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RE: Keep a Word Change a Word, Part II.

mash grass
Wanderlost 08/15/19 03:15pm Around the Campfire
RE: Song Post - Part Three

Did You Ever Want To CRY - The Mamas and The Papas
Wanderlost 08/15/19 03:10pm Around the Campfire
RE: If I have to ask I probably shouldn't

Oooo, I want that!!
Wanderlost 08/15/19 02:22pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

WLToo has taken over most of the garage with his woodworking. There's just enough room for my pickup on the far end. His pickup has to stay outside. All of his hobbies take up an enormous amount of space. The office/library/sewing room was supposed to be my space. So was the music room, which now has all his hunting gear and a Murphy bed taking up most of the space around the piano. Why couldn't he collect thimbles or something tiny? Sheesh. Your cat reminds me of Spotacus. As long as I played the complete works of George Strait or other male country stars on those long trips back and forth to Mom's old place, he was perfectly happy. Best traveling cat ever, he was.
Wanderlost 08/15/19 02:20pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Traveling From Kingman, az to near San Antonio, tx

Another option is to take I-40 to Amarillo then highway 287 South to Wichita Falls and highway 281 South to San Antonio. Wow, that's definitely the long way. From many years personal experience, suggest I-40 to Amarillo. I-27/US-87 to south of Lubbock, where the interstate portion ends, but US-87 is still multi-lane. Take US-87 to Fredericksburg, turn left onto US-290. Drive to Johnson City and turn right onto US-281, then straight ahead to Spring Branch. You could also turn onto US-84 in Lubbock and take it to I-10, then east to Abilene, then south on US-84 to Coleman, continue south on US-283 to Brady, then US-87 to Fredericksburg, etc. I prefer the former route, as it has more multi-lanes than US-84. Both are fairly scenic (after about 200 miles of high prairie) and both have a fair number of RV parks. I do highly recommend the San Angelo KOA. Enjoy your trip.
Wanderlost 08/15/19 11:25am Roads and Routes
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Our foxes look to be pretty healthy and happy. They will sit and listen to a human chat to them, then get a drink from the water trough and head to their hunting ground beyond our fence. So far, they are as afraid of the cats as the cats are afraid of them. That's good. Thanks to the foxes and rat snakes, we've only seen one rodent (a rat) here on the property in the entire 9 years we've lived here. Mr. Rat didn't last long. With the heat, the cats are not much interested in being outside. They prefer sleeping on a bed in the sunlight. Last week was annual shots and exam day. I slipped up on Rudy and got him into a carrier easily. Czarny fought tooth and claws (I have the scabs and scars) before we finally stuffed him into his carrier. He called us all kinds of names during the ride over. We let them out in the exam room, and they both immediately hid behind the computer monitor, which made it very easy for the vet tech to pull one out at a time. The actual exam went fine, shots given, and Rudy was happy to go back into the carrier. Czarny argued vociferously again, but the vet and vet tech finally prevailed. He was not so noisy going home. They did both avoid us the rest of the day, but came out for evening treats and follow-up pettins. I found a full bottle of Spotacus' medication, and called the animal shelter to see if they had a cat prescribed Dasuquin. They did, so I donated it. One less item cluttering up the house. Speaking of clutter, WLToo has decided to play with his N-scale model railroad stuff again. The dining room table is covered in plastic building kits, rolling stock, and some 70+ engines. He's dreaming again of a building just for his trains. Guess I'll be sorting the budget to set aside that money. On the up side, the sooner the building exists, the sooner he'll get all his train stuff out of the room that's supposed to be a library/office/sewing room. Think I'll work a little faster.... We inaugurated the deck with a pool party last Sunday. Brought Mom up on Saturday so she could see it and party, and took her back to the city on Monday. WLToo made a table from the leftover deck cedar, and new chair cushions are inbound. The umbrella shades the entire sitting area, and with an evening breeze, even these hot days are lovely out there. Made sitting on the porch too hot in comparison, so we're putting ceiling fans on the north porch, which we can safely use now that the barn swallows have migrated. The joys of home ownership. It's great. Time to call Freightliner about Obi-Wander's recall. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 08/15/19 10:55am RV Pet Stop
