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rodentraiser last won the day on September 29 2020

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    Bremerton, WA
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    I like numbers and astronomy, miniatures and dollhouses, dog training, languages, music, gardening, ghost hunting, model horses, equestrian show jumping, raccoons, rats, and mice. And someday I would like to raise parakeets and guinea pigs.

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  1. When my check comes in on the 3rd, I'm going to look for a computer desk and then call Dish. I already have my computer out of storage. HUZZAH!
  2. I love it! https://www.boredpanda.com/miniature-dioramas-tatsuya-tanaka/
  3. Hugs back to everybody! Another update here! WOOHOO So to catch you guys up: I'm moved over to the new lot and last month I brought home a 35ft 5th wheel trailer to live in. It was completely redone on the inside and is nice and clean. Of course, there are problems. It needs a toilet. I bought one but it needs to be installed. The windows don't open although I bought some WD40 and I'm going to try that. The windows are slide windows and are rusted shut. I needed a new bed. I bought one but it won't be delivered until Aug 5. There's a leak at the propane tanks, so someone is coming out to fix that at the end of August. The stove works and I can get the pilot light on in the oven, but the oven won't light. Hopefully, getting the leak fixed will take care of that. t needed a septic hose to attach to the septic system. I bought that and the contractor was supposed to attach it but still hasn't. The water spigot leaks, so I haven't attached a hose for running water inside yet, although if the contractor doesn't fix that leak soon (it's his system), I'm going to turn the hose on and just let it leak. The trailer's water heater is rusted out so it looks like I'm going to need to put in a hot-water-on-demand system - $1500. *sigh* Maybe by Christmas. I'm switching the bedroom and the living room. The bedroom was originally up in the cab part that goes over the towing vehicle. It's larger than the 7' x 7' area for the bedroom and since all I do is sit up there, the 4ft high ceiling shouldn't matter. I'll have room for my sofa, a computer desk, and my electric Franklin stove. Of course, to get to the "living room", one will have to walk through the bathroom but hey, little things. And as a bonus, I have to saw out part of the bathroom wall to be able to get my sofa in there. Always something. I have a washer and dryer! They're outside and naturally, the dryer plug doesn't fit the plug in part on the fuse box, so I need to buy an adapter for that. I was going to get my things out of storage in July but I plain ran out of money. So I'm looking forward to doing that next month. Getting my stuff out of storage, that is, although I'll probably run out of money too but I won't be looking forward to that. The new trailer has washer/dryer hookups, but I'd have to get those really expensive small ones and since I already have a washer and dryer outside, I just use the closet as a pantry and it's an awesome pantry! I have all the food at the new trailer now and I have a microwave if I need to heat something up. Yes, the new trailer is actually hooked up to electricity! Electricity rocks, by the way. But even better, I have a fridge! A small one, but I'm not complaining at all! The new trailer leaks and my contractor said he would ask his guy to fix the cracks in the ceiling, since the covered roof won't be put up till fall. Of course, the contractor says a lot of things. I'm not holding my breath. I've been lucky because it hasn't rained since I brought the trailer home almost 6 weeks ago. Things are gettin' kind of dry here in Washington, but for me that's just fine. For now, I'm still sleeping and cooking in the old trailer, but the awning is up on the new trailer and I sit outside there during the day. I made a stone garden bed about 30ft long and 1ft wide. I had - operative word HAD - a multitude of wildflowers growing there. But I started to feed the birds and ended up adding a red squirrel to the mix. He decided it was more fun to bury his loot in my flower bed and dug the bed all up. Well, maybe next month I can put some wire around it since a huge rabbit is visiting on a daily basis too. So far the squirrel, whom I call Reddy Kilowatt, has taken over everything. He chases the chickadees, the juncos, the doves, the chipmunk (named Usain Bolt because you should see this little thing run!), and even the rabbit even though the rabbit is about 4 times his size. He'd chase me if he could get away with it, but I don't run. I just wish he'd chase the deer away. I have a doe with twin fawns who walks through my yard every day and while I love to see them, they're eating up all my pansies and trees. One morning I saw a bobcat walk across my yard and a couple of weeks ago there was a cougar sighting up where I used to live (just around the corner and way too close). I had a feline meeting of another kind recently. I was reading by camp light on the bed in the old trailer at about midnight. The camp light doesn't throw much light beyond my bed. Anyway, I happened to look up and saw a face staring right at me from the foot of the bed. The trailer's screen door has a largish hole ripped into the bottom of it and apparently a cat decided to just come in and check me out. After staring at each other for a couple seconds, the cat left as quietly as it came in and I haven't seen it since. I'm just happy I wasn't reading a Stephen King book at the time. So I have plenty of wildlife to keep me company. Things are moving along S L O W L Y but they are moving. I hope by September, at least, that I'll be completely settled (here's hoping the toilet and shower work) and maybe have my computer hooked up by then. Meantime, the work never quits. I still need to get the dinette set out of the kitchen so I have room for my chopping block, there's a ton of weeds that need to be pulled in the yard, and I'm still painting my mailbox for the new lot. I also bought a bike and I'm trying to find time to ride that every day. I've only fallen 6 times on it. Pretty good, I'd say, since I haven't ridden a bike since 1989. My biggest problems are stopping and turning. Minor details. lol Anyway, I miss you guys and I'm sure hoping I can be back here in a couple months! Take care everyone!
