Animals adjusting to the move
Okay, the move to a new house/office is now complete. We are still trying to find some “gizmo” that we need occasionally, that is still packed in some box located somewhere. We also have a half of garage full of stuff, most of which will be chucked if I have a say in the matter.
The hot tub is used daily with a temp at 103º and the in-ground heated pool is up to my standard 84-85º.
We had some remodeling done after the move-in and with only a week to go before closing on the old house….the hot water tank blew! Karma is a bitch! That old house was just getting a parting revenge. The new homeowners were pleased, however, that they got a brand new hot water heater in the sweet deal.
One of the biggest concerns I had was how Zu Zu, our Cavalier King Charles dog, was going to adjust to the new digs. She no longer had free run of a fenced in back yard and with the new house located on a main road, a leash and chained run was the order of the her life.
After a few days, Zu Zu got the idea of how the new order would work. The property has a in-ground electric dog fence, but we have no idea what the boundaries are and until Son Devin will give in and wear the dog collar and run around the property, Zu Zu will continue as a leashed dog.
The pup also has gotten used to the inside surroundings and limitations, and all is well on the canine front. We decided to do away with Zu Zu’s sleeping in our bed at night, and she now claims a chair near the bed as sleep headquarters.
That left the three cats to contend with. The ranch-style all-on-one-floor house/office requires the goofy cats to go down to the cellar to use the liter box. To solve the problem of not wanting our young grandchildren to fall down basement stairs, we put in a cat door for easy access. It worked. All three cats, Miss Kitty, the elder black cat. Baby Cat, the shy Siamese and Simon, the bossy younger Siamese all have figured out the new system. Of course, as before, Baby Cat still refuses to poop in the box, preferring the right next-to-the-box technique.
All three cats surprisingly adjusted well, with Baby Cat the biggest surprise. She has now become quite bold, even in the face of a rambunctious bully Zu Zu.
Eating quarters for all animals became the back mud room and all now respect each other’s dining space.
We gave away all fish/fish tanks in order to live a simpler life. I simply did not want the job and requirements of caring for fish.
There is no outside pond to take up my time and I found out I really do not miss the waterfall and pond inhabitants.
Outside my office window, the previous home owners left several bird houses attached to a nearby tree that have all been booked for the breeding season. Except for the occasional mad mother bird when we are sitting nearby or hot tubbing, the chirping is pleasant enough to deal with.
Now if I could only enforce my new no-shedding rule for Zu Zu, Miss Kitty, Baby Cat, Simon and Wife Patti, the household chore of daily vacuuming would go much easier.