Grump Central Archive: Week of 13 September 2020

Saturday, 19 September 2020

Nothing to say today.

Friday, 18 September 2020

If anyone's been inclined to read Nightscape, note that I added a new chapter yesterday. I may add more, or I may not. Probably not—it feels "done" now.

Thursday, 17 September 2020

The heating season has begun. Woke up yesterday to a 65 degree house. Not supposed to get out of the 60s for the remainder of the week, with some nights in the low 40s. So typical of New Jersey: three days ago I was running the AC. There doesn't ever seem to be a happy medium. Oh well, it's just a flick of a switch for me. In other news, this is most definitely Mr./Ms. Fox's home—I'm seeing him/her almost every day, and the den in the ravine shows fresh signs of home improvement. Yesterday I saw a second fox, presumably an interloper, racing through the ravine. Excitement!

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Last night it dipped down into the 40s. In the morning I had to don a flannel shirt. It felt nice—I'd sort of forgotten what comfortably nippy was like. After I took my shirt off, Zack was a very happy fellow.

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Yesterday morning I witnessed a most curious thing. A clueless red fox—one of the pups from the litter this spring, now mostly grown—found himself standing between two deer and Bobby in my side yard. He pranced around in circles attempting to appear as menacing as possible, but wound up looking rather comical instead. At one point he picked up a small branch and dragged it around. Bobby just sat beside a tree and stared at him, unfazed, and the deer occasionally glanced his way. After a few minutes, the fox trotted off back down the ravine toward his den, which he appears to have inherited from his parents. I assembled a composite image so you can see what was going at different spots of the yard simultaneously.

Monday, 14 September 2020

Kids grow up so fast, don't they?

Sunday, 13 September 2020

I wish it was this easy to hide from the world.

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