  4. Hey everyone! Long time, no chat. I'm doing this from my phone, so please forgive any weird errors here. I can't remember what all I've told you but I think I told you the contractor and I were switching lots. As a thank you (and bribe) for swapping, the contractor put in my septic system and the electric (water and driveway were free cause I already paid for them on my lot) and he's letting me pay it off without interest. I decided to do it this way because costs and who knows what a septic system will cost 10 years from now. And the loan is only 6 years. So septic, electric, and water (3 spigots) are all installed on the new property and I should be moving there tomorrow or Tuesday. I will actually have electric heat and light, plus a working fridge, and running water inside. It's been a long 18 months without those things. Electricity rocks! I don't know when I'll have my computer again tho. There just isn't any room for it in the trailer. But I will be working on a large garden and if the weather is nice, maybe I can finish up that dollhouse I was working on last summer. I have a 10x12 shedon the new lot so as soon as that's painted, all my stuff will come out of storage and I'll have much more access to it all than I do now. So things are going good. Cross your fingers and toes that maybe I can get my computer hooked up too. I miss you guys!
  5. I want my houses to be a little more realistic. However, they always end up a little quirky and I swear the houses do it on purpose.
  6. If I didn't laugh at dollhouse building, I would cry. Take yesterday. After sanding...and sanding...and sanding...I finally called it a day and cleaned all that dusty residue out of the house. Naturally, I started with the bottom floor, then did the top floor and...you guessed it. A nice breeze came up and blew ALL that dust back into the bottom floor again. It doesn't help that I have to sand everything because I had to use wood filler on practically the whole house. It's like when I glue. People always want to know whether I'm glueing or painting. So people now look at the UNpainted house and tell me they like the pretty beige shade I painted it. And I'm too embarrassed to tell them it's sanded wood filler. This is something I'm going to take up with God when I die. I want to know why I had to have a passion for little things. I mean, so what was so bad about dropping bowling balls on my toes anyway?
  7. I was having a wonderful time using the wood filler to fill in all the cracks (or in my case GAPS). It's so much like finger painting. Then came SANDING. If I had known how much I hate sanding I'd have taken up fly fishing instead of dollhouses. I think there is a conspiracy regarding brads and nails. I'm convinced the makers deliberately put in crooked ones in every package just so they can laugh at me trying to nail them in. Water based and water soluble only mean if one teeny drop of moisture touches what you're working on, it will dissolve, disintegrate, curl up and die. Water based and water soluble does not mean 'can be cleaned with water'. You will need blasting caps and chisels to get anything water based off your hands. There is always ONE expert in every crowd who looks at your work and says "I think the eave on this side is a whole 1/32 longer than the eave on the other side." I always respond graciously and tell them "If you know so much about it, numbnuts, there's the exacto blade. YOU fix it!" I also make sure to show all my teeth so they think I'm smiling. Windy days are not good days to put together dollhouses unless you want to lose weight by chasing essential wood pieces (like an outside wall) over and over again all across the yard. Putting a dollhouse together when your area is covered by smoke from forest fires allows you to be inventive. When someone sniffs it and says, "Your dollhouse smells like smoke", your options can range from telling them you were roasting marshmallows in it last night to letting them know you were releasing your inner arsonist by setting the base on fire. Miniature linen closets 1" in depth viewed on their open side instead of the from the front will make you cross-eyed. I have more thoughts but most of those are unprintable so I'll stop here. Just to add: posting from phone should be made into a punishment applicable in all 50 states.
