Why I Love This Crazy Place #ThrowbackThursday

One day, I was driving in the country — more in the country than even my house, I mean — and I saw this guy. Naturally, I stopped and snappied a picture.

Howdy, Neighbor! Y'all right?
Howdy, Neighbor! Y’all right?

#1 Daughter, who lives next to us, says she saw one of these guys strolling across her back yard some years ago. We’ve had flocks of wild turkey migrating by foot (although they can fly) and once we had a bevy of Guinea fowl spend a couple of days, possibly on a brief vacation from their real home.

Off the topic of birds, some of our neighbors keep goats, one keeps several pot-bellied pigs, and one used to have bison and then long-horned cattle. We passed them on the way to town.

The folks down the street used to keep a mule. Our dog Jack couldn’t stay away from it, even after he got a couple of mule-shoe tattoos on his noggin.

I expected to see cows and chickens around the joint when we moved to the country, but Corydon doesn’t seem to do anything by half measures.

It’s kind of a blast.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character goes somewhere and encounters a creature they don’t expect.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Why I Love This Crazy Place #ThrowbackThursday

  1. Dan

    August 27, 2015 at 8:05am

    Not much in the way of wildlife around here. Squirrels and a few cherished bunnies, but that’s about it. Within a few miles of our house, people are occasionally delayed as wild turkeys cross the road and a woman did post a picture of a black bear coming to her front door, but he’d need to take a cab to get to us.

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      Marian Allen

      August 27, 2015 at 10:18am

      Oh, yeah, squirrels, bunnies, deer, groundhogs, turtles — anything that eats gardens. “he’d need to take a cab to get to us.” ~snorting laughter~

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      Marian Allen

      August 28, 2015 at 8:17am

      It is, Holly, until all the lovely critters eat the garden down to the nub. :/

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  2. Jane

    August 28, 2015 at 9:51am

    Ah, critters! My part of town has’em by the passel-full.

    There was a peacock for a while near a certain road in Cherokee Park a few yarons ago. Very cool to see up close!

    The critter I’m worrying about now is the one that’s nibbling my tomatoes. I keep removing them, and somebody keeps putting them back!

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      Marian Allen

      August 28, 2015 at 12:36pm

      You keep removing the tomatoes and somebody keeps putting them back? I’ll take that problem!

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          Marian Allen

          August 29, 2015 at 1:00pm

          You gots da tomato hornworm debbils? You know what’s good for them? Wasps. Wasps lay eggs on them and the bebes eat the worms ALIVE! BWA-ha-ha-ha-haaaaa!!!!! Also: chickens. Chickens eat tomato hornworms, I mean, not wasps eat chickens. In fact, chickens are particularly fond of tomato hornworms with wasp eggs on. They call them, “That kind with the sprinkles.”

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