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RE: Stimulus Check , what are you going to do with yours ?

Giving it to the local food bank, to buy local foods to give to local folks who need the food.
Wanderlost 04/03/20 04:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Cat with Skin Issues and Hair Loss

Our late cat, Madeline, was allergic to every grain on the planet. We found it out when, in desperation, we moved her to a raw food diet, and everything cleared up. She could not have cat treats, nothing with any grain in it, or she'd have a bad flare-up. Spotacus was allergic to something, but we just couldn't pinpoint what it was. When we moved him to non-grain foods, his skin cleared up, too. We never did figure out the guilty allergen, because he still ate kitty treats without having a flare-up. Good luck to the kitty.
Wanderlost 04/03/20 04:43pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

It's wet. Real wet, as in the flash flood warning wet. Looks like this: https://i.imgur.com/QUdxrA8l.jpg The blue is the swimming pool cover, about to float off the pool. The cats went outside a few times, but getting water in their ears is not fun, so they settled down to a day inside. Sister got some very bad news. Her home buyer bailed at the literal last second, which means Sister can't buy her new house. Turns out the buyer won't know until next week if she'll still have a job, so she panicked. After a bunch of back and forth, the buyer asked Sister if the closing can move to 14 Apr. Sister said yes, IF buyer pays more in non-refundable earnest money, then if she bails again, Sister might sue for breach of contract. The buyer thought she could engage a COVID-19 provision to get out of the contract without losing ernest money, but she jumped too early and does not qualify. Meanwhile, the folks selling their house to Sister offered to loan Sister the money so they can still close on time. She's been the only offer on that house and it's been on the market a long, long time, so they are very motivated to sell it to her. Depending on what Sister hears from her buyer today, she may be visiting a real estate attorney on Monday. Meanwhile, between the state and the city, Mom may not get access to her stuff until late April or sometime in May. When we do get access to her apartment, we'll move her out and put her stuff into storage until Sister gets a new house (hopefully the one under contract). Mom can live in the Fifth Wheel until then, which will be infinitely cheaper than paying the outrageous prices at that complex. Spousal Unit is frying onions. Must be near suppertime. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 04/03/20 04:32pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Well, yesterday Rudy got all brave again. He wandered through the fence to our neighbors' property. Stayed out until well after dark, and did not return until I'd been calling him a while. Luckily, today was very rainy, so he's been inside all day. The forecast is for more of the same through the weekend, so Czarny won't be happy at all. Saw the does as we returned from a medical appointment. They were across the fence running away, until Leoghaire realized it was my pickup. Then she stopped and stared. That's been it for several days now. Have a bad case of the sleepies, so I'll log off. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 04/02/20 08:25pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Can You Pass Through States with Stay at Home Orders?

Texas governor issued an executive order that says anyone not in the excepted categories who crosses into Texas from Louisiana must go into quarantine. Travel to and from Louisiana will be restricted to those handling essential services. He said this applies to travel by road from any location in the state of Louisiana and will be enforced by the Texas Department of Public Safety at entry points into the state. The order does not apply to travel related to commercial activity, military service, emergency response, health response, or critical infrastructure functions. He also said people flying from Miami, Atlanta, Detroit and Chicago, California and Washington state into Texas must be self-quarantined.
Wanderlost 03/30/20 07:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: Keep a Word Change a Word, Part II.

indoor plumbing
Wanderlost 03/30/20 07:40pm Around the Campfire
RE: Song Post - Part Three

Come On DOWN to My Boat -- Every Mother's Son
Wanderlost 03/30/20 07:39pm Around the Campfire
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Rudy's vision is just fine. He's simply afraid of anything new. Today was foggy and rainy all day. Rudy did go outside with Czarny early this morning, but he doesn't care to have wet fur (memories of his after-skunk bath, maybe), so he came inside and stayed all day. Czarny does not mind getting damp and muddy; in fact, he insists on sharing his moisture and muddy feet with whatever I'm wearing. Sigh. Mom moved into the Fifth Wheel yesterday. She said she slept great last night, and did not call us for an escort to the house until nearly 1100. Seems to be enjoying being by herself, with stuff organized the way she likes it. Well, the cats want to play. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 03/30/20 07:31pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Keep a Word Change a Word, Part II.

