Good morning and Happy Friday to all of you! It’s a very beautiful, sunny and windy morning. The blue jays are extra busy today and there are at least 14 of them now. They can be very hard to count as they fly in and out so fast getting their peanuts. There might even be more, but that’s what I saw anyway. The sky is a beautiful, clear blue this morning, not a cloud in sight. Though that is supposed to change later this morning, as we return to clouds once more. Yesterday we had 2 thunderstorms in the afternoon and both of them produced hail, just marble sized hail, but it sure did bounce good! Some of them bounced over 6 feet (2 meters) high. Muffin didn’t like it at all, she just spent the time under the bed waiting for the storms to go away. Smart cat.
Last evening Muffin was sleeping peacefully when she suddenly woke up and went carefully to the window. She was scared but not scared enough to stay away. So obviously it wasn’t a bear. I turned on the light. And there was a nice big raccoon out there looking for food. I wonder what Muffin was thinking when she saw that raccoon? Does she think it’s another cat? Or does she recognize it’s some weird, wild animal. It sure had a big bushy tail anyway. And it never made a sound as it walked around out there. It’s no wonder that I never heard it. Animals have better senses than we do.
Speaking of sense, well okay, it’s not quite the same thing. It’s autumn right now and this is an autumn story. A few years ago while I lived in a different part of town, we had a lot of deer around. A lot more than this part of town that’s for sure. I went out for a walk one morning and when I came back there were two young bucks butting heads in the driveway. Amazing they don’t get headaches. They were four point bucks, so much for antlers on them. But they were blocking the driveway. So I came walking along and stood watching them for a while.
Then I said “Hey! I need to get past you two.” They stopped and stood looking at me, then they each backed up, one on each side of the driveway, still looking at me. So I said “thank you” and walked between them. I just got past them and thunk! I turned and they were back at it already. They certainly didn’t waste any time. It was nice to watch them. However, don’t do what I did, it’s dangerous. They were young deer, but still big enough to kill someone. It has happened. At that place I lived there were a lot of deer as I mentioned, and I made friends with all of them. I will share more deer, and bear, stories over the coming weeks. I hope you have a fantastical Friday and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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