Stress Level: Nuclear

The phone company’s signature characteristic was that they were allergic to appointments of any kind. They didn’t schedule. They didn’t even call ahead. What they did do was call me at work on a near daily basis to let me know they were standing outside my cow gate and needing let in, “we’re here, where …

A Glass of Cold Water

The well on the property is a sulfur well. The water itself smells like rotten eggs and if consumed will cause a case of the runs that will dehydrate the poor soul faster than the intake of fluid could replenish. I’ve actually used a color filter on this photograph to hide the fact that the …

The Winter Storm Arrives

Well, the announcer on the weather radio was correct. There was winter weather on the way and it arrived as promised on time. I had been off work most of the week and the one day i was scheduled to work was the day the storm hit. It rained all night. I knew it was …

Warm Chicken Eggs

Occasionally i would have accidentally good timing and happen upon a chicken egg in the nesting box that was still warm. None of my hens were broody so i could only assume it had been laid recently. There was something about a perfectly smooth warm chicken egg that felt infinitely more special than the refrigerated …

The Last of the Satsumas

I was surrounded by 3 different types of carpenter ants. They all thought my walls looked like a safe place to store their babies when it rained heavily and their tunnels flooded. it was necessary to have pesticides sprayed twice a year if i wanted to keep them from eating the place out from under …

Bud the Armadillo

There were two armadillos that frequented our property. One was a small armadillo; quick and very people shy. The other one was a large armadillo with a signature puncture in the side of its shell that seemed to have healed long ago. He had something like a keloid hanging out of it but there was …

3 Days Off

I ended up with 3 consecutive days off. I felt like i should really make use of it; since i wasn’t contributing any income during these three days, i ought at least to be productive. I began with a long overdue project; cleaning the chicken coop. I couldn’t imagine how my arthritis riddled body was …

The Last Day of 2020

The night before was a harrowing one. A winter storm was set to blow in and i was working the late shift at the store. I was supposed to get off at 9. The high wind gusts and sleet were supposed to begin at midnight. We were forecasted for one day of winter weather. Every …