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RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

We can't go to Buddy's internment. We're both sick with that crud WLToo brought home. As long as our Eustachian tubes are blocked, there's no way we'll get on a plane. Buddy's wife understands. Short and Tall Friend will be there and will take pictures for us, and Fencer will perform Taps on his violin. Czarny stayed outside most of the day a few days ago. WLToo believes something treed him. I tend to agree, because now he does not go far away and responds within a minute of me calling, at a full out run. When the cold front arrived Friday, they dashed out the door and came to a screeching halt, then whirled around and came right back inside. The wind was howling, with cold gusts over 40mph. They did not care for that. That night, they both tried to sleep ON me, which made for a very uncomfortable night's almost sleep. We never turned off the air conditioner, knowing it was just gonna warm right back up, so I guess they felt chilled. During the day, they crawl under the covers for a nap -- just won't do it at night when the humans are under the covers. Cats... We're trying to find some deer feed without corn, since that's really bad for deer, but especially when natural food is scarce, as the drought has created. All the available feed around us has been bought, in preparation for deer season opening on 2 Nov. We'll look in adjoining community feed stores next. I don't want to do more than supplement Leoghaire, the other doe and fawn's natural grazing, but we need to find something so we can do even that. If no deer feed is available, we'll look for goat chow. Sister got another offer on her place, almost as insulting as the first one, and from the same people. At least they did come a mite closer to her asking price, but the realtor knows this group and recommends she say no. The group lowballs, then comes up to an acceptable offer, then tried to nickel and dime the sale right back down to the lowball offer. And they are downright rude about it, too. So Sister's not gonna bother with them. There's an actual family out there who will want that house. Short and Tall Friend told Sister she can stay in their house until hers sells, and they'll move back into our driveway in their Fifth Wheel. We are totally happy with that. Time to get moving again. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 10/13/19 02:57pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Song Post - Part Three

MIDNIGHT Special -- Lead Belly
Wanderlost 10/01/19 09:42am Around the Campfire
RE: Keep a Word Change a Word, Part II.

self sustaining
Wanderlost 10/01/19 09:41am Around the Campfire
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Spotacus' doppelgänger is named Lola, and her family got her safely home. Whew. Good news: Leoghaire and the fawn that's been hanging with her this summer came up to the house yesterday. I was running Mom around the city, while Brother and SIL were at the house. SIL fed both deer twice, as they were obviously very hungry. We're watering one stretch of grass, but it's not near enough for them--darned drought. WLToo returned sick from Buddy's funeral. Picked up some crud somewhere between here and Virginia. He was okay at the viewing, but got so sick he could not attend the funeral. Better now, but flying home was unpleasant -- ears wouldn't clear as they descended. The cats discovered the other side of the south fence last week. Took quite a while to convince them coming back through the fence and into the house (through a new to them door) was a great idea. Did it again the next day, but something seems to have frightened them, because they are staying on the north side of the house again. Yesterday, SIL and I were sitting on the deck extension, and we suddenly noticed the cats were zooming -- in a tree. They were running up and down the limbs on the live oak next to the pool, like the limbs were highways. So cute. Hummingbird migration seems to be steady. Only four to six birds in the morning, more arriving throughout the day, until late afternoon sees a minimum of a dozen. Pretty late for some of them; I guess the really warm summer up north delayed their migration starts. Time to get moving. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 10/01/19 08:55am RV Pet Stop
RE: Keep a Word Change a Word, Part II.

fifth wheel
Wanderlost 09/25/19 12:28pm Around the Campfire
RE: Song Post - Part Three

