Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Bring it on.

A small victory. Wilf slept solidly from ten last night until six this morning. His dreams uninterrupted by the need for a pit stop. At first light he bounded out into the garden fully refreshed. A new, well rested PON with a 'bring it on' attitude . Off with him into town for croissants, a hair tousle and a bowl of water with the absinthe imbibing locals.

Monsieur Risotto was a tremedously tall, exceedingly thin, Albert Einstein haired figure in red overalls. A scarlet , 6' 7" , stick insect with a waxed walrus moustache. He spent an hour inspecting the septic tanks. After much note taking he finally came to the conclusion that we still have a blockage. This information was imparted in the same intense way a doctor might tell a patient they have a highly infectious rash. The alarming word 'reflux'. Our next step ? More trenches to be dug.

As he drove away in his Citroen 'Jumpy' van I saw the name DeSotto emblazoned proudly on the side. No wonder he looked at me strangely each time I used his name.


  1. Yeah for a good night's sleep for all. HA about both the red overalls and the mustache. At least DeSotto makes more sense than Risotto.

  2. From the waxed-mustached septic inspector to the blue-haired alien chaser to the pantless gardener, you couldn't make this stuff up if you tried. Perhaps you should post a sign outside your village that reads, "Next Stop, The Twilight Zone!" ;o)

  3. Do they make Nexium for septic systems? :)

  4. and of course, Mr. DeSotto did not think of telling you his correct name...
    The whole story made my day, thank you.

  5. Oh Mongoose. Dry humour is an understatement. I spilt my coffee when I got to the word 'reflux'.

    Yvonne and Dusty.

  6. There's no tonic better than a good long sleep.
    Good old Wilf.
    Toodle pip!

  7. Hey there Mongoose..
    Never a dull moment in your household! I'm so glad Wilf is soldiering on.
    Sending lotsaluv

  8. Reminds me a little of the Louie Armstrong verse,
    I say tomato, you say tomahto,
    he says DeSotto, you say Risotto...

    It's good to read this morning that Wilf had a good night and will have plenty more work to supervise in the garden!

  9. Nothing like starting the day with a good laugh and good news!

  10. Oh Angus, you made my day with the story of Mr. Risotto, i would like being a little mouse to see your expression when you read his true name on his car !
    Bravo to the sweet Wilf for this first night without pit stops, hurray for Mr. affable ! Hope this, will continue.
    Happy new week to you three, and lots of bisous to the beloved Wilfee.
    Oh Angus, i am really sorry for my baaaad english, i do my best.... am only a little frenchie !

  11. Funny - so very funny. You made my morning Angus. And so happy for Wilf's lovely nights rest. Two more feet of snow expected over here in NH for tomorrow so we'll be doing some shoveling too...only not so colorfully!

  12. I am so glad the mystery of the correct name has been settled, food on the mand perhaps? So many new people in and out is probably wearing Wilfie out, so he is sleeping soundly knowing he has done his job and protected the family. Cute story+ happy dog=a good day. Hugs to the darling Wilf!

  13. A good attitude for us all to have. Wilf is so wise. :)

    Blessings and Love,
    Janelle and Maggie Mae

  14. Good morning darling Wilf! Learning that you had a full night of restorative sleep is a great way to start my day and share in your attitude.

    Angus, from side dish to antique car....that poor man. Still chuckling about that this morning.

  15. Me too, out loud laughter at the Risotto/DeSoto mix-up. He sounds more like Ichabod Crane anyway.

    But the story makes for a new chapter in Life among the Middens.

    Can't wait for the next episode!!!

    Hugs and scritches to Wilf!

    xxx Joan

  16. BOL!! Mom says she was getting hungry every time you said Risotto, so now at least her tummy can stop grumblin!

    wags, wiggles & slobbers

  17. Big ol' belly laugh to start my day! Thanks, M'Ongoose!
    And love to Wilf!!

  18. Good for Wilf and his good sleeps! Risotto/Desoto, as a deaf person I get this stuff all the time and no one EVER corrects you.
    Mam, and Sir go a long way with me!

    Cheers and special hugs to Wilf,

    Jo in MN

  19. *snicker* Well, Risotto sounds a lot better to me than DeSotto anyway!

    I'm glad Wilf had a good night! :)

  20. Risotto/DeSotto, its all the same in the end. But I got a chuckle out of it!! Amazing what a solid, good night's sleep will do eh? Atta boy Wilf, you are a handsome beastie this day! Keep going Wilf! Let's hear it for another solid's night sleep....

    Your pals in the frozen, nasty tundra...also called Canada, with love,
    Dianna, along with Tor, Willow and Tucker

  21. So so glad for Wilf's good night's sleep. His picture showed it. Love your stories. Hugs for Wilf.

  22. Maybe the gentleman thought you had a speech impediment, Angus.

    A good night for Wilf! Again, answered prayers. We join in celebrating his good day. Treats for all.

  23. Laughing... Risotto, DeSotto - Who knows the difference??

    So glad that Wilf had a good night and joined you for croissants this morning. His attitude is infectious.

  24. Reflux sounds bad. But more trenches......more fun for Wilf. so glad he had a good night, and you did too.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

  25. yay for wilf having a solid night's sleep again!
    risotto, desotto...close enough! thanks for the laugh. heehee.

    the booker man and asa's mama

  26. I'm thinking he doesn't like being called Mr. Rice... Citroen "Jumpy" ... oh yeah. how funny to actually know what that is here... if i were still in CA, I'd have no clue.

    septic issues are always a big pain and scare. they are messy and expensive.

  27. How funny that you've been calling Monsieur Risotto Monsieur DeSotto.

    You always have so much going on there at the farm house.