We heard a coyote outside our bedroom window (in the field behind the house) at o-dark-thirty this morning.  I’d never heard a coyote but I knew when I heard it what it was.  I lay there unmoving as I heard it the first time, not sure what I was hearing but as he voiced his presence the second time, I felt Lisa nudge me and heard her whisper “Do you hear the coyote?”  Idgie, who was nestled between the two of us apparently heard it too, as her ears flattened against her head and we heard her softly growl. 

Amazingly, many people hear the cry of coyotes but few actually see them.  We’ve had a lot of typical “wildlife” wander in and out of our yard — deer, racoons, rabbits — but only recently have we seen red foxes and now heard the cry of the coyote.  I commented to Lisa the other day that it may be because the farmland that backs to our property has become so wild and unmanaged that these species are now moving in and making homes for themselves.

There have been unsubstantiated reports of mountain lions being sighted in our area, as well as one or two reports of moose (hardly likely) and the black bear population is making a comeback throughout the east but I’ve never heard, or heard of a coyote in these parts.  It sort of makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up when you hear their lonely cry in the night.  But at the same time, there’s a bit of a thrill in hearing that wild animal announcing his presence.  Thrill for us, that is.  No so much for our cats.


I had my “interview” at the post office this morning.  An hour or so in a room full of people doing paperwork that asks the same information as the previous 8 forms that have already been filled in, then a brief one-on-one interview, then a whiz quiz.  I passed.  Didn’t even have to study!

There’s a requirement to work a minimum of 36 hours a week during this time — it’s about a 3½ week period in December.  That’s a lot of hours, combined with my existing full-time job but I figure I can do that for 3 or 4 weeks.  At $11 an hour, I’ll give it a whirl.  Lisa will sign on for more than the minimum, maybe up to 50 hours a week since she’s got better availability (and more free time).  I figure in just 3 weeks, between the two of us, we can bring home roughly $1500 to add to our Christmas spending.


From our “Look Who’s Calling Someone a Loser” files, the Donald has called Dan Rather a loser, Rosie O’Donnell a loser, and crapped all over Condi.

Of Angelina Jolie he says “Everyone thinks she’s like this great beauty.  I’m not saying she’s an unattractive woman be she’s not a great beauty by any stretch of the imagination.”  He adds “And now she’s like a representative of the United Nations and world peace and hunger and all of this crap.”

First off, Mr. Combover needs to take a long look at himself in the mirror as far as “beauty.”  Secondly, anyone who has to PAY people $50 apiece to stand on the street, holding signs and chanting his name is a loser in the biggest possible way.  At least Rosie, Dan and Angelina don’t have to bribe people to be supporters — they get them by their work FOR people.

What humanitarian thing has Asshole Trump done in the past decade that hasn’t resulted in more money for himself — money that he holds onto?  What has he done to make this world a better place to live in?

 Asshole loser…


A swarm of 100,000 bees attacked people in Arizona recently, stinging four kids, a babysitter and a beekeeper.

I have only one simple question…

Who stood still and counted the bees?