A combination of an almost full moon and an unnaturally warm wind blowing made for a very difficult, and exhausting, night for us last night. I put Mom to bed at midnight, but she was up at 12:30, 1, and 1:30. I finally just let her stay up, gave her a cookie and glass of milk (maybe she was hungry?), and let her do her "office work" for about an hour. I got her to bed at around 2:30.
Just about the time I hear her snoring, the llamas started doing the alarm call. Out the door in my jammies with the mondo flashlight, but didn't see anything. I was standing there, and all of a sudden the whole herd startles and runs to the yard light. Still didn't see anything. Stood there a moment or two to admire the almost full moon, and wonder at the fact that it was October at 3 am yet I was standing outside in my jammies and not even chilled. Fifteen minutes after I crawled into bed (again), I smelled skunk. Oh, joy.
Up around 8 to try to work on the cellar door while I could. Spent way too much time trying to get the nuts off the bolts on the old (painted over) hinges, but managed all but one. Lack of sleep made me frustrated as hell at the thing, and I gave up. I took my camera out to the pasture for a calming walk. We're not at peak color yet, but here's what I found.