GACK!!! I did what???

Holy crap…
Well, so I didn’t go to St. Louis because of car troubles…
Today, after much thought, I went to the car dealer, and looked at Ford Fusions. I’ve been researching them for about a month, and had decided that they were what I would go with when I finally decided to buy a car. Well they had an 06 on the lot with only 30K miles on it, clean, and in good shape, still under factory warranty. After some haggling about its price, and the value of my Tarus as a trade-in… including me threating to walk out… I went ahead and bought it.

I now own a very nice looking Grey 2006 Ford Fusion.

Well… Crap…

I was on my way… On 80 heading towards MO, and as I got up to “cruising speed” I noticed a lot of vibration that feels like its coming from my left front wheel. I then also noticed an odd sounding noise. noises are NOT good noises, in my experience. So, rather than continuing to St. Louis, and running the risk of my car doing something bad, like a wheel falling off I exited 80, and headed home. So, now rather than going to St. Louis, or even Camelot, I’m going to go tomorrow and have the car looked at. Perhaps, while doing that, I’ll see about running over to test drive a new car.
Oh, and I called at 6:30 to cancel the reservations I made at 4:30pm… and am still getting charged for one nights stay…
Seriously.. that’s just stupid…

…Uninvited really smart guest…

OK, once again we have a mouse… (This isn’t that surprising this time of year we usually get one or two, its an OLD house) Normally I trap them quickly…
Normally…
I’m getting concerned though, this one is NOT a normal mouse… It’s VERY smart.

Its been able to clean the trap without tripping it most every time I set it. When the mouse does trip it, it’s never caught…

Tonight… this game has taken a turn for the truly freaking weird… What happens when a mouse starts using tools? I’m starting to fear for my life… Hell before I know it the little critters going to be setting traps for me…

I set the trap in a manner that I was sure would trip him up… Rather then do so though… the mouse somewhere rummaged around under my bed and found an elastic strap used to hold the sheets on the mattress. (I lost this one a while back…) It then took the elastic and wrapped it around the trigger for the trap I can only assume to prevent the trap from tripping.

How the heck do I trap a mouse that smart?

Haunted by progress

Today I was able to make a lot of progress on the new props for Halloween. I managed to carve 2 more tombstones, and make some serious progress on the Talking Skull. The tombstones, except for one more, are all carved and their fronts are painted. I have attached the wood I will use to mount the stakes using Liquid Nails adhesive. Tomorrow night I hope to paint the back sides of all of the tombstones, then later in the week is going to help me make them look like stone.
The talking skull prop made a quantum leap today, thanks to a shopping trip last night with my lady. I have been struggling with what I was going to mount the skull on. Last night while at Target, we found a Halloween urn. I saw it, and knew I had to have it, it was perfect. Once I had it I knew I needed a platform to go in it to attach the skull. I made a trip to the hardware store, and forced my brain to reject things for what they were designed for and to look at them as “legos” so to speak. I knew I needed something able to support the weight of the skull, and yet be made of a material I could work with. I decided PVC would be the best bet, and wandered the plumbing isle. I found a flush mount toilet flange, and knew I had exactly what i needed. I stopped in the paint area picked up some mis-tint paint in the approximate shades of grey I needed. When I got home, I checked the flange in the urn and it was an exact fit. I drilled a hole in the center, mounted the skull and knew I had what i needed. I then disassembled it and gave the flange a good coating of black paint.
Later I drilled a couple holes through the urn into the flange to allow for 2 screws to hold it securely in place, and then attached some LEDs for up lighting. It’s really coming along.

Continue reading