Thursday, December 8, 2016

BITTER NIGHT

I disabled the comments for my previous post In the Midst of December, simply because I didn't want it tainted by any outside influences. I wrote it solely for myself.

This was an extremely cold day and tonight is promising to be bitterly cold. I'll undoubtedly be forced to stay awake until dawn - checking the water pipes and fervently hoping they won't be frozen. I have enough problems to contend with.

It's presently just after 5:00 p.m. and already completely dark. I stepped outside on the back porch about an hour ago - - in time to see the moon rise and the arrival of the resident 'possum. 

Curiously enough, I leave food scraps for the 'possum nearly every night. This is a much larger 'possum than the one that was recently in my house. This guy has a slight injury on his back (possibly attacked by another animal?) so I want to be kind to him.

I am always kind to the timid and helpless....but never to the intentionally vicious. I'm hesitant to post something that I recently wrote...but I will anyway. Soon. I have nothing to lose but a few touchy readers - and that will be a pleasure.

Here are some photos I took about an hour ago.
Hopefully they won't offend anyone.

I'm being intentionally bitchy tonight. I'm in a bitter mood.

 Resident 'possum waiting for a handout

 


 Last glimmer of light in the west,
view from the back porch

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    1. I'm always warm...but occasionally unkind.

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  2. I hope you don't have any pipes to freeze it's is suppose to be colder down here tonight. Grover has been in the hospital we got home Monday I have missed reading blogs but will catch up every chance I get. Take care and stay warm.Jean

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    1. I'm so sorry to hear that Grover's in the hospital. Keep us posted and take it easy.

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  3. I just came in from dripping my outside faucet. Unusual cold for here tonight. Probably be hot day after tomorrow, maybe. Your possum is kinda cute.

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    1. The good thing about Texas is that it (usually) doesn't stay cold for long. Possums do look cute... it almost makes me want to pet him!

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  4. Beautiful photos, Jon. Grouchy and humbled-looking possum --how do they manage that expression? Julliard?-- and yes the lovely clutzy critters are here too, along with squirrels and treefrogs scolding and croaking about cold nights. I go out to see clouds and frozen stars and answer, "I know, I know, you poor lil etceteras," Then I try to remember if I wrapped all the pipes and realize I'm in the same icebound boat with these guys. You be careful on icy ground, Jon. I sure am.

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    1. Possums are annoying but I almost like having them around. They are interesting to watch (as long as they're not in the house....).

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  5. Waspish and bitter, why no negative so much jon?

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    1. John, I'm not always Little Miss Sunshine.

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  6. So negative that should have read

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  7. Always seems so tough on animals having to be out in the freezing cold. I'm glad you help them. Some people say they are used to it, which is true, but then humans would have been used to it too and it doesn't mean they wouldn't have appreciated a bit of help....

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  8. This is my first time feeding the birds this winter and I love it! They seem to greatly appreciate it, too. A little kindness goes a long way.

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  9. Good grief. Thursday eve, while I was desperately trying to endure the holiday party (ghastly, BTW)... you and Mr. Gimp (possum) are fighting a bigger foe.
    I seriously love the kindness you exhibit to those without a voice, Jon.

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  10. Jon,
    Bitterly cold here tonight in coastal Delaware. You feeding the resident possum, why I like you. Your kindness.
    Ron

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