The Rock Wall

Posted August 9, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Yes, our noses are working or used to. Kimball and I went for a walk Monday evening and the stench downtown was overpowering. I had several contacts Monday from people wanting to know the source of the foul odor or how to get it stopped. Someone who knows for sure might answer the letter to the editor.

– I was in the process of going to bed Saturday evening when the rain started. Kimball wasn’t quite asleep yet so I told her it was raining and opened the window so we both could hear it better. I told her it had already rained 1.4 inches.

Sunday morning she got up before I did and came back into the bedroom asking if I had emptied the rain gauge. I told her I hadn’t been out of the house.

She asked if I had told it rained about an inch and a half. She said the rain gauge was dry.

I told her I said that when the rain had just started. After all these years I have finally found out how to get Kimball to believe me – tell her something when she is half awake.

– We freaked out two of the cats last night. For the past two or three nights, one of them has come into our bedroom and awakened me with his or her “I ate too much too fast” sounds. I asked Kimball to remove the food dishes overnight.

I didn’t get home from the office until 11:05 Monday night, so I ate some cereal and watched a little of the Olympics. As I started to the kitchen, Caddeaux stayed right with me. He made quite a scene of obviously looking for the big food bowl. Then he went into the hallway and looked for the one with a food hopper.

I thought maybe he needed a snack before he went to bed so I picked him up and showed him the two food containers in the kids’ bathroom. He sniffed both, then hopped off the bathroom counter. He just wanted to know the location of his food.

Bella did the same thing – didn’t take one bite. Bellevue was already sacked out for the evening.

Tuesday morning, Bella greeted Kimball with lots of pleading short meows. She wanted her food bowls.

But nobody woke me up.

-Somebody left a “It’s so hot in Missouri list”:

• Farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to keep them from laying boiled eggs.

• You learn that a seat belt can make a pretty good branding iron.

• Potatoes cook underground so all you have to do is pull one out and add butter.

• You realize the asphalt has a liquid stage.

• You discover that it only takes two fingers to steer your car.

• The best parking place is determined by shade instead of distance.