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Wanderlost

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Posted: 11/20/19 09:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Gettin' a mite lively around here. Fencer is coming for Thanksgiving, so we'll all be going to the Texas Renaissance Festival -- all three of us like to dress appropriately. Tall and Short Friend don't want to drive that far, so they'll stay here and take care of the cats.

Meanwhile, the same realtor that gave Sister two previous and insulting offers put down an acceptable offer, on an "as is" basis. He then had 10 days to back out. So yesterday, the 10th day, he backed out, claiming issues from the inspection. Never mind that the offer was "as is." The only issues in the inspection were age related, so I see this as just another ploy, and would not be at all surprised if the home inspector they hired was already in the realtor's pocket, as I saw some things in the "inspection" that were not present in her house at all.

That realtor owns lots of houses in that development and is looking for more. But he nickel and dimes down the prices beyond ridiculous. So I see this as just another in his quiver of sleazy actions, where the house is listed as "pending" for ten days, so that other interested folks pass it by, then he rejects it to mentally mess with Sister's mind. He's trying to make her desperate, so she'll do anything to sell.

Well, that just ain't gonna happen. Her realtor and I explained exactly what the offering slime bag is trying to do, and what he will do next (wait a few weeks, then make another **** offer and think she'll accept it that time). Meanwhile, everything her realtor has said will happen and when has happened exactly as he said, so the next surge of interest is coming up.

One of her son's friends' mom is a local realtor in the same development. Sister will call her to find out if the slime bag realtor has been spreading ugly rumors about Sister's house, in an attempt to sabotage anyone else from buying it. If so, several complaints will get processed toot sweet.

On the wildlife front, we believe the 8-point buck is illegal to hunt, as his antlers don't extend past his ears. Not that it will make the slightest difference to the poachers around here. Still, as long as he likes hanging around in our meadow, he's safe. Hope he'll continue to do so.

My dermatologist cut off a lump on my leg earlier this month. It came back as skin cancer. Will see him next week to determine what, if anything, needs to be further done. It was either basal-cell or squamous-cell, not sure which, as the caller used both terms and talked really fast. Since it's not melanoma, I'm not losing any sleep. Just a little weirded out that my first skin cancer would show up on my leg, when my face and arms have spent far more time exposed to the sun.

Meanwhile, all the every six months bloodwork at my GP came back completely normal, except for glucose and A1C, and they continue to go down as I lose weight. But the GP really wants me on a diabetes medication, and since I can't take metformin (nasty reaction with a heartbeat space regulator medication) or Invokana (makes me dizzy), I now give myself a weekly shot to stimulate more natural insulin production. I have no way to measure that, but it's also an appetite suppressor, which I have noticed in a big way. Have lost almost 3 pounds in a week and a half. Hopefully, it won't go quite so fast as I adjust to the medication -- I have no desire to look like a Shar Pei...

It's a gloriously beautiful autumn day, high to be 76, so I'm heading outside. Later, y'all.


"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." -- Mahatma Gandhi

Czarny and Rudy, cat brothers extraordinaire
Spotacus--Rainbow Bridge

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Posted: 11/20/19 07:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I’m glad you all have that sleaze’s number and your sis isn’t panicking. Dishonest agents need to lose their licenses permanently. Pray all goes well with the leg. Have fun at the Ren Faire.


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Fencer came to visit for Thanksgiving. For some reason, Rudy did not like him. I guess Rudy could smell Fencer's three cats on him. Anyway, he peed on Fencer's clothes twice, which were on the guest bed. Luckily, we had a waterproof mattress pad on it, so the mattress is fine. The cats have now lost guest bedroom privileges.

While we were at the Ren Faire, Rudy apparently didn't like being kept inside for 3 days, so he peed on the love seat, too. Four gallons of Nature's Miracle so far, and I'll check tomorrow to see if I finally got the smell out, then we'll steam clean it. Little t3rd...

Sister's dog bit Short Friend for the third time, so Sister had to move back to her house. She took it off the market until January so she wouldn't have the added stress through the holidays. We can't figure out why Yoda took such a dislike to Short Friend, who's never done anything to the dog. Part of the problem is that Sister is not the alpha in Yoda's pack, so he feels like he can get away with being the alpha.

The faire visit resulted in a bunch of interesting stuff to give for Christmas. The place is just too large to see everything and all the shows in one day, so we'll have to go for two days next year. Hopefully, Rudy will have gotten over whatever his problem was, so we don't come home to another peed on seat. Sigh.

WLToo is calling. Having some issue with the timer on the Christmas lights he put up around the new deck. Later, y'all.

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Posted: 12/07/19 10:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Rudy's gone from shy to ornery. I bet he didn't like it when you disappeared for 3 days either. His world changed and that's how he registered a formal complaint.

Hope you have a Merry Christmas.

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Posted: 12/12/19 10:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Rudy took off yesterday morning and did not come home until after dark. Silly cat.

