NO Pictures of this event - Just knees still a bit wobbly.
It started with me being on the hard concrete floor for much of the day with my sweet Kasha. She is still struggling but hanging in there. I admit my normal routine has gone out the window and in the ditch. As I finally pulled myself off the floor I said to myself I better make sure the mail man picked up the packages - don't want them sitting in the box over a holiday. He has been known to just not do his work the day before or after a holiday..
I got Kasha to finally lay down and popped out the door in a wink and had not really noticed the sun was setting quickly. I was walking down the driveway and about half way down when I froze in my tracks. I could hear something running in my directions through the tall dry buffalo grass. I reached for my hatchet and found nothing. OH CRAP, I had taken it off to sit with Kasha and forgot to place it back on my belt hoop. I reached in my pocket for my micro flashlight and shined it in the direction of the still coming "WHATEVER"
I will admit my brain went "SHIT GRACE what have you done?" I raised the flashlight above my head to appear bigger, started waving my arms and shouting. Since I had no idea what was running at me I just did a combo of the different things you are suppose to do. Whatever it was stopped. I could hear it breathing loudly and then it started moving slowly towards me. As I tried to shine my light at it, the damn thing went dead. O.K. I said more four letter words in my head and slowly started backing up. Every time I heard it move I waved my arms and shouted. As I kept backing up and backing up I reached my truck. I thought great jump into the cab and start the truck. I admit I leave the keys in because I am always passing it and starting it so the battery stays charged. I could not believe this - first time in forever the doors were locked. I forgot I tucked the keys in my other pants pocket and they were nice and neatly sitting in the house.
So through the big gates and now I ran around the side of the house to the back door. Through the door, grabbed the spot light and hatchet and out the front door I went. I did not want what was charging at me to go to the animals. As I stormed down the stairs and in front of the truck all I could see is the light reflecting on it's eyes. I could not make out what it was but the spot light got it moving quicker. Needless to say I did not go to the mail box and when I came back into the house I had to convince my heart which was racing to slow down because I was safe. Yeah that was not working so I quickly went about some minor tasks to get myself to refocus.
I had to give myself a bit of a talking too later in the night for my thoughtlessness but I did say kindly to myself - "I am proud of you Grace - you did not turn and run" "Grace you have faced much in life and still standing even if it is with weak knees" "Grace you are so tired it is amazing you are not animal crackers" I gave myself pep talks through the night and into the wee hours as I sat with Kasha. By 4 am this gal crawled into bed for a whopping 2 hours of sleep.
I tried to see if I could find tracks but by the time I got outside after caring for Kasha the sun was melting what little snow was on the drive and tall grass. Not sure what decided this gal might be up for a rumble but this gall is THANKFUL I did not become a early Holiday Feast for some dark night beast .