The Investigators, Inc. The Sniper Mystery. Chapter 8. Intruder.

The day had gone by quickly, it was now dark outside when MC came in to tell me about the noise upstairs. I got everyone together. “Annelie, you, Aurela and Storm take the back stairs,” I said, “Lajla, Muffin, MC and I will take the front stairs and we will have this intruder between us. Remember, it is likely Stinger, so do not take chances.” “I wonder why the others have not come back yet?”, asked Annelie, “they should have been here by now. Hey, my phone is not working.”

It was the same for all of us, something was interfering with our phones. “Hmm, that is odd,” I said, “it is just like when we were on the desert. So I guess we are on our own for now. That means if you see someone, shoot, no waiting.” We got out our flashlights, just in case we needed them and then…the lights went off and we were in total darkness. “Good thing we got these out when we did,” said Aurela. “It probably will not help, but activate your alarms cats,” I said, “you too Annelie, I have done mine.”

Good thing we cats can see in dark real good.

“I did too when the lights went out,” said Annelie. Meow,meow.=Ours done too now. “Perhaps we should all stay together,” I suggested. “That will make it harder to find Stinger, and easier for him to pick us off one at a time,” said Annelie. “I agree with Annelie,” said Lajla, “splitting up is safest for now.” “Okay, then off we go,” I said, “but perhaps we should not use our flashlights as we walk around, just makes us easier targets, and we will get used to the darkness quickly.”

So that is what we did and we all went slowly up to the second floor, then to the third floor. There was a large walk in closet to the right of the stairs and at the end of the hallway. I opened the door quickly and the cats ran inside to check it out. No one was in there fortunately. Then we slowly started checking each room until we met in the middle at the small library. The cats again ran in ahead of us, but no one was in there.

Yep, night time no problem for us.

Then we heard laughing from downstairs. “That is the Stinger,” whispered Aurela, “I remember that laugh of his.” “He must have made his way down to the second floor while we made our plans to come up here, now he is on the main floor,” I said quietly, “this is not going to be easy, we need to try and push him into a corner somehow so he has nowhere to go.” “Like into the basement,” suggested Annelie.

“Yes, that would work,” I said, “we go back down in our groups, but this time we will take the back stairs.” So we quickly made our way down the hall and then we all started down the stairs. I am wondering why the others are not back though, they are 2 hours late now. It is also strange that Baldwin has not come back yet with his bodyguards. It is not like him to miss a meal. But I did not want to say anything earlier to worry the others.

We made it to the main floor and checked all the rooms along the hall and were about to go into the library when we heard him laughing on the second floor. “We will never catch him this way,” said Annelie, “we will need to split up more and do both floors at the same time.” I did not like the idea, but she was right, it is the only way to do it. So Storm went with Annelie, MC with Lajla, Muffin with Aurela and I would be alone.

I went up to the second floor with Lajla. She said to take MC with me, it would be better. She was right I guess so that is how we did it. Aurela and I made it to the third floor with Muffin and MC and began checking rooms while the others checked the second floor. I felt that Stinger would be on the third floor by now so we were being extra careful. Then I heard shooting, he was after Aurela!

“Hey, where is everyone,” called Kat, “how come there is no food?” No answer, so everyone stopped. The lights were on now. Rock hollered loud for Annelie, but again, no answer. Everyone pulled out their guns. “Look, blood,” said Kristina. A trail of blood went from the stairs to the library, or from the library. Rock ran in. “Annelie!”, he exclaimed. Everyone ran into the library. Annelie was lying on the floor, in a pool of blood…

To Be Continued.

ยฉ2022 Steve McLeod.

299 Comments on “The Investigators, Inc. The Sniper Mystery. Chapter 8. Intruder.

    • If he is still in the house he better have a big gun because he is going to have one angry Rock chasing after him! But because the lights are back on it’s quite possible he did his job and left. But does that mean everyone is dead? What about the cats? Did he get them too? Where are Aurela and Lajla? And me?๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ™€๐Ÿ™€๐Ÿ™€๐Ÿ•ต๏ธ

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      • Hmm, I think it would be suicidal for him to stay behind, the whole team is there now and he won’t be able to play around with them like he did with us. I think Rock would break his bones into little pieces for what he did.๐Ÿ˜ 

