Saturday, June 30, 2007

Won't You Be My Neighbor...

Had a question regarding the Tiny House so I figured I would give you a quick tour.

This is my 'hood...

Here is Tiny House from the front. I planted desert plants to conserve water and repel the neighborhood kids. If you come to visit don't park in front of the house or the Rancho El Mirage Housing Nazis will send me a nasty note.

Here is the Temple Dog that keeps away the unwanted visitors that can't seem to read the "no soliciting" sign. Perhaps I should add one in Spanish as I don't believe Arizona is part of the U.S. any longer...


Wednesday, June 27, 2007

This Old Tiny House

Took a page out of Fuff's book and decided it was high time to remodel Tiny House. First step, privacy fence and plumbing. Outdoor plumbing that is! Shitter's full!!

Now I have to get after my no-account neighbor and get him to mow his lawn.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

There Was One?

Back from the dead – well sort of… I am not sure if I was just pining for Mrs. Phos or just lazy – probably a little of both. I figured I better post soon or be lost in the flotsam and jetsam of Blogger Slough.

I have been taking a lot of pictures, going back in time and using point-and-shoots loaded with film. It is interesting to see how tough it is to find much variety in the film at the stores anymore. It appears that the digital age has taken its toll. I have to buy 120 film on line and have to settle for one of two types of 35mm Film at the local store.

No surprise that the temperatures here have soared, it is summer after all. I have Yukon’s fan on the second highest setting and he spends a lot of quality time sacked out in front of the thing. We did manage a nice walk this morning, it was about 80, but the pavement had cooled down so we didn’t have to worry about “hot paws” and there were actually some clouds in the sky. It was rather pretty. Still no sign of the monsoons, but they will come eventually. I just hope they bring some rain as well as the obligatory wall o’ dust.

Anyway, thanks for your patience and I will try to be better about posting and visiting…

Thanks for the post card EC!!!!


Sunday, June 17, 2007

Happy Father's Day, You Mothers!!

A Leaf From the Phosgene Family Tree


Friday, June 15, 2007

Good Evening

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Where's Our Mom??

Wild Corndogs want to know...


Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Where's The Fence?(tm) National TV Ad

Whether you are for or against the current immigration situation the fact remains that as with Iraq our government isn't listening to us - the people that voted them in. Time for a big change.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007


Only in the 90s today, but windy. When conditions are right and there are some good thermals off the fields, we can get dust devils out here. I have a picture of one I took on the way home. The same dust devil crossed the road a short time later and engulfed my car. I don’t care how tight your windows are, dust from one of these still gets into the car…

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Phos's Day Out

I finally went to visit the Heard Museum out in Surprise , AZ. It is a small branch of the main museum downtown and features relics and artwork from the local Indian tribes. It was very interesting and I was really impressed by some of the silver work as well as the bead work and basketry. The pottery is gorgeous as well. They had some modern examples at the gift shop, but they were far out of my price range and with 85 pounds of clumsy husky charging around the house, delicate works of art are not a good idea.

I stopped at the "lake" next to the library. It is a nice diversion for the city folk, you can fish, though the fish are strictly put and take, but in these parts there aren't a lot of options. There is even an "Urban Fishing License". I didn't fish, but did snap a few pictures. It was a beautiful day for being out a bit.

It wasn't all fun and games. I had to pick up some husky chow for the kids and some beta chow for Fred the fish. You don't let an animals with half inch fangs get too hungry, and Fred is no slouch when it comes to nabbing food pellets off the surface either. I wouldn't stick anything in that tank I wanted to keep!!

Hope you all are having a fabulous weekend!!!

Saturday, June 09, 2007

When the Cat's Away...

The mice turns to rats... TV Detective Bretta (Robert Blake) always said that, and he got away with murder so he should know what he is talking about. Often wonder if he and O.J. ever exchanged business cards? That's Hollywood justice for you, though you think people in the public eye would be held to a higher standard.

Should be a quiet weekend. I bid Mrs. Phos a fond farewell as she headed off to visit relatives. I am holding down the fort and fortunately I have two huskies to keep me out of trouble. Yukon will remind me when it is dinner time (mine and his) and Austrella will make sure I get to out of bed to let them out at night. Almost like having Mrs. Phos here without the nagging. My vacation this year will be sitting home letting my knee heal. I always try to pack as much fun into a vacation as I can.

I will try to post more pictures this weekend. I am currently trying to shovel out Tiny House. If you spin your own wool, drop me a line - I have about 50Lbs of Husky fur you can have for free. Yukon has begun shedding. Actually it is more or less a continuous thing, just worse this time of year. He is currently kipped out in front of his fan. The fan helps him cool off and as a bonus distributes tufts of his fur throughout the house. Austrella has shorter fur, so she likes to lay out and work on her tan. We have huskies for all season it would seem.

Hope you all have a great weekend!!

Friday, June 08, 2007

The world is diminished by her leaving

Goodbye FairScape. I wish I could have met you in person, but I miss you none-the-less. Thanks for the poetry and the company.




Monday, June 04, 2007

Fighting Grime in Another Dimension

It is tough to wax poetic about washers and driers, but I have to admit the new ones we just got are pretty slick. Gone are the days of the clickity-click knobs (TVs lost those long ago; it has taken the washing machine industry a lot longer to catch on). Buttons that make musical noises kind of like those irritating electronic kid’s books, have replaced those noisy knobs. The big thing is the machines are quieter, smoother, and more efficient then what they have replaced.

Our old washer and drier had hit the ten year mark and the washer quit washing. Apparently, it caught whatever mechanical virus our ‘fridge had caught and died of natural causes. I don’t get attached to appliances, as a rule, so I can’t say I was sad to see them go. Perhaps they’ll wind up as part of an artificial reef somewhere, or used to hold up the wall in the El Mirage City Hall - either way helping the community. Or the driver dumped them off in the desert somewhere, which is probably more likely the case.

Well, there’s the drier - have to go, don’t want wrinkled shirts!!

Saturday, June 02, 2007

I Spray, You Spray, We all Spray for Osprey

I was able to get a nice picture of the latest addition to the AF t.o. & e, the V-22 Osprey. It is kind of a confused airframe, unsure if it is a helicopter or a fixed wing...

a shot of a mandala in my office

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