Well, it was finally time! Time to move the cats to the ranch. Sheralee and I left early morning Saturday after swooping up some cats for our 3 hour journey.
All in all, it was a good trip, and somehow they arrived alive…whew. Being at the property is a first for all of them.
They were a little anxious at first, and still run for cover under the container or shed, but for the most part one….Theo…is very adventurous and loves to just take off. The other two, not so much.
Theo on the prowl…and he does chase birds…very unsuccessfully, but we won’t tell him that. Of course this much ‘outdoor’ activity leads to some serious down times.
The days of Saturday and Sunday were spent charging batteries, which are in poor shape overall, and I am sure we have lost some longevity with them, but the charger is working and working hard.
Right now I have two separate battery banks and two inverters. I am not using the old battery bank right now, just trying to get them all maxed out, which is taking some serious charge/reconditioning time. To Sheralee’s angst, I ran the generator pretty much all weekend. Still more charging time ahead, but it is a good thing.
I also did some more work on the cat house, and am close to building the front door and finishing it off. We are at a quandary with with windows right now as the ones I purchased aren’t even close to what we want…so looking at other options, which slows us down.
I did get the cat door installed, as you can see in the two pictures above. So funny, Theo was in and out of that thing, and actually snuck out of it before I realized what had happened. Solved that for now. Bad kitty!
I will try hard to finalize that thing this weekend, at least enough for the grand opening. Once we have windows in there we think the cats will love to hang out in there and scope things out. Well, we hope anyways.
Another thing I did on Monday was to take a couple more drone pictures. This is helping us plan out our pasture area. We also did a measurement of the outside fence and it is just under 1500 feet. We believe we have the fencing planned out and are excited for that phase.
Here is the small drone picture, linked to the larger one.
I think that is it for now. We have some crazy travel times to and from the ranch in the next few weeks, but then we are on to a new year and animals…of all kinds joining the ranch. Very exciting things ahead.
Oh yeah, one other thing I almost forgot about. So, some of you know we have two compost bins on site, and one we filled up early this year, and the other we have been using since then. Well, both were full…and it was time to add another one, a project I wasn’t ready to proceed with yet. So, my lovely wife had a great idea. The one that has been sitting for almost a year, why not move the compost out and use that one, so she did.
She moved the compost out, covered it with a tarp, and it will stay there until we have things to plan next spring. Very exciting! I know…kinda ‘crappy’ to some, but hey…we are excited!