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RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Czarny's taking advantage of the lovely weather to stay outside most of the day. When the VrBnB rental just north of us got lively last evening, he decided it was more than time to come back inside. Sadly, they didn't have a mariachi band, just talked loud, not that it bothered us. If they'd had the mariachi band, I'd have stayed outside a lot longer. We have some lovely yellow wildflowers that I thought I'd let seed out, until I saw the sticker burrs they form into. Nope, no matter how pretty the flower, that sticker burr is not welcome. Whoa, time flies when I'm not looking. Got to finish the pound cake before Mom, Sister, Tall and Short Friend get here for lunch/dinner. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 05/09/21 11:12am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

He posted a few hours ago on Facebook. Saw a weasel in his yard last night.
Wanderlost 05/04/21 09:18am RV Pet Stop
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

We got over 5" of rain last week, a tornado nearby, lots of lightning, some pea sized hail, wind, and a very disgruntled cat who couldn't go outside for days. So far today, he's taken me for several walks, one run (short), and up and down the deck stairs. He's having a wonderful time; his human is exhausted. Saw one doe the other day; hugely pregnant. We should see fawns in another week or so. Sigh. Czarny's back for more. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 05/04/21 09:17am RV Pet Stop
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

We got a little over an inch of rain last week. Made the wildflowers very happy. I think I'll ask Spousal Unit to not bother mowing the "lawn" around the house until after the wildflowers there have seeded out. Celebrated Mom, Short Friend and Sister-in-law birthdays yesterday. Nephew One brought brisket, sausages and pulled pork. Short Friend brought (and SU cooked) elk shoulder. Also had apple-cabbage slaw, potato salad, spinach salad, green beans, and bean soup appetizer. Everyone else got to eat German chocolate cake and lemon pudding coconut cake, while I had keto ice cream. The weather was so gorgeous that we stayed outside on the deck until sundown. The Commemorative Air Force was doing an air show over the lake (and our house), so we even got free entertainment. Nephew did not bring his dogs, much to Czarny's relief. He got to hang out with the people all afternoon. We have a herd of eight does now, all looking pretty healthy. I expect to see fawns in less than two weeks. We took Obi-Wander in for his annual safety inspection. SU said he noticed smoke (dust?) coming from a rear wheel well as I drove back up the driveway. We'll have that checked out at the same time we take him in for both those Daimler Freightliner recalls. And then we'll start looking at more short trips around the state. We missed the chicken fried steak festival in Lamesa last weekend, darn it... My high school class is planning a reunion this August, so that's another trip. Have to see what's going on or worth visiting between there and home, so we can make it a little longer trip. Meanwhile, Czarny wants to take me for a walk. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 04/26/21 03:19pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Would you switch from Class A to Travel Trailer

We had a gasser class A, 30', that we absolutely adored, but she was aging out, so Spousal Unit got it in his head that we should buy a trailer, since we already had my pickup that could tow it. Well, we wound up with a 36' trailer that, while very nice, simply did not have the same comfort level (or storage) of that 30' class A. The cats had to ride in the truck, rather than sleep on the bed, which caused travel delays each time one of them screamed "I gotta peeeeee!" Upshot was we figured out we are not trailer people. We sold the trailer and the old Class A and bought a new 36' diesel pusher class A, and promptly took it to Alaska and back. We and our cats are most definitely Class A folks. We tow a 2019 Jeep Wrangler. Between the two vehicles, we find them more maneuverable than a full-size pickup with long trailer, and the Class A is a lot more comfortable when we fire up the generator and run the house air conditioner or heater as appropriate. Can't do that with a trailer, so when you finally stop for the day, it takes a while for the trailer to cool down or heat up. Boils down to what's more comfortable for you. In our case, we prefer the Class A with toad.
Wanderlost 04/22/21 05:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Monday was jeans, flannel shirt, jacket. Tuesday was shorts and sandals. Wednesday and today back to jeans, flannel shirt, socks in sneakers. Back to normal temps tomorrow, but with humidity. Must be spring.... Actually rained a little today, but not enough to put even a slight dent in the drought. Sure smells nice, though. Czarny went in and out until he noticed he was wet, and now he's staying on his tree. A hummer is sitting under the arbor, only occasionally heading to the feeder. So unusual to see one not flying or nesting. Ah, I see: it's guarding the feeder. Two others flew up and it launched. Think I'll wander back outside and enjoy the damp aroma. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 04/22/21 05:09pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Czarny rode halfway in a big cage, where he slept between the litter box and the kitty bed. When he woke up, he was disoriented and howled incessantly until we stopped for lunch. We let him out, and he promptly crawled under the bed covers. We let him stay there and he was quiet until we got to the campground. After looking around out the windows, he decided under the covers was a better place to be. Each time we returned to the RV, he was hiding under the covers. He finally decided it was safe to come out late Saturday night, just in time to hide again yesterday on the trip home. When we got home, it took him a good while to figure out he was home. He kept running in and out of the RV, following me back and forth as I carried stuff into the house. When we settled in for the evening, he immediately went back into his normal routine. Appears if we just let him hide under the covers, he's fine when moving. When still, he's under the covers until I'm back, and then he's velcroed to me until bedtime, when he hogs most of the middle of the bed so he can be in contact with both humans. He's just not happy with his routine being changed... Spousal Unit told me the distance we traveled (325 miles one way) was the max he could drive anymore (he'd followed the RV in his Jeep, as we've not gotten the tow package installed yet). That's about the max I can drive the RV, too, considering the painful knot that forms in my upper left back (an anti-sway installation may help). But since that's about as far as we normally want to go in one day, anyway, we'll probably be fine. Mom turned 96 yesterday. Short Friend and Sister-in-Law have birthdays tomorrow and Wednesday, so we're doing a consolidated birthday party this coming Sunday. Mom asked specifically for the cake my Great-Aunt Bessie created in the 1930s -- a white cake split into multiple layers (Bessie did 8, but I only do 4, with the smaller group to eat it), with lemon pudding (and lemon curd) spread between layers, then lemon buttercream frosting over it all and coated in unsweetened toasted coconut. I don't toast the coconut anymore, since Mom can't chew it that way. It's rich as all get out, takes up a lot of space in the fridge, and I can't have any... Well, the master electrician is here to replace our main panel. Just waiting on the electric coop to arrive and turn off the power. SU will be here alone while they work, as Mom has a medical appointment this morning. At least it's not going to get over 72 today. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 04/19/21 07:02am RV Pet Stop
RE: Riddle Me This

