Thursday, August 28, 2008

Electric College



The brand new Solar Powered Electric Bear Repelling Fence is up around two of the hives and charging.



The gate isn't up yet, but will be Monday ad then No More Bears. Not that they have tried yet, but no sense closing that barn door after the horse is gone....(See what a Farmer I am now???)



The gate needed to be big enough to drive a truck thru. In case some one ever needed to move a hive. Not that a sane person would want to pick up a hive of bees and move it.... (Could this be foreshadowing of a further adventure???)



And here are some pictures from the instructions that Hans and I found rather amusing. (I'll add a photo in the morning)

I don't understand EXACTLY but it seems there are three metal rods that need to be driven in the ground to create a Good Ground System. You place one hand on the electric bit and one on the ground, to test this. Here is a picture of a Good Ground System.



And here is what can happen to our poor Farmer, (or Woodsman Hans) if you do this test and have created a Bad Ground System.



If you were following the comments on the last post, you wail know that I successfully managed to enroll in college today. Due I must say to my own perseverance and wits and not because the college makes it easy. It got to be kind of funny the more offices I visited, and mind you, I am not applying to Harvard, I only want to audit on little French Course.

Here was one of my comments, on the funniest part of the adventure..

""I was dealing with Crusty Older Man who did not seem to be either a people person or a yes person. SO when he said "Garland, ha-ha, you related to Judy?' I said, kid you not..."Yes. They call me LIZA, short for Lorraine, and I am a bloody celebrity, and I'd appreciate it if you would start treating me like one"

His next words? "HA! I like you! Give me that" faxes my Paper, Fod knows what it was for, which he had told me I had to take to yet another office, and gets on the phone and I hear...Yeah, enter this now, she's a CELEBRITY I'll get you an autographed photo....""

When he finally left me with yet another person he said "Don't worry, Carol here won't bite" I said "Worried? Me? I survived YOU didn't I???"

And made a new friend.

As I drove home thinking, long day, so ready for some Buffy, need couch, and other such deep thoughts, I saw a cat sitting in the street. In the middle of the street. Stupid cat, I thought, going to get nailed.

(You SO know where this is going..)

Escape Artist Mim. There she was. Only this time, the doors were locked and shut. No screens were off.

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio...

Love and Electric,
Lorraine

71 Comments:

At 8:02 PM , OpenID kali-licious said...

Mim is not allowed to master the secrets of teleportation without sharing. Not to mention without permission..and sitting IN THE ROAD.
*shudder*
That enough scare for one day, methinks.

 
At 8:08 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Yes, If Mim has mastered teleportation, it is only a matter of time....The Bengal-Bee alliance under the command of WebGoblin Dan, grows strong.

 
At 8:47 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Oh good grief!

Triple M certainly is a problem child! And you wanted to foster an F1? I think she's trying to tell you something. ;)

 
At 8:52 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Well, I was willing to TAKE this F1, not sure wanted is the right word. Bars on the Windows.

You should know, those photos of the installation of the fence were the first EVER successful scanning I have ever done. It may be my new favorite skill.

 
At 8:59 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

Wonderful story Liza!

And great instructions. "There should be no power in the earth." is... just wrong. Great job on the scans!

I have Things to say about the last post but I have gotten behind in life this week! Yicks.

 
At 9:03 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Life and work will DO that..Say away Aleta, I do like hearing your thoughts...We are all here when we can be. Feel free, anyone, to jump in anytime, there is no off topic.

Yes, no power in the earth..Hee-hee!

 
At 9:15 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

Life and work and school and life and yeah all that.

I changed offices today. I am now in an office painted the color or lime sherbet. That should make me pretty crazy soon enough.

