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Posted: 05/24/20 10:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We're not actually having to do anything to keep Czarny close. It's all his idea, thankfully.

Now that he's not competing for lap time, he's spending a good part of each evening on my lap. Since I sent my trusty old recliner out for reupholstering on Thursday, we are sharing the recliner we had removed from our Itasca Sunrise years ago. It normally hangs out in the office, but for the next couple of weeks, it's my and Czarny's chair. Doesn't have the wide leather arms, so Czarny fits himself down into the seat between me and the arm. He seems comfortable there, although he's sure making my left side hot...

Leoghaire's 2018 fawn came up this morning and promptly chowed down on a romaine lettuce from our garden. WLToo let them grow way past harvest date, and they are bitter. So the deer will get the lettuce.

We are already picking Blue Lake green beans off some very small bushes. Quite tasty, but not yet profuse enough for more than a snack. The carrots are very happy, as are the onions, so WLToo is rather happy with this year's garden thus far.

The tourons are here for the weekend. I had to go out to get Mom's prescription, and they were all over the place like locusts. Makes me very glad to not live lakeside, where they are congregating in massive piles. We'll stay poolside this weekend.

In fact, that's a great idea. Out to the pool. 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, black cat
Randolph Scatt, tabby cat
Rudy, ginger cat, missing but not forgotten
Spotacus--Rainbow Bridge

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Rained again yesterday and early this morning. We're seriously saturated. It cooled off this morning, so I did not even run the air conditioner in Obi-Wander when we picked her up this morning. As I got within a couple miles of home, a car behind me started flashing its lights. Couldn't see anything or figure out why, so I kept going. It followed me right up to our gate, then came alongside and said one of the basement hatch doors was open. Still couldn't see which one, so when I got to the house, I tried every compartment door, and none appeared to be loose enough to open. So the recall on the recall is yet to be fixed. Sigh.

Leoghaire came by yesterday and ate some celery I offered her. As she arrived, we could hear a fawn bleating somewhere; it wasn't hers. She still hasn't dropped one. WLToo thought she looked slightly less pregnant this afternoon, but she's still distended, so I think the fawn(s) is lining up for birth. Anytime now.

Czarny let me sleep through the night last night, first time since Rudy vanished. Right now, he's chasing bugs on the deck, after demanding and receiving some close, personal kitty attention. Such a sweet cat, except for his habit of biting me when he's really happy...

It's time for a swim. Later, y'all.

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Recliner's back, but so far, Czarny's not interested in sharing it with me. He jumps up here, stomps all over me, then leaves. We have opened the spare bedroom door again, since Czarny was not the one peeing in there, and he spends a lot of time in the east window or on the afghan at the foot of that bed.

Leoghaire showed up a couple days ago, looking a whole lot less pregnant, but we've not seen a fawn yet. Could be she did not have it in our meadow, or it did not survive. I fed her some carrots and she was happy.

Yesterday, WLToo bought some good size tomato plants, with blossoms already on them. He's still hoping to have a tomato crop before the summer heat destroys any chance of them making fruit. The cantaloupe are doing very well, as are the Blue Lake green beans. Too late to plant anything else, though. We'll have to wait until September now.

Time to get back into the office and do some paperwork before the heat drives me back out. We really, really need a new air system in there. Sigh.

Later, y'all.

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I hope you don't have a predator. That might explain both the missing Rudy and the missing fawn. Sorry - don't mean to be negative. Just speaking from experience.

Your garden sounds good. We don't have one this year. We're waiting until the Fall. BTW, I saw some portable ACs at Home Depot the other day. The kind that's on rollers. Might be an option for your office.


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We do have a kind of deer predator. It's a disease. Leoghaire's fawn from last year is dying in front of our eyes. She became skinny, despite the abundance of feed, and this morning was laying on our porch until WLToo walked outside. She managed to get up and walk between the house and garage, where he got a lot of photos to send to the game warden. We know it's not Chronic Wasting Disease, but we don't know what it is. Couldn't see her face, so I don't know if she's suffering from the same virus that killed Lassie, her grandmother. Poor thing probably has a matter of days left, unless something comes by and puts her out of her suffering.

Sister asked us to come see a stray cat that had just walked into her neighbor's house. Kitty had been reported on NextDoor over a month ago, looking for his people, but no one ever responded. Apparently, he had been going through neighbor's doggie door and helping himself, from the way he was perfectly comfortable in their house. We met him and he was as mellow as can be, skinny, unneutered, and very friendly. So yesterday, we brought him home. He was pretty chatty until I smelled poop, and then he got real quiet. I guess he'd been telling us he had to go.

When we got him into the RV, I saw it was really loose stool, so we sanitized the carrier and blanket and arranged to get him to the vet early this morning. WLToo and he spent a pleasant night in the RV.

