Category Archives: Fontana

Didn’t See That Coming

I’ve been regularly checking the weather since it’s monsoon season.  It’s looked like no rain for today, but then this happened:

It was really loud.  Everybody eventually hid.  Murphy’s out now surveying the yard.  Dora is not interested in going outside at all.  It’s about an hour later and there is still some hail in the yard.  That’s amazing because it’s been over 100 every day for a while now.


Murphy and Dora are Right

The yard here at Fontana is much bigger than the yard they had in Houston.  Both of them can get up to running speeds here that they only had when they escaped the yard back in Houston — which was rare.

Murphy is not interested in walks and Dora is not much either.  I have seen them running around the yard here on a daily basis.  Why would they want to go to a park on a leash connected to me — an old lady?  They are smarter than that.

This is a big plus to the Fontana move.  There are others, but this one is perhaps the biggest of all.  Having Dora active and happy is something I haven’t seen in years.  Having Murphy running full speed and rolling around in delight is a marvel.

If they are happy here, I should be, too.

Different Climate is Different

I have been amazed at the weird difference in the climate here. Going from 80% humidity too 12% is really strange.  Wearing long sleeves and sweatpants in Late May without sweating is also strange.  I kind of like it.  The four-footed ones seem to like it as well.

For example, it’s 86 degrees outside right now, but I have the windows open and it is 75 degrees in the house.  That’s thanks to the swamp cooler as they call it here.  Apparently it works well until the humidity reaches 20% or so.  I’ll keep tabs on it and see just when it gets to the point that I have to close the windows during the day.

It doesn’t seem like the babies have needed more water.  The only difference for me is I have been using more sunblock.  Since I can deal with that and all of the babies seem happy (considering they all got yanked from home and had to spend a ridiculous amount of time boarded, mostly because I was scared), we are a little worse for the wear but surviving.

First Day of Vacation from Both Jobs

Some things I got done include my poor excuse for decorating.  This is the before picture:



Here are the after pictures:



I had to take the old stuff off.  It left a gummy residue, but I had an English(!) made razor holder handy to take care of it easily.



I’m going to dye the sofa and chair cushions, along with the patio door curtains tomorrow.  They will hopefully be a shade of tangerine, to go along with the theme I seem to have created.  It will be my first time dying anything, but I have good instructions and an extra washing mashing to do it in.



Von’s paintings are just elegant and I am very happy to have them.


And yes, that is an actual brick wall, thank you for asking.  How did I attach those pretties to the wall?  Well it took some research, but I found these:


They seem to be working despite one of them coming loose.  I will post pictures of the bathroom decorating tomorrow.