Friday, December 10, 2010

The Jitters...

You know that feeling when you're home alone, in the dark, and suddenly you hear a noise? That's me, tonight, right now. Okay, I am not alone. I have three small boys sleeping in their rooms. But I am the only adult present. For those who do not know, I live in what we like to call "the Boonies". That means in the middle of the bush, completely surrounded by trees with the nearest neighbor at least half a mile away. I'm okay with that. Usually. But tonight I heard something on the back deck by the kitchen door. Something was knocked over out there. There is not a huge wind here tonight, so I know the wind is not the culprit. I also know it was not in my head, as my dog, Radar, reacted too. I was spooked, but thought perhaps Mike had returned home from his staff Christmas party. I called him to find out. He is still at the party. I went to the back door, with Radar, of course. Radar is a shepherd, by the way, so he is big and looks intimidating. He is also harmless to people. I opened the door, my heart pounding a little harder than normal. Radar went out and stood on the deck looking around. The motion detector light did not come on. I saw nothing. I heard nothing. Radar moved a little more and the light came on. The hair on the back of his neck was spiked straight up. I shut the door and left him to find out what was going on. A few minutes later he was barking and growling. The good news is, that means it was an animal, not a person. I brought him back inside, and he seems to be fine now. But I still feel a little jittery. Dumb, I know, but it is eerie here, surrounded by trees and completely isolated. Like I said, normally I like it that way, but once in a while I get scared in these unexplained moments. I am glad it was not a skunk on the deck though. I was worried I'd open the door and Radar would rush out and either get sprayed by a skunk or get in some terrible fight with a wild animal. Looks like we are safe for tonight. He will stay in the house the rest of the night now. Phew. I just had to write that. I am on edge, but okay. Drama queen. Right. Goodnight.

P.S. Here is a picture of my big, brave doggie, taken through the window a couple of days ago. Isn't he gorgeous?

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