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RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

It's a foggy, foggy day, and rather damp. We've managed to get .6" of rain registered in the gauge. We need much more, but we'll take it. Tall Friend is doing well, but Short Friend has regular meltdowns. She still thinks she has to do everything herself. Not. Today we researched traveling notaries and handyman services for her, so they can get some paperwork signed and get their bathroom door widened before he goes home. Luckily, they have room to widen the door and put a sliding door on it later. Whoever thought it was a good idea to make bathroom doors 24" wide should be dug up and hanged from a lamppost... I'd forgotten that so many are too narrow, since our unique fixer upper has all interior doors more than wide enough for a wheelchair and/or walker. I'm taking Sister to Fort Rucker, where Nephew One is graduating from Army Flight School. WLToo will stay home to cat sit and help Short Friend. Just doing the laundry at our house will help, as our washer/dryer are more efficient and fast. When I get back, I'll go over and straighten up her place every few days. She's been going home, throwing stuff in the laundry, tossing things here and there, and bagging up more stuff to take to the rehab facility. Now she doesn't know what's where at home. I'll straighten it up, take photos of where I put it, and hopefully ease her mind a little bit. Meanwhile, the cats want to play. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 01/13/20 04:39pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Song Post - Part Three

The ONE On The Right Is On The Left - Johnny Cash
Wanderlost 01/07/20 10:28pm Around the Campfire
RE: Keep a Word Change a Word, Part II.

Man cave
Wanderlost 01/07/20 10:25pm Around the Campfire
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Tall Friend is in the rehab facility, but Short Friend is still having to stay with him all the time, so she's exhausted. We'll spell her as often as we can (and Tall Friend will accept), but it's tough. Magnus, your Spotacus sounds very much like ours was, although he was not all that chatty, and his voice was very quiet when he did speak. We had a buck visit the south porch this morning. Scared off the fawns and yearling, but when he left, they came back and WLToo fed them. Leoghaire strolled up and shared the feed, but they all kept staring off to the west (where the buck had not gone) and acted quite nervous. Rudy's in my face, wanting me to move the laptop so he can get comfortable. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 01/07/20 10:16pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Yes, it was a stroke. He's been in intensive care since Christmas Day. We spent a few nights with him, to spell Short Friend, before his family arrived en masse. Things have been stabilizing, though, so he should go into a rehab facility near us in the not too distant future. Until then, though, we'll still be spelling SF. His family leaves tomorrow. He's already taking a few steps with a walker and his slurred speech has improved. Has short term memory loss, but hasn't lost his sense of humor, so he's keeping his nurse laughing. Sister offered to let SF stay with her, since she's just a short drive from the hospital. We'll maintain their house here, and Sister is sending Nephew Two and dog to stay with us, so SF doesn't have to deal with Yoda acting out again. She'll also tell SF the stuff she'll need to know as a caregiver. I know from personal experience how overwhelmed she'll feel at times, so we'll be here to spell her. Meanwhile, Czarny and Rudy have not been terribly upset at us leaving them inside all day. They've decided the cool weather is not much fun, so they'd really rather be inside. Their new game is to try to crawl under the extra blanket on WLToo's side of the bed. It frequently winds up on the floor. At that point, they just crawl under the sheet and bedspread and sleep away the day. I'm very glad Rudy is sticking close to home. I guess after being skunked, he's figured out that outside is not the wonderful playground he originally thought. I see it's way past dinnertime, but I did want to update y'all. Later.
Wanderlost 01/03/20 06:43pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Keep a Word Change a Word, Part II.

Flight delay
Wanderlost 12/25/19 08:06pm Around the Campfire
RE: Song Post - Part Three

Star of Bethlehem - John Williams
Wanderlost 12/25/19 08:05pm Around the Campfire
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Not the Christmas we envisioned. Just a few minutes before dinner was to be served, Tall Friend suddenly tilted to the left, and could not move his left leg. Sister immediately took over, had Short Friend call 911, and shortly thereafter Tall Friend left for the hospital. Short Friend told me to take over and feed everyone as she headed out the door to ride with the ambulance. None of us felt like staying there, so we cleaned up, packed up the food, and retired to our house. We ate, cleaned up, then everyone up and left. Then Short Friend sent a list of things to bring, as Tall Friend would be staying in hospital. I drove back to their house, picked up what he wanted, then we went to town, dropped off the stuff, and brought Short Friend home. Strangest Christmas Day we've had in a long, long time.
Wanderlost 12/25/19 08:00pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Pumpkin Mousse

