Sometimes It’s Hard to Get Any Work Done Around Here

riley slurp sometimes it's hard to work around here

Riley’s tongue merged with my lips in this photo (his intention surely), and my lips are not a threat to Angela Jolie, I promise you, but you get the picture.  I’ve mentioned elsewhere that I live on a small farm in North Florida that is over-run with 80-90 lb. rescue dogs (my niece is an ASPCA vet in Jacksonville, and I the repository for her guilt at not being able to find the perfect home for every huge canine that won’t fit into a box or a drawer). I have horses too. We also are swamped with wildlife fleeing developers/development. It’s a lively place.

Sometimes it’s difficult to find a place to read or write.  But life first, right?

In this photo I’d fled to the front porch to put the final touches on a forthcoming short story, but no place is safe here from the interruptions of animal adventurers or paramours (cf. Riley, above).

Yesterday I had twelve wild turkeys in my horse pasture doddering around.  The horses barely noticed.

It’s all too wonderful even though a pain in the neck a lot of the time.

Isn’t that life, though?

Where was I?  Back to work!


About Margaret Jean Langstaff

A lifelong critical reader with literary tastes, a novelist, short story writer, essayist, book critic, and professional book editor for many years. A consultant to publishers and authors, providing manuscript critiques and a full range of editorial services. A friend and supporter of all other readers and writers. A collector of signed modern first editions. Animal lover and tree hugger. Follow me on Twitter @LangstaffEditor
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8 Responses to Sometimes It’s Hard to Get Any Work Done Around Here

  1. lahowlett says:

    So wonderful that you give them a home, Margaret!

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  2. My wife is a volunteer for a Boxer rescue group and we know how wonderful it is for you to take in those that need a home.

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  3. Micah says:

    I’m theorising that the dogs believe they are your muse and are intuitively discerning when you need to step back from the work and let your thoughts percolate. I’m suggesting they are super-intelligent and have come to an understanding of your process, and are seeking to facilitate it and release hidden creative capacities beyond your wildest dreams by distracting you from time to time, they’re unlocking dimensions in you you have no idea about. My sister has dogs, I’ve learned they’re way smarter than people think. 😉

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    • You don’t have to convince me re: their intelligence. They are very intuitive, visceral and wear their hearts on their sleeves (if they happen to be wearing shirts at the time). They are honest as the day is long, will love me (or you) no matter what I do or how much I have or don’t, and aren’t into status or iPhones. People should take notes. World would be a better place if we could absorb some of the good qualities of our canine fellow travelers. Thanks for the wonderful insights, Micah. Yeah, they keep me grounded and real. 🙂


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