That's not "one sick puppy" as in a brand new corvette or a screaming eagle painted on the side of your RV ... that's literally one sick puppy dog!! I don't know about everyone else who has pets that travel with them, but my two are like my family ... more accurately, my children. When they don't feel well or get downright sick, I'll do just about anything for them!! Such was the case last night. Every time I give the puppies their heart worm medicine, poor little Cooper gets sick. Barbara Westerfield has beaucoup more experience than I do with dogs, having been so involved with SPCA over the years and thought I should cut them in half. That worked for the six months we traveled together, but last night he was sick again. Just to show how I will go to any lengths for my babies, I sat outside in the cold with him for over an hour at 2 am while he munched grass. Not wanting him on the bed with my dry-clean-only comforter, I actually slept on the floor (fitfully) until 4:30 when he felt good enough to roll the ball into my head for the throw-the-ball-game!! I know ... I'm a sucker ...
Then I tackled the next big pain in my side ... my property tax bill. If you live in California, look out ... you're going to have a heart attack when you see what the Counties are doing with your values. I suppose it's a good thing they are raising values after our horrible decline because that means my mortgage is not upside down any more. The problem is that they are raising it MUCH faster than they lowered it. My value jumped 27% this year so you can imagine what happened to the bill. I was the Property Tax Manager for this county for over 10 years, so I know the system ... I just thought I'd see how they would explain this. Nice guy ... and as you can see, I'm not using bad words. Here's how it works ... and it's pretty much the exact same across the state. Properties are coded ... single family small lot, single family 1-2 acre lot, farm property and so on. If ANY home sells with that code, it will automatically jump the value of all same-coded properties (especially when there has been a decline). Two houses over 10 miles from me sold for really high prices, resulting in the system upping my valuation (and everyone else's coded the same) by $100,000. Pretty crazy, right?? Doesn't Prop 13 hold the increase to 2% a year?? Not when there has been a value DROP. As long as the increase isn't more than what "would" have been 2% over the years it was decreased, they can jump you back up all at once. And that's what happened here. My tax bill this year is $1,000 more than last year. That's a pretty hefty jump all at once, but there's nothing I can do about it except move. Which is exactly what will happen ... people won't be able to afford the increase in taxes so they will either sell cheap or walk away from their loans ... and here we go all over again. The good news is that the County will have a windfall of money that they can squander and throw away on stupid projects instead of giving back the 5% cut in salaries they took the last three years. Me thinks it's time to get out of Dodge!! Any suggestions on where I might move???
While I should have spent yesterday washing the second half of the rig, I couldn't ignore the filthy dirty wood floors any more and commenced to skating on my knees for an hour. It helped get that property tax aggression out. The only way to really clean these floors is to get lots of rags and hot water and scrub away. Once clean, I hit it with Bona floor polish and step back to admire my handiwork. I think that deserves chocolate!! Really, I was just trying hard to come up with some excuse not to do the ladder exercises again.
A few more hours on the sewing machine and I have another quilt top finished ... or at least almost finished!! Today I'll take a quick trip to Clovis to check out a new-to-me quilt shop for border and backing material. At least this is a MANLY quilt instead of the usual flowery stuff. Ladies this quilt might just get you another trip to the fabric store for husband-approved material.