The However-Many Days of Christmas Dec 15, 2020 9:02:19 GMT -6
Post by Phalon on Dec 15, 2020 9:02:19 GMT -6
Little Beastie And demoted already!?
I thought Little Hellfire B!tch was going to make an appearance the other day as I was working on my craft project (which is still not completed, btw. Urgh.). I have to admit with all the pieces spread out on the kitchen table, to a cat, it must have looked like a Smorgasbord of Things that Must be Destroyed. As I made more things to be destroyed, I see little black ears and big green eyes peering above the edge of the table directly across from me - nothing more, just ears and eyes, because to show more of herself would be to give away her invisibility.
Then ever so s-l-o-w-l-y a paw appears and starts sliding across the table toward the Things that Must be Destroyed. "Eh-eh-eh" I say in a sing-songy way, which is the polite way to say in Catspeak, "Don't you dare touch my *&^%$ing stuff!" The paw is withdrawn from the table as slowly as it appears. A few seconds later, Invisible Cat's invisible paw slides across the table again ever so s-lo-w-l-y. We played the "eh-eh-eh" game at least a dozen times before she gives me a "Meowrph" of resignation, curls up on the chair, and with Little Hellfire B!tch kept at bay, Little Beastie goes to sleep.
Steppet is in the habit of sending her relatives a book or two of the current year's stamps for Christmas. Of course, it's my job to get the stamps. You wouldn't think this is much of a chore but I had a list of specific stamps and how many of them I'm supposed to find. I had no idea this was going to translate into a scavenger hunt....When I was finally able to get inside they were all a) out of holiday stamps and b) it would be "next week" before they re-order more stamps. Eventually I did get stamps for her, but not exactly what she wanted. I bought extra of what was available so she had enough. And now that I've purchased a couple hundred dollars worth of stamps and don't need more, they have the ones she wanted on display as available.
Oh! How fun! Maybe not for you having to run around looking for them (except scavenger hunts are fun), but what a neat little gift Steppette gives, and a fun thing to receive too! Mom always used to put a book of stamps in our grown-up kid stockings.
I know what you mean, though - I was looking for holiday stamps the other day when I was at the post office. Oh, I've got stamps that literally scream "Holiday!" - screeching cats, wailing ghosts, eeeeking bats, and whatever sound scary spiders make. But yeah, ghosts and bats don't exactly convey the same type of holiday message that a peaceful wintry scene does. That's the stamps I wanted - "Winter Scenes" of snow-covered barns, cardinals, bluejays, deer in a snowy forest type thing. They were sold out of them, so I got Christmas stamps...and it'll be summer and I'll still be mailing out things with bats and ghosts and santas and Christmas cookies.
I've been planning on the same thing - provided a trail cam is the same thing. It sounds like it. Mostly I want to capture a couple pictures of the deer in my front yard. (One buck, two does, and one fawn.) My next door neighbor is interested in seeing them since he can't get out anymore and this seemed the easiest solution. Maybe I'll get myself one for Christmas - which would mean I'm not really done shopping yet.
A trail cam - yes, that's what it's called. Whatever I called it, it's kind of like describing something as a "thingie" when you can't think of its actual name. And yes, you should get one - it's been a lot of fun, and what a sweet thing for you to do for your neighbor! I mentioned Hubs got an inexpensive one, which would probably be enough to capture photos of the deer, but I kind of wish we would have went for a more expensive one - or maybe just a more sensitive one, because the one thing I've really wanted night photos of, the camera hasn't picked up - the owl that flies through the ravine at night like a ghostly shadow. I think it's too fast for the camera to adjust focus and snap a picture...a lot of times, there are photos with absolutely nothing that would move in them. Same thing during the day - I think a bird flies into the frame, but by the time the motion detector triggers the camera, the bird is gone. We did get some kind of interesting pictures recently though...of squirrel butt. Too shy to show its face for the camera maybe, a squirrel faced the opposite direction with its tail straight up, right in front of the camera - like maybe three inches in front of the camera, sitting on a limb of the tree on which the camera was strapped. It was kind of funny, and it's fun to see what goes on in your yard when you're not looking.