Happy “Fun”-Fri-Yay but hey at least it’s Friday right?!
So, I’m a bit late today, AGAIN, but when Hunter wakes you up to barking and there’s a raccoon on your deck as big as a bear in the middle of the night, it’s hard to get back to sleep.
Photo by Moritz Kindler on Unsplash
And then, when the house near went up in flames on Tuesday or Wednesday (who can remember the day now), it’s all smoke and mirrors.
But I have a question for you…..
How many people does it take to find a fire when you have 3 plumbers, 2 electricians, 1 contractor and lil ole me in the house?
If you guessed one, you were right! And that one, was me!!!
The smoke detector was going off where they were working and they thought I was cooking. No.. and even if I was, my stove is at the other end of the house.
They all checked what they were doing and said “It’s not me, It’s not me, It’s not me” ( yes, the 3 stooges) and I said well, WE need to find it. Do you ever wonder what happened to common sense? I said “it’s in the laundry room” (across from where they were working) and said “come in here”. They were trying to find ceiling access, but when smoke is coming from down to up, you look down. I opened the dryer and sure enough it was smoking and there was water everywhere.
The question was who started the laundry? It wasn’t me!!!!? I mean who knows if I’m coming or going these days. Turns out it was my husband before he left, at least I’m not losing my mind.
Here’s an update of the next phase if you care to check it out:
NOTE: The Fire-Pole in the middle has been removed…. Hahaha! AND NO, It’s not a stripper pole but they all got a good chuckle when I referred to it as that.
Moving on to the Cat, Mouse & Dog
With all the dogs in politics,
And a couple good ones, few and far between.
There are those cats in the house that stray,
While mice will play and prey.
But let’s not go down that path today,
after all it’s fun Fri-Yayyy!
We’ve no time for child’s play,
Let’s give our minds a break from all of the dog eat dog
& cat eat mouse craziness
of living the dream in the White House
and the world at large.
So I’m keeping it real today folks late as I might be,
And hoping you find humor in all
That comes your way.
Life Pals… Hunter and Ollie.. Because we can ALL smell a dirty rat but this is a cute little mouse❣️
Ollie finally gets a real mouse but the question is what happened to Star our “feral” who used to survive on them. The good life agrees with her.
Late Diwali Celebration
I finally got to see my friend Nila, who I celebrate Diwali with every year when I got home from New York before she headed there right after me, to see her son, family and friends. It’s always a highlight for me. She came over with a mixture to make Sanjori and we combined our ethnetisities in cooking. Who am I kidding, I’m a wanna be something but a mutt. I have however, mastered some greek cooking with the name. I taught her how to make triangles out of filo dough and we cooked together which was really fun. My gift to her/us is the bracelet you might be able to see on our wrist and I’m giving the others to my daughters and friend in New York.
And that my friends is a wrap!
Have a great weekend whatever you do and make the most of what’s left of your Friday!
Hugs, Love and Always Smiles and laughter,
Copyright © 2022 Cindy Georgakas
All Rights Reserved
Happy Fun Friyayy, Cindy. Glad you were able to detect the fire before it became dangerous .💕🙏💕 The raccoon is huge, wow, I wonder what he’s been eating. I personally had a bear encounter last night, he tried to take my garbage can💕🤣💕. Phase 2 is looking good. Great pics and videos. Thanks for sharing, my friend. Have a fabulous weekend.💕
Thanks so much Grace!!! I know meee too. Thank goodness for following our nose and my ears still work
(altho this was a up-splash photo as I didn’t have my phone near then), iT was ginormous. I’ve moved everything I can think of. Many be he’s looking for grubs. Oh my, that’s scary.. does this happen often? Yikes!
Thanks so much for listening and noticing. It seems to have a lot less snafus than the last time thank goodness.
You have a great weekend as well!!! xo 💗💙🙏🏼
My pleasure, Cindy. Yes. Thank goodness for your nose..💕🙏💕 it doesn’t happen too often, maybe twice a year or so. They run off with the slightest amount of noise. I was out of my second floor window when it happened so It wasn’t too scary.💕🙏💕
I’ll say. Wow they are brazen but good they run off quickly and don’t come often. So wild. ❣️ Oh good glad you were safe!! ❣️
I hate it when the dryer catches on fire. After 3 rebuilds on our dryer in 20 years, it finally got to where it would cost more to rebuild it than buy and new one. I bought a clothesline instead of a new dryer. Cat and mouse. We often end up catching mice and putting them outside. A lot of the times, the cats have brought them into the house from the catio.
