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magnusfide

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Posted: 03/25/21 07:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

TF & SF may be able to sell quickly. I hear there’s a lot of larger pull behinds being snapped up and used as tiny home vacay cabins.

Maybe Czarny just wanted to change his tune. [emoticon]

Good luck with that pool pump.


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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.


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Posted: 03/28/21 03:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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.

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Posted: 03/28/21 03:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You'll have to tell us the name of that restaurant.

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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.

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We just took our timid kitty camping and he did great! Much better than we expected.

I hope Czarney decides to love it!

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Posted: 04/07/21 07:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't blame Czarny at all. Poor guy.
Glad your Easter was good.

I tried to find that funny video of a truck getting wrecked trying to pull out a small bush but it might have taken down. Hilarious.

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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.

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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.

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Posted: 04/12/21 04:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

"Evil swooping birds", the bane of every cool cat's existence. Sounds like a great plan for acclimating Czarny to the wheeled lifestyle.

We have several house repairs we're working on at the moment. Don't know when it will end because it seems like something new crops up just as we get the previous issues dealt with. We're never bored.

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