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RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

If we don't find the right quip, the mason jar mixes are a great backup. Last couple of days have been autumn, and tonight the low will be 47. Then we gradually heat back up to highs in the low 80s and lows in the low 60s. No jackets required for the Halloween trick-or-treaters. Even the swimming pool is still doable without Spousal Unit's jerry-rigged solar heating system. The does are occasionally dashing around, and we've seen several bucks sniffing around. I just hope those bucks survive hunting season, but given the poaching around here, I'm not optimistic. We went over to Tall and Short Friend's house today to dust, sweep up the dead bugs, and trim a crape myrtle away from the courtyard gate. They'll be home Tuesday. There's a cat demanding my attention. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 10/17/21 08:24pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Keep a Word Change a Word, Part II.

extracted ores
Wanderlost 10/17/21 08:09pm Around the Campfire
RE: Song Post - Part Three

High Ridin' WOMAN - Cowboy Envy
Wanderlost 10/17/21 08:08pm Around the Campfire
Easy Pumpkin Soup

Threw this together last night. It was delicious. 2 T. garam marsala 1 ½ T. ground ginger 1 tsp. or more roasted garlic granules 2 tsp. salt 4-6 T. butter or ghee 1 small-medium onion, diced 2 cups water 2 cans pumpkin 1 can coconut milk sour cream Mix garam marsala, ginger, garlic and salt in a small bowl. Melt butter over medium high heat. Saute onions until just beginning to brown on the edges. Add spices and cook 30 seconds. Add water, then whisk pumpkin into pot until smooth. Add coconut milk and heat through. Serve immediately with sour cream garnish. NOTE: We served with naan, but oyster crackers would go well.
Wanderlost 10/17/21 08:04pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Song Post - Part Three

Guess I'll Hang My Tears OUT To Dry -- Della Reese
Wanderlost 10/14/21 06:21pm Around the Campfire
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

We had another sound and light show last night, courtesy of Hurricane Pamela. We've had over 7" of rain this week, almost all of it last night. Flash flooding all over the county, both rivers flooded, and the lake rose 1.38' overnight. We are thoroughly watered now... Clouds finally cleared out just in time for a spectacular sunset. Tomorrow, a cold front will drop temps to lows in the 50s and highs in the 70s, then we heat back up next week. Just another typical October around here. No change to the cat standoff. In fact, now they face each other through a window or door and meow at each other. That's probably progress, but we're not quite ready to let them be in the same room yet. We tried the technique of having both play with two red dots on opposite sides of the great room, but Harley just looked at the dot, than back up at Spousal Unit, like "Are you kidding me?" Meanwhile, Czarny was busy killing his red dot. He knows it comes from something in my hand, but he doesn't care -- he absolutely has to catch it. Harley is still learning how to play with cat toys and milk carton rings, and learning that when we pick her up and cuddle her, it's not punishment or painful. Don't think she'll ever be a lap cat, though. Given the supply chain difficulties, we're making all the Christmas gifts we'll be giving out this year. We should have them all in the mail long before the USPS deadline, so that'll be one less hassle for the season. Take a piece of scrap wood, plane it smooth, burn a quip on it, stain and finish, done. Will take longer to find the right quip for each person than to make 'em. I see a cat inviting me outside. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 10/14/21 05:49pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Song Post - Part Three

SEND Me The Pillow That You Dream On - Roy Rogers
Wanderlost 10/06/21 12:19pm Around the Campfire
RE: Trekkers Alert: If you're a Star Trek fan...

The Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins is always worth a visit. They have an SR-71 Blackbird on display and as far as I know the only museum that has one. You can see it briefly in the movie "Space Cowboys" where Tommy Lee Jones is chatting with his new girlfriend. Not the only one on display. SR-71s on display Meanwhile, I'm adding Neutral Zone Studios to my bucket list. Been a TOS fan from the git go, and I don't care if one calls me a Trekkie or a Trekker.
Wanderlost 10/06/21 12:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Recipe database software?

