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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Rain, Wind, and Thunder Oh My

Hey everyone, we got this email on our computers this morning :

Guadalupe River Flow Increase


Regional Emergency Alert Network <>

4:54 AM (5 hours ago)

to me

This is an important message from the 

Regional Emergency Alert Network

Please click here to acknowledge receipt of this message

This is the Guadalupe County Office of Emergency Management 

with an urgent message. Present weather conditions indicate that 

the flow in the Guadalupe River has, or, will exceed 26,000 cubic 

feet per second. Many areas of the river will begin flooding at or 

near this level. We encourage you to take appropriate action for 

your location and tune your radio to AM 1580 for more information.

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along with the flood alert sirens sounding off at about 2:30 this morning and a text message on my emergency cell phone and our regular house phone rang this morning at the same time with the same warning as the text and emails.

You see, Hurricane Pamela dealt a bad blow to Mexico on the Pacific side and she had been sending rain and wind up through the middle of Texas. The weather reports last night said we would get our fair share of rain and wind around 1 am. They hit it right on the head. The far-off thunder was originating up around New Braunfels, which is 13 miles away. It progressively got louder and louder until around 1:15am it hit hard and lingered until almost around 5am. We got 8 inches of rain on our rain gauge. It was enough to flood the lower areas of Starcke Park and cover the little dam as seen in the picture on normal sunny days.

This is the little dam in Starcke Park. It's basically a small stone and cement dam. If the water on the river goes higher than the dam then the lower part of Starcke Park floods out. It would have to hit the 40ft mark to reach our area

The river levels have tapered off a teensy bit but it's still really high, but believe me, we are fine and we were never in real danger also, we are still home. The area is on low flood stage and a few low water crossings on the roads are still flooded but those are out in the country on farm roads.
Another view I took of the dam a while back when we had
5 inches of rain this late spring. You can see the water pouring over the dam. The building in the background used to be the old electric company. It's now a restaurant, great food too.

When the weather turns bad and there is a danger of flooding, I set up "Bug-out Bags" by the kitchen door with the car and truck keys. When not in use I leave them in the closet in the TV room. They are basically 4 backpacks. 2 have emergency clothes and basic toiletries, and medications. Another backpack for the dogs filled with their food, toys, their bowls, and two blankets. The fourth backpack has our laptops, insurance, and ownership papers on the house, car, and pickup truck. Both laptops have photocopies of the house, contents, and important papers and they are backed up on 2 memory sticks just in case. There are rechargers for our phones and laptops in the pickup and car and I only put them in there before we leave. And we would be taking the stray and her kittens in the pet carrier with food and extra towels to keep them warm and safe.

So yeah, we are prepared for this shit on a daily basis during the bad wet summers and sometimes in the late winter and spring. But for now, the river is up but not dangerous. 

Note: We have a cold front coming in tonight or tomorrow and it will bring some more showers. Oh lucky us.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

New Kittens

 On Monday morning we woke to the sound of kittens being born. Yes, our little stray that had kittens a few months back, had another litter, and guess where she came to have them? You got it, in our courtyard because it's enclosed by a high fence and it's secure from other cats because of our dogs. Our dogs love her.
feeding time

Well, She had the first one around 6 or 7am Monday. Then the other 3 came into the world and boy were they loud. David and I thought better of her little hiding place and because Hurricane Pamela was moving into Mexico and was going to drop some heavy rain and wind our way here in Texas, we decided to move her and the kittens into a safer area. We fed her well and while she was on the patio table eating, David and I set up the back porch with the old pet carrier and towels. Then we put a weather tarp over the entrance to the porch so it would block rain and wind. It's the kind of patio tarps you see at Home Desperate or Lowes. That's if you look up when you are shopping in the garden area. It's like a light-colored tan or green gauze. You can see through it but it's hard for rain or wind to get through it. Then we went to move the potting table and move the kittens. I picked up one kitten and all of them came with him. I was alarmed at first and then I called our Vet and told the Vet Tech our dilemma. She said to bring them in on an emergency and the doctor will see what to do. Well, we took them in with momma cat and she was so sweet even when the tech took the babies into the back room without her. She just stayed quiet the whole time in the pet carrier. It was like she had the utmost confidence in all of us and her babies were going to be safe.

Well, we found out that the momma cat didn't clean them up as well as she should have when they were born and their umbilical cords got twisted and fused to the placenta that she expelled and all of them were fused into a mass of kitten when it all dried. The techs were able to get them apart with warm saline. The Vet trimmed off the cords and one might have a belly button problem that might have to have minor surgery to correct. No problem. One of the black and white kittens had to have a bit of his leg amputated because when they were connected, his leg got cramped and it broke at the joint, and the circulation was cut off. Good thing I caught it when I saw it. 

So, after the girls were oohing and awwing over cute teeny tiny 2-day old handfuls of fluff in the back room, we were wondering if they were okay and how much it would cost us. The total cost was $75. YES!! We were thinking it was going to hit us for $200 or more. We got lucky.
Sorry about the picture quality but he was squirming.
The amputation is at the bottom center of the picture.

This morning I checked on the kittens and they are fine. I was told to check the one with the bum leg to make sure the leg stays pink. It's fine as you can see in the picture. So, they are all doing fine and hopefully this time in 5 weeks we can catch the momma cat before she goes off to get preggers again and we can get her spayed.

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