Cat houses and such

Three of these four worthless felines are getting a bit long in the tooth, two longer than the next in line.  It’s been a tough summer with the drought and heat wave, so I’ve had to take some measures to give them some relief I couldn’t provide for myself.

Shiva’s not one of the two oldest, but she had a health event a couple of winters ago that’s taken a long time to recover from, and she has a special job here if the cows ever come back.  She’s Shiva the Cow Cat.  Loved chasing cows back when they were bothersome. [ Artful Communications – White Trash Repairs 3 ]

I might add some other meanderings here today as other things come to mind, but what’s on my mind this morning is I need to start working on the front porch cat houses I put together last fall to give them all places to get out of the elements.  Now that the heat’s bending in the other direction I wouldn’t be shocked to see a winter rearing it’s head before I’m ready for it.

Old Jules

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7:45 AM – Escape Route Possibilities – Fridge and trailer

Another issue that’s been on my mind a lot lately is creating myself a place to live if anything intervenes to insist I get the hell out of Dodge.  The whole thing’s complicated by the contract I have with these cats, all but one of them, to take care of them until they die off, or I die off.  I’ve talked with them about it, and they have some strong views about minimum living conditions, etc, which I’m obliged to consider.  A tent or under a bridge doesn’t meet their minimum criteria.

I mentioned in an earlier post that I’m looking around for an old travel trailer I can get for a price I can afford, and the new truck up there Gale’s going to help me pull to town to let an honest-to-goodness mechanic fix the wiring mess, inspect it to get it legal, and eventually pull whatever I come up with for it to pull.

While I’m scouting around looking for an old travel trailer I’ve also been looking at this, considering whether it mightn’t offer an alternative:

http://tinyhouseblog.com/

Of course, if I select this option I’ll be building it from salvaged recycled materials.

This trailer below has been sitting there with that load on it from the time Gale and Kay moved here from Pflugerville.  His shop building was full and he didn’t have anywhere to put all that stuff, so it’s stayed there, everything on it getting ruined by the weather and the tires going flat.

another view:

That lathe, left rear, is troubling to see.  But so’s a lot of the other once-useful items on there.

another view:

another view:

If I can think of somewhere to put that junk, protecting whatever’s left worth protecting, I just might be able to talk  him out of the trailer if I decide the building a house on a trailer option seems the best  after everything’s considered.

On the other hand, the fridge is now a sure thing.  I was talking with Gale while he was doing some jewelry work the other day and noticed this, down there bottom center:

Turns out it’s the gas/electric fridge out of an old travel trailer I gave him about 30 years ago.  He says it’s mine if I want it.

It’s going to be a job getting it out of there:

Behind and under a few important things

Old Jules

Jesse Winchester, Just Like New

10 responses to “Cat houses and such

  1. Jesse Winchester. Wow….I bought his first album. Hope he’s doin’ OK.

  2. Jules, I believe you are the most self-reliant blogger on the net.

  3. Hi Cletis: I’ll have to think about that a while. Thanks for the visit and the comment. Gracias, Jules

  4. The photo is adorable, Jules. That’s one fine-looking cat. You are a good fellow to take such good care of them.

    Best,
    SB

    • Hi SB. She’s a good one. I make them earn their keep, though. If they ever fall down on earning it, out goes the food purchases. Never seen a cat do that, though. They’re generally dependable, good workers at what they do. Gracias, J

  5. Hey Jules been enjoyen looking around your site it new to me i have for many years” well all my life really’ been interested in alternitive liveing spaces. Haveing lived in N.M. and live in high desert now and aware of some of the weather changes that are going on i’ll offer you a suggestion and with your great mind ( I mean it ) you may have considered it already but here goes . You can build a good size Hogan very cheaply it just takes some railroad ties or similar stuff a lot of earth and something to move it with and maybe a pool or underground house liner. What all this would cost on todays market i don’t know and i have a feeling you maynot have a lot to invest. i know you already live in adobe so you no some of the benifits of earth, it also don’t take a lot of skill to build. I have a great picture of buiding one if i new how to send it to you. Although it sounds like you want one thats mobile so then the earthen would be out. Take care

    • Morning Anonymous: If I ever get settled somewhere likely to last and allow a permanent dwelling I might choose a hogan. Considered one for the Y2K thing. Thanks for coming by. I wish you well. Gracias, Jules

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  7. Many considerations on a Tiny on Wheels, but is what I am doing. First thing is axles/bearings/tires/trailer-brakes need to all be good and handle a decent capacity. I tried a park model trailer, so did someone else, they will NOT work. I saved until I had enough for a good deal on a used goosenck with 2 6k axles for 12k capacity. Still putting i nnew bearings and new tires. Those alone are a few bucks.

    Then there is pulling it, to the build site beforehand and after with all the weight on her. I scurrying and found people to go get mine and bring it to my build site, and there she sits until spring when I will start. 55yo and in need of a home that is mine and not a banks or a landlords. ^5 Peace and GL2U!!!

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