I’m nothing if not organized

David is off to see our eye doctor this morning, who’s office is in our community hospital.  I asked him if he wanted me to go with him.  No, says he, I’ll just sit and wait for the eye drops (that dilate the pupils) to wear off.  Where you going to sit says I.  In the cafeteria he responds.  Well of course he is.  Hospital food aint what it used to be. Only recently did the hospital stop cooking soul food and set up the equivalent of a “healthy” food court.

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When I first came to live in the Washington area, the city was a small Southern town.  It had yet to see the huge expansion of “modern” construction that occurred over the past 50+ years. It was a city preserved in amber, with much remaining from the nineteenth century. Two wars and a depression had slowed development for a long time.

Many ‘temporary’ buildings from The War lined major arteries. For example, in the area that now houses the WWII, Korean and Vietnam memorials along Constitution Avenue, stood old termite ridden wooden structures hastily constructed during wartime. Recently, one of the last of these buildings (here in Arlington and near the Pentagon) that went by the name T-7, was demolished. In its wake, Arlington Cemetery is undergoing expansion to accommodate WWII, Korea and Vietnam veterans. Because Arlington is closed to all others, Veterans of contemporary wars will be buried at the new national cemetery at Quantico MCS Virginia.

My kids’ Dad worked at T-7 during the Vietnam war. As a new fangled computer programmer (one of “McNamara’s boys”), he was not in combat, although he spent part of the war in Japan on Okinawa.

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These days, David and I take taxis with GPS to various destinations in the city.  Or, we ride the Metro, the second most busy subway system in the USA and modeled on the Paris Metro.

Although I commuted into or through the city for over 30 years (1975 to 2006), we NEVER drive downtown anymore, leaving the traffic snarls to out-of-town commuters or tourists.

Working together to facilitate movement through the core Metro area, DC, Arlington and Alexandria are installing a trolley system to serve the city and inner suburbs (de facto one entity).  One branch of the new trolley system will run 4 blocks from us, connecting with the Arlington County bus system and the Metro system which serves greater Washington. Both bus lines  pass through our neighborhood with stops a block away.

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New cat boxes, container with cat biodegradable cat  litter and other paraphernalia.

New cat boxes, plastic container with clumping and biodegradable cat litter, and other paraphernalia.

Miss Kitty's bed and toys/

Miss Kitty’s bed and toys/

A few days ago, I placed a couple of orders with for necessities such as cat pan, liners, bed, toys etc. and additional items for my Gluten-free pantry.  The result has been a flood of small boxes, 18 yesterday (one of them held a package of stylus-pens).  I suppose someone in the warehouse thinks we can’t handle anything heavy, so they placed each item in a separate box. However we still got the odd box with something heavy…like a bag of Kitty litter.

A few years ago, I bought some very large plastic containers on wheels. I use the containers to roll heavy items such as 50 lb bags of bird seed, and now one of these rolling containers works well with kitty litter.

Flours, sugars, baking materials

Flours, sugars, baking materials

Beans, lentils, gluten-free pasta

Beans, lentils, gluten-free pasta

 

 

 

30 thoughts on “I’m nothing if not organized

  1. I’ve missed a ton of posts as we tgraveled, with usually poor internet connections and not much time. Today is a rest day and we found a wifi hot spot at the Seward Library. Yay. Bill naps, I blog. I will catch up with your posts as soon as I can, b ut glad to see here that you have a new kitty! Good news.

    Enjoyed the history of your city … (well, I guess it belongs to all of us in a way, but I enjoyed learlning about it from the standpoint of someone who lives there).

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  2. Miss Kitty is going to feel like her highness with all the new necessities and luxuries. Of course the cats I have known considered themselves royalty entitled to our total obedience regardless of their gender or questionable ancestry.

    I did go back for a second look at your recent vehicle pix. On my first visit I was more taken with the fact that said vehicle shared the name Stella with my youngest granddaughter. I totally missed the eyelashes and thought the “groove referred to a snazzy new paint job.

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    • Miss Kitty does have questionable ancestry, no doubt. We figure she is distantly related to our other orange cat.

      As for Rita’s truck, Stella. She did have a new paint job and a lot of body work. I can see how her name distracted you.

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  3. Folks love ya. Lot at all the notes. It’s living with a Marine. Then again,here the Army officer and I are slobs. You never did write me a solution to the gigante flock of green parrots. Hawk calls work, but is there anything else.

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    • Ha ha you must learn to love them (parrots). Re organization, yes it’s being married to a Marine. You and G are not slobs. My home is shabby chic and getting shabbier with time. I look like the hippy these days!

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      • Good…hippies are still cool. Radical chic. LOL
        Parrots. When the flock, and twenty sound like a hundred, alight in the trees outside our windows, they sounds are so loud we cannot think. Many folks around here like them, but we like to leave our windows and doors open. G uses red tailed hawk (when perched) call to chase them away…then appear the crows. It would be really funny if it were not a bit frightening. Those crows are smarter than we are sometimes.

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  4. We’re dog people, not cat people, at least in part because dogs “go” outside. But it sounds like you have everything pretty well “contained.” Anyway, a trolley? What a great new (old) idea!

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    • Yes, dogs go outside, and good citizens pick up the poop. Arlington county says throw it in the trash or flush it. Also we have a dog pee pad down in the bird room for our older dog, so she has no accidents. Every animal needs good training.

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  5. We use wheat-based litter as my 12 year old has allergies to many things… My sister the vet always suggests using the spray or plug-in that gives off the scent of relaxing hormones that only the cat will smell… It helps with stress… Darn.. I have to go look up the name

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  6. I always keep my flour, bread, baked goods, rice, pasta, etc in the fridge to keep the bugs out of them. This is why we have 2 fridges — one in the kitchen, the other in the living room. It’s better for my sanity. Nothing worse than bugs in our food.

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  7. You are fortunate to live where an excellent DC transportation system is available. We love our rural home, but have to drive 5 to 40 miles to enjoy any urban amenities. Believe I would rather live in your situation.

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  8. Dianne,
    Have you seen the ad on TV for the cat box that comes with its own litter? You never have to change it or replace it because it works like a toilet. when the cat leaves the cat box, the litter is automatically “flushed’, cleaned, and returned to the box to be used again–over and over. That means no more changing the litter box! Wow!

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