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The rutting season

November 15, 2009

A good time was had by all yesterday evening. By all reports, AJ and the new babysitter enjoyed each other’s company. And Mr. Spy and I had a lovely time at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fairlywell. where there was meat on a stick, plenty of bacon and cheese and cake made in coffee cups and topped with chocolate icing so it looked just like hot chocolate. I’m sure we came home larger. There were also conversations about Dr. Who, sex ed in schools, mime training, the alphabetization of DVDs, and many other unexpected topics. It was a lively group.

Today, we discovered that we had absolutely nothing on the calendar. And so we spent the day trying to get the yard ready for winter. For our efforts, we were rewarded with a great show. Several whitetail bucks came through the yard today. We seem many deer all year round, but we don’t often see bucks and only in the fall and winter. Two were chasing down a doe and making their rutting noises and locking antlers. It was fascinating to watch. Later, we heard the sound of a small plane, which is not so unusual, as there is a tiny airport in the next town. But this time it was a parasailer with a rainbow parachute dangling over the barn behind our house. We see hot air balloons out here from time to time, but this was a first. We stood and watched him from the balcony until we got too cold.

After a Friday night sleepover and a Saturday night babysitter, AJ is overtired and very crabby. I’ve left him to his own devices and I am currently watching two Harlem Globetrotters playing volleyball in the mud with other Amazing Racers. I wonder if there’s a swimsuit competition for admission to this show.

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There’s a new post at AJ’s Clubhouse about a fantastic free astronomy program for the computer, just in time for the Leonids this week.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 15, 2009 10:05 pm

    Just discovered a music notation program you might know about that he might like: http://www.musescore.org/en . Our kids are composing and having a great time learning the notation better.

  2. crankygirl permalink
    November 15, 2009 10:21 pm

    i’m rooting for the Globetrotters…they are fun, even in mud. I thought the blurry crotches were hilarious–that was the gay brothers.

  3. November 15, 2009 10:30 pm

    I’ve heard of it, but I haven’t tried it out. I’m teaching AJ the old fashioned way with pencil and paper for now. And he messes around on garage band.

  4. freshhell permalink
    November 16, 2009 10:53 am

    Nothing on the calendar? NOTHING? What is this “nothing” you speak about? I’m not familiar with this phenomenon.

  5. November 16, 2009 11:01 am

    Me neither. It was clearly some oversight on my part. And Cranky, I missed the blurry crotches, as the show comes on when I’m trying to help AJ get ready for bed. But I DVRed it, so I’ll try to watch it later.

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