  8. Kells, I hope your hand comes back. Wait, that didn't come out right. Well, you know what I mean. I've been all over since the virus started and wearing only a Kleenex over my mouth and nose. It should be a bandana but I haven't been anywhere I could buy one. I can't wear a mask because I get a panic attack when something is pressing over my mouth. So I've been lucky or I've had the virus and just didn't know it. Which could be the case since I've been to Urgent Care twice and the doctor's office three times (for other things). No places better for picking up the virus! But I go to the store, the post office, the laundromat, the mechanic's (THREE of them now!), and the only time I've felt under the weather was yesterday, the day after my flu shot. And that was weird because I've never had a flu shot affect me before. I'm not worried about getting the virus. I AM concerned because it's not over yet. I hate to say it but I think slowing down the virus is just causing it to hang around longer and giving it more time to mutate. *It's not that try to go out everywhere, but I only have a cooler for a fridge and 3 bags of ice will melt in 3 or 4 days - 2 days if it's really hot. And I have to have a running car and groceries, plus get propane tanks filled.
  9. We were getting very worried about you, Jeannine! Glad to hear from you!
  10. That is to say, I GREW CORN. At least it didn't sub with a p.
  11. I miss you guys! So far I'm still in my trailer and I had a great summer. I started a garden and green some watermelons, vorn, cherry tomatoes, and strawberries. I've had deer visit me (and my garden) on a daily basis. Lots of birds, hawks, a hummingbird, and other assorted creatures(some welcome, some not) have also dropped in. The contractor is "working" on a lot swap where I would swap my lot for one of his and in the process get a loan for septic and a better place to live in So far it's been off and on, mostly off, so I'm not really counting on this. But i have enough to pay for electric now and if he doesn't put it in, I'm still on track to have a transformer put in in December or January. I haven't saved asuch as I hoped because my car has been into the mechanic's at least five times this year. In fact, that where I am right now. I told the guy this time to do an exorcism. After watching the brake lights come on all by themselved, I figured it was possessed. Anyhoo, after having to get rid of all my miniatures projects shortly before I moved, I found a New Orleans kit on Craig's List and put it together. I modified it slightly - it has an extended living room and will now have a curved staircase, plus a linen closet in the upper hallway and a regular closet in the bedroom. It has to live in my car and with the rain we're getting lately, I may not be able to work on it as much. It's too big for the trailer I'm living in. But I'll try to keep you guys on top of what's going on. Hopefully by the first of the year I can be back posting with you all!
  12. Well, we've had something like 22 or 23 straight days of rain in January and somebody said 26" of rain in our area last month. Yesterday it was snow again. The trailer now has a tarp on it, so we're good there. But the mold problem is getting out of control. I just cleaned mold off of the walls a week or so ago and it's back already. Of course, the propane heater has a lot to do with it. But the good news is the contractor told me he bought all the remaining lots for sale and he is going to put electricity on all of them, including mine. This is supposed to take place sometime this summer. And if I don't have enough saved for the transformer, he'll let me pay it off. Electricity. I can hardly wait!
  13. I'm so sorry, Rebecca. It must be harder for you now because you had thought he was getting better.
  14. Yeah, that would be me. That was such an embarrassing sale for me. It's been years and years since I sold anything on eBay and I naturally thought I could use the money from the house to ship it. Silly me, you have to have a shipping number to put in before Paypal releases the funds. So then I was stuck having to explain to the buyer that I wouldn't be able to afford to ship her house till the beginning of this month. THEN Paypal released the funds anyway and I shipped the house the next week. Kudos to a patient buyer. On top of everything else, she actually sent me a thank you note and a check for part of the shipping! Here's a shout out to chelleshome on eBay. I wish I could have given her a million positive feedbacks. People in miniatures are something else - a cut above the rest of the population.
  15. Don't throw out the instructions! If you ever resell the house, the new buyer will want them. Personally, I'd keep the house. It's a nice house and it's not that difficult to put together if you can hammer some nails in. You won't mess it up. And in terms of money, you really got a bargain. Most kits using 3/8" wood cost more than what you paid and then you have to buy the doors, windows, and staircases separately. First thing is to see if there is a list of parts with the house. If there is, just go carefully through the parts and label them with a pencil. You can also use duct tape to put your house together without gluing or nailing it first. That will allow you to see any future problem areas and give you an idea of what rooms there are and what size they are. Just take it one step at a time. Remember, if you put your house together slowly, by the time you get towards the middle, you'll be very familiar with the parts and there will be a lot less of them as you go along. As for decor, you can do any decor you want. How about making it an updated Victorian? You can have all the Victorian trimmings you want and still have some modern things in it as well. I would personally want to have a 1950s house for my own dollhouse, but I'd make sure I also had a computer. People do style like that today. Good luck!
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