Oh my, I’m glad I’m not alone. That’s crazy. They didn’t take into account the vent for the next phase and then said oh… we’ll just run it up to the attic. I’ve never heard of that before, have you? Oh I know you know…. I’m kinda thinking now I should have let them play awhile but then it probs could have ended bad… but just think how many babies babies make Tim. I shutter to think.
There is propbably nothing wrong with venting the dryer into the attic. It will blow a lot of lint in your attack if you store stuff in the attack it will get covered with drayer lint.
Good to know… just a big mess… 🤣 better than a fire thought. thanks a lot. ❤️
You don’t want to be Burning Down The House: https://youtu.be/_3eC35LoF4U
Love this Tim.. thanks .. i’ve never heard it before!! 💗
Really? The Talking Heads were all thr rage in the 80s. Well, for some of us anyway.
So funny!!’ They were awesome! How did I miss them. That was their big 🎶 song 🎶 too.
Great video and staging
Look up the movie True Stories by David Byrne and the Talking Heads made in 1986. It’s a fun movie.
Ok thanks I will for sure.. it’s in my notes. 🥰
My goodness, Cindy, you live in the middle of a whirlwind! A fire on top of all the building/remodeling/weddings/working/blogging/everything else!!!! I’m not even going to ask “What else could happen?”
Well, everyone left early for the day which is awesome.. How about we shoot for NADA?!!
Nada is good. 😀
Thank you, Cindy, for the next part of your wonderful daily happenings!
You’re welcome and thanks for always tuning in. Hope you got my message on your latest wonderful post! I’m missing some responses. 💗xo
Malaysia , happy Saturday morning 🌷🙏♥️So fascinating post to see and read 👍🏻✍️🌷
The raccoon very scary , lucky you saw the fire and helped them to fire off 🔥👍🏻🙏2 videos
and the poem so marvellous ✍️👏😊your Ollie 🐈nicely playing with the artificial rat ,so cute 😊
Your dog and cat so friendly and nicely playing, what a sweet moments 😍👍🏻and the poem lines
laugh and inspiring 😊👍🏻 and dear friend , your friendship so much appreciate 🥰🎉thank you for
Sharing and grace wishes 🌷🙏🥰🌷
Hi Thamttama and happy Sat now to you!
Oh glad you liked it and yes lot’s going. they are very cute and the real mouse was a surprise but a funny night for sure. Glad you liked my poem lines too.. Thanks my friend and have a great day!!1 💗❣️
Thank you so much for this lovely comments and dear you are most welcome 🙂 🙏🌹
You’re so welcome!! 💗
That’s great you were able to detect fire…good, they didn’t sing “we didn’t start the fire”…what a week for you…fire & raccoon…the most important thing is that you all are fine…nice pics & video of the progress…do share the same when this project is finished…I’m sure you will…enjoy the weekend, Cindy ✨💟💫
Thanks a lot Navin and had I had more time maybe I would have added a song, That’s good it wasn’t that one for sure. 🤣
It’s never dull here for sure and that’s what keeps life interesting. Glad you enjoyed the pics and videos. I will for sure Navin and thanks for caring, You have a great weekend as well!! ❣️
It’s my pleasure, Cindy…haha, next time add a song as well…and thank you for your wishes ✨💟💫
I will think of you when I do.. haha.. you’re so welcome!!1 🥰
A racoon…that big! Oh noooo!
Thank you for sharing your stories and your encouragement to look at life from a higher place…to find meaning in changing perspective about things/events when they happen. Inspiring!! Thank you Cindy. Happy Friday.
I’m glad you always get the gist of where I go in my posts Suzette! I really appreciate you always seeing and feeling behind the words and getting to the meat of things through the entertainment and playfulness. Hugs and love to you always and to you as well my friend. 💗
My pleasure Cindy. I enjoy your writing. Namaste🙏
Thanks, I appreciate you.. Namaste 🙏🏼
Oh Fire, Fire!! … as an old-time plumber it was usually me that set off the smoke alarm when I was welding copper pipes in the wooden wall frames … but I always had a bucket of water beside me !! … my friendly doggie Frankie got me into trouble yesterday at the Box Office Cafe, when one of the waitresses walk past, he became far too friendly with her leg … hmmm he was in a frisky mood … Cheers from Geelong on our red poppy remembrance day … 🌺🌺🌹🌹
Oh that’s funny and such a smart plumber you were Ivor. 😂!!! OH Frankie.. best behave himself lol. Frisky alrighty. Cheers to you both from California. Thanks for heading by.. xo ❣️
My pleasure Cindy… I see the building program is in the framework stage 🤗🏡
And the plumbing is near done… Yayyyy!! ❣️
Ok … you won’t be needing me then .. 🔧👷♂️😊
3rd Phase I will coming soon-:)-:( bittersweet)😂
Oh wow… not over the Christmas holidays 🤗
Come in January!! 💗
hahahahaha 🤣 love it.
