Monday, May 12, 2014
Dead still out tonight, with thunder off in the distance. The humidity is high, and nothing has dried out from the rain yesterday. Water is dripping from the trees. I've been standing out on the porch listening to the rumbling off in the distance and the constant dripping. Ever so often there's a strange noise out in the woods. I've heard it before plenty of times, but I have no idea what it is. I don't think it's a bird, but it doesn't sound like any animal I can think of. Some kind of wildlife, no doubt.
Inside it's comfortable. I've got the air going, and the satellite radio is playing easy listening music. I am having a rare glass of wine tonight after a good supper.
I did manage to get the big ladder extended and tied down for the roof repairs. Not a chance of doing anything while it's this wet though. In checking the shop roof I found I've got a leak there, and rather than mess with shakes I'm going to put a metal roof on the shake side. The back of the roof is already metal, and thanks to there being no skylights, I can get the whole job done in a couple of days. It's been needing attention and I'm through with half way measures.
Had to watch Ragnar because the porch is about 20 feet up off the ground, and he's plummeted off before. Now that he can't see, it's even more likely to happen.
A good time was had by all. Jet found a huge moth and ate it, much to our mutual surprise. I think it was an impulse thing and he spent a lot of the rest of the afternoon sneezing. Probably the dust on the moths wings.
There was another spectacular home invasion in Atlanta. This has become quite the latest thing with the gangs down there. They just randomly pick on expensive homes in expensive communities. This time they broke into a house where there were several women , one of whom had a nine month old baby which they shot and killed. I'm not sure even if a husband had been home that the thing would have gone any different, because of the element of surprise. If you don't lock your door, you don't know who is going to come calling. Living in a "gated community" does not mean you are safe from the Morlocks outside the wall. My recommendation would be to put a good security system in the house, lock the door, get a good dog, and teach the females to shoot. Put a pistol in the kitchen, put one in the living room, etc. If you have kids, get punch button one gun safes. It's probably not a good idea to leave your wife, daughter , etc alone at home at night either. Call me old fashioned, but I think you have to be ready to repel boarders and that's an all hands evolution. You can rely on the sardine defense, but some sardines always get eaten and there's no way to tell if you'll be the one this time.