September 20, 2011
The Wind-Down Days of Summer
It’s that time of year.
The days are warm. But the nights become really cool.
Fall is coming. In no time at all - Winter will appear like some elephant crashing a birthday party.
It is a time of year when we grab all the last bit of good weather to have some special fun.
Everybody - ( even Dwayne ) - heads outside - after supper...
With The Girls.
And it's not easy keeping up with 'em - especially with any camera!
Spinner gets in on the fun.
Haven’t quite figured out if he’s convinced that he should take responsibility as “ Guard Cat “ - or - if he’s just come to enjoy watching all the antics for entertainment.
But the routine consists of a " round-the-world trip " for The Girls. They get to break free and run amuck.
Well - okay. Not quite. They're supposed to stay together.
It turns into a foot race - sometimes loaded with confused minds trying to fulfill a wish of flying like geese - resulting in a bunch of tripping and squawking.
But the usual trail walk consists of making their way up to and around the abandoned fenced-in garden.
Eventually - they enter inside to hunt down and devour all the protein they can catch and till.
And they get their guts full - especially during this time of year!
The Pups come along. And the other day was no exception.
But that day included a moment of two characters in cahoots with one another.
“ Hey, Carlie! Let’s make a run for the hay field when we get down to the corner of the garden! “
“ No way! I’m not spending a week on the back porch! “
“ C’mon, Carlie. You can help us dig deeper holes with those sexy feet! “
“ Naww…. I’m just gonna enjoy this nice massage in the cool green grass. “
But then - every once in a while…
A totally unexpected surprise comes along.
And on this day - Mom found a Carrot that had been missed!
Zucker was in his Glory! Nothing like Green Beans - Carrots - Tomatoes - even Broccoli!
He loves fresh veggies! Comes running from wherever - even in the middle of a nap - every year - as soon as he hears that very first green bean “ snap “ at the sink!
Sadly - he made the mistake of getting Carlie in on all the fun.
And Carlie has taught Zucker a rule of her own.
“ Girls come first.”
Yes. These are the days of fun during the evenings. The wind-down days of Summer.
And somebody in the flock seems to be very pleased about this time of year. We’re getting eggs that - sometimes - measure over 3” long - big enough that they don’t fit inside a carton!
We’re beginning to wonder if there could be a “ throw-back “ of a goose in the gene pool!
Carlie says that she knows what’s going on.
But - she “ ain’t sayin’ nuthin’. “
at 6:42 AM