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Mental Magpie:

--- Quote from: snowfire on January 21, 2013, 05:50:11 PM ---
--- Quote from: GreenHall on January 21, 2013, 02:27:38 PM ---  Recently, the neighbors cat ALSO figured out the doggy door, and not only harasses my cat and ears her foods, but also 'lays claim' to anything that's around.  So in the morning my cat now has the option of being in all day or being out all day...

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You might try one of the pet doors with an electromagnetic latch.  Kitty wears a small magnet on her collar and that releases the latch on the door.  Non-magnet-wearing kitty (& stray wildlife) can't get in.  Or you can totally geek out and set up a computer controlled pet flap with a digital camera...There used to be a website about a guy who did that to keep out neighbors cats, possums, raccoons, and cats bearing "gifts".  Can't find it now, though.

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Until said kitty gets in the sink and winds up taking one of your spoons outside...

GreenHall:

--- Quote from: snowfire on January 21, 2013, 05:50:11 PM ---
--- Quote from: GreenHall on January 21, 2013, 02:27:38 PM ---  Recently, the neighbors cat ALSO figured out the doggy door, and not only harasses my cat and ears her foods, but also 'lays claim' to anything that's around.  So in the morning my cat now has the option of being in all day or being out all day...

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You might try one of the pet doors with an electromagnetic latch.  Kitty wears a small magnet on her collar and that releases the latch on the door.  Non-magnet-wearing kitty (& stray wildlife) can't get in.  Or you can totally geek out and set up a computer controlled pet flap with a digital camera...There used to be a website about a guy who did that to keep out neighbors cats, possums, raccoons, and cats bearing "gifts".  Can't find it now, though.


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r

...Ren worked out that the break away collar was easy to get off,  she tajes it off anytime I put it on (okay thats rare since the week she proved I can't make her keep it on). She is microchipped.  We found one of our old cats half hung with a non break away collar, so I won't do that.  Pet shop said they could sell me another/different break away collar, but she would still take it off, most likely...

Diane AKA Traska:

--- Quote from: GreenHall on January 21, 2013, 06:17:40 PM ---
--- Quote from: snowfire on January 21, 2013, 05:50:11 PM ---
--- Quote from: GreenHall on January 21, 2013, 02:27:38 PM ---  Recently, the neighbors cat ALSO figured out the doggy door, and not only harasses my cat and ears her foods, but also 'lays claim' to anything that's around.  So in the morning my cat now has the option of being in all day or being out all day...

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You might try one of the pet doors with an electromagnetic latch.  Kitty wears a small magnet on her collar and that releases the latch on the door.  Non-magnet-wearing kitty (& stray wildlife) can't get in.  Or you can totally geek out and set up a computer controlled pet flap with a digital camera...There used to be a website about a guy who did that to keep out neighbors cats, possums, raccoons, and cats bearing "gifts".  Can't find it now, though.


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r

...Ren worked out that the break away collar was easy to get off,  she tajes it off anytime I put it on (okay thats rare since the week she proved I can't make her keep it on). She is microchipped.  We found one of our old cats half hung with a non break away collar, so I won't do that.  Pet shop said they could sell me another/different break away collar, but she would still take it off, most likely...

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I wonder if there isn't some way to make an electronic lock work with the chip...

kherbert05:

--- Quote from: Mental Magpie on January 21, 2013, 01:21:42 PM ---How does one "shop" for a financial adviser?  I always thought I could save without help, but I could really use some help in figuring out how to budget things.  How can you tell a good one from a bad one?  What are important things for which to look?

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I got mine on recommendation of our lawyer - after settling Mom's Estate. (Note our lawyer was Dad's childhood friend I grew up calling him Uncle, so I've known him over 40 years). I admit is the old neighborhood network. The adviser is the son of a man that Dad and lawyer grew up with.

Also he deferred to Sis and Me not BIL at our first meeting. He explained to Sis and BIL details about keeping Sis inheritance separate from their mutual money. (Basically Older Niece's Mom tried to come after the inheritance. The lunitic was convinced our parents were multi-millonaires because we grew up in Memorial. In a 1970's ranch house bought just before the area became the want to be River Oaks.)

His answers always matched things I knew to be correct. Also one of my cousins does a good deal of investing - I've run things by him and everything has always been up and up.

JoW:

--- Quote from: Betelnut on January 21, 2013, 05:41:26 PM ---
--- Quote from: Virg on January 21, 2013, 05:09:44 PM ---squeakers wrote:

"Under 32 degrees liquids freeze. Diet soda is very similar to water so will freeze near the same temp (30-32 degrees).. regular soda can stand temps a bit chillier but at 16 degrees will probably freeze too."

There are two things at work here that can change the situation.  Firstly, an enclosed garage that has contact with a house will generally not drop to the ambient outside temperature unless the door is open, so in 16 degree weather the interior of the garage is not likely to be nearly that cold.  Also, if you'll pardon the pun there are degrees of freezing to consider.  Soda in a can has to freeze hard, crystallizing all the way through to expend enough to deform the can or damage it.  Very near its freezing temperature, soda (even diet soda) tends to be slushy because it doesn't freeze uniformly until it's well below its base freezing temperature.  So given these two things, I wouldn't be concerned that soda in the car would freeze hard enough to burst.

Betelnut, the ultimate easy test for you is to go into your garage sometime when the weather is well below freezing.  If you can't see your breath, or if you don't have to scrape your windows when your car is in the garage, it's not likely that the inside temperature is below freezing.

Virg

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Thanks Virg!  That's good advice.  I've never had to scrape my car but I've only lived in this house for 1 1/2 years and last winter in Maryland was mild, mild, mild.  I did end up taking the sodas inside but I suspect they would have been fine.

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When the Coke in my garage froze and ruptured I didn't see my breath in the garage and I didn't have to scrape the ice off the windows of the car in the garage.  But I did store the Coke out there for over a week.

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