Small towns rock.

One week ago today my peace was briefly rattled when I learned a creeper’s been stalking me. I’d felt “vulnerable” and “watched” for a few months and ignored evidence, my gut, and our animals.

(Subscribers, I’ve embedded several videos, and I don’t think you’ll be able to view them unless you go out to the web for this post. One is a tour of the stalker issue, another is an exploration of emotional impact, and one is of donkey noses {donkey noses!!!}).

Now I have neighbors texting to check on me when they see the deputy cruising our dirt road checking on me who is in turn texting our handyman to check on me, then stopping to check in with me personally and remarking to us how good for me it is that he hears all the shots firing as those same neighbors target practice with the loudest guns they own. I have a husband who spent his week investigating, installing cameras, setting up security, giving me back my peace and *sleep*, and who I know would do anything to protect me, physically and emotionally. He even emptied my gun and did dry run practice where I had to unholster, whirl/draw, and shoot repeatedly as he rushed me from close range. Neither of us enjoyed it, but it helped.

With my trusty Judge on my hip and my big horse to let me know if something’s out there.

Lots of checking, lots of encouragement, prayers, and advice, lots of good folks ready to discourage people traipsing over their properties to come see me. I’ve had ups and downs, but knowledge is power and leads to action and resolve, and strangely I feel safer today than I did before this creeper made the mistake of opening our door and coming in our house.

Thanks, Nowheresville, peeps.

Meanwhile this week, I turned Bombshell into my content editor, I am back on track, and Nowheresville life is good. But I still prefer drama in novels over in my real life.

Love y’all.

p.s. recent funnies:

Rat snake running from dogs. Yuck!

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6 Responses to Novel Fodder, or WDKY Come to Life?

  1. Eric Hutchins says:

    I love you and I am so proud of you for how you have handled this. Both not letting it rob you of your life in this amazing place, AND, to being strong and independent and vigilant and learning and practicing all the things you need to be sure you can take care of yourself.

  2. Laura says:

    Somehow I missed the original posting of this terrible experience! I totally agree with Eric — good job on taking control away from this pinhead peeper by arming yourself and implementing procedures to restore your security and peace. Hoping he has a close encounter with the law sooner than later and is locked up.

    • Pamela says:

      He in fact had a close encounter with them this weekend 🙂
      The sheriff’s dept took it very seriously. Should hold him off for awhile.
      Some people have treated me like I’m crazy b/c I refuse to a) be scared or b) change my enjoyment of our life and our sanctuary. Thank you for understanding. Just because someone is a pervert who breaks the law doesn’t mean I say, oh, ok, here’s my life. Fight. Fight. Fight. <3

      Buried in the comments of this post, you'll see the photos of Katniss that catalyzed identification of the person.

      • Laura says:

        Pamela, I grew up with a mom who became increasingly fearful about so many things in life. More than once I told her I was going to cancel her newspaper subscription, pull the plug on her television set, etc., because she worried about EVERYTHING. I don’t know what happened or when it happened, but the 35 year old woman who’d never left Texas until she adventurously moved to St. Croix for a year became a woman who rarely left her house except for doctors’ appointments and the occasional family gathering at my sister’s or my house. It makes me sad to think of all the things she missed out on of her own choice because of fear.

        The fact is, we all have a set number of days on this planet and worrying about what may or may not happen is a waste of good time. We try to use wisdom (as you and Eric have done) and go about our business until the good Lord decides we’ve accomplished everything He meant for us to do. Something I keep reminding myself, when fear tries to creep in, is the joy of the Lord is my strength. <3

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