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Finally got the new deck sealed. Definitely not going to reseal in August ever again. I'm putting it on the April schedule. A skulk of foxes strolled across the driveway two mornings ago, 3 adults and 2 kits. Luckily, the cats were asleep and missed the parade. The day before that, an adult fox came by, startling both cats and itself. The cats dashed back into the house, Rudy growling and Czarny looking concerned. The fox dashed to the driveway, sat down, and looked back at the house for a bit, then headed down the meadow. I think this fox was the one that played with Spotacus, but is too wary of two cats to want to play with these guys - not that either wants to play with the fox. This morning, Czarny flew across the pool deck, around the pool and inside the house, all puffed up. As he headed under the bed, Rudy ran inside. WLToo checked and saw Leoghaire coming up the slope. Rudy's the big, brave hunter when Leoghaire is eating corn on the north porch, chittering away through the window. But neither cat wants to be anywhere near her outside. Good. Best they not interact. Rudy is getting so he comes when I call him; Czarny, not so much. But he is noticing that Rudy gets treats when he answers me, so I have hopes that Czarny will decide treats are more important than running around outside when we want him inside. Meanwhile, Rudy is rubbing all over WLToo now, since he's the treats purveyor, and neither cat backs away when WLToo puts the treats down. One day, they'll sit on his lap -- I just know it. There's a wasp hanging out underneath the hummingbird feeder. Sometimes, it tries to chase the hummers away, and sometimes it just stays in place. I don't think the feeder leaks, and we certainly don't allow a nest to be built under it, so it's just an interesting thing to watch for now. When I refilled the feeder yesterday, the wasp flew up toward my face, I blew gently, and it flew away, so it's not one of the aggressive sort. Did not get a close enough look at it to determine what kind, other than it's not a yellow jacket. Around here, we see a yellow jacket, it dies. Red wasps, mud daubers, etc., are fine -- they aren't aggressive toward us or our critters, they eat undesirable insects, and they don't make a mess, so they can stay. There was a wasp earlier that did chase the hummers around, until a barn swallow swooped in and grabbed it right in its middle. That's the last aggressive wasp we've seen this year. The swallows have migrated already, and I do miss them so. They've been replaced by a woodpecker with a love of banging on the plastic covering on the power line connections. At least that's not near as annoying as the woodpecker that banged on our metal chimney cover every Sunday morning back in Virginia. Woodpeckers like to play like that... A huge flock of bitty birds has been hanging around the last week or so. They move around in a mob, and I haven't gotten a close enough look at them to see what they are. Their presence might explain why we don't have ankle biting insects in the early evening anymore. Hope they stay a while. Sister's house is on the market, and the realtor's pretty sure it will sell quickly, after walking in and seeing how we'd staged it and that it was pristine clean. Last Saturday, we drove around the lake, getting a feel for whatever neighborhoods she liked. Her initial criteria was it has to be no more than 10 minutes drive from us, but now she's reaching out further (whew). Some really nice places coming up, within her budget, but a bit farther than that 10 minute criteria. By the time she sells her place and is ready to make an offer, she should have a much better idea of which neighborhood she'll want to be in. There are a couple of cats eyeing me. Guess it's play time. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 08/04/19 01:19pm RV Pet Stop
Loin in a Slow Cooker

