Someday, Joseph was quite certain, he would put up a wall and enclose his house entirely. Then maybe he'd put in a large picture window so that he could look out at the crashing waves while cooking or doing the dishes. It was so relaxing and hypnotic. However, he figured the first important thing (aside from enclosing his house) was to purchase a stove. He really was getting tired of these instant meals and ramen noodles.
What he REALLY had a craving for was freshly cooked fish - preferably fried. With a pond on his property, he figured he could fish daily and stock up. Then when he finally had a stove/oven ... he could make some interesting fish dishes ... and maybe use some of the fresh vegetables he was growing in his garden.
Fishing was a waiting game. Joseph figured the stray cat that wandered by probably understood that.
BAH! A boot! What am I supposed to do with THIS? Make Filet of "Sole" like Charlie Simlin?
Rassafrassin ...! Another boot!! And they're both the left boot ... and size elevens 'to boot'. *snort* What the hell am I supposed to do with these?!
Oh. Much better ... though a bit on the small side.
Joseph had no desire to leave his home that day ... and had been pursing some of his interests - like bug collecting. He found it quite fascinating all the different insects he was finding.
Although ... he wasn't always lucky in his finds.
However, with his latest find, he was beginning to wonder if maybe he might have an infestation of beetles. He certainly hoped not. That would not be good for his sparse and ill-protected home.
Of course, considering how rare he believed that species to be, he didn't think he had anything to truly worry about. Besides, it might be small now, but he was quite certain that his collection would be quite impressive someday.
For the first time since appearing on the beach when the taxi dropped him off, Joseph ate fresh food ... prepared, surprisingly enough, in his toaster oven! Who knew it was possible?!
And he felt that he had never tasted anything so mouthwatering in all of his life. He hoped to repeat the experience soon.
Deciding that expanding his cooking prowess might have some unforeseen obstacles, he decided it would be a good idea to read up on Fire Safety.
Better to be safe than sorry!
One morning while checking on his flourishing garden ...
... that he was becoming increasingly adept at taking care of ...
... he introduced himself to Valerie Spitzig ... who had just been passing by and had commented on what a well-tended garden he had.
He was beginning to wonder if Belladonna Cove (Mark II) was a burgeoning area for those people developing those "dot com" companies. Everyone seemed interested in the internet.
Though Valerie was quite pretty, she really didn't do anything for him ... surprisingly enough considering he had yet to form any real designs on any women he'd come in contact with thus far. He'd probably locked lips with every woman who'd passed by his house. Valerie Spitzig was no exception.
Pursuits of women and bugs, however, hadn't sidetracked him from his desire to find interesting artifacts buried in his yard. He truly wondered if there was anything more interesting in his yard than tiki idols and bones.
As it turned out ... he was right!
The glowing chest was appraised forthwith ... and he sold it immediately. That kind of money would not be passed up. He wanted ... NEEDED to improve his home. The money he got for the chest was a great help in that.
He finally had a separate room for his bed. A REAL bedroom! The kitchen, dining room and living rooms were still all one big room ... but he figured he'd be able to change that eventually.
There really was no place like home and Joseph was glad that this one was something that he was building proudly with his own two hands.