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Harmonicas, Black Cats and an 18-Wheeler

Posted by Range Officer Rhonda on August 21, 2009

What a strange evening we have had. A friend from the past, a long-haul truck driver that used to live in Alaska, stopped by on his way back from a delivery.  So now, [in my ultra uptight neighborhood that threw a fit when a client let his horse out in my yard and parked the trailer ]- now has a beautiful 18-wheel truck and trailer [refridgerated no less – so it has to stay running] parked on the edge of my yard. [I’m smiling at the comments I can’t hear from behind closed doors].

When I first see him [the truck driver] it’s bedlam in my back yard. There is a sleek black cat, glowing yellow eyes, hissing and arched in the perfect Halloween image now in our yard. He was stalking  our chickens, which appear to be the exclusive property of our ‘dogs’; my son has just let said two dogs out [who think the chickens are THEIRS and cats don’t belong], and whoosh, up the tree goes the cat. It belongs to the truck driver. So, dogs get locked up in the pen, we finally coax the cat out of the tree and take it into the house. The cat explores the dog territory – loves the cat mint treats from my herb garden that we grabbed to occupy it. The cat also is now fascinated with the finch on top of the aquarium! Fortunately, it never figures out the exact way to climb up the mantle or aquarium to get to the bird. So it lounges on my kitchen table, explores the kitchen cabinets – and hisses at anybody that gets close to it.

After dinner, out come the harmonicas. Yes, plural, about 8 of them. Imagine playing “Styx – Come Sail Away” on the harmonica while it quietly plays in the back ground on the computer. And John Denver, ZZ Top – real bizarre. And the stories – living in Alaska, canyons in Arizona, living in Yellow Stone. Who needs TV or video games for entertainment? Like the title says – all you need are Harmonicas, Black Cats and an 18-Wheeler. And good friends with stories of the road.


2 Responses to “Harmonicas, Black Cats and an 18-Wheeler”

  1. Cool story, Rhonda! Sounds like y’all had a good time.

    bobbi c.

  2. Great site…keep up the good work.

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