We're slowly getting into my favorite time of year...autumn.
I don't know what it is about autumn that I enjoy so much. Maybe it is the sounds (crickets) or the smells or that the stars seem closer against a cloudless, dark sky.
But one thing I enjoy doing as autumn approaches and after it has arrived is getting up early (or I should say EARLIER) in the morning, taking my cup of coffee and sitting in the dark on the deck. It is quiet then; not much road traffic and the campers are still asleep so no one can catch me and say "I need something".
This was one of those mornings when I would have enjoyed doing that. I couldn't sleep; thinking about the computer(s) and all the things I am getting behind on. So, I got up about 4 a.m., made my coffee, got my shower and was going to set on the little deck in the "dog yard" area. Trouble is that we haven't put a chair out there this year! And the deck is wet so I can't sit down on it.
I could have gone to the other deck; the one out by the lobby. We do have a couple of chairs there but there is the porch light that is on as well as 2 mercury vapor lights close by, so it isn't dark by any means. I did stand out there for a while (no bugs!!) just inhaling the early a.m. smells, listening to the frogs in the distance and looking at what stars I could see. To the east the sky was getting the early morning coat of purplish colors...I was enjoying my brief time to myself.
I heard something I didn't quit recognize. Kind of a "chittering" sound. Then I heard something in the water at the bird bath. There were 3 skunks (I think it was a family) getting a drink and washing their faces! I don't think they had a clue I was within 15 feet of them. They rummaged around under the bird feeder for a while (getting close to the deck) and finally strolled off down the sidewalk. WHEW!!!
While I do enjoy my time in the dark, I have to be careful because other critters enjoy it too!
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