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The Switch Part IV

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Tuesday began on a very pleasant note. My daughter and son in law both burned a sick day and in the foggy morning we went to Amish country, about thirty miles to the west. I had been there before and delighted at the baked goods, homemade candy and jellies, as well as marveled at the exquisite craftsmanship of handmade rugs, hand stitched quilts and handmade furniture. As it was a weekday not many places were open. But we did find enough of interest to spend over one hundred dollars. The highlight pieces were a marvelous thick long rug for her mother for Christmas and some cashew brittle to die for.

That afternoon she processed four more quarts of wild elderberries that will be used a sauce for ice cream or cheese cake, or destined for homemade wine. There are about twelve quarts of them and they are messy!

Things went down hill from there as the temperature began to drop and it began to drizzle much to the dismay of my weakened, arthritic, gimpy knees. Late in the afternoon it was discovered that the cat was missing. In the past, cats that got out were never seen again.

The property is infested with moles. There are as many moles on the face of the earth around here as there are moles on the face of Morgan Freeman. Twice the soft wet ground gave way and sunk due to mole tunnels during the 45-minute search for the cat, tricking out my knees. The cat was found sleeping on a pile of laundry in the dryer.

The property comprises of about four acres shaped as a triangle. The eastern border is on a gravel road that slopes down to the south to a creek running from southeast to the west. The third side of the triangle border is dense woods at a higher elevation running from southwest to northeast. To the north, the gravel road slices through the dense woods for about three quarters of a mile. Even though it is a gravel road, this stretch is where you notice the road kill. This is coyote country, you can hear them howling at night.

At around 11:30 the dogs needed to go out to attend to business. They trotted around, pooping here, peeing there. My knees ached and I was in no mood to go rounding up wayward bow wows. One minute Deirdre was casually wandering around, nearby. The next, she was trotting off into the darkness, heading north on the gravel road.

Meeting you with a view to a kill ?
Face to face in secret places feel the chill ?
Nightfall covers me ?
But you know, the plans I'm making ?
Still oversee ?
Could it be the whole earth opening wide ?
A sacred why, a mystery gaping inside ?
The weekends why, until we ??

Dance into the fire ?
That fatal kiss is all we need ?
Dance into the fire ?
To fatal sounds of broken dreams ?
Dance into the fire ?
That fatal kiss is all we need ?
Dance into the fire ??
The choice for you is the view to a kill ?

Between the shades assassination standing still ?
The first crystal tears ?Fall as snowflakes on your body ?
First time in years ?
To drench your skin with lover's rosy stain ?
A chance to find a phoenix for the flame ?
A chance to die, but can we

Dance into the fire ?
That fatal kiss is all we need ?
Dance into the fire ?
To fatal sounds of broken dreams ?
Dance into the fire ?
That fatal kiss is all we need ?
Dance into the fire when all we see is a view to a kill??

I sat on the deck awaiting their return. Oakie, the golden lab., had wandered off in a different direction. Sometimes they stay together, sometimes not. I felt a chill as the wind came up from a front moving in from the north. I looked to the sky and saw the clouds moving in obscuring the stars. A light, cold rain began to fall, increasing in intensity as lightening and thunder commenced.

Out of the darkness from the south Oakie appeared galloping to the house. I let him in and waited five minutes for Deirdre to show up. I made my way to the edge of the road by the woods and called out to her for a few minutes. There was no response. I made my way back to the deck and lit a cigarette, smoking it as best that I could in the rain. I made my way back up to the road and called out one more time… nothing. I returned to the house with a variation of a refrain from a well known song by Bob Dylan that was made famous by Jimi Hendrix playing in my head:
Outside in the cold distance
A coyote did growl
Two killers were approaching
And the wind began to howl

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Nov 9 @ 7:31PM  
What happened? How dare you post this as a cliffhanger!!!

Nov 9 @ 7:37PM  
Patience, child. The master is in seclusion, weaving his story. Here--have a Thanksgiving

You were saying, good sir??

Nov 9 @ 8:15PM  
I really hope nothing happened to Deidre!

Nov 9 @ 8:30PM  
Sorry for not finishing but I had to get dinner happening and the after dinner house mousing taken care of.

Anyway, I kept looking out the window having left the porch light on for about a half hour and didn't see her. I finally decided to go out and look for her one more time in the chilling downpour. I opened the door, stepped out and out of the darkness her she came as fast as she could go. She was one happy girl who refused to leave my side. Today when she wnt out, she didn't stray far!!!

Nov 9 @ 8:38PM  
Oh good! I'm glad she came home!

Nov 9 @ 8:52PM  
Good grief scared me thought something bad happen . Sure glad there was a happy ending.

Nov 9 @ 11:52PM  
See Bruce my friend there are great blogs in the country!

Nov 10 @ 1:44AM  
Yanno....when I was back in VA...I called for Blackie...Everyday...almost everytime I went outside!
I miss my friend!!!!
If I had to do it over again...I would not have turned him out....with out a leash!!! I just wanted him to run free in the non-traffic times!! He was so high strung.....! If he didnt run for a lil bit... he would prance around endlessly!
My Bad!!!!

Nov 10 @ 7:25AM  
The last good dog I had would wander all over when he wanted to..Had to pick him up from the pound several times... Most of the time he came home when he wanted ..

Happy she showed back up

Nov 10 @ 10:14AM  
Enjoying this series

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The Switch Part IV