My daughter is back in her own home, in Nashville. She was in two different hospitals for four days, but they finally released her. She did not have any permanent damage that the doctors could find, and the big thing is that they did not find any torn blood vessels in her brain. That would have been the big disaster, so this latest event was traumatic for all concerned, but not as bad as it could have been.
I surely do appreciate all the kind comments and emails people sent. Truly, every one of them made me feel better at a time when things looked grim. Thanks to all of you.
As we all try to get back to normal in our family, we're going through a bit of a heat wave here. Georgia is having record high temperatures for this time of year, and the humidity is pretty bad. My wife and I think we have never seen the forest so lush and green. We have a herd of six deer who are basically living in our meadow. I haven't mowed it this year, and the deer like the grass. With Belle gone, only old Tuggy is left out there and she doesn't bother them. The tree line is like a wall of green, and the deer can move into it and disappear when they like.
We can keep the interiors of the buildings dry and cool, but if you go outside, the combination of heat and humidity is pretty enervating. Not much work is getting done, and we mostly go out very early in the morning, and at evening time.
I don't know why it is, but the fireflies are out in clouds this year. If I go out just as dusk falls, the meadow is swarming with them. The barn cats go out and try to catch them, the young cats leaping up in the air and swatting the flies while the old cats lounge in the grass and watch them. Sometimes I let the ferrets out for a little bit when it's cooler, but I always watch them like a hawk. If they ran off, they wouldn't make it though the night.
Something out there is killing the barn cats wholesale. They are around the place at dusk, then the next morning they're gone. Last night, my wife tried to lock them all up in the plant house, but they pushed a window pane out and got outside. No one disappeared during the night, but I told her the only way we can protect the place at night is with dogs. We need a couple of young dogs we can train not to kill chickens or cats. Belle used to patrol around the tree line a lot at night, but with her gone, all I have is the electric alarms and they are set for people, not for animals.
I've tried sitting out on the apartment porch, as it's on the second story of that building, with a shotgun and a flood light at night, but it's pretty hot out there even after dark and I don't last long. Haven't seen or heard a thing awry when I do that.
But something is certainly out there.
Things are not going so well in town. "Culture clash" doesn't even begin to cover it. I have to say, if this place was not a safe, secure area to settle in , then where is such a place? Maybe way out in the desert in West Texas, I guess. People's attitudes are changing from "friendly" to the outlook below.
I'll post of the incidents that have occurred in the last week or so. Like Hank Jr. said in his song "Mr. Lincoln" ..... "Well, I wish I'd made this up but I'm afraid it's true."
Might have to go the South African route ourselves here in North Georgia.
Not all of the people who have moved in here have been a waste of air. Lots of them are veterans, and as the skraelings from the P.J.'s get more aggressive and more obnoxious, some of these guys are tangling with them. Particularly at Walmart, where women coming out of the store or trying to go into it have been having problems with harassment by groups of young men from the p.j.'s, it tends to be these older guys who intervene. I suppose because it happens when the younger men are at work. The "new citizens" don't work so they can roam anywhere they want during the day.
In Georgia, you can get a license plate that details your military service. It usually tells your branch of service, any campaigns you were in, and your decorations. Walking through any big parking lot here is an education, and a lot of those plates are on vehicles with Florida tags.
It costs $75.00 for one of those, and I'm Scotch Irish, so tight with money. Right now, my vehicle looks like this.
The Confederate Flag and the Marine Corps Globe and Anchor are magnets, that I can take off when I go into hostile territory (any urban area here.) I think I'd like one of those new plates, though.
Well, this was just a short post to get back up to speed. I need to go read some blogs now, I'm way behind on that too.