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      • Yep, I’m sure he would like to as well.๐Ÿ˜  But if Stinger had stayed, it would have been smarter to leave the lights off, he would have a better chance of getting a couple more.๐Ÿค”

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      • Maybe so the others would not think there was a problem at first when they came home. He doesn’t realize that my team would know there was a problem right away when no one answered. But it is kind of strange, I agree. He must have had a reason for it.๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜Ÿ

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      • I sure think so…๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”
        He’s an odd fellow this Stinger fella!๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„ Maybe he has OCD? Ya know? Turn a light on ir off you need to do it again??๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

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      • But this guy cut the electricity or we could have just turned the lights back on again. So he went to extra trouble reconnecting the electricity rather than just leaving quickly after killing everyone.๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ™„

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      • Yes, that is an odd thing to do. Though we never did check, maybe he just turned off the power, simple to turn it on again, but that is in the basement, how would he get down there with all of us on the main floor at the time? Someone would have seen or heard something. And he was already upstairs before the lights went off. Unless he had help.๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ฌ

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      • But there was only 4 of us at home and we were all together. This is a tough case. And why didn’t our phones or alarms work? Just like on the desert. Very strange.๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ฌ

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      • Yes, the sniper comes first, then we go after John, or, at least someone goes after John. So far they have only found Annelie’s body, where are the rest of us? And what about the cats? Could he get them too?๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ™€๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ™€๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ™€

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      • After being shot and killed multiple times they get up and go to the basement to turn the lights on??๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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      • That’s good, that’s the way to do it, good way to figure out what happened. Or might happen. I notice you haven’t said anything about the cats though.๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™€๐Ÿ™€๐Ÿ™€

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      • That’s possible, but wouldn’t they try to warn the others? Even if it put themselves in danger? Or maybe they were killed too.๐Ÿ˜Ÿ

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      • Ohhh, good thinking, I hope you’re right! Yes, I really can’t imagine Stinger getting them too. Still, I have been wrong before.๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„

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      • Hmm, John might have to wait for another story before the team can try to track him down. But we might hear from him a bit, or not. First thing is to find the rest of us anyway. But, did Stinger set traps?๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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      • Quite possible, maybe they are part of a trap which goes “boom” if they move. Naw, that’s not Stinger’s style.

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      • True, but with bombs he can do more damage. Well, today will tell us some things, I hope. I want to see what happened to everyone, especially the cats! How could he get the cats??๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ™€๐Ÿ™€๐Ÿ™€

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      • Sure, that will work, we share the thinks. Great idea, see your thinker is thinking already about thinking!๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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      • Went out to feed Sir Henry before. He was looking in the window. Hard to say no when he does that. There was not another bird out there, just him and Lady Patricia. Felt weird with none of the smaller birds around. That storm is moving in, the clouds are getting darker.

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      • Yep, rain, much rain, lots of rain, too much rain, more rain, and more rain. I’ll never get to the river at this rate. Sigh.๐Ÿ˜ฌโ˜”โ˜”๐ŸŒง๏ธ๐ŸŒง๏ธ

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      • No idea, but I doubt any change is happening yet. The snow out here stayed hard as ice all day even though the temp was 52. The problem is water after all the snow and ice is gone. There is one area about 20 feet across and too deep to walk through that will be full of water this spring. There’s just no way around it since the path crosses a wet area and that’s the narrowest spot. If it was summer I would walk through it anyway, except I would probably fall slipping in the wet muck at the bottom.๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ™„

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      • Well, it’s not really ‘a little water’ and it doesn’t go away quickly unless we get some hot dry weather, which is not really in the forecast. But that’s okay, I’ll just stay home, play with my chipmunks and stop showing pictures on my blog…๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ˜Ÿโ˜”โ˜”

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      • They already are featured, but I need more than pics of chipmunks unfortunately. A lot of people tell me they can’t see any difference between the different chipmunks. I can see a big difference, but I’m biased.๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿฟ๏ธ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ

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      • Squirrels also go chip, but the chipmunks have a slightly higher pitched chip and not so loud. I think they’re quieter because they live underground and the echo would be hard on their ears.๐Ÿค”๐Ÿฟ๏ธ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ

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      • Oh my, oh my! I better not tell them that, they would be shocked to hear such things!๐Ÿ˜ฎ
        Well, tis time to tickle the ticking to take the time to tell the typical theme tenderly talking to thoughts together than sleeping with Muffin.
        Good night Dusty! More chattering tomorrow!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜บ๐ŸŒ™๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด

