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By: marsHen , 12:17 PM GMT on September 02, 2013

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06:30, 73F, partly cloudy. a light fog. waning thin crescent moon in the east with one visible star off to the north. pink clouds on eastern horizon. enough light to see snakes. roosters crowing. guardian comes into yard. walk with reluctant, sniffing pup down lane. something in front yard last night draws her attention. smelled skunk late night - might be that. or the buck that I smell on our evening walks.
glad for a day off even though there's no pay. figure a lot of folks in same boat. at least we have jobs and can pay our bills if we live simply.
11:30, 89F, partly cloudy, partly sunny. sheep in yard chowing down on the spanish needles, Bidens pilosa. cardinals and wrens emptying the bird feeder.
14:20, 93F, sunny. several deer browsing in back yard. sheep in barn loafing and chewing their cud. hung out 2 bedspreads.
17:10, 85F, sheep back in yard weeding in front. got 1 egg. looked around for a snake but no snake in chicken coop. days getting shorter, chickens lay less eggs, especially since they're older, 3 years. still eat the same amount, though.
19:50, 80F, a haze. sheep back in fold. guardian persuing the yard. black racer on back steps. probably after the skinks. or the toads.
22:00, 77F. stars distant. can make out casseopia in the NE, and the north star. maybe part of big dipper, too. strong odor of dog fennel. and buck. buck might have run through the fennel. pup poking around in the bushes. guardian out in the pasture. dark and warm tonight.

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marine biologist around the Suwannee River delta. Raise Cracker sheep on an old Cracker farm ~ 12 mi. (as the crow flies) from the Gulf.