This afternoon I took the dog around “the loop”. It was the most uncomfortable walk I’ve had yet (this pregnancy). Baby felt very heavy and low and I could no longer push out of my mind what I’m in for in a short while. Oh well. I had willful amnesia, and I’ve no doubt that when I see that little baby I will start thinking about doing it “one more time”. Who am I kidding? I’m already thinking about that.
A few nights ago – one or two nights after telling a friend our dog never barks at night – our dog was barking. He will woof a couple times and then stop, even if a raccoon is up his tree. But here he was, barking, and not stopping. I got up, opened the window, and in my deep, mean voice said, “Jaska….” I was planning to follow that with something like “shut-up” or “be quiet”, but then I saw two coyotes RIGHT next to him. They were just beyond his reach and casually walking past, pausing frequently to look at him. I couldn’t believe they would come so close to the city. I’ve seen them before way across the field and they run as soon as they notice I’m there. These guys were having a nice little stroll along the very edge of suburbia. After they left he started howling. He’s howling right now. He howls when he can hear them. I’m bringing him in at night, even though I think he prefers to stay out. I don’t want him at an unfair advantage against the coyotes, nor do I want to wake up to the barking and howling several times a night.
These are some leaves we waxed a little while ago.
1. melt paraffin wax over a double boiler
2. dip leaves (previously pressed or not)
3. enjoy some cool results
The last thing to discuss is…. why in the world am I still up? Goodnight.
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