 
At 9:42 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

neat scanning! tho i think there should be power in the earth. in my earth when my two dogs look at me, look at each other and bolt five acres to the road, with me running after them. this is always when one of my two neighbors is having a party or company outside. rocket and tank make a complete nuisance of themselves, while i try to apologize and corral them. mind you, they know when i am in the absolute worst clothes i own, with an array of plaster/clay/paint on my face. did it twice tonight. good workout.

aleta, it is hard to keep up with this blog, isn't it? it is going beyond the speed of light....

 
At 9:50 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Yikes! In the street! Those girls are going to give you a heart attack. My Liza (funny that name came up today for you) used to do that when I live in Oakland. She would get out of the yard and I could never figure out how. I finally dug a trench under the fence all the way around and filled it with cement. That worked.

I wish I was better at articulating how I feel about the stories. There is an "intimate stranger" feeling that I get. I read and I feel like I am being let in on something that does not belong to me. Ugh, that probably makes no sense to any one but me. What I mean is that I like them. :) I feel at home with them. But making people feel welcome is one of your special bits of magic so that fits.

And bravo on getting registered for class! It really is the hardest part, I think, because it takes so much persistence. Good for you!

 
At 9:51 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Lime sherbert? What did you do to deserve that????

I am all for power in the earth too, as long as Hans doesn't die from it...

We do move quickly here, but be careful what you wish for, hee-hee, it's likely to be a tomb this weekend, I have gigs Friday and Saturday nights, and All day Sunday and Monday..

Good time for more stories perhaps?

Forgot to mention, I got to spend an hour on the phone with Kitty today, mostly going over work, and talking about schedules, but she is holding up on the tour and misses us greatly....

 
At 10:45 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

I think the bears let Mim out as payback for depriving them the honey-goodness.

 
At 3:32 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

HoOO! The michieveous creature!
They'll stop at nothing to get you into shock and under submission, these two. I marvel that they have not enlisted the forsters into that wicked scheme YET...

Chantrelle, today there was a article about the phenomenon of food porn in the Repubblica on-line (La Repubblica being one of the main newspapers in Italy) and they mention foodporn.com!
Check it out!

 
At 4:22 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Mim knows there should be no power in the earth-- therefore mere walls cannot hold her! *musical sting*

I don't know what that means either. Though I like the phrase "there should be no power on earth." There's a poem in that. Also "intimate stranger"-- well put, gaypet! The stories really do feel like that.

Congrats on registering and Crusty-Man-defeating and Being-the-Real-Liza-Minelli and French-taking! (Also to Arwenn for similarly fabulous achievements, which I missed in the last thread.) Please to pass on Useful French Phrases so we can embarrass Nathalie with bad accents. Hooray! :D

No one deserves lime-sherbet walls. Bleah.

 
At 5:00 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

For anyone who thinks I am in command of the Bengal-Bee Alliance, pause a moment to consider the constituents: cats. bees.

Cats have no masters, and bees have only their queen. I am just offering them my humble services in return for being spared from being turned into a scratching post or being forced to work in the hive factories.

 
At 5:55 AM , Blogger pantagruel said...

Between the mis-grounded power in the earth and the mysteriously reappearing outside Mim... have you been watching The Prestige or something? If you've not seen it, give it a go -- after yesterday's adventures, it's eerily apropos.

 
At 7:56 AM , Blogger gaypet said...

Dan, I love the images on that other blog. :) Really beautiful!

Sending good vibes out to Kitty!

 
At 8:05 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

Thanks! Hehehehe

They're all by Lori, of Lori Elizabeth Photography.

 
At 8:26 AM , Blogger gaypet said...

What wonderful pictures on a such a slick web site. She must know someone really good at that. ;)

Have a great day all.

 
At 8:35 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Dan, point. Cats have no masters, and bees have Queens..Hmm..LOVE the pictures by the way, Lori is really really good!

Intimate strangers, and there is no power in the earth. Like both of those.

Eascape artist Mim was out again this morning, taking Freaky Venus with her. Bars. I am getting bars.

Found her escape hatch tho.

First class is Wednesday, but I am sure it will take me nearly a week to become fluent.

