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Old 11/19/14, 12:29 PM
 
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Travis, yeah, I know insulation just slows down heat loss, but it was in the 40's during the day and sunny, so usually that heats things up in the pump house, and when it goes down to the high 20's at night, I can get by with just running the taps in the house. When it dropped to the mid-teens and I forgot to run the taps, I froze. I think the wellhead is the frozen part now - but thankfully we are warming up here now, so I should have water soon.
Vickie, I figured you mis-read it...happens to me all the time. I read very quickly, and sometimes that means I combine things from different lines into some very interesting, but inaccurate, concepts, lol.

As I mentioned, it's finally warming up a bit. Night before last we hit 19*, while last night, the temp briefly dipped to 32 before rebounding to 33* for the rest of the night. It's cloudy now, and is supposed to start raining sometime in the next few days, depending on which forecast you look at. Ahhh...I actually don't mind a little rain if it means I can have my water back and work on outdoor projects again.

I had Abby go through my yarn collection and pick out yarn for her scarf. With her Aspie-ness, she has sensitivity issues with anything scratchy (and what you'd consider soft may be scratchy to her), so it's just easier to have her pick out what she wants. She chose a Carron Eco yarn, which is made partially with recycled soda bottles, in a soft sage-y green. I only had one skein of it, but it was just enough to finish the scarf - I crocheted it up last night, and I think it turned out really well. I was impressed with the yarn, too - easy to work with and very soft to the touch. She doesn't get to see it until Christmas, though.

While I was crocheting, I also unraveled a baby cap I wasn't satisfied with and used a different pattern I liked better to re-make it. Now I just need to crochet a flower for it and it'll be ready to give. My former sil just became a grandma for the first time, and it's a little gift for the new baby.

I kept trying to get on the Emergency Essentials website, but couldn't log in with my computer saved info - I finally had to re-register with the same info, and was welcomed as a "new customer", despite having ordered from them for years. Anyway, I ordered peanut butter powder, dried apple slices and cheese powder for the LTS pantry, as well as a little folding shovel/saw/pick combo tool for my GHB (get home bag). Merry Christmas to me!

eta: Hi, Homesteader - I see we were posting at the same time! PICC line is what you're looking for....prayers and pixie dust for your dd sent.
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Old 11/19/14, 01:22 PM
 
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MGM - PICC line, got it now! I try not to think about it, it gives me the eeeewwwwsss. She keeps an elastic wrap around it but I know it's there. I get all wooshy if it's my family members.

My mom (77 now, retired) was/is? an RN, she was the same way. If my Dad cut himself, he would hide it from her or she would almost faint. But she'd go to work that night, in the ER of all sections of the hospital and work on mangled people. I always thought that was so fuuuunnnny until I became a Mom. Not so funny now. That "green" look comes over me too.......
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Old 11/19/14, 07:27 PM
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Today we made it up to 38 degrees. Felt like a heat wave. I actually did the feeding and watering this evening without hat and gloves. Starting tomorrow we have a chance of snow. It is time for it to start snowing here.

We just shifted from outside projects to inside ones. I started sorting, cleaning and re-arranging our walk-in closet. I move winter clothes, long underwear, flannel-lined jeans etc. down to lower shelves and summer ones get moved up higher. And I am starting to purge some stuff I will not wear anymore.

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Old 11/19/14, 09:09 PM
 
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We have water! Actually, we had water yesterday, at least, but it turns out Abby had turned a valve and I didn't catch it. Once the lever was switched back into place, I had running water instantly. So nice to have a hot shower and be able to do chores. Life is good.
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Old 11/20/14, 12:25 AM
 
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Had another biopsy on Monday and 3 more biopsies today. Lots of pain and one site may be getting infected. Not my favorite week. Hope this is it for the biopsies and we can get on with scheduling surgery. At least 3 weeks out for surgery as I will be taking part in a trial study for 3 weeks.

My oldest granddaughter is not taking the news of my cancer very well. Hope to see her this Sat, if I'm feeling up to it. The other 2 are too young to understand.

Bill took this week off from work and is taking good care of me. We were supposed to do one of our art shows this weekend but knew I would not be up it. My only goal is to try and get the Christmas shopping done (some are already made) and the girls birthday presents, as their birthdays will be right after the surgery.

Bill has been out a few times deer hunting. 2 neighbors have gotten bucks, and Bill almost had a buck, too, but he hit a branch just as drew his bow and off the buck went. He has seen more bucks than does, this year, but no good shots.
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Old 11/20/14, 11:59 AM
 
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Billie - Continued healing prayers for you. I'm glad your DH is there to help you!

