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RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Cloudy day, but they don't seem interested in sharing the rain with us -- not that we need it, but when one lives in a semi-arid region, rain is always welcome. Until the flooding begins, of course... Got the garden planted. Czarny helped by chasing bugs for us. Suppertime. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 09/16/20 05:29pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Keep a Word Change a Word, Part II.

hook echo
Wanderlost 09/15/20 12:45pm Around the Campfire
RE: Song Post - Part Three

YESTERDAY'S Rain - Toby Keith
Wanderlost 09/15/20 12:44pm Around the Campfire
Sangria Gelatin Ring

Sister had a themed dinner, where we'd bring a dish that was popular in our birth years. For 1952, I found this one, and it's magnificent. The original recipe used lemon Jell-O, but I couldn't find any, much less sugar-free, so I used lime and it was very Christmasy looking. It's a keeper, and we'll be serving it often. SANGRIA GELATIN RING https://i.imgur.com/KaiGbnql.jpg 1-1/2 cups Sangria or sweet white wine 2 packages (.3 ounces each) lime, raspberry or cherry (or mixed flavors) sugar-free gelatin 2 cups club soda, chilled 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries 1/2 cup green grapes, halved Bring wine to a full boil. In a large heatproof bowl, add boiling wine to gelatin; stir 2 minutes to completely dissolve. Stir in chilled club soda. Refrigerate until thickened but not firm, about 45 minutes. Stir in berries and grapes. Pour into a 6-cup ring mold coated with cooking spray. Refrigerate until set, about 4 hours. Unmold onto a serving platter. If desired, place more berries in the center of the ring. Makes 10 servings. NUTRITION per serving: 117 Calories 16 total carbs 2 g fiber 6 g sugar (from the fruit) 1 g protein 52 g sodium
Wanderlost 09/15/20 12:32pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Well, we were pretty disappointed in the German food. The sauerbraten wasn't -- it was just a roast in brown gravy. The Zigeurnerschnitzel was some bizarre mess that bore zero resemblance to the real thing. At least the Jaegerschnitzel and the Raumschnitzel were authentic. The side dishes were fine. The accordionist stopped by our table and next thing I know, we're having a long conversation in Texas German Dialect (local blend of Old and modern German, Spanish, English and a dash of Comanche). I normally speak modern German, but fell right into TGD. So that part of the dining experience was outstanding. Mom, Nephew, and dog Yoda came to stay with us all day yesterday. Seems Sister's house has interesting electrical issues, and the electricians had to do some pretty extensive work yesterday. Well, Yoda met Czarny and it did not go well for Yoda. Good thing I'd recently trimmed Czarny's claws, or he'd have filleted Yoda's nose. When Nephew announced, "Time to go," Yoda was outside and in the car long before Mom had collected her stuff. Czarny turned up his nose at his water fountain last night (dog slobber); it got cleaned again. He's happy today. Nice weather for being outside all morning, napping on a tower now. I suspect Yoda is thrilled to be safe at home with his buddy, ginger cat Monty. We still have at least two hummingbirds, but they're not drinking down the feeder very fast, so something hummer friendly has bloomed in the area. Time to get moving, before I fall asleep in my chair. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 09/15/20 12:05pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Blappity, blappity, kerwhump! Blappity, blappity, kerwhump! Hearing what sounded like a basketball game on our roof, we just went outside to see six vultures congregated up there. Most were black-headed vulture, but one was a turkey vulture. The black-headed ones may have been pecking at the turkey vulture. Now they're kettling over the house. Czarny took cover under the F-350, and I had to coax him out and back into the house, since he was terrified that the big birds would swoop him like the barn swallows did, only worse. We can't smell what they smell, so we're at a loss as to why they are congregating directly overhead. Meanwhile, vulture feathers are all over the roof and drifting in the breeze. Just another day in the countryside...
Wanderlost 09/11/20 12:23pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Song Post - Part Three

The LADY Is A Tramp - Lena Horne
Wanderlost 09/10/20 07:42pm Around the Campfire
RE: Keep a Word Change a Word, Part II.

Vanilla flavoring
Wanderlost 09/10/20 07:40pm Around the Campfire
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

Maybe you could get fancy and do a fade in sunrise or sunset colors. That would get folks' attention... We had a spinnaker in sky blue, yellow, orange, red, and dark blue made up for our sailboat many years ago, before we decided to come ashore with a Class A. Got a lot of attention, and made it easy for folks to link up -- just look for the sunset spinnaker. Not fully decided yet. I did however, temporarily hang this up a few days ago, just to see how it would look on the back. Even though I'm not a beach person, I kind of like this on the back. I'm sure there are plenty of other things that would look just as nice back there. http://paddleupstream.com/mohorebuild/sunrise.jpg Ooh, I like that. It really would look great pretty much anywhere on the RV.
Wanderlost 09/10/20 07:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

