Friday, February 12, 2010
This morning around five A.M., shortly after arising, I decided that some time in the outdoor jacuzzi was just what my aching back needed. The jets and the 105-degree F. water should soothe tight muscles. So, I grabbed a towel and, under the light of only the moon, headed for the back yard spa. As I walked the sidewalk that parallels the back of the house and leads to the patio where the spa is located, for a second, I thought I sensed something else in the yard, also moving. I stopped. If there was something else there, it stopped too. I started walking. So did it! There surely was something small and four-legged moving the same direction as I, about 5 yards away, paralleling the alley fence. I stopped to allow my eyes to accommodate to the pre-dawn light. Yes, there is a small patch of white fur clearly visible. Oh, oh, there is also the sheen of dark and shiny fur. Ack! It's a skunk! Now, I wondered, what do I do? After another second I once again began walking toward the spa. The skunk began walking, too, still keeping its distance between me and the fence. And that's the way it went. I reached the spa, the skunk reached an open spot under the fence. He (or she) went out of the yard, I stayed in the yard and was able to enjoy my hot soak odor-free. While even using the spa may not be as EZ as it should be, I just have to be thankful for some blessings.