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by texsuze
Wed Apr 14, 2021 6:37 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 34
Views: 3006

Re: What are you reading?

Still on my Charles Dickens kick, just having finished "Great Expectations". I saw the movie (1930's or '40's), which I really liked, and the book was not diluted by having seen the movie first. I'm not really into non-fiction, at least for the time being. ;) Next on the list: "O Pion...
by texsuze
Wed Apr 07, 2021 6:15 pm
Forum: The Political Forum and Other Hot Topics!
Topic: How is everyone feeling with Biden administration?
Replies: 6
Views: 190

Re: How is everyone feeling with Biden administration?

Dipping my toe in the waters, I was relieved when Biden was elected POTUS. My primary concerns were and still are reinstating the important environmental regulations, upholding the ESA, and keeping O&G profiteers out of my National Parks, Monuments, and National Wildlife Refuges. OTOH, I'm not p...
by texsuze
Wed Apr 07, 2021 5:58 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: It's the thought that counts
Replies: 11
Views: 515

Re: It's the thought that counts

I'll admit, probably the best surprise-well-intended gift ever was my JD Gator back in 2003. Still going strong! Came with a big red bow on the brush guard, special delivery via flatbed trailer!
by texsuze
Mon Apr 05, 2021 3:26 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: It's the thought that counts
Replies: 11
Views: 515

It's the thought that counts

On Friday, DH and I marked our 33rd wedding anniversary. We usually don't give gifts on the "in between" years---the 0's and 5's tend to feel like the real milestones :) But this year I guess he decided I could use some help with barn and ranch work. So he presented me with a DeWalt Gyrosc...
by texsuze
Fri Mar 26, 2021 6:02 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Got my second jab today
Replies: 37
Views: 1502

Re: Got my second jab today

Took mom yesterday to get her first shot; not sure which mfg. She only has some soreness at the injection site today, otherwise, continuing to chase cats as usual ;) Second shot anticipated to be on or about 4 weeks from now. I'm going to put myself on the list for the hospital in our county. Their ...
by texsuze
Thu Mar 04, 2021 5:53 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Outdoor cat deterrent
Replies: 1
Views: 434

Re: Outdoor cat deterrent

Mothballs? (which I hate). Or one of those motion-sensor water sprinklers that comes on when something comes within range?
by texsuze
Thu Mar 04, 2021 5:49 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So, how's the vaccination schedule going in your state?
Replies: 36
Views: 2571

Re: So, how's the vaccination schedule going in your state?

Still trying to get my 89 y.o. mom on a list. She wants to receive the vaccine. I registered her at a hospital an hour away. I offered to put her on several more waiting lists throughout the area, but she refuses--does not want to undertake anything that requires more than one thought process at a t...
by texsuze
Sat Feb 27, 2021 7:10 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Texas Friends - How You Doing?
Replies: 10
Views: 1185

Re: Texas Friends - How You Doing?

Yes, love the sheep photos! Glad to hear that chickens are back to normal! Demi, you must be out towards Marble Falls or Burnet? We know someone in Oatmeal ;). And yep, sadly, more firewood in our yard than we'll ever need. So interesting to hear about the various conditions and situations folks had...
by texsuze
Thu Feb 25, 2021 10:05 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Texas Friends - How You Doing?
Replies: 10
Views: 1185

Re: Texas Friends - How You Doing?

Whew. Reporting from Central TX. We're on quite a bit of acreage here, out in the county. I thought, from the initial forecast, that only CenTX was going to have a little bit of snow, a bit of ice, a bit of cold, like we might expect each winter. Not. Our power was out from 2/11 to 2/22---eleven day...
by texsuze
Tue Feb 09, 2021 5:54 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Just need some cyber hugs
Replies: 28
Views: 1888

Re: Just need some cyber hugs

Sending you a {{{ hug }}}} for your family situation, and for the passing of your DH's mom. Sending another {{{ hug }}} for your upcoming birthday :) Mine is on the 15th ;) My mom just turned 89 last month, living independently. But I totally feel your stress, since it's all the collateral contact t...
by texsuze
Tue Feb 09, 2021 5:45 pm
Forum: Facilities & Transportation
Topic: Oldster's unloading getting worse
Replies: 8
Views: 719

Re: Oldster's unloading getting worse

I'm hoping that the above techniques would not cause my oldster to begin to hesitate/question loading calmly; as mentioned, he loads wonderfully, thank heavens. I've had two horses in the past who refused to load into the trailer, and I don't ever, EVER want to repeat that experience again. I'll jus...
by texsuze
Mon Feb 08, 2021 3:23 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Need Cat advise for new house cats
Replies: 12
Views: 950

