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( Oct. 21st, 2016 09:48 am)
The catfood had been partially eaten today, after being left untouched for several days. I hope our barn cat is merely being choosy, and hasn't got caught in someone's garage or worse. The other possible feline consumer is this elderly gentleman:

He used to be frighteningly thin, but I know someone else is feeding him.
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( Oct. 20th, 2016 07:53 am)
I continue to miss Dondon's, the family-owned ricebowl restaurant on the corner near work. It went under in the financial crash, and was eventually succeeded by something that proudly advertised itself as "non-vegetarian Indian"; evidently I wasn't the only one whose response to that was negative, especially since the area is swimming in Korean barbecues and Mexican meat-serving restaurants, so they eventually lost the tagline, but they never flourished and soon the place was abandoned again. (Eventually a vegetarian Indian restaurant opened in half of our rival's space three or four doors down; they're doing fine.) Now I see there are 21 candidate yard signs stuck around the old building.
On walkies, we ran into the lady at the house where they just had their fence replaced. Apparently the bit that the catoneaster is leaning on is scheduled for this weekend. I hope it wreaks a severe vengeance. Meanwhile they're having to replace their sewer pipe, so that was the drilling at the edge of their neighbors' driveway. I was wondering how many bodies were planned to go into the trench.
Warm days and crisp nights. The grass has been drenched in dew in the mornings, and I should probably do a first leaf-raking. Instead I cut back the privet thing under the kitchen window so that it's again possible to see out.
The new fence is ornate indeed. Makes our compost bin look quite downmarket. I'm afraid the perfectly nice weeping tree is probably unhappy, though; although the new fence has a larger hole for its leaning branch, it got a ruthless trimming and lost a side branch off that one to accommodate the fancy top.

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( Oct. 16th, 2016 11:05 am)
By dint of putting off finding my umbrella, I got it to rain again last night. And the catfood had been eaten again.

Last night much of El Camino was decorated in strings and cascades of lights for Diwali.
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( Oct. 15th, 2016 01:16 pm)
The catfood I've been putting out each night had remained untouched since the evening I met the grey cat on the porch, but last night somebody ate it.
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( Oct. 14th, 2016 09:17 pm)
The rain apparently finally arrived as I slept. Meanwhile, the fences behind two houses along our driveway are being replaced; much banging around and disruption, a perfectly good wall was demolished at the street end, extensive trimming of their trees and removal of roses and a buddleia, and I'm afraid our cotoneaster will be hacked back.
It's supposed to rain, so I mowed front and back and didn't run the sprinkler. Now ... will it rain.
Another problem with the new blue express buses: the destination panel doesn't flash the word "RAPID" alternately, it just includes the word "express." So now that it's still more or less dark in the morning, I have no way of knowing whether that thing up the road is coming to my stop.
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( Oct. 11th, 2016 12:28 pm)
On the second bite of my dinner on Sunday night—rice and veg, nothing even remotely hard, not even any beans—a fake tooth popped right out of my jaw. I found a small plastic bag and saved it. Fortunately not many customers came by by the end of the shift, because I looked a fright. Of course yesterday was Columbus Day and everything was closed, including my insurance and my dentist, so I left a message for the latter and was eating an icecream bar—when the bridge came off on the other side of my mouth. Fortunately my dentist's husband wasn't too busy this morning and was able to reattach both bits, so now I have finally had breakfast.
Found a light blue foil balloon with "IT'S A BOY" on it on the grass in the backyard when I let the dog out; for the time being I've imprisoned it under the grill in the big brick barbecue hearth. Presumably the party had ended by the time it escaped.
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( Oct. 9th, 2016 08:48 am)
I came out onto the porch last night, bleary-eyed, with the little dish of Fancy Feast, to find the grey cat curled up on the lap of the teddy bear on the chair on the porch, miaowing at me. I assume saying "Get that catfood down on the floor right now." So I did, and took the bowl in to refill it with water, and she(?) jumped down and started wolfing it before I could close the screen door. And didn't budge when I reached over her to put down the water. The poor thing looks even thinner with even more scabs, and this morning I had to hose down Teddy and hook him over the two washing lines to drip-dry, but the bowl was sparkling clean.
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( Oct. 8th, 2016 10:37 am)
Last weekend was the big weekend for the Hallowe'en enthusiasts to start decorating. Some of the inflatables are out in the yard where the guy loves to set them up, a new house has very neat spider-webs and spiders on all the little bushes and clumps of ornamental bamboo, and there are strings of orange lights on some of the porches on our block. This morning I walked back from the bus via the bank, and came across a still sealed missive from an insurance company lying on the sidewalk a block over from its address, so I first went there. The porch had a tableau of a seated skeleton with a skeletal cat at its feet, and near the door, another small animal skeleton in a seated posture, I guessed a chihuahua. The entire yard was fenced off from the driveway, so rather than pop the gate, I reached over the top of the fence and tossed the envelope onto the porch. Whereupon the skeletal cat's eyes lit up red and it started hissing and yowling ghoulishly. The lady then opened the door and I had to explain.
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( Oct. 8th, 2016 10:29 am)
I haven't seen the tatty grey cat in a while and am worried, but I saw the painfully skinny ginger cat, and petted him briefly.
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( Oct. 7th, 2016 12:12 pm)
Came home in the early-morning yellow sunshine to see a strange silhouette on the end of our porch gable—a hawk, possibly a peregrine, being harried by two crows. As I watched it transferred to the telephone wires over the driveway, where it perched with difficulty, then to the roof of the studio over the neighbors' garage. Spotted breast; I'd say a peregrine but who knows, I am not a birder. I've occasionally seen the same hawk wheeling over the neighborhood or perching in the huge oak just north of the house, but not this year. I ran inside for my camera but it had been driven out of sight by the time I came back out.
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( Oct. 7th, 2016 12:05 pm)
I broke down and ordered some long-sleeved tops from Lands' End. Of course this means the daytime temperatures have gone back up.
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( Oct. 3rd, 2016 11:08 pm)
I picked my way home from the bus this morning through acorns, and scattered heavy drops of rain fell as we were walking the dog.
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( Oct. 2nd, 2016 01:46 pm)
As we were coming out to walk the dog, we found a hummingbird browsing the potted nasturtiums on the porch. As we were returning, it was starting to rain, very very lightly. It alternated extremely light rain and sun while we did the weekly shopping.
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( Oct. 2nd, 2016 01:43 pm)
The white cat has not gone after all. She came down off our porch to say hi and consider the car when the housemate was about to ferry me to the bus stop last night. (I was as usual running late.) I petted her and she then moved away from the car. She may be eating or co-eating the food I've put out. I hope the tatty grey cat is still around and also getting some.