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I’m not sure what happened to the end of 2015. It just sorta disappeared. I never got my Christmas tree up. The Hooligans Christmas card went out the week of Christmas and some after Christmas. Usually I’m finished my Christmas shopping several weeks before, but this year I was shopping up to a day or so before the holiday. I haven’t gotten anything for the Hooligans yet except equipment to repair the underground fence. Karen at NW AL Herding Dog Rescue took care of them sending them some pumpkin biscuits. She runs the rescue that the Hooligans were adopted through.

The week of Christmas brought warm weather and rain, lots of rain. We experienced a lot of flooding with the Tennessee River and Spring Creek overflowed their banks. The high water, made for a nice night time shot of the old railroad bridge. The spillways at Wilson Dam were open for several weeks. Mom and I had planned to go out of town, but we could sit inside our houses just as easily as sitting inside a resort.

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In my defense, it’s kinda hard to get in the Christmas mood when you are having record high temperatures in the 70’s to low 80’s. After the freeze in October, trees were fooled into thinking it was spring. My star magnolias were in full bloom on Christmas day. Several of my friends had quince blooming. A lot of time was spent trying to find a break in the underground fence. The Hooligans certainly weren’t going to tell me that it wasn’t working. The only place the wire was above ground was down along the dry creek and by now it was under an inch of composted leaves. I took a potato hook and pulled it perpendicular to the creek every couple of yards checking it for wear and tear. When I got next to a tree broken off half way, the wire came out freely. One of the broken off limbs had fallen smack dab where two wires were spliced together. It was getting dark by now and I rushed to the house to get enough wire to circle around the tree to the other missing end until I can remove the tree I heard an owl. I’ve been trying to get a photograph of an owl and stopped and caught myself looking for it. I had to remind myself I didn’t have enough day light and left the owl hunt for another day. The fence was working fine much to the displeasure of the Hooligans, especially my problem child Patches.

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