snake oil
Wanderlost 03/29/20 11:10am Around the Campfire
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Yesterday afternoon turned out absolutely gorgeous. The humidity literally blew away in the breeze. It was a great time to sit on the deck and enjoy some serious kitty time with Czarny. Czarny tried to walk down the deck stairs hand rail, and when he started to slide, he dug in his claws and looked to me for assistance. I lifted him down to the steps and reminded him that's the way down. Then he tried hard to get his brother to come outside; Rudy finally did. As long as he could almost lean against my leg, he was willing to walk across the deck. Then he found the stairs. As long as he could look back and see me a couple steps behind him, he continued down to the garden. And then he stayed outside the rest of the afternoon. I do believe he's beginning to accept the deck. It dropped into the 40s last night, and is only 72 now, with a stiff breeze. So the boys are inside, Rudy under the bedcovers and Czarny on the cat tree. For some reason, the last few days, Czarny has abandoned the topmost cat tree platform in favor of what we call the fuzzy teacup. It's a small round metal rod with light carpet that creates a cup-like bed, attached to one of the pole scratching posts. He's really too large for it, but the old cat phrase, "If I fits, I sits" seems to apply. He's decided he fits, so there he is. WLToo slept in, just now getting up. Time to rummage through the leftovers for lunch. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 03/29/20 11:03am RV Pet Stop
Quarantine Song

For a bit of humor and an underlying message: Quarantine Song
Wanderlost 03/28/20 11:57am Around the Campfire
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Had to get an early morning blood test. The lab is inside a Walmart about 15 miles away. So when I finished, I decided to see what I could find. Being so early in the morning, not too many folks were in the store; we could all keep our distance. I found most of what I wanted. A lot of items were one to a customer, which was fine with me. Found my usual exfoliating facial cloths in a two-pack. As I headed to the grocery side, a guy saw them and excitedly wanted to know where they were. I told him and he rushed away happily. Got the very last bag of all-purpose flour -- all that was left on those shelves were a few self-rising flour bags and some nut flours. No butter, oddly enough. Finished there and wheeled out to the pickup in a pouring rain. Saw a wallet on the asphalt, so I loaded the truck and took the wallet to Customer Service. Hope the owner finds it all intact. Spousal Unit sent a text just as I pulled into the village 3.2 miles from us, saying we needed Bisquick. OK, stopped in the grocery there and they had it!!! They also had eggs, milks of various kinds, but still no distilled water. I think Mom's CPAP can use regular water in a pinch. Another place where butter was limited. Hmmm, guess that's the next panic buy... While there, a guy was wandering around, marveling at how quiet and well-stocked this little store in the country was. He'd not been there before and needed eggs, so I pointed him to the egg display and made him very happy. I think I got home safely, without being contaminated. Emptied the truck in a brisk rain, while Czarny ran in and out of the house, objecting loudly to the rain getting in the way of him going outside. He finally gave up and has been sleeping on the cat tree. The county judge issued a stay home order effective today. I wonder if it will keep the tourists from dragging their germy/virusy carcasses out here, where the medical facilities are so much farther away? Maybe, but I'll not hold my breath. Sun's out and a good stiff wind is blowing. Humidity is out the wazoo, though, so I'll stay here in the air conditioning. Meanwhile, the Mexican hats are blooming, a big lantana bush is starting to bloom, and the antler milkweed is almost ready to feed the monarchs, who are inbound. It's definitely spring. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 03/28/20 11:48am RV Pet Stop
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

So far, Rudy has ventured almost halfway across the new deck. He's nowhere near the stairs yet. I totally missed Czarny's first encounter -- saw him yesterday, trotting up the stairs like he'd been using them all his life. Gorgeous day, with a wind strong enough that neither cat wants to be outside. The breeze is helping lower the humidity, but it's still pretty muggy out there. We got estimates for professional deck stain/seal and will make that decision tomorrow. How long it actually takes the company to finish will depend entirely upon Mother Nature and her tendency to hit us with spring rains. Until then, though, we'll enjoy sitting out there and maybe grilling something. Had to take Short Friend to a medical procedure yesterday. Since it was so early in the morning, I decided to go over to the nearby Costco and take advantage of the seniors' only time. As I went inside, an employee stood by pallets of toilet paper. He didn't offer it so much as just load it on my cart, so I took it, even though it wasn't on my shopping list. If someone near me needs it, we'll share. The seniors were all polite and kept our distance. When ready for checkout, there was one line, with tape on the floor to show how far apart we should stay. When we got to the front, an employee would direct us to the next available cashier, where another two lines kept the two customers separated. When it was our turn, we pushed the carts to the cart side. They scanned everything inside the cart - nothing went on the conveyer belt. A plastic shield protected the cashier from customers. As soon as I used my debit card in the reader, another employee immediately cleaned the reader for the next customer. Very well done. While I was still shopping, the time came for others to come inside. As soon as the "not seniors" came into the store, they were "get outta my way or I'll run you down" aggressive, not keeping a distance, and being pains in the backside. They were outraged to find out certain items had customer limits, and those were programmed into the system so they could not bull their way through; I could hear them screaming in those aisles. I'm glad I checked out before they had to stand in the six-feet behind each other line... Anyway, Short Friend's procedure went very well and she went home to sleep the rest of the day. Mom has noticed that Leoghaire, her yearling and her two-year-old come to the south porch about the same time every day. So Mom tries to be at the door to watch them, and they're getting used to seeing her though the door and windows. They still have not come around to the north side since the deck was finished. Guess getting used to that will take a spell longer. Our hummingbirds have arrived. We put out one feeder for the two who live here. The big migration hasn't arrived yet. When it does, we'll put all the feeders out, but on the arbor. It's taller so we won't hit the feeders with our heads, and they'll still be in view. Got up real early and breakfast has long passed. Need some lunch. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 03/27/20 12:01pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

