Abilene… Abilene…


… Prettiest town I ever seen.
Folks down there don’t treat you mean
In Abilene, my Abilene.
–lyrics from Abilene by George Hamilton IV

Since Max and I are on the fringes of Abilene, I cannot attest to the beauty of the town.  After another long day on the road from Tyler, TX, we arrived here about 3PM and checked in to our hotel.

Along the way, we –that is, I – saw not one but two owls.  The first one was sitting in the top of a tree along I-20 about an hour west of Tyler.  I have seen several Red-Tailed Hawks hunting on the wing over the past few days, but this big bird was not a hawk.

Then, somewhere west of Dallas/ Forth Worth, I saw another one even closer and made a mental note to look it up and see if I could identify it.  I’m pretty sure they were Great Horned Owls. according to the site I found about owls in east Texas, they are nocturnal, but both parents hunt during the day when they have young in the nest.

photo of great horned owl

photo courtesy of Texas Audubon Society website

As we were leaving Tyler – we got the “grand tour” through downtown to get back on I-20 West – I saw a sign that read “Watch for Mud in Road.”  “Watch for Ice on Bridge” has been pretty common, but this?  What the hell?!

Max didn’t want to eat this morning , so I’m a little concerned.  He needs to eat so the meds don’t upset his stomach.  I’ve been hand-feeding him for a couple of days, but this morning he would have nothing to do with that kibble.  So, I went out to the stash in the car and got a can of chicken soup and a can of tuna.  THOSE, he ate, which means I got another dose into him!

After we settled in here in Abilene, I found a PetSmart store and went over to get him some good quality canned dogfood.  On the way back, I spotted this sign at an exit off I-20:

photo of raod sign near abilene, TX for Impact

Based on our history in Texas, I am NOT taking this exit to Impact!

We got back and Max enjoyed a can of food mixed with some kibble and some cottage cheese.  I stopped his pain meds after last night’s dose, but tonight he got a sharp pain when he went to get up on the bed.  It’s those darn big scrapes on his left shoulder.  They’re healing and starting to pull, so he thinks something bit him.

He’s lying on the floor by the door – refusing to get up on the bed…

photo of max lying on floor in Abilene hotel

Poor baby…

Maybe later, he’ll forget about the sting and join me on the bed.

And if you want to read the rest of the lyrics… here they are:

I sit alone most every night
Watch them trains roll out of sight
Wish that they were carryin’ me
To Abilene, my Abilene.

Crowded city, ain’t nothin’ free
Nothin’ in this town for me
Wish to God that I could be
In Abilene, my Abilene.

How I wish that train would come
Take me back where I come from.
Take me where I want to be
In Abilene, my Abilene.

Rotgut whiskey numbs the brain
If I stay here I’ll go insane.
Think I need a change of scene
To Abilene, my Abilene.

Outside my window cold rain falls,
Sit here starin’ at the walls;
If I was home, I’d be serene
In Abilene, my Abilene

Tomorrow, we head for Lubbock.

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About Maureen Farr

I am a graphic and web designer – and the publisher of the print version of Arts Guide, a free guide highlighting the arts, dining, events, and more on the coast of Maine. In addition, I am a visual artist working in mixed media and encaustic, as well as creating found object jewelry. I am currently at work revising a short novel that I wrote as a participant in the 32nd Annual 3-Day Novel Contest.
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10 Responses to Abilene… Abilene…

  1. hank says:

    “the Owl has a dual symbolism of wisdom and darkness. In many cultures, it most commonly symbolizes wisdom, mysticism, good luck, good omens, foresight/insight, prophecy, and protection. They are thought to bring luck due to the mystical help the provide within mythology and folklore– protection, being one of them”
    glad you got him eating. did you bring your cello along, or no?

    • Maureen Farr says:

      Hank, thanks for the owlish wisdom! I like the “protection” aspect especially. Yes, the cello is along for the ride. so far, only practiced the night before his “crash.” Will get back to it in Silver City. Max is scarfing down breakfast right now! xoxo

  2. graceann says:

    I am wondering about the cello too. I almost brought mine to Haystack that first session we taught but I got worried about the salt air/cabin situation.

    Poor Max- Keep us informed on his progress!

    • Maureen Farr says:

      oh Graceann, hearing a cello at Haystack would have made the experience that much better! Yes, it is along for the ride. I only practiced once so far – the night before Max got hurt… He’s doing better this AM. just ate his whole bowl of food without any “assistance” from me!

  3. Steve Murray says:

    Sorry Max is so uncomfortable but it will pass. I recall many years ago (1950’s) we had a springer spaniel that was hit by a car in Eastport Maine – we had to drive him the 25 or so miles to the nearest vet in Calais. He ended up with a heavy plaster cast on one hind leg but recovered and lived a long, happy and more cautious life.Enjoying, as always, your descriptions and photos.

  4. Marilyn Wheeler says:

    The great horned owl is an amazing sight – besides its size, there are those “ears”, the eyelashes, and the mustache. I never thought of the reason for their daytime hunting, so thanks for that info.
    Max looks a tad discouraged, compared with the cushy repose you reposted yesterday. An herbalist would probably know a balm to ease the healing wounds.
    How about electric cello – with headphones?!

    • Maureen Farr says:

      Marilyn, he was feeling a bit discouraged last night. the scab on the big scrape on his shoulder seems to be giving him “bites” as he moves every now and then. he thinks he’s been stung by something and it freaks him out. good thought on an herbal remedy. just spoke with the vet in FL and she says I can put Neosporin on it to help keep it moist and healing.

      Do you mean cello for me or him!? Don’t think he’d like the headphones

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