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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
RE: Song Post - Part Three

SAVE My Soul - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Wanderlost 03/17/20 06:35pm Around the Campfire
RE: Reuben Casserole

We had the rest for lunch today. It's definitely better the second day.
Wanderlost 03/17/20 05:33pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

We headed over to our local pharmacy to pick up refills. The pharmacy tech handling the transactions wore gloves and a mask, but otherwise everything was calm. Over to the local grocery store, which had a full parking lot, but that's pretty small -- not many people actually inside the store. Got some eggs, oatmeal, and Mom's lactose-free milk (sshhh, don't tell the big city folks that we have eggs and milk!). Didn't even go down the paper products aisle -- don't need anything, but as I passed by, it looked bare. Definitely not totally panic stricken here: the wine and beer aisle was fully stocked, and the liquor store was open but not real busy. We're going to stay close to home for a couple weeks now. There are still so many tourists and city folk coming out to their vacation homes that the virus could sneak in here any second now. Since we're old and have an even older mom here, that's not a risk our family doctor wants us to take. Not like we don't have plenty to do around here, and with acreage, we can just close the gate and putter around outside quite safely. WLToo believes Czarny was the guilty party who climbed into one of our planters and made a big pile of dirt over that newly planted row of seeds... I'm not so certain -- we do have raccoons, and he did leave an open access into the garden that a coon could have gotten through. Big thunderstorm on the way, so I'll log off now. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 03/17/20 05:30pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Yesterday, Richard posted a photo of the bride and groom on his Facebook page.
Wanderlost 03/16/20 05:30pm RV Pet Stop
RE: new currency in 2020

That new currency is called Buttcoin...
Wanderlost 03/16/20 05:18pm Around the Campfire
RE: This has to stop !

My cats are eyeing the Reuben casserole. They're not normally interested in people food, but I guess the panic has finally filtered into the local feline grapevine....
Wanderlost 03/16/20 05:17pm Around the Campfire
RE: Song Post - Part Three

Dance The NIGHT Away - The Mavericks
Wanderlost 03/16/20 05:15pm Around the Campfire
RE: Have friends/family in lockdown?

Tall Friend is in a rehab unit. They're not allowing visitors at all. We're in contact via text message and FaceTime. His wife goes to the main door with packaged snack foods and drinks, to supplement the very limited menu being delivered to each room (cold, naturally). She also picks up and delivers his laundry to lessen the load on the rehab employees. We pulled Mom (age 95) out of her independent living facility in the city, and she'll remain with us in the country until Sister closes on her new house. Then they'll both move in together. Sister works from home, but she's got Sojgrens and Lupus, and doesn't dare get out into crowds, so we're not sure when this move will happen. Meanwhile, her 22-year-old son has a job delivering food (and is busier than a one-armed paper hanger), so hopefully he won't be exposed and bring it home to her. Her sons' father (her ex) is in a long term care nursing home with partial paralysis and severe dementia. Facility is closed to outsiders. No one and nothing coming in, for the patients' safety, so the boys don't feel guilty about not being able to visit. As old coots ourselves, we are in the vulnerable class. We're having groceries and prescriptions delivered to our closed gate about 800 feet down the hill. We'll stay in touch with friends and family via social media, Skype, FaceTime, phone calls, etc. We'll be doing a lot of little projects around here, intensively managing the vegetable garden, and not being bored at all. You all stay safe out there.
Wanderlost 03/16/20 05:11pm Around the Campfire
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