I have a lovely book called French For Cats, that I have been using.

You can say things like "Here comes a hairball" or "I will run back and forth for no reason" "Or I do not like to leave my territory"

First pipe lesson is Sunday. THAT may take me nearly two...

 
At 8:50 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Oh, Kitty posted tour pics over at her blog, a week or so ago, and never mentioned it to me, but they are there at:

http://furrytiger.blogspot.com

(no hyperlinking on my first cup of tea. Nip over and send her some love.

(her comments are moderated now, due to the problems we have been having, they go to her first, she approves, then they post, know that she will approve them as soon as she has a down second, there is only one being screened)

 
At 9:21 AM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

Thanks for the link to the foodporn article! That would explain why my traffic graph went bonkers yesterday! As far as I know that's my first mention in Italy--perfect timing since I go to the Slow Food fest this weekend in SF. :) Now if only I'd gotten enrolled in that Italian class I wouldn't have to use babelfish to translate it.

Good luck with French...i have ZERO ability to speak a word of it. I ended up crying in Paris just trying to buy a banana. I really do want to learn Italian though!

OK, haven't had breakfast yet...

 
At 9:29 AM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

I'm glad you sent me that link, because that also explains the plethora of photos sent to me with Italian e-mails! Some of them relevant to the site (like talking about restaurants in Italy) and some of them missing the mark involving sausages in various poses on a plate... what's the emoticon for an eye roll??

 
At 9:35 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Hee hee very funny and Congrads on the article!! Foodporn.com wide open in Italy!!!!

 
At 9:43 AM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

OK, turns out the traffic spike was from a russian link! I haven't seen the results of the italian article yet!
When it rains....

 
At 10:01 AM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Thank goodness you found Mim's escape hatch. You know, they have developed a pattern here. Mim finds a way out, Venus screams until Mim is back inside, Mim and Venus are outside together. Just be sure the bars on the windows are closer together than Mim's or Venus' heads are wide or they'll still be escaping through the windows.

As we all know, a female dog is a bitch. Not as well known is that a female cat is a queen. Is it any surprise that the Bengals and bees have formed an alliance? Cabal's Cabal doesn't really have a chance against such royalty.

Lori is truly a gifted photographer, Dan. Granted, it helps to have such natural hams, I mean models, in house. ;)

Hi, Ms. Kitty! Home's getting closer and closer, even if it doesn't feel like it. Been thinkin' 'bout ya. :)

 
At 10:21 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

You go on with yourself, Chantrelle!

A good point Ardiandalen, v very good point. Cats and Bees have Queens.

Keep your fingers crossed, just got a call about the Fosters! He sounds perfect, and if he likes them, I may have a home!!!! We're meting in a couple of hours....

 
At 10:47 AM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Fingers crossed!

 
At 11:23 AM , Blogger Rubius said...

good luck fosters!!!!

 
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At 11:24 AM , Blogger Rubius said...

DEATH to the double posting!!!

A moment of silence.

So.. I forgot to ask... where was the escape hatch???

 
At 11:27 AM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

The drawing of the electrocution absolutely cracked me up. I am trying not to laugh too hard, since I'm in the library ....

Actually, the surname Garland tends to make me think of Frederick Garland, from Philip Pullman's "The Ruby in the Smoke".

My last name does not belong to anyone particularly famous. However, Franklin Roosevelt is my cousin!

~Emily

 
At 11:31 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Keeping fingers and toes crossed.
Where did the little Houdini escape from?

 
At 11:42 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Houdini escaped from the dining room window, the shade was drawn and I didn't remember opening it when last I had it up.

I came down this morning wearing , uh, what I sleep in when alone, and there was Venus popping back thru, with Mim outside...

Michaela was out in the yard (Fortunately not her husband) and I hid best I could calling "Watch them Watch them , I will be right there...And dashed to the basement for , uh, clothes.

There are more of those drawings involving cows getting shocked, pretty funny...