MGM - Glad you have water again! That's the one thing I hate being w/o.
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It's warmer here. We're suppose to have rain this weekend, but not cold enough for ice, so I'm very thankful for that. We definitely need the rain.

Our new Director seems like a really nice guy. We had Monday off, due to the snow and ice. Yesterday was our first Team meeting with him as our Boss. It went well and our VP bought the Team lunch, so that was really nice.
He was here when I came in late yesterday, which I'm sure wasn't impressive, but there were 3 horses eating grass on the side road on my route to work. I stopped and knocked on the door of the place where they were closest, the man came to the door and pointed me towards his neighbor's house - I guess it happens often. I drove to the neighbor's place and told him his horses were out - "Okay" he said, like he was used to it. As I was driving out, I noticed a large round bail of hay by his drive.
I'm thinking - "Dude, give them some hay and they won't go looking for fresh grass!"
I'm glad this was on a fairly flat piece of road. Hitting a horse is not something I want to do or see!

I need to run errands today. Tomorrow is my immediate Supervisor's last day at work and I need to get a card for our Team to sign. I'm having lunch with a friend I haven't seen in awhile and giving her some peasant shirts and a lace up dress I don't wear. I'm still on the de-clutter band wagon and finding homes for unused stuff.

Have a great Friday Eve, everyone!!
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Old 11/20/14, 02:37 PM
 
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Vickie, it was nice of you to look after the well being of the horses (and drivers), anyway. Hope your new boss was understanding about it.
Keto, feels good to be above freezing, doesn't it? Waving hello from the other corner of the state, lol!
Billie, (((hugs))) on the biopsies and upcoming surgery and treatments. Drat on Bill missing his chance with the deer. Hope he gets another opportunity.

Abby and I have been talking about what cooking and canning projects to do next. She wanted to make chicken rice soup and can it - I showed her the canned critter food with rice in it and how it had turned to mush, and she decided having the rice added after the jar was opened would be better. I told her that if she wanted a fast rice in her home canned soup, she could take cooked rice and dehydrate it, then add it to the chicken soup when she was heating it up. I think we're going to try that today. She's been cooking jasmine rice - oh, that is heavenly. It's in a whole different class than plain old long grain white rice - I can actually just eat it straight from the pot, no seasoning at all and it's so good! I'm normally more of a potato than rice kind of gal, but I'm a convert now.

Need to look at this week's ads to see if the turkey prices are any better. If not, I will need to make a stop at Winco to buy bulk supplies and get a free turkey. If they are, Winco will price match, so it looks like a trip there is in my future, one way or the other.
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Old 11/20/14, 02:58 PM
 
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GFB was up at 4:30 yesterday to prepare for work. Tuesday was his birthday and we and my BF from Boy Scouts went out for pizza (GFB said he would far rather have a pizza pie than a birthday cake!) Had the Pizza Hut bacon stuffed crust and I was underwhelmed. We were in bed by 9:30 but up several times in the night-GFB went back to drinking coffee yesterday, he's pretty much switched to tea since the heart hospitalization- but he was really tired and needed the charge. It's a little over an hour from the city to Okeechobee City, and while he was busy I was in Home Depot buying seeds and then in WalMart -picked up a fleecy Goth pajamas for DGD for Christmas. WalMart seems to be the only grocery that carries canned golden hominy anymore. We'll eat the white hominy, but we both prefer the golden. The checkout clerk told me she had only eaten it once and didn't care for it. It was a regular part of weekend brunch when I was a child, I find it hard to believe that people in groceries are selling stuff they've never tasted. I've had checkers tell me they have never eaten turnips or parsnips, rabbit or quail, goats milk, pigeon peas, etc. Oh well, at least I got a present for DGD- and I got keys made at HD for my "foster" daughter who agreed to take the cats if anything happened to us. (our own offspring have refused -so I am happy "foster"daughter agreed. Her 3 dogs were raised with cats so there will be no dog problems!) Came back to the lake Wednesday afternoon.

