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    Quote Originally Posted by pathogenetic_peripatetic View Post
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    This is my last week of vacation before the semester starts again. It's been a long, busy, fulfilling break and it's very good to have this break-within-a-break before things are back in gear.

    About the woods: Autumn and Winter are the best. It was warm, then very cold (snow!), then another gusting, balmy warm front. Snow meant fires and egg nog and hay rides. Warm means spending all day outside on the playground, in the park, on the lake. And no FUCKING mosquitoes, thanks to the cold spells. Fuck you, mosquitoes.

    Living in the woods outside of a Grade D city has its perks. Mainly solitude. Company can be nice, but I especially appreciated us having the playground and the park and the lake to ourselves.

    I thought for sure we'd see a fox or a deer when the sun went down, but just birds, squirrels, and a couple of turtles.

    I love it when I can spend a day with my kiddo like this.
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    Kiddo started out in his own bed, around midnight got in my bed, by 3 was horizontal and by 4 was actively trying to kick me out of bed. So I scooped him up and put him back in his own bed.

    He settled down to sleep. I was awake. Still moderately drowsy.

    So I'm lying in bed on the verge of drifting back off to sleep when I start hearing this deep, repetitive hum. It's like elsewhere in the house someone's alarm is going off and the phone's on vibrate. Except that usually an alarm will shut itself off after being ignored a few times as this thing keeps going on and on and on.

    After nearly an hour I give up on sleep and go investigate.

    It's definitely coming from outside. This deep, resonant, repetitive call. Coming from the lake.

    It sounds like a goose but I think it's just a loud fucking frog.

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    Whatever idiot decided to do all of the park programming in the middle of summer, when the weather is it its most miserable, instead of any other time of year...

    Fuck the summer.

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    ^The park extended their programming into the fall this year! Ftw!

    But so my parents were out of town for a couple of weeks and it was just the kiddo and myself in our house in the woods. For the most part it was great. Quiet and calm. Everything stayed clean and organized. We hardly ever turned on the TV. We listened to the birds singing and when the temperature dropped I made a fire. Every evening and every morning over the weekend, the TV was off and the fire was crackling. We stepped outside to see and smell the woodsmoke seeping from the chimney against the pale blue sky.

    This year we actually have a real autumn and it's beautiful.

    But at night... You know the solitude can kind of get to you.

    The other night I took the trash out. Into the cold, wet dark. I could hear... Maybe some sort of animal. Dogs or cayotes. Snarling or growling. Just down the street. It sounded like the sound effects in Suspiria.

    I put the trash in the trash can, turned around, and walked quickly back down the path without turning around.

    I was very conscious of a physical feeling of fear. Heart rate. Goosebumps. It was unnerving.

    Will probably move back to the city this summer. Probably into an apartment complex, maybe or maybe not a particularly nice one. Surrounded by strangers. ...Who knows what I'll fear then?

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