A FEW ANIMALS STORIES FOR EASTER
On this kind of rainy, foggy, misty Colorado day, we’re so grateful for the moisture … and so are the lawns, bulbs, and plants. I’ve been watching the ospry pair fishing in the lake, enjoying another visit from our bachelor swan, who when he feeds, upends himself so just his rear end sticks up in the air. He’s been gone for a few weeks and we kept hoping he’d (she’d?) return with a mate. Sigh. Not yet.
And now we have a single goose next door. They always come there as a pair but something went wrong. No babies this year. And then there’s our pup, Jesse. But she’s not “wild life.” Well, sort of wild now and then but mostly calm and sweet. She’s a pro at catching the Frisbee now, at least until a really good smell catches her attention … then, forget it.
Reminds me of another “wild life story.” A few years ago, before we moved from our ranch, our neighbor’s cat, an orange tabby they called Robert but was most assuredly a Roberta, decided to use our barn for her spring litter. This I did not know until a mini orange fluff ball went tearing through the barn loft, around boxes and other stuff that needed to be disposed of, and disappeared down a hole between the walls. Mama viciously guarded that hole, hissing like a mountain lion, oblivious to my distaste for the dead mouse carcasses strewn in front of her. I had wondered what was happening to Smokey’s cat food and water, thinking raccoons, and now I knew. The whole place, and it was a huge barn, smelled of cat pee. And I had no idea if there might be a sibling in hiding up there, either. If they weren’t feral critters, it might have been fun. I did get more cat food, and sure enough one fine day I saw a tiny black and white furry blur racing around with Goldie. They eventually left and so did the odor. And so did that hole! Jeeeez.
Someday I’ll share stories of the pack rats and porcupines. Boy, can they ever be destructive!.But for now, there were cute little bunnies around and I prefer to think of them this Easter day, and think about all the other things I’m so grateful for. We wish you a wonderful day, filled with love!