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Wanderlost

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Posted: 05/09/20 10:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well, brrr. Cold front came in and dropped the temps to 10 degrees below normal. With the strong winds blowing, that means this morning was 58 and the high will only be 75. We're actually wearing long pants in May. At least we're not freezing our badoobies off like you northern residents are doing. This is one strange month...

Leoghaire showed up yesterday, still hugely pregnant. Anytime now, anytime. WLToo has his big camera ready to get photos of the new fawn(s).

Both cats are outside, looking for someplace warm and away from those nasty birdies. Czarny was swooped upon enough times yesterday morning that he finally ran back inside. He was sitting on me, saw a barn swallow swoop near the window, growled and ran under the bed. He stayed inside, under the bedcovers, the rest of the day. We'll see how long they stay outside today, with so many barn swallows and mockingbirds out gathering food for the hatchlings.

Sister, Tall Friend and Short Friend will be here tomorrow for Mother's Day. WLToo made up burgers with ground venison, venison sausage, onions and a few more spices, then let the meat sit in the fridge a couple days, before forming the patties this morning. It smells wonderful in here. I still need to make the keto Texas sheet cake, then we're ready.

The pool cooled down with the lower temps and wind, so I doubt it will be warm enough for swimming. Sigh. I really want to get back into the daily pool workouts.

Well, time to make a cake. Later, y'all.


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Thanks for mentioning the Keto Texas sheet cake. I looked the recipe up and it looks great! I had never heard of a Texas sheet cake, but I will definitely try it out.

I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day.

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Posted: 05/09/20 03:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Happy Mother's Day.


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Stephany, I added the Keto Texas Sheet Cake recipe to the Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs section. Also added my modifications and notes for making it easier to do.

Three days. Three whole days poor Czarny could not bring himself to stay outside, thanks to all the swooping birds. He escorted me over to the Fifth Wheel to get Mom each morning, then beat us back to the house, before those awful birdies could get at him. He tried to go outside with me yesterday afternoon, but a noise of some kind scared him right back. Rudy also stuck close to home. In fact, yesterday they were both kinda clingy, and very disturbed because Tall Friend was in my recliner and I wasn't sitting where they thought I should sit. When TF and SF went home, both cats were on the recliner, waiting for me. Heh.

I guess Czarny decided enough's enough. This morning, he escorted me to the Fifth Wheel, then stayed on that porch. No birdies swoop him over there. So he's outside somewhere, likely under the FW. Obi-Wander is still at the dealer, getting a couple small things fixed, and under Obi is Czarny's absolute favorite outdoors lounging area, just as was Spotacus'. Rudy is, of course, in bed.

Sister couldn't make it to the Mother's Day cook out. Either the Lupus or the Sjogren's kicked her hard. Tall and Short Friend brought Mom flowers, and we most definitely overate... Great day, in spite of clingy cats.

Time to do something. Later, y'all.

* This post was edited 05/11/20 10:55am by Wanderlost *

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Today has been quite the adventure. It began with a thunderstorm and a bit of rain. The rain got heavier and heavier and heavier, to the point that it was creating its own wind. By the time it finally passed by, our little hillside had gotten 9.18" in about five hours. Oh, yeah, there was also a tornado warning, but south of us.

In the middle of all that rain, Rudy was trying to pee in inappropriate places, so he needed to go to the vet. And Mom needed to go to her oncologist for a followup. WLToo and I wrestled Rudy into a carrier and got him loaded into the F-350, then we carried Mom through the flooded driveway to my F-150 (WLToo and I made good use of the wellies we bought for the 2018 Alaska trip). On the way, our neighbor's catch pond was full and starting to spill out, which would flood our driveway. Our street was flooded, thanks to the Independent Living apartment under construction. Their piles of dirt and stone washed out over the street in mini-rivers. When we got to the fire department, I could see the intersection to the Farm to Market road was flooded. Okay, nobody's going anywhere. Turned around and came home, intercepting a number of drivers, including WLToo and Rudy, along the way.

About an hour later, it cleared and the waters washed on downstream. Mom's appointment got rescheduled without penalty. WLToo got Rudy to the vet, and he has a bladder infection. Got a shot, and we'll have to get liquid antibiotic down him for a while, and feed him some special food (now that's going to be interesting). At the moment, he's hiding under the bed.

WLToo said the main intersection in the village had been so flooded that the grocery store flooded. The folks who bring in the big dryers to dry out flooded buildings were already getting set up when he brought Rudy home. It's quite a mess out there, and now there's more rain forecast.

On the up side, I know where the roof leaks. On the down side, I know where the roof leaks. At least it's out in the separate garage...

I hear thunder, so it's inbound again. I think I'll put my wellies back on... Later, y'all.

