Friday Felines

We tried for a long time to get the mats out of Smokey’s hair but just couldn’t do it, so we took him to the vet’s office for their groomer to work on. He’s not used to a carrier and he complained on the way. He has the saddest, smallest little meow. The groomer groomed and bathed him. It was an all-day affair.

They had to cut out some of the mats, but he still seemed a little matted when we got him home. I decided to comb him again.

smokegroom1As you can see, I got out a good bit of loose fluff right from the start.

smokegroom2He usually loves it when I comb him out.


He’s a good kitty. I really manhandled him, but he just laid there. I was holding him by his rear leg here, and he didn’t really care.

smokegroom3I kept at it for a while.


We couldn’t believe how much fur we got off him, even after the groomer had worked on him.


I think we could have kept combing and getting more and more fur but I finally got tired. I think Smokey did, too, but he didn’t complain much.


More view

Neighbor John worked through the dry weather last week to expand the cleared area where the house will go, thus revealing more of what our view will be. Here is a panorama I shot before the rain started.

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The extreme left of the image shows Little Texas Valley through the woods. The larger trees near the white loader will come down sometime. Some of the trees near the dump truck will also come down.

Leah says that you can’t really see the view, so here’s a crop showing the middle area where we have a view over town.


Of course things look different when you are using your own eyes.

The cleared area is larger than I originally expected. Part of the reason for that was that my estimated back property line is too far back. The surveyor’s line crosses the upper edge of the cleared area, so to maintain the required clearances as well as to site the house at the best place for the slope, we have to move our house down and to the south. So, it required  more clearing, and there will be more to come.

I would like to buy the lot that the view to the left in the panorama crosses, but John says that his brother is considering buying it. Based on what John said, the price would probably be low enough that we could swing it, but I don’t want to compete with John’s brother for the property. His brother might rethink things when he looks more carefully at what would be involved with building on that property. There really isn’t a good house site anywhere on it.

We’re going to have a lot more open area around this house than around our current house. That’s going to mean more grass to cut, although maybe it will also mean we’ll have room for some fruit trees.

Sunset, January 26

It had been cloudy all day Monday, but around sunset the clouds started to break up. This shot was taken from Lavender Trail near our mailbox.

sunset2_26jan15I walked up the road just past the edge of our property, right around neighbor Jeff’s driveway and got this.

sunset26jan15This is the best view we have of the west from where we live.



Friday Felines

This is a pretty common sight in the driveway, Dusty lying in the sun next to the azaleas and Sylvester or Smokey lying under the dogwood keeping an eye on him.


Sylvester acts like he’s just minding his own business, but sooner or later he’ll try to harass poor, old Dusty.