Monday, November 26, 2012
Deck time is even more precious after seeing the weather predictions for a week or so of rain coming in a couple of days. It was difficult, but I made the book last three days. Pages, for me, are like potato chips, I can't stop with just one or two.
Twin heads peeked around the corner between the two sheds as Bess and I went out at dusk. Bessie knows the futility of going after deer, so she stood by my side as four sets of eyes stared at each other for a long moment. Then, in unison as if choreographed, the little ones bounded off back to the woods. If they bed down deep under the blackberry vines down in the meadow as deer have done before, the youngsters should be safe if the beastie boys go on the hunt.
I threw Poppy a curve ball last night and discombobulated her totally. I thought it would be a good idea to move her and Sheila into the stall that has been empty after Nineteen and Twenty-Two left. I put the snack bowl down, left the old stall door shut, and ushered them in. Sheila went right in, but Poppy said, "That's not my room. I want to go to my room!" "But, honey, there's your food in there." "I don't care. It's not my room and I'm not going in." Pushing past me, she stood with her head against the other door and wouldn't budge. Trying to reason with a sheep who's made up her mind is futile and I finally opened the door, took the bowl from under Sheila's nose, and put them to bed in what I realize now is Poppy's room. Pleasant dreams, Poppy.
Bibbies traded for comfy sweatpants, fire going in the wood stove, a good program on TV. "Really? You have to go outside now?" Bessie Anne assured me it was urgent, so I put on a jacket and my lighted hard hat and out we went, accompanied by the cats who love outings in the dark. Except it wasn't truly dark. The moon is nearly full and my lights weren't necessary, it was so bright. Once out the door, I could appreciate the nighttime beauty. Frank and Pearl played tag, racing past us on the drive, their pounding paws the only sounds to hear. My neighbor across the road has put up Christmas lights, adding to the pleasure. If it hadn't been for Bess, I would have missed it all. We made the circuit and trooped back into the house and warmth.
It was a good day.