It’s safe to come out now.

Hey so good to see you guys. Somebody stopped by this morning to ask if he could kill you.

I said no, and I let him know in no uncertain terms that I sincerely appreciated his coming to the house to ask if he could hunt on the property.  Under the right circumstances I’d let an ethical hunter fill his freezer, but the circumstances for hunting on our property are not right in any way, shape or form at the moment.

And yeah, I admit I’d rather not lose one of these three under any circumstances. We look forward to seeing them, and they make us all so happy. They really are starting to feel like family.

Speaking of family, our roundest member has been down for the count with a twisted ankle. I was able to give him something that I think helped with inflammation and it’s much improved now. Also treats helped. Treats always help.

The biggest item on today’s to-do list might not look like much, but it should make a big improvement around here.

I finally figured out what to do with this cold, dead space by the de-commissioned door in our boot room earlier this year. I am fortunate that the elder of my co-habitants has a talent for spatial relationships. I am capable of basic carpentry, but my talents for spatial relationships are such that I have to accept going in that what I wind up with will not be exactly what I envisioned, and simple as this is I was pretty particular about what I wanted. This is exactly what I wanted, and I’m psyched.

It was built in the spring, flipped on it’s top with a drop cloth underneath it and a cat we were fostering immediately decided that was the perfect place to raise her kittens. By the time they were weaned it was growing season, and this is the first chance I’ve had since to get back to it. There is cat hair painted into it, and the markers my daughter played with during the summer’s tornado scare have left their indelible imprint. 

Nothing wrong with ingraining a little family history into the wood.

I’ll let it dry well before putting it into service, but it feels good when something that’s been half finished for so long gets completed.

Took surprisingly long, considering how much dedicated assistance I had.

Update: no smarter, but possibly getting luckier.

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