Friday, April 23, 2010

The email that made my day.

We have been drinking in the sunshine these past few days. 
L-boy is toddling around in all his glory.
Spending countless hours in the great outdoors.
My kids romp in the forest for a good part of the day.
We pick ticks from our bodies on a continual basis.
Good times to be had by all involved!
So, today, imagine the "joy" that overtook me when I opened my email only to be greeted with this friendly neighborhood warning.



Just a note so you will be aware----


I was talking to Shorty D. yesterday. He farms for a neighbor on Sunny Rd. Apparently the neighbor found very fresh cougar tracks on his property this spring. With the moose and elk activity we have seen, it is not surprising. Be alert when you and/or your children are outside... Looking forward to seeing you soon - we are working on a date for our next morning coffee group.


Have a great day!

Have a great day?
Right after I figure out a way to strap my shotgun to my back.
Oh wait, I don't own a shot gun.
Well, then...my machete!!
Remember this?
Yes...She'll do in a pinch.
I can just see the headlines now.
Machete wielding crazy woman wards off cougar attack to protect her young.


It is my sincere hope that you have a peaceful,
and restful, cougar free weekend.
Somebody's got to!

25 comments:

Heather said...

Whoa! I'd be freaking out. I hope you all are safe, and don't forget your machete. :)

bbcd mama said...

More like it is MY sincere hope that YOU have a peaceful, cougar-free weekend! Sheesh!

alicia said...

Haha. Good luck with that one.

Courtney said...

Oh goodness! LOL! I hope I don't read any headlines like that, Julie. Praying you have no cougar encounters. How crazy! "Have a great day!"

Love Letters To China said...

Okay... I think I will stay living in the city. The only thing I have to worry about are the iguanas in my backyard! Stay safe...

Have a great weekend!

Tracy said...

You crack me up!!! This would shake me up as well though, so I understand.

*Jess* said...

AUGH! Okay, that would seriously freak me out! Be careful outside, k?

Dana said...

I love it when people sign "have a nice day" at the end of a e-mail that they know is going to make you worry. how about sign it "take care" :-) Good luck!!

Bossy Betty said...

Moose, elk, and cougars! Oh MY! Love the nonchalant tone the writer used after letting you know about the cougar.

I'm gonna let other people make the "Cougar" jokes because I'm giving in that way....

Bethany @ Organic Enchilada said...

Yikes! That is scary! Make sure the kids aren't carrying meat in their pockets. :)

Natalie said...

Good Lord! Just when you thought it was safe to hang out and enjoy the weather! Well good luck, and I hope you never have to use your machete! Have a great day (ha ha!) and a really good weekend!

Stuff could always be worse said...

Wow that is a big knife! Glad you have a cougar free weekend.
kim

Cleo said...

AHHHHHH!!!!
To the cougar, of course...
but also to the fact that you don't own a gun!!!!!!
Am prepping to take my concealed weapons permit.
When I travel, my handgun goes with me.
Sugar and I both have NRA stickers on our vehicles.
Just solidified plans to attend NRA's "Celebration of American Values" with guest speakers Oliver North, Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity, Newt Gingrich and The Charlie Daniles Band.
Sorry...taking up the blasted entire commentary forum here with this stuff!
Am not only a HUGE supporter of gun rights, but believe every household in America should own one for home security.
Please, my dear new friend, esp. since you're living more rural now, consider purchasing one.
Not too mention, and this fact is really the underpinning to my stand on this topic: there are a HOST of nuts/freaks/parasites (as I tell the kids, "people that make bad choices") out there. And while the police are there to "protect and serve" us, realistically, they're not going to make it in time.
There was an elderly man's conversation with the emergency dispatcher on the news awhile back. Think it was actually here in SC. Two men were breaking into his house. He informed the dispatcher that he had a shotgun and was going to use it to defend himself if the police didn't hurry up. The dispatcher, of course was attempting to steer him from that. What kills me here is if this dispatcher found herself in the same situation, she would most likely be reacting the same as this old man! The most amazing thing about this is the utter calmness in this old man's voice! After a minute, you hear him belt out with a, "No one coming into my house...." and a series of shots!!! Old geezer got em'!!! I've never been a popular person, for I have never embraced "modernality". I teach my children to say "ma'am" and "sir", I can ride a dirt bike, I embrace TRADITIONAL God-created values, and I support old men like this one (to name but a few things that make the average person curl their nose up at me). Just sharing. :) Am a pretty passionate person and can really get fired-up about some things!
No matter what you decide in the "gun" arena (given that we do, THANK GOD, still have the right to bear arms)....BE CAREFUL.
Bet you didn't quite expect this type of response, eh???? ;)

Many hug friend...:)
P.S. Am not proofreading (no time): so please forgive any errors!

Eileen said...

Our neighbor said they saw a cougar in our backyard. In OUR backyard! I actually like to call them mountain lions instead of cougars because it sounds more serious. There was a LION in our BACKYARD! Lyle likes to show me statistics about how unlikely it is to be attacked by a cougar/LION, but I just look at Cholita's hoppy, bouncy little walk, and I think that any lion would look at her and think "kitty toy".

Ahh, the joys of nature!

laney said...

Oh my goodness!! Though it would be cool to see a cougar in the wild...from a distance of course!
Hopefully you won't have to use your machete. :) Be safe and good luck!

Arizona Mamma said...

I think you win the "things that could kill you" contest. Snakes and scorpions...or cougars? Um, snakes and scorpions please!! Holy cow! And I'd be saying the same thing "have a nice day?" Yes indeed...don't let your young get eaten, and sweet dreams :)

My Mercurial Nature said...

I'm a new follower, hopping over from Our Daze in the Desert. You blog is great and I'm loving your photos!

3LittleMonkeys said...

Ummm....ummm...does playing dead work? YIKES. And here I am all worried about itty bitty spiders on our deck!

Shannon said...

Don't believe we'll ever have any kind of letters like that around here. Maybe a warning for a crazy drunken' redneck, but surely no cougars! Have a good (safe) weekend!

Carrie said...

OK, you got me on this one! At least the three copperheads next door are dead now!! ;)

He & Me + 3 said...

Good Lord is that for real? YIKES! That machete is huge too. Not sure I have seen a knife that big. Look out Cougars. Wowzers!

lulalola.com said...

Stay safe! I see coyote from time to time and had a fox in my garage once. Scary. I must get a machete. I think I' feel quite empowered!

Ellie said...

Wow that is scary! Keep those little ones safe!!! We had coyotes in our yard (playing tug of war over a rabbit) and that scared my children so much they would never go far from the house . . .

Seizing My Day said...

OK.. so I haven't been reading much this weekend! WOW! evacuations, cougars, what else am I going to read today in blogland! =) Keep em safe mamma! =) We have a single cougar who roams our area (in city limits!) City of trees being Wa and all! ya know! ;) anyway... my kids are chickens and won't go in the "woods" alone .. I think I am ok with that! and since our kitty disappeared back there 3 weeks ago... um... yeah! sorry kids you need the dog in the back yard with you at ALL times now! =)

Donna said...

Oh my goodness - stay safe!

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