https://i.imgur.com/fbKApAAl.jpg This is kind of barbecue meets sauerbraten meets teriyaki. 1 beef or pork loin 1/2 cup brown sugar, tightly packed into measuring cup 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon cracked pepper 6-8 drops Tabasco Chipotle sauce (or to taste) 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 1/2 teaspoons dried orange peel 2 cups white wine, or 1 cup each water & orange juice 1 large onion, sliced (optional) 2 carrots, sliced (optional) Mix sugar, vinegar, pepper, Tabasco, ginger, garlic, orange peel and wine. Pour about 1/2 cup into bottom of slow cooker. Place loin on top, fatty side up. Cover and store in refrigerator a minimum of four hours; overnight is better. Put slow cooker crock into cooker and turn on High. Scatter onion and carrots around loin, if using. Cook until done, about 8 hours. Remove loin and let rest 10 minutes. Use juice as a sauce. You can slightly thicken it with corn starch, if desired. NOTES: This will work nicely in a Dutch oven, too.
Wanderlost 07/28/19 01:25pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

We decided on a "staycation" and moved into the RV. Carried the cats over in their carriers, so they were thoroughly disgruntled. Then they wandered up and down the RV, yakking and screaming up a storm. I left for several hours, riding around with Sister while she gets a feel for the various neighborhoods in which she plans to look for a house. WLToo said as soon as I left, Rudy tucked himself under the street side night stand, and Czarny crawled under the bed covers and my pillow. They were still there when I returned, but when they woke up, they were a whole lot calmer. Bedtime was another matter. Czarny discovered a new game: reach under the bathroom door and pull the bath mat into the hallway, then drag it around as noisily as possible. After the third time, I put it in the shower and made a note to find a better storage place for it when it's not in use. Rudy stood in the hall and meowed a lot, then jumped on the bed, crawled under the covers, purred loudly, then raced away -- multiple times all night. Eventually, Czarny joined in, minus all the meowing. WLToo slept through all of this. I'm dragging today. Anyway, we decided they're okay inside the RV, so we opened the door and invited them outside. Czarny was right out; Rudy took longer and shook a lot. He immediately crawled under the RV, while Czarny ate grass. I finally got them to walk toward me, where they finally realized they'd been home the entire time, and shot toward the house door. After going in and out as usual, they are back to normal. We're putting stuff back in the RV, so we'll keep it air conditioned another few days. Then we need to get it to Freightliner for that recall fix. Meanwhile, one of the warranty fixes did not fix. The bathroom door frame was cut just a hair too wide, so the door does not stay shut. They didn't succeed in fixing it, but WLToo will install a shim behind the latch panel so the bolt will stay in place, and that should finally fix it. I stocked up on black Gorilla tape, in anticipation of the basement latches fix not working. Considering there's now a recall on same, but no idea when Winnebago will notify us to get it in for that fix, I'm being cautious. Next trip we'll have plenty of tape to keep those doors shut! Leoghaire comes by for a daily feed and casual conversation, sometimes with that fawn and sometimes not. We're pretty convinced the fawn was orphaned and Leoghaire is letting it hang with her. It's old enough to have been fully weaned before its mom disappeared, and is slowly becoming accustomed to humans pouring out something for it to eat. Who knows? It may be the next to be our resident doe (if it is a doe). Gettin sleepy. Nap time. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 07/28/19 01:17pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Song Post - Part Three

RIVER Of No Return -- Marilyn Monroe
Wanderlost 07/25/19 09:33pm Around the Campfire
RE: Keep a Word Change a Word, Part II.

taxing district
Wanderlost 07/25/19 09:31pm Around the Campfire
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Lovely day today, only got to 90, with a pleasant breeze. We spent most of it outside. Another record challenging low tonight (broke the record last night), then we'll gradually be moving back into the mid-90s and higher humidity. Meanwhile, zebra mussels blocked several of the water company's intake pipes in the lake, so they've asked everyone to just use water inside the home until they can get the pipes cleared. I'm still gonna add water to the deer trough... Short Friend just advised us that she has Lyme Disease, from ticks so small they look like poppy seeds. I had a co-worker catch that. She wound up with a port in her arm, so she could add IV antibiotics 3 times a day for weeks. Hope SF's isn't that serious. She did say the pain is pretty severe, but it was caught very early. Have a terrible case of the sleepies, so I'll say good night. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 07/25/19 09:20pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Got sister's house staged and pristine clean. Realtor walked inside and said, "Wow!" Listing goes active on Thursday, and he envisions a quick sale. Based on the amount the realtor said it will sell for, Sister is now looking at some higher priced homes around the lake. She's very interested in one that just went up for sale on the corner of our street. Not sure I'd be real comfortable that close, but there's plenty of time and houses for her to look over. Meanwhile, the deck is finished. https://i.imgur.com/sXSPNYdl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/pFTpkkjl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/wAsCLWjl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/PMWdNLol.jpg The cats are still evaluating the new appearance. Czarny will walk around the deck with me, but so far Rudy is not going there. He's a little chuffed that the old hidey hole is gone. Leoghaire brought a fawn with her yesterday, allowing it to eat corn from Leoghaire's dish. Nice looking fawn; no idea if it's hers, but based on her earlier behavior, we don't think so. WLToo says dinner's ready. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 07/23/19 04:55pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Keep a Word Change a Word, Part II.

