You can see that our valley's wildlife has been busy, still harvesting the soybeans through the inch of snow on the ground. The pheasants seem to do the hard work and everybody else takes advantage of the clearing.
Not sure why there isn't more ''shake'' in this one....the pheasant was disturbed, startling us both, from a sound sleep in the deep grass almost before I pushed the shutter button.
Eye-Patched Pirate mice inside.....
And inside each of the little pirates....catnip. One would hope that Benedict, our older housecat of two, is prepping for the Christmas celebration, here dreaming of his own sort of sugarplums and keeping a gaming mouse and pad warm....But....we fear that he's only dreaming of little poorly sighted mice.
I should mention here that Bennie was no help in getting them all rounded up.
If trouble dealing with mice and a couple of cats were all that we had to contend with, we'd count ourselves blessed. We don't even have fish, or I didn't think we did. By the looks of things, if we still did, we won't have for long.
Small, hopefully harmless bears.....they appear docile here.
Hanna, our youngest in NY was for some reason craving an octopus (must be an East Coast thing??) and now she's got one. There just aren't that many here in SE Minnesota.
And finally, a horse...on a stick....with wheels.
In a couple of weeks, the controllable chaos will return. We'll be down to two housecats that mostly behave themselves. Hopefully things are under control where you live.
Added later Christmas Eve Morning ......apparently someone else is gaining a feline. Upon my entering last night's slumber, this one wasn't complete.