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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
Keto Carrots

I eat close to keto, but not full keto. Basically, I have to limit my carb intake to 50 grams or less net carbs daily. But I do like carrots, so once in a while, I indulge. This time, plain carrots weren't what my tastebuds craved, so here's what I did. 1 package (1 lb) frozen crinkle cut carrot slices 3 T. butter 3 T. Torani brown sugar cinnamon flavored syrup (0 calories, 0 sugar, amazing flavor) 1/2 tsp. salt or to taste (if you use salted butter, you may not need it at all) Microwave carrots according to package directions. Drain, return to hot dish, and add butter. Stir until melted. Add Torani syrup and salt and mix well. Serve hot. There will be no leftovers. Makes about 5 servings. Nutrition per 2/3 cup serving: Calories 66.8 Fat 6.9g Sat Fat 4.3g Cholesterol 18.7mg Sodium 203.7mg Potassium 39.2mg Total carbs 1.3g Fiber .5g Sugar .7g Net carbs .1g Vit A 11.1%
Wanderlost 08/06/21 01:09pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Harley really likes Spousal Unit; me, not so much. Well, I did shove her into a carrier and haul her for miles and miles, so I expect a bit of a grudge. I'm fine for a few minutes of petting, then she's done with me. Unfortunately, Czarny seems to be jealous of her being here. He went from curious to jumping her yesterday. Fortunately, Harley defends herself just fine. It did indicate it's way too soon for them to share an RV. After much deliberation, we decided to put Czarny in our vet's kennel and take Harley, so she will not feel abandoned yet again, and to become used to traveling. It's only a five-day trip, one day's drive up, four nights stationary, then a one day drive home. Without Czarny in the mix, she just might get more comfortable with her new humans and realize she's home for keeps. Not happy about having to board Czarny, but he won't feel abandoned like she would. We'll send his favorite binkie, since we can't send his favorite napping spots (the top of both cat towers) and his favorite toys. He'll be ticked when we retrieve him, but he'll adjust to being home quickly. Then we'll go back into the getting cats acquainted business. We bought a TempStick to monitor the RV while we're out and about. Temps aren't supposed to be terribly high where we're going, but we don't want to take any chances. Day before yesterday, Spousal Unit brought the carrier into her bedroom. She immediately went into hiding. Next morning, SU woke up and saw her in the carrier. As soon as she noticed him watching, she jumped out. Keeping it nearby will likely help get her used to it. She has to visit the vet next week to be chipped before we go anywhere; I am not looking forward to that. Can you say Shiva, Destroyer of Worlds? Yep, that's her... Haven't seen Leoghaire in more than a week, but her last living progeny and her baby are coming up every day for some carrots. Ripped out the dead rosemary beside the house and planted Copper Canyon Daisy in its place. The deer won't eat it and the butterflies and bees will love it. Fairly easy to care for, too. Copper Canyon Daisy care We're hoping the rosemary shrubs out by where the flag pole used to be will come back. The bottom stems are still alive, so some serious pruning is ongoing, then we'll see. Meanwhile, we're still researching affordable flag poles that won't bend and break when the wind gets up. Time to repair some stuff. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 08/06/21 12:37pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Song Post - Part Three

When That Man Is Dead And GONE - Mildred Bailey
Wanderlost 07/30/21 01:05pm Around the Campfire
RE: Is Facebook killing this site?

I'm happy talking about RVing on this site. Will continue to hang around here.
Wanderlost 07/30/21 01:04pm Around the Campfire
RE: Keep a Word Change a Word, Part II.

dead reckoning
Wanderlost 07/30/21 12:58pm Around the Campfire
RE: 14 Reasons You Will Regret an RV in Retirement

We were FT for several months after retirement, but that was because we were taking our time coming home to Texas from Virginia, then finding an S&B to buy. We knew we were not FT material. Long trips? Sure. Give up my baby grand piano, field snare, three guitars, and hammered dulcimer? Nope. As for the reason to not even buy an RV, they were too amusing not to reply. RVs Are Really Expensive As compared to what? Granted, our current RV mortgage is for a lot more than our house mortgage, but it's a lot newer, too... You’ll Spend Even More Money Updating Your RV's Decor Haven't changed anything except the linens. Dry clean only bedspread? Really? Your RV Will Depreciate in Value Knew that going into it. Buy a gently used one and it's not much of an issue anymore. RVs Guzzle Fuel Knew that, too. It's not like we use it as a daily drive. You'll Need Extra Insurance for Your RV This is just plain weird. Like you don't need insurance for anything? Health Care Can Be a Hassle When Traveling in an RV While we've not encountered same, there are times when that is true -- especially when dealing with the VA. You'll Have to Deal With Your Own Waste From Your RV Seems like someone is more easily grossed out than a typical RVer. Quarters Are Close in Your RV Ever lived in a Japanese apartment? There's a whole great outdoors to alleviate any sense of being too close. RVs Aren’t Easy to Drive Only if the largest thing you've ever driven is a Smart Car. Overnight Parking Can Be Problematic With an RV That's occasionally true, but not often enough to be a reason not to buy an RV. RV Repairs Can Be Costly Let me tell you about the most recent house repairs, or the upcoming engine repair on our Jeep. You’ll Need to Get Rid of a Lot of Your Stuff And this is somehow bad? It Can Get Lonely on the Road in an RV Only if you remain a hermit. RVers are a friendly and helpful bunch. An Airbnb for RVs? You Might Want to Try Before You Buy We rented an RV before buying our first one. Was a great idea. We recommend it to anyone thinking about buying an RV.
Wanderlost 07/30/21 12:13pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Where did you get THAT?

