Of Cats and Men

Jack apologizes for missing the last couple of weeks’

It wasn’t a hangover from Hogmanay but just that lots of other things were happening.

We have a few ‘neighborhood’ cats that hang around our house and last week one of them wound up in a tree in the yard because our dog, Bruce, chased it. So Wendy called the local animal control guy who arrived in his police car and all kitted out (including his gun). By the time he came the cat had come down again, but the guy came back later with a trap so we could get all the cats caught, neutered and released.

After figuring out how to set the trap and phoning our local vet, we arranged to start the collecting this morning.

But yesterday is when a work gang arrived in the street to start replacing power poles.

This morning they began on the one directly across the street.

So our power is off and there’s no internet for at least a couple of hours, and I can write this tale of woe!

I’m pretty sure I won’t be trapping any cats today – –

But it is fascinating watching the workers changing out the pole with at least ten different cables slung on it – power, telephone etc.

They’re not Wichita linemen but pretty close – –

On Break until Feb. 1

Y’all, I just launched a book (Masks Misinformation and Making Do, about Appalachian healthcare workers during the pandemic) and am busy with two contracted books and two books I’m trying to get through my agent to a publisher. In short, the blog is on a brief hiatus. We will be back February 1. If you have sent a Monday book you’ve written or reviewed, all of these will run, starting in February.

Also, Jack should be putting up a blog today, then give us a couple of weeks to get some design work done and some catch-ups played before we come back. Thanks everyone. Sometimes we just need to give something a little time off in order to rejuvenate it.