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Adventures in Lawn and Cat Grooming

Today is a work-at-home day for me, so I had a couple of appointments scheduled. One was a landscaper for a quote to fix the godawful-ugly front of my house, and the other for a mobile pet groomer to come shave my Persian.

The landscaper seemed happy to do what he could to keep costs cheap. When I described to him the sorts of things I wanted around my house other than what's there -- hippy dippy things like sunflowers instead of discolored white marble chips and three peonies that look nice for two days, then fall over -- he suggested that instead of buying and planting plants, he take everything out and do a nice rototill, mulch and trim, level the wavy areas, and let me go get my plants and put them in myself to save money.

Wow, that's neat. More work than I wanted, but then I really would have ultimate control. I'll see how the estimate is. I was hoping less than $1k, but with no plants included, I guess I should figure under $750.

I was pleased to find a mobile cat groomer, since it's bad enough to have a bald cat without making him ride in the car as well, but the groomer called me and rescheduled because she discovered her last client had fleas, and she now has to flea-bomb the van. Damn! Now that means next Wednesday's shot, too.

It was doubly frustrating because the first groomer I called wouldn't come out to where I live because she only services the "xyz county area." Which is the county in which I live. If she wants to be city-specific, she should say so! But don't act like I don't know which county I live in. (True, I can go and spit on the county line, but I'm still in the borders of the county she purportedly serves.)

I'm a little phobic about appointments and meetings on my work-at-home days. They really screw up my flow.

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andrea__88
Apr. 29th, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC)
I had a Himalayan that would get mats no matter how much I groomed him. And all the groomers live too far away. No mobile groomers in my area.
So I did it myself.
Poor thing looked like hell when I was done.
jordan_c_price
Apr. 30th, 2009 11:25 am (UTC)
We really try to keep up on the brushing but I still find matts. It's hard!

I suppose I could do a hack-job on him with some scissors, but I don't feel like that would get his hind end as clean as it should be. Unlike characters in slash novels, cats don't like you playing around with their butts!
andrea__88
Apr. 30th, 2009 11:55 am (UTC)
Cats don't appreciate hack jobs at least mine never did lol
neyronrose
May. 1st, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
Annual flowers are cheap and give color all summer. I'm good at collecting garden plants, but not great at estimating eventual size, so I have a good many shrubs that are basically small trees now and crowding each other. But I'd be happy to suggest some favorite annuals and hardy perennials, and send you some gardening books.
jordan_c_price
May. 1st, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC)
Suggest away! You don't need to send me books, though. I can get whichever books you think are good from work easily -- plus then I won't mangle your books! Right now I have a Garden Gate special issue out with low-fuss high-impact plants.

The bummer is I'm not sure I want to do it now. I got the quote and it's $1400 with no plants.

I guess I'll get a couple more quotes and see if anyone else will do it cheaper. But doing it myself isn't in the realm of possibility. Picking marble chips out of clay soil ain't gonna happen.
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