February 12th, 2013


Hello, Tiger White

Today, Tiger White came home. The woman who had taken him fell, shattering her shoulder. As he arrived, the local hospital, who had decided her treatment was beyond their capabilities, were deciding if she would fare better in Iowa City, at the University hospitals, or in Des Moines.

Needless to say, even if her surgery has the best possible outcome, she will be unable to care for the kitten. He's home, following me about when I go out, still a lovely personality.

Everyone wishes her the best.
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Persistent Alarm

Around 6pm, the fire alarm across from the furnace went off.

No washer/dryer running, nothing cooking, the furnace quiet, I finally decided it was a low battery/false alarm.

Climbing up isn't much in my bag of tricks any more, but I did get the unit unscrewed from the wall. However, instead of a battery, I saw a plethora of wires.

I called MS, who, laughing, told me to change the battery. When I explained that I'd had that one replaced by the electrician, who'd tied the units together, he came on down, UNPLUGGED THE WIRES, disassembled the unit, where he found a 9 volt battery.

Yup, I got "the look".

Fortunately, I had that size in stock.

He popped out the spent battery, replaced it, then reassembled the unit, hooking it back into the wires, and mounting it on its wall base, so quiet again reigned.