Speaking of dog problems, we have a cat problem. A big black tom has been hanging out around the house and scentmarking- and chasing the ferals away from their food. He chased our cats a couple times too. I moved the ferals feeding station to keep them apart- Blackie had the old one and I fed the ferals on the other side of the house. Today he jumped Angel-kittie, one of our house cats-and was attempting to maul her. He did it right in front of us! Almost got to boot him like a football, but he turned and ran just as we reached them. Angels not badly hurt, but now I am going to have to hose Blackie whenever I see him. We thought the ferals were trying to come in the house last night and this morning because they were cold, but now I think they were attempting to get away from Blackie. I hate to treat any cat nasty, but he is just not willing to live and let live. It took us a year to get Calico and Father (the older ferals) to stop chasing our cats and to peacefully coexist most of the time, and they were never as bad as this black tom.
Fried hash and heated golden hominy for breakfast and started split peas for soup for lunch. Then I exposed 5 more pots of asparagus and planted 6 pots to onions. Transplanted the cuke appearing leaves from the bean pots to 7 pots I uncovered during the weeding. Want to get more peas and beans potted. We had a patchy frost warning for the lake area last night but our microclimate is zone10-11 here. Bonechilling cold because of the high humidity, but no frost. Am thinning the turnips- will have greens with dinner!
So much still to do in the garden but maybe I will just go lie down for a little bit.
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Old 11/20/14, 05:43 PM
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Billie, so sorry you are going through this. I know it is hard, just take good care of yourself and try to stay positive.

Yesterday I went grocery shopping, shopped for Madilyn's birthday and picked up items for my Operation Christmas Child Boxes. Today I had to go to the heart specialist with Kadia. She is still having some issues and needs more tests. I am tired of being cold already and winter has not started yet!

Tomorrow is my birthday and the kids are all coming over for supper. I am making lasagna and they are bringing pies. I like pie better than cake! It is also Madilyn's birthday, she is turning 3. Her party is going to be on Saturday.
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Old 11/20/14, 06:39 PM
 
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Happy Birthday tomorrow, Melissa! SO glad you get to have birthdays, and I know you are too.

Billie, much love and prayers sent your way for a good outcome on the surgery and subsequent treatment. You will beat this! As Melissa says, rest and take care of yourself and stay positive!

GOOD news here, found out our dd didn't take gd's pain meds after all. I was really relieved, as I hated to think she would be so desparate for drugs that she would do that. GD found them while packing for a trip with her husband, called her mother and apologized. One positive step, in any case. I just hated to think of it.

Vickie, glad you were able to find the owner of the horses. I used to pass horses on the road almost daily when I still worked in another town. Made me so angry when one or two got hit and almost killed the driver of the pickup that hit them.

Will read more posts after I get dh off to his gun club chapter meeting. Tomorrow it's off early to head to Denver, pick up our grandson, go to son's apartment and get him and his fiance moved. Mom was going, but has opted to stay home. I'm going to have to take our great grand baby as Mom just can't handle that responsibility all day long. She tries, but ends up falling asleep in her chair with the baby hanging half upside down, milk dripping out the sides of her mouth, etc! I'm ok with her watching the munchkin for short term, like when I go out to check eggs or feed critters, but all day is too much.
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Old 11/20/14, 09:41 PM
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It snowed all day here but no accumulation. We were above freezing most of the day. Today my husband and I cut and wrapped the buck he got on Monday. I cooked the neck on the wood stove today. I have been researching mincemeat recipes to try this year. So that will be tomorrow's goal. Anyone have a recipe to share?

Made more progress on the closet. I woke up with a stuffed up nose and thought I might be getting a cold. But tonight I feel fine.

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Old 11/20/14, 10:22 PM
 
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Melissa, Happy Birthday to you, and to Madilyn, too. How special to get to share a BD with your dgd - evidently I missed your post when she was born, because I had no idea.
Jan, Woohoo for dd not having taken dgd's meds! What a relief.
GMB, Happy belated BD to GFB. Many happy returns of the day.

Abby ended up making a pot of chicken and rice soup for dinner tonight - it was absolutely delicious - we liked it so much the pot is empty! It was a SMALL pot of soup, actually....really! I'm going to have to teach her to cook larger quantities, lol. I supervised a bit, answered questions, but let her do all the cooking herself, and she delivered big time. Used a Zaycon chix breast, the leftover jasmine rice from yesterday, and some extra broth and herbs of her choice. I'm really proud of her - does it show?

I got up on my roof today - brushed the creosote and soot off the chimney cap, cleaned the gutters on the front side of the house, removed on old string of Christmas lights that didn't work and had been hanging up there for several years and removed most of the moss on the front half of the roof, as well. I ran out of day before I could work on the rest of the roof and gutters, but I made a really good start.