We have a local movie channel that shows John Wayne movies, even the stinkers. Today a cold snap showed up. Temps were 35 degrees below normal and it rained some more. I had to wear long pants and a windbreaker! Then it rained some more. Now we've gotten over 5" since 1 Sep, more than half of it this week. The swimming pool is an infinity pool yet again, and Spousal Unit set up a bypass so more rain won't drain into the pool from the roof. Poor Czarny can't figure out why it went from hot to chilly so fast, not to mention wet. He's spent most of yesterday and today on his towers. The deer herd is much enjoying the new growth, so they're spending more time in our meadow -- not that we can see them much, what with the rain obscuring the view... Short Friend noticed I have a coupon to their favorite restaurant, so instead of us cooking Sunday, we're all going there. Time for a good German meal, anyway. Czarny woke up and wants to play. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 09/10/20 07:17pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

Maybe you could get fancy and do a fade in sunrise or sunset colors. That would get folks' attention... We had a spinnaker in sky blue, yellow, orange, red, and dark blue made up for our sailboat many years ago, before we decided to come ashore with a Class A. Got a lot of attention, and made it easy for folks to link up -- just look for the sunset spinnaker.
Wanderlost 09/04/20 07:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Finally Time, we live in a semi-arid region, with water restrictions, not to mention it gets seriously hot. That truly limits what we can plant, so we tend to stick with native flora. We're not quite xeriscaping, but close, simply because we cannot afford to water five acres. We'll do what the ag experts here recommend, once we decide on the native species. In many cases, that's simply tossing the seed out in the general vicinity of "dirt," then leaving it alone. Our "dirt" is broken down limestone, mostly, with a teeny bit of loam that's formed under the live oak trees over the decades. It's super thin, which some native species like and others don't so much. Magnus, I honestly do not know if the local whitetail eat clover. Haven't done my full research yet. Speaking of deer, a doe herd seems to be forming again. We had nine deer in our meadow, mostly around the garden fence and shed yesterday, including Leoghaire and her one surviving baby from a couple years ago. Five were fawns. I hope they can survive the poachers. It rained a good part of today, slow mostly, with occasional downpours. Total was 1.82", which we really needed. Pool's almost an infinity pool again. Czarny wanted out, but it was too wet to stay, so he did the "kitty on the wrong side of the door" most of today, poor guy. We put Tall Friend and Short Friend on a plane to Wisconsin yesterday, headed to a wedding. Was quite the effort, what with TF's wheelchair and walker, the Stetson hat box he insisted on taking, two checked bags, and a backpack SF wore with all the rest of their carry-on stuff. WLToo went into the terminal with them, dragging the check-in luggage, while I drove to the cell phone waiting lot. We haven't heard from them, so we're assuming they got there okay. Since Mom's no longer living with us, we decided to chance going to a restaurant tonight. Had some lovely Tex-Mex, lots of space between patrons, pleasant atmosphere. It was nice. Got home in time for a lovely sunset. I do with our cameras could capture how beautiful the sky gets here, but it's never quite right. Sigh. Czarny wants to play. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 09/04/20 07:07pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Cast Iron pan seasoning Question

Mom moved in with Sister, whose kitchen is too small for both sets of cookware. We got Mom's cast iron, and Sister took the Corningware. All of the CI need re-seasoning, as she's not cooked for three years. The oven needs cleaning, so we'll just put the CI into the oven, clean, and then start the re-seasoning process. I prefer bacon fat, lard or Crisco for seasoning -- they all work just fine for me. And as old and well used as these pieces are, I've no doubt they'll re-season just fine. Now where to store them -- that's the issue. Our kitchen isn't much bigger than Sister's, but dang if I'll ever give up cast iron...
Wanderlost 09/04/20 06:49pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Keep a Word Change a Word, Part II.

sausage patty
Wanderlost 08/28/20 03:52pm Around the Campfire
RE: Song Post - Part Three

