mini would work for this specific purpose, might even be easier to hide once I took to foot... we used to pull this sort of climbing in the Valley of the Moon many years ago, riding up to outcrops and climbing straight up from where we parked the bikes, LOL. Of course, that was back when there was still some vestige of freedom in what has now become the Socialist Republik of KaliMexiFornia... :eek:


Ah, another glorious day in the 'hood, with temps forecast in the 70s... thinking of going climbing this weekend, been awhile since I've been on the crags but I still have a quarter century or more of experience behind me. The real question is whether these permanent injuries will hold me back... bashed my left knee outside Show Low while riding insanely fast on a dirt bike (Rim Road 300, an excellent venue on the Mogollon Rim), and I have some torn tendons in my right shoulder, the injury unrelated to any extreme sport. Meh, ya get older and things fall apart, that's just how it is. Reminds me of that hand who said that perfectly-designed IACC boats would fall apart as they crossed the finish line... even though many years have passed since the IACC boat era, I still remember that line, LOL. And now for something completely different, a shot of Tiger eating at his end of the dining room table:


He's a funny little cat, but he's coming along alright... problem is, Phoenix went MIA after I fell asleep last night and left the sliding glass door to the deck cracked open, so I'm a bit concerned about her safety. I think she's hiding somewhere in the house, or perhaps under my home, since the skirting isn't completely buttoned up yet... she was very shy, so I don't see her going too far, but those damned coyotes are dangerous predators, and they'll jump fences if they think they can catch small domestic animals. Hopefully she turns up later today, I don't seem to be having much luck with cats lately here in southeastern Arizona, even though I treat 'em like royalty... it just isn't enough, ya gotta watch those damned predators. I'm off to C/L to check the dirt bike scene, HASTA LUEGO, NAUTICAL HEROES!!! :cool:

P.S. Hey, Margot, if you see this post, I put your drawing up over the fridge, here it is:

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It fits perfectly in that space, so that's where it goes, LOL. I luv ya, CHEERS!!! :rolleyes:
Nothin' like a hammock for relaxation under a clear blue sky, LOL. Hey, I went to some redneck music festival and made some new friends, wasn't ever a large crowd but the music was great, while the sunset & moonrise were primo. My Canon cam didn't do justice to the evening sky, maybe I should've tried the "Creative Shots" mode... meh, a good time was had by all, and the four-band concert was a welcome break from home rehab, LOL. Here we go:

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See what I mean about the crowd? LOL... I don't think there were ever more than 200 spectators at any given time, but the music was good and so were the beverages. This was the inaugural event, maybe there will be more folks in attendance next time... I had a blast and made some new friends, so no worries. That's a neighbor's home in the fourth pic, it's a tidy little place with a fantastic view of the Stronghold, but it lacks the interior roominess of my double-wide, LOL. He paid more for it too... :rolleyes:
Round #2 of pics:

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There's little Phoenix, safe and sound back under the couch... thank goodness I managed to coax her back indoors before she got picked off by those miserable coyotes, this country is hard on small domestic animals. She's a shy creature, but she's beginning to explore the house, which must seem huge to her since she's so small... no worries, she'll soon have it wired and be ready for daytime trips into the fenced yard, as Tiger is pulling already, the bold little adventurer, LOL. Well, I'm off to WallyWorld to resupply with beer, gonna make an effort to finish the painting this week, as I am heartily sick of it, LOL. Meh, only two smallish rooms to go, and I'm freakin' DONE with it... CHEERS!!! :cool:
I'm on my 18th tube of caulking material in this home rehab war... 18 TUBES OF CAULKING!!! LOL, and I'll probably go through 20 before I'm done with the interior of my home, I've yet to caulk the cracks and seams in the two bathrooms. Anyway, my little Tiger is quite the leaper & climber, same way Sage was a tremendous leaper and climber in his youth... there's a wooden privacy screen to one side of the deck, and due to the nature of its construction the screen has an internal ledge or walkway just the right size for kittehs, so I slapped an outer shelf or ledge between my window and the privacy screen. Later, when I put my window screens back in place (all need to be redone), I'll install a cat door in the wall at the end of that outer shelf. Here's Tiger strolling back and forth while having a good time, LOL... he likes to sit or lie out at the "pier end" of that walkway and watch the birds at the various feeders. Bear in mind that I have NOT painted the exterior of my home yet, that comes later when the interior is done. I already widened every interior window sill for the cats, think I'll add high walkways and bridges to interior walls sometime in the future. Here's the ferocious little Tiger, lord of his new realm, LOL:

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He's a funny little kitteh, sure is developing into a real climber's cat... he's fast too, faster than Crackhead, a regular streak of lightning, LOL. He would've made a good topman in the Golden Age of Sail, aye??? :rolleyes:
A few more pics of Tiger & Crackhead, they're now getting along famously:

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Crackhead the Devil Cat!!! LOL... actually, the camera caught him yawning in that fourth pic, he looks like a saint praying in the two following pics. There's little Phoenix in the last two pics, she's now exploring the entire home but it's hard to snap a shot of her elsewhere, she's so shy all I catch is a fleeting glimpse of her running away, LOL. She's slowly learning that I don't pose any danger, so she should be more sociable in weeks and months ahead... I'm just letting her get accustomed to our new home at her own pace, no stress, no worries. She'll approach to within a few feet of me at times, and I'm trying not to make any sudden moves which might scare her and set back our program of socialization. Otherwise, she's eating well, drinking plenty of water and milk, perfectly healthy in all respects... I catch her and Tiger chasing each other throughout the house, which is exactly what I want to happen. Don't know why those weird colors appeared in one photo, some trick of the camera, I reckon. CHEERS!!!
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Man, what fine weather here in Cochise County, I almost dropped everything to pull another recon of the Stronghold... but home rehab work doesn't get finished that way, LOL. I'll be rolling out both bathrooms when I return to the ol' hacienda, good news is I'm gonna farm out the skirting work on the double-wide if I can find someone sufficiently competent & reliable who doesn't overcharge. So-called and self-proclaimed "tradesmen" in this area leave much to be desired... worst case scenario, I do the skirting work myself after I finish the bathrooms. :confused:
Should be painting today, but I had to answer an ad for a stellar job opportunity here in Benson... which meant writing a letter to the hand in charge and delivering it personally, along with a couple of climbing guidebooks, LOL. There was a reason for submitting the letter and books, so we'll see what happens. Sure, right now I'm working for myself and finishing this brutal home rehab effort, but I will eventually need to go back to work, since I'm not retired. This job has nothing to do with my CDL-A either, I won't jinx the opportunity by squawking about it but it would be a REALLY COOL JOB, and most site members know that work is good for the soul, LOL. Meanwhile, here's Crackhead messin' with my Cochise Trading Post rag this morning, the blasted varmint... cue the Yosemite Sam expression!!! :eek:

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"YA BLASTED VARMINT!!!" :confused:

That hose is usually wrapped in a Flemish Coil on the concrete slab, but I had not yet made it so when Crackhead jumped up next to me and gave grief to the local rag. Morning & evening, I water the four citrus trees I planted a few weeks ago, they are all thriving in the high desert... Crackhead not so much when I blast him with the hose, LOL. And now, back to the ol' hacienda for a few cold beers... CHEERS!!! :cool:
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