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      • It’s a beautiful spring morning, it didn’t freeze last night which is great. It’s cloudy but the rain isn’t supposed to start until later this afternoon.๐Ÿ˜

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      • Yep, busy day, was just outside playing with my chipmunks. Skamper, Skitter and Coffee were out there and all came to me though it took a bit for Skitter and Coffee, but once they did it was back to normal. Almost had Freddie take a peanut from my hand, but he chickened out at the last minute. Maybe next time. I want to make a small bird feeder today for summer use, if the rain holds off. Have to cut a bit of wood outside.๐Ÿ˜โ˜”๐Ÿค”

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      • Part of my plan to feed birds all summer, in a limited way at least. Something the bears won’t be able to reach.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿป

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      • It’s nice to have a slow work day on a Friday, gets you ready for super Saturday!๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐ŸŒž

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      • So whatcha got planned for Saturday?๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ›’๐ŸŽก๐ŸŽข๐ŸŽฃ๐Ÿคฟ๐Ÿช๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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      • Not much actually. I am planning on doing some cleaning and laundry and if the sun is out… maybe enjoying soaking some of it up!๐Ÿ˜Ž ๐ŸŒž โ˜€๏ธ ๐ŸŒค ๐ŸŒ…

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      • Sounds like my day! Except for the sun part. They said originally we would get half an inch of rain, now they are saying 2 inches and on Sunday some of that white lumpy rain!๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ง๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜•

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      • Yeah, for some reason it’s supposed to cool off more than they expected at first. But by next Friday it’s supposed to be in the 60s!๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ˜Ž

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      • That’s been packed away for ages already. Well, the bird feeder was coming along nicely, got everything together ready to go outside and cut the wood and…drops of rain. Sigh. Bring everything back inside. Put everything away. Look out window, yep, still rain. Stopped now. Guess I will wait until next week when it’s supposed to be sunny and warm.๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ˜Ž

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      • Yep, I don’t like being out in the rain when it is still this kind of temperature. A warm summer shower isn’t so bad, but it was 44, that’s still too cool to be out in the rain.๐Ÿ˜ง๐Ÿค”โ˜”

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      • Really?๐Ÿค” I can think of much colder weather than that.๐Ÿฅถ๐Ÿฅถ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜น

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      • Yep that is for sure and surely correct!!
        Oh, I’m back, had to get the feeders in. It’s raining, smells like a fresh spring rain making it smell fresh and spring like. Even though it’s down to 39 now.๐Ÿ˜ง

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      • Must be a lag time in our comments again, maybe the rain. It’s raining quite heavy right now.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚โ˜”โ˜”

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      • Well, I figured I would stay until the end of June and see if they extend my accommodations then I saw it was the 4th of July and didn’t want to travel that week so I’ll be returning on the 9th of July. I can always move my plane ticket up if I get tired of being there. Who knows… ifvthey don’t extend me I not going to continue working for them. So at that time I will need need to figure out what’s next.

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      • Yeah, busy time to fly around holidays. Well, it will give you time to spend floating around on the lake if the weather is nice.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿšคโ›ต๐Ÿ›ฅ๏ธโ›ด๏ธ๐Ÿ›ณ๏ธ

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      • That it will. I have vacation for those two weeks following Memorial day. Plus I have to see my Doctor during that time so see can write the accommodation request again.

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      • That’s good, glad to hear it. Never does any good worrying about things. It will definitely work out good for you.๐Ÿ˜

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      • Neighbors dog started barking, then I heard a noise outside, then Muffin went to the window cautiously looking out, then Steve went to the window cautiously looking out and I saw…nothing, it was dark.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜น

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      • I was thinking it might be the raccoons, those bandits will do that!๐Ÿ˜ง๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜น

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      • You fall asleep? I just noticed it’s time for bed. Good night Dusty!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ด๐ŸŒ™๐Ÿ˜บ
        Sleep well!
        Chatter more in the tomorrow! Don’t get up too early, it’s Saturday!๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒ™๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด

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      • ๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿคญ I’ll try not to!๐Ÿ˜‰ You get a good night’s sleep too!๐Ÿ˜
        I will be around all day tomorrow, I need to go to the grocery sometime, but I’ll let you know before I go.
        Pleasant Dreams ๐Ÿ˜ด ๐Ÿฅฑ
        Sleep Well ๐Ÿฅฑ ๐Ÿ˜ด
        Good Night ๐Ÿ˜ด ๐Ÿฅฑ ๐ŸŒƒ ๐ŸŒ™ โœจ๏ธ

