THE SOUND IN THE WOODS…


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SO I’VE BEEN SPENDING A LOT OF HOURS CLEANING UP THE DEBRIS LEFT BEHIND BY OLD MAN WINTER…YESTERDAY I HAD REACHED THE POINT OF TRIMMING BACK THE NASTY VINES FULL OF THORNS FROM THE WILD RASPBERRY BUSHES.

I ALSO BENT BACK OR TRIMMED OFF THOSE TALL GRAY/CREAM COLORED “STICKS” THAT YOU SEE IN THE LOWER IMAGE, THEY TEND TO GET KNOCKED OVER SO THAT THEY ARE LEANING INTO THE GRASSY AREA…THAT’S A PROBLEM. I CAN’T EXPECT THE LAWN MOWING TO GO WELL IF A PERSON HAS TO STOP EVERY TWO SECONDS TO GET BRANCHES OUT OF THE WAY.

SO I WORKED UNTIL MY FACE WAS RED/PURPLE LIKE IT ALWAYS GETS IF I EXERT MYSELF OUTSIDE UNTIL I HEARD….”THE NOISE”.

FOR QUITE A FEW YEARS NOW, WE HERE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE U.S. HAVE HEARD TALES OF AND A PHOTO WAS FINALLY TAKEN OF….A MOUNTAIN LION. 

I AM FAIRLY CERTAIN THAT FIVE YEARS AGO, I SAW ONE SLINKING BESIDE OUR GARAGE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. WHY WAS I UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT YOU ASK? MY MEMORY FAILS ME…SICK CHILD?…SNORABLY HUSBAND?…MY SLEEPING MIND AWAKENED BY A SUBCONSCIOUS THOUGHT SAYING, “WAKE UP, A MOUNTAIN LION IS GOING TO WALK BY IN A FEW MINUTES AND YOU WOULDN’T WANT TO MISS THAT WOULD YOU???

ANYWAYI WAS LISTENING TO THE SOUNDS THE RIVER MAKES AS I CLIPPED AWAY AT THE WEEDS WHEN I  HEARD A SOUND…A SOUND…A, “I AM A BIG ANIMAL AND I AM COMING FOR YOU”, SOUND.”

EVER THE COOL, CALM, WARRIOR THAT I AM, I ADJUSTED MY GARDEN CLIPPERS AND CONSIDERED HOW MUCH PROTECTION A TWO INCH, EXTREMELY DULL BLADE WAS GOING TO DO ME.

I WAS NOT GOING TO MAKE THE MISTAKE SO MANY HAVE MADE IN THE PAST…CONVINCING THEMSELVES THAT THEY’RE IMAGINING THINGS AND THEN THEY END UP AS A GRIZZLY BEAR APPETIZER…NO…I AM A FIRM BELIEVER IN TRUSTING YOUR INSTINCTS. NO WAY WAS I GOING TO ALLOW MYSELF TO BE ATTACKED WHEN I LEAST EXPECTED IT.

I BACKED TOWARDS THE HOUSE, HOLDING MY LITTLE CLIPPERS AT THE READY…IT WAS PAST TIME FOR LUNCH ANYWAY AND I WAS REALLY THIRSTY, SO I WASN’T REALLY SHOWING COWARDICE BY LEAVING.

I NEVER SAW ANYTHING COME OUT OF THE WOODS, BUT I MUST HAVE BEEN STRESSED BECAUSE MY THROAT WAS VERY DRY…I WAS ACTUALLY WHAT SOME HAVE DESCRIBED AS PARCHED!

I HAD MADE THE SAFETY OF THE HOUSE SO I DRAGGED MY EXHAUSTED SELF TO THE REFRIGERATOR AND POURED A BIG GLASS OF LEMONADE. MAX THE DOG MUST HAVE SEEN MY SWAT TEAM STYLE RETREAT TO THE HOUSE BECAUSE TO COMFORT ME, HE STOOD HIS LITTLE SELF UP AGAINST MY LEG AND TRIED TO HOLD ON TO ME WITH HIS  LITTLE DAGGER SHARP TOENAILS. 

A MOUNTAIN LION, MAX ISN’T…BUT TOENAIL SCRATCHES CAN BE TRAUMATIZING TOO! I SAT DOWN MY GLASS OF LEMONADE AND AS I BENT DOWN, I SWEPT MY ARM  TOWARDS LITTLE MAX TO PEEL HIM OFF OF ME…SOMEHOW I RECONNECTED WITH THE GLASS AND SWEPT IT OFF THE COUNTER ON TO MY HEAD, DRENCHING MYSELF AND MAX. I DID MANAGE TO CATCH THE GLASS SOMEHOW.

LITTLE MAX AND I STOOD IN A PUDDLE OF STICKY, PINK LEMONADE…BUT NOT FOR LONG…MAX RAN STRAIGHT TO THE DOOR AND NEEDED TO GO OUT! THERE WAS NO ARGUING WITH HIM.

AS I STOOD IN THE DRIVEWAY WITH MAX ON HIS LEASH, I BRUSHED MY SOPPING WET HAIR AWAY FROM MY FACE AND REFLECTED…BETTER LEMONADE THAN A MOUNTAIN LION.

 

 

15 thoughts on “THE SOUND IN THE WOODS…

  1. We don’t have bears or mountain lions, but we have plenty of raccoons, bobcats, and coyotes … as well as fishers, skunk, hawks and eagles. I’ve had close encounters with each of them and it scared the tar out of me every time.

  2. Two years ago I watched a mountain lion come down the wooded hill behind our house and go behind our shed. Several other people who live near us also have seen mountain lions, and some have seen black panthers. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources insists we have none here.

    1. They say the same darn thing here…and I KNOW a person who took a picture of one…not someone who would fake a picture in the least..and still the DNR denies it.

  3. What a day dear Suzanne… In every beginning of the sentence I worried, I can’t explain well. But I am glad you haven’t met with mountain lion… On the other hand I am sure Angel you are a whisperer with animals… 🙂 Take a rest now, the garden work is not easy. Thank you, Love, nia

    1. You immediately knew something was different, didn’t you?! I’m very glad that I didn’t meet with the big cat too…I would hope that I never, ever, ever do! I took your advice and had a rest 🙂

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