Thursday, April 30, 2009

Living With Wildlife, Part 2

Our suburbs are stretching a little closer to the woods, and we like living in the woods. We enjoy the wildlife, so we're now a bit closer to where the predators are.” - Stephen Zawistowski quotes

The past three nights, DH and I have been awakened around midnight to screaming. Okay, it's not people screaming... it's this (go listen to the YouTube video, I'll wait -- you need to hear it to get the full affect of why it's been such a rude awakening for us):

That's a Fisher Cat.

What makes this even more amazing is... yesterday morning, before anyone but the dog and I were up, Dakota laid at the back door, staring out like she always does. Then she started growling... then louder... then "oof-ing". I looked, and saw nothing until ... HOLY COW! An enormous fisher cat popped out of the woods and sauntered across my lawn. The thing was just HUGE -- maybe two-thirds the size of Dakota. I've seen them before, but not this closely and never one so large. Dakota wanted to get out there and take him on, but fisher cats are very nasty buggers, and she'd have been torn to pieces. The articles I've read indicate that very large males can reach 20 pounds, but that's unusual. I'm guessing mine is one of those. Yikes.

So... no lions and tigers but even so, the wildlife count this year is through the roof.


I heard from the owner of Resplendence Publishing two days ago. A very nice email and request to resubmit. I might do that. I'm making a few changes in the story first, but there was a reason I'd wanted to submit to them in the first place. So, kudos to Resplendence for making it right.


You Are a Burrito

You're not a picky person. You're able to go with the flow and really enjoy life.

You have a taste for the exotic, and you're quite adventurous. You're willing to try almost anything.

You're very low maintenance. You don't mind getting a bit messy if it means having fun.

You aren't superficial or easily impressed. Someone has to be the real deal if they're going to impress you.

Except for the "adventurous" part, this is pretty close to right.

Plus, I love me a good burrito... mmmm....



Dru said...

WOW! That would certainly wake me up at night.

Kudos for your resubmission to Resplendence Publishing. I wish you all the luck.

You Are a Burger

You are a down to earth person and a straight shooter. You don't fall for fads or trends.

You are stable and a bit old fashioned. Tradition and loyalty are important to you.

You are a good friend and you like to have a good time. You find it easy to kick back.

You're not one to make waves in life. You're happy just to be a part of the fun.
oh man, this is so true.

Have a great Thursday.

Edie said...

That fisher cat would scare me! Glad we don't have any of those. I've seen a fox in our subdivision. We have wild turkeys walk around often. Since I have a bird dog -- and English setter, the field type (versus the bench type, which is the kind you see in shows), you can imagine the fun crazed barking in my house whenever she spots them.

Good luck on your resubmission to Resplendence!

Tori Lennox said...

Holy cow! That fisher cat is wild (in more ways than one)!

I'm a burrito too!

Brandy said...

I've never seen a fisher cat before. But, have heard of them. I hope y'all are careful.
I'm pizza (Yum! Pizzaaaaaaa, one of my favorite foods. *G*):You are friendly, popular, and outgoing. You find it easy to get along with anyone.
You can be casual and carefree or fancy and upscale. You fit in anywhere.
You are a giving person, and you love to share. Sharing comes naturally to you.
You always liven up a party and attract a big crowd. There's just something about you that people love!

Ha! I wish. *G*

I hope you have a nice day!

Ceri Hebert said...

THAT was a fisher cat??? I got chills!! Sounds like something out of Supernatural. Fisher cats are very aggressive and will go after humans as well.

Good luck with Resplendence. I'm glad they made good with you.