As soon as I walked into the house after working at the library, the stench hit me hard. Smelled like old skunk meets old tires. I thought it was hot plastic at first, and checked every electric connection in the great room, where the stench was concentrated. WLToo can't smell like he used to, so he didn't realize there was a serious problem. It took several hours before I finally located the source: Rudy.

No idea what he rubbed against, but it was all over him. Was much too late at night to try cleaning him off, so we just made sure he could not crawl under the covers with us. I put Mentholatum in my nostrils so I could sleep without smelling him, and it worked enough to get a fair amount of sleep.

Then this morning, I put him in the shower and bathed him. He cried a lot, occasionally tried to climb the glass doors, but mostly just sat and shook while I cleaned as much off him as I could before my back said "enough!" Used four towels to get him dry enough that he could finish the job, and then went around the house sniffing wherever he'd been, so I could clean the smelly residue off that spot.

He just joined me for a few minutes of serious petting, and he still smells a bit, but it's not so horrible now that we can't tolerate it. We have a serious pile of stinky laundry to clean out before the place is finally clean of that odor. Dang! With a party scheduled on Tuesday, we did NOT need this level of cleaning to get through. Sigh.

Anyway, break's over, back to cleaning. Later, y'all.

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Posted: 12/13/19 08:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Walmart has a deodorizer called “Out”. It’s in the pet section. Works great for animal urine odors and just about any other odor.

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Rudy's stench was not noticeable to the party goers, since he refused to be in the room with them. By now, he's only faintly whiffy.

Tall and Short Friend are having us and our family at their house for Christmas. For the first time in years, we haven't had to rush around and do stuff before Christmas. It's been great.

Finished the pumpkin mousse and will whip the cream when it's room temperature. Otherwise, we just take a few other items over tomorrow. Gonna be a quiet night here, and I'm looking forward to watching my favorite Christmas movies.

Czarny and Rudy will spend tomorrow inside -- no one's going outside, since I can't depend on them to come in by the time we have to leave. They'll be in bed, under the covers, by then, so I expect them to have a quiet day.

Nephew One arrived from Fort Rucker, with two dogs in tow, on Sunday, about the time Sister took her boyfriend to the emergency room. They're still trying to figure out what's wrong for certain, but he's feeling better enough that he might go home Christmas Day. Good thing his kids are home, since his 97-year-old dad, who lives with boyfriend, needs a little help now and then.

The doe herd is hanging around the house -- been here the last three days. They seem spooked about something and feel safer lying beside the house. Rudy sits at the door and chitters at them, but if we open the door, he runs under the bed. Czarny doesn't pay attention to them -- as long as they are on one side of the glass and he's on the other, all is fine in his kitty world.

Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas.

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Not the Christmas we envisioned. Just a few minutes before dinner was to be served, Tall Friend suddenly tilted to the left, and could not move his left leg. Sister immediately took over, had Short Friend call 911, and shortly thereafter Tall Friend left for the hospital. Short Friend told me to take over and feed everyone as she headed out the door to ride with the ambulance.

None of us felt like staying there, so we cleaned up, packed up the food, and retired to our house. We ate, cleaned up, then everyone up and left. Then Short Friend sent a list of things to bring, as Tall Friend would be staying in hospital. I drove back to their house, picked up what he wanted, then we went to town, dropped off the stuff, and brought Short Friend home.

Strangest Christmas Day we've had in a long, long time.

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Posted: 12/28/19 02:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How's Tall Friend doing? Was it stroke? Sounds like you've had enough of these surprise hospital visits.

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Yes, it was a stroke. He's been in intensive care since Christmas Day. We spent a few nights with him, to spell Short Friend, before his family arrived en masse. Things have been stabilizing, though, so he should go into a rehab facility near us in the not too distant future.

Until then, though, we'll still be spelling SF. His family leaves tomorrow.

He's already taking a few steps with a walker and his slurred speech has improved. Has short term memory loss, but hasn't lost his sense of humor, so he's keeping his nurse laughing.

Sister offered to let SF stay with her, since she's just a short drive from the hospital. We'll maintain their house here, and Sister is sending Nephew Two and dog to stay with us, so SF doesn't have to deal with Yoda acting out again. She'll also tell SF the stuff she'll need to know as a caregiver. I know from personal experience how overwhelmed she'll feel at times, so we'll be here to spell her.

Meanwhile, Czarny and Rudy have not been terribly upset at us leaving them inside all day. They've decided the cool weather is not much fun, so they'd really rather be inside. Their new game is to try to crawl under the extra blanket on WLToo's side of the bed. It frequently winds up on the floor. At that point, they just crawl under the sheet and bedspread and sleep away the day.

I'm very glad Rudy is sticking close to home. I guess after being skunked, he's figured out that outside is not the wonderful playground he originally thought.

I see it's way past dinnertime, but I did want to update y'all. Later.

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