I'm determined to practice simple knitting tonight, and then start working on crocheted scarves for the grandkids, so I have better get off here and get busy. Take care, all!
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Old 11/21/14, 09:21 AM
 
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Happy Bday Melissa & Grandbaby!
Jan Drive carefully!
Billie- still praying!
MGM Thanks on GFBs behalf. You know I had totally switched to brown rice until I discovered Jasmine Rice. It's so good! I found brown jasmine rice at one of the bodegas but it's not as great as the white.
Along with the turnips, last night I also fixed jasmine rice and pork chops and gravy. I guess my negativity about cooking this summer was mother nature telling me to eat cold or refrigerated foods.
Today is the day I'm expecting the trees in...fingers crossed...
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Work home work home. Got another couple bread books to add to my collection. Had a great day at work today. Inadvertantly solved a couple problems that I didn't know would be problems.

It is cold as anything outside. I rode home and froze!

Billie, hope you get to feeling better soon and can be on the road to recovery! Congrats on the buck!

Bought some Christmas presents already, one anyway. Looking to get everyone gift cards this year from work that way I can get a free turkey! I'm well on my way.

Travis, way to go on the crib!

MGM so great to see things going so well with Abby! I didn't know she had aspie, just some issues. People with Aspberger's really fascinate me. I have only known one person, and there is a guy at work who we suspect, but aren't sure.

Have a good one everyone!
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Old 11/21/14, 10:25 AM
 
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Bill said last night that today was the day he would get a deer. Sure enough he went out this morning at @6:45 and at 7:15am he sent me a text saying he got a buck. On our property so he came back and got the truck. Still had to get him up to the ridge to where the truck was but he did. Now we have to somehow find room in the freezer!!!
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Old 11/21/14, 03:33 PM
 
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Wow his week is just flying by.And it's not really the holiday season yet.Every day something going on.Besides the big funeral dinner ,the rest was fun stuff.Once a week friends and I meet for lunch and shopping,so the Christmas gift pile is getting bigger all the time.On Wed. night we had our Senior meeting /potluck and for the program a gal demonstrated how to make different chocolate candies for Christmas.I got to help and make peanut clusters,raisin clusters and dip pretzels.Another helper made buckeyes,plus she made toffee.We got to sample all of it, plus got to take some home.What a hardship I like meetings like that a lot more instead of boring speakers.
Last night we were swamped at the food pantry.Had a couple not so nice people,one tried to sneak an extra bottle of laundry soap and when I told her she can't do that she got nasty.People!!!
Looking forward to tonight, it's the yearly fundraiser for the food pantry.A dinner and big silent auction, and a great speaker.Hoping to get some good stuff,very little for myself mostly gifts.
Found some beautiful sleeping bags and blankets at Goodwill ,we collect them in our sewing group to give out to the homeless.Actually a different group gives them out along with food.There is so much need all over,it's unreal.
Billie ,you are in my prayers,hoping your surgery will go well.
Now tomorrow daughter and I are taking my oldest grandson out to shop for clothes and then to get a pistol.I don't know what he wants ,but he does So next Sat. it's the youngest grandsons turn to be taken out to shop and eat lunch.I feel blessed that the kids live close and we can do things like that.
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Old 11/21/14, 04:14 PM
 
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Happy Birthday, Melissa and grandbaby!!

Jan - I'm relieved for you and you're granddaughter too. Nothing worse than family issues like that.

Congrats to all who are getting deer. That's fantastic!

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It's not cold today, but drizzling rain. It's supposed to rain tomorrow with mild temps, but back to the cold weather just in time for Thanksgiving next week.

We're seeing a co-worker off this afternoon. Our new boss even pitched in on the gift certificate, which was really nice of him.
Hopefully, once he gets settled in, we can learn a little more about him. Administration has had him in meetings all week.

I headed to the Library to p/u an audio book at lunch, then stopped by the Goodwill before going to p/u horse feed.
I'm glad I stopped. I found a very nice pair of snow boots for my granddaughter and a few more small gifts for both the girls. I've been redecorating their bedroom at our house and I found another cute throw pillow for the bed. It's so nice to find the furnishings second hand - the only thing I bought new was the throw for the bed and one set of sheers - $26 total, which is not bad!

Hopefully I don't forget to stop at the store on the way home. I need to get a few things, since I will have the grandkids tomorrow night.

Take care everyone and have a good evening!!
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Old 11/21/14, 06:32 PM
 
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Happy Birthday Melissa and Madilyn!!! You share a birthday with my cousin!

Finally we got some good news. All my biopsies from this week came back benign!!!! Yeah!! So we are back to just the original cancer. Surgery is set for Dec 17. Then radiation treatments. The nurse is checking on chemo but fingers crossed that I don't have to have that. Finally feel like a weight has been lifted, even tho I still have cancer. It will be a good weekend. Will have the grandkids tomorrow evening for a few hours.