I STILL Miss Someone -- Johnny Cash
Wanderlost 09/25/19 12:27pm Around the Campfire
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Had a lovely time at CP1's reunion, pleasant drives to and from Colorado Springs. When we got home, both cats talked non-stop for over an hour. I'm glad we don't speak cat; don't really want to know what they thought of us leaving them. They were not so afraid this time. Rudy stalked around the house and glared at Nephew, while Czarny showed off on the cat tree and demanded Nephew pet him. They are adjusting to him quite nicely... Sad note: As we prepared to haul the recycles this morning, WLToo noticed the entire luncheon of vultures gathered at our gate (more than twenty of them). When we got there, this year's fawn was dead. It had tried to jump the fence and got a back leg caught. Between the vultures and a small coyote that kept sneaking in from across the road, by the time we got back, there was little left. This evening, WLToo will remove the leg remains from our fence for the smaller scavengers to clean up. Sad that our resident deer herd just decreased by one third. The hummingbird migration is in full swing. We have three feeders up and they all get drained several times a day. I may have to go buy more sugar...this is all we use it for nowadays. It's still in the 90s, but we only went over 100 three times this summer. We'll stay hot into the early days of October, but at least the nights are starting to cool off. On the up side, that's more days I can work out in the swimming pool. Sure do wish some of that rain around Houston had come this way -- we surely do need it, and Houston surely did not. Now that I know there's a coyote nearby, the cats' outside time will be severely constricted. Rudy doesn't go very far, but Czarny is expanding his range to beyond the garage and Obi-Wander. Like Spotacus, he thinks napping under Obi is a good idea, and isn't big on answering right away when I call. This morning, he did not respond until I walked to Obi and called again; meanwhile, the fawn's doe was running inside our fence line away from us (we didn't yet know about the fawn). Czarny kept stopping to smell stuff, so I picked him up and walked to the walkthrough between the house and garage. He struggled to get down, but did not run away, so I opened the laundry room door and he went into it for the first time. They both get treats when they come inside, so Rudy has already figured out me calling means treats -- Czarny hasn't put two and two together yet. The local forum posted a photo of a cat seen frequently at a convenience store. It's a dead ringer for Spotacus, right down to the white spot in the middle of its back. So tempting -- but they believe they've found its owner. Whew. I don't think Rudy could handle another cat. WLToo decided to fly up for Buddy's funeral, then fly back on Monday, while I handle the incoming relatives. Tall Friend is also doing a fast trip, then on to the wedding he and Short Friend have been committed to for months. Good. Buddy's Wife needs Buddy's old friends around here now. Have to help WLToo pack. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 09/25/19 11:51am RV Pet Stop
RE: Song Post - Part Three

Who's Gonna Mow Your GRASS - Buck Owens
Wanderlost 09/16/19 02:43pm Around the Campfire
RE: Keep a Word Change a Word, Part II.

campground activity
Wanderlost 09/16/19 02:42pm Around the Campfire
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Buddy's wife has set the burial tentatively for late October, if the mausoleum is finished by then. We, Short Friend, Tall Friend, and Fencer will all be there. BW is holding up; she said there's so much to do right now that she has little time for absorbing what's happened. Told her when the meltdown happens, to call -- no matter time of day/night -- and we'll help her through it. Even long distance friends can be helpful, I've found. The cats have a new game: Crouching Czarny, Leaping Rudy. Unfortunately, they're doing this on and above the bed while we're still in it... They haven't figured out yet that bringing out the luggage means we're going somewhere without them, so packing for our American Legion China Post 1 reunion has been surprisingly easy -- no kitties packing themselves. Nephew came over to see what's different around here; he's house and cat sitting for us. Means the cats will not be going outside while we're gone -- Nephew will be lucky to even see them. Last time, they only came out of hiding at night, and flatly refused to have anything to do with him. Pity, he really likes cats. His own cat is a ginger that was dropped off at the shelter before he was weaned. Nephew and Sister bottle fed him and he's a lovely 9-year-old cat now. Hummingbird migration is full on -- we have 10-12 around the feeders most of the daylight hours. I made extra nectar so Nephew can keep them topped off. Leoghaire either isn't coming by every day, or we just don't see her. She's not inclined to kick the house door like she's kicked the garage door, so we don't always know she's up here. Will add a note for Nephew to feed her... Beautiful day. Think I'll get in another good swim. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 09/16/19 02:10pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Buddy died 2000 hours on 10 Sep. Fencer (my oldest military friend) said it was a quiet passing. Now we're waiting for Buddy's wife to let us know about any memorial and if she wants us to come to New Hampshire for the burial. Now that Sister and Nephew are at the lake, they can take care of Rudy and Czarny while we travel up there, if we need to go more quickly than we could by taking Obi-Wander. I am glad that Buddy left on 10 Sep and not 9/11. We already deal with enough grief from 9/11. Strangely, though, yesterday was the first 9/11 when I was not a surly grump. Drove Mom home and her apartment was quite cold (she'd set the thermostat to 64 so it wouldn't be hot when she got back). She was happily readjusting the thermostat and making herself comfortable when I left. Worked at the library as usual. But instead of wearing one of my book themed t-shirts, I wore my Pentagon t-shirt. A couple folks asked if I'd been there, and we had a nice little chat about how massive the building really is. They didn't realize that an entire jetliner was absorbed by only three of the five rings, and the total damage was to less than 1/5 of the building. Rudy is being very affectionate this morning, in between stomping on me on his way to stare out the window. Czarny comes by, chats with me, then goes his own way. The cooler morning temps seem to be energizing them out of their usual morning nap times. Guess I'll pull out the red dot in a bit. We started watering one patch of grass near the house, so Leoghaire and the other does will have something to eat. The little rain we've gotten over the past few days still isn't enough to start the meadow green up. Between that patch of green and the corn we feed them, our three-deer herd is staying close by. Short Friend called. Fencer alerted them to Buddy's status, and we reminisced about Buddy's famous Halloween parties. She's pretty much completely recovered from the Lyme Disease. The park they've volunteered at stays open until after Columbus Day, so they'll be there through leaf peeping season. They're also just a few hours' drive from where Buddy will be buried, so they can easily be there, too. Time to haul a few items over to the thrift store. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 09/12/19 11:29am RV Pet Stop
RE: Song Post - Part Three

