This morning, I was doing some work while enjoying the fresh air. Frank decided he wanted a bit of attention and in two seconds had hopped from the ground to the seat to the top of the picnic table … and then hung out there for a couple of hours. I think he likes the full shade, combined with being high enough to survey the totality of his domain!
I awoke to him head-butting me … that’s his favorite way to wake me up (especially since he no longer has a wall from which to scootch the C-pap’s plug from with his tail). Once awake, he’s at the door to the tent, telling me its time to get up. Yesterday morning, I threw a sock at him, to get him to knock it off – instead, he caught it in mid-air and shook it violently about a dozen times, only to let it fly right back at me! His other new trick is to stand for a few moments on his back feet while looking out the windows of the tent. He doesn’t get much of a look, but he seems to enjoy it, as he does it once or twice in each direction.
This morning, we have new neighbors to the west … a couple of families with about a half-dozen kids. Three of the girls took a special liking to Frank, and he just ate it up. When he finally got down from the picnic table, he sat as close to their campsite as his lead would let him, begging for some attention … and of course, they obliged. Right now, he’s back under the picnic table … heat of the sun and all.
Here’s a photo of a cool cloud formation I shot last night. I’m amazed we didn’t have rain … just some pretty fierce winds. Today is the first day we’ve not had better than a 50% chance of thunderstorms in the last week and a half. It’s just hot and humid. Man, I can’t wait to get to Colorado!
I’ve taken to looking at the Accuweather.com live radar for Cordele, GA every afternoon around 5pm … there have been quite a few days that I’ve cleared the picnic table and gotten Frank and me into the tent just in time for the first drops of rain. Frank is still quite disconcerted by the thunder and lightning. A couple of nights ago, he hunkered down in the small space between the airbed and the wall of the tent, with his own bed on top of him. I’ll feel him jump up on the bed in the middle of the night, when he feels its safe to come out. Sometimes he’ll let me hold him – not this particular night, though.
Lastly, here’s another of our neighbors, who stopped long enough while fishing for me to snap this photo. The wildlife here is wonderful … so many species of birds – more than I’ve had a chance to photograph. I’m glad to report though that we’ve yet to run into any gators so far. Knock on wood.
All-in-all, it’s been a great first two weeks. It’s gone by a lot faster than I thought it would. I am significantly more relaxed than when we arrived. Last night presented a bit of a challenge though. Some young RVers arrived in camp and set up right on the other side of the road from our tent. Quite the partiers … quiet time is supposed to start at 11pm, but they kept it up quite a bit later than that.
I have to say, I took some perverse pleasure in grinding an extra bit of coffee this morning while sitting at the picnic table around 7am this morning. Even better was the fellow walking his dog, who decided to great Frank with a few loud “Hello’s”. (The dog, not the man … I felt that needed to be said!). Mr. and Mrs. Party didn’t show their faces until close to noon and both had that “hangover” look on their faces. Hopefully they’re not too late tonight. I may have to start in with a bit of guitar playing around 9am. I still dont have “She Talks to Angels”.down … I need all the practice I can get! ;o)
Edit – I no sooner posted this than the General and his family came by for dinner, along with a couple dozen of their closest friends. They stop by every morning and evening, although not always with a contingent this size. As I sit here typing, they’re all walking around the grass between our campsite and the one with the two families just to the west. I continue to be amazed that Frank is content to watch them all from a distance. The only interest he showed was when I tossed a handful of his kibbles to them the other day. I dont think he was too happy that I was sharing his grub!