Walk Along Prattle – Jackie Patooties


Walking down the back road this morning we found the day to be fine. Fog was lifting from the river, and the autumn browns blended well with the sky’s blue.

Cows watched us curiously, as they usually do, and milkweed pods were bursting open, spreading their seed. They’d be popping up again next spring, in larger numbers, and in many different places.

All the sounds were there that perk our ears every early morning. Birds chirping, still flying from one wild plant to another in their constant browsing for daily nourishment. Vehicles humming toward us or from behind us, shooing us quickly to the side of the road. Whisking traffic sounds reached us, too, from the main highway a few miles distant.

All things were in their place that had a place. A few clouds graced the sky, and the cows held claim to their pen.

Everything was in its place, that is, except the donkeys. Most often spending their time at the far end of their grazing area, they had grazed themselves closer to the tempting grass near the fence by the road. 

Some time ago a neighbor had brought two donkeys home to bray in his field on the back road. It wasn’t long till a donkey baby joined them. A while later one little, two little, three little donkeys had become five.

Discussing them as we walked past, Walking Partner became agitated that she had lost a glove. Looking around and turning back to search for it, we laughed to see that she had one on her hand and one in her pocket.

Not to be upstaged by WP’s senior moment, I, who had dressed warmly for the weather, suddenly felt uncomfortable about the legs. Feeling the snugness of my long underwear as I walked along, it rushed through my mind that I had forgotten to slip into my baggy sweat pants. A quick look reassured me that they were there, a little too long but saved from dragging the asphalt by elastic.

Anyway, I knew without a doubt that WP would have informed me if I had, in fact, been without pants. With a chuckle, the nightmare was explained to WP.

With a chuckle of her own, she let me know that she never pays any attention to what I throw on my body.

I could have been naked, and she wouldn’t have noticed it. Well, maybe that’s stretching her lack of interest and observation a little too much.

On second thought, back to the donkeys, that count of five might be too low. They aren’t the only Jackie Patooties on the back road.

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17 Responses to Walk Along Prattle – Jackie Patooties

  1. JoAnn says:

    "I could have been naked, and she wouldn\’t have noticed it."  Do ya think?  You have such a way with words…..I\’ll have to remember to call a donkey a Jackie Patootie in the future, but when referring to humans, I\’ll stick with Jacka$$!  It hasn\’t been cold enough here for longjohns.  We\’re still in the mid to upper 60s for nighttime lows.  As usual, this was a wonderful walk.  Have a great afternoon.

  2. Ann says:

    Nice essay today. 🙂

  3. Beth says:

    I love walking along with you and WP!

  4. Unknown says:

    OH you made me laugh!  LOVE this.  Good girl. 

  5. Rhonda says:

    What a wonderful blog and great photos…not to mention the humor.
    Enjoyed this alot.

  6. Pau says:

    This is another super post, I always enjoy reading them, they are so well written…and the pics are fantastic…have a great day Patricia, hug, Pau

  7. Sherry says:

    Thanks again for taking us along with you on your walk. Oh, I had the same expierence once with feeling a sudden draft one day ice skating lol. Sadly the rink was croweded that day lol.
    Have a great evening

  8. Lynne says:

    I\’m laughing my patootie off at the idea of you strolling down the road in your long handles! Sounds like my kind of senior moment! I have the opposite problem fo WP………..I\’ve tried to push up my glasses in the shower or when they\’re on top my head. DUH……guess that makes me a member of the Jackie Patootie Patrol! Not all the donkeys are in the field………there\’s at least one in an Ohio suburb……………

  9. Babblelot says:

    You sure put a smile on my face tonight. Enjoyed your post so much.The milk weed pods I used to collect glitter them and put cotton insidewith a little craft animal in there to hang on the Christmas tree. I have donethe simular missing glove thingie…oh ya, oh well eh?

  10. Fizz says:

    Oh… I ment to tell you… I\’ve been looking at WV to live for when I retire. I like the Fayette area… just beautiful, plenty of hiking (my kinda stuff) and panoramic stuff… oh yeah, and it doesn\’t get really super cold…. You\’ve convinced me that the pple are great!

  11. Flo says:

    Sounds like you had a fun walk. Nice pictures. I should take my camera with me sometime when I walk. I always see stuff, and think, oh, I\’ll have to come back and get a pic of that, but I never do.

  12. Maro says:

        What a HOOT. I\’m still laughing.
        What a wonderful morning wake. W.Va. has some beautiful country side. I love the rolling hills and the colors in them at this time of year are magnificent.
        God bless you sweet friend.~Love and Hugs~Maro~

  13. Stephen says:

    What a GREAT post!!! It took me away for a while and I needed that. I have been to WV and loved it BTW. 🙂
    I hope you have a great day and don\’t hesitate to give us more stories like this one!!!!  lol
    Warmly –

  14. Leona says:

    Oh what a story! I\’m still laughing – out loud. Next time please give the camera to wp so we can have a glimpse. It has to be so much fun to take this nice walk every morning with wp (I\’m not physically there and I enjoy it so much).

  15. Kathryn says:

    Been forever since I\’ve been by here – still as lovely as ever *smiling*

  16. Michiko's says:

    As always lovely to walk with you in my dreams…as you said the cows watched…Indeed! I can seen them …
    Ha ha he She had lost her gloves and she still had …I do that quite oftern that at recently I ad my sun glasses on my head
    then I looking at everywhere…luckily I was by myself LOL!
    Have a wonderful weekend, Love the musics….thank you Pat!

  17. Lizzie-Beth4Him says:

    Going for a walk with you is quite invigorating.  ;D
    You have reminded me of some of my own senior moments I was going to blog about.  Then that donkey crossing picture has me grinning from ear to ear.  The farmers up here give their farms a name and one we passed had "Jack Ass Junction".  My husband took a picture of the sign.   Have a very blessed weekend!

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