BobsYourUncle, I've been using this one for about 15 years. Love it. Computer Cuisine Deluxe
Wanderlost 10/06/21 12:05pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Scottiemom, condolences on losing your mom. May happy memories bring comfort.
Wanderlost 10/06/21 12:00pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Harley was just fine bunking with Brother and SIL, but she was thrilled when Spousal Unit moved back into that room. She's now spending more time following him around the house, even playing with him a bit. Czarny goes from door to door around the house, looking for her so he can stare at her. When he comes back into the house, he makes a bee line to the spare bedroom door, where he sniffs and sometimes lays on his back and waves his paws under the door. Doesn't say anything. Sometimes he startles her on the other side of a door and she shrieks the house down. I do not think she's ever going to like him even a little bit, but if all their eventual interaction is him looking at her and her shrieking, we can live with it. We're having gorgeous evenings and early mornings, followed by days around 90. Bit warmer day temps than normal. Fall temps probably won't arrive until November. That's okay. The longer we don't have to turn on the heater, the better. Meanwhile, our solar panel and battery installation will finally happen mid-month. Considering the Farmer's Almanac prediction is for another bad cold snap in Jan or Feb, this installation will be most timely. Frankly, I'm not too bothered if we lose power in the winter -- we still won't lose the food or my medication. But lose it in the hot times = really bad. We did lose power last week, when a terrific sound and light show sat over us almost all night. No known damage to us, but about a mile away, a lightning strike on a house literally blew out some windows and set wires smoking in one bedroom. Even in the midst of all this, our local fire department still responded and ensured the house was safe. This is what a neighbor posted. 90 seconds combined into one photo: "border=0" For Full-Size Image. It was lively...
Wanderlost 10/06/21 11:54am RV Pet Stop
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

The hummingbird migration is on, and our residents are beside themselves, not wanting to share the feeder. Understand the monarch butterflies are up around Fort Worth and heading this way, so we should be seeing them very soon. We had a cool front come through, so the last couple of days we've had the air conditioner off and the windows open. Harley is wary of the new sounds and smells, but she's showing interest in sitting on the window sills in the great room. We have a rhythm established now: Harley gets free run of the house in the daytime and Czarny goes outside. Czarny has to let us know when he wants inside, and we open the door into our bedroom, where one of his towers and his food have been relocated. At sunset, Harley goes back into her bedroom, and Czarny gets free run of the house. At bedtime, Czarny comes into the master with me, I close the door, and Harley gets free rein again. I don't know if she takes advantage in the night, since she's so quiet, but she's not causing Czarny to alert and wake me up. Things change on Sunday, when Brother comes to visit. Harley will be bunking with him and Sister-in-Law, and Spousal Unit will be back in our bedroom with Czarny and me. They love cats, too, so all should get along nicely. That's the only planned change to the cats' rhythm. Niece and Great Nephew are visiting, too. They're both allergic to cats, so they'll be bunking in the RV, where cat hair is at a minimum. Their medication should take care of when they are in the house. Otherwise, things are quiet around here. Except SU is trying to bake an apple pie and can't find the cinnamon, so I must go help. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 09/24/21 02:51pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Leoghaire's back!!! She trotted up with her last fawn and granddaughter. Spousal Unit had just harvested the last of the carrots (a scraggly lot), so we fed them. I'm relieved. Even though Lassie's great granddaughter is here, she and her mama don't interact with us the way Lassie and Leoghaire did/do. We switched out bedrooms. Czarny stays outside most of the time, coming in for afternoon naps in our bedroom, and overnighting with me in there. We're keeping the door closed, so Harley can range throughout the house, then sleep with Spousal Unit in the spare bedroom. She's taken up residence in the recliner Tall Friend normally occupies when they're here (still up in Maine). Being in that chair, she's close to Spousal Unit, but not right in his lap, as she is most definitely not a lap cat. We're going to do yet another introduction, now that she's comfortable in the great room. We'll do it again and again, until Czarny finally stops trying to get close to her and just ignores her. Last intro, he tried to jump up on the recliner with her, but Spousal Unit stopped him. Harley didn't even spoil her relaxation, just stared at him (that's enormous progress right there). We had to go somewhere this morning, but luckily, Czarny was already under the covers asleep; we were able to close him into the bedroom and let her roam. She stayed in bed, too... It's overcast, occasionally raining a little, and much, much cooler, so I guess it's good cat napping weather. All this door closing means we now have three litter boxes and two feeding stations. Might be a bit inconvenient when company stays over; doesn't bother us, though. We don't seem to have a lot in the way of monarch butterfly food out in the meadow this year -- or I might be a month too early for that assessment. Something just might bloom in time for the migration next month. Meanwhile, we still have hummingbirds at about the same level as normal, even though I know they are migrating. The barn swallows left last week. I miss their gossip fests already. Czarny doesn't miss them at all; he can now go out the south door without being swooped. He's rather enjoying laying on the south porch. Time to change out the batteries in both red dot laser toys. I want to experiment with having both cats play in the same room as part of the introduction. Later, ya'll.
Wanderlost 09/13/21 02:57pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Song Post - Part Three

CRAZY World - Julie Andrews
Wanderlost 09/01/21 12:54pm Around the Campfire
RE: Keep a Word Change a Word, Part II.

