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Writing about this transition is a bit of a challenge because the positives have been quite limited to be honest. My daughter and I have been battling colds for the last two weeks, the colder damp weather has been messing with my knees, Ashton has been acting up a lot, and I am bored most of the time. Who wants to read about crap like that?

The real positive is how well Deirdre has adjusted and how happy she is up here. Much to my surprise, she rapidly learned that the only piece of furniture she is allowed on is my bed. She doesn’t mess with the cat or bother anybody.

Manfred never really liked her, he only tolerated her. He repressed and bullied her a lot. Up here she has a puppy pal that likes her, Oakie, who is a three year old golden lab. They pal around a lot together and play outside over the four acres of yard and meadow.

She has never had unrestricted space without fences. That has been a bit of a problem. Towards the back, it slopes down to a creek and the woods beyond. Critters live in the forest including coyotes, you can hear them howling at night. She has gotten bad about extending her range and gotten caught going down to the creek bed, which is clearly out of bounds. She is restricted to about an acre of range. I am not going to chase her, She always comes back, but that far ranging won’t work.

There are two heavy wire runs set up for high maintenance animals (usually puppies) that don’t follow the rules. I am going to take her out at night (when the critters are active and she pursues them) on a leash and hook it up to one of the runs. As far as I am concerned, the only time that she needs to be out at night is when she has to some pee to piddle or poop some pucky. She may have taken out a couple of cats and raccoon in combat, but she is no match for one coyote, much less several.

There is another cool thing, she has adjusted to the cat quite well. I like a few cats as some are cool and friendly. Many are self propelled dust bunnies that live under the bed and useless. Others just kind of take up space. Then their those who are obnoxious jerks. I don’t care for the cat here too much as it tends to be one of those obnoxious felines.

Even when the asshole kitty harasses Deirdre ignores it and she moves on. I am proud of her. But when kitty acts up like getting up on things it isn’t supposed to, we give it blast of water from a squirt bottle. I do that a lot, and enjoy every minute of it. If he decides to swat my feet or bite them, I’ll snag him and we’ll play Frisbee with him being the disk. Sometimes, Frisbees hit the wall… oh well.

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sugarnspice005

Nov 8 @ 2:27PM  
If he decides to swat my feet or bite them, I’ll snag him and we’ll play Frisbee with him being the disk. Sometimes, Frisbees hit the wall… oh well.
Not nice! Yeah, yeah, I know, you're not much of a "cat person".

Sounds like Deidre is in her glory out there, but, yeah, I'd be teaching her that she needs to stay in her range. Most domestic dogs are no match for coyotes or wolves. Although, in some rare cases, coyotes, (wolves mostly), have been known to entice female dogs to run with them.

As for Ashton, it's a time of transition for him too, so, yeah, I would imagine he's going to be acting up. Hopefully things will settle down soon and smooth out for everyone. And I hope those colds clear up soon.

It's been cool and damp here, and so far, my knee hasn't ached all that much. Not like it was last year at this time when I had twisted it. OUCH!

Strega

Nov 8 @ 2:36PM  
Coyotes are only cool only if you don't own something they might consider dinner. I have one that hangs around the house here that likes to sleep on my front porch at night which I promote because there have been a number of break ins in the neighborhood at gunpoint. I have noticed no one wants to come in my yard after dark which is fine by me. I give him doggie treats from time to time which keeps him around. This one seems to be pretty much on his own and lives off the squirrels that are foolish enough to come around here. I have noticed my phone lines are no longer being dismantled by the little pests. I also have not seen a field mouse or rat anywhere near the house since the coyote took up here.
But out where you are I would watch it because the coyotes are probably in packs and would make quick work of a dog. People can't really blame the coyotes because they are just doing what they were designed to do. People just can't let their animals roam out unattended. After all people moved into wildlife's territory not the other way around.
I know there has to me a great adjustment after spending time in a metro area. Hope that adjustment gets easier for you. I lived that lifestyle for the first 18 years of my life and know how it is out that far from town. It should get easier as time passes though.
Wordsofwit

Nov 8 @ 5:48PM  
Hope that adjustment gets easier for you. I lived that lifestyle for the first 18 years of my life and know how it is out that far from town.

The distance doesn't bother me beyond the cost of gasoline. It is the nothing to do, no place to go, and folding up the sidewalks after sundown that I don't care for.
hog77297

Nov 8 @ 6:49PM  
There has to be a place in town where all the guys meet to drink coffee and just socialize. I've never been to a town where there's not a place where the guys meet to socialize! Here in my neck of the woods we have a Waffle House and there is always someone there to pass the time with!
Anyhow good luck on you adjustments!
Linka

Nov 8 @ 9:03PM  
Living 'in the sticks' has it's pluses and minuses as you are discovering. You'll have longer winters which doesn't help with cabin fever, but the spring will bring welcome relief from the metroplex. There is a peace and tranquility about living in the country that is priceless.

I've read a few of your older blogs and know you are a writer. Maybe it's time to dust off some memories and see if there are any short stories or even a novel waiting for you to write. Or possibly you might consider some twisted fairy tales for your grandson. Of course, your daughter may not approve of those, but you certainly have the ability with your acerbic wit.

If you think where you live is off the grid, the grand townships of Gillam and Grannis in Arkansas will have you thinking differently. They provide a lot employment for Tyson Chicken... so there's plenty of fowl to eat.

Good to know canine & feline are copasetic even though you aren't.
Even when the asshole kitty harasses Deirdre ignores it and she moves on. I am proud of her. But when kitty acts up like getting up on things it isn’t supposed to, we give it blast of water from a squirt bottle. I do that a lot, and enjoy every minute of it. If he decides to swat my feet or bite them, I’ll snag him and we’ll play Frisbee with him being the disk. Sometimes, Frisbees hit the wall… oh well.
ROFLMAO!!!
pinklipstick2

Nov 8 @ 10:34PM  
Was wondering how you would adapt to the change in the weather. Take a little zinc and extra vit. c help with the cold. Your Grandson will have some adjustments to make . Big year for him first school then grandpa moving in. He will settle down. Your knees have no advice for out side o f meds. from the doctor . I am with Hog therehas to be a place in town where the guys hang out ,just have to find.
pinklipstick2

Nov 8 @ 10:34PM  
Was wondering how you would adapt to the change in the weather. Take a little zinc and extra vit. c help with the cold. Your Grandson will have some adjustments to make . Big year for him first school then grandpa moving in. He will settle down. Your knees have no advice for out side o f meds. from the doctor . I am with Hog therehas to be a place in town where the guys hang out ,just have to find.
onehornytoad69

Nov 8 @ 11:02PM  
You are a ...Hell of a Man..to have made "The Switch"......
Theres no way that I could have done that!!!!
I Love my son and daughter...and all 5 of my Grand children to death(3 teens!) But Icould not live with them!!! Oh........ Hell no!!!!!!
My hats off to ya Mr. WoW !!!!! Good luck with that!!!!
I'll post a blog later in the week about My "Change"!!

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