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21) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cooking for real (Message 1663097)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
...a traditional sweet roll made...

Now you've got me wanting pastry!!!
22) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1663079)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
The gophers were doing a job on my mom's neatly trimmed lawn and some of the bushes were being worked on as well. Last weekend we found a dead gopher and I believe anything that size that can move dirt the way they did would be a real handful for a cat. Unless you have a monster cat, I wouldn't blame your cat for not catching gophers.


My sister was adopted by a stray cat she calls Puddy. Puddy has rid Andrea's yard of gophers, moles, snakes and a wide variety of birds, including in one instance a very large woodpecker. He is a normal sized cat, but he is the busiest little kitty hunter that I have ever seen.

Our former neighbor, Andy, also had a cat who successfully hunted gophers. That cat rid Andy's yard of gophers and had moved on to hunting mine, which really did not bother me a bit, provided that his kills ended up on Andy's porch and not mine. Unfortunately for me, Andy retired from his job and he and the cat moved away. It did not take the gophers long to re-populate the area.

Perhaps the gophers we have in California are smaller than Arizona gophers? They are certainly impressive earth movers, but the gophers we have do not seem to be a match for cats. I believe the reproductive strategy of California pocket gophers involves making baby gophers early and often so that the population is not significantly affected by cats, hawks, traps or the futile strings of curses I direct their way.


Pocket Gopher
23) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1662874)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
We will have to have Sci-Man Steve weigh in on whether Mister Slithers is a gopher or a garter snake.

My entire back yard is one giant mass of pocket gopher holes. They think my vegetable garden is their own personal Farmer's Market. Out outside cat is a lover, not a mighty mighty gopher hunter. To thwart the gophers, I plant my vegetables in gopher cages. These are basically chicken wire baskets that you dig into the ground. The chicken wire keeps the gophers from eating the major roots of whatever you plant. The cages come in all sizes and last for years.

I do not want to trap or poison my gophers. They are welcome to eat anything in my yard except the vegetables I grow for personal consumption. The gopher cages allow me to draw that line in the sand... (or in the case of our native soil, the clay).
24) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1662872)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
I did m;y back exercises. I took a 40 minute walk with Maya up and down the hills in our area. I ate too much - 1963 calories.
25) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1662821)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
I believe that Mister Slithers was a gopher snake. We have both garter and gopher snakes in our area. Mister Slithers was quite a large one. I am not at all afraid of snakes and I found Mister Slithers to be quite beautiful. That picture was taken in our front yard.

Sadly, gopher snakes are not so named because they eat gophers, which we have in great abundance here. They are called gopher snakes because they like to hang out in gopher holes.

@Vic - You should definitely cook for Mary. Women love men who cook!!! Eric cooked pasta for me for one of our early dates. It was angel hair pasta with smoked salmon, chives, lemon zest and a light cream sauce and it was delicious. On a later date, he made me stir fry... which was really more of a braise, but still good. Little did I know the man was a "two dish wonder!!!"
26) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1662451)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
I did my back exercises. I took two 10 minute walks and one 20 minute walk. Calorie count was higher than ideal (1752 total).

My goal for tomorrow is to hit 3/3 standing goals.
27) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1662395)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor

Mister Slithers, circa 2012
28) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Last Person To Post Here Wins #235 - TimeLord Style... :-) (Message 1662179)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Our only visitor this evening was Tiny Tim and he runs away from people rather than towards them.
29) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Last Person To Post Here Wins #235 - TimeLord Style... :-) (Message 1662175)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Eric is a very grumpy badger right now...
30) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1662174)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
I hope Steve sees the snake!
31) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1662173)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
I did my back exercises. I took a 40 minute walk in hilly terrain. Calorie intake was too high - 1964 total. Tomorrow I will hit all three goals.
32) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1662044)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Yes! Wonderful eagle pictures!!!
33) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1662043)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Pudgy Little Raccoon Weigh-In: 170.0

The last two days I did not exercise and I was busy, busy, busy with baking, a very nice surprise visit from a relative and lots of family events. Good thing I was a mostly good little raccoon before the weekend started. At least the scale seemed to be heading in the right direction with this morning's weigh-in.

My goals for today are to do my back exercises, do some aerobic exercise and try and keep my total calories under 1500, despite a special dinner scheduled for this evening.
34) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Last Person To Post Here Wins #235 - TimeLord Style... :-) (Message 1661311)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Winning from Barstow. BARSTOW!, mabey not winning.

Last I checked, Barstow is not all that far from Vegas. Vegas, baby!!!
35) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1661307)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
They're just bandages Angela, I'd have those around here, but then I grew up with 'looney tunes', like Tas(manian Devil), Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny, among others...

Bandages, or passive-aggressive little comments on my crazy excuse for a hobby??? Hard to tell, Vic. Hard to tell...
36) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Sarah Brady, Gun Control Activist, Dies At 73 (Message 1661306)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
R.I.P.
37) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Last Person To Post Here Wins #235 - TimeLord Style... :-) (Message 1661304)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
May the 4th be with U. ;)

Dude!!! You're a month early!!!
38) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1661302)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Dang Sue. Those things have sharp little needle-like teeth. I'm surprised you were willing to pick up an opossum.

On a related note, Eric and I got our rabies booster shots this morning. The travel doctor we formerly used for such things retired, so today we were new patients at a new practice.

On his history form under "Reason For Visit" Eric wrote "Married to a crazy woman."

When I told the nurse that the reason we were getting rabies booster shots was NOT because we were traveling to some exotic locale like India or Sub-Saharan Africa, but rather because I regularly feed urban wildlife in my suburban backyard, she laughed and said that I would get along great with her mother. It was nice of her to say that, but I could not help but wonder if the Looney Tunes band-aid she put on my arm after the shot was a sign of what she was REALLY thinking...

39) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday II - Double Digits, but no double chins!!! (Message 1661301)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
I woke up at 3am with pain around my right scapula, so I bagged on the back exercises today. I took two 15 minute walks... close enough. I over-ate (2259 calories). My health goal for tomorrow is to do better than today.
40) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Happy Birthday Scarecrow!!! (Message 1660984)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Amateur!!!

I started getting offers of a senior discount around age 35!!!


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