I am going to go and post some photos of the fence now on the post, so if you haven't checked it, they will be up shortly.

 
At 11:43 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Crossing everything and transmitting hope-waves:

humminahumminahummina

Franklin Roosevelt!!

I love those photos. Also the idea of turning ragamuffins into rags and/or muffins. Good call, Dan! ;)

 
At 11:59 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

There. Pictures of this fence are now up. It really makes a difference, taking pictures, if you have the memory card in there or not...

 
At 12:03 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

I had imagined the fence to go higher, for some reason.

 
At 12:08 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I don't think it needs to, a bear could not get over it without being shocked. It CAN go higher, if the Boss and Birdchick think it needs to tho...

I am off to meet the Gentleman interested in my Girls...

(That was, somehow, a weird sentence)

 
At 12:11 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

It is... (but I am reading a novel about a 18th century protitute so it would be).
Still keeping finger and toes crossed.

 
At 12:12 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Bees: Bzzzzzzzz.
Fence: Bzzzt!
Bear: Grr. Arrgh.

Makin' that ratatouille right now! :)

 
At 1:20 PM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

This time I could not suppress the laughter that came with "the Gentleman interested in my Girls".

~Emily

 
At 1:29 PM , Blogger scored4life said...

Restraining self....

Must not comment....

Must retain composure....


Surely there is a circle of protection for this somewhere.

 
At 2:03 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

HA! I knew you would be hard pressed, Dr Score, hee-hee...

Just met saidgentleman, and he truly is one, and seems very interested in my Girls. He wants to come a few more times and play with them before he decides.

(I wrote it that way for Paul..)

But seriously, he does seem interested in them, and it's the best lead I have yet. Lives in an apartment, no other animals, he seems as interested in what he could do for them, as what they could do for him, if you see whatI mean..

Here's to hopng!

 
At 2:11 PM , Anonymous Marjorie said...

great photos - and am busy keeping eveything crossed that your girls are pleasing to the Gentleman...

 
At 2:44 PM , Blogger K said...

Well done on all the fence-installing! Though if I were a bear, I'd stay well away from your cats. They can clearly outthink any bear.

My parents have a teleporting cat, too (also known as a Schroedinger Cat). But I've just heard that she's overnighting at the vet, having been taken very ill this afternoon. They thought she might have been poisoned, but it seems she may have an infection. She's stable at the moment but would you keep your fingers crossed very hard for our little Cassiopeia?

French for Cats is indeed a fine book. I also have Advanced French for Exceptional Cats, which contains such gems as "J'ai l'honneur de vous offrir ce souris presque complètement mort", and "On trouvera toujours l'eau la plus délectable dans la cuvette des toilettes".

 
At 3:00 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

fingers crossed for you K, hope your darling Cassiopeia feels better soon.

 
At 3:06 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

We're off to San Francisco to the Slow Food Fest and to see MMW tomorrow...don't get too carried away so it won't be too hard for me to catch up!

 
At 3:31 PM , Anonymous Marjorie said...

K, hope Cassiopeia is feeling much better soon.

I have just been explaining to Tybalt (my feline overlord) that I am leaving him in charge of the house for a week, so he is preemptivly ignoring me just now.

Also - wave to DanGuy for the truly excellent post over at Boss's blog ;-)

very late. still not packed... goodnight all.

 
At 3:34 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Fingers crossed for Cassiopeia , K, I hope she is well soon!

What is this a mass exodus on Holiday??? Well, have fun my dears, and I hope your Kitty Overlords are well when you return.

We will try and not have TOO much for you to catch up on...

MMMhahahhaha!!!!!!!!

 
At 8:05 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

mmmm beet salad! recipe made from the previous posts and it is yummy! thank you! i adore roasted beets and appreciative and happy for the good influences here! maybe someday i'll actually like honey, too. hope everyone has a grand weekend - no traveling here, just relaxing.

