Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

More light blogging

The carpet people didn't show yesterday. GRRR! In retaliation I pulled out my little Hoover Steamvac V and gave the worst spots a quick shampoo. Better. But not as good as those big truck-mounted machines can do, my little Steamvac does a lot better than the Bissel I once had (it better, as much as it cost me!) but simply cannot heat the water up as hot, shoot it as deep into the carpet, or suck it up as well as one of those big mothers. Not to mention it's a PITA, one tank of water will basically do a 6' by 6' square which was six tanks of water for my living and dining area.

For those wondering what key my whistles are in, they're all in the key of D. That's pretty much the "standard" key that all the whistle tutorials and songbooks are written for, though of course you can play the songs in any key if you're just playing for yourself. Minstrel Boy mentions a tiny high G whistle. Looking at the Clarke web site they just sell D and C. Walton's made one once, but looks like they just make D and C too. Generation makes a high G as well as a bunch of others, and a lot of professionals used them for some time, but finding a "good" Generation is a chore. So anyhow, I'll probably get a C and a Bb just to round out my whistle collection, but looks like a high G isn't going to be in there.

Finally, regarding why I ended up nose-to-nose with Mencken when my furry alarm clock woke me up yesterday, you may have had trouble figuring out how that could be. But this photo should make it a bit more clear. This is the scene I wake up to every morning, except with me under the covers, of course... clicky clicky to embiggen: Btw, the trashcans are up on the nightstands because I had just vacuumed in preparation for the carpet people coming (grrrr!)...

-- Badtux the Cat-owned Penguin

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Posted by: BadTux / 5/09/2007 08:27:00 AM  


so um, when are they coming? the carpet cleaners

nice neat room...but i missed the kitties...were they behind you when you took the pic? smile
# posted by azgoddess : 9/5/07 11:18 AM  

As far as critters go, my bed looks much the same unless one of them in lying on top of me.
# posted by Share Cropper : 9/5/07 11:49 AM  

The carpet cleaners called this morning and said (in response to the message I'd left on their machine the previous day) that they'd thought they were supposed to come THIS morning. Of course they were lying, but what can you do? So I let'em come and clean the carpets. Which they did. I stashed the kitties in the bathroom while they did this.

As for the kitties, Mencken's dappled pattern is blending into the dappled sunlight next to my pillow, and TMF's black self is blending into the black comforter at the foot of my bed, just in case you didn't click to embiggen. This is where they usually sleep, Mencken next to my pillow and TMF keeping my feet warm, except when TMF decides to come sit on my chest, which usually is accompanied by meowing at me to feed him and occasional batting at my nose with claws half-extended in order to wake me up enough to hear him.
# posted by BadTux : 9/5/07 2:01 PM  

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