August 31st, 2009


Not For The Squeamish...Kittenz!

If you're squeamish about cats and their hunting habits, I do not recommend that you click through to read the rest of this post. Cats hunt and cats kill on Walkabout Farm. These are not your pampered pets. Well, they are, but they're expected to pull their weight in rodent control, too. If my cats didn't hunt, I'd be overrun with field mice in the house. This is a fact. We were overrun with them before Mrs. Gaines moved in almost six years ago. It was awful finding mice feces in closets, seeing them run boldly across the floor in front of you. Mice are disease vectors, as my sister likes to say. I'm all for mice when they stay outdoors. They're cute and they're funny. The Dude has rescued several from the cats outside (including the Mouse King) and we've kept them as pets for a while, sent them in to school. But they don't stay outdoors. So I like hawks, snakes, and cats that do their job and keep the rodent population down.

So, seriously, what's behind the cut will seem very dark to some folks.
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The Dude

Monday Morning News

The Weatherdude officially became a member of the Senior Executive Service on Sunday, timed with a new pay period. He swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States this morning at 9am EDT.

I, Teh Weatherdude, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

Yes, it's the same oath as the President's. Every level, military or civil service, takes the same oath. It's in the Constitution.

It wasn't the first time he swore this oath. I think the first time was his commissioning in 1980. He swore it again when he entered civil service 7 years ago. I suspect it won't be the last time. Thus far, he's spent 24 years supporting and defending the Constitution and that role has been part of my life as well.

Defender of the Constitution and the occasional chicken. Mom-cat to kittenz.

(the mustache is gone now.)