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Is that a bear in my backyard…

Is that a bear in my backyard…

We live Florida – in the city limits – in a nice neighborhood. We have more wildlife in our yard than my daughter who lives in the middle of the woods in Louisiana!

Our newest visitor is a raccoon who thinks he’s a pet. He shows up at the cat food bowl about 5:30 every evening. When you open the door he scurries under the car to wait until he feels it’s safe to return to the food bowl. We can sit three feet away from him and watch him eat. He made a few appearances when the grandchildren were visiting last week. Pierson who is 20 months called him “Cat”. We call him Fred.

Hide and seek!

A little washing up before the meal!

Pierson waiting for “Cat”.

Later in the evening, the possum sometimes shows up for his turn at the feeding trough. He’s a little scary. I stay far away from him!

He gets the leftovers.

The box turtles show up every day – morning, noon, and night, especially when it rains. They are my favorite.

Bath time!

Sometimes the water turtles lumber up the the back yard to lay their eggs. We have to keep watch on the nests so the crows don’t raid them.

If you look closely you can see the eggs. A crow was after them so we covered it back up. Hope they survive.

We also have to check under the vehicles before leaving the house to make sure there are no turtles taking a siesta.

Just through our back gate is the creek and a park. There are red sliders, yellow sliders, and alligator snapping turtles. Feeding the turtles is a treat for us daily. It also occupies little minds.

A walk to the park to feed the turtles.

Last week we caught sight of a fox taking a shortcut through the yard to heaven knows where! I’m glad he didn’t decide to stop in for a bite to eat. He made himself very comfortable though!

Even the ants get into the act!

Foster Kitty is a pretty good sport. He usually shares his bounty with whatever wildlife shows up.

Patiently waiting his turn!

I’m waiting for a bear to show up one day. They have been spotted in surrounding neighborhoods a few times. Let’s hope not!

~Elle

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Juggling Life

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Juggling so much that is going on right now I’ve neglected my blog! Can anyone else relate to that?

  1. It was a wild week last week. Andrew graduated from grad school at Lee University and has accepted a great graduate assistantship to further his education at the University of South Carolina. Who would have known when I was having anxiety attacks over him getting his homework done in high school he was going to go this far?
  2. My granddaughter’s dance studio has been selected to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in November. With it costing a small fortune to attend she’s started a gofundme page here > http://bit.ly/2WOiWnI Stop by and see this amazing twelve-year-old dancer if nothing else!
  3. I’m in the process of collecting an email list for a short monthly newsletter. Uggh! It’s something they said I need to do. Can it be any harder? I’d love to see you on this list! You can sign up here > https://mailchi.mp/5b2319d541f9/newsletter-sign-up (you could win a $100 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of Avoiding The Tilt, and believe me when I say the odds are in your favor right now!)
  4. I just downloaded a new program on my computer – InDesign. So far I’m baffled but trying to work through it. I’ll be letting you know soon what I plan on doing with this program.
  5. Friday I’m traveling to Monroe, Louisiana for my granddaughter’s high school graduation. She’s the third one of my grandchildren graduating and will be attending Southern Arkansas University in the fall.
  6. And last but not least, I’ve set the publishing date for my newest book – Avoiding The Tilt – June 25th! You can preorder the kindle addition here > https://amzn.to/2WA7AmW

So you can see I haven’t been playing around. Not unless you count the couple of times we’ve been to the beach this month!

~Elle

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