I should have known.
The animals are taking over TMF!
Well, what did you expect?
I absolutely love nature. Plants, animals, sky, clouds....even the things that make me squeal, like the little resident frogs in our stream who must love hearing me shriek, because they all take flying leaps at me.
But in the past few weeks, there have been more animals than usual on our property. We now have some regular visitors.
I feel like that photo should be in the National Enquirer. It's grainy and you have to look at just the right angle to see Percy, the male mallard duck who has taken up residence in our horse field. (We're not under water. We have a stream running through the middle of the field.) His mate, Petunia, is somewhere over there, but she's brown, so good luck spotting her.
This photo is a bit clearer. I felt like the Quackarazzi, sneaking around our wood pile to get close enough to get a photo. They're very wary of people, which is good - that means they're less likely to be hunted by my fellow men. That makes me happy.
I have to admit, I didn't name Percy and Petunia. They are reincarnations of a pair of mallards that visited my parents every spring when a little pond would form in their front yard. Aren't they cute?
Then, yesterday I was talking to a very dear friend who told me she's got a bun in the oven (yay!) and as I'm gushing happy baby thoughts, I see something out my front window.
That's Mojo, lying down facing away from us. But who is looking at me?
Mojo's got a girlfriend! He even brought a mouse over and plonked it in front of her, the equivalent of kitty flowers or jewelry.
I'm happy to report that the mouse is not on my front porch steps anymore. Whew!
Or, perhaps Mojo has a boyfriend. Whatever this kitty is, they seem to be close. Which is great, since Whimsey and Monster, stuck in the house, practically snap, claw, slather and foam at the mouth when Mojo approaches our screen door.
If it's a boyfriend Mojo's got, I guess the mouse would be the equivalent of some Barbra Streisand CDs and a bunch of rhinestones.
Good for him!