Poor Cat

Don’t look if you are squeamish at all. šŸ™

One of the tough things about having somewhat wild cats on the property is to find the balance from keeping them wild and turning them into pets. Turn them into a pet, and their chances of survival outside go down, just the cold hard truth.

Our favorite cat, them male, who was born with a bobbed tail, go into a scrape with something; something bigger and stronger. We figured, looking at the wounds, that he probably stuck hit hear in a burrow or something.

His head was a scratched up, a big patch of hair from his head was gone, both ears chopped up, a long slice down his back and a pretty deep wound on his tail.

It took him a good week before he would even really come around, even to be fed. He’s been getting progressively better but his tail has been bothering him, we could tell.

Well, this morning there was a bunch of hair missing, in a ring around his tail. We figured he was pulling out the hair to get to the wound to take care of it. Later I saw what’s next, we found the tail laying back by where he had been sitting.

Cat tail missing Missing Cat Tail

It looks like it just peeled right off, like a glove linger coming off and leaving the finger beneath. Sent the image to the vet, I guess we’ll see.

Nasty though, for sure.



Three Cats

I’ve never been a big “cat” guy, but we inherited four small kittens right after we moved here.

Cats in truck

Their father is a cat/bobcat mix and mother a stray black cat that seemed to like our property quite a bit.

She had four small kittens, we trapped all five of them (not the father), had then fixed and brought them back to the property to help with rodents.

We lost one of the cats early on when she got ran over on the main street in front of the house, but all in all, they have been great to have around. When we moved here there were all sorts of rodents all over the place, and plenty of cockroaches as well. The cat’s love those guys :-).

The cats are all outdoor cats and we feed them just enough to keep them feeling good, sticking around and hunting. Our main rodent cat got sick and wasn’t helping out the cause too much. We had to take him to the vet and get all sorts of stuff done. Hate spending money like that, heh.

Anyway, looks like it’s paid off and we are back to hunting. He brought this up to show us how good he’s feeling.

Cat and mouse


Still clearing land

One of the great things about living here is with the trash service, they will also haul away some natural rubbish. This month I think we may have pushed it too far.

In front of house

The pile was quite high already, but today my Friend from Colorado, Steve, of “Steve and Katie” fame, who are on the last few days of a two-month stay, has moved up a bunch of the palm tree fronds from the back of the property.

So while we have been working on the house, we’ve also been clearing quite a bit of the property, faster than we can get it out of here really.

felled trees

We have these piles of dead trees, branches, etc all over the place. We’ll try to mulch as much of it as we can, burn some and take some out to the road to be hauled away.

With Steve and Katie on their way out, we are getting ready to have three rounds of Grandkids visiting so we are working on finishing up the last bits of construction in the house. We have to wrap of the closing of the main house to the studio.

studio door

And FINALLY, we have decided how we want to treat the fireplace in the main house, framed it in late last week, will drywall today, then tape and float, spackle and paint. Hopefully, we can get it done before the kids start showing up.


It takes effort

So here is a little secret about life; It takes effort. I know, what an idiot right? Of course, it takes effort! But what a lot of people forget, is that it takes effort for all of us!

We do pretty darn good I think, Vivian and I. I make a nice living and we pretty much get to do what we want, when we want. What’s not to love about that? But the truth is that MOST of us are in that exact same position. The difference is that I am aware of it. People thought we were nuts for making the move down here, and maybe we were, but it’s been great!

We came down for a 30 day visit, bought and closed a house in those 30 days, and a house that by the way, many others thought we were crazy for buying. The plan was to come and work on it months at a time, with the construction paid for by another deal we were working on. And then just 60 miles or so from home, on our trip back, the other deal fell through. The call was devastating and 100% unexpected. I would have given chances of that happening at 0%.

But instead, we said screw it, put the house up for sale, sold it ourselves, for cash, and moved. From the day we left for vacation, to the day we were moved down permanently to Harlingen Texas, three and a half months.Spring in bloom

Have I mentioned how much I love it down here? This is a pic of one of the neighbor’s lawns down the street.

Anyway, we choose to change our lives, to mix it up a bit and do something different. We didn’t have to do it, and we didn’t wait for somebody to do it for us. YOU decide the changes that you want in your life. Start making small changes in that direction today, and keep moving. You WILL get there.

I suck At Blogging

Yep, turns out, we BOTH suck at blogging, but we must persevere nonetheless right? So, things are moving really good with the house. I PROMISE to update more soon, but there is the house in it’s many phases.

Day 1

Harlingen House

After pulling down all of the overgrowth:

full house

Reconstruction of the roof:

Actually becoming a house again:

Construction progress

OMG, painted!! And 99% of inside construction is done as well, just some trims left:


It was LITERALLY, a full gut job. We will get some inside pics comingĀ ASAP.