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Wednesday, June 06, 2007



In my deceased mother-in-law's home, there's a skylight in the master bathroom.

Now, I don't mind skylights in the kitchen or any other room in the house. In fact, I love rooms with windows that let in the light. I just prefer not to have skylights in those rooms where you're naked and standing in front of a lot of mirrors.

As you imagine (if you're daring enough), top (or bottom) lighting is not very flattering, especially to those bodies with skin that's beginning to see the effects of gravity.

So, there's no denying it now. I've seen the light and have officially entered my silver years. I figure they're not golden until you stop looking in mirrors at all.

As for the cat refrigerator magnet, I know it's disgusting, but I have readers with strange senses of humor, and I needed a laugh today. Sorry, cat-lovers.

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Anonymous proofreader said...

try and find a cat's smooshed face magnet for the skylight or it could be worse..real kamikaze birds flinging themselves onto your skylight... (I recall a blog last year or an article you wrote about birds imprinting into your sliding doors a la the shroud of turin ..I think you even called it the shroud or tern) you can tell, I am definitely one of those readers with a warped sense of humor...

Wed Jun 06, 02:27:00 PM  
Anonymous said...

Commenting on your "Family is forever..." article in the 6/6/07 app, will you complete the rest of the family story for us. It was a tease to only say that Jessie Heller was the hero's mother (and that they didn't have the same last names under the photograph).

Tell me how close I got.

Mahlon and Harriet Conover gave birth to Clarence A. Conover around 1881. About 1906, Clarence A. Conover married Jessie Conover who was three years his junior. The couple in 1910 resided in Warren County, Ohio in the town of Clear Creek with their three year old son, Clarence E. Conover.

By 1930, Jessie Conover was now Jessie Heller living with Robert Heller in Ohio with Jessie's two sons, Clarence E. Conover was age 23 and Aaron Conover age 14, the future hero. The older brother was
living with his 26 year old bride, Louise Conover. The family also resided with an older widow and sister-in-law of Robert Heller who was age 57 named Orpha Unglesby.

Wed Jun 06, 04:08:00 PM  
Anonymous dmc said...

speaking of cats... We put down stipes last Tuesday. When I get his ashes back I will sprinkle some on our mother in laws grave and I will keep the remaining ashes. I think Louise would really like that. So I guess I dont like your cat magnet at this time Diana.

Wed Jun 06, 04:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Blogidness said...

Ohhh Strippey Boy,he will live in infamy on Sylvan for the rest of our days... Please spare some ash on the cats stomping grounds around Lou's place as his spirit will also be missed! Thanks Much
P.S. A magnet on the fridge is a worthy commemerative of a lost pet!

Wed Jun 06, 07:48:00 PM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

I guess the book "101 Ways to Kill a Cat" not a good gift idea either..

Wed Jun 06, 10:48:00 PM  
Anonymous sister sara said...

thank you mikey for the review of the 1930 Census information. I had already gotten that information 5 years ago during one of my searches, and you were right on...the same page. :)

Thu Jun 07, 08:53:00 AM  
Anonymous dmc said...

I ree'c Stripes ashes last night and they will NOT be spread on his stomping ground as the people on Sylvan didnt want him burried there, so there is no need to share his remains.

Fri Jun 08, 09:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

who cares

Fri Jun 08, 12:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Fri Jun 08, 12:32:00 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Just FYI dmc, there are boro laws and code regulations against burying deceased pets in the backyard. So whatever you heard third hand, once again, it was blown out of proportion!

I, nor the boro, have any problem with spreading the ashes.

Fri Jun 08, 01:43:00 PM  
Anonymous dmc said...

did I hit a nerve?

Fri Jun 08, 03:02:00 PM  
Anonymous dmc said...

Heres a thought..Why would the vet ask me if I wanted him back? What did he think I would do with him. And I guess the police would of know you had a 9lb cat burried in your yard.

Fri Jun 08, 03:05:00 PM  
Anonymous blogidness said...

No you hit the jackpot! If the animals remains mean that much to you, then by all means keep them for yourself & enjoy !

Fri Jun 08, 03:10:00 PM  
Anonymous dmc said...

Like I said previously ....I will bury some with my mother in law and yes Stripes did mean alot to me and my daugter. I dont know why everyone is nasty. geez

Fri Jun 08, 03:53:00 PM  
Anonymous uraditz said...

maybe the vet thought you wanted him for a refrigerator magnet.

Fri Jun 08, 04:04:00 PM  
Anonymous stray cat said...

OK Cruella de Ville, God knows when you get your grubby hooks on something as valuable as cat remains,its no wonder your virtues shine! Greed and gluttony as shown so well!!

Fri Jun 08, 04:14:00 PM  
Anonymous dmc said...

What nasty people we have. I am so far from greedy. I just love this blog crap. It really makes my day.

Fri Jun 08, 04:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Diana the stray cat.

Fri Jun 08, 04:21:00 PM  
Anonymous cat scratch said...

Draw blood with a big bite!

Fri Jun 08, 04:33:00 PM  
Anonymous pussy foot said...

sounds like dmc is getting a puss-on.

Fri Jun 08, 04:58:00 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

sorry anon, I'm not stray cat. I don't have any problem putting my name on these responses.

How about putting it and the cat's remains to rest now. Everyone have a nice weekend!

Fri Jun 08, 05:23:00 PM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

no more catfights! hopefully dmc's mo-in-law not buried in her backyard either...yikes!

Fri Jun 08, 09:50:00 PM  
Anonymous peanut butter and jelly said...

Hi proofreader. I usually enjoy all of your blog comments and I think you make a lot of sense with the perfect twist of humor. However, this last one was very insensitive and not funny at all. DMCs mother-in-law was also my mother-in-law and I felt a pang of pain in my heart when I read your comment. Humorous it was not. Please think twice before making a mockery of our very loved and very missed mother-in-law. She was a beautiful and generous woman - NOT a joke.

Sat Jun 09, 09:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there is no regulation in ocean cty to bury a pet in your yard

Sat Jun 09, 09:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This sounds like a real "family" catfight!!!!

Sat Jun 09, 12:14:00 PM  
Anonymous cat scratch fever said...

Appears to me somebody has got their head up their ashes!

Sat Jun 09, 04:13:00 PM  
Anonymous confused said...

who's cat is this? dmc's or the mother-in-law's? why didn't dmc just bury the cat in her yard...... yuck!

Sat Jun 09, 04:45:00 PM  
Anonymous get over it said...

no offense, peanut butter, but in the blog world you have to have thick skin. we never knew your mother-in-law, so it makes little difference to us. i think proofreader's comment was to show how petty all this family fighting you're doing is. AND, there are laws in OC about where and how you can bury pets.

Sun Jun 10, 07:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

per the board of health the law is to bury your pet 3-6 ft wrapped in a towel or sheet!!!

Sun Jun 10, 09:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Axel said...

No sheet...we can bury pests in our yard!! Lookout DMC, I used to love her, but I had to kill her, she's six feet under and I can still hear her COMPLAIN, she's buried right in my backyard!

Mon Jun 11, 12:31:00 PM  
Anonymous sister sara said...

i just kept my pet's ashes, that came back from the vet in a pretty urn, on the book shelf....that way, I could pat him on the head every time I walked by. He loved it :)

Tue Jun 12, 04:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Claudia Francesca said...

When you reach the golden years you will be happy for that extra light so you can see!

Wed Jun 13, 10:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

spud the stray cat. thats no meow.

Fri Jun 15, 09:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Sun Jun 17, 10:52:00 PM  

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