So the kitties are in the hoosegau, and we're on the road. Moved a friend and then came to visit my brother. His two kitties are friendly as long as you just pet them while they stroll by, so we're not getting a whole lot of kitty love right now. Sigh.
They have several hummingbird feeders and other bird feeders, so we are watching quite a variety that we don't see at our place. Very entertaining.
But they don't have deer...
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." -- Mahatma Gandhi
DOTL Spec. Alexander the Grrreat--tuxedo cat
Bobbi Socks--tuxedo kitten who's missing, but we're not giving up yet
Got home Friday night, picked up the boys Saturday morning. They've been very clingy ever since.
My brother and SIL have several bird feeders, so we got to watch all kinds of interesting birds. Would like to do that here, but where to place them so we can watch, but still not interfere with the lake and Hill Country views, is a bit of a challenge.
We came back with a new hummingbird feeder, the sort of flat kind with a perch. We hoped the hummers had not deserted us while we were gone. Well, a ruby throated hummer is still here and seems to like the new feeder. We can get a good look at it, while it perches to feed.
Meanwhile, the katydids are leaving brown goop all over doors and porches, then dying on the porches, usually right in front of a door. How rude. Time to power wash -- at least those areas not currently being rained upon.
Mama Doe and another doe are in the meadow, both very, very pregnant. We should have fawn(s) within a couple weeks.
While we were gone, it rained so much that the pool was near to overflowing. The island out in the lake is an island again, water level being up two feet. Both rivers are up three feet from last week's rain.
It's been raining buckets since last night, and the pool is definitely overflowing. We can't see the lake for the rain. If we had a water collection system, it would be completely full by now -- still saving the pennies for that one. All this rain isn't going to break the drought, but it sure does help with that and with lowering the wildfire danger.
Spot decided this morning he just had to taste my V8, and my yoghurt. He seems to like the V8; didn't care for the yoghurt.
Meanwhile, Alex came home nearly starving. Seems he would only lick the gravy from his food. So I started blending the food and gravy together into a soup or pate, and he's eating all of it. He also eats the dry food, when I hand it to him as though it's a kitty treat. I figure he's not willing to share a dry food bowl with Spot for some reason, so whenever he wants food between feeding times, we'll pretend the kibble is a treat. Whatever works at his advanced age...
WLToo's third novel was published this morning on Amazon Kindle, and the first sale came from the UK. He has a world-wide following -- we're still somewhat amazed by that. Anyway, if you like rip-snorting science fiction adventure, look for Scout Force, First Command, and Where The Stars Are Few And Far Between. He's a really good storyteller, and I'm not speaking as the spousal unit, but as a fan of his stories.
We'll be attending Comicpalooza in Houston, to advertise the books (and to watch all the Trekkers and other SciFi fans in costume). Should be right interesting.
Worked out with my trainer yesterday, after a week of driving, overeating, and sitting around my brother's place, reading and watching birds. Yet today I am not sore -- obviously the previous three weeks of weight training is already having an effect.
Well, it's lunchtime -- the "feed me" headache is starting. Later, y'all.
It's a still, warm day in the Texas Hill Country. I've been watching a Rufus hummingbird at the old feeder; it doesn't like the new one. Finally checked out a hummingbird encyclopedia from the library, to see if we can identify the others.
Spot was Mr. Love Me, Please all day yesterday. It was so cute. He's gradually learning to tolerate being petted somewhere besides his head and jowls, but it will still be a long process. Haven't seen him on the cat tree in about a month; he prefers our bed and the rocking chair now.
Alex is sneezing a lot. Finally saw why: he sticks his nose into the water and has to sneeze it out. I guess at his age a little depth perception problem is expected.
We heard what sounded like a rabbit being captured by something last night. I looked over at Spot and said, "See? That's why I don't want you to go outside at night." He rolled over and continued snoozing.
What's interesting is that we haven't seen any rabbits around here since 2010.
