Don't I remember something about this planet having a moon? It's been so long since I've seen the moon that I'm not sure it's up there anymore. Tonight's clear, but there isn't much star shine coming down. I had the Night Owl out a few minutes ago, looking for a kitten that should have been on the porch, and wasn't.
Even with the infrared projector on, no kitten. So I got dressed, got a shotgun, and my huge Ryobi flood light. Went out around the edge of the tree line. Even with a good flood, that's not a place I care to linger in the dark. The cat was under a wooden bench and I eventually located her. Took her back to her mom, and told momma cat to keep the kit away from the edge of the porch. But of course, now I'm awake and that's that until dawn. For whatever reason I usually can sleep at dawn if I want to. Maybe I am a vampire?
I worked on the porch today and got quite a bit done, without incident. Of course, I am picking the low hanging fruit, working on the easy parts. I've had enough excitement for a few weeks though, so that's ok.
I think every house in rural America has a shotgun. It's "everyman's" weapon of choice. I have several different shotguns. One of my favorites is the Mossberg 590 A1. This is a stout weapon, puts some serious firepower out, is reliable and guaranteed to get the attention of evil doers, two legged or four legged. I have two of these fine weapons. The heat shield may come in handy someday, and though I doubt I will have much need of the bayonet lug, it's a nice feature, like chrome rims on your tires. This is the shotgun that went out to look for the missing cat with me. Loaded with buckshot, it will discourage about anything or anyone I'm liable to meet up here in the dead of night.
Of course, I do have other weapons. This is a picture I mailed a certain Senator from California years back, during a particularly tense time in the 2nd Amendment battle. The extended middle finger is not, of course, anything vulgar but instead is the famous "Hawaiian good luck sign" employed by the crew of the U.S.S. Pueblo during their captivity in North Korea. If you don't remember that, you are probably too young to be reading this blog anyway!
The sun will be coming up in about three hours. I could go out to the lake to catch it if I were motivated, but I think I'll watch it from the knoll here. I haven't been off the mountain since Sunday morning, and won't be going out again until Friday morning if things go as I plan. No sense going off the mountain if I don't have to.
Once the sun's up, I will walk the dogs down to the water so they can swim. I'll pack my thermos with some good hot coffee, and sit down there on the rocks. We have to go early because if we get there later in the morning we may run into hikers. I don't like to be around other people , I just want to enjoy the woods.
Tuggy and Bell need a little break from chicken herding anyway.
It's supposed to be a nice day tomorrow. Cool and dry. I'll enjoy getting out and walking a bit.