Re: Need Cat advise for new house cats

Ditto using bathroom(s) as temporary litter box location. You could feed on top of countertops :) or bring in a small nightstand and rig it up for a feeding tower. For pup-proof litter box you might try taking a Rubbermaid (or other brand) tote with removable lid. Square or rectangle, opaque color (...
by texsuze
Mon Feb 08, 2021 3:12 am
Forum: Facilities & Transportation
Topic: Oldster's unloading getting worse
Replies: 8
Views: 719

Re: Oldster's unloading getting worse

Thanks for the suggestions! Yes, I deliberately bought a trailer (straight-load) with a ramp, after having seen his distress unloading from a step down at horse shows, way back when I used to board him. Good ideas about "home bubble" concept and also being prepared to whoa any time during ...
by texsuze
Sun Feb 07, 2021 6:21 pm
Forum: Facilities & Transportation
Topic: Oldster's unloading getting worse
Replies: 8
Views: 719

Oldster's unloading getting worse

My 29 y.o. gelding has been a rock-star loader/unloader all his life, thank heavens (I've owned maniac non-loaders in the past). Self-loads under all conditions; backs down the ramp and waits for further instructions. But... Since having to retire him 10 years ago, our infrequent trailer trips are n...
by texsuze
Fri Feb 05, 2021 6:50 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Private investigators, "dormant funds"--scam or no? Updates...
Replies: 20
Views: 1949

Re: Private investigators, "dormant funds"--scam or no? Updates...

Got an update from my brother yesterday re: this unclaimed funds process. On the website there is now some type of "pending" notation assigned to the unclaimed accounts he's working on, which makes me feel better that they've been tagged as 'in progress', sort of. Brother submitted part of...
by texsuze
Fri Feb 05, 2021 6:43 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Cataract surgery next week
Replies: 22
Views: 1920

Re: Cataract surgery next week

Great news, I was wondering about this final surgery and how things have been going. Playing Pirate again, or just keeping away from barn dust until given the A-OK? ;)
by texsuze
Wed Feb 03, 2021 4:37 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Another Vehicle Thread
Replies: 20
Views: 1449

Re: Another Vehicle Thread

Don't laugh, but what about a minivan? I drove a rental Grand Caravan (gets lousy ratings) to deliver 6 pet carriers to mom a couple years ago, in preparation for her epic relo to move out this way; 5 hrs each way. Really liked the comfort and the fact that seats folded down flush with the floorboar...
by texsuze
Sat Jan 30, 2021 5:20 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Private investigators, "dormant funds"--scam or no? Updates...
Replies: 20
Views: 1949

Re: Private investigators, "dormant funds"--scam or no? Updates...

Mom already has six (that's 6!) cats, so she's trying to outlive them all at this time. DH suggested to her (on my recommendation), that when she finally receives these unclaimed funds, mom should put all the money into a dedicated Cat Care account. That way, in the event that she does not outlive a...
by texsuze
Wed Jan 27, 2021 7:21 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: When do you consider a horse dangerous?
Replies: 47
Views: 2070

Re: When do you consider a horse dangerous?

The last horse I owned before stepping away from riding was predictably unpredictable. Rodeo on the lunge line every time, kicked me in the chest, stomped on my feet, could dump you in a nanosecond for no reason, always had the 'stink eye' look, tried to bite my BHS trainer during in-hand work, and ...
by texsuze
Mon Jan 25, 2021 6:13 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Please jingle for a friend
Replies: 6
Views: 473

Re: Please jingle for a friend

How tragic. Sending jingles for healing and strength to the family.
by texsuze
Mon Jan 25, 2021 6:11 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Please jingle for my niece!
Replies: 7
Views: 555

Re: Please jingle for my niece!

Sending jingles for new mom and baby-to-come, across the miles!
by texsuze
Mon Jan 25, 2021 6:09 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Cataract surgery next week
Replies: 22
Views: 1920

Re: Cataract surgery next week

Thanks for the update and so very glad things went smoothly!

What will Miss A think when she sees "Pirate Paula" strolling down the barn aisle, eyepatch and all? Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum ;) Just be careful, matey!
by texsuze
Sun Jan 24, 2021 9:35 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Private investigators, "dormant funds"--scam or no? Updates...
Replies: 20
Views: 1949

Re: Private investigators, "dormant funds"--scam or no? Updates...

Thanks, Silk, but you'll have a long wait on that one ;) I'm on my last equine partner right now--he's 29, in full retirement, no longer able to eat hay, crappy vision and hearing, and getting to be high maintenance! I just can't handle the workload of more than one any more, and he'll likely live a...
by texsuze
Thu Jan 21, 2021 4:20 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Private investigators, "dormant funds"--scam or no? Updates...
Replies: 20
Views: 1949

Re: Private investigators, "dormant funds"--scam or no? First update...

