Kicking my way out of a fight

I had this younger acquaintance that just kept bothering me one day a few weeks ago.  He just seemed like he wanted to start trouble with me.  He argued with everything I said and found fault with everything I did.  

Normally I would go out of my way to avoid a confrontation, but It wasn’t long until I had had enough of his bullying attitude.  He started insulting my family and we got into a scuffle.  A little push here and a little tug there and after a few cutting insults it wasn’t long before we were all hands on. With me being an old man and him quite a bit my junior I was surprisingly holding my own as we wrestled to the ground.  I kept trying to get away and he was trying to pin me down.

At one point he had me on my back and his knees were almost pinned to my shoulders but I was able to push him off balance and he fell backward.  I was struggling to get back onto my feet and he kept grabbing at my legs hindering my efforts.  I was sort of on my right side so I pulled my left leg up towards my chest and gave my opponent a decent kick, or push trying to force him away.

I awoke suddenly to the thud of Gus landing on the floor obviously wondering, ‘what the hell did I do?’,  as the fleeting image of my opponent quickly faded from my mind as I exited dream-state. Gus had been sleeping at the foot of the bed and got the surprise of his life a moment before.  I jumped up as soon as I realized what had happened.  He was just standing on the floor with a puzzled look on his face. I felt terrible!  Horrible!  Awful!  I checked him over and he seemed fine and he got back on the bed, but he did more over closer to the other side.

He was quick to make up with me and we’re best buddies again.  He was right back to sleeping at the foot of the bed the next night.



Daddy’s Home

I made it home about noon today from a week long trip to Florida and this was my greeting….

I live close to the Meramec River just south of St. Louis and I have to cross that river to get home.  There are like 3 or 4 bridges that cross the river without going more than a hundred-plus mile detour.  Most of those were closed yesterday but the water had receded enough to let them reopen the interstate this morning.  M7y flight got in at 10 am so it was just in time.

This is where the water flooded the interstate and closed it down for a day. The actual river is way in the back behind the white billboard.



Out like a light

Trixie has had a rough week.  She came down with something over the Christmas weekend. She was very restless and whiney over the holiday.  Monday morning I took her to her vet but the vet was closed for the holiday.  So I tried a new vet that is nearer to my house.  They checked her out and couldn’t find anything wrong. They prescribed Temaril-P for itching and inflammation.  It helped calm her down.  She’s still not completely back to normal but she hasn’t had a pill since Saturday morning, and that was half a pill.  She, and hence, we, had a rough couple of nights earlier last week.  Here, she’s taking advantage of some down time as the family was watching TV last night.



Gus at the Threshold

Gus has always had a hard time going through doorways. Way back when, he wouldn’t go through them at all. We had to carry him in and out.  He very gradually, but skeptically started going through them.  Then we got the automatic doggy door.  He did pretty well with that, he would eventually come in on his own but we always had to coax him out to go outside.  Now that we’ve converted the patio into a room, we have to relocate the doggy door. So, in the meantime, he’s got to use the people door.  

I decided today to record him coming in.  I recorded for 21 minutes and what you see above is the last 8 minutes of the recording.  He has gone in and out much faster than this in the last couple of days. But he’s always very cautious, just not usually this cautious.