LS: Your Town Column October 26, 2008

The wind was rather blustery after work the other night, and there was a lot of debris that had landed in the dog’s water dish.

I rinsed the accumulation of autumn leaves and dirt from the bowl, changed the water and put it back outside, letting Nessie stay in the house while I fixed dinner and cleaned up dishes. The wind continued to swirl the leaves outside and when it was time for her to head back out, I opened the sliding glass door.

It was fairly dark on the back patio, but I noticed what looked like a huge leaf had blown into her fresh

I stepped out, reached down to pluck out the leaf by its long stem, and instead pulled out — by the tail — a drowned mouse.

Did you know that dead mice can fly?

At least this one did. It flew out of my hand, landing several feet away. And then I did the heebie-jeebie dance and screamed a lot.

The sad part about the drowned mouse is that it’s the second time it’s happened.

I sure hope it’s the last.

I could hang a “No Lifeguard on Duty” sign and install a miniature life preserver by the dish, just in case.

And removing the little diving board and miniature lawn chairs with sun-shade umbrellas wouldn’t hurt.

Winter’s coming. I can always invite them back to play hockey after the dog water freezes.

• If I had made up that mouse’s demise story, it would have made a great fiction piece.
Or maybe not.
Regardless, if you are a serious fiction writer who would like to join a critique group, the Colorado West Writers’ Workshop would like to talk to you.
Call Jan, at 255-6679, for information.

• The annual “Framing for Food” event continues through Oct. 31 at Frame Depot, 529 Bogart Lane.
The deal is you donate a can or nonperishable food item, and for each item take $1 off your framing order, up to half of the total order.
All food is donated to Food Bank of the Rockies.
Call 245-6999 or go to for information.

• Most kids have a lot of spunk, but some need more.
The Help Us to Help Kids Have S.P.U.N.K. (Socks, Pajamas, Underwear for Needing Kids) event gets underway from Nov. 1-Dec. 15.
Take donations of new children’s socks, pajamas and underwear for boys and girls of all ages and sizes to D&G AutoCare, 610 Foresight Circle E.
The donations will be distributed by Catholic Outreach and Mesa County Foster Care in time for Christmas.


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