Made another one for the Christmas gathering at Tall and Short Friends' place. It was highly popular.
Wanderlost 12/24/19 03:16pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Rudy's stench was not noticeable to the party goers, since he refused to be in the room with them. By now, he's only faintly whiffy. Tall and Short Friend are having us and our family at their house for Christmas. For the first time in years, we haven't had to rush around and do stuff before Christmas. It's been great. Finished the pumpkin mousse and will whip the cream when it's room temperature. Otherwise, we just take a few other items over tomorrow. Gonna be a quiet night here, and I'm looking forward to watching my favorite Christmas movies. Czarny and Rudy will spend tomorrow inside -- no one's going outside, since I can't depend on them to come in by the time we have to leave. They'll be in bed, under the covers, by then, so I expect them to have a quiet day. Nephew One arrived from Fort Rucker, with two dogs in tow, on Sunday, about the time Sister took her boyfriend to the emergency room. They're still trying to figure out what's wrong for certain, but he's feeling better enough that he might go home Christmas Day. Good thing his kids are home, since his 97-year-old dad, who lives with boyfriend, needs a little help now and then. The doe herd is hanging around the house -- been here the last three days. They seem spooked about something and feel safer lying beside the house. Rudy sits at the door and chitters at them, but if we open the door, he runs under the bed. Czarny doesn't pay attention to them -- as long as they are on one side of the glass and he's on the other, all is fine in his kitty world. Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas.
Wanderlost 12/24/19 02:53pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Keep a Word Change a Word, Part II.

Monster Mash
Wanderlost 12/12/19 11:01am Around the Campfire
RE: Song Post - Part Three

Home ALONE Main Title (Somewhere In My Memory) - John Williams
Wanderlost 12/12/19 11:00am Around the Campfire
Pumpkin Mousse

Since I can't have sugar anymore, I adapted an old pumpkin chiffon pie recipe into a lovely rich mousse. If you want to go all normal, just change the sugar substitute back to sugar. It's been a huge hit around here for years now. Pumpkin Mousse 1 15 oz can cooked pumpkin 6 eggs 2 cups powdered monk fruit/erythritol blend 2 cups heavy cream 1 tsp salt 2 tsp ginger 1/2 tsp nutmeg 2 tsp cinnamon 4 Tbsp melted butter 2 Tbsp unflavored gelatin 1/2 cup cold water Bring eggs and cream to room temperature. Separate eggs. Mix the pumpkin, beaten egg yolks, 1 cup monk fruit/erythritol, and cream in a microwave safe 3 quart container. Microwave, stirring occasionally, about ten minutes. Add the salt, spices and butter, and continue to microwave, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is of custard consistency. While microwaving, dissolve the gelatin in cold water. When pumpkin mix reaches early custard consistency, add the gelatin, stirring it in thoroughly, then set aside to cool. Beat the egg whites until frothy, then add remaining cup of sweetener and beat until stiff peaks form. Fold into the lukewarm pumpkin custard. Place in serving bowl and top with fresh grated nutmeg. Let cool to room temperature, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until ready to serve. Store leftovers in refrigerator. Optional: Make a ginger snap crust and pile mousse into the cooked crust, then refrigerate. Makes a very tall pie. Note: If you don't need to limit the glucose spike, you can use Splenda or Swerve powdered blend, both of which are more easily available than having to order the Lakanto monk fruit blend.
Wanderlost 12/12/19 10:46am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Rudy took off yesterday morning and did not come home until after dark. Silly cat. As soon as I walked into the house after working at the library, the stench hit me hard. Smelled like old skunk meets old tires. I thought it was hot plastic at first, and checked every electric connection in the great room, where the stench was concentrated. WLToo can't smell like he used to, so he didn't realize there was a serious problem. It took several hours before I finally located the source: Rudy. No idea what he rubbed against, but it was all over him. Was much too late at night to try cleaning him off, so we just made sure he could not crawl under the covers with us. I put Mentholatum in my nostrils so I could sleep without smelling him, and it worked enough to get a fair amount of sleep. Then this morning, I put him in the shower and bathed him. He cried a lot, occasionally tried to climb the glass doors, but mostly just sat and shook while I cleaned as much off him as I could before my back said "enough!" Used four towels to get him dry enough that he could finish the job, and then went around the house sniffing wherever he'd been, so I could clean the smelly residue off that spot. He just joined me for a few minutes of serious petting, and he still smells a bit, but it's not so horrible now that we can't tolerate it. We have a serious pile of stinky laundry to clean out before the place is finally clean of that odor. Dang! With a party scheduled on Tuesday, we did NOT need this level of cleaning to get through. Sigh. Anyway, break's over, back to cleaning. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 12/12/19 10:28am RV Pet Stop
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Fencer came to visit for Thanksgiving. For some reason, Rudy did not like him. I guess Rudy could smell Fencer's three cats on him. Anyway, he peed on Fencer's clothes twice, which were on the guest bed. Luckily, we had a waterproof mattress pad on it, so the mattress is fine. The cats have now lost guest bedroom privileges. While we were at the Ren Faire, Rudy apparently didn't like being kept inside for 3 days, so he peed on the love seat, too. Four gallons of Nature's Miracle so far, and I'll check tomorrow to see if I finally got the smell out, then we'll steam clean it. Little t3rd... Sister's dog bit Short Friend for the third time, so Sister had to move back to her house. She took it off the market until January so she wouldn't have the added stress through the holidays. We can't figure out why Yoda took such a dislike to Short Friend, who's never done anything to the dog. Part of the problem is that Sister is not the alpha in Yoda's pack, so he feels like he can get away with being the alpha. The faire visit resulted in a bunch of interesting stuff to give for Christmas. The place is just too large to see everything and all the shows in one day, so we'll have to go for two days next year. Hopefully, Rudy will have gotten over whatever his problem was, so we don't come home to another peed on seat. Sigh. WLToo is calling. Having some issue with the timer on the Christmas lights he put up around the new deck. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 12/06/19 07:36pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Keep a Word Change a Word, Part II.

