Friday, June 7, 2013

She Did What??

Last week I spotted a beautiful groundhog out in my driveway.  I grabbed the camera and upon taking the pictures, I noticed this was obviously a very "pregnant" groundhog! So you're thinking, okay, why is this such a big deal right?

Well, a few days later I found where her home was located.  She has dug quite a nice hole going under my home.  There's a door used to access underneith my mobile home that's right under the deck.  So I began to ask around to find a "humane" trap to catch her.  Well, tomorrow my son was going to bring the trap out.  Too late!!!  She reemerged from her comfy home yesterday morning to roam around. Guess what?  Yep, you've got it!  She's a lot smaller and has obviously had her babies now!!
Now look a little bit closer.....

and now as she stands up...

Notice the evidence of nursing babies? LOL
So now she notices the cat in the window.  She figures out she's safe and begins to taunt the cat.
In the previous pics, where's she's standing up, she's about 5 ft. from this window and is staring at the cat.  She then came right under the window, looked up at the cat as if to tease him and then turns to go back to munching on the grass.
Then she goes over and stands on the steps to the deck.  Listens for a bit, goes under the steps...
and at this point she wanders away to feed for a bit and take the attention away from the location of her little ones.  Upon talking with our local Game Warden, I'm told I'm allowed to kill her since she's considered a nuisance animal "gasp"!  Kill her?  Nope, I don't think so!  She has babies!!  So we begin to talk about catching her in a humane cage.  He says to wait about a week and place the cage out there.  Well this sounds all fine and good right?  Wrong! I turn to the internet to find out about the development of the babies.  They are born with no hair, no hearing and blind up until approximately 28 days.  (here are a few pics of newborn kits, as they are called, that are not mine but hope to have pics of these soon.)
So the game plan is to wait it out until the babies are about a month old, set the cage up and try to catch mom and babies.  Then relocate them.
Yes, the question of the day is "She did what?"  She had her babies under my house!!  Stay tuned for updates and pray I don't accidentally walk outside one day and accidentally come between mom and babies.  Oh how I love my life in rural, beautiful Virginia!!

Friday, November 23, 2012

I've Entered Two Photos in a Contest and Need Your Votes

I've entered two photos in a contest and need your votes please.  They are looking for the cover of The International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day issue of Living Well with Fibromyalgia.  You can vote once a day from November 23, 2012 up until December 12, 2012.  Below I've included links to both photos.  Please remember to vote for both photos.  When you find the on "Vote" at the top of the photo and then click on the red button "like" beside cast your vote.  Here are the links to both >>Photo 1 Fibromyalgia There Is Hope  & Photo 2 Fibromyalgia Makes You Feel Like
Thank you so very much for your vote!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Parents and Grandparents Please Read This

I Was Watching My Daughter Strangle To Death  - My eyes filled with tears as I read this mother's blog entry of how her daughter almost strangled to death.  This could happen to any of our children.   I can't imagine the horror she must have experienced as she hurried to try to save her.  Thank you Lord for holding this little one in your hands.   Our children are such precious gifts from God.  Please pass this along to others in hopes it never happens to them.   

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Fibromyalgia Makes You Feel Like.... Entry in Feeling Fibro Fotos

Please take a minute to Vote for a photo I've entered in a contest >>Fibromyalgia Makes You Feel Like.... Entry in Feeling Fibro Fotos.  The purpose of the photo is to describe how Fibromyalgia makes you feel.  The winner will be published on the cover of an upcoming book on Fibromyalgia. Thanks in advance for helping me out!!  You all are the best!!  **Update** I just learned the actual voting begins Nov. 23rd and ends Dec. 12th.  You can vote one time per day during that time period.   Here's the photo I've entered....

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

New Blog Announcement

I'd like to welcome you all to visit my new blog.  It's called "FaithNPhotos".  After several family members and friends encouraged me to do so, I finally took the step to share some of my photos on a blog.  I'd love to have your thoughts on these as I'm only an amateur and would love to have your input.  Hoping you'll join so you can get updates as I grow along this journey.  The link is here >> FaithNPhotos


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