Do they make decaffeinated coffee tables?
Wanderlost 04/12/21 11:29am Around the Campfire
RE: Telamarketer

Wanderlost 04/12/21 11:28am Around the Campfire
RE: Song Post - Part Three

Long Time DOWN This Road - Trapezoid
Wanderlost 04/12/21 11:27am Around the Campfire
RE: Keep a Word Change a Word, Part II.

stately avenue
Wanderlost 04/12/21 11:26am Around the Campfire
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

That's a really pretty plate. Carry a bag of clean sand to scrub your dishes (outside!), wipe with a damp cloth, and yer done. Very little water used. Learned this from my chuckwagon cook grandfather. You could use it on the plastic over your china, too, so you don't have to toss the plastic so often... Ok, I'll go back into my lurk mode...
Wanderlost 04/12/21 11:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Short Friend has set up a guy to come check out their FW and make any necessary repairs, then they'll put it up for sale. As fast as RVs move around here, shouldn't be any issues selling it. We have to replace our main power box Wednesday. Good thing it's only in the 70s this week, as I don't know how long it will take the electric company to do their thing before the electrician can replace the main circuit box. At least if it was way too hot, we could always fire up the RV generator and cool it down... The RV water heater is arguing with Spousal Unit over replacing the anode. He can screw it in just so far before it stops. Guess he'll be off to the hardware store shortly, to find a brush that will really clean those threads, since the little brush he's using doesn't seem to do the job for either of us. I got most of Obi-Wander's interior cleaned up, ready for our first trip. Kept the door open so Czarny could wander in and out. He was completely bumfuzzled at one point. He'd been exploring without the slides open, and then came back to a much bigger area, so he had to sniff the whole thing all over again. Since the weather's being so nice, we're going to "camp" in the RV for a couple nights, so he can get used to RV life before I fire up that engine. His first trip, we're locking him in the carrier, and will stop periodically to let him out to pee. We don't know what his "I gotta peeeee!!!" sound is yet and don't want him stuck in a wet carrier. Once he's used to riding around, we may leave the door off the carrier, to see if he'll do a Spotacus and be as chill as that worthy traveler was. I really miss Spotacus. What a great traveling cat he was. Back to the electricity: we were standing by the power pole chatting with the electrician. Suddenly, I realized we were standing directly under the barn swallow nest, and they were not at all happy. We moved and one immediately nested, while the other perched above the door about 10 feet away and fussed at us. No sign of activity in the north nests yet. Czarny wants to go for a walk. He's getting nervous about walking by himself, now that the swooping birds are back. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 04/12/21 11:07am RV Pet Stop
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

None of our rosemary bushes have deep roots, as we're sitting on top of a rock ledge. Pulling them out will not be a big deal. Czarny went outside this morning, with me. After our walk, he stayed out. Guess he's feeling safe again. We're cleaning up the RV and testing the replacement air conditioner in the main cabin. After the original died on the way back from Alaska (Obi-Wander's maiden voyage), we're not real trusting of that brand. Still haven't gotten the basement latch recall fix done; not happy with their fix, when a better quality latch would do and not look like garbage. Spousal Unit hasn't decided which way to go there yet. If it isn't fixed before our next trip, I'll just haul out the black Gorilla tape again... I see a kitty in the window. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 04/07/21 10:45am RV Pet Stop
RE: Waiting to become an "official" Texan

There are nice apartments in Amarillo, Mr. Ed, at far cheaper rates than any long term hotel.
Wanderlost 04/06/21 01:22pm Around the Campfire
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

