“Never did he fail to respond savagely to the chatter of the squirrel he had first met on the blasted pine.”

What a beautiful morning! The sun is shining. The air is still, and, best of all, the humidity has disappeared, but this dry air, this reprieve, will be short-lived. Sticky air will be back early next week.

When I went to get the papers, I saw a brown rabbit munching on the grass. He stopped when he heard me but stayed put. He started eating again when I went into the house. Two red squirrels were chasing each other from tree trunk to tree trunk. I could hear a chorus of cicadas. It seems all of us are celebrating today.

I’m on the deck figuring I’ll take in as much of this lovely air as I can. The only sounds are the birds and some cars going down the street. Henry came out but went back inside. I’m noticing some of the flowers in the clay pots need to be replaced. I noticed the garden center is having an end of season sale so I figure I’ll buy the four replacement plants I need. I don’t know why those plants died because the others are flourishing. I need to fill the feeders.

The foliage around the deck is so lush I can only catch glimpses of the houses around me. It is as if I am living on a tropical island. To further the illusion, I can pretend the sounds of the cars are the waves hitting shore. I am alone out here, no people sounds.

There is a bit of a breeze. If one is ever to be found, my deck will always have it. This breeze is from the south. The red, white and blue pinwheel stuck into a big flower pot is turning so quickly all its colors are combined into a blur.

Last night all the newly strung lights were lit. Strands of white lights are across the yard gate and lead to the big star on the outside of the fence near the door. The spawn of Satan’s lights are no longer clear, maybe no longer a target. The new string is red, white and blue and is on the back end of the deck rail. Every other set of lights strung there has been chewed by the spawns. The last set of big white bulbs had many wire pieces missing. I’m guessing there are spawn nests somewhere with light bulbs as decorations and pieces of the missing grill cover for the roof and inside insulation. That is the summer conundrum. Where in the heck was that grill cover dragged and by how many spawns working in tandem?

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6 Comments on ““Never did he fail to respond savagely to the chatter of the squirrel he had first met on the blasted pine.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    The family KTCC has chugged along with the fun and adventure of The Prince. Today he celebrates his 12th birthday. His schedule means that I don’t see him nearly as much as I used to. I get that but don’t particularly like it.

    I spoke to the Prince and his Mum this morning, he has his first football match of the season tomorrow. He has all the size and height on his Uncle so someone is going to get run over.

    The Pumpa experience is special but that is entirely due to this terrific young man

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I know how much you looked forward to visits from The Prince, but I get that him being older means he is into more activities and has less time to share. My sister’s grandson turned 12 a few weeks ago, and he too is now into his football season. He had a practice game but I don’t know if his season has started. Last year they were state champions for their age group.

      Your football history is apparent when you call his game a match.

      It is my guess that you have had something to do with him being terrific!!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    If you ever find that grill cover, it’ll probably be on the other side of the house underneath next winter’s accumulation of snow.

    Yesterday, I was watching large dragonflies hunt across my side yard. While I watched, there was another slightly larger something joining them in flitting around. At first I thought it was a hummingbird moth which was exciting because I haven’t seen one here in several years. But, after watching it for a bit more, I decided that it was a female ruby-throated hummingbird. Still exciting.
    The rabbits in my yard don’t bother moving off. The very newest ones will run but they get over it after a few times. Mostly they just keep eating and don’t even bother to watch.

    Today was sunny and cool with a slight breeze accompanied by dragonflies and butterflies.
    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I looked all over the yard and outside the fence. There were no holes under the fence so they couldn’t have taken it 6that way. The fence is 6 feet tall so maybe some flying squirrels dropped in-collusion I say!!

      I saw some hummingbirds last year, and I was thrilled. This year I didn’t put out the hummingbird feeder so they bypassed me. I am the loser!

      I don’t see a slew of rabbits so I was glad for this one. I had seen a baby rabbit a while back so this may be the same one now grown.

      It was a lovely day today. I thoroughly enjoyed the deck. Tonight is a bit cooler than today but not as cool as last night.

      Have a wonderful Sunday!!

  3. olof1 Says:

    The morning is just as wonderful here as You described how it is over at Yours. It won’t last for long though but the predictions vary a lot. It will either not rain at all or we’ll get heavy showers all day long 🙂 🙂 🙂 I’m enjoying the weather we’re having now by having the kitchen door open.

    It does feel different in the air though, more like autumn but they say autumn only has arrived in the far north yet, it is latesummer (one of all our different names of the seasons, so it isn’t late summer because that is something else 🙂 🙂 ) over here so it isn’t unusual that it feels like autumn in the morning but summer the rest of the day.

    I can hear hunters shooting deer bucks and that is a sound I wish I couldn’t hear at all.

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      I had the doors and windows open all of yesterday. Last night was perfect for sleeping as there was a bit of a chill in the air. No rain is in our forecast, just heat.

      True here with a feel of autumn at night and summer during the day. I do prefer the nights as the days are too warm.

      I don’t ever hear that sound and am quite glad I don’t.

      Have a good Saturday!!

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