Oooh so many adventures. Im glad they caught the dryer before it did serious damage. The mouse 🐁 was cute but definitely not welcome inside
I know life is always that way Sadje.. here anyway. me too and you’re so right about the cute mouse. ❣️
Take care. Hope the remodel finishes in time.
Thanks Sadje. I do too… it’s cold in here right now. ❤️
Fingers crossed 🤞🏼
Thank you very much for your latest reporting on your eventful life plus your late celebration of Diwali. In particular, I really like the lovely necklace that you wore, as shown in the last photo. I hope that you can photograph it to show it to me in your next post, as you know how much I love jewellery, as can be seen in my visually striking and further improved post entitled “🌤️🍂 An October to Remember: Greeting Post-Pandemic and Post-Elizabethan Age 👑🏰 with Opals, Calendulas, Poems and Songs 📿🏵️📜🎶“, published at
Wishing you a productive November and a wonderful weekend doing or enjoying whatever that satisfies you the most, whether intellectually, physically or spiritually!
You’re so welcome SoundEagle and thank you so much for your lovely visit. Glad you liked the jewelry. I’ll head there and happy weekend to you and November to you as well!! ❣️
OK, so I am a little bit late replying to this mind-blowing scene of events that occurred in your house. I could not stop laughing my behind off. Girlfriend, this went beyond FUNyay to “What-the-yay” is going on here? Now I couldn’t stop laughing at Ollie! She sniffed out that mouse 🐭 like a blood hound. Then you tell her to be gentle and Ollie thinks, “Yeah right!” 🤣😆😂 Girl, my stomach is hurting from laughing through your entire post! Oh my gosh. Ok next. Now we have that ginormous racoon 🦝 that Hunter 🐶 wanted to have at em! Lord Cindy, it is NEVER a dull moment in the Georgakas household! 😄
Oh, I loved the black stripper pole too! That’s another conversation on another day. Hopefully, the workers weren’t workin’ the pole! 😱 And they thought the burning smell was you cooking? Really? This post was like watching an episode of The Cat in the Hat! Oh my God girl, this was truly a FUN and unbelievable FRIyay! You wore me out! 🤣😜😅😝😂 Dawwwwlinkkkkkk, now you know why I call you the Energizer Bunny! Your batteries just don’t seem to wear out! 🐰🐇🐰 I need to go to bed now after your videos and pictures of your renovation. Seems like deja vu! Nighty night my sweetness! 💤💤💤
Happy Fun Day, Cindy! I thought your construction was finished but see there is still a lot going on. The Tom & Jerry video was very entertaining.😀😁🙏 Your cat must be well fed. 😉😊
Thanks John and to you. 2 more phases. Hahaha glad you liked it. No kidding.. fat and happy living the good live. ❣️
A fun blog
Your house process is decent.
Love the fun part of ollie and hunter.
The poem was sweet.
And I didn’t know you celebrate diwali.
I guess I should say now, happy Diwali 2023
Thanks a lot Devang. They are funny. Gld you liked my poem and video. I do to honor all of my friends and it’s so much fun. And Happy belated Diwali to you!! ❣️
Happy Fun Friday, Cindy. I’m glad that you were able to detect the fire before it caused too much damage. That racoon must have had so much food to munch on! I loved those braceletes. They look really cute. Thanks for the dose of positive vibes. Have a great weekend
Thank you so much Shweta!~. Soooo am I. I’ll say. Glad you liked the bracelets too. I’s so great to see you. You have a great one as well!! ❣️
I’m restarting the 6WSP later today. It has been dead for too long. So my weekend plans are sorted. I hope you’ll be joining in with your contribution
Oh I can’t wait!! I missed that and can’t wait to play!! When I can-:)
Thanks for your continued support ❤️😄
You’re so welcome! ❣️
Good you found the source of all that smoke!
