Home Security for Miss Sugar
Sugar has been on a mission. Her mission is to secure the borders of our ranch. Since it is fenced, the primary access is to enter the property via our lane. We already have a traditional ranch gate made of round posts, but Sugar got into her head that it must be enhanced. I think she got the idea when we retrieved our cat from the neighbors, whose place has an electric gate. So, now we are getting an electric gate.
Personally, I have not worried about our security during the twenty-plus years of residing here. I typically close the gate only when cows are coming up the road on a cattle drive to change pastures and we don’t want them to detour up the lane. I have felt that our sign, which says, “We don’t call 911,” was sufficient deterrent to would-be robbers.
Nevertheless, Sugar apparently does not trust my trigger finger. She got security cameras for the front and back of the house. She got alarms on the doors and windows, and now she is getting an electric gate to be closed except when we are coming or going. It works with a thing-a-ma-bob similar to a garage door opener.
Sugar researched what kind of gate opener (and closer) to get. It is electric, but we do not have power outlets at the end of the lane, so ours is powered by solar panels. My electrical training being limited to a semester of junior high electric shop class, Sugar hired professional electricians to do the installation of the solar panels and all. It did not hurt my feelings, but my old shop teacher would be insulted that Sugar did not have confidence in the training I had received. Oh, well. I did not want to do all that work anyhow.
Now if you want to come visit, you better call first, so we can open the gate for you. Or call from the gate. If we ain’t home, you are out of luck. I guess that is Sugar’s goal — to not have company when we are not present to act with proper hospitality.