Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Marker

After reading about surveying, I have come to the conclusion that surveyors appeared shortly after land was formed. Words like elements of geometry, engineering, trigonometry, mathematics, physics and law are used for the people that today still use the basic tools of tape measure, level, and a theodite or transit set on a tripod and GPS is now a tool used by surveyors. When all the measuring and sightings are done it comes down to a small pin driven into the ground to make it official and mark the boundary.



Sunday, February 20, 2011

Night Search

I wondered later what Mandy was thinking as I called her name and searched for her. She was quick to disappear when we were getting out of the truck. A rabbit, I thought and a moon to assist in the chase. Minutes later I stepped from the house, clapped my hands and whistled, the signal for her to return. The night was cold, beautiful and the sky filled with stars. I was aware of the stillness, there were no sounds of the chase or movement of any kind. More clapping of the hands, whistles and offers of treats called into the night did not return her. I felt a tinge of fear and I stepped back into the house to retrieve a high powered light. Returning to the night I cast beams of bright light all across the fields, calling her name. The light illuminated buildings, the adjoining properties of neighbors, the dam of the pond, everything in it's path. There was no movement of any thing, animal or plant. I called several times more, worry nagging at me now. I was making my way back to the house, thinking I would set the timer and check for her every fifteen minutes when a message arrived from her in my mind. I shone the light into the truck and there she sat, watching me.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

February Doldrums

Another case of the winter doldrums is evident in the expression on Mandy's face. We do try to cheer each up during these grey, cold days and we all want the sunshine and warm weather. I have always said the best thing about February is it's shortness.