Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tracer Antics

So...for those who know my cat...we made spaghetti and meatballs last night for dinner. Eddie made the meatballs from scratch. I carefully browned them, then we made the sauce from almost-scratch. We combined the sauce and meatballs in a big cast iron pot and let it simmer on the stove, uncovered, while we read on the sofa. Tracer, meanwhile, was roaming around, sniffing the ground for dropped food.

After reading a few chapters, it was eerily quiet, which gave me a start. I listened for Tracer, but couldn't place him. Then we heard a clang, short and punctuated. I ran to the kitchen, but the cat was already gone. Nothing looked amiss. The trashcan wasn't overturned. There were no dishes in the sink for him to lick.

I decided to check on our dinner. There, I saw a trail of spaghetti sauce that lead to a meatball with two little divots eaten out.

The m*f*er had somehow taken out a meatball from a boiling pot of sauce. He had probably nibbled away at the exposed top, then decided to try for the whole thing. His fatal flaw - the meatball dropped right on top of the neighboring saucepan. The lid of the saucepan clanged once before the meatball rolled off.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Credit problems

So...we tried to get a mortgage for Courtney Avenue, but it turns out that Eddie's credit score dropped 100 points since June. It was shocking! Well, I think the most harmful factor was that a lot of the credit cards dropped his credit limit by half or more, and so whatever balance he had in his credit card accounts went from being 20% of the available credit amount to 100%.

Then the most recent payments we made to lower his credit card balance hadn't shown up, yet.

From now on we're going to be vigilant about credit scores and asking for corrections on credit reports.

Anyway, we can't get a mortgage for the amount we had wanted to offer. looks like we're going to focus on Liberty Street, which is in fact back on the market.