stiff muscle
Wanderlost 09/01/21 12:52pm Around the Campfire
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Spousal Unit and I both got the Moderna. That report makes us feel a bit safer about the trip we have to make later this month. It does involve air travel. I'm taking along a big bag of triple ply masks and will change masks between airplanes, just because. Where we're going is not a COVID hot spot so far...
Wanderlost 09/01/21 12:47pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

We were happy to learn we're wrong. Harley does have front claws; they're just kitten sized. So a month into Harley living here, and she's taken up residence in the master bedroom and on the window sill at the top of our shower. She's showing interest in the outside door we go in and out of to get into the bedroom, as we've placed a screen on the door into the great room, so she can see/hear us and Czarny, but not actually have him jump her. We're being very careful to not let her dash out the outside door. Czarny's starting to get interested/curious, and will occasionally sit at the screen and talk to her. She goes to the middle of the bed and watches him, sometimes hissing back and sometimes just watching him. Harley is also learning to play. She likes the wand (not the dangly string on the end, just the wand) and lightweight balls she can fling into the air and catch. Have to change the batteries on the red dot lasers, then we'll see how she likes the red dot. If she likes it, we will start using Jackson Galaxy's plan to distract them both with playtime in the same room. But that will have to come later, when she decides to be curious about the great room again. Until then, she and Spousal Unit sleep in the master (on the new mattress), and Czarny and I are in the spare bedroom. We're switching out bed blankets, so each cat can smell but not encounter the other. Most interesting way of introducing cats I've ever used. Slowest, too. But we'll get there, eventually, as Czarny learns that Harley prefers SU over me, and as Harley learns that being with SU means Czarny will ignore her. Patience, Wanderlost, patience... Meanwhile, on the wildlife front, we've seen no sign of Leoghaire. I'm guessing her life span ran out. We only occasionally see her last living fawn/doe and her 2021 fawn. The six bucks are still around, but they never come up to the house. A roadrunner makes a daily stop on the deck, where it climbs up on all the furniture, stares into the windows, annoys the hummingbirds, then leaves. We have raccoon scat on the deck every few days, but they can't reach the hummer feeder, so they don't hang around. Cantaloupes failed again. SU refuses to spray, so the bugs ate them before they got bigger than a baseball. No tomatoes yet. Probably time to harvest the sweet potatoes (if there are any). Someday, we might figure out gardening in this climate. Sigh. Czarny wants me to go for a walk. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 09/01/21 12:38pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Harley was not particularly happy on the ride up, but she adjusted to RV life nicely. She was very happy to be with her human (and me) without being locked in a bedroom. She had the run of the entire RV at will. The ride home, she was pretty quiet, just chatting with Spousal Unit occasionally. Then she spent the night and most of the next day running freely throughout the house, until I had to bring Czarny home. It was Czarny's first time in boarding, and the vet techs said he just hid under his binkie and stayed nervous the whole time. So when we got home, I let him out of the carrier outside. He shot out, ran about 10 feet, turned and called me names, then ran into the trees to his favorite potty stop. That night, he kept waking me up, wanting to be in direct contact. Took him about three days to stop clinging. Harley and Czarny have met several times now and it did not go well. We've put Feliway all around the house so the aggression can lessen, hopefully. The anti-stress "treats" I've researched are so expensive, and so many cats refuse to eat them, that I don't want to spend the money and find out neither will eat them. I'm wondering if a little CBD oil on the fur for them to lick off might help. We were stunned to realize yesterday that Harley was declawed on her front paws, leaving only her dew claws. Now we really, really despise her previous owner. I understand now why she hates having her paws touched. I'm sure she's in pain from those amputations -- wonder if there's something out there that will help ease that pain. At the moment, Czarny is on his tower and Harley is on top of Spousal Unit's chest of drawers, curled up on a bunch of tee shirts. We monitor them during the day, and sleep in separate bedrooms with our respective cats. As they become used to seeing each other, we hope the aggression will lessen. Last thing Harley needs is to be attacked by a clawed cat. It also means when she's finally adjusted to living with us and Czarny, we'll have to teach her to wear a harness, for her safety. Her fight or flight (mostly flight) reaction is so touchy that if someone accidentally leaves a door open and she gets startled, she could be out the door before she realizes it. That could be disastrous. Nothing like some excitement around the old home place, eh?
Wanderlost 08/21/21 03:38pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Song Post - Part Three

MUSIC Box Dancer - Frank Mills
Wanderlost 08/06/21 01:23pm Around the Campfire
RE: Star Trek fans

trekker (noun) wayfarer, wanderer, roamer. Let us not forget what G.R.'s space westerns were all about. Yep, Wagon Train To The Stars. Small wonder so many RVers are Star Trek fans.
Wanderlost 08/06/21 01:20pm RV Lifestyle
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