Tomorrow Bill and I will be loading up the car with a microwave and curtains/curtain rods and a few other things. A couple in our church lost their home/belongings in a house fire on Veteran's Day. They found a house to rent and everyone has been pitching in with what they need. The microwave was here when we bought our house, (we don't need it) and the curtains have been packed away for probably 10 years! They are good heavy lined curtains but I have no windows in this house that they will fit. Enough for 5/6 windows.

Bill is out in the garage right now butchering his deer. Took bottles of frozen water out of the freezer (forgot they were there) so looks like we will find room for him! Have a great weekend everyone, I know I will.
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Old 11/21/14, 08:01 PM
 
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Billie, what wonderful news! I'm so happy for you. I know you still have a fight ahead of you, but this means a MUCH better prognosis. Doing my happy dance for you here!
GMB, yes, the jasmine rice is just wonderful. Next trip to Costco, I'll be buying several more bags for the pantry. Hope your trees came...I'm waiting for an EE order, myself.
Michelle, yeah, Abby has Aspbergers (or, since they changed the terminology, is "on the spectrum", and high functioning), ADD, and a few other "Letter Disorders", but for the most part, does pretty well. She is highly intelligent, and very gifted when it comes to writing and drawing. For a young lady that has trouble with verbal expression, she can spin the most amazing stories.
Oma, you know, the main thing that keeps me in this area is the close proximity to my grandkids. It's something I don't want to give up.
Vickie, good job on the room decorating budget scores. Have fun with the grandkids!

I really, really suck at knitting...just stating it for the record. I'm just all thumbs! I'm trying to learn the Continental method because it's faster, once you learn it, but the learning curve is steep for me. I even e-mailed my sister for help, and if I haven't figured it out from you-tube vids before Christmas, she'll help me when they are over on this side of the mountains.

After I gave up on 2 sticks, I switched to a hooked stick and started working on a beanie for my grandson. That is going a little more smoothly! I have 8 cap and scarf sets to finish by Christmas, so I need to keep working on them. Today is a good day for staying in and crocheting, as it's raining and the wind is howling.

I was hoping to get one more day to get up on the roof and work on the moss and gutters, but I figured with my luck, I'd get up there and either get blown off the roof, or have the wind blow the ladder over, stranding me up there, yelling for Abby and not having her hear me! Figured it was safer to stay inside.

Looked at the tracking on my FexEx'd EE order and it still says they expect to deliver it today, but it didn't leave Boise until 11am, so I think that might have been a little overly optimistic. I think they deliver on Saturdays, so I think I'll get it tomorrow. I'm looking forward to trying peanut butter powder.
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Old 11/21/14, 08:42 PM
 
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Trees didn't come today. I talked GFB into staying till tomorrow at the lake so I can get them (if they come in) The 2012 trees sat in the Post Office for about a week- we never got a package notice. The 2012 trees have never recovered from that experience. They are smaller than the 2013 trees and less leafy. Our heat is enough stress on apples here. Don't need any more.
Today I planted parsnips and multicolored carrots, as well as mixing old bean vines and loofahs in the bottom of the bottom of the 4 pots, then 1/2 bag manure each pot, 1/2 bag compost, water holding crystals, and 1/2 bag tree and shrub garden soil. I will top each pot after planting with almost whole bag of cow manure -the compost and soils dry out too much and don't offer protection to the roots.
For the black cat- I sprayed a lot of Dawn dish liquid around where he had been scent marking, about halfway up the bushes of the foundation plantings, around the roadside porch area where we used to feed the ferals, and I flooded those and all the areas he liked to stretch out in. Didn't see him to almost 5 and he ran when I ran at him with the hose. GFB really hates being mean to any kitty, and I don't know how long I can keep this up. On the other hand, Orange Soda, the young ginger feral, spent about an hour hanging out with me today, requesting I rub his tummy and scratch his chin. We used to spend a lot of time like that, prior to the black Tom showing up..he, grandmother Calico and Father have been nervous for days- bolting their food and hiding after.
We are driving to see DD in SC - one long days drive on Thanksgiving, and will sightsee in Charleston Monday while DGS returns to campus there. Then one long days drive back to the city. We put out a 15 lb bag of dry cat food for the ferals when we go away for a week. They will have to try to stand up to that black tom on their own while we're gone.
GFB got paid a nice compliment by one of the guys who gives him subcontracts- he said he wished could clone GFB - he is one of his best and most reliable colleagues. That made me smile. I am glad others can see the good in him-and tell him.
Those of you in the cold- stay warm and safe.
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