Work in progress, fun with Hunter and Ollie, an insightful verse on politics and Diwali celebrations…you are one indefatigable woman, Cindy!! 💖💪🏼
Have a great weekend. ❤️❤️
Awww Thanks Punam and you covered all of the basis for sure my friend and didn’t miss a beat so I guess that makes you and I both indefatigable….!!! Happy you liked the verse and my low key Diwali celebration. You do the same!! ❣️
Lol Cindy! If only I were half as much productive, I would be indefatigable too! You are so welcome and thank you. ❤️
You and I both know you are indefatigable!!! TY!! 💗💗❣️
Happy Fun Friyayy, Cindy.
Great pics and videos.
Have a great time!
Thanks so much Vidah.. Glad you enjoyed them m❣️
You’re so kind and happy you enjoyed it!! Thanks Vidah❣️
Hahhaa! You posted it finally! Loving your construction experiences
I did it anyway ….. hahahahahah .. how could I refuse.. lol. have a great weekend!! ❤️
SMiLes Dear Cindy So Glad Your House
Didn’t Burn Down Like How That Big Orange
House Cat is Burning
The Other One Down
And The Other One too Hehe
With SMiLes As When Homes
Become Populated By Mice This
Way A Big Cat Shall Surely Swallow Them
Up And Spit
Them Out too
Just to Play
With Them INDeed
As the Anti-Cheshire
Cat With Faux News SMiLes
Karma Action And Consequence
is Surely Biting The Mice and Not Men Still
Seems Orange Cat Indeed..:)
Thanks so much Fred. You have the gist and the cats bring plenty of smiles alright. Love to you my friend! 💗
Thanks Dear Cindy
Cats Bring Many
Wagging Tales too☺️🙏❤️
You are so right about that my friend and most welcome.. TY💞
With A Great
Blue Wave Tonight
Dear Cindy SMiles
California Dreaming ☺️❤️🏝
Happy Fun Friday My Friend. – Great Balls of Fire – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD8YPY8RBQc
Thanks so much dear Goff!!! Now this I remember… so good!!! 🔥
Cindy, the building is taking shape. But, why are those glasses empty. You need some libation to toast your friend. Keith
It is Keith, thanks. You’re so funny.. cheers to that. I was afraid I would spill something hooked together trying to share the bracelets
🥂🥂🥂🥂💙💙💙💙🥂🥂🥂🥂🥂🥂💙💙💙how am I doing now.. lol
Wow, Cindy! Never a dull moment at your house, eh! That raccoon is huge and looks very intent. And the fire – yikes! Thanks for sharing the pics of your progress.
Ain’t it the truth Eugi. Thanks for your visit and commenting. 💞
My pleasure, Cindy!
Thanks bunches!!! 💗
Happy Fun-friday dear Cindy and to all your cats too. Such lovely videos and photographs. I do not think you are having a free time. Lovely to see you and your friend too. Thanks for the lovely post.
Thanks so much dear Kamal. Lots of work, fun and games here always my friend. big hugs and love!!💞
You are always welcome dear Cindy. Have a lovely weekend. Big hugs and love to you too.xxxxxxx
I will and you do the same with your bright light and love. xo 💞 hugs and love back❣️
Thanks dear Cindy. Lots of love and hugs to you. xxxxxx
back at cha! 💙
Yikes, girl!! You need like a month-long vaca ASAP! 🤪
Lol.. smoke mirrors fire and stories we gather how ever they come to us right!!! ❣️Thanks Nancy!1
My head is spinning! 💞
Fire break out, a real mouse in the house, celebrating Diwali, cooking, and beautiful gifts – all’s well that ends well. Have a great weekend to you too, Cindy.
You covered it all dear Rnajana, thanks! Happy weekending to you my friend! 💗
Wow, Cindy – glad you found the fire! Pleased all is going well, and I love the animal pics 🤩
So am I Ingrid, thanks and so glad you liked the pics!!! ❣️
What a huge raccoon and so much going on in your life! I always enjoy reading your posts.
I know right Bridget and it keeps us on our toes. You’re a dear, thanks so much for being here! 💞
Look at you putting out real and metaphorical fires. And Ollie being at the centre of everything as always 😂
You can count on that Pooja!! Thanks so much and you can count on her for sure the camera hog.. 😻😻🤣🤣🤣🤣
A toy mouse for the cat? Holy catfish! 😂😂I bet that cat just plays hide and seek with real mice when it comes across them in the house. Won’t it anyway? Haha. A perfect funday. I’m glad everything is okay on your side, dear. Lovely poem and photos. ❤
More tricks up our sleeve here Lam so cute she really was gentle, cute thing. I think these things come my way to put the fun Yay in Friday.. I loved how that poem stirred some fire in me. 🔥 All good and I hope on your end to!! 💗
Yes all good here too. It’s good fun indeed, C. Appreciated my friend.
