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Tessa – Ready for Halloween

October 27th, 2016
.          My little doggy companion, Contessa Le Rouge (aka “Tessa”), provided supervisory services during my Halloween decorating work. The project involved outdoor lights, displays with special attention given to the area between the entryway gate, and residence front door. In that area I placed a flying Witch, an Alien Creature and a Super Dog guardian.
 
.          Afterwards Tessa modeled her Halloween outfit for me and even posed for a couple of snapshots. Tessa’s costume depicts her as the Countess Dracula.
 
The photos are (left to right)
Tessa as the Countess Dracula
Tessa posing beneath the Alien Creature
Alien Creature Photo beneath Flying Witch
The guardian Super Dog
 
Tessa as Countess Dracula and posing beneath Alien Creature

Tessa as the Countess Dracula and posing beneath Alien Creature

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Alien Creature Photo beneath Flying Witch and the Super Dog

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Southern California Edison Monopoly

October 20th, 2016

          I recently closed the Edison electricity account at my former residence. It has solar energy panels that produce electricity which supplements  my energy needs. When the panels produced energy in excess of those needs the excess was fed into the Edison grid. Each year Edison sent a bill for the amount of electricity used in excess of the amount produced by the solar panels. That annual amount, usually less than $500, represented my total Edison energy and delivery cost for the year (government taxes were billed separately each month).

          Since the residence was vacant for several months before the Edison account was closed, the solar panels produced more energy than was used during that period. The final Edison bill showed the panels had produced 415 kWh surplus energy and the value totalled $355.07 that was owed me – had the account remained open.

          The closing Edison bill reflected a dollar credit of $62.03. Not the $355.07 credit shown in the statement – just $62.03.  In conversations with Edison staff I was advised that Edison only purchases user-generated power at the wholesale rate. I then asked about transferring the energy credit to my current Edison account but was advised that would not be allowed. My reaction to this situation is that a customer rip-off situation exists with respect to those who have solar energy panels. It certainly makes the case that customers should not install more solar panels than needed for their energy use needs.

          As for Edison and their energy markup monopoly privileges, it appears the public utility is delivering energy they purchase or produce to customers after a 570% markup. That, in my opinion, amounts to an absolute rip-off.

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Sprinkler-loving Tessa

October 16th, 2016

          My little dog Tessa (aka Contessa Le Rouge) loves playing around our grass water sprinklers in the yard. When a watering section starts and she hears the sound and Tessa immediately runs towards it. Tessa sticks her head into a water shower coming from a sprinkler and even drinks the water hitting her face. It’s all another form of playtime.

          I first became aware of her fond interest in the running water sprinkler while reclining on a patio lounge chair. It was when she took one of her flying leaps and landed on top of me – wet hair and muddy paws – and left their mark on the clothes I was wearing. After a few moments an urge to do a doggy-shake- the-water-off-her-body-action was followed by the real thing. And, of course, I was a beneficiary of those flying water drops.

          The yard is currently undergoing annual re-seeding and that’s why the water sprinklers are running multiple times during the day. Must admit to looking forward to the process’ completion and the irrigation system return to a thrice-weekly-before-dawn schedule.

          A wet dog is less than a thing of memorable beauty…….. Winking

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Tessa Loves Water Sprinklers

      Tessa Loves Water Sprinklers

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Throw and Fetch – with Contessa Le Rouge

October 8th, 2016

          Yesterday I learned a new game – one called Throw and Fetch. While sitting in my chair reading I noticed that Tessa had retrieved one of her favorite toys, dropped it at my feet and was looking at me rather expectantly. I picked the toy up and threw it. Tessa quickly ran and retrieved it. Again she dropped the toy at my feet and looked at me expectantly. I threw it and again she retrieved and brought it back to me. We continued the Throw and Fetch game again and again and again, etc.

          Eventually Tessa ended the game. I’m uncertain whether she tired of playing or became satisfied at having succeeded in teaching me the new game.

          Whatever the reason we stopped playing I’m happy to have acquired a new skill. I’ll add the Throw and Fetch game to my list of skills. Should serve me well if ever I resign my full-time retirement occupation and seek another line of work.

Contessa Le Rouge with Throw & Fetch Toy

Contessa Le Rouge with Throw & Fetch Toy

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Tessa’s New Look

October 7th, 2016

          Little Ms. Contessa Le Rouge visited the VCA Desert Animal Hospital beautification suite yesterday. While there Tessa received the full new make over treatment – Oatmeal shampoo bath, cosmetic hair trimming, special nail trimming, and then finished with a bit of Scents of Savannah-like designer perfumery. Yep! She smells!

          While in the waiting area that afternoon with her, the staff of ladies cooed and swooned over her new look. Don’t believe I was at all noticed – it was all about Tessa and what a great job Jeremy did with her “new look”.

          When we returned home Tessa posed for a couple of photos. Later, during our evening walk, I managed to capture a couple of more shots.

Tessa's New Look

Tessa’s New Look

          The “New Look” is Tessa’s first poodle dog cut. It’s not one I actually like. My own preference is for the “Ball of Fluff” appearance that can been seen in her previous photos. Her next grooming appointment will be in November and at that time will ask that she be groomed in keeping with those earlier photos.

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