common sense
Wanderlost 07/14/19 04:06pm Around the Campfire
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Well, that house staging didn't happen. The painter was not finished, the house wasn't fully emptied of all non-staging items, and it was still in need of cleaning. Mom and I did what we could before age caught up with us both. Sometime this week, the house will finally be ready to sell. Given the local market, I don't see her having any trouble selling, and then Two Guys & A Truck will move out the last of her stuff. Finding the right house at the lake will be the next challenge. Houses in her budget are either too tiny (just vacation homes), too much a fixer upper, of just plain weird, and yet they are flying off the market. When she can focus only on the lake, she'll be able to jump on the very hottest listings and eventually score a new home. Tall and Short Friends are enjoying their time in Arcadia NP, Maine. We don't hear from them much, as it's a wilderness with no cell phone coverage. The concrete was poured yesterday. It doesn't quite match the pebbly stuff already there, as the new concrete has larger pebbles, but it works for us. Just waiting on the cedar to be delivered this week, and then they'll start building the new and improved deck in a week or so. Looking forward to that. I see the hummers need more nectar. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 07/14/19 04:03pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Keep a Word Change a Word, Part II.

stock rally
Wanderlost 07/12/19 11:21pm Around the Campfire
RE: Song Post - Part Three

We Have All The Time In The WORLD -- Louis Armstrong
Wanderlost 07/12/19 11:18pm Around the Campfire
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Turned out the cats refused to have anything to do with Nephew, not even for treats. They only came out when he was asleep or not inside. When we got home, they clung to me like sticker burrs. Two days after we got home, BIL died. Family said don't come back up. No funeral. Later this year, they'll take a cottage by the sea and scatter his ashes in the Pacific. The day after we got home, we started helping Sister complete her move up to the lake. Been helping her clean and fix stuff in the old house, to have it ready for selling next week. One last push tomorrow, where Mom and I stage the house for her, then we're done with that. Meanwhile, we cut down an overgrown juniper beside the swimming pool, in anticipation of the new deck being built in a couple weeks. The old, rotten deck was demolished yesterday, then cleanup today. Concrete goes in tomorrow, then decking materials will get delivered next week. The tree fought WLToo through four chainsaws. I didn't know we had four chainsaws. But it's down, and when he gets at least one of them fixed, we'll cut the longer branches into fence posts. Also fit in taking Mom to the doctor, working at the library, and enjoying our improved view of the lake. https://i.imgur.com/zvYBHS2l.jpg With all the changes happening around here, Leoghaire patrols past the house at least three times per day, walking up onto the south porch and checking to see if we're still here. The hummingbirds were confused about the missing tree for a few hours, then resumed normal activity. The cats are not happy. They were allowed outside for a little while this evening, after we used the big magnet to pick up any metal left over from demolition. They sniffed every inch of one newly exposed patch of almost dirt, but startled and dashed back inside with each cheer from the beer pong game at our neighbors' place. Retirement can be exhausting... Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 07/12/19 10:55pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Wow. Didn't realize I hadn't posted in so long. It's been manic of late. First, the pool pump died. We got a new one installed, but it can't go up to the rpm needed to really cycle the water, because the old filter system can't take those rpm. So we need a new filter system. Meanwhile, the heat and slow water movement contribute to an almost constant battle with green algae. It can literally form overnight. So Crazy WL plays with chemicals every other day. Sheesh. We also run the pool vacuum multiple times a day, sucking out the dead algae. Then WLToo got a horrible phone call on his birthday. His only sibling, older brother, is in home hospice with congestive heart failure. We put Nephew Two on house and cat sitting duty and flew to visit BIL one more time. We have serious travel exhaustion right now, and BIL's extended family are loud and numerous. Not being used to that, they are kind of tiring, too. At least Nephew Two has a good handle on the pool situation. His relationship with Czarny and Rudy is developing fairly quickly, as they figured out fast that he's the new purveyor of kitty treats. Czarny might sleep with him, but I don't think Rudy will. Meanwhile, Sister has almost finished moving out of her house and into Tall and Short Friends'. With BIL's situation, she's calling on her friends to help her finish, as we are not available. Good thing she has lots of friends with pickups... Drooping real bad, so I'm off to bed. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 06/28/19 10:05pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Song Post - Part Three

HE Broke Your Memory Last Night - Reba McIntire
Wanderlost 06/10/19 05:44pm Around the Campfire
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