I am very excited to share that I finally had a sighting of Mr. Groundhog (aka Fatty)! I haven’t seen him in months and was worried that the other more active wildlife here had perhaps taken off with him. But much to my surprise, he popped up into my yard and I was able to greet him with a happy smile.
Now I know many people may not be as enthusiastic as I am when a groundhog who has a large labyrinth underground has made it through hibernation only to pop back up, but I am! A few days ago after the farmer across the street had tilled the field, I watched a few groundhogs scampering across the street in the recently turned soil and hoped that perhaps one of them was mine.
Fatty is looking pretty lean so I hope that his munching on the dandelions (of which I have a ton in the yard right now) will fatten him up again happily after his long winter’s nap. Now I just have to wait and see if Mrs. Fatty returns as well!
Of course, you know I am anxiously awaiting a sighting of my darling bunnies. So far, I haven’t seen them, but I am keeping a watchful eye out!
You know how much I love the wildlife that live nearby so I had to share this story with you. A friend of mine was awakened yesterday morning by insistent knocking on her door. What she found when she went to the door was this groundhog!
A groundhog actually was knocking on her door! Notice that he’s standing up on his hind legs and his front paws are on the door. As my Mom would say, “it sounds like a story to tell it” (meaning it sounds farfetched), but you’ve got the proof here! I have to agree, truth is sometimes stranger than fiction.
She explained that when she realized that it was a groundhog knocking on her door and peering in like a nosy neighbor, she went back upstairs to get her phone to take a photo. When she returned moments later, he was still in the same position. So we’ve aptly named him Nosy – for Nosy Neighbor!
What she found interesting was that he was still in the same spot peering in her window as if he was casing the place and checking it out. Have you ever had any experiences with groundhogs like this? I have a few in the backyard, but to my knowledge, none of them have come up to my door to knock!
I wonder what message he had to give? Have you ever had any wildlife come actually knocking on your door?
Well, here we are my friends. It seems like a bad April Fool’s joke that we are all on lock-down with the CoronaVirus and the aftermath of terror that it has been striking in so many people’s lives. But the truth of the matter is clear. We are all quarantined in one way or another at this time in order to not spread the virus to others.
I hope this post finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe. We are doing well here although I do have to go to the food store at some point because we are running low on a few items. Trying to get delivery or pick up times for grocery items has been sold out so there’s no other option except to go myself. The last time I was in a store over a week ago, there were many empty aisles of shelving including for toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, bottled water and chicken or fresh meat. The fellow shoppers were stressed and it was not a pleasant experience. But today or tomorrow, I will go back to see what I can find. How is it near you?
In other news though, the flowers have been blooming and I see the happy yellow daffodils swaying in the breeze. Clover (the rabbit) has been out and about and does not hop away when she sees us anymore. She is content to continue nibbling on her favorite green clover in the yard without worry that we will bother her. Fatty the groundhog has been tamer as well. He’s been out moseying through the yard lately and seems to have lost some weight. The birds have been singing loudly too as well as the frogs at night. It’s very early to be hearing the frogs here. When I stepped out to bring the garbage out there was a little frog (the size of my thumb) on the door sill. He didn’t even bother to jump when I walked over him. Lucky for him, I saw him there and stepped over him so as not to disturb him.
I pray the new month of April will bring us all health and tranquility. Stay safe my friends. Reach out to friends and family. Enjoy the simplicity of these days as Mother Earth heals a bit. Stress and strain can wreak havoc on patience so try to stay calm. Count your blessings. Be kind. Keep shining your heartlights. in the darkness. Hope and love are key ingredients to healing.
We are having extremely hot temperatures here for the past few days. My air conditioners at the house are suffering as they never get a chance to rest and it’s still 80 degrees in here. But it’s better than the heat outside, so I’m not complaining.
Yesterday, I looked outside and saw this little guy on my patio. At first, he wasn’t moving and I was concerned that perhaps he was dead, but once he heard my voice, he picked his little head up and when he saw me, off he scampered back into this little burrow under the shed.
Today, he was in the same position and I can’t help but wonder if it wouldn’t be cooler in his home under the ground? Or perhaps he just felt like being outside in the shade?
He’s little and there’s a much larger version of him as well. They bolt noisily across the patio when they hear me coming. But I think it was so hot that he was weary from the heat so he didn’t notice me until he heard my voice talking to him.
I’m thinking he’s a groundhog or a woodchuck. I researched and found out he’s a marmot (which is the collective word for groundhogs and woodchucks). He can stand up on his hind legs and look around. I tried to get a photo of that because it reminded me of those prairie dogs, but he noticed me and ran away. Such is my luck…but I’ll keep trying!
I looked up groundhog and here’s part of the spiritual message:
Take time out today for meditation and self reflection. Use Groundhog energy to go deeper and to dig out what is unseen within you.