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      • You didn’t get the request in quick enough.๐Ÿ™„
        Good morning Dusty!๐Ÿ˜โ˜” How did your day go?๐Ÿค”

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      • It was a crazy crazy day! I won’t be here long tonight, I need to get some more done before bed and I want to be in bed early if I can. 6 phone calls today, I don’t get that many in a whole week! Plus some unexpected things that had to be done today. Sometimes I think people figure Saturday is an easy day for me, it’s my busiest day of the week. Sigh. oh well, didn’t get my nap today either, every time I lay down something happened, usually the phone, so I gave up.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜น

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      • Someday it’s better not to resist, and just go with it! I know it can get overwhelming somedays..someday… Just think… tomorrow is Sunday a day if rest and services.๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜

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      • Yeah, I just don’t have the strength to go with the flow anymore. I’m good for half a day, that’s it, by 3pm I’m done, can’t do anymore, some days I don’t last that long.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜น

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      • ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I understand that feeling. Had a few of them myself not long ago. One day at a time!! I know that doesn’t feel like much help, it’s what ice got though.

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      • Hmm, maybe I should stop using laughing emojis, oh well. No, I’m being serious though. My pain level is such now that I’m worn out half way through the day, I just can’t do more than that. And although I love Sunday and church, sitting on those chairs is torture. Which is why I only do one service now and live stream the other. My health is just going downhill way too fast. So I will have to really make some changes in how I do things to try and spread stuff out a bit better, just hard to get into a new habit. I figure the only way is to write out a schedule and somehow stick to it. The second part is the hard part.๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„

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      • I’m sorry I was insensitive. I can only try to understand your day to day trials. You are an incredibly strong and resilient!! I envy your strength and fortitude. If you need to rest you rest!๐Ÿ˜Š

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      • I apologize for complaining at you like that, shouldn’t have done it. Sigh. Oh, I’m back. Had to feed the gulls, feed Muffin and attention, visit little boys room, clean little girls room, kick my leg on stool and dance around living room. My feet are sure swollen tonight, I wonder if the weather has something to do with it? How’s your feet been?

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      • Mine are better today. Yesterday was very bad. I had a hard time finishing my walk. But better today.๐Ÿ˜ I know it’s very painful and it can make the day go by very slowly.
        Is the stool ok??๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”

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      • Yeah, wish I knew what makes them worse like that. The stool with the dent in the side? Or was it my leg that had the dent?๐Ÿค” It was one or the other although I think my leg has a bump now. No, that’s my knee.๐Ÿ™„ So, in conclusion, yes.๐Ÿ˜

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      • ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿคฃ๐ŸคฃUm, how can putty be knotty? I thought it was just kind of goopy.๐Ÿค”

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      • Sure! Peg leg!!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Speaking of legs… I have a place on my lower leg above the ankle about 3 inches that when I touch it the nerves burn like fire!! It’s really weird! I only have noticed it recently…

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      • Hey… that’s ok! Sounds like you needed the rest! I’m glad you were able to! I’ve pretty much done the same. I slept late and have been lounging around..๐Ÿ˜‚

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      • It was cloudy, rainy, windy and cold, so I figured a good time to catch up on some sleep. Only 37 today, should be 40 tomorrow. Might freeze tonight though so it will be icy in the morning if it does.๐Ÿ™„

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      • Yes, starting Tuesday, but those 60s temps got pushed back to Friday. However, it will still be nice, and sunny too so the snow should melt this week finally. This is our latest spring in over 40 years!

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      • Yes, I think it will take a few days to dry the path to the river enough that I can walk it!๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ™„

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      • I am looking forward to getting down there again! I suppose I could have tried back in April, but I just didn’t want to take chances.

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      • Yes, that’s true, I really didn’t want to slip and fall perhaps stopping me from walking down there once the weather turned nice.๐Ÿ˜ Did you walk today?

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      • No… I decided to give my feet and ankles a rest today. The swelling was way down today. So I thought it might be good to give the a break.

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      • I’m thinking that too. Although in the past when I do that the first couple of days back are really painful. But I’ll see tomorrow how it goes.
        How about you? How are you feeling today? Is the pain better today?