At the vet, he got a full range of shots, checked out as not contagious with anything really bad, but he does have a dose of Coccidiosis and is under medication for the next week. After that, we'll schedule his neutering. Czarny's not likely to come into contact with Randolph poop, as the Litter Robot cleans everything out between cat uses. Vet said he's about 11 months old. He only weighs 8.9 lbs and is very long and long legged, so I'd say he's under-nourished. Well, he'll get good food here.

Sister suggested we name him Randolph, since he was wandering near Randolph Air Force Base. WLToo noted that he's long and lean and quiet, and likely scatted away from his former people, so he's now Randolph Scatt (after the AFB and the actor).

Czarny met him this morning. So far, they have confined themselves to loud catcalls. Randolph wandered around the house and decided the spare bedroom was just the place for a nap. Czarny was very unpleasantly surprised when he jumped up there for his midday nap, so we moved Randolph to the cloth recliner from our old Itasca, which Czarny doesn't much like. Randolph spent the afternoon asleep there -- after all the shots and that nasty liquid medicine, he's sore and feeling out of sorts.

I bought a new cat tower, so they'll both have high places to go, when they calm down.

Randolph seems to like pretty much everybody, like Alexander the Grrreat did. That means he's happy to have WLToo pet, hold and fuss over him (when he's not sore anymore), and Czarny can continue to have his dedicated human (me).

When he's feeling a bit more perky, I'll post a photo.

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It appears Tall Friend may have had another mini-stroke or two in the last few weeks. He's gone from active and alert to pretty much asleep all the time and muddled in thoughts. He was scheduled for a CT today. Other than keeping up the support to Short Friend, I don't know what else to do for them.

Meanwhile, WLToo thinks he might have had a TIA last week. He's had a couple before and recognized the muddled thought process, so it's back to the doctor for him, too. Luckily, his thought processes are back to normal.

This aging business is a serious pain.

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Good news: Tall Friend has a UTI, which in elderly people can cause very weird symptoms. WLToo will go sit with him tomorrow so Short Friend can have some time to herself.

Here's a photo of Randolph Scatt:
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I moved Czarny's tower next to my recliner. He's asleep on the top, after being outside all day. We'll see in a little bit if he's still outraged that Randolph is here. WLToo opened the spare bedroom door, Randolph looked up, said "Mrrr," and went right back to sleep. Looks like we'll have a peaceful dinner...

The fawn died. WLToo notified the game warden, in case they want to take the brain for testing. Then he dragged it away from the RV and down into the meadow. If the warden doesn't get here toot sweet, there won't be anything left to test. Our black-headed vultures are very, very efficient. We almost never smell dead stuff.

Wow. A squirrel just toddled across the north porch. Squirrels don't normally hang out on our property. Big, fat one, more black than gray.

It's dinnertime. Later, y'all.

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Glad TF didn't have a stroke.

Randolph Scatt: good one. All he needs is a Stetson. Good looking cat.

I wonder if the fawn also had a form of coccidiosis? That can be a problem in some areas.

Good to hear from you: I wondered if all is OK.

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Texas Wildlife sent a guy to take samples from the corpse. WLToo had mentioned seeing an adult doe looking bad in the same way, so they'll be testing for Chronic Wasting Disease and several others. Meanwhile, the vultures have almost cleared things away. Just enough left for any four-footed predators to come by and haul it away.

Randolph is a nag. He prowled from door to window to door, etc. howling. He really, really wants outside. Not happening. He's getting medication. Then he'll be stuck inside while he heals from being neutered. Then he'll start getting a halter. Only then will we consider letting him outside. Like Rudy and Bobbi Socks, he's braver than smart. Not taking a chance on him going missing, too.

Czarny needs an escort to go outside these days. I walked with him from the house to the RV, where he ducked underneath. I think he'll be quite relieved when the barn swallow babies fledge and become independent...

It's too pretty to be inside. There's a swimming pool calling me. Later, y'all.

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Short Friend came over for Sunday lunch and WLToo's early birthday cake. Said Tall Friend's UTI medication isn't working too well, so he needed to stay home.

We chowed down on stuffed tomatoes, peaches and cottage cheese in raspberry Jello salad, green bean salad in balsamic vinegarette, and loaded mashed cauliflower before diving into the birthday cake: Keto Texas Sheet Cake with ice cream and whipped cream. Sounds heavy, right? It was not. Four hours later and I'm feeling a bit hungry.

Randolph was more than happy to have SF rub him over thoroughly. Then Czarny demanded she escort him outside, where he re-inspected her vehicle, then headed to the RV.

The hummingbirds, meanwhile, announced loudly that the feeder I filled up yesterday was empty already and why wasn't it filled right now?!

The barn swallow babies are big enough to see all three of them. Still probably three weeks or more from flying. As WToo said, they don't have their game faces on yet.

Leoghaire came up yesterday by herself. I fed her the last of the carrots. She looks okay, but I think we do need to water something so she'll have fresh greens to eat. All these clouds and just barely a drop of rain. You'd think it was summertime around here or something.

Well, there's some Jello calling me. Later, y'all.

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