Bing Cherries, Mountain Lions, Coyotes, Hummingbirds, and Spiders

I’m really having trouble concentrating on writing.

It started when I heard coyotes howling during the middle of the day.

We usually only hear them at night.

Daytime coyote howling is disturbing … something’s not right.

“Something” is bothering the coyotes.

Now, that can’t be good, can it?

I imagine it takes a lot to bother coyotes.

There’s also the strange “situation” with the hummingbirds lately.

Hummingbirds are very territorial.

Male hummingbirds chase other hummingbirds away from “their” feeder.

(They do let their girlfriends visit though.)

For most of my adult life, I’ve had the exact same two hummingbird feeders.

We get hummingbirds year-round here.

There are always a few hummingbirds in my backyard.

This year –

Something’s very different.

Flocks of hummingbirds!

I don’t know where they’re all coming from?

(By the way, what the above photo doesn’t show is all the other hummingbirds who were buzzing around my yard at the same time!)

Why are all of Orange County’s hummingbirds at MY house?

Why not at my neighbor’s?

Lots of people in our neighborhood have hummingbird feeders –

What’s going on?

Every day, MORE hummingbirds are showing up.

I think someone should do a “Dateline Special” on this freaky hummingbird occurrence.

To further distract me,

And totally unrelated ….

(Because I’ve never claimed to have a brain that makes sense!)

There are Bing Cherries everywhere I go.

I love Bing Cherries, but they’re showing up in places where they don’t belong.

The drugstore was selling bing cherries yesterday.

I’m expecting bing cherries to show up at OC gas stations next.

Very odd things are happening, people!

Last night, I went out on our patio (in the dark) to take the empty hummingbird feeders down.

My plan was to clean them, refill them, and hang them back outside.

(By the way, thoroughly cleaning hummingbird feeders is important so the the birds don’t get sick from mold/bacteria.)

I walked back into the house, set the feeders in the sink ….

And OH MY GAWD … there was an enormous, creepy, hairy, gigantic, orange, freaky, spider crawling down the hummingbird feeder.

I might have screamed.

(I really, really, dislike spiders.  They have WAY too many legs!)

Briefcase, who was sitting about seven feet away, didn’t even look up when I screamed.

I turned the faucet on “to wash the spider down the drain,” and begin dancing around the kitchen like a mad woman.





I chanted, Heebie!  Jeebie! over and over while I ran around in circles.

I was spider crazed.

The water from the sink was hitting the hummingbird feeder and splashing all over the kitchen.

After ten minutes or so,

Briefcase looked up at me, raised one eyebrow, and asked –

“What are you doing?”

This is what 25 years of marriage looks like, folks!

I’m still not over the gigantic, creepy, spider.

As I tried to convince myself, all these odd things are just a coincidence –

The local news came on with this:

There was a videotaped encounter between a mountain lion and a coyote not far from my house.

Mountain lions and coyotes don’t have encounters!

(To see the videotape, and/or read the article about it, click here.)

The mountain lion/coyote encounter happened in the same park, where a mountain lion ate a man a few years back.

No wonder the coyotes have been howling during the daytime.

I’m sure it’s just a matter of minutes until I do too!

10 Responses to “Bing Cherries, Mountain Lions, Coyotes, Hummingbirds, and Spiders”

  1. Denise

    That is very strange, especially about the hummingbirds. It’s interesting how we all have different things that give us the heebie jeebies. Spiders don’t bother me so much but I freak at snakes. And things that jump like crickets and grasshoppers.

  2. Jan's Sushi Bar

    Solar flares, maybe? It’s as good excuse as any, I suppose.

    I must be an oddball, because I’m one of the few people I know who isn’t skeeved out by spiders. I think they’re cool.

  3. Gaelyn

    Lots of extra hummers here too. Think it’s because we didn’t have a very long season of flowers.

  4. gd

    Briefcase should have gotten your camera so you could take a pic of the nasty spider….

  5. Jane

    OMG, I hate spiders too and totally understand the dancing around the kitchen screaming bit. And Briefcase needs to be your spider killer hero and not just sit there!

    • Suzanne

      LOL! He’s killed a lot of spiders for me over the years. I’m okay if they’re outside, but I’ve had a fear of spiders since I was a kid.

    • Suzanne

      Thank you for those kind words, Joanne! : )

  6. WebSavvyMom

    –>I don’t mind spiders if I can see them from a distance but as soon as they’re on me – – Scream City. I’m more terrified of rodents though.

  7. Suzanne

    Can’t say I’m a fan of rodents either, but for some reason spiders creep me out more!


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