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      • The pain is about the same. Hopefully when the weather warms up and gets sunny things will improve.๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒž
        Maybe start walking a bit slower than normal for the first mile then get back to normal speed and see if that helps.๐Ÿ˜Š

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      • That’s what I have to do for the first two miles. It’s odd how it works but after that everything loosens up and I can walk normally.

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      • Yep, that makes sense, always best to start slow and work into it. Do you try leg stretches before walking?

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      • I find it does help me. Since the snow is off the streets I have been out walking a bit around here to get my legs back in shape a bit for the river walk. I do the leg stretches even when I don’t go walking, helps keep them from getting too stiff.

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      • Doing stretches behind your desk, interesting thought. I can’t do that, no room behind my desk, so I’ll just stay with my usual spot in the library.

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      • Hmm, that’s too bad. I would do them in the study, but it’s kind of small. And the living room is too messy at the moment. Too much stuff in the bedroom. The laundry room is too small as well. I suppose the kitchen would work but then I have to look at the stack of dirty dishes.๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜น

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      • I could also use the walk in closet, but it just seems like an odd place to do stretches and exercises.๐Ÿ™„

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      • How else do you get in a closet? I have my dresser in there too and Muffin’s bathroom plus storage area.๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ™„

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      • Unless the forecast changes. The May forecast says mainly below normal temps after this week.๐Ÿ˜ง๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ตโ€๐Ÿ’ซ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ž๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฏ๐Ÿ™„

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      • On the plus side, normal temps are warmer in May, so it doesn’t mean real cold, just not as warm as it could be. June is supposed to be more up and down, then warmer than normal in July while cooling down in August. Muffin’s forecast is for above normal temps for June through August!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜น

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      • Muffin rolled her eyes at that one and then gave me her, “it’s not worth trying’ look.๐Ÿ˜ง๐Ÿ˜ผ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜น

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      • Good, how was your day? Is it sunny and warm down there? How was work? Did you go swimming? How was your walk? I’m finally back, oh, I said that already, my brain is not thinking or maybe thinking too much, not sure which.๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜ตโ€๐Ÿ’ซ๐Ÿคช

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      • It was sunny some of the time. I had a great day actually.. my walk went very well! I felt great the whe time. No swimming g today but maybe later this week. It’s supposed to be 97 then. I have been watching for today’s chapter but as of 5 or so today I hadn’t seen it. Were you able to write it?๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ™„

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      • Oh, sounds like a beautiful temp! We are supposed to hit 68 on Friday and Sat. Then next week it cools off again with rain, rain, rain. Oh well, at least it’s not snow. It was cold today, 39 for a high, cloudy, north wind, damp and this morning it snowed heavily for about 3 hours. Fortunately it was just warm enough that it melted. No chapter today, I haven’t been on the computer since very early this morning. Too much going on today unfortunately. Nice to sit and relax now. Haven’t hardly eaten all day either.๐Ÿ™„

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      • Oh my, it was one of those days. Can’t say much about it, but I had to see a lawyer today, could be some problems on the horizon in the near future. Hopefully I will know how things will go later this week.๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜’

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      • That sounds exhausting!๐Ÿฅต If I can be of any help or if you just want to visit I am available anytime!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Š I am sure things will go as they should!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • Thanks Dusty. I’m sure it will be okay, but with the government you never know. I am missing some important papers unfortunately and that is never good. I felt better before talking with my lawyer. Oh well, he is very good though, I have used his services before.๐Ÿ˜Š

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      • I agree! The government is difficult to deal with. I am sure you picked a very good one and that they will do a great job for you.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Š

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      • Yep, he has helped with a good outcome before. Oh well. Anyway, on to nicer topics. That lets out the weather! How about Covid? Nope, bad one too, it’s really going crazy in town right now, stores and other businesses have had to close because they don’t have staff available to work! One day last week 3 of our 5 banks were closed due to staff shortages because of Covid. How about birds? More birds are returning now and I am trying to get photos without snow in them, impossible! That’s discouraging. Oh, I know one, I did get a short nap this afternoon! I knew I could find something good!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜น

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      • I am glad you were able to nap. All of the other things will be different tomorrow. A brand spankin new day!๐Ÿ˜‰ โœจ๏ธ Are you able to open the door for Muffin to watch outside yet?