 
At 8:16 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Have any of you seen the promo's for "True Blood". It's an HBO series created by Allen Ball (Six Feet Under). It looks like (if speaking in movie terms) "Buffy" meets "Passion Fish". :) I am a little excited about it because I love me some Six Feet Under and, well, it's about Vampires. And there is some English hotness. We'll see.

True Blood

 
At 8:17 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Healing thoughts sent to Cassiopeia.

Glad the initial meeting with the Gentlemen interested in your Girls (TM) went so well. It is a good sign that he wishes to play with them before taking them home, just to make sure all parties are pleased with each other.

I'll be home. No traveling for me on a holiday weekend.

 
At 8:31 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

I will cross fingers for Cassiopeia and I will also light the candle burning Bastet figure that I have for such times.

I will light her (well the candle as she would not like me to light HER!) a second time for the Fosters. It is such a good sign that this person wants to meet them a few times and make sure the fit is right. That (usually) means that if he takes them that it will be a forever home. Bravo!

 
At 9:51 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Fingers crossed for Cassiopea.

Have fun with the SlowFood show, Chantrelle, it should be great if it is anything like those I have seen here.

 
At 10:57 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Well, relaxing as four days of gigs can be, hee-hee...

Havn't seen True Blood, but it sounds SO up my alley! Is it out on DVD? I don't get HBO, is this current or a past show, I need to know.

Gig was way good, strange at times with a camera crew doing some vid for a B&B commercial , ignoring the fact there was a SHOW going on.

Got 'em good. My stage, my show.

What is the old saying? "Never piss off a minsterel , your name is funny and scans to Greensleeves."

Suffice to say , they realized the error of thier ways...

And everyone else in the pub tonight was delightful, and even this erring vid crew ended up having a fine time.

 
At 11:08 PM , OpenID kali-licious said...

Dan I love those pictures at the Boss blog..the kids are so cute, and I love your "affronted" pose with the umbrella and bowler hat.:)

Jess..you just had to bring Weebl & Bob in didn't you? Now I gotta go catch up;). Sadly the only French I know is courtesy of Eddie Izzard..not very useful. Maybe I should pick up "French for Cats."

Aletamay, I don't think I could hear myself think in a lime green office..too LOUD.

K, I'm sending good thoughts for Cassiopeia.

Kitty will be back soon, yay:)

Lorraine, good adoption news!:) That's so nice that he wants to visit to get acquainted.

Sadly, no holiday exodus for me, I'll be working on Monday:(.

 
At 11:20 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Dan's pictures on Boss's blog were wonderful! Way to guest blog!

Spoke to a very tired Boss today, all is well, but he is tired...Kind of the same speaking to Kitty, marathons indeed...

I am not sure if what I am doing is work or not, never am come to think on it, 4 gigs, 4 days, two of them with the dog and the other two being at work each day with the dog, before the gig..

Since it is way to late for thinking, I am opting for Underworld: Evolution, in French,of course.

 
At 12:20 AM , Blogger pantagruel said...

Glad everyone is well, and that there may be a home for the Fosters. On being caught without clothes -- I once charged outside, to yell at what Dog thought were intruders, but turned out to be contractors, before I remembered I was wearing what I sleep in. That might explain why they were suddenly extremely interested in the driveway.

Today, I spent the day taking care of a friend who got all four wisdom teeth out. Tomorrow will be spent working in the studio, on some new cruelty my teacher devises. I would like a holiday part of my holiday weekend.

And as for the Cabal's Cabal being up against royalty: Royalty is for those weak enough to need orders.

 
At 6:46 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Sending good thoughts to sick kitties and friends without their wisdom teeth!

Quoth Lorraine:

What is the old saying? "Never piss off a minsterel , your name is funny and scans to Greensleeves."

