Saturday, February 24, 2007


Phoenix: It was huge.

Diablo: Such a waste. We could have had hours of fun chasing that mouse around the condo.

Phoenix: No, I meant the mousetrap. When that metal bar hit the vertebrae I thought it would snap in two. Bloody guts everywhere.

Diablo: Scary.

Thursday, February 22, 2007


Diablo: What do you think it is?

Phoenix: Could be a rat. They can live in the walls, crawl around the plumbing, emerge under the bathtub, come out of the vents.

Diablo: Could be a mouse.

Phoenix: Nope. It's making too much noise.

Diablo: A raccoon?

Phoenix: Too big to fit behind the wall.

Diablo: A squirrel?

Phoenix: That’s possible. If I could get through that vent…

Diablo: We are lucky she left the door open so we sit in the closet for hours and listen to whatever it is.

Phoenix: I’ve been up all night listening to it scurry around under the tub. I’m going to take a nap. You stand watch.

Diablo: You know…it could be a Gila Monster. I heard they have 'em in Florida.

Phoenix: You mean alligator?

Diablo: Yeah, that too.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Free Running

Diablo: What do you think?

Phoenix: I like the carpet. Good for traction, 'pecially when we are racing around the place.

Diablo: Got to be careful when you come flying through the kitchen. Linoleum.

Phoenix: Yeah and the bathroom too. Tile.

Diablo: We never lived in a place with this much carpet. Not the office, the apartment, the RV or the Big House.

Phoenix: Sure beats trying to run on hard wood.

Monday, February 12, 2007

18 Hours

Diablo: Where are we going?

Phoenix: South.

Diablo: I didn’t think South was this far away.

Phoenix: Two long days in the back of the jeep, sitting on piles of boxes, bags and other thing. It is getting old. This makes RV travel look pretty appealing.

Diablo: We should have been in Tennessee by now.

Phoenix: We aren’t going there.

Diablo: Some place new?

Phoenix: Florida.

I kind of like the hotels. The fancy floral bedspreads, the big mirrors, the funny smells...

Just give me the hiding space between the headboard and wall.

You know, I don’t think she likes you getting in there.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Bird Watching

Phoenix: What do you see out there?

Diablo: Birds.

Phoenix: You have been sitting there staring out the window for hours.

Diablo: Lots of birds.

Phoenix: You can’t get‘em.

Diablo: I like the red ones.

Phoenix: Cardinals?

Yeah, they’re pretty.

Phoenix: Pretty….you mean tasty?

Diablo: Heck if I know. Never tasted one.

Phoenix: Hmmm. I’ll go for the Junco. Fatter. More of them. Better odds.

Diablo: Look at’em. They have all the food they want. Fly over to the feeder, grab a seed. Eat it. Get another. Look at all the seeds on the ground. I wish I was a bird.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Artic Cats

Diablo: Brrrr! I thought my little pads were going to stick to the ground. I think my ears were about to freeze and break off like icicles.

Phoenix: Why would you want to go outside when you can stretch out in the sunshine streaming through the window? By the way, just remember not to stick your nose on a cold metal pole.

Diablo: It never got this cold in Tennessee.

Phoenix: Be thankful you don’t live outdoors.

Diablo: Amen. Let’s go curl up in the sunshine.

Phoenix: I got a better idea. I think our cousin left some food in her bowl.

Diablo: Roger that.