Cancer 9° (June 29)


Window Fans

Unplugged window fans will be on the floor under windows where they can go. Pop them in at will. Just unplug and take out before you leave and relock the windows please. The front windows in the house typically stay locked shut all the time with the blinds drawn. The house actually stays cooler with front windows shut; and obviously helps with the highway noise. But if it’s terribly hot and you want a second fan in one of the front windows in your room by all means just grab the one from our room.

Front Door(s)

We keep the front door closed and locked as it is very old and temperamental. If you do open it for any reason just make sure to relock the screen door and then pull on the main door to check if it’s locked. It will fool you and look locked but then you’ll pull and it will open. The trick to getting it to lock is to basically slam it shut and turn the lock and pull again to check. It will behave eventually. If you open the front office door for any reason just remember to re-lock the deadbolt.


Shower outside only. And be careful walking bearfoot on the deck as many of the nail heads in it are popping up and it’s no fun to cut your foot. Flipflops are a yes, otherwise tread lightly. The shower door is hooked open to the house to prevent the door from slanting over time, so just rehook it each time you finish using it.

Sinks and toilets

There is air in the pipes. And the water pressure isn’t great. You may turn on the kitchen sink and find that it is possessed by demons as it violently spurts scaring the bejeezus out of you and also giving you a nice splash of water if you’re standing just so. The toilets also make diabolical sounds and you often have to flush twice after you know.


The overhead lights in the kitchen (especially) will ruin your life. Use the lights we’ve strung along the stove side of the kitchen. You just have to plug them in and out. You’ll notice upon arrival that we left the dining room light on low dim. If you would leave it roughly like that when you head home that’d be great. The little lights on the mantle are glowy but we basically have a cave mentality and there are no reading lights in the living room. There is no functional reason for this.

Trash and Recycling

Okay this is where it really gets crazy and is the source of our O.C.D.: Glass bottles can be washed out and you can put them in one of the empty milk crates in the trunk of Old Yeller. You can use the ancient milkman thingy on the kitchen counter to transport them. You can wash out any plastic or tin/metal containers and put them in the striped green/blue tote bag next to the dryer, but their final destination should be the large blue recycling bin also in the trunk of O.Y. That brings us to trash: There is a little bin under the sink (bags for which are in cupboard above the dryer) but nothing can really go in there but paper—nothing food related or potentially rotty. We basically put any kind of perishable food debris, typically in some kind of plastic bag, in the freezer which is other wise empty as you’ll see. If you are cooking, say, and you need a place to chuck the ends off carrots or things you’re cutting, you can put them in the square-ish plastic tupperware thingy in the fridge. We basically save up our garbage until we’re full enough to warrant going to the dump with all the recyclables in the trunk once a week or so; in the meantime, if there isn’t too much “household garbage” from the fridge/freezer we will marry it with whatever is under the sink and leave the house with a big to be disposed of at some unsuspecting Cumberland Farms. We affectionately refer to this as “car-bage.” When you leave for good you can leave whatever’s in the trunk for our next dump run (so long as everything is washed out well) and you can even leave food stuffs frozen in the freezer, but do take whatever “car-bage” you can’t freeze with you to the nearest trash bin! Having fun yet?


To view the original Sabian Symbol themed 2015 Cosmic Blague corresponding to this day: Flashback! The degree pointof the Sabian Symbol will be one degree higher than the one listed for today. The Blague portrays the starting degree of for this day ( 0°,  for instance), as I typically post in the morning, while the Sabian number corresponds to the end point (1°) of that same 0°-1° period. There are 360  degrees spread over 365 or 6 days per year—so they near but not exactly correlate.


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