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Today in the 27th Street Book Box

DSC00852There has been lots of turnaround at the 27th Street Book Box lately. Here’s what it looks like today. Drop by and take a book or two to read or drop a book or two off for others to enjoy.

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Georgie and the Old Man


We shouldn’t be too surprised that Shadow AKA The Old Man would make friends with our young Newf Georgie. After all, Shadow was also great pals with Ellie Mae. Ellie used to lie down and make little whimpering sounds to call Shadow over, and when he arrived, Ellie would give him a face wash.

The Old Man gets face washes from Georgie now as well. Yesterday evening I was watching some television when the Old Man hopped up to say hi. He was soaked from being bathed by Georgie. He likes to rub up against Georgie’s face and last night he even curled up beside his big buddy.

The Old Man has been with us for a long time. He used to run wild – a street cat – when we lived on Blackthorn until he was beaten up pretty bad by some other critter. He had a hole in his neck, which was infected and two of his legs were badly bruised and not operating very well. He showed up at our side door soon after, panhandling. We fed him for a few days but his condition wasn’t improving so we scooped him up and took him to the emergency vet. He got some fluids and some antibiotics and after that he healed up quickly. Of course by that time he had closed the deal and he was our cat.

Shadow used to be an outdoor cat, until not long after we moved to Long Branch. Something bad happened during one of his adventures. He was gone for 3 nights and after he finally returned, he had lost his taste for the outdoors, almost completely. Now, in the nice weather, he will go outside, but just long enough to visit the catnip patch for a little fix. A visit to the catnip patch usually takes about 10 minutes and then he’s right back at the door, ready for a little nap inside.

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What are Canadians really like?

We recently met a couple who have lived in various places in the United States, from Texas to Arizona to New Orleans to Virginia. In recent years they have been traveling, and this summer they are exploring Canada.

Well, Jan has a blog, Jalyss at Large, and she recently made a post called The Peculiarities of Canadians. Go have a look at her list of 14 Canadian pecularities….what do you think? Maybe people from other places understand us better than we do ourselves.

Our new friends left Toronto on Tuesday heading towards Sault Ste Marie and Thunder Bay. I hope they have a great trip and discover lots more about Canada and Canadians.

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Memphis had surgery today

IMG_2599A few months ago, our Memphis had surgery on her back right knee due to a ligament tear. Her right leg is doing well. Unfortunately, her left leg had the same problem. Today she had surgery on the left side. The surgery went well. She’s recovering overnight at the vet’s and I’ll bring her home tomorrow. She’ll be on lots of rest for a while and then will slowly begin to take walks again.

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Photo update

We were able to recover our photos using a program called iPhoto Library Manager. I now have them stuffed safely into a folder. I have no idea why they disappeared. These were all the photos Tuffy P shot in Buffalo at the Garden Walk. DSC00606Watch for highlights soon!

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Ohhhhh Noooooooo….iPhoto ate our pictures

Tuffy P came back from Buffalo with over 300 photos on the camera. I dropped them into iPhoto on our computer, and looked through them there. Then I shut down iPhoto. Meanwhile, I took a couple photos in the garden on my phone, and when I put those into iPhoto, I noticed that all the Buffalo photos had disappeared, nowhere to be found.

I tried googling for help, and followed the advice of rebuilding the database. This took half an hour but in the end I still didn’t have any of the 300+ photos. I’m hoping these photos are hiding somewhere in iPhoto or on my computer, and I will find them and shout, Eureka! Is that too much to hope for? Does anyone out there have any ideas as to how I might recover these photos?

This is not the first time iPhoto has, for no reason at all, disappeared some of our photos, and I’m getting grumpy about it, grumpy enough to find an alternative. If any of you Mac users out there use an alternative, what is it and how well does it work for you? I don’t want to risk losing any more photos. I never had technical problems with iPhoto until recently and I don’t know what has changed. It was never a very friendly program, but I got over that. I can’t get over losing photos.

Open for suggestions….

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Tuffy P is back in town….

Tuffy P just got back from the big garden walk in Buffalo. I said, hey check out the oxen yoke – I planted it in the garden. So out she went. Two minutes later, she came back in and said, oh I added a little something. IMG_4062It’s perfect!