Damned For ALL Time - Jesus Christ Superstar cast
Wanderlost 09/10/19 02:35pm Around the Campfire
RE: Keep a Word Change a Word, Part II.

hen's teeth
Wanderlost 09/10/19 02:33pm Around the Campfire
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Mom's staying with us a few days, while the electric company finally replaces a dangerously leaning power pole beside her Independent Living facility. With the daytime temps still in the 90s, she'd rather be in our air conditioning, instead of sweltering for ever how many hours it takes to replace the pole. Czarny and Rudy do like the morning low 70s. They went outside and failed to answer when I called at the usual time for them to come back inside. That concerned me a bit, but decided to eat brunch, then call again. So about an hour later, when I called, Czarny came right up. Rudy took longer, but finally showed up. I'm still teaching them that if they respond to my call, they get treats. Alex and Spotacus learned that lesson very quickly; these two are much slower on the uptake. WLToo has covered the dining table with N-scale railroad model buildings again. He found another fox of kits he'd never put together. Where he's going to store the completed buildings is a mystery to me -- the garage is already full of stuff waiting on a structure to be built to contain it. Sigh. Just got word that an Army buddy likely only has about 24 hours left. Johns Hopkins tried all kinds of experimental treatments, and one nearly killed him through anaphylactic shock. The others prolonged his life, but could not stop the cancer. We're standing by, ready to get Nephew over here to cat sit while we go to Virginia. The most hated word in our world is "cancer."
Wanderlost 09/10/19 01:36pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Keep a Word Change a Word, Part II.

leather jacket
Wanderlost 08/28/19 10:46pm Around the Campfire
RE: Song Post - Part Three

MR. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - Dionne Warwick
Wanderlost 08/28/19 10:45pm Around the Campfire
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Nah, a quonset hut is a bad configuration. The most expensive part will be the concrete pad and the WC plumbing. The actual building will be a garage kit without the garage doors. I look forward to the day the office/library/sewing room really is one... The excessive heat index is down. Highs have been in the lower 90s, and the humidity dropped back to normal. Still, the cats are not much on being outside in that weather, thankfully. One of the foxes strolled across the south porch two mornings ago. I saw it, tapped on the sliding door, and it sat down and watched me. I think it was the one who played with Spotacus. When it realized I was not going to open the door, it went to Leoghaire's dish, finished the apple peels in there, and went on its way. Our neighbor to the immediate north came over and introduced himself. He was searching for his cat. We now know who the black cat is that so annoyed Alex and Spotacus. Stevie hasn't been spotted on our property for quite a while, nor has Bella, the Siamese mix. Neighbor said Spotacus would come visit sometimes, and they quite liked him. He texted later that missing cat was in a hall closet, angry because they are about to go on a trip, and the cats can't go with them this time. They normally travel with their people when they take their fifth wheel, but this is an air trip to Canada, to visit her folks. Neighbor also said the foxes like to lounge in their yard, and foxes and cats all ignore each other. Nice to know we're not the only ones who are comfortable with some of the local wildlife. About a half mile away, the ground is being cleared for a 35 unit Independent Living building. While we're all outraged that they clear cut ALL of the live oaks from the property, it is a very needed building here. I'm researching how to get Mom on the list for one of the apartments. Even though it won't have a central cafeteria, Sister and I could easily ensure Mom has lots to eat that she doesn't have to cook in the rather large kitchen each unit will have. WLToo suggested we could get Mom a golf or utility cart (UTV?) for the ½ mile trek to our place. I know Mom would love to live up here, but does not want to be isolated from folks her age; this could be the answer. Got the recall on Obi-Wander's basement door latches. They don't have the parts assembled yet, though. We still have the Freightliner recall to get done, but Obi seems to be doing just fine for now. Bedtime. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 08/28/19 10:14pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Keep a Word Change a Word, Part II.

mash grass
Wanderlost 08/15/19 03:15pm Around the Campfire
RE: Song Post - Part Three

Did You Ever Want To CRY - The Mamas and The Papas
Wanderlost 08/15/19 03:10pm Around the Campfire
RE: If I have to ask I probably shouldn't

Oooo, I want that!!
Wanderlost 08/15/19 02:22pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
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