Do you know why I'm tired? Not because of pregnancy, cattle, pigs, sheep, kids, impending garden/vineyard/orchard issues, but...
Because I (we) are caught in a love triangle.
I'm sure you guys are like "what? Last we knew you were happily married. What's going on pray tell?"
I guess it's better to say that we are party to watching a love triangle. Well, since the flashlight battery was almost dead, I suppose it's more like we were party to listening to a love triangle, if you have to get technical about it.
I know, I know, how come we were listening in on it? Are we disgusting people that are into that kind of thing?
No certainly not. Let me tell you about this "middle of the night escapade".
It all started this way:
Three AM. Maggie came into our room crying about falling off the couch while sleeping. For.the.second.time. So I put her in bed with Big D and I went to try to get some shut eye on the couch.
It's safe to say that last night, our living room looked like a frat house on a Friday night. Kids sleeping everywhere. 'Did I feed you something weird tonight or did I let you watch a bad show, what's going on? Why is no one in their beds?' I wondered as I positioned kids elsewhere so I could have the big couch to myself.
Then I fell asleep. It took me about 3.5 seconds. Suddenly, I'm awaken by snarling and caterwauling (I know, had to be serious to caterwaul, especially since I don't know what that means but sounded good anyway). Grace sat straight up on the recliner, "mom! what is that?" It could've raised the dead for Pete sake.
Just then, Ron comes flying out of the bedroom. "Where's a light? There's some raccoons fighting in the grove."
Now, I don't know about you, but I never see any raccoons around.
Oh, I know there here, but they're sneaky. Every spring when the air is nice, there maybe a breeze, before the feedlot stinks to high Heaven, we will have the windows open at night in our bedroom. Our bedroom backs up to the grove. Which is apparently equal to a happening raccoon make out spot. AND you hear it...raccoons...for like a week. Every night. Seriously.
As they screeched, screamed and snarled for a good 10 minutes, I imagined two big males out there on a limb of an old dead cotton wood and a female sitting there trying to look beautiful. I don't know, maybe secretly thinking what idiots these guys were and the males fighting for her.
When Ron came back in the bedroom with the flashlight, he pushed the button only to have it go dim right away.
By that time Fluff had come by our bedroom window and Ron told her, "go get them girl!" She responded by laying down, as if to say, "no, it's kind of fun to listen to', or she was saying "it's 3 AM and you don't have a decent light, AND I'm not going out there by myself."
Or maybe just Fluff and I need some more sleep!
Your very tired Farmgirl