My brother had to go ahead and disclose all to mom, emphasizing that the PI's are no longer in the picture. She took it very well! So now to have the attorney re-open my uncle's estate, create a new bank account in the estate in which to deposit the unclaimed funds, and provide the appropriate docum...
by texsuze
Thu Jan 21, 2021 4:13 am
Forum: The Political Forum and Other Hot Topics!
Topic: Is anyone else having a hard time with all of this?
Replies: 60
Views: 6275

Re: Is anyone else having a hard time with all of this?

I watched several hours of the Biden/Harris inauguration ceremony and the American celebration that followed later. Biden's acceptance speech was well-constructed and spoke to points of importance and hope going forward. I thought the post-ceremony American celebration with the variety of entertaine...
by texsuze
Sat Jan 16, 2021 5:29 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Private investigators, "dormant funds"--scam or no? Updates...
Replies: 20
Views: 1949

Re: Private investigators, "dormant funds"--scam or no? First update...

Well, "horse-ladies" :) Here's some more scoop, in case anyone finds themselves in a similar situation. Brother has been in back & forth communication with our uncle's bank and the state unclaimed funds folks. Our uncle's estate will have to be reopened (by an attorney) in order to sat...
by texsuze
Fri Jan 15, 2021 5:32 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Private investigators, "dormant funds"--scam or no? Updates...
Replies: 20
Views: 1949

Re: Private investigators, "dormant funds"--scam or no? First update...

Thanks all for your input, and keep it coming..! I emailed the "unclaimed" websites to my brother yesterday after reading your posts, and told him blow off the PI companies. He called back last night (incredulously) "Where did you get this info from?" Me: Why, the dressage bullet...
by texsuze
Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:30 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Private investigators, "dormant funds"--scam or no? Updates...
Replies: 20
Views: 1949

Re: Private investigators, "dormant funds"--scam or no?

Thanks, all! Duh. Why didn't I think of that? I'm forwarding the state websites for claims in the "neighboring state", as well as our state, to my brother so he can take if from there. If mom is owed money I'm more curious as to the origin than to the amount. I'll report back if I hear mor...
by texsuze
Thu Jan 14, 2021 5:55 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Our Long Awaited Arrival!
Replies: 16
Views: 1438

Re: Our Long Awaited Arrival!

Congrats and love the name! His pic with the crochet teddy is super cute! Looks relieved that his bath is finished ;) Jan 10 is my mom's BD (89 this year!)
by texsuze
Thu Jan 14, 2021 5:49 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Private investigators, "dormant funds"--scam or no? Updates...
Replies: 20
Views: 1949

Private investigators, "dormant funds"--scam or no? Updates...

Putting this out there for anyone familiar with such a situation, or maybe help in pointing the way. Mom's brother (my uncle) passed away in 2013. Mom was the main beneficiary since my aunt had passed away the previous year. My aunt and uncle had no children together. My brother was the executor of ...
by texsuze
Thu Jan 14, 2021 4:08 am
Forum: The DDBB Cookbook Forum
Topic: ISO Slow cooker venison chili recipe
Replies: 0
Views: 649

ISO Slow cooker venison chili recipe

My brother hunted on our place in November and 'donated' some ground venison and some filets (white-tailed deer) to our freezer. I'm not a big fan of game meat, so DH will likely eat most of it. If anyone has a good crock pot recipe for ground venison chili I'd love to have one. I saw Tuddy's chili ...
by texsuze
Thu Jan 14, 2021 4:08 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: ISO Slow cooker venison chili recipe
Replies: 1
Views: 287

ISO Slow cooker venison chili recipe

My brother hunted on our place in November and 'donated' some ground venison and some filets (white-tailed deer) to our freezer. I'm not a big fan of game meat, so DH will likely eat most of it. If anyone has a good crock pot recipe for ground venison chili I'd love to have one. I saw Tuddy's chili ...
by texsuze
Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:28 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Cataract surgery next week
Replies: 22
Views: 1920

Re: Cataract surgery next week

Good luck with your surgery. And don't take chances getting junk in your eye. My farrier had cataract surgery on both eyes, one before T'giving and one later last month. He had such blurry vision he kept asking his wife where all the smoke was coming from in Walmart! Had to explain to the eye doc wh...
by texsuze
Thu Jan 07, 2021 8:51 pm
Forum: Facilities & Transportation
Topic: Recognize this weed?
Replies: 7
Views: 725

Re: Recognize this weed?

