Working on his Form
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The new reduced-friction environment this morning–with yet another nuisance-dusting of powdery snow–seems consistent with the creature-induced lack of traction this morning.

First, it took special tools to extract the hens from the henhouse because I neglected to lean the plywood protection over the front of the  house as we routinely do when its inhabitants are threatened with ice, snow or wind. Which has been just about every night since mid-December.

So the slide latch had just enough ice on it that fingers–especially very cold ones–were not enough to get the coop in operation. Spend five minutes fumbling around to find a metal banger of some kind.

Back at the house, Tsuga the dog is still freaking, because I forgot.

For maybe five seconds this morning, I played back an audio recording and he heard it from the other room and jumped to rush to my desk and stand quivering like he’d been injured.. I’d been reading these very words into the microphone for a half hour, no problem.

But let him here even the faintest hint of my voice over the computer, he goes nuts–as I’ve reported here before. But never has it been more of a problem (at least for me) until I started thinking “audio” for an increasing amount of my daily word-work on the computer. Must. Remember. Headphones!

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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