Wednesday, November 9, 2011

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night

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The farmer pulled her bedroom curtain aside to get a better look.  There it was, a lump in the darkness lying in wait next to the pasture fence. It instantly struck fear in her heart. Earlier that day she witnessed the stray dog lurking about. Luckily the guard llamas did their job and herded the sheep to safety but at this time of night the llamas are asleep. Apparently the guard dog on night duty was doing the same.

“Crap,” she said. “Where’s that stupid flashlight?”

As much as she hated going out at night she had to protect the herd. She just knew they must be hiding in or near the barn, trembling in their hooves.

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After fumbling around a few seconds she located the flashlight next to the shotgun shells, tossed them all in her pocket and headed downstairs. While slipping quietly out the door, she loaded.

“I’m a big girl. I’m not afraid of the dark,” she reminded herself. “It’s a dog or a coyote. Not the boogey man.”

The wind was crisp and blowing her long hair into her face. It made it difficult to see but still she could make out movement at the fence line. It looked as if the head was bobbing up and down. Sniffing the scent of the livestock no doubt. Her hands trembled.

“You can do this. You know you can do this.”

Inching ever so quietly she made her way across the driveway toward the dark corner of the pasture.

“Wait a minute?  What the…”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“OMG, seriously? A feed bag? Wow, that’s not embarrassing.”

21 comments:

Florida Farm Girl said...

OMG!!! How priceless!!!! Did you get it???

Tombstone Livestock said...

That's too funny .............. is that how it looked after the shotgun? Guess the dogs and llamas didn't see a threat big enough to worry about. But then better safe than sorry. Great writing talent, I am still snickering at the way you told the story.

Karen Patrick said...

Oh my! The attack of the dreaded feed bag! It's a miracle you survived! Those things can be deadly.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Ahhhhhhhh!
Thank goodness that's all it was!!

The Barn Door said...

LOL!!! So glad it wasn't anything scarier than a feed bag!!

Whosyergurl said...

Love it. A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!
XO, Cheryl

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

LOL!!

Okay, so I didn't know the llamas sleep through the night. That's not a big help, is it?

thecrazysheeplady said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Garbage blowing about. We get a bit of it in our backyard... no telling which neighbor it is coming from. ack... bet that had your heart beating fast! Did it bite you???

Carolyn said...

You were so brave to go out there and protect the herd. Doesn't matter that there was no danger lurking, you still had the moxy to go take care of things. WTG!!

I'm gonna tell Mom! said...

Once upon a midnight dreary, while you pondered weak and weary
Over dark lumps in pastures; nearly
slipping quietly out your backyard door.
To find a feedsack tap tap tapping.
Tapping on that pasture fence but tore.
Quoth the Feedbag "Nevermore"

(my apologies to Mr. Poe. I couldn't resist!)
kim

Milah said...

LOL! I guess you showed that ole bag, didn't you!

Courtney said...

Armed and ready...for feedbags! Love it! There is a very funny book screaming to get out of you girl!!

D Brown said...

You had me! I was rooting for you.

Danni said...

Ah ha ha! But you know what? You were prepared, able, and ready to take care of whatever else it might have been. That's true farmer spirit. (and courage). :-)

Jennifer said...

AHHHHHHHHH!!! RUN AWAY!!! RUN AWAY!!!

Aaron Parker said...

AHHHHH RUN AWAY RUN AWAY!!!!

Christine said...

OMG, Kim that is PRICELESS. We are totally sisters in spirit.

Claire the Shepherdess said...

That was hilarious! I just laughed out loud! Well written post! Reminds me of earlier today when I could hear the cat making funny noises close by, but couldn't find her. I even looked under my chair. That's when I realized, it was my stomach making the noises....oops.

Nancy K. said...

ROFLMAO!

tonya said...

Too funny.. sure beats finding a coyote! (we had one this week within feet of the sheep pen.. i was armed with ? just a flashlight. What good is that?) You were prepared! Go girl!

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