Animal Tracking

It was right around sundown. I heard the chickens making such a fuss; squawking and flapping about like mad women in the back of the pen. When i went out there they were all facing northeast with their necks stretched long and their feathers poofed out. I went to the area they were staring at …

First Freeze of the Year

After our catastrophic winter storm this spring i figured winter would bring more of the sort but it didn’t. It was the first warm weather halloween i could remember and we didnt have a single hard freeze until the first day of the next year. I saw the forecast a week in advance so i …

The Drone

I’m so angry. I was winding down for the night, just doing my evening chores. I was on my little two acres in the middle of nowhere. There’s nothing around me but ranch land, a dollar general, and a gas station. My property is surrounded by a ring of cedars and then just woods and …

A Howling Wind and a Full Moon

A temperature drop was on the way. I had spent the predawn hours preparing for work and then taking a thirty minute nap in my car amidst a backdrop of lightening and pitter patter rain on the metal roof and windshield. For me, i’ve always had trouble getting to sleep in a house but i’ve …

Distress Call in the Night

i was sitting in my rocking chair writing when all of a sudden the night time silence was pierced by a racket of intense and noisy screaming. The dogs were immediately on their feet and ready for action. My first thought was “a fox has a chicken.” I grabbed my machete, slipped on my shoes, …

I Learn to Hem Pants

I owned 2 pairs of work appropriate pants and i wore them over and over. I bought more pants at the thrift store, but i was having trouble finding someone to hem them. I thought i found someone to do it when i learned a coworker made elaborate art designs with different colors of fabric …

A Trip to the Asian Market

I had to drive 3 hours to get to the dentist. It was time to go to the big city. I decided that while i was there i would do something i hadn’t done in years, visit my old favorite asian market. Family members convinced me i ought to try the new markets they had …

The Ant Colony Living in my Car

It happened after a huge rain storm. It was 3:30 in the morning when i got in the car to go to work. It was dark and i was barely awake. I would not have seen the vast amount of movement when i opened the door to throw my bags and jacket in. Similarly, it …

A Warm Winter

So, this spring it was 4 degrees in central texas, which has happened….oh yeah, never. Now, in winter, it is 85 degrees. Halloween was not cold…which has happened…pretty much never. It’s mid December and my well house is still full of wasps. The grass isn’t dead yet, and when i went to brush a squiggly …