💞 Good to know my friend!
You have a sharp vision like a sharp memory. Glad you could detect fire in time. A beautiful poem, Cindy! I liked the cat mouse game interesting, and above all, Diwali celebrations and those bracelets! All the best, dear Cindy ❤️❤️
what a perfectly nice comment KK and really glad you liked the poem which was fitting. It was pretty darn cute that she was so sweet with it. It was quite fun to celebrate and I love those bracelets too. Now I want all of them.. lol Thanks dear friend 💞
You’re more than welcome, Cindy 💖
OMG, WHEN will the construction process be completed? I’m weary of it – I cannot imagine how you must be feeling! The video clip of the mouse made me laugh with you saying the word “gentle” over & over – that’s what I say to my Izzy when we are play fighting & she bites me too hard! What a gorgeous raccoon! (I’ve never seen them larger than ones I’ve seen in Cali.) And that little field mouse was such a cutie! I’m happy you saved him from the bigger animals! Your poetry was well-composed and on-point, as always. Thanks for sharing your goodness, my friend! 🌞
I know Lisa, right!!!!! this phase should be done in time for xmas fingers crossed, so well have 2 bedrooms when the kids come home and when you finally visit.😊 3rd phase starts Jan and should be done in March if I live that long.. 😂 Awwww sooo cute and I know how those sweet bites can go hard over in a second. Ouch. I should have said good girl more often. They really are big and Hunter won the one fight with a monster of one. Wow, I’d think you’d have bigger ones than here. I know the lil thing was just soooo cute. Oh soooo happy you liked my poem!!!! I so loved how it fit the day. Thanks darling friend and happy Sunday.💗
Thanks for the updates, Cindy. Thank goodness for smoke detectors! I’m glad you found the fire before it got out of hand. And I’m thankful that “normal people” won the election for the most part (dogs and cats and not as many rats). I no longer feel a strong need to leave the country. Congrats to us all for that!
Always Diana! You know me, always sharing my dirty laundry.. 😹 How can I not with this crew. I’m glad too after all the work we’ve done and yet to do. OMG such a relief for sure and Yayyyy not as many rats for sure and maybe we can sleep at night. TG!!!!💗💙
I slept great last night. So much less stress.
Oh that’s GREAT news!!!! True testament!
Hi Cindy, what a wonderful and upbeat post this is. It really made me smile. I love your bracelets and your fun Diwali celebration. I also have friends that celebrate.
Thanks so much Robbie and I can see your beautiful smile as I read this. It’s such a fun time to celebrate our light with others we care about. So happy you have others you celebrate with too. I can only imagine the sweet treats you make to share. 💞
HI Cindy, yes, I am fortunate to have a big and close family.
indeed you are, so wonderful ❣️
Oh, poor cute mouse!
I know Barbara but he did get away so there’s that!!! good news. 💞
I have so many funny stories about what my cars dragged in through the car door! We rescue what we can. Oh, doesn’t that make the cats angry!!
oh I can imagine and you are so right it does make them mad. They certainly are entertaining!! ❣️
Yes! Never a dull moment.
Well, now, I’d be on standing on a chair with that mouse running around–no cat here to protect me. I love Ollie’s curiosity. Were you able to save your dryer? Cheers to you and your friend.
Hahahaha Mary.. I can’t say I blame you! She really is a curious one and curiosity does kill the cat. Sometimes she tests my patience but she has me by the tail .. heheh. Thanks so much!! ❣️
Reading your lovely posts is always like a breath of fresh air, Cindy, even when you’re writing about some challenges of yours 🙂
Much love, and thanks,
Oh that’s nice to know David, thank you so much. I can only be real and glad there is a levity that shines through.
Thank you so much and lots of love back to you❣️
Never a dull moment, Cindy! The bracelets are lovely.
You got that right Dawn Thanks so much!!1 💗
I always love Friyays. Good thing you found the fire in time. The raccoon looks scary, I would have just stayed outside and pray it leaves🤣. Those bracelets look gorgeous. Love your stories, have a lovely week ahead 💕
I do too.. and thanks a lot. I know he was big. You are so kind to always be here.. thank you so much 💞
Your remodeling stories just go on and on! Looks like it is moving right along! Common Sense… what is that!! LOL Glad it was not a disaster in the making!
I know right.. there s an end I hope in march but this phase should be done by xmas. It’s coming along which is good. 🤣Seems common sense has gone out the window. 😅
Oh no! That’s very unfortunate about the fire, but im glad you found it’s source.