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  •  Of course... (5+ / 0-)
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    I just want to know why you're moving from MA to FL, and how the cats are handling the move.

    Watch out for flying palmetto bugs once you get there!

    Meanwhile, I'm wishing you as stress-free a move as is possible, and many wonderful new opportunities for when you settle in.

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    by asterkitty on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 09:09:48 PM PDT

    •  Our kids are off to college and we want to go (8+ / 0-)

      to someplace warmer and less expensive.

      Housing cost are about 1/4 there compared to here.

      Flying palmetto bugs? What the heck are these?  We already know about aliigators, poisonous snakes, and the tropical diseases.

      We're renting a house for the first year or two until figure out flood zones, sinkholes, and other real estate issues  we not accustomed to.

      We have a salt water canal with a dock in our back yard that  one can take ones boat around a corner and about 2,000 feet out to the Gulf. We got one with a salt water canal, there were bunches with fresh water but had a four foot long gator come out to get food.

      I'm looking into getting a peg Mongoose to ward off poisonous snakes.

      Our three cats are completely indoor cats. We have a completely screened in lanai over the pool and deck, but I do not know if were going to be able to let the cats out there.

      Mish-Mish especially is a climbing cat every since he was a baby. He's an Egyptian Moi from Iraq and even as a baby he immediately climbs drapes, screens, or anything to get to the highest spot of the room and particularly enjoys walking across the tops of window treatments.

      I'm afraid he will tear the lanai to pieces. We also don't know if they can swim. Our pool is a salt water pool which might hurt their eyes, I don't know yet.

      So, our intent is to not let them into that area even though it is completely enclosed. But you wouldn't believe how clever and sneaky they are of figuring out ways to get into any place they realize we are trying to keep them out of.

      Two of them have figured out how to open doors. Mish-Mish figured out how to jump up and grab the handles with both paws and twist it and taught kashi.

      We have to drive them down in a Rav4 which is going to take 3 or 4 days next week. Everyone is telling us to keep them in their cages all the time we are driving, and I've found Pet friendly hotels along the route down.

      Our vet gave us meds in case they get too anxious, but we are hoping not to use them.

      I can't imagine how they are going to stand being in them for so long. They can not stand even being locked in a room with me in it keeping them company when movers are about. They are used to having complete free range of a 3,500 sq ft house plus basement.

      I wanted to rent an RV so they could have a whole room of their own on the way down, but G, as lovable as she is, is probably the most stubborn and headstrong woman ever born on planet earth, and has been unmovable on this point.

      We shall soon see.  

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      by HoundDog on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 10:25:42 PM PDT

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      •  "palmetto bugs" are cockroaches (3+ / 0-)
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        Just plain ole ordinary American cockroaches, Periplaneta americana, the same ones ya get up north.  We also have a supply of similar Australian cockroaches, Periplaneta australasiae, who are about the same size and look pretty much the same.  

        Up north, of course, the roaches live in people's houses, and they do here in FL too (every house in Florida gets its resident cockroaches, from the smallest house in center city to the biggest mansion on the oceanfront).  But because of our tropical weather, the roaches here can also live outside, where they are known as "palmetto bugs".

        PS--those saltwater canals are regularly visited by Bull Sharks and Manatees. :)

        In the end, reality always wins.

        by Lenny Flank on Sat Jul 26, 2014 at 06:51:03 AM PDT

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        •  I love bull sharks and manatees - that's one of (1+ / 0-)
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          of the main reason we got this place. From out boat deck right in our back yard, one can look down into the canal and see tropical fish a foot and half long - it's really "biologically" part of the ocean.

          I used to have a dozen fish tanks, some as large a 200 gallons for both sale water, brackish, and fresh water fish. But in a tragic divorce, ten year custody battle with my ex-wife, that coincided with a hell of a depression and some other unfortunate health events I lost everything, my company, house, had to file for bankruptcy.

          Well, not everything, I got to keep my son, and it was worth the battle.  So I'm sort of starting over.

          Now to have a house connected directly to the Gulf/river, and 400 miles of interlocking canals is pretty amazing.

          I'm going to get a boat, and wifi so I can do my Daily Kos posts while drifting about in the Gulf.  

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          by HoundDog on Sat Jul 26, 2014 at 09:42:10 AM PDT

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      •  Wow. Long answer. Thanks. (0+ / 0-)

        I love to hear about people's interstate moves, especially since I've done it a bunch myself, and hope to do it again as soon as I can save up some moneys.

        Palmetto bugs, at least in South Florida, are 2–3" long dark brown cockroaches with wings. And yes, they can fly. And they have attitude.

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        by asterkitty on Sat Jul 26, 2014 at 01:36:06 PM PDT

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