Squirrels I got. I saw one run by my bedroom window as I got up this morning! With all the cats around, he really should stay closer to the trees.
I try to get in a chess game just about every day. You'd think I'd be better at it than I am but any talent I have for it is hard earned. I don't seem to have a natural talent for it. The guitar by contrast, I never really worked that hard on so that must have been more natural. Of course I started the guitar much earlier which might be the difference. I do watch a lot of chess videos online which I think has helped. John
I saw a squirrel in the development last week! First time I have seen one here in about 15 years! The one 15 years ago was on our deck and looked like it had the flaps a flying squirrel has. I am sure it was this: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=AMAFB09030
The one I just saw had to be a columbian ground squirrel (based on size, color, tail and ears): http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=AMAFB05070
We would be a tiny bit out of the official range for those, but they are CLOSE and I swear it was that.
I also almost ran over a small snake sunning on the road here last week, but managed to put it directly under the suv, so no it. It looked yellowish/green. more green actually.
I have had no time to play chess for a while, been busy at work and home. Oh and now ALL the freaking cats are sick! No one is eating!!!! 3 days on Apollo, 2 on Andromeda. Perseus is just starting to eat a bit again though.
We have possums, though I rarely see one. Very rarely a deer will pass by. A few skunks, lots of squirrels and lots of neighborhood cats. This was the first raccoon I've seen near the house though. When I was feeding about 15 outdoor cats, I used to keep food out around the clock. I had to start taking it in at night though. I found I was feeding some very large possums. Some of the biggest I'd ever seen. Not that I minded feeding the possums but it was some very expensive food and they were some very large possums. With so many cats and such big possums, I figured I'd better draw the line.
I was supposed to work on the Lake Of The Ozarks tonight but it got rained out. (It was outdoors.) I'm OK with that as I really didn't feel like going. I lost a chess game last night, which always sours my mood a bit. I won the rematch but it was the first time in about 6 weeks and that was a draw. I mowed the yard 2 days ago. Wasn't sure how that was going to go but I knew it would rain this weekend and I either had to mow it or pay to have it done. My foot hurt from time to time, especially mowing the ditches, and it took about 4 hours to do it, but it wasn't as bad as I was afraid it might be. I'm thinking it'll be weeks before it's back to normal. John
I used to leave food out for the animals in Illinois. The last 2 of the 3 end videos on the cams/photo page are 2 timelaps nights of me feeding and you see mice, skunks, racoons and opossum. You can see the water and food going by the minute. ;)
Poor little guys. I know yeowling is a sure sign of distress. I had one who yeowled every time he was ready to throw up. Slumping against a bin reminds me so much of when Poof got so sick. So hoping for the best.
Van Gogh and Piggy are fine. Van Gogh has been laying up against my face when I go to bed every night and Piggy is still eating like the proverbial pig.
A couple of nights ago Cheri was in the shower and heard noises outside the window, so I went to the back door and turned a light on. I saw something sticking out of one of the garbage bins and wondered what it was. Turned out to be a raccoon's paw and the raccoon came climbing out and sat on the top of the other bin loking at me. He was eating something, (I don't know what). So he dived back down into the bin, then came out and wandered away. Cheri, Karly and I stood there watching him through the door, maybe 6 or 8 feet away. I guess there were too many people watching which was why he left when he did. The next night we had to put the garbage by the street so I don't know whether he showed up or not. Now the bin is empty, but he's welcome back any time. John
Perseus was at the vet all day yesterday. He has not eaten in 4 days and we are trying to see what is going on with him. Mean time Apollo did not eat well yesterday and he threwup over night and this morning he started to yowel and then slumped against a bin. Since he was laying around and did not want to eat. He is at the vet today. :/