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Borrego Springs, CA

Thursday, May 29, 2014

A fox and dirty sox

Took Emma for her first outs before seven this morning, and she wasn’t interested in getting ‘busy’.  So, I hooked her on her tie out and went back inside to make the bed and get my breakfast ready.  As I was looking out the window above the sink, I saw the elusive fox making its way down the the newly created path outside the rig.  Emma spotted it as well, and set off her barking alarm.

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The fox stopped dead in its tracks before backing off a bit and lying down in the path.  It seemed to know that Emma couldn’t get to it.  I grabbed my camera, but knew if I opened the door of the rig it would take off. 

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So, I quietly opened a window and moved up the screen so I could get some pictures.  See that black lump in front of it?  It’s some kind of animal that the fox caught, and I think it was bringing it back to its kits.  It was bigger than a mouse, but I’m not sure what it was.  This is a red fox, but one of the brown shirt maintenance guys calls it our yellow fox.  It sure had a beautiful blonde coat on its back.

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After a couple of minutes, it picked up its prey and headed for home through the tall grass.  What a way to start the morning off!  I think I’m going to name this fox Blondie.  I usually see it once or twice a day, and it always has something in its mouth.  Just like Dagwood and his sandwiches.  Open-mouthed smile  (do you remember Blondie and Dagwood?)

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After that excitement, I headed down to the maintenance area to get my safety training on the mower for this year.  It sure was nice to wear a pair of steel toed boots that actually fit.  Five hours of mowing ensued after the training, and the maintenance and residential area here looks all spiffed up.  I like mowing.  You can certainly see the fruits of your labor, and it sure beats sitting inside.

We haven’t had rain in a while, and it’s been rather dusty on the gravel roads.  That resulted in the dirtiest socks I’ve had since I was a kid.  That mower sure did kick up the dust and dirt as I edged the areas around the roads.  I’m sure glad I didn’t wear my expensive socks today.  Because of the warm temps, I wore shorts today and really sprayed down with bug juice before I began.  With all the dust and dirt, my legs were as filthy as my socks.  It was one of those down and dirty days.  Good thing I’m not a girly girl.  Winking smile

Well, I’m off early tomorrow to do my power point presentation for the seniors.  I’ll let you know whether or not anyone stayed awake to hear it…

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                                                                                THE END!

Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later,  Judy

29 comments:

  1. Judy, Great pics of the fox. I bet it was fascinating watching him. I too agree that it's nice when you've worked hard and see the fruits of your work...immediate gratification.

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  2. Cool! I saw a coyote doing the same as your "Blondie", traveling up H/W 12 to Lolo Pass, headed to Montana.
    Upriverdavid

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  3. What a fun way to start the day, seeing a beautiful Fox! It is no fun being a girly-girl; we non-girly-girls enjoy life a lot more!

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  4. Keeping seniors awake will be a good challenge for you tomorrow. Be glad I'm not in the audience, I treasure my naps.

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  5. Great pictures of the fox. I do remember Dagwood and Blondie...read the codices in the newspaper everyday. Cute name!

    Hope the power point presentation goes well and those seniors stay awake!

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  6. Great photos of Blondie, and yes we remember Dagwood, and not the sandwich.

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  7. What gorgeous creatures they are.

    My favorite character in Blondie was Daisy, the family dog. Remember how she was in every single frame? I've got one just like her back home.

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  8. It was always dusty when I worked at Lassen and I had filthy socks as well. The worst was the dirty ring around the collar of my shirts!

    What a beautiful fox! You are so fortunate to see so much wildlife.

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  9. I hope she brings the kits over to see you when they're out of their den. They'll keep you entertained for hours.... and Emma as well ;-)

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  10. All those fox photos and not one hint of an answer to that famous question: "What did the fox say?"

    Really enjoyed today's blog and loved the fox photos.

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  11. How exciting to get those pictures first thing in the morning. Maybe you will see the little ones soon.

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  12. You're quite the cut up...with that mower. Nothing better than seeing a freshly mowed lawn. Too bad it doesn't stay that way for long.

    Great pictures of the fox, you are certainly a wildlife magnet! :c)

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  13. Yeah, the black flies are driving us nuts this year!!! We don't get on the internet very often...but we got caught up today. The fox pictures are neat.

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  14. I have yet to see a Fox in the wild. Guess I haven't hung out in the right spot yet. It would be great to see the kits one day.

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  15. You got some great photos! Yes I remember Blondie and Dagwood the comic strip! Great name for your fox:)

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  16. SCertainly I remember Blondie and Dagwood. I even remember when a really, really thick sandwich was called a Dagwood Sandwich.

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  17. OH WOW! A fox as a regular visitor to your campground. Now that is very fine. And a fox that isn't scared off by Emma's barking. Great pictures Judy. I too remember Blondie and Dagwood and love the name. If we get to come I want to get a picture of you in your fancy boots on your fine riding machine.

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  18. Great photos of the Fox! I guess he's probably quite used to hearing dogs bark. Do foxes bark? Or, do they howl?

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  19. Blondie looks very healthy and luxurious!

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  20. Just fantastic photos of that fox, Judy!!! They are soooo amazing to me...and beautiful!

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  21. Ahhh the Fox looks like my little Finnegan---- bushy tail and all!

    Loved the "The End" shot.... too sweet!

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  23. Wonderful pictures. Thanks for sharing your fox with us. I'm getting trained to mow on Monday. After doing some major sorting, furniture arranging and cleaning in the bunkhouse, I remember why I'd rather clean up outside than inside. You only have to do outside every week or two. Inside seems to need 2-3 times a day.

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  24. Well, I guess Blondie's kids were going to have a good lunch:)

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  25. Nice Post.Thanks for Sharing this in your Blog

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