Skunk. Well, we didn't SEE it, but hooboy, did we smell it. When, you might be wondering? About two seconds after we'd let Paco outside. I don't think he got sprayed directly, but rather, the skunk had just left his mark and Paco walked into it. Super fun, as it was 4:30 a.m. and we were busy getting ready for running club. We had to leave him all smelly until later, but thanks to Debby's skunk shampoo recipe that she'd recently posted, we got him washed up and smelling like a dog again.
Bees. That same day, Jeff took Paco to sit outside in the sun to dry off from his bath. All of a sudden I heard "BEES!" and they came running back in. THIS was outside our kitchen window:
That is a blanket of bees draping over the eave!!!
I have a beekeeper friend and called him, because I knew enough to not kill them. He came over about an hour later - in the meantime, they'd moved to our living room window:
Jeff thought it was fascinating. I said I would think it was fascinating if I were watching this on TV, not right outside my window!
Another view. Pretty sure there were about a million bees at this point.
My friend came over, did his beekeeping observations, and said that there was a queen in this mess, and her workers were looking for a place to build a hive. He thought they'd probably move on, but made plans to come back the next day and remove them if they were still there (he had somewhere to be that day, so he couldn't remove them until then). Later on, we noticed they weren't on the screen, so Jeff went in the backyard and saw this:
According to our beekeeper friend, they were resting on the roof...they were tired from all that swarming around. It's hard to tell from the picture, but this was about 3x3 feet in dimension.
By late morning on Sunday, most of the bees were gone. Whew! I know bees are necessary, but I'm a NIMBY (not in my backyard) person when it comes to them.
Rats. Our youngest came home for a quick trip over the weekend, so we got to see the new little ratties again. They have bonded quite well with the older rat, Louise:
Louise and her look-alike, Andi.
Louise keeping Andi and Olli warm? They all seemed content. I think Louise is enjoying mothering the little ones.
Cicada/Bat. OK, not a bat, but when it flew at me, I thought it was one, so the scare counts for that, right? Story here, in case you missed it.
Bunnies. Julia picked me up early on Wednesday to go to Planet Fitness, and we saw two pet bunnies just hanging out, near my driveway. The next morning, she came over to run, and when we finished, the bunnies were right by the big green grassy area in the middle of our street. They must belong to someone, because when I got near them, the brown one came right up to me:
Please to ignore the sweat - that is what 45 minutes of running at 5:30 a.m. looks like. The ears on the brown bunny were huge! They stood straight up, while the ears on the tan bunny were all soft and floppy. The tan bunny is just munching away on the grass...breakfast time!
Not the greatest pictures, but it was dark. Cute little things - I later found out that the neighbor two houses down owns them, and can't seem to keep them in the backyard.
Dog. Of course I had to include Paco! As soon as I picked up my phone, he posed:
Um Mom? I wud like to meet bunniez. Promise not to chase dem. PROMISE.
Have a great weekend!