a reply to: Skid Mark
Our wood guys do right by us. Not only do they make sure we have a good mix of wood securely stacked, they even drop by to make sure we've got plenty
on the porch when the weather gets messy. They're usually in the neighborhood clearing up downed trees after any storm.
One morning last winter we were awakened to the sound of wood thunking on the porch.
"What's that racket?" I mumble.
"I'm not sure but it sounds like somebody putting wood on the porch." answered my slightly more wakeful Beloved.
"At 6 o'clock in the morning with snow on the ground?" I wonder.
Sure enough, they were heading down the road to take care of a tree and noticed that our porch pile was low. Now, that's a good neighbor!
Of course, they never leave without a bit of something that might have been cooked over the wood they supplied for the fire. I'll be making them a
pot of Choctaw chili and fry bread next week.
Those cats---let me tell you---appearances can be deceiving! It's funny you would mention demons in relation to Her Highness, Princess of All She
Surveys. It is actually that laid-back looking black and white ball of fluff that has as one of his many nicknames, "Devil Dog." Long story short,
he's the re-incarnation of our best friends' Jack Russell. In this incarnation, before his arrival at the farm, he was treated poorly by humans and
harbors a deep distrust of all of us. He takes a very long time to trust. I do wish I could know his story sometimes. But then I think that it's
probably best for the human who mistreated him that I don't know.
The Princess, on the other hand, came to us having been raised and socialized in a loving home with three kids having the experience of rescuing the
mother cat and kittens from a parking lot in the middle of a snow storm and raising them responsibly. She has absolutely no issues with humans. With
that black and white blob? Yeah, sometimes she has issues with him. He loves to play pranks on her and despite the fact that she's about half his
size, she always gets the best of him. She's the sweetest, most affectionate, playful and socialized feline I've ever known.
She welcomes everyone to her Kingdom but is not above putting a dog or other critter in its place from time to time with a few quick smacks to the
head. After she's the Princess, that black and white mass is just the butler.