I have just taken a new job in Great Falls, Montana. A new state and new areas to explore.
By: joealaska , 4:06 PM GMT on May 09, 2014
I checked the weather radar for the greater Taylorsville area, as well as the surrounding countryside. It is just a matter of time before the rain starts. A wall of precipitation is heading right for us. No big deal. Right now it is overcast and breezy. Very comfortable.
My big entertainment lately is to listen to internet radio. It is interesting to hear people from assorted locations. I had a station from Guam on recently. Right now I have on Wyoming Public Radio. Today it is 40 degrees in Jackson, with snow and rain. How do you like it there OGAL? What is the latest on that pending landslide?
The internet remains spotty here. At times it works just fine, other times it does not work at all. I assume it will probably get worse when I hit the road, so I better get used to it. I had another blog written a few days ago but was unable to get my laptop to hook up online and post it. The Dell Dinosaur will be phased out of operation with me. With Dell abandoning me, as well as Internet Explorer having issues, it seems unavoidable.
The cats are adapting nicely. They know LEGGS is their home. Earlier this week I heard the cats wanting in, so I opened the screen door. It was dark outside, but I was able to see a third cat with them. Mostly white. That cat seemed to have an issue with Dutchie. While Fluff came right inside, Dutchie stayed underneath the RV trying to keep away from White Guy. Then there was a noise somewhere and everyone stampeded. Dutchie tore off into the gloaming toward the woods with White Guy right on her tail. They got out of sight then I heard a huge cat scream. Probably Dutchie. I went and looked for them with a flashlight, but gave up when I did not see them in the grass area.. I had seen enough of that forest.
It was a nice night, so I just sat outside and scoped out the area every once in a while with a scan of the flashlight. I soon saw a pair of glowing eyes in the distance. Later I saw it was White Guy, as he was stretched out on the road and the white color shown like a beacon. No sign of Dutchie. Every few minutes I would whistle and call for her. Then one time I called for her and she stepped out of the nearby dark and walked right up to me. I think she was nearby all along, just keeping a distance from the White devil cat.
The rain has arrived. Now inside. Some heavy stuff heading in, then it looks like there will be a break for a while. Wondering how the rain will affect the weekend camp rush. Everyone usually arrives around 2 PM or later. Last weekend one camper stayed into Monday before leaving. Normally I am all by myself during the week. But Wednesday a camper arrived and parked at the other end of the loop I am on. He came by and we talked for a few minutes. He said he was going to stay until the rain due in a couple days arrived. Today.
Last night he was walking his dog and stopped by just as it was getting dark. Dutchie was laying on the picnic table about 40 feet from where he stood and we talked. The dog was a big black guy, but he was getting old and had trouble with his rear legs and hips. So he and Dutchie just looked at each other, and there was a peace.
LARRY was a nice guy, and he liked to chat. After a while he sat down and I knew the evening was booked. We talked until about 11 PM, although at the end it was mainly him. He covered a lot of subjects, occasionally getting into religion which I am not comfortable hearing from strangers. But he never quite got to asking me if I had been SAVED...
Finally he decided to head back to his camper. I stayed up a while. Dutchie had retreated into the RV when Larry sat down at the picnic table. Now that he was gone she came out and headed off into the dark. I left a light on and went to bed. She lets me know she wants in when she gets back, I can hear her through the screen door or a window. That came around 5:45 AM. The temperature at night has been PERFECT for sleeping with windows wide open. Last night it got to the low 60s. I checked the long range forecast and there is a chance of rain and storms through next Wednesday. But what I hated to see was the night time temps are forecast to be in the 40s the last half of next week. I do not want to fire up a furnace just for a day or two. Cat pile.
I have a bunch of windows in the RV, some with screens, some not with screens. Dutchie found one open a couple nights ago and went out for a night cruise. I heard her crying outside and wanting in, which surprised me as I did not know she was out. It is about an 8 foot drop from that window. I was not sure if somehow she was left outside when I went to bed that night, even after I saw the open window. But next morning she used it again to jump out as I watched her. Working on rigging up some way she can jump back in on her own.
Since the fight with the White Guy, who came back for more next day, she has chosen to stay inside a lot more.
After I woke up and let Dutchie in this morning I went back to sleep. At 8 AM LARRY is back like a bad dream. My windows are open and I can hear him like he is standing in front of me. JOE? You in there Joe? JOE!? Judas Priest. Not the way I want to wake up. We had a short conversation which I hardly remember, something about him walking to get loosened up in the AM. I tried to close my eyes again, but I was up for good. I guess he wanted to say goodbye, because I looked up and he was driving out.
The rain was moving in and he left just like he said. Easy to do that in an RV.
Big Mothers Day weekend coming up. Have fun.
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