Here is the Telly story that exemplifies Farm News at its best!
Last Friday night after my bathroom floor installer left at 9pm (!) I was pretty “wound up” and knew I couldn’t go to sleep. Rick was in the hospital in Rochester so it was just me and the dogs at home. Finally about midnight I showered and got ready for bed, turned out all the lights downstairs and started counting dogs – yup, 2 missing and that would be Telly and Izzy. I paced the floor and waited impatiently until Izzy finally came in. No Telly! I sat down in the porch area to wait, thinking she was possibly outside the fence again. About 1 am Telly rounded the corner by the porch and came in the dog door which I immediately closed and headed up to bed. I slept great that night, not even getting up to go to the bathroom – in fact, I didn’t wake up until almost 9 am Saturday morning. Realizing how late it was, I jumped out of bed and walked around the corner and laying on the floor in the hallway was a gift from Telly – a dead RAT!! Evidently she had it in her mouth the night before when she came in so late and the house was dark. I didn’t see it in her mouth, nor did I think to even look. What if I had stepped on it with my bare feet in the night? Oh, I shudder to think! I have not seen a rat on this property for over 20 years but Telly’s feet were very muddy telling me she dug that rat out of wherever he was hiding. Oh, my heart nearly stopped when I saw it! Telly is my only explanation – I do not think she found it in the house nor do I think the cats killed it. I think Telly brought it in and I did not see it. I called Rick in the hospital right away and he couldn’t believe it either. Like I said, Farm News at its best! Ha!
Thanks for all the get well wishes for Rick – he’s doing much better after a scare of infection in his knee incision. The swelling has gone down and we are being extra diligent about keeping his leg elevated at all times. I’m getting the hang of this nursing stuff. My friend, Kathy, brought us a pizza last night which was the highlight of our day. Today I’m going to get some work done – tomorrow is our Urban Farmhouse event and I want to be there to help – around my nursing duties, of course.