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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Storm Clouds

Business has been brisk, this morning. These notes are typed on the run....

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This is the time of year when Floridians prepare for destructive storms - hurricanes and tropical depressions with all their heavy wind and rain.

Daybreak gave us a thick heavy layer of black dense clouds - hard rain is expected. August and September often kicks our butts. If a hurricane is birthed I pray the Good Lord smacks it aside and sends its evil winds elsewhere.

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For the first time in many, many years I did not renew my subscription to Shotgun News. Today was accounts day here at my small business. Paid the important 'you gotta pay 'em' bills, and then turned to the less important maybe pieces, like for instance, American Handgunner magazine. I read Handgunner. On the other hand Shotgun News has become a slim rag of its former self. When last weeks issue arrived I simply flipped it on my reading table where it remains, ignored. Thus, I'll keep my money, unless they offer a huge discount on a two year subscription.

American Handgunner is here to stay. I read it cover to cover. Several days from now some young wet behind the ears kid will open an envelope marked as sent from River City Florida and extend my subscription...and, it'll be tax deductible.

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Since I wrote the above two hours have slipped into history.

For two weeks now I've stepped outside the rear of the shop to look for the little raggedy kitten that lived in the weeds of the raised sewer bed.

When she first arrived I'd leave food and water on the back porch which was protected from the rain by an old aluminum awning. I'd return a few hours later to find the food gone. Before my nightly departure the pan was refilled, and of course the next morning I'd return to find it empty - so, either the kitten or the local raccoons had fed well during the night.

Took about three days for her to feel comfortable around me and not long afterwards she'd allow, give me permission, to scratch her ears. Within a week she decided she belonged in my office and would scoot pass me into the open door and land on my desk.

I named her Irish. I mean, come on, what did you expect....

She enjoyed face bumps. She was a cute little booger...

Sweet Wife says I'm just a big 'ole teddy-bear and a softy when it comes to creatures in need of care
...yeah, I guess so, can't help it.

 
One morning, a few days ago, I walked outside and Irish wasn't there....hasn't returned.

Kinda miss her.

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Hey, time for work. Take care.

Stephen

 

16 comments:

  1. My DH has not renewed his Shotgun news, either. They just keep sending it anyway. Awwwww....poor little kitty. Coons probably got it.

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    1. Good for him, if they want to continue to send it I'll take it. Yea, hated she went poof. Thanks, my lovely friend.

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  2. I lost my Piglet cat back in December and I still miss her. I don't think helping a stray that finds you is being a softy. It isn't like you go and seek one out but no self respecting Man can just allow a critter to starve when it is right there in front of him.

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    1. Thanks, Bro....I hate to see anything hurt.

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  4. Yeah, SGN is gone from my reading list too... Hate it, but they just aren't putting in the good stories and news like they used to. Sorry about the cat.

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    1. Agreed, and the price is a turnoff too.

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  5. I've had a lot of cats and kittens abandoned in the woods by my place. Some I found homes for. Others had to go to the shelter and try their luck. Coyotes get their share. Those people are just lucky I've never caught them at it.

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    1. Two or three a year appear at the shop...I normally try and help them but most are gone within a few days. Thanks, my friend.

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  6. If she was that cute and getting friendly, maybe someone picked her up and took her home. There are lots of stray cats around here - people dump them by the farms all the time. The coyotes usually get them if they don't have a place to hide. Sad.

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    1. I hope so...nice to believe she's napping on a rug in some child's room. Same here with the dogs and coyotes...snacks for 'em. Thanks, my sweet friend.

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  8. Yeah, strays are hard. I have as many inside as I can handle. The outside ones get far less care but do get food, water, and any affection they'll accept. Also neutering and rabies shots if they can be trapped. There was a litter of 5 kittens this year. Cute as hell. One by one they dissappeared. I haven't seen the last one for days. Figure a fox got them. Mixed feelings - they were beautiful but each one represented about $100 in fees to make sure they couldn't reproduce or spread rabies.

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    1. I understand, vet's are expensive. Thanks, Bro.

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  9. Sometimes, all evidences of kindness disappear. It helps to understand the event, but doesn't remove the sadness of loss.

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