Saturday, July 24, 2021

Back to Mid 90's

 The weather turns from decent (mid 80's) to hot today.  Forecast calls for 95 degrees here.  Much the same most of the week I believe.   

It's difficult to accomplish much in the heat, at least outside.  

Gas prices are soaring.  Food prices are soaring.  Best, in my situation, to do pretty much nothing.  Cheaper that way.

The city did add on, without a resident vote, $9 per month to the water bill, for no good reason, outside the city wants more money, mainly to contend with all the new developments going in.  Instead of making the developers pay up, we have to.  Developments mean more of everything is needed, like police, fire, water, streets, schools, etc.   Developers are destroying this area.

Adding $9 a month to the expenses of someone living on SS is a lot of money.   Pretty arrogant behavior too.

I was in the park six full hours yesterday morning again, hoping to catch any kittens still there in the brush.  Not a bit of luck either.  My butt felt numb when I finally got home from sitting in my car. I walked a bit while there, not much though since my knee is sore.


Turkey vultures circled above the river, seven or eight of them.  500 feet down river, another group circled.  I don't know if they do this mornings, and it was quite early, like the mergansers, in a sort of grid search for food.



The river looked inviting.  I would have gone in for a swim had I not been otherwise occupied, keeping track of a trap.  The water is very very cold in the river.  On a day as hot as today will end up, the cold water would be very welcome.


I haven't gone anywhere this summer yet and I probably won't.  So many areas are closed or restricted due to current or past wildfires.  The squeeze has resulted in areas that are open being flooded in people.   Campsites are impossible to find and expensive.  Add in gas to get there and yikes.  Not so bad if you go with others and the cost gets split up and rides shared.    I don't have anyone to go with, and that's another thing. 

I planted a few flowers weeks ago.  Some are still alive, some are not.





I returned Jasper, the black male I trapped in the park, this morning early.  He was fixed yesterday.  KATA took him in on their spots, then I picked all five of the cats up at the clinic and met Lisa of KATA in a Lebanon parking lot to hand off their four.   

Jasper is a huge boy, weighing in at 12 lbs, but now he is a neutered big boy at least.  

He dashed up into the brush of the park upon release, without so much as a glance back.

Cookie looking beautiful

Lovely lovely Sam







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  1. We are also forced to pay (and pay) so the developers can do their thing. It doesn't matter whether we want those developments or not.
    Sam looks totally blissed out in that photo. And of course Jasper disappeared just as fast as he could... I suspect he is not one of your fans. I am.

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    1. I went to the feed store today, to order up my bi yearly load of pellets for litter. I have them delivered now, as I can't load and unload those 40 pound bags so easy anymore. The two guys in the store wanted to chat about how many Californians are flooding the area and driving up costs of everything and congesting all the roads and rec spots. I joined in, I'm afraid, because we are being over run. We call the developers Californian lovers (well something not quite that nice) and those who buy and move in will be, a good share, just up from CA.

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  2. Sam looks so content and happy. Over $100 a year is quite a whack to anyone on a low income. You are right. Developers should pay, passed on mostly I guess to new home buyers.

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    1. Sam loves a good sun spot. He's an old old boy now. Every now and then, he goes on one of his infamous tears, giving everyone hell, but they're shorter now and slower.

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  3. I love your pics and videos

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  4. Your flowers are beautiful (as well as the cats). I especially like the snap dragons.

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    1. I love the flowers. My catnip went to flower just for the bees but with most blossoms gone, I trimmed it down yesterday. The bees are still all over the butterfly bush, so I am watering that, despite the high water prices.

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  5. Woes aside, and I can concur about price and taxes, the flowers look lovely. Celosia, petunias, and snapdragons are among my favorites. Alas, only the latter do well with our wet conditions. But that's not such a bad thing. Right? Better than wild fires! And what lovely rescues of all ages. Again, it's too bad we can't all get together. ~hugs~ What fun we could have if affordable.

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    1. So the flame like flowers are Celosia? I didn't know, found them on sale for a little over a dollar each. Yes, better than wildfires, your rain. Are you having a wet summer? It seems, watching the national news only now and then, that the east is wet this year, and the southwest is even wetter.

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