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      • Not with the temp at 39! Probably this week though, and her window too will be open so she will be happy.๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ˜ป Yep, the sun shines tomorrow, so it can be seen that is, shining today too, just a little hard to see. Although it was out a few times around noon and I thought it was clearing, but not so. Supposed to clear overnight though and have a nice sunny sunrise!๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜ Should be better than all that snow this morning anyway!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜น

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      • Unfortunately where the sun rises now I can’t get a picture of it, unless it’s a colorful one, then the colors will show, but that usually means rain so I hope there’s no color!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜น๐ŸŒž

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      • Yep, then if it’s sunny all day maybe I can get some photos again. Hmm, I should go get the feeders in before it gets dark. back in a min!

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      • Cold out there, but it is supposed to freeze again tonight, but then it stays above freezing. Yay! I had 3 squirrels out here at the same time today, all was fine until one got too close and, fight!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜น

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      • I’ll bet that was interesting to watch!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
        I had three of them watching me as I left on my walk today. They watched walk back into the yard!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I tried chirping to them… they just put their noses in the air and ran up the tree!! Very rude on their part I thought!!๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿคญ

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      • Maybe it was something you said? But you are supposed to chip, not chirp, so maybe that was the problem. And you should give them names, makes them feel important.
        Yep, the one flew off the feeder into the air and landed 5 feet away! then that got the third one involved with the first one and they went chasing each other all over the trees. Squirrel 3 was Chase, squirrel 2 (jumper) was Jasper, squirrel one was Freddie.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜น

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      • I was thinking about calling them Larry, Moe’s and Curly!๐Ÿ˜ What do you think? Will they like them??๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜Š

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      • Sure, they’re famous, should work nicely!
        Well, that time of the day of the night again to hit the hay with a mound of clay and hopefully stay till break of day then to get up so I can play up and down throughout the day and that is what I have to say!
        Good night Dusty, sleeping well with sugared plums in your head, and more chatter coming your way on the tomorrow!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜บ๐ŸŒ™๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด

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      • Roses are Red
        Views are Blue
        I’m very tired and so are you!!
        Good Night Steve Longfellow ๐Ÿ˜ด ๐Ÿคญ
        Pleasant Dreams ๐Ÿ˜ด ๐Ÿฅฑ
        Sleep Tight! Don’t let the bed bugs bite!๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜
        TTYT๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • It was more in my head where I heard the echo…๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„ but I guess the same principle applies!!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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      • Proves there’s no dust in there at least! Usually the dust in my head dulls the echoes.๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ™„

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      • I tried a vacuum cleaner once but ever since it seems like something is missing, something missing, something missing…๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿคช

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      • Could be!!๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿคญ
        I’d tie a string to a brick and attach it to your ankle so you don’t float away!๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

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      • Tried that, but when I pulled on the string with my leg the brick swung around and hit me on the knee.
        Time for bed, early morning of shopping fun!
        Good night Dusty, hope you have a good night Dusty! More fun filled chatter on the way for tomorrow!๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒ™๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด

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      • That’s a thought. Now here we get early winters, but they don’t stock winter boots until just before Christmas because that’s what they do in southern Ontario. We can have snow on the ground in October, 2 months before winter boots arrive at the store. Very strange.๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„

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      • They come from China usually for the cheaper ones, the expensive ones come from Thailand, the real expensive ones are made in Canada but assembled in Malaysia.

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      • Oh oh, that’s bad, we’re stuck now. Anyway, it’s time for bed for us oldies and youngies. Good night Dusty! Sleep with dreams, or something. Chatter tomorrow!๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒ™๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ดโ˜”

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      • I’m thinking that perhaps I can try for SS disability if they let me go and don’t extend me. Otherwise I will need to sell somethings and lower my cost of living to go on SS.

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  1. I know there is more than one mole in the group! Somebody you know very well ! The drums are drumming ! Watch out ! ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿ˜พ๐Ÿ˜พ๐Ÿ˜พ๐Ÿค”

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    • I don’t see how there could be, the team was out and the four of us were all together which was the plan. I wanted Stinger to come to the chateau so we could trap him. Unfortunately he was better prepared than I thought he would be. No traitors were needed for this one. Amazing we were not able to stop him though.๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ™€๐Ÿ™€๐Ÿ™€๐Ÿ•ต๏ธ

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