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RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Tropical wave came in, and we'll see rain off and on for the next several days. Czarny's plopped in a chair on the porch, not understanding why his humans can't dry things out so he can play in the meadow. Sigh. Went to Mom's and hung pictures, then set up her new printer, found files she couldn't find (they were in the top box of all the boxes in her office/genealogy closet), and hung a blanket display for her and Dad's wedding blanket. Now Mom no longer has bare walls, and there's more room with those boxes gone. Our backs are sore...
Wanderlost 05/22/21 05:35pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Grilled Portobello Mushrooms

I love grilled portobellos, and they are soooo easy to fix.
Wanderlost 05/20/21 03:36pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
Keto Cream Cheese Pound Cake

For this year's Easter dinner, I wanted strawberry shortcake, but as a diabetic wasn't about to eat real pound cake. So I came up with this one, and it's marvelous. Keto Cream Cheese Pound Cake 12 servings 1 ¼ cups almond flour ¾ cup of sugar substitute (I used Lakanto monkfruit for baking) 1 tsp baking powder ¼ tsp salt 4 large eggs 3 ½ oz full-fat cream cheese, room temperature 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature 1 tsp vanilla Preheat oven to 350 degrees (325 if using a glass pan). Grease an 8” cake pan or 8” loaf pan (works best with the loaf pan). In a medium-sized bowl combine the almond flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl using an electric mixer, blend on high the butter and sugar substitute until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the room temperature cream cheese and vanilla extract and mix well. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Lastly, add the dry ingredients and mix well until batter is fully combined. Scrape into the pan and tap on the countertop to settle the batter. Bake 30 to 40 minutes until golden brown on top. Cake will be done once an inserted toothpick comes out clean. If making cupcakes bake for 20-25 minutes. Makes 12 standard cupcakes. This recipe doubles or halves easily and freezes well. Store in refrigerator up to seven days. Freeze whole or in pieces/cupcakes up to 30 days. Nutrition per serving: 102 calories, 9.6g fat, 4.8g saturated fat, 124mg sodium, 1.2 net carbs, .3g fiber, .3g sugar, 3.1g protein. For the strawberry topping, I sliced strawberries into a bowl, added powdered monk fruit, then let it sit in the refrigerator until time to serve. The strawberries let out enough moisture to make a lovely topping. Those who wanted it got unsweetened whipped cream on top. Twas delicious.
Wanderlost 05/20/21 03:31pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

The rental downhill from us hasn't been an issue at all, so far. I do wish another group with a mariachi band would rent it, though, as I love a good mariachi band, and appreciate the free concert. Czarny's been having a lovely day, running in and out. We took him for a walk down to the mailbox and back. He walked between us both, where the swoopy birds couldn't get anywhere near him, then he took a nap on the back of the deck chair I was sitting in, and now is asleep on the glider sofa, utterly ignoring the hummingbirds fussing above him. They don't swoop him, so they can be ignored. Beautiful day, and we're probably within a day or two of the pool being warm enough to start swimming. Finally. I miss not being able to swim, but I'm disinclined to buy a wet suit or a dry suit just to work out in the pool... Mom needed a new printer, so Brother did the research, Sister took Mom to buy it, and WLToo and I will hook it up tomorrow. Then we'll hang pictures, file boxes of paperwork, and generally help Mom finish unpacking. She's left a bunch of boxes laying about, and I believe Sister's tired of looking at them. Speaking of boxes, I got rid of several boxes of paperwork in our office, now that WLToo has moved almost all of his model railroad stuff out of the way. When the wind dies down, we'll have a nice blaze in the firepit. Then we'll get back in there and finally clear out the last of his folks' paperwork, by shredding, filing, scanning and uploading to the genealogy records, then mailing the hard copies to his brother's kids. And then there might be room to actually open up both sewing machine cabinets and start clearing out all that fabric. I'm thinking of making tea cozies and other small items to sell, and maybe get back a fraction of the money I put into all that lovely fabric. Make a few lap quilts to donate to Soldiers' Angels, make a couple of outfits I've always wanted to make just because, and in general have some fabric fun. But we're still at least four boxes away from that...Sigh. I see a cat staring at me. Must be time for another walk. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 05/20/21 03:18pm RV Pet Stop
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
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