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Posted: 09/10/19 03:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My condolences to your buddy and family. The C word isn’t popular with us either. I’m glad your mom chose AC. I hear it was hovering aroun 100’ these past few days.


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Posted: 09/12/19 11:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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.


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I'm sorry for the loss of your friend. It's never easy when we lose them. The Spotacus in our family has grown into a talker. He's also a comedian. He'll jump onto your feet and try to ride them. Then he runs up and gooses the older female cat to make her run. Too funny. Happy trails as you travel to your friends for the memorial.

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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.

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Posted: 09/16/19 03:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Most likely the Katfu Boys can smell your nephew's cat on him and avoid him like the plague because of it.

Happy trails to you. Until we meet again.

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Posted: 09/25/19 11:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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.

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Posted: 09/26/19 07:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I’m sorry to hear about the fawn. I’m glad you’re keeping the boys away from the predators.

So there’s a Spotacus doppelgänger?
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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.

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Wanderlost wrote:

... Better now, but flying home was unpleasant -- ears wouldn't clear as they descended.


Had that happen once when I was a kid. Non-pressurized cabin prop plane and I still have nightmares about the ear pain.


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