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I often take a walk outside in the morning.

When I go, I’m taking in the new things growing around me, the creatures in nature, and enjoying some moments alone with God. Most days I have a cat or two tagging along.

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Me and Hairball

Take today. It’s cool and misty. The plants are covered with raindrops from last night’s shower. Hairball greeted me at the door. He almost always comes for a walk. At age 14-15 he’s showing his age, but he’s a big lover and likes his people (me).

Little Bit came, chatting all the way, and Stinker came running as I headed up the hill. Little Bit always has a lot to say.

We met a strange sight in the garden. A possum wrestling a roll of greenhouse shade cloth. I’m still not sure if he’s a goner, or if he’s playing possum. He looks convincingly not very healthy. The cats were curious about him, but when he stopped moving around, they lost interest.Opossum

The other morning we had a bear here. Just hiking up our trail, right out back of the camper (where we live). I grabbed my phone and took a shaky video (I was barely awake). He wasn’t big, but also  not a cub. But it’s enough to know he’s out there, and that causes me to pause before hiking alone on our property in the dark. Big or small, I don’t want to meet him by myself.Black bear in the woods

I told you yesterday about the hummingbird taking a shower. That was neat.

We get a fair amount of wild turkeys passing through. They mind their own business for the most part. And this year, I’ve seen more frogs about than I’ve ever seen! I don’t know if they’re good or bad for the garden, but I suspect good, for eating bugs. They always seem friendly.


We see raccoons regularly–I wish they’d move on and leave my corn and trash alone, but I guess they are looking for a good meal like everyone else.

I’m going to leave that possum alone and come back in a bit. I suspect he’ll be gone, but time will tell. I’ve caught him before (probably him) eating blackberries in the same spot where he’s lying now. Funny how there aren’t many berries left! I think he’s been busy!

Hope you all have a great day!

What are the critters around your home!

I may add photos later but they aren’t cooperating currently.


Now on to the Hop

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from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we take turns choosing three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

1. How To Easily Create a Meal Plan that Works for YOU from Organized Motherhood

2. Habanero Apricot Jelly from Flour on My Face

3. Hummingbird Moths in the Garden from Life in Kentucky

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20 Replies

  1. We see a lot of deer, some bears, the occasional fox, plenty of chipmunks, and squirrels. Hawks and sometimes a peregrine falcon too! I’m very lucky

  2. Nowadays, I see squirrels, birds, toads, chipmunks, turtles and snakes. Back in the day, in the 21 acre woods, I would see possums playing dead, coyotes in a pack, owls, skunks, deer, wild turkey, groundhogs…and I’m sure there’s something I’ve left out. Sure miss those early morni g walks in the woods!

  3. I’ve never seen a bear around here but we have a lot of deer. I love the babies this time of year. We also see an occasional fox, and a lot of squirrels. I think we might also have a family of skunks nearby this year so we’re being very cautious when we go outside in the evenings.

  4. In our neighborhood, you regularly see deer and all kinds of birds. Now there are feral pigs, coyotes, alligators, and all kinds of snakes roaming around. I try to avoid most of them LOL

    1. Feral pigs. Nope. I would not like to meet one of those!
      Alligators? I’d also rather leave them be!

      And snakes! Even the benign ones give me the shivers!

      Maybe you’d better stay inside or go to a park!

  5. Laurie,
    Thanks so much for hosting this wonderful party each and every week!! I really appreciate the time and effort that goes into it along with visiting all the links and choosing Features!!! Thank You!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!

  6. I have never liked possums but I adore bears! I read a book called Summer Of The Bears decades ago that changed my perspective on them (HIGHLY recommend it to you!) One of my favorite pastimes is watching bear videos on You Tube – there’s a guy named Pat Conley (I believe) who produces some wonderful ones of bears who regularly visit his home. Your morning walks sound like so much fun. Thanks for hosting! 🙂

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