When we bought this property just under 10 years ago, there was an old park bench sitting out there. God knows how long it’d been out before we got it, but it was pretty weathered. We moved it to a new spot. Over the years I’d made a couple of repairs, securing loose slats with leather ties.
But recently it’s been leaning dramatically, more and more as the slats rot.
And then the slats themselves rotted through and started falling down.
Something had to be done. Rather than buy another new bench, we re-purposed the old supports. First it had to be disassembled:
Rich got some 1x2s and began putting it back together:
All finished! I wonder how long this one will last out in the elements?
Next up at Altamira: Gracie had surgery.
She’d been messing with butt near the base of her tail for some weeks. There was a cut, and it seemed to heal, then she’d bite it open, and pus would come out. Then it would seem to heal again, and on and on this cycle went for a few weeks.
Since she’s semi-feral, and we can’t even pick her up, let alone shove her in a carrier, we put off considering a vet visit, hoping she’d fight off the infection herself. Even if by some miracle we could get her there, how would we get medicine down her throat?
Finally we called the vet and laid out the situation and asked their advice. They said to get a live animal trap and bring her in and they could handle it from there. So I emailed around and found a trap I could borrow (Thanks, Jimmy & Marge!).
It looked SO harsh and medieval, though. So the next morning Rich figured it couldn’t hurt to try scruffing her and shoving her in the carrier before she knew what was happening. We’d get one chance. She was still sleepy, and amazingly, it WORKED! So off to the vet we went.
Turned out she did have a cut, and it was abscessed. They got her all cleaned up and ready to come home the same day. Here she is, all looped up and bleary-eyed from anesthesia, wearing the cone of shame. She was walking around like a drunken sailor, weaving around and bumping into walls. Poor dear!