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June 26th, 2011


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09:16 am - Ooops
Goodness, one looks up from one's pool of mundanity only to realize that almost two weeks have passed since one's last post...

During which time one has taken to referring to oneself in this distanced way, huh. At least it's not the royal 'we'.

So, anyway, I have been immersed in said pool of mundanity. There has been work, writing (which feels rather like I've been fighting a shark or similar, punch bite ACK punch ACK), obsessively watching the radar on weather.com as thunderstorms dance to within a mile of my house and then say 'fuck it' and dissipate or slide around, a few social occasions, and dealing with the Blonde Dog of the House's intransigence. So, basically, all situations normal.

Of course I wonder about my own definition of normality when it includes scenes like yesterday's:

SCENE: Just after the Blonde Dog's morning walk. Outside in the weedy backyard: storm clouds building, 110% humidity, my neighbors' Grey Cat and Yellow Cat on the concrete pad. L is going outside to dispose of pet waste in the trash, the Blonde Dog accompanying.

L opens screen door. Blonde Dog sees Grey Cat and Yellow Cat, and thunders across the veldt toward them. The cats wisely back off.

L throws away paper sack, walks back toward the house. Blonde Dog, proud and panting, trots at L's heels -- and then veers off into the weeds toward a twitching pale critter.

L: Oh look, a baby rat. [stops] OH MY GOD THERE'S A RAT WHY HAVE THE SNAKES AND HAWKS NOT DONE THEIR JOB--

BLONDE DOG: [sniffs at rat] Hey. This is different.

L: [torn between wishing the rat gone and wishing the dog would not pounce] Um, Blonde One, let's go inside. Treats!

BLONDE DOG: 'Kay. Rats are boring.

L looks back to see Grey Cat and Yellow Cat back on the concrete pad, poised in manner of hunters.

CATS: We got this.

FIN.

Or at least I assume it's 'fin', because I didn't see the rat on any of my fifty-seven anxious journeys outside yesterday to check.

I hope your normality is a good one today! Happy Sunday!

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From:paratti
Date:June 26th, 2011 01:48 pm (UTC)
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Go Cats:)

((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:June 26th, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC)
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We shall hope the cats did their work, anyway. :-)

Hugs and a great day, L, and a better week!
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:June 26th, 2011 02:33 pm (UTC)
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I'm very blase about rats around the stables, but I'd be less keen on them near the house. The squirrels are bad enough.
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From:laurawise
Date:June 26th, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC)
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It was exactly that proximity to the house that made me anxious!

Cheers and a good week, sans wild creatures where they don't belong. :-)
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From:anne_d
Date:June 26th, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
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One must admit, however, that there are times when quiet mundanity has a certain appeal.

That was a very evocative accounting of the Great Rat Hunt, and I'm sure that the Neighbors' Resident Felines dealt with the critter in a professional manner.

Here's to a quiet and pleasant week ahead. Hugs!
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From:laurawise
Date:June 26th, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC)
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I feel sure that the Neighbors' Cats did just as they ought. :-)

Cheers to you, and a better week with quiet in all the right ways. [hugs]
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From:chase820
Date:June 26th, 2011 02:52 pm (UTC)
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Hee, I also enjoy watching the wildlife around my place, though it's not quite so amusing when my landlords' dogs get after the smaller creatures. They've been known to eat baby birds and rip the heads off squirrels. They're labs, hunting dogs, they can't help it, but still--ew.

Hope things are well with you! I start summer teaching tomorrow. Light a candle that I don't get any obnoxious students. :)
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From:laurawise
Date:June 26th, 2011 04:58 pm (UTC)
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A candle will be lit, Chase. :-)

Alack for hunting dogs' instincts -- in this one case, the herding dog is vastly preferable. ;-)

Happy week, happy teaching!
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From:janus_74
Date:June 26th, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad the cats look to have finished the job :)
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From:laurawise
Date:June 26th, 2011 04:59 pm (UTC)
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Or so we hope, T, so we hope. :-)

Cheers and a fabulous week!
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From:freixenet
Date:June 26th, 2011 04:41 pm (UTC)
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Isn't part of a Corgi's job to hunt rats? Or am I thinking schipperkes? In any case, good for both of you for leaving rats to cats! (We too have had rats visiting lately, and D is Not Amused.)

As I was driving home from the social occasion on Friday, my house got over two inches of rain. I was driving in it as well, and the flooding when I got closer to home was BIBLICAL. That is most definitely not my normality, but I wish it were...

Happy Sunday!

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From:laurawise
Date:June 26th, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC)
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Corgis are here to herd and to greet and to be admired. Or that's what the Blonde One thinks. ;-)

Wow for the rain at your house! Absolutely nothing here Friday; yesterday, despite four hours of sprinkles, no accumulation at all. I hope your outdoor wildlife -- NOT rats -- enjoy the water at your place. :-)

Hugs and a good Sunday!
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From:cindergal
Date:June 26th, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC)
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Cats to the rescue!

Happy Sunday, L. :-)
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From:laurawise
Date:June 26th, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC)
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And they're not even mine, which is even better! :-)

Hugs and a good week ahead, C!
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From:mamculuna
Date:June 26th, 2011 07:47 pm (UTC)
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I expect that the cats know what they're doing. The Blonde Dog could have been an excellent Rat Unit, I'm sure, but glad you don't have to cope with the aftermath.

Hoping the thunderstorms come or don't, whichever you're wanting!
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From:laurawise
Date:June 26th, 2011 09:24 pm (UTC)
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I'd very much like some proper rain, so...today was Day 3 of the dance-and-evade, sigh.

Hope your Sunday has been/is being wonderful, hope it's a fab week ahead!
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From:mobile_alh
Date:June 26th, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
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CATS: We got this.

Yup. As long as they don't get bored too.

And lucky you not to have to deal with any digestive ractions! Fingers crossed for a bit of moisture there that you can use. Last week we had mid-summer, today we're having spring again.

::is confused but grateful::
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From:laurawise
Date:June 26th, 2011 09:25 pm (UTC)
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I don't think the cats got bored, but who knows.

Yay for a brief bit of spring where you are, hope that the week ahead is wonderful. :-)

[hugs and stuff]
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From:laurawise
Date:June 26th, 2011 11:37 pm (UTC)
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You and me both with the sneezing, Rainkatt. I think it should stop soonest!

Hugs and an easy week, with yarn and cats and the best things to you.
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From:gwynnega
Date:June 26th, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
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Yay cats!!

I have seen a Corgi make short work of a mouse. It is, of course, the Blonde One's prerogative to prefer not to. :-)

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:June 26th, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC)
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The Blonde Dog is v. funny about all prey-activities. Even when she catches a lizard, she's not sure what to do with it. ;-)

Hugs and happy writing, Gwynne!
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From:ljrags
Date:June 27th, 2011 12:09 am (UTC)
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Sounds like Blond One has great backup in the neighborhood {G} *Hugs*
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From:laurawise
Date:June 27th, 2011 11:50 am (UTC)
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She doesn't consider rat-catching to be her job, I think. ;-)

Hugs and good cheer to you!
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From:laurawise
Date:June 27th, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC)
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J & J's cats go between the house and the great outdoors a lot, so I'm hoping they managed the task. :-)

Hugs and a happy week, L!

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