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So yesterday we got a total of 10" right here. The village to the west got nearly 14" and the village to the east got nearly 13", so several areas did flood, including a grocery store. Because all the heavy rains were below the dam, the lake only rose a little bit. It's still 2.24' below full. And there's heavy rain forecast for this weekend. Sigh.

Rudy got his first dose of liquid antibiotic this morning, followed immediately by treats and half a can of the special cat food. He licked up all the gravy and ate a little food. I noticed the bowl is empty now, but have no idea which cat ate it. The real test will be this evening, when Rudy gets his second antibiotic dose. WLToo managed to hold him without too much physical damage this morning, but I doubt next time will be so easy.

The sun has finally come out and things are drying off nicely, but the humidity is noticeable. WLToo saw Leoghaire this morning, still very pregnant.

Czarny made it outside for about two hours, without being swooped. But he was happy to come inside, and is sleeping on the cat tree, right where he can watch the barn swallows sit on the porch ceiling fan blades.

Yesterday, after the storms finally left, it got very still outside. One of the barn swallows landed on a ceiling fan blade, and was very confused. The fan wasn't slowly turning in a faint breeze, as it had been doing ever since the birds discovered it. The bird seemed to be trying to get the fan blade to move -- pretty funny to watch. And just now, I saw a repeat.

Just saw a wasp. If it's a yellow jacket, we have to kill the whole nest immediately, as Mom is allergic. If it's a red wasp, it can stay. They are not aggressive, and eat other bugs (and scorpions). If it's a mud dauber, it can stay -- also not aggressive (not sure what they eat, though). So we'll go out and make sure, then make extermination plans for after dark, if it's yellow jackets. We want to kill them all, so we spray the nest at night, when they've all landed.

Later, y'all.

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Sounds like ark weather. Hope all is well with you and yours.

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Another storm front has just begun to arrive, and it's raining again. Lots of distant thunder, a little lightning, and the forecast is for occasional heavy rain, possible hail, strong winds, etc. So we brought Mom over from the Fifth Wheel for tonight and ever how long the weather is iffy tomorrow.

We have a rhythm for giving Rudy his medication, and he's actually pretty good about it, now that he knows something special immediately follows. Yesterday, Czarny almost got into trouble. He could smell the prescription food and was desperate to have it, so he nearly jumped up on the kitchen counter. I gave him some prescription food, too, and he inhaled it, then ate what was left of Rudy's. Same thing last night and both times today. He wanted that food!

Rudy and Czarny have never eaten wet cat food. Rudy's kind of ok with the prescription food. Czarny thinks it's the best thing he's ever eaten. I might consider the occasional wet food as a treat in future, if I can find some without a lot of grain in it. They've never eaten cat food containing grains in their entire lives, so I'm not at all surprised they would like this prescription stuff with all the grains in it. The question is will they have an allergy to the grains? We shall see.

Leoghaire and her two does were at the south porch at suppertime. WLToo thinks she's carrying twins.

There was a loud bang yesterday. A beautiful irridescent gray bird with white underside and yellow beak, about blue jay size, hit the window. I went out to see if it was stunned, but its neck was broken. Such a lovely bird. Sigh. I haven't identified it in my bird book yet.

More lightning. Got to shut down the electronics and put them in my homemade Faraday cage. Later, y'all.

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Due to urinary problems my cat can have only wet food with no grains or vegies. He absolutely loves most varieties of Fancy Feast Classic Pate. Most are all meat and meat-byproducts with a little thickening agent. Nutritionally complete. He is an indoor cat and has been thriving on it for eight years.


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It rained again, but not in flash flood quantities. Our gauge now reads 11.44" for the last 72 hours. At least the forecast is for no more rain for at least 8 days. Today is spectacularly beautiful. Lots of boats out on the late, all keeping their distance, yet it's still so very quiet.

We ran out of prescription gooshy food last night. This morning, Czarny contemplated jumping up on the kitchen island, until I distracted him. He's way too gung ho for gooshy food. The vet recommended they both stay on dry food, anyway, so I won't be looking for any commercial canned foods. Might go to moist treats, though. They both can be trained with cat-appropriate food rather easily.

Leoghaire and the other does came up this morning. She's still about a week or so away from having the fawn(s), I believe. I just hope she has it/them in our meadow. We'll start closing the gate to keep the two-legged hunters (poachers) away -- heard some shots this week and all the deer are spooked.

Short Friend decided we need to restart our weekly gathering, now that all us old farts have been quarantined long enough that we won't give each other anything except annoyance... Pizza and a movie tomorrow at their place.

Laundry is singing. Time to load the dryer. Later, y'all.

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