TempStick to keep the cats reasonably safe when we're away from the RV.
Wanderlost 07/30/21 11:54am RV Lifestyle
RE: Star Trek fans

I'm a Trekker. Loved TOS from the day it premiered on TV, and still love to watch it again. Favorite episode is "A Piece Of The Action." Scotty and Spock are my two favorite characters, in that order. One cousin became an engineer because he loved Scotty. I made a tail for a bunny costume one year (I was the Energizer bunny). Few years later, we had a garage sale, and I tossed it in the sell pile. A little girl came up and asked what it was. I said, "It's a tribble and it needs some love from a girl like you." Her dad turned away to keep her from seeing him trying not to laugh. Sold her that tribble for ten cents and she walked away happy. Dad gave me the "live long and prosper" sign as they left. I work at the library on Halloween. Last time, I was the expendable crew member (red shirt with burn marks on it and dead face makeup). Star Trek original theme and Next Generation ring tones are set for a couple of my buddies. They use the Darth Vader Theme for me (love it). Met George Takai at ComicCon in Houston a few years ago. More importantly, I met several folks who'd been in the original Battlestar Galactica or in Babylon 5 (best SciFi TV series ever). Had a blast. Interesting thing about that ComicCon: all the security guys wore red shirts, which had all us Trekkers going. Takai also noticed and made some funny comments. I got a kick out of using my flip phone like an ST communicator, back when I had a flip phone. Smart phones are just not as much fun. Still have a water pistol that looks like the early phaser. And I have the sewing patterns for TOS and Wrath of Khan parkas, which I do intend to make one day, just for kicks. Have never named an RV or toad for ST stuff. Should really rethink that. But Obi-Wander was just too perfect for the Forza, so it would have to be the Jeep. I call it Smoke, but Spousal Unit doesn't have a name for it. Yet.
Wanderlost 07/30/21 11:44am RV Lifestyle
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

https://i.imgur.com/Z5yEd5jl.jpg Meet Harley. Yep. Was in PetSmart picking up some cat food for Nephew's cat, and there she was in the adoption cages. Came to a screeching halt in front of her cage, because she looks so much like a cat we had for 20 years. Frightened, but still responded to me and no one else. One of only two adult cats in there, and the oldest at four years. Seems she had lived her whole life in a small home with one person, then "person" gave her up, claiming she was moving and couldn't take Harley along. The shelter folks didn't buy the story; it must have been pretty poor. At least "person" did tell them the cat's name is Harley. So even though our luck with female cats isn’t the best, I wasn’t about to leave her in that cacophony. She called me nasty names when I reached in to pick her up, fought like mad to not get stuffed into the carrier, then really called me names out to the pickup. Quiet on the ride home, called me names as I carried her into the house, then totally quiet until yesterday, when she started meeping at us. Holding off on taking her to our vet for a chip until she’s more comfortable with being here, but before we head out on an RV trip in a couple weeks. Clearly, she never went anywhere except to the vet, then being tossed out, so carriers are baaaad. Spousal Unit slept in that bedroom last night. Harley slept on the bed with him, and each time he woke up, gave him some serious head bumps. She's coming along nicely in getting used to new people. Czarny has been vaguely aware that she's in the house, but hasn't seen her until just a few minutes ago. We let them both growl and hiss at each other for a few minutes, then took Czarny out of the room. We'll keep doing this several times a day until they both calm down. Appears neither is an alpha cat and we don't want either to become one. We have the big cage already in the RV, so if Harley feels safer in it, she can ride there. Czarny prefers under the bedcovers. No idea how either will react to almost a week in the RV, but we're not about to slap either one in a kennel. Last thing Harley needs is to come home with us, then back into a kennel three weeks later. Nope, we'll just deal with both cats in the RV and possibly still in the get acquainted phase. Life around here is pretty spicy right now.
Wanderlost 07/30/21 11:24am RV Pet Stop
RE: Song Post - Part Three

Tryin' To Get OVER You - Vince Gill
Wanderlost 07/18/21 11:35am Around the Campfire
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

I dunno, Magnus. I'm not tempted to ask, either... More clouds and rain inbound. The far west is getting what's normally our dry and extremely hot weather. Wildfires abound. It's kind of strange, in a good way, to not being on fire watch in July. Mom's out of the arm sling and using her arm again. She's still getting therapy at home for a while longer. She's supposed to be wearing compression socks until the edema subsides, but I doubt she will, as they are tight and somewhat difficult to put on. I'll be hauling her to at least six more medical appointments before the end of the month, but then I get a break for a while. We're trying to rip out the rosemary bushes that didn't survive the February cold, but those roots are fighting us. We need to get that area cleared so we can plant our new Copper Canyon Daisy plants. These are supposed to be deer repellant butterfly and honeybee flowers. I really like the foliage scent; very spicy. Copper Canyon Daisy We planted tomatoes yesterday for the fall/winter garden. Still only flowers instead of fruit on the cantaloupe, so WLToo is going to try a powder that's supposed to get the plant to produce fruit. We'll see. Czarny has finally figured out that when it's dark, he gets treats. So as soon as it's fully dark, he starts pestering Spousal Unit for his treats. He's also apparently figured out that once he gets the treats, he's inside for the night, because he's not bugging us to go back out afterward. I had some clothes on my drying rack out by the pool yesterday. The first time Czarny noticed them swinging in a very light breeze, he went full body poof instantly and his eyes went huge. But he worked up enough nerve to slink over and sniff one of the shirts; once he did, he unpoofed and strolled back to his favorite porch chair. I pretended to not see it, so he wasn't embarrassed. Time to put together a bit of lunch. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 07/18/21 11:26am RV Pet Stop
RE: Song Post - Part Three

GIVE Me Forty Acres To Turn This Rig Around -- Willis Brothers
Wanderlost 07/11/21 11:01am Around the Campfire
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