The littlest menace.

2 Oliver as a kitten

 

I came across this picture of Oliver when he first came to live with our son. So sweet looking, so adorable…so hyperactive. Most kittens have lots of energy, but Ollie was…Ollie.

We spent the night at our son’s on an inflatable mattress once. I don’t think we slept  a wink, Oliver would launch himself onto us out of the dark and puncture us with his little claws. Normal kitten behavior…hanging from the beams in our son’s  basement, taking mini-cucumbers and putting them in shoes. Dragging a pizza slice onto the bed and snacking on it. Ninja attacks on the sleeping roommate who lived in the basement.

He’s six years old now. For reasons unknown, possibly because little Max is no longer around for him to torture, he reverts to predator mode and goes for me. (I find it pretty interesting that I’m MUCHHHH larger than Max was and that still doesn’t deter him.) Two days ago he nipped the back of my leg as I walked by, he did the same thing to Max.

I may have to rent a lion costume and growl at him a lot. I’m also wondering how old a cat has to be before he loses his teeth.

 

Red Tail Hawk

 

There was an VERY big surprise visitor in the backyard a week or so back.

Earlier in the day, I had seen a bird circling and it was at least a half mile away…it looked fairly large, even from that distance.

Three hours later I noticed a BIG shape in a sycamore tree…and there it was…the red tail hawk. It was a fair distance away, but I took a photo anyway with the expected blurry results.

4 Hello Hawk WM (39 of 1)

Imagine my surprise when it turned around on the branch and looked toward where I was looking through the window. Leaning forward, it left the branch and it was off and flying… I captured another blurry image.

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It took a second for me to register the fact that the amazing predator was gliding down to the ground, where it landed twenty feet from the window.

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Look how well it blends in with it’s surroundings! It was such a thrill to see this magnificent bird so closely.