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13 November 2012 @ 06:52 pm
Cleaning up the house  
I just watched some lovely videos of someone that had decorated their house for Thanksgiving and Halloween. Every room was decked out. I don't know how they can do that and then take it all down within a month in time to do the same for Thanksgiving. I'd love to be able to do that. I asked them where they store things and how long their turn around time is. I've almost gotten all the Halloween stuff taken down and have all the Thanksgiving stuff out, which isn't much. I really want to get more nice things for Thanksgiving. I don't think it's worth making a video update on that since there just isn't much. I need to not buy anymore Halloween stuff no matter how cool it is and concentrate on the holidays that are lacking. I hope I have lots of energy tomorrow because I really want to clean up a lot of stuff that's just a mess right now. There's so much that needs to be done. I've also started trying to clean out the weeds that died in the cold. So much stuff got over grown over the summer and I just couldn't keep up with it. The chickens are jumping the fence again so I need to put a stop to that.

I worked a little bit on art today. I have started inking the Solan and Cope pic but it's one of those that I can tell is going to be slow going in the inking department and just suck. So I put it aside for now and am working on inking the Christmas card design I came up with. It's fairly simplistic and it shouldn't give me too many problems. I'm sure I can complete it this month then perhaps start on something else and finally be caught up where I need to be. I'd like to do an easy piece with Davon that looks nice since he's gotten the least attention this time around.

When I was outside working on fortifying the fence I had a funny thing happen. I was calling for the chickens to come back. I call each one by name. Zucca! Cheeper! Henrietta! Raptor! Well this guy steps out from around my car and I get annoyed because he interupts my chicken hunt. Great a salesman. Usually when people ring the door I just ignore it and wait until they leave. I don't open the door for anyone unless I've ordered pizza. So I was also annoyed he found out I was home. He said he was going to ring the front door but then heard me. Sigh. He wanted to put a sign in my yard for a security system and that I could get a cut for advertizing for his company he worked for. Then they could install a free security system. I started tuning out after that. Home security systems are more trouble than they are worth. They always have false alarms and other annoying problems and the cops get annoyed from too many of those going off. He was saying that if I did this it would really help him out and then ended his speech saying, "So could you please help me out?" For a moment I thought about using the old "I need to ask my spouse" excuse to get out of it but then though that wasn't good because then he'd just be back. He had acknowledged me as the home owner which I am so it's my decision. All this went through my mind in less than a second. "No." I said I think that I responded so quickly and so flatly and emotionless like Squidward totally caught him by surprise. No excuses just, "No." He then got his sad puppy dog face. I thought he was going to cry which I found amusing and I wish I had said what I was thinking which was, "Wow that's a great face. Do they teach you that in salesman school at your company?" I wish I had said that. "You can't help me?" He said pathetically. "Sorry. No I can not help you." "Ok well thanks." He said and turned around and walked off with his head down. I turned around and continued to yell for my chickens.

After that I cut some branches off the big palm tree that were blocking my view of the chickens and messing up the fence. I got to use my little hand saw which came in quite handy. I hate the plant Spanish Needles. Grrr, aweful plant that needs to be made extinct. They look like this when in seed.

Spanish Needles by Bill Foxworthy

See the two barbs at the end of each seed? Those stick to your pants, socks, hair anything. They are perfectly evolved to be dispersed by mammals and it sucks. They aren't called needles for nothing. They poke and hurt too and so hard to get of you have to pick them one by one. And the platns grow in dense clusters and once the seeds fall on the ground in huge numbers if you brush by they will grow next year into more plants and you can't get rid of them. They are evil. And my yard is infested with them. I wish I had Owen's fire and could just go out there and torch everything with percision control then instantly turn it off. Yes I hate them.

