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Life is fun — the things you take in stride, the things that flip you out. Sometimes neither make sense which is what keeps life hopping with laughs — the weird idiosyncrasies of each an every personality that make it unique.
I am like most females, I like cute little things like kittens and bunny rabbits. I have learned to tolerate spiders on my front porch, but anywhere else I want them demolished. I don’t freak out over most rodents, but I am reasonably cautious and don’t want them invading territory they shouldn’t.
That leads me to my Sunday encounters. I went outside to mow the lawn. I was putting gas in the rider, which is backed up to my house. Suddenly there is this flash of movement from the area behind the mower. Something jumps out and naturally I jump with it.
Now you have to admit, when you are not expecting it those cotton-tailed bunny rabbits can be pretty ferocious looking when they are scampering out from a hidden spot and making a mad-dash across your lawn. Once I realized what it was I decided it was safe to proceed with my plan of mowing the lawn. I am here to tell about it, no further attacks.
I was riding the mower along a fence line where the ground angles, so you have to stay close and battle any tree or bush limbs hanging over. As I am traversing the path I apparently disturbed a black hornet or wasp (I can’t tell the difference) and he was flying around and at me. I do not like those creatures, they are not nice! To keep him away I automatically swatted at him, which I had to do twice before he finally left. Then the mind does weird things…what if he goes to get his friends and gangs up on me? What can I say, I grew up when all the “killer bee” movies were out. Luckily I didn’t have to relive any movies, he stayed away.
So I turn the corner in the front yard and bump! I drive through a weird depression or hole that hasn’t been there before. I have no idea what it was, and I did not get off to inspect, but of course I wondered…was it from a snake, a gofer, a mole? Who knows. I’m not going to ponder the possibility. Hmmmm, could that be the reason I decided not to rake this week?
So now that I’ve been blasted by bunnies, hassled by hornets and bungled by bumps the rest of the week should be a breeze. What other creatures could possibly invade my personal space? A spider.
I was driving my car down the road and get a glimpse of something. It was a very tiny, microscopic spider strolling along the inside of my windshield. Now I must say that compared to the ones that typically live on my front porch, this one was so tiny it almost isn’t worth mentioning. However I feel the need to point out that not only did I not flip out, but I just shrugged my shoulders and went “oh well” and let him enjoy his stroll. Attempting to kill a spider when driving down the road is probably not recommended. As I am writing this I do have one thought though. I let him remain inside my car….what if he grows? That is a thought I do not want. Hopefully it gets hot and he dies of heat exhaustion before that happens.
So as you are going through your day and encountering the various creatures of the wild, laugh at your own goofy, stupid, exuberant reactions to things and let the good times roll.