WLToo is back on his RV upgrade project: replacing both old TVs with flat screen. It won't be pretty, but it will be functional.
We just had our first birth of the year, right at sunset. It was probably Mama Doe; if so, she's a couple weeks earlier than last year and a month earlier than 2010. WLToo almost walked up on her giving birth. She must have just had it as he came down the driveway. He saw her first and clapped his hands so as not startle her, then he saw the baby. It was tiny, but was running full tilt within 10 minutes of birth. Her family of young bucks were just on the other side of the fence, avidly watching the birth of their latest sibling. That makes five fawns in the two years we've been here. There's another doe hanging out in our meadow, so could be more on the way.
Mama Doe marched up to the porch this evening and looked inside. She clearly wanted a handout. So I gave her some carrots; after all, she's nursing a newborn -- and I like her.
Haven't seen the other doe; she might have jumped out for now.
Saw another Rufus hummingbird today. It perched on the new feeder, so we got a long, good look. What tiny birds they are.
Alex went to the vet. He's been sneezing, throwing up way too much bile between meals, and losing weight. So he had the full extent of geriatric kitty tests, and we'll know early next week if his thyroid and/or kidneys are acting up. Meanwhile, the vet had some kidney oriented food we're trying. Alex ate it off the spoon, and cleaned his bowl when I mixed it with his regular wet food, so I'm encouraged that he just might like it if he has to go to that food.
Spot gets upset if he doesn't get wet food along with Alex, so we give him a teaspoon or so of whatever Alex is eating, and he's happy. What he doesn't eat, Alex does, generally, so it all works out.
The katydids are very loud tonight -- I can barely hear the tree frogs or the Rio Grande chirping frogs.
Ah, well, back to work. A guy in Switzerland asked me to read his draft e-book and critique it, possibly later edit it. Then another guy asked me to read his already published e-book and critique it. I love it when people ask me to read fiction...
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The dreaded goggie invasion has occurred again. My cousin's black lab does not remember that Alex rode her like a horse last year, when Meg had the audacity to enter Alex' house.
Meg isn't allowed inside this time, but Alex is still going from door to window to door, making sure that darned dog does not invade his territory again.
Spot doesn't really care. He goes in and out on his regular schedule and just ignores her, to her frustration.
We saw the fawn yesterday evening. Meg kept staring intently toward the meadow, so we pulled out the binoculars and sure enough, the fawn was laying in the wildflowers, not a stone's throw from the house. Mama Doe planted the fawn there before Meg arrived. We kept Meg restrained, since she likes to chase things that run away from her.
Today, Mama Doe has the baby concealed much farther away from the house, where Meg can't spot it.
The main herd came into the meadow yesterday. When I strolled down the driveway to get the paper, all but three stampeded out the gate and across the road. As I came back with paper and having closed the gate, one ran full speed at the fence and cleared it with at least a foot to spare. Another ran, stopped suddenly at the fence, ran along the fence line away from me, then back toward me, and finally back into the meadow. Must have been a young one, not quite ready to jump fences, so it was in the meadow all night.
When I opened the gate this morning, a deer was right beside it. I think it was Mama Doe, because she's one of the few who does not panic and run when the gate moves. Instead, she just watched it open, then turned and looked back up at the house, where I was standing. I assume the young one of last night walked out the gate some time later.
Alex likes the KD. He ate it for lunch, without any additions. Next we'll try the other brand she carries.
We're off to the kitty hoosegau again, since the humans are going to a convention. After that, we'll concentrate on getting the air conditioners fixed on L'Andante, so next time we go somewhere, the boys can go with us.
Alex likes the Hills KD gooshy food, which is good, since he now needs to be on it. Don't know yet how he'll feel about the KD dry. Spot thinks it's nasty, so there won't be any issues with Spot eating Alex' food -- no, it will be the other way around...
Got to get packing. Later (by several days), y'all.