Some poisonous plants in your state:

https://empoweringmichigan.com/identify ... 2C%20death.
by texsuze
Mon Dec 21, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Jupiter-Saturn conjunction tonight
Replies: 7
Views: 984

Jupiter-Saturn conjunction tonight

Close alignment of planets Jupiter and Saturn this evening :P Some live-streaming now on Slooh:

https://www.space.com
by texsuze
Thu Dec 17, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Gratuitous pics of your horse(s)
Replies: 48
Views: 3902

Re: Gratuitous pics of your horse(s)

Blob, your spic-n-span stalls have inspired me to clean mine. Next year. :)
by texsuze
Thu Dec 17, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Christmas card exchange 2020
Replies: 23
Views: 1934

Re: Christmas card exchange 2020

Thanks, Paula! I purchased them at the Wild Birds Unlimited store in a nearby town.
by texsuze
Sat Dec 12, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Duck Dilemma
Replies: 6
Views: 1168

Re: Duck Dilemma

Is there another family member in the clan, for whom $50 might be much more tempting to take in exchange for the duck? Sometimes, IMHO, I think you gotta do the wrong thing to do the right thing. Case in point: a former riding instructor of mine got so exasperated with folks across the farm-to-marke...
by texsuze
Sun Dec 06, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Christmas card exchange 2020
Replies: 23
Views: 1934

Re: Christmas card exchange 2020

Ahhh, thanks for the update, Canyon! One down, a few more to go! And no card that is sent in the holiday spirit would be considered ordinary, especially this year :)
by texsuze
Sat Dec 05, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Christmas card exchange 2020
Replies: 23
Views: 1934

Re: Christmas card exchange 2020

KK, I actually got your pretty card several days ago, so Canada seems to be on the fast track! No telling when my cards will reach their recipients. I added extra postage so they would not "go through the machine and get torn up" per postal clerk, since they are thicker than standard cards...
by texsuze
Sat Dec 05, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 34
Views: 3006

Re: What are you reading?

Silk, I read "All the Light We Cannot See" a while back. Enjoyed the book very much, but was disappointed with the ending. Some authors are great at weaving an intriguing story, but then seem to speed up and dump it all at the end. JMHO
by texsuze
Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Divorce- how did you get through it
Replies: 44
Views: 3376

Re: Divorce- how did you get through it

Your head is bobbing back up out of the ocean, now that the nasty tidal wave has hit and you find you're still able to swim. Nothing wrong with recognizing your own feelings; they're likely to switch around quite a bit for a long time to come. Compartmentalizing is sometimes the best or only way to ...
by texsuze
Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Finally feeling prepared
Replies: 10
Views: 1251

Re: Finally feeling prepared

Glad things are going well! Love the room--books and critters, books and critters, can't get much better than that :)
by texsuze
Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Please jingle for my Gracie
Replies: 14
Views: 1592

Re: Please jingle for my Gracie

Jingles for your precious pup!
by texsuze
Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Kirby (1998-2020)
Replies: 23
Views: 2063

Re: Kirby (1998-2020)

Thanks for sharing and for your tribute to Kirby. So many memories to keep him in your heart. My oldster (29) is half Trake/half QH and I've always felt that his flash and pep com from the Trake, but his brains and athleticism are QH.
by texsuze
Mon Nov 16, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: What are your holiday plans?
Replies: 23
Views: 2433

Re: What are your holiday plans?

Our TDay plans have now changed, partly cootie-related, but partly mom's control issues. Plan going forward, today anyway, is DH and I, plus my brother and SIL will meet at mom's for TDay potluck dinner. Mom is very excited that she's managed to finagle this arrangement. She'll be 89 in a couple of ...
by texsuze
Sun Nov 15, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 34
Views: 3006

Re: What are you reading?

Showing my age (somewhat, maybe) I'm on a Dickens kick right now. Just finished C.D.'s "Our Mutual Friend" after reading "Bleak House". Both are very long, with many interesting characters, and were originally written as serials. Next up I'll probably start Willa Cather's "O...
by texsuze
Fri Nov 13, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: The Political Forum and Other Hot Topics!
Topic: Oh thank the powers that be!!
Replies: 17
Views: 1647

Re: Oh thank the powers that be!!

I, too, am in the thick of tRumplandia. Gave the "raspberry" to all the Trump flags (and there are lots) while driving into town this week. Quietly, optimistically gloating. Saw an interview recently with a (?) former governor, Republican, of one of the northern states. Wish I could rememb...
by texsuze
Thu Nov 05, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: What are your holiday plans?
Replies: 23
Views: 2433

Re: What are your holiday plans?

Congrats, Blob! Any honeymoon plans for 2020? For TDay we still plan to go to a favorite restaurant (planning on outdoor seating) that serves a 4-course traditional dinner. They are observing cootie distancing and masks. Brother and SIL will be with us. Mom wants to stay at home. We'll bring her des...
by texsuze
Thu Oct 29, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: A new low in house cleaning
Replies: 7
Views: 668

Re: A new low in house cleaning

Dontcha know? Dried puke is easier to clean than fresh and squishy, according to DH's thought process. He leaves it on the carpet a few days (without telling me), just to 'clean up easier' :( Cat puke: BTDT

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