I stepped out of the camper this morning right as the sun was coming up over the horizon. A since of calmness was all around and not a single sound echoed in the stillness of the new day. I yawned and stretched my arms as far out as they would go to loosen up my old bones and popping some back into place. A fresh new day awaited me and I was not about to loose a second of it.
To top off the beautiful morning, a cubby of quail flushed and flew right over where I was standing. I smiled as I watched them glide over the fence with such charm and grace. I have never seen a wild cubby of quail out this way before and I had a moment of peacefulness knowing that they might be on the rebound and growing in numbers.
As the fogginess of sleep slowly dissipated from my eyes and brain I thought, "Those quail were really small to be wild." Then It hit me, I looked over at the brooder house and the door to the quail room was standing wide open. Those graceful wild flying cubby of quail are mine!
Sleeping in a camper in the backyard while still paying a mortgage payment on the house is not all that bad. No really, this morning it was a chilly 55 degrees in the camper when the house never cooled below 85. To top it all off, I have had two nieces staying with me this weekend so seven people in a pop up camper is a little cramped but without modern conveniences you find things to do and talk about. Yesterday evening we decided to forget about our problems and spent the remainder of the day at the lake laying around and cooling in it's waters, it was nice.
If your going to live in a box behind your house then do it right. The only thing we are using the house for is the bathroom and showers. We are eating everything right out of the gardens and cooking it all on the grill. Tonight we are having grilled squash, fresh beans, chicken and smoked salad with spinach dip for the bread (Ok, the bread was bought). Let me tell you what, it does not matter where you lay your head, that is living right there.
The weekend sell has come and gone. The AC problem made it where we sold a lot more than we wanted to so to cover the cost of the repair if it is not a major replacement. If that is the case then we may be in the camper the rest of the summer.I convinced the repairman I was his top priority and he is now planning to be here tomorrow. Cross your fingers.
Oh, I almost forgot to finish my quail story. We managed to recover 29 out of about 100 quail this morning. That is a loss of around $200. I guess with all the people that came and went this weekend, somehow the door did not get locked and blew open during the night. I could get mad and curse Murphy one more time this week but it's nobody's fault, it's just one of those things. I know now that those doors to the brooder house needs to be spring loaded. What good is it to loose my religion over a stupid bird anyway?
Yall have a good week and stay cool.