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Sunday, February 10, 2019

strange weather, beautiful blooms, critters, and coyotes



Is it just me or have you noticed that the weather around the world has been a bit erratic?  I know that hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunami, earthquakes, lava flows, floods, etc. happen... and have happened throughout history,  but do they seem to be happening a lot more?

I do believe in Climate Change... and I expect this is all a part of that, but with the earth warming and the seas rising, I worry (no, not worry exactly... but am concerned) that things may be happening faster than people seem to realize or care to admit. 

We went from almost 80 degrees to in the low 20's recently... and although probably not that unusual - seems like a small warning sign saying the weather is 'in flux' (not sure that's the right word, but it fits my feeling).

Anyway, on to happier things...




Amaryllis with 4 blooms on each stalk

Thought you might like to see our amaryllis in total bloom. It has 4 large flowers on each stalk. Really pretty! And so far, the cats haven't even noticed it. Of course it's not usually in the center of our kitchen... but the light was better here for the pic.

The weather here has been cold, damp, and downright nasty. Perfect for sitting by the fireplace with a good book.  Since I use that area for my pottery too... it's a great time to underglaze my little critters.  


seal 

puffin


These are on the shelf ready for the first firing...

Oh.. and a heads up! DH and I just chased a very large coyote out of our backyard! He was after one of the feral cats. Don't think he caught him... at least we hope notDH went out with one of those 'screaming canisters' and I ran out banging pots together. He ran. Must have jumped the 6 foot fence...

We've had a few coyotes around the neighborhood. They usually run when you make noise. I've never worried too much about them, but some areas (Frisco, TX) have had people attacked lately... really odd that they would do that. 

As always - Have a wonderful week and thanks for reading! I plan to go make a bacon cheeseburger meatloaf for supper tonight... something I saw on one of the cooking shows and thought the boys would like. Will let you know how it turns out. 











13 comments:

  1. Who would NOT like a bacon cheeseburger meatloaf?? I'm glad you saw the coyote and managed to chase it away. More and more animals are adapting to living in more urban areas. -Jenn

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    1. The bacon cheeseburger meatloaf was pretty good. We enjoyed it. As for the coyote, it must have jumped our 6 ft fence... but we did chase it out of the yard.

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  2. Hope that coyote didn't get one of the cats! They are kept safe by you two, fed and watered, but they are also safe from marauding critters like coyotes! I hope so, anyway. :-)

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    1. We hope so too. It was actually chasing one of the ferals, but we think it got away as it didn't have anything in its mouth when it jumped the back fence. We plan to count heads tomorrow and hope all are well.

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  3. That coyote must be pretty hungry (?), to attack a human. Or sick? Or maybe the urban coyotes are so accustomed to humans that they just take it for granted that we're another food source.

    Frankly, it's impossible for 7+ billion people NOT to have an impact on this earth, and not just on the rate of climate change, but in terms of displacing natural wildlife and the consequences of that, etc.

    As for your critters, they're coming along nicely! I adore that seal, probably because he reminds of my fat little Derry. LOL.

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    1. Kim, the attacks in Frisco were on about 4 people... different times. It was strange. They did catch one coyote and sent off for rabies check... but never heard any more about it. There has been one more attack in Frisco (that I know of) since then.
      It's never bothered me that the coyotes were around... just don't want them in my fenced backyard... would like it to be a semi-safe sanctuary if possible.

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  4. the coyote will be back, they patrol neighborhoods looking for cats and small dogs to eat. strange they will attack people though, humans are encroaching on their territory I guess. weather patterns repeat themselves, old timers have said back in the 50s we had the same type of extreme weather patterns; look at the ice age, who knows maybe we're going back to that.

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    1. I remember the 50's... but don't remember the weather... of course we didn't have all the technology back then to be aware of so much. And growing up in the south (Louisiana), I remember mostly very hot humid summers. If we're headed for an ice age any time soon - god help us.

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  5. I do worry about the future, especially for the sake of my grandson. Yet, I must admit I don't always do all I can to limit my footprint.

    I agree, I hope the coyote did not take one of the cats. I suspect if he/she is willing to come into the backyard it is hungry. With any luck it will find a meal elsewhere.

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    1. Some of the cats have returned... not all. We will wait and see. So far the coyote hasn't been back.

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  6. First, yes the weather is more erratic and more dangerous. I worked with scientists who predicted this decades ago! They admitted they were guessing at the frequency and the amount of storm...but I see they were actually pretty conservative in their predictions. It is going to get worse, it is going to happen more often. Nothing we can do but face the consequences of our ignorance.

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    1. I agree. If the climate is changing (as it is apt to be doing), I'm not sure there's anything we can really do to stop it. But IF there's a chance we might be able to have some effect... then IMO we need to try. My concern is that it is probably happening a lot faster than people realize.

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  7. Maybe we can't stop what has all ready happened to the climate but I do believe we could slow it down a bunch. Like you, I worry about the younger generation and what they will have to deal with.
    Hope your cats remain safe from the coyotes. Scary.

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