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Discussion in 'Cats S.O.S' started by Sidewinder, Aug 26, 2019.
Yay, you keep Tiger.
Be careful camping, the winds are going to pick up in the next few weeks.
Those friends have an outdoor patio/BBQ area separate from the home, there's an outbuilding with partial fence which makes a fine windbreak, and whichever tent I use will be securely staked down. I have two tents, one large, one a bit smaller, the large one has an (unintentional) kitty door---two zippered flaps, one on each side of an enclosed vestibule, so if I leave the flaps partially open a cat can enter and exit the tent. The zippers run in such a way that I can zip them up off the ground or tent floor and keep most bugs & small varmints out of the tent.
I already used this tent in the field and the flaps worked great for Sage & Crackhead, who were both with me at the time. At dusk, I'll probably put Crackhead in the car with food, water, blankets & his litter box. Did that before as well, and he was perfectly comfortable, he just settled down and took a big ol' nap every time. I'd let him out once the sun was up, and he was fine, not fazed by the car at all. There's an older guy watching my friend's property, a neighbor staying at the home, so the extra human activity will help keep varmints away.
Ya know, there IS the possibility that some 11th-hour job offer will come through and I don't sell my current home after all, just dig myself out of a small financial hole... but if that doesn't happen, I don't mind letting go of this home, it has been comfortable and the views are magnificent, but there will be other views. The best views of all are the ones with kittehs in them!!! LOL.
I must admit that I drank quite a few beers last night, thinking of all that has happened recently and the potential flipping of my current home. But I firmly believe that a man should be entitled to at least ONE vice, LOL... I don't smoke, I'm certainly no tweakin' crackerhead, I'm not a criminal and I'm not a womanizer, so I reckon I've earned a cold beer now and then.
As an aside, I was casually perusing homes for sale in other states, and there were some really cool cabins in the pines over in New Mexico, as well as some beautiful homes on acreage over in eastern Oklahoma. The economy's not so hot in NM, that's the hitch, while OK has twisters and miserable humidity in the warmer months.
I'm not a fearful man by nature, but two things in this world make me somewhat nervous: lightning and tornadoes. I've seen the damage done by twisters... I actually walked the ground in Midwest City, OK, after the "Billion-Dollar Twister" struck and killed over 40 people. I posted pics of the damage on the Internet, it was pretty gnarly... buildings torn apart and debris everywhere.
And much as I love watching lightning, it can be dangerous, particularly to technical rock climbers high on exposed crags, or mountaineers up in the clouds when the storms strike. And the metal hardware carried by climbers doesn't help, LOL... might as well beg for a lightning strike. I've seen some beautiful lightning displays here in southeastern Arizona, quite impressive in the night sky.
Anyway, the cats are doing fine at the house, I called that gal and told her I'm gonna keep my furry little friends, I just can't see living without 'em. They're like my support group, LOL... and who could leave these kittehs after forming such a close bond? Little Phoenix is such a cutie, and Tiger is a handsome boy... while Crackhead has a heart of gold, even if he looks like an old pirate and still acts crazy once in awhile.
Who knows? Maybe we WILL wind up in some other state, much as I like Arizona. One's money certainly goes farther in certain areas, and given my circumstances, I gotta take that into consideration. One of those cabins I saw listed had a primo wraparound deck high above ground, with cover all the way around for shade... it looked so cool, like something out of an old Western, LOL. And there were plenty of trees on the property too...
I like trees, I had 21 tall Ponderosa Pines on my property up in Show Low, with my Pawleys Island Hammock slung between two of 'em. There was an oval grove of approximately 8-10 trees in my front yard, and I used to love swinging in my hammock and watching the birds in the branches and on the trunks. There was a patch of the bluest sky directly above, with the trees ringing round and framing that patch of sky.
Oh, well, we'll see what happens... I'm just rambling a bit today because I've been so preoccupied and stressed out lately. Gotta calm down and take it one day at a time... instead of getting all worked up, I should be thankful for the freedom to make choices about where the cats & I live. Not every citizen has that freedom... and a cabin in the pines sounds like paradise to me, LOL.
ENOUGH SAID, RECKON I'LL LOOK AT SOME MORE LISTINGS...
I can't say how happy I am that your cats will remain with you, the person they love and trust most in the world. HAPPY HUNTING, and keep us posted!
I've been looking at lake homes in eastern OK and homes near the coast in NC... not saying I'll wind up there, but I can buy a pretty nice home free & clear in either location, LOL. And the kittehs would have PLENTY of acreage to roam...
Only problem is all the ticks & fleas... ugh.
Fleas and ticks are EVERYWHERE! I even have to treat my town-dwelling, indoor only cat regularly, as the little pests can easily hitchhike in on a pants leg.
That's one reason why I'd rather stay in Arizona, there aren't as many fleas & ticks in the high desert... just scorpions, rattlers, armies of ants, etc. Not to mention the REAL varmints like coyotes...
Well, the coyotes, at least are EVERYWHERE! Several years back, when I lived in Chattanooga, it was all over the news to keep small animals in and not allow them to roam, as there was a pack of about 30 coyotes living in DOWNTOWN Chattanooga. They were rough on the feral/stray populations of both dogs and cats, but did a bang-up job with the rodent issues! So far as I know, they are still there, almost never seen, but thriving. I did sight one or two of them while there.