scenic express
Wanderlost 11/20/19 10:00am Around the Campfire
RE: Song Post - Part Three

MAYBE You Should Have Been Listening - Jessi Colter
Wanderlost 11/20/19 09:59am Around the Campfire
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Gettin' a mite lively around here. Fencer is coming for Thanksgiving, so we'll all be going to the Texas Renaissance Festival -- all three of us like to dress appropriately. Tall and Short Friend don't want to drive that far, so they'll stay here and take care of the cats. Meanwhile, the same realtor that gave Sister two previous and insulting offers put down an acceptable offer, on an "as is" basis. He then had 10 days to back out. So yesterday, the 10th day, he backed out, claiming issues from the inspection. Never mind that the offer was "as is." The only issues in the inspection were age related, so I see this as just another ploy, and would not be at all surprised if the home inspector they hired was already in the realtor's pocket, as I saw some things in the "inspection" that were not present in her house at all. That realtor owns lots of houses in that development and is looking for more. But he nickel and dimes down the prices beyond ridiculous. So I see this as just another in his quiver of sleazy actions, where the house is listed as "pending" for ten days, so that other interested folks pass it by, then he rejects it to mentally mess with Sister's mind. He's trying to make her desperate, so she'll do anything to sell. Well, that just ain't gonna happen. Her realtor and I explained exactly what the offering slime bag is trying to do, and what he will do next (wait a few weeks, then make another **** offer and think she'll accept it that time). Meanwhile, everything her realtor has said will happen and when has happened exactly as he said, so the next surge of interest is coming up. One of her son's friends' mom is a local realtor in the same development. Sister will call her to find out if the slime bag realtor has been spreading ugly rumors about Sister's house, in an attempt to sabotage anyone else from buying it. If so, several complaints will get processed toot sweet. On the wildlife front, we believe the 8-point buck is illegal to hunt, as his antlers don't extend past his ears. Not that it will make the slightest difference to the poachers around here. Still, as long as he likes hanging around in our meadow, he's safe. Hope he'll continue to do so. My dermatologist cut off a lump on my leg earlier this month. It came back as skin cancer. Will see him next week to determine what, if anything, needs to be further done. It was either basal-cell or squamous-cell, not sure which, as the caller used both terms and talked really fast. Since it's not melanoma, I'm not losing any sleep. Just a little weirded out that my first skin cancer would show up on my leg, when my face and arms have spent far more time exposed to the sun. Meanwhile, all the every six months bloodwork at my GP came back completely normal, except for glucose and A1C, and they continue to go down as I lose weight. But the GP really wants me on a diabetes medication, and since I can't take metformin (nasty reaction with a heartbeat space regulator medication) or Invokana (makes me dizzy), I now give myself a weekly shot to stimulate more natural insulin production. I have no way to measure that, but it's also an appetite suppressor, which I have noticed in a big way. Have lost almost 3 pounds in a week and a half. Hopefully, it won't go quite so fast as I adjust to the medication -- I have no desire to look like a Shar Pei... It's a gloriously beautiful autumn day, high to be 76, so I'm heading outside. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 11/20/19 09:36am RV Pet Stop
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Rudy's not deaf. He's just a cat, a male cat...
Wanderlost 11/17/19 12:22pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Keto French Toast Bake

I developed a problem with Invokana, so now I'm on Ozempic. Within three days of the first injection, I lost 2 pounds. Much to my surprise, it's also a known appetite suppressor, which is why the weight is coming off so easily. Hope it's not just an early on the meds thing... Meanwhile, here's another great Keto recipe for us breakfast casserole fans: Keto Breakfast Casserole
Wanderlost 11/17/19 12:03pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
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