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 I couldn't sleep so I decided to make myself ramen. I went outside in the dark to pick myself a piece of squash to put in it. Yes, my ramen habits horrify many, but back when I was a kid, my mom always used to put a ton of vegetables into our ramen. Not that we were bad about eating them, but she really believed in stuffing vegetables into kids whenever possible, and my sister and I loved ramen, so in went the vegetables. She thought it wasn't nutritious enough for a meal unless there were enough vegetables. Now I eat it that way habitually.

Anyway, out of the corner of my eyes I saw a shadow move under the apple tree and my brain went....hey wait a second...was that shadow....striped?? Skunks do come in the yard sometimes, but I hadn't seen any around lately. The way the flashlight moves in my hand as I walk means the shadows jump a little bit anyway. But I came around the tree and swept the light around to see what was going on, and what should the circle of light land on, but a skunk, all hyped up and starting to do the skunk dance with its tail up in the air about 20 feet away from me. Instead of running away back into the rosemary it had come closer to me. I quickly swung the light off it since this was apparently a spooky skunk and decided to start moving back away from it....and while this did stop the skunk dance, it made the skunk go running back the direction I came in, towards the door! I was getting visions in my head of being trapped outside my house in the middle of the night by a jumpy skunk. Fortunately though, it slunk under the porch and was either well away or content in hiding by the time I returned, so I didn't get blitzed, which was nice. 

It was funny though how my brain went straight to cheerful nature channel narration mode when I got startled. 'Don't panic, skunks are not aggressive and unlikely to spray despite posturing! Remain calm and move back slowly!' Fortunately, it is true. 

Oh, and not only that, but when I actually got to the squash I interrupted a gopher in the process of carrying off one of my round zucchinis. It had chewed it off the vine and was getting ready to parse it up and take it down the hole when I caught it. I picked it up expecting it to be missing chunks, but I got it just in time. At the time I was happy, but now I feel strangely bad. There's about a million of them out this year. Rufus the cat has discovered that despite getting fed by people he can still catch gophers and eat them- and since this discovery he's blimped up like a cat manatee. So much for restricting his kibble. At this point I think I'd have to stop feeding him altogether to get him slimmed back down. 


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Sep. 15th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
Wildlife adventures in the wee hours. Don't worry. You deserved that zucchini more than the gopher did.
Sep. 16th, 2010 04:05 am (UTC)
I think I'll cut a piece off one of the bats and leave it next to the hole. The gopher can eat that. We'll do a trade.
Sep. 15th, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC)
fffffff that all sounds incredibly exciting! Clearly I haven't been getting outside enough.

Rufus the cat is smart!
Sep. 16th, 2010 04:06 am (UTC)
Well, you'll be getting out even more than me on your backpacking trip! /jealouses at, but only sort of, because I prefer sleeping in bug-free beds
Sep. 16th, 2010 04:38 am (UTC)
Yes, I will! \o/ Though I'm hoping to stay reasonably bug-free too. At least it's past mosquito season!
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