Yes, hiding is most definitely a wise strategy.
I was checking in Rachel and Joan back in Domain, seeing how they were adjusting to married life. They both have degrees from Beige University, but at the moment neither has a full time job. Rachel comes the closest, as her work as herbivore camp counsellor does give her income, but only on a seasonal freelance basis. At least it’s in the field of her degree, which is in teaching. Joan, meanwhile, studied fashion design. (Do *not* call her a clothes horse.)
If you’re wondering, they qualified for the loan on their tree by having Rachel’s parents cosign for it. Apparently home loans are exceedingly difficult to get these days for freelancers. Loan officers pick through every detail of a person’s finances, demanding that the borrower justify virtually every penny of their income to prove their not laundering money or something. I’m glad we got Tree when we did.
Rachel and Joan have lived in their tree for two months, and so it hasn’t exhibited any of the intelligent behavior unique to its mother. Either that, or perhaps the two newlyweds are too preoccupied to notice.
There’s no evidence so far. From the start, Tree has been able to communicate with me by holding her branches in such a way that the wind creates her “voice.” Her offspring has not demonstrated that.
Yes, that was actually ground beef. :)
Rudy’s smart; I know that by now. (How many ever successfully stowed away on the space shuttle?) Yet, as an 18-year-old he still has learning curves ahead of him.
Case in point: Gardening, something to which he’s shown a surprising talent. Last year Gran was his partner during the televised competition, and she saw untapped potential.
She’s a born teacher, and saw that he responds best to direct challenges. She then set herself up as his adversary.
A vital part of gardening is defending one’s crop. (Indoor gardening is strictly minor league to purists.) Rudy, being a wolf, felt that his reputation was protection enough. Repeated explanations to the contrary fell on deaf ears, so…She took another approach.
Several of her many grandchildren were enlisted to steal a section of his produce while she distracted him. They were returned just before the weigh-in.
That, he won’t forget.
Here, rabbits are much more aggressive. :)
She would have, but she was at camp and there wasn’t a place to store it.
If anyone would be a good influence on him, it’s Lin.
She cut it off herself; not sure how she disposed of it. :)
CAMP: THE FINAL CHAPTER
There was a lot going on this week, highlighted by the conclusion of Coney’s camp adventure.
As reported, she was totally busted for switching places with Wendell. Dad and Kell were on their way to pick her up for breaking explicit camp rules when word came that her cousin Francis was outside the predator camp boundary. Coney has a canine sense of smell that she inherited from Kell, and was enlisted to find the missing human three-year-old (along with Wendell and Harcourt).
A complication was the media; overnight they’d descended on the camps to report on the story of a rabbit bringing down a bear. The camp didn’t want it to get out that *two* security breeches had occurred on the same day, so they needed to maintain the fiction that Wendell was the savior. So, Coney had to find her cousin, and not get caught by the reporters. Dad and Kell were called to get their permission for Coney to join the hunt, and out of concern for Francis they agreed.
As Coney proceeded through the brush she was stealthily protected by the counsellors following her closely. She quickly picked up Wendell’s scent and found all three within fifteen minutes. She and Wendell switched clothes, and he soon found himself before the newshounds.
Coney was driven home. Despite the medical exam given at the camp, the parental units wanted to make sure that she hadn’t been exposed to rabies by the bear. Fortunately Dr. Caduceus confirmed the initial diagnosis.
After that reassurance Kell was able to express her displeasure over Coney’s self-haircut. Kell’s sensitive about that, given her own traumatic experience with losing her hair that one time.
Finally, Lin’s mother was told about the texting going on between Lin and Wendell. She intensely disapproves, for reasons I personally can’t argue with.