I walked into the garage for something this evening and saw movement out in the back yards. I looked more closely and realized the movement wasn’t a butterfly like I had hoped but it was something nice to see nonetheless. I always enjoy seeing wild animals and it’s even better to see them adapting to urban backyards. It doesn’t really matter what sort of animals they are. I love seeing anything from birds, to squirrels to rabbits to even the occasional skunk roaming around.
Last evening I was waiting outside to go to Joy’s for supper and a drink and noticed something in the vacant lot across the street. I zoomed in with my phone to see that it was a groundhog sitting up. It’s not that uncommon to see them over there with all the vegetation to eat and the bank going down to the railroad tracks that I’m sure they have plenty of places to burrow into.
Temperature in the seventies with no real humidity here in late June. One can’t ask for a nicer day. We at supper then went for our evening walk. The temperature was very close to perfect and the sun felt warm. Along the way during a our walk we heard all of the typical birds singing. There seem to be lots of them this summer. Me being the nature and animal lover that I am I just love hearing them.
I haven’t noticed it lately but he’s obviously still alive and well. I thought the feral cats might have gotten him. Molly was doing her WOD today and I was watching her and helping count reps when the chipmunk darted past the sliding glass door to the patio. I think he lives under the neighbor’s patio since. It’s easy to miss him since his brown blends in pretty well with the color of the pavers in our patio, especially on a rainy day like today.
We decided to give the grocery store a shot today to see if it may be less busy than the weekend. We pulled in and parked and there in the middle of the Giant parking lot is a duck waddling around without a care in the world. I just had to take a picture of this. duck looking straight at me in the parking lot when I take his pictureThis picture contains a duck standing in the middle of the driving lane of a parking lot looking straight at me while I took his picture.
We keep having a black cat that has litters of babies under the neighbors' porch at least once a year. You see the damn cat stalking prey almost every day. I’ve never actually seen it catch anything but obviously it’s getting food somehow since its been out here several years now. This year all 4 of her kittens were run over by cars. It really would be nice if cat owners had to take the same responsibilities as dog owners.
We’ve been spending a lot of time outside in the evenings. Usually partaking in an adult beverage to unwind and relax because why not? It’s nice to enjoy the outside air rather than sitting in front of a TV. It seems like every evening, well technically in the morning too, we see rabbits hopping around the yards eating the grass. They unfortunately enjoy munching on our garden too. As you can see from the below picture the neighbor is too lazy to mow their lawn but that doesn’t effect me so I don’t give a shit what they do.
For the past several days we have been hearing this odd banging noise on our windows but haven’t been able to figure out what was going on. It wasn’t loud enough to be concerning but we were definitely interested to figure out what was causing this unusual noise. I’d hear it in the morning and just figure it was maybe something outside, you know kids playing or something like that.
Yesterday we returned to a local alpaca farm for their annual open house. It’s actually a cool, free, thing to do for the kids and the animals themselves are pretty interesting. We did it a few years ago too but at that time I had a shitty camera on my phone at that time. The alpacas are pretty interesting. It’s funny watching them run and play. Their thick fur makes them look so much bigger than they are so they seem to be too fat and out of proportion to be able to run.