Well moving on. I found out about a breed of dog I had never heard of yesterday. Americans don't really know they exist but it's mostly a European and Russian thing. It's probably the largest dog in the world and the best way to describe them is werewolf or bear dogs. They are Caucasian Shepherd, Caucasian mountain dog or Caucasian ovcharka. Males can way as much as 200 lbs. They can stand 6 feet tall on their hind legs. I don't know what they bred to get these but I can tell there's Great Pyrenees in them which is a very gentle breed. These dogs are not gentle. They are with their family or the one person they think is their master, but they were bred to be guard dogs and aggressive towards anyone and anything else. I first saw a video of a black one barking angrily at the camera man. It's pretty cool how big and scary they are and they do look like werewolves or bears when angry. If they weren't so trigger happy about strangers I'd love to have one of these. Perhaps they can be bred with some other breed to tone them down some and still be protective dogs but not fly off the handle at a percieved threat. Because who can stop a 200 lb dog? Here are some cool pics I found.
Giant fluffy dog. Don't get too close,
No a photoshop. This one's not even standing and he's frightening,
Bear dog,
Werewolf dog,
Awesome, just awesome
I must say though that's intimidating something about them also draws me to them. It's the idea of having all that power on MY side.
Part of a documentary form Nat Geo showing this breed Here. I'd like to find this whole ep. This is the first vid I saw when I discovered them.
And you don't want this to happen to you. I think that was a six foot fence.
Current Mood: amusedamused
actipton80actipton80 on November 14th, 2012 12:53 am (UTC)
That plant looks like it would be painful to get its burrs on you. I hate burrs. I got a really spiky one stuck to me once, and I didn't know it was there until I rolled over on it. It was a different kind than that plant there though.

That is one ugly dog and too big for me.
Desthagirion on November 14th, 2012 01:25 am (UTC)
If the pointy part pokes you it does hurt. I've had them go through my socks. We have regular burrs here too. I need to spray round up around the mail box because they cluster there.

I'm not healthy enough to control one. Not that if I didn't have back problems I could. They could drag me around like a toy.
actipton80actipton80 on November 14th, 2012 01:52 am (UTC)
I've been to some places that have these really spiky burrs. They look like spike balls.

I'm not physically strong enough to control one. A dog is about as strong as a fit human three times its size, so if I got a huge dog I'd want a gentle breed. I probably wouldn't get anything bigger than 50 pounds if I ever got a big dog. My 14 pound terrier is enough of a handful.

Edited at 2012-11-14 01:58 am (UTC)
Des: Deathclaw Close Upthagirion on November 14th, 2012 02:08 am (UTC)
I've always wanted a doberman. I hope I can have one one day. I like big dogs, but I don't want a dog that's friendly with everyone. I want it to be just for me and Chris. I want it to distrust strangers as much as I do and be aloof but not aggressive that she'd attack without my command or be able to assess a situation. A doberman can do all this but my house is not set up for a dog. There's nowhere there is a dog door or that one can be installed and I'd have to be home all the time to let her out which would suck.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Mewtrorrsilvolf on November 14th, 2012 12:56 am (UTC)
We don't get door to door salesmen often on my street but some guy did try to sell me insurance while I was WORKING at the shoe store. I was annoyed with him. This was back in 2009.

Those plants look nasty! I wouldn't want to go near them.

Ah Caucasian Shepherds, when I asked my friend what the most dangerous breed of dog is, she responded these. This was some years ago. Pitbulls are nothing on these dogs. They were originally used for guarding cattle and livestock over a large area of ground so they have to be big and tough. I do love the look of them though. Having a toned down version would be cool and certainly no one would mess with you.
Des: Budgie Bitchthagirion on November 14th, 2012 01:28 am (UTC)
While you're working is pretty bad. I'd have told him to go away.

They are nasty plants. Unfortunately I have to deal with them, lots of them.

Yep, they were bred by the Russians and are big because they had to survive the hard winters. They were designed to kill wolves that threatened the sheep and their masters so that's why they are so aggressive. They're way bigger than a pit bull so no doubt. But Americans and Canadians have no idea they exist and there are only like three breeders in the US. I like how they look too. I like the darker colors.
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on November 14th, 2012 09:57 am (UTC)
You did a lot of work today.

We have those cobbler's pegs here, too. They don't hurt much but are a nuisance and get into plague proportions.

That breed of dog looks cuddly and freindly but would be dangerous because of their natural guarding instincts. They would be perfect where farmers/herders need to protect their flocks and themselves from wolves. But they would be dangerous in an urban environment. They would need a large area to exercise, too.
Desthagirion on November 14th, 2012 05:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I hadn't realized and got sleep around 8:30 which was really odd. I think carying the huge palm branches must have worn me out. And the sawing.

They are aweful plants.

They are very good with their families but not with anyone else. They actually don't need much excersize funny enough. They like to sit around like St. Bernards.
kabuldurkabuldur on November 21st, 2012 09:53 am (UTC)
Hmmm...well, I didn't know that. They sure look like lovely dogs when not protecting their territory.
Desthagirion on November 21st, 2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
I think they're pretty too. Such flowing hair.