DON'T Lose Your Head -- Queen
Wanderlost 08/28/20 03:52pm Around the Campfire
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Not gonna get the kibble. Texas A&M strongly recommends we all stop feeding grains to whitetail deer. Seems it's not their normal forage, and it so messes up their digestive microbes that it can literally kill the deer. Instead, we're going to do some meadow management, and see if we can encourage more whitetail friendly plants. Some of what we learned: White-tailed deer are ruminants like cows, but their diet selection is very different. Whereas cattle are grass-roughage eaters, white-tailed deer are concentrate selectors8. Their rumen is small relative to body size and they are less suited than sheep, cattle, and bison to degrading long fibrous forages. Deer and other browsers are best suited to digesting the leaves and stems of trees and shrubs (woody browse) and broad leaf herbaceous plants (forbs) that form small particles in the rumen. Therefore, the diet of a deer consists primarily of forbs and browse (80 percent or more), and to a limited extent, grasses (5 percent or less). The only grasses deer use to any extent are ones that are rapidly degraded in the rumen, such as the small grains, ryegrass, and some native species. Other native plants used by white-tailed deer include fruits and acorns (soft and hard mast) and mushrooms (about 15 percent). Feed rations are also typically alien to the microorganisms in the rumen of white-tailed deer. These microorganisms aid digestion and are specialized to the types of food these animals consume. When a new feed is introduced, the rumen microbial population must change. When deer are unable to rapidly adapt their gut fauna, they experience digestive stress, degraded body condition, or even death. Common diseases associated with these digestive disruptions are acidosis and enterotoxemia. In the latter case, overeating grains and grain-based feeds is a pathway for a pathogenic bacteria to infect and kill the deer. We'll continue to provide water, but we'll stop feeding, as even the occasional "treat" can thoroughly upset their rumen. It's hard to let nature take its course, especially when one knows the wild animal from birth, but it's better overall. I'm sure this decision won't go over real well with the other wildlife, who take advantage of the leftovers or who get into whatever we'd put down before the deer arrive. Again, it's better to just let nature take its course. That does mean we're going to take a closer look at the meadow and see if there are plants we could add to help the whitetail survive this harsh climate. Meanwhile, the domestic "wild" life is napping on top of a cat tower. We make Czarny come inside during the high 90s and 100s temps, being his black coat is a heat sink. Tall Friend got into our swimming pool last Wednesday and Sunday and did some therapy. Considering he doesn't swim, this was a big deal. We helped him walk around the pool (deepest part comes to his chest), then he did some exercises. He thinks it's helped. Hopefully, we'll get him in the pool a few more times before it cools off. The hurricanes gave us nothing, not even a breeze. Sigh. WLToo mentioned us starting to wander around Texas, visiting historic sites we've not yet visited. I hope Czarny is as good a traveler as Alexander the Grrreat was. I highly doubt he'll rise up to Spotacus enthusiasm. But if we're going to travel in the RV, Czarny's coming with us. I just don't sleep well without a cat in bed with me. WLToo said a couple mornings ago, he woke up and saw Czarny sleeping on my pillow, wrapped around my head. Usually that will wake me up, as Czarny licks and tugs on my hair. But I slept right through it. The new issue is he wants to chew the CPAP hose, which is really bad. So I started putting the hose under the covers, where he can't get to it. So far... It's time to get into the pool and get my daily workout in. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 08/28/20 03:41pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A plea to get involved

Working a full shift like that is kinda beyond my legs' ability now. Sigh. Here's hoping some younger folks who may not be attending in-person classes could help out. That would be great for everyone.
Wanderlost 08/22/20 07:00pm Around the Campfire
RE: Healthy Eating

"Health experts." Yeah, right....
Wanderlost 08/22/20 06:53pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

It's a fancy sleeping bag with a couple of bells and whistles. Me, I need a sheet, a pillow, and lots of air. If it's cold, my old Army poncho liner does the trick. But hey, if it works for you, great.
Wanderlost 08/22/20 06:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Finished. Mom's at Sister's house. They call every now and then to ask which box we packed something in, even though I gave them the packing list. Oh, well. We'll help next week, but we packed it all, and need a break. Still have to go back to her apartment to pick up the leftover packing materials, then turn in the key, and we'll finally be shut of that. We got over an inch of rain this morning, and it's been absolutely lovely all day. Czarny got to go outside as much as he wanted; right now he's zooming around the deck, while I sit at the table out here, enjoying the shade, the breeze, and the boats on the lake. Could do without the noisy little airplane flying over us, though. Only downside to this day was a lightning strike next ridge over destroyed a lady's house. She'd been here since before the dam was built in 1964, and was about to close on her house sale. All that's left are a couple of brick walls and a bit of concrete -- the rest is ash. It was quite the fire; we could see it clearly from here. At least she got out safely. I just hope the sale wasn't her living funds. Not sure now if Marco is going to share any rain with us next week. Hope the folks in Louisiana are ready for Marco and Laura hitting back to back. The hummingbirds are really aggressive now. It's probably about time to put out all the feeders, in case the migration starts a little early. I'm doing some research into hummingbird plants that the deer won't eat, so we can have something for them next year besides just the nectar. The herd came up yesterday, but all we had was a bit of Mom's leftover applesauce. Still, they liked it. We really need to get off our tired backsides and go buy some deer or goat kibble. This little bit of rain helped, but it won't be enough to get enough feed growing for them to graze on, and they are looking a bit skinny. Czarny's laying on the table beside my laptop. The birdies won't swoop him when he's beside me. Guess we'll stay out here until my battery gets low. Y'all have a wonderful weekend. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 08/22/20 06:39pm RV Pet Stop
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