Hee hee hee! Good on yer. Expecting a Full Pipe-Lesson report after tomorrow, by the way. ;)

Kali - piepiepiepiepie! Mmm, pie. ;P (The newest one is hysterical. I'm also liking his Cat Face series a lot.)

ivenotime - I'm a Beet Convert! I didn't think I liked them much till I tried the salad.

I wonder whether beets turn you a bit pink, like carrots turn you a bit orange, if you eat too many...

 
At 7:17 AM , Blogger gaypet said...

True Blood is a new series starting this Fall. They do tend to get their stuff out on DVD really fast.

I am glad that the gig worked out last night. Have a great show tonight. Wish I could be there!

 
At 8:09 AM , Blogger K said...

Quick update - Cassie is back home and apparently bounced back, though she has a big green fluorescent bandage on her leg where they put the antibiotic drip in. I'm going over to see her (well, and my family) tonight.

Thanks for all the good wishes! A little fluffy black cat in Scotland thanks you. Or ignores you and licks her hindquarters. Or something.

 
At 8:11 AM , Blogger K said...

Oh, and I myself smell of Chinese food and am scratched all over, because I have been treating our guinea pigs for a fungal infection. Which involves oiling them all over with a preparation of neem and coconut oils, then shampooing them. Three times. And we've got to do it again in a week. Guess whether they love being shampooed? Poor babies.

 
At 8:15 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

This fall? I am so about that. Just remembered I don't get HBO but my traveling Boss does....

Oh, you will get a full report alright. Can you imagine how popular I will be? AFter the middle day of a three day weekend at the Destival, Joe and Lorraine come down to the fire where everyone is relaxing...And proceed to have Bapipe lessons.

I'll be lynched!

Should be fun!

Tea. Yes, tea.

 
At 9:00 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

K- SO glad about fluffy black Kitty! That is good news!

Ok, treating Guinea Pigs for fungal infection? Oiling add bathing them??? And you all think MY life is strange!!!!!

We did small animals when the kids were young, I remember it well. And never ever add a second one if are not POSITIVE what sex you have...

 
At 9:09 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Why not? It is educational for the kiddies...

 
At 9:15 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Well, we had the same thoughts, and did let a Kitty have a litter, and the Small Furry thing have one, before taking care of the matter.

 
At 5:20 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

hmm, don't know if beets turn skin pink, but there is something they turn pink....worth it tho! Glad Cassie is ok, but not sure if I could do that with guinea pigs - we had a ferret that it was really tough for me to hold, so ratlike. Bagpipes and bonfires! sounds perfect, glad your gigs went well. True blood sounds good - tho I don't get HBO, sadness, and have no traveling boss who gets HBO, double sadness.

 
At 8:12 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Sue, "True Blood" is based on a series of books written by Charlaine Harris. You may not have access to HBO, but you can read the books. :)

Hah! I knew you'd respond, Pantagruel! ::cackle:: ;)

I've had a very bad feeling about Gustav since the projected path brought him into the Gulf when he was just a tropical storm. Today's news that Gustav hit Cuba as a Cat 4 storm really doesn't make me less uncomfortable. ::sigh:: Just have to wait and see.

 
At 8:34 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Hey, thanks for the info about the "True Blood" books! I will add them to my list of things to read when I am done with school. Did you read them? Did you like them?

 
At 9:10 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

No, I haven't read them, though I have seen them on the book stand at different places. I just remember reading that the HBO series was based on a book series. Then I followed the link to the HBO "True Blood" website and clicked on the link to the interview with the producer to confirm my memory, and get the name of the author. :)

 
At 10:20 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Could Lorraine be still gigging?
It is quite late.

 
At 10:56 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Lorraine is just done gigging, and home now, and yes, it is quite late...I'm going to atempt a new post tho before I go off to sleep, as it takes me a while to come down. What a night...

Thanks for the True Blood Books thing, I am going to get myself one and check it out....

I was wondering about you and Gustav , Adriandalen, the thing is getting bigger all the time, how close are you?

Please let us know if we can help...

 

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