Don’t laugh at me …

While I was getting my miles in this morning I heard a familiar and pleasant noise but it didn’t know where it was coming from. I then saw a woman running after her dog. They stopped by a tree and her dog excitedly stood there looking up at a squirrel who had perched himself on a branch about 12 feet above them. Then I heard the noise again … and I couldn’t believe my ears! The woman and I just looked at each other. She must have seen the shock on my face because without even having to ask her, she confirmed that she was hearing the same thing that I was hearing. Now I will admit that I have been witness to a few strange animal encounters in my day, but all I could think was that THIS had to be the funniest one yet!

Well, I hope you all have a day where someone (or some creature) doesn’t laugh at you!!!

The best day EVER …

Adventure awaits us! Today we have a geyser, goats and flowers on our list of things to see. Seriously, stuff like this is what I live for. Being outdoors and seeing new things is so much fun! OK fine, I’ve seen goats and flowers before, but not THESE goats and flowers. And I’ve NEVER seen a geyser in action. Whoa! But all of this is made especially great because I get to experience it with people I love. YAY!

Well, I hope you all plan the best day ever!!!

Suburban wildlife, me and my weird life …

I don’t want to get into too much detail on how my day went, so I’ll just share a tidbit of how my morning looked. On my run I broke up a fight between a bird and a squirrel. Yup. That pretty much sums up it up.

Well, I hope you all have a typically weird day!!!

The heebie jeebies …

Soooooo I found a snake in our backyard this morning. We have never had a snake back there before. I screamed. My neighbors didn’t come running so it must not have been as blood-curdling as I thought. I know this may come as a shock to all of you (not), but I can be a little dramatic. But let me tell you, this snake was HUGE. Well. Huge to me. And I’m pretty much never going into our backyard again. Nope. Can’t make me.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you don’t have the heebie jeebies!!!

One angry bird … 

We have a local bagel shop that we frequent a few times a month. My crew loves their bagel sandwiches. We have been coming to this particular place for years and it’s always a pleasant experience when we do. We frequently see our neighbors there, enjoy the outside patio and are always greeted by their great staff.

There has, however, been a disruption to all this goodness as of late. A situation that is kinda … scary. There is a little black bird who swoops down and pesters and pecks at the customers. NO JOKE! I have not been a victim of this bird’s nastiness but I have been witness to it. Yikes. He is not nice! Not. At. All.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you don’t encounter an angry bird!!!

Seeing yourself in others … even if it’s a squirrel … 

You can always tell the crazy squirrel in the herd. Is “herd” correct when discussing squirrels? Gaggle? Grouping? Bunch? I like “herd” so I’m going with that. Anyway, they are the squirrel who is just a little more jittery and wiry than all the rest. And they have some wild fur going on too. Like they’ve been through a rain and wind storm while all the other squirrels look like they were smart enough to stay inside.


I just got a little scared describing that.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you don’t see yourself in others!!!

Nuts …

I am not what you would call a “risk taker”. I do, however, jaywalk on occasion when I’m running in the early morning hours when no one is on the road. I’ve also been known to run down the middle of the street at 3:30 a.m., on my 22-miler to the beach when I run through a scary part of town. Even armed with my pepper spray some bushes still creep me out to pass. I’d rather have to avoid the occasional car I encounter than deal with lurks behind or in a bush. Plus, I am pretty sure I look a little WACKY running down the middle of the street. I figure this wards off attackers who, they themselves, aren’t LOOPY enough to engage in such behavior. So it’s not necessarily risky it’s more for safety. Yep, that’s the extent of my regular daredevil-ism.

Anyway, I mention all this because on the way back from dropping Reese off at school this morning I saw a squirrel.

Yes, I typed “a squirrel”.

Not very monumental on a typical day. Let’s face it, those little buggers are everywhere right now. But this was no ordinary squirrel. He was a little more CRAZED than the other squirrels I have encountered. This one was jaywalking across a very busy street maneuvering through cars like a LUNATIC squirrel! OK, no, I didn’t expect him to use the crosswalk, but still! He must have done this before because he nailed it like a pro! A very tiny and furry INSANE pro!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you aren’t NUTS!!!