Good Morning, Oklahoma!! It's going to be a lovely 101 today with a humidity level that I'm sure will make me think twice about venturing outside between noon and 4:00pm. Great way to end the summer! Tomorrow I'm going to go work in my classroom and I'll probably work a little Wednesday, and then that leads to book sorting, and lesson planning, and like magic I'm back in "teacher mode". So today really feels like the last day of summer for me.
It's been a great summer! I can't remember the last time I've enjoyed such a relaxed, trouble-free, injury-free summer. I've accomplished quite a bit, even though my to-do list is never complete. I've enjoyed doing a lot of research. I've read a few books and watched a few movies. I've made a good start on the new garden. I've visited a few friends. Good times. Of course I've missed traveling, but I have to save more money- maybe next summer.
When I staggered into the kitchen to make coffee yesterday morning the younger skunk was sitting about two feet from the kitchen door. He was digging in the lawn for insects and meandered about for several minutes before heading to the pasture. Then last night I was here in the office and suddenly smelled skunk spray. Robert came in chuckling. He said he had just gone to the back porch to check on his laundry, heard a whining noise and thought it was the cat wanting inside. He opened the door and it was the skunk, sitting at the base of the steps. I guess the skunk panicked when Robert opened the door because he said the little fellow ran across the yard with its tail held high and gave him a warning spray! Luckily Robert didn't actually get any spray on him! LOL
I decided that I'd better read more about skunks. Found a great site from the University of Michigan zoology department. If you want to read about the striped skunk be sure to visit. Click on the pictures tab and the last photo shows what the "old skunk" looks like- almost entirely white. I wish I could get some good photos of my own, but last night was a reminder that there could be consequences!