I made Spousal Unit start labeling all his jigs, so someone will know what they're for... Now he's into labeling everything, so I had to get him his own label maker -- he was wearing mine out. I am glad he's doing that, though labeling the light switches did make me blink.
Wanderlost 04/06/21 01:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

We have a lot of experience pulling out shrubs, Magnus... Hosted the Easter dinner, outside on the deck, using our best bone china. Absolutely perfect weather day. Put Tall Friend on the corner seat where it was easier for him to maneuver, then Sister next to him where she could easily reach her crutches. We ate very, very well. The only one not enjoying the day was Czarny. Nephew brought both his dogs (without asking first). While the dogs do not chase cats (Wyatt the huge German Shepherd is afraid of cats), Czarny thought he should go into hiding somewhere outside all day. Dogs had a great time running around our five acres, which is still bereft of fawns. As soon as the does begin dropping fawns, Nephew's dogs are banned, and I told him that. Anyway, it took a long time to get Czarny back into the house, where he spent the rest of the evening until bedtime sniffing everywhere the dogs had been. Yesterday, he was outside a grand total of five minutes, and so far today, he's only been outside two minutes. Feeling he couldn't come back into his own house must have thoroughly frightened him. His routine will be further upset in about a week, when we take Obi-Wander on a trip. We'll spend a couple days/nights camping by the garage, so he can get used to the space and general noise -- especially since we'll be running both air conditioners in this 90-degree heat. Since he tends to cling to me when frightened, we'll probably have to make him stay in the carrier while I'm driving. I doubt he'll be as calm about riding down the road as was Spotacus. Whoa, look who just woke up. Time to reassure Czarny again. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 04/06/21 01:05pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

We actually got to eat outside last night. Lovely evening, no wind, huge moon rising. Then today, the wind is howling. Must be spring... Pool and spa are looking much better. Between running the pump on low for several hours each day and running the pool vacuum daily, it should be clear by Wednesday -- not that it's anywhere near warm enough to be swimming. Soon, though, soon. Tall and Short Friends went with us to a local Guadalajara-style restaurant today. Man, are we stuffed to the gills, and it was fabulous. We'll be adding it to our short list of favorite comfort foods places. We're hosting the framily Easter dinner next week. Hope the wind isn't so high that we can't eat outside. We have a lot more room for folks outside than inside. One of the barn swallows has decided riding on the porch ceiling fan is cool. The wind is moving the paddles gently, and the bird just sits on top and goes around and around. Will try to get a video, but as inclined to fly away as it is, I'm a little pessimistic. The rosemary shrubs are mostly dead. We'll cut away the dead parts and see if what's left can fill in as nicely as they used to be. The other bushes are just dead, so we'll hook up a chain to the pickup and yank' em out. They were totally out of control, anyway. Czarny wants to go for a walk. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 03/28/21 03:12pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Well, the pool pump fix is almost working. It's seeping. But we can turn the pump on for a while each day to continue cleaning the spring leaf droppings, etc. out of the pool and spa. Meanwhile, SU's solar pool heater setup is strong enough to roil the water, so that keeps things moving around. He's looking at yet another sealant, so maybe this will work for the time we need it to work. The barn swallows are chattering away nicely. You know it's spring when the gossip fest is in full swing. Cardinals like to sit on the deck railing, we haven't actually seen any hummingbirds yet, but we know they're in the area, so the feeders are going up. Bluebonnets looked lovely along the back roads I take to/from Sister's and Mom's place, but they are not near as profuse as the years when we got winter rains. Still lovely to look at. Our trees survived the cold snap nicely. Not sure about the rosemary bushes yet; just how much we'll have to cut back remains to be seen, but we're not touching them until the brown parts actually are proven to be dead. So far, the twigs are still pliable; only the leaves are truly dead, which doesn't mean anything yet, because it's spring, when the new leaves come out. We'll keep waiting. Garden's looking good. SU planted too many at once again, so if they all thrive, there will be a seriously frantic harvest and canning session in a few weeks. Sigh. He just can't get the rhythm of sequential plantings for extended harvests. I blame it on his Parkinson's and short term memory -- they are both very handy when needing an excuse..... It's humid as all get out, but I think I'll go sit outside and enjoy the not yet summer temps. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 03/27/21 02:34pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Eternabond doesn't work on pressurized applications. We're using more epoxy and a gasket material. Will turn it on tomorrow and see what happens. Meanwhile, the pool vacuum was busy today, then I used the pool vacuum on a stick to start cleaning the spa. That will be a project... If the pump doesn't work, we'll try using the vacuum daily to move the pool chemicals around and aerate it, so we can still swim. Magnus, if they are hungry enough, deer will eat pretty much any vegetation. But so far this year, they don't show a lot of interest in bluebonnets, not that we have any on our place. Our friends bought their FW knowing they would be living in it in our driveway. And they did, for four years. Now that TF's stroke has put paid to him driving, they've decided to let the FW go. Czarny's decided hanging out in the music room is more fun than the spare bedroom. No idea why, but at least he's not messing with any of the instruments, so it's all fine. Think I'll go out and stargaze for a while. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 03/25/21 07:51pm RV Pet Stop
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