After several days of much needed rain (and fog), the deck guys are finishing the stairs. Once they're done, we'll move back outside. Perhaps in a few days, Rudy will join us on the new deck. I do wonder how long it will be before they start to use the staircase, as he and Czarny have never seen stairs. Saturday, we helped Sister pack her house, in preparation for moving on 4 April. Mom called her IL apartments' front desk, to see if she could come over and get more clothes. They said no visitors, so we can't do it, and if she shows up, she'll have to stay. Now she's all worried about what will happen if we can't move her stuff out in April. Truly, though, she's happiest when she's worried about something, and that's fairly harmless to worry over, so we're just rolling with it. Luckily, Sister has plenty of beds and furniture to go ahead and move Mom in when Sister moves into the new place. Meanwhile, we're jury rigging a computer setup for her, with an old wide-screen TV, Mom's old CPU, a spare keyboard and mouse, and an old base station to relay to the house cable modem. Just waiting on a particular cable to be delivered on Wednesday. It's quiet out here. Real quiet. The weekenders are staying at home, and the vacation home owners were asked to not come out here, as we don't have the big city medical infrastructure if they bring the virus with them. We also don't want them cleaning out the little grocery stores we have here, either. Last week, Spousal Unit needed a few 2x4s to finish the ramp so Mom can stay in the FW. He got the last six in stock. Ace Hardware folks said there was a run on building materials. I guess all us locals are planning on DIY projects while staying home... Leoghaire and her last two fawns were down in the meadow a couple days ago. They will be leery (pun intended) of the new deck for a while, I expect. She didn't look terribly pregnant, but her mom never gave birth until around Memorial Day, so if she's following that pattern and carrying only one fawn, she wouldn't be too bulgy right now. We'll see. Czarny is going nuts, trying to catch a barn swallow. Hard to do it from inside the house, though... I hear the washer singing. Time to put the laundry in the dryer. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 03/23/20 12:48pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Song Post - Part Three

Hornpipe In D Minor (from The Fairy QUEEN) - Henry Purcell
Wanderlost 03/18/20 05:30pm Around the Campfire
RE: Keep a Word Change a Word, Part II.

dance floor
Wanderlost 03/18/20 05:28pm Around the Campfire
RE: Dogs with jobs

Good haul of lambs, looks like.
Wanderlost 03/18/20 05:20pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Deck Day 1 https://i.imgur.com/QWToazbl.jpg Deck Day 2 https://i.imgur.com/sYWBRtKl.jpg Deck Day 3 https://i.imgur.com/c2DWdZ3l.jpg https://i.imgur.com/fCR30Uxl.jpg Deck Day 4 https://i.imgur.com/grtxpzCl.jpg New and last year's deck construction https://i.imgur.com/G1QhQiJl.jpg A new view from the new deck https://i.imgur.com/LD3yNDGl.jpg And the normal view, but from the new deck https://i.imgur.com/QvCThO4l.jpg It's a BIG deck...
Wanderlost 03/18/20 05:10pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

We have a deck and most of the arbor, and part of the staircase frame. Standing on the new deck, we can see an area across the lake we could not see before. Cool. Rudy flatly refused to walk around on the new deck -- he really, really does not like change. At the moment, he's laying against me, needing the contact. Czarny was walking along the railing, jumping up and down from rail to deck, and generally enjoying the new wood. Rudy probably won't get out onto the new deck until I sit in a chair there. Not this evening, though, more clouds coming in. Went over to the library to pick up a stack of books for Mom. Had to reserve online, then go pick them up. Staff would pull the books and place on a table outside when I called that I was in the parking lot. While I waited on the books, I took photos of the library's bluebonnets. They are really beautiful there. Even folks who aren't coming for books pulled into the parking lot so they could wander amongst the bluebonnets. We're well situated, so not too concerned about the virus, as long as we stay here. Since we think we landed in Paradise with this property, it's no inconvenience being home.
Wanderlost 03/18/20 04:52pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Keep a Word Change a Word, Part II.

Nuclear reaction
Wanderlost 03/17/20 06:38pm Around the Campfire
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