"It was imprudent of us, in the first place, to become authors. We could have become something regular, but we managed not to.
We were lucky, but we were also determined." Roy Blount Jr

"I don’t change the facts to enhance the drama. I think of it the other way round, the drama has got to fit the facts,
and it’s your job as a writer to find the shape in real life."
Hilary Mantel

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Return of the Rodents

A quiet morning at the Lodge--rare for me--and a prelude to a very busy afternoon of diocesan business.

Surrounded by snow, a garden statue waits patiently for melting to free her.

A woodpecker breakfasts on suet.

A mourning dove explores recently open ground under the hemlocks.

The male cardinal waits his turn at the seed feeder.

Outside, all is peaceful.

Inside the Lodge--panic!

Says Jewel, "They're back! I saw one. No, two! Three! Maybe four!"

Ruth is worried. "We're outnumbered! What should we do?"

The cause of all this consternation?


They're everywhere. Rising up from the ground in great numbers, scampering all over the property.

I've put out food specially for them. I'm afraid if I don't, they'll storm the Lodge and take it by force! They're awfully hungry.

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