Thursday, August 23, 2012

Perils of Walking

I got sick of writing stories, formatting ebooks, and looking at computer screens today so I closed my laptop, put on my walking shoes, and headed for the back door.
The dogs know somethings up when I start strapping on my shoes, and they get beside themselves.
I walk with a stick that I cut from the limb of a poplar tree with my pocket knife. I learned early on that it's wise to have a stick with you in case you walk upon a snake or other critter. 
There are stretches of our walking path where the limbs of trees form a canope, making the trail like a verdant tunnel. It's in these tunnels where you get a face full of spider web, and sometimes a big ol' spider to boot.
I'm not afraid of snakes or spiders as long as I see them first. But there's nothing like walking with your mind in deep contemplation of the Universe, and all the gifts it has to offer, and when you least expect it, you get a face full of spider web with a spider as big as a Chihuahua.
The times this has happened to me, I've woven a rich  tapestry of profanity that you don't often hear. I string together creative combinations of unexpected objects, animals, people, and minor deities.
Fortunately that didn't happen to me today. 
I hear the kettle calling. We're going to enjoy a nice cup of Sleepy-time Tea and hit the hay. Y'all have a great weekend.


  1. That is what I dream for today, an unplanned walk!

  2. Very nice. ICK! Spiders, snakes and ICK! Gave me a bit of a shiver. Glad the walk was nice.

  3. I have a few of those paths around. I haven't done much walking through the woods but have been out in the pastures early this morning communing with my horses. And watching the trail of cats that follow me and play pounce with each other, with me, with the two dogs, in the tall grass.

    Like you, I needed a break from training and the computer. What better place than in the sunshine and birdsong and being loved on by my horses.

    Sia McKye's Thoughts...OVER COFFEE

  4. Spiders. I've lifted my bare feet off the floor, and I'm cringing as I type. Some of the large garden spiders are pretty. In photos. I'm afraid of snakes, but maybe more afraid of spiders. And that makes no logical sense whatsoever.

    Happy Weekend!
    With No Snakes or Spiders :)

  5. I don't like spiders and snakes. Happy for you that you had no occasion for profanity. ;-)

  6. That's a very good idea to have a walking stick for more than one reason.I'd even sharpen one end of it for good measure and I'm serious.
    We have a bog next door and I never go.Sometimes you meet up with natures creatures and sometimes you see groups of youth and you wonder why they are there and if you should be seeing what they are doing.
    As you get older and know you are weaker, you don't want any surprises let alone spiders lol

  7. You have a great weekend too! Take care


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