Jekyll Island Beach 2012

Jekyll Island Beach 2012

Thursday, August 23, 2012


The Rogue Speaks:

It's Alphabe-Thursday, and I finally have an Internet connection!  Jenny and I have been calling back and forth, but we're always missing each other, and I've been pretty sad.  But today I can finally write about the letter N.  Jenny would be so proud!!  My "N" word is "Nuh uh!"

We drove into Brunswick on the 10th of August, closed on the house on the 13th, and the van finally showed up on the 16th.  We arrived at the house around 8  in the morning, and Mulligan and Lizzie were thrilled to run around outside in the back yard---as long as we were out there, too.  The garage was open and so was the front door, so of course they had to stay back there ALONE, with their noses pressed against the french doors, quietly crying.

Then the three dogs who live behind us came out to greet them!  Oh, joy! Something actually worth barking at! Other dogs!  This kept them occupied for about 15 minutes, then the dogs' owner called them in.  Back to the whine-fest.

I sat on a stool in my kitchen with my two giant bingo cards and a pen.  When the guys came by me with boxes or furniture, they would call out either an orange number or a green number, and I would cross off those blocks.  In the middle of all this, my new neighbor behind us popped in with a welcoming gift of wine, cheese, and triscuits, and an apology for her barking dogs.  She identified herself as a "gym rat" because that is where she spends her days--working out.  So I knew right off the bat that she was nothing like crazy Paula, my former backyard neighbor.  I was very grateful.  I was also grateful for the wine.

My new neighbor told me that the dogs like to try to dig under the fence, and I could see daylight in several areas on the back fence, and one actual very big hole that was almost dug through to our yard.  Her wiener dog had actually made it through that hole at one time in the past.  There are three dogs over there--the wiener, a little black poodle, and a big black dog who only sounds mean, but is really gentle as a lamb.

Over the next few days, all the dogs would stand at the fence and bark at each other, then they would get bored and wander back in the house.  One day, however, there was some serious racket out there, near where the almost-dug-through hole is.  There was a lot of racing back and forth and wild yapping.  I was watching this through the window.  Then most of the yapping came to an abrupt halt, except for poodle-yap.  Liz was staring at the almost-hole and slowly backing away.  Then I saw it--a little round black poodle head--just the head, nothing more, and it was yapping away.  It was so very strange to see.  A round black furry ball-like thing with a mouth, yapping wildly away.  I was mesmerized by it.  So was Liz.  She stared at it in amazement, while all the time backing away.  In fact, she backed her little self all the way to the steps then turned and ran up onto the deck.

"Come back!!!" yelled the strange black thing with a mouth.  "Come back and play!!"

"Nuh uh!" said Liz, braver now that she was standing behind me on the deck.  "Nuh uh! I'm not playing with any round black furry dog head!  NUH UH!!!"

O.k, so it's not my usual political rant, but you must admit, it's pretty funny. No? Well, maybe you had to be there.  Any way, I am directing you here for a political rant that is ever so much better than any of mine.  I guarantee that you will not be disappointed!!!  So let me know what you think.


Pondside said...

I loved your moving-in story - friendly neighbours of every specie!
I LOVED that blog post and am copying it around. Those bloggers know where it's at.

Viki said...

I can't wait to hear what happens when those dogs get it to your yard. I think you better fill the holes before that happens. I'm not sure if your dogs can take it, ha.
Those ladies are a hoot lol.

noexcuses said...

Congrats on the move and everything falling into place! The dogs sound like they are in heaven! Can't wait to see pics!

Karen S. said...

A great story told by a true doggie-mommy! Thank goodness and bless those neighbors that still welcome new people! It's not always the case, and it's super cool that all the dogs of the neighborhood have their own little meeting time! Thank goodness she brought wine and not just cookies! Enjoy this new life of yours, in such a charming and beautiful place!

Ames said...

I am so glad your neighbor came by with wine. Oh and it was nice that she came too. Ha ha. Anyway when you get lonely I am just an email away. Lots going on here. Hoping you won at Bingo!~Ames

Annesphamily said...

Judie there is nothing like a good neighbor! I am happy for you! As for those barking dogs- LOL! Two years living here and the neighbors on one side still have 2 barkers! Smokey and Bandit show them their manliness by peeing on the fence! Roxanne and Stella just shake their butts and come running inside! It is hilarious to watch them! Like a bunch of politicians, "I'm in charge", Nuh uh! I am! Me! I am!~"
This is a very cool post! Thanks and glad you are getting settled in! Happy living! Hugs Anne

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

So glad you are getting settled in! How fun.

Ok, so you put that link there just for me, admit it!

How great are those two? love love love it!

I am going back for a good read this weekend when I have time.

My take on the whole thing is that actually good women secrete magic rape hormones that prevent pregnancy and evil women just don't have those hormones, so those women (who are always liberal) are just out of luck and get what they deserve.

What a crock!




Anonymous said...

the big black dog is probably the nicest of all of them

numb inducing

EG CameraGirl said...

Sounds like you and your critters are settling in just fine, Judie!

As for the political rant, I sure am glad someone down there is thinking rationally. You sure have to wonder where some people get their medical information, me thinks.

Andy David said...

My dear Judie,
You could make anything sound good, funny and beautiful. I could envisioned the entire scene with you smiling away. Thank you my friend for always making me smile. Enjoy your new home.

Gattina said...

A finally you moved in ! what a dog story, lol ! My Alphabet post is just about Neigbors, lol ! It seems you catched a nice one !

Gattina said...

These two, Margaret and Helen, are priceless ! at least they give me hope that not all Americans are stupid ! Maybe this guy's wife loves rapes ? Anyway he really is a specialist of women's feelings ! He probably visits brothels and he probably got all his knowledge about women from there ! These moralists, what hypocrites ! They are the worst ! I wonder what he thinks about pedophiles ?

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

ah! Great humor ~ my dog always keeps me smiling ~ (at least most of the time ) Glad you are 'in house' online and 'settlin in' ~ keep in touch ~ (A Creative Harbor)

VBR said...

Think how exciting it is for us when we have an opportunity to meet new people who may be 'potentially friend-worthy'. Can you imagine how dogs must feel! New sniffs to smell, new yips to yap. Love your post about the doggie doings at your new digs!

anitamombanita said...

Welcome to your new home and glad that Liz has playmates...whether she wants them or not, it seems. Not to worry, there's plenty of time for political rants and plenty of new material coming each and every day. C'mon Nov 6...we need to get on with our lives. :)

Mumsy said...

Good to hear from you again, Judie, and so very glad that you're settling in.

Can you image having all five dogs in the yard? That would be something to watch!

Naperville Now said...

Glad you are safe and sound, happily ensconced in your new digs (inadvertent pun, but pretty funny, actually.) Enjoy your new home and get busy painting and creating.

Jenny said...


A nice neighbor and new dog friends and a tiny bit of distraction from all the unpacking!

I'm going to try the phone again...between my voice and your ears it might be a tough conversation, though! ha!

Thanks for a nifty link to the letter 'N'.


Splendid Little Stars said...

now that is a great new neighbor--one who brings wine!
It sounds like all the dogs are having quite a bit of new excitement. I think your Lizzie story is very funny! I can picture it!

Sarah said...

That's a very nice neighbor you have. Mine did nothing when I moved in! Maybe she feels bad about the hole in the fence? Good to know you made it there OK.