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Date Posted: 20:28:11 08/21/06 Mon
Author: S. K. Dixon
Subject: You could never be called a WIMP!!!
In reply to: Beverly 's message, "I am SUCH a wimp! Part of the reason I chose the eastern shore ..." on 07:46:54 08/21/06 Mon

A woman who single-handedly runs a ranch, takes care of horses (plural) including the mucking out, rescues and raises critters, takes in a sweetheart dog, oversees and upkeeps your property there---doesn't sound like a wimp to me, y'all! You may be just particular about the location of all your efforts and hard work! Yeah, particular, that's it, Bev!

>(I am SUCH a wimp! Part of the reason I chose the
>eastern shore ...) is because there are no bear, no
>poisonous snakes, no coyote, no wolves! (well, on the
>snakes, there are some poisonous snakes --
>copperheads and rattlers -- according to some reports
>-- but they are rare, and more often found in Western
>Maryland, if found, at all ... but, I must say it
>would be very exciting to spot a bear (especially from
>a GREAT distance!). I hope your Northern flyer
>visitor will come again, and make himself well known
>to you! We want pictures!!! :~}
>>Every morning and evening we enjoyed watching the
>>bunnies run up and down the lane eating blackberries
>>and clover blooms and other treats we and nature left
>>for them! There were a LOT of them, too--typical
>>bunny behavior, I guess!!! LOL! And the chipmunks,
>>squirrels, and birds all shared space and food with
>>them. If we sat on the back patio, we also saw the
>>wild turkeys, deer, raccoons----AND there was a bear
>>living in one of the rock caves up the mountain who
>>came down low enough with her baby that we got a
>>glimpse. Talk about excited! We had been told she
>>was there, so of course, we stayed away from her area
>>when hiking. We had hummingbirds all day long and
>>into dusk fighting over the nectar feeders on the
>>front porch--I put up 2; sometimes there would be 4
>>feeding at the same time. I never realized that they
>>could be so aggressive with each other about feeding,
>>but all of our guests enjoyed watching the "War of the
>>Hummers" everyday. But the highlight of the summer
>>was the northern flying squirrel that I saw only once,
>>and that was in the mid-part of May. I did have a
>>feeder that was totally chewed up by flyers, but I was
>>not able to see which did it. It was hanging in a
>>maple tree but far enough away from the house that at
>>night it was not visible.
>>>(Ahab, my eastern cotontail companion, has been with
>>>me ...) since the Spring of 1998. He's now aiming
>>>his ninth year - quite remarkable for a rabbit. He
>>>starting to show his age, but still hops around the
>>>house. I was a bit panic stricken, when I had to
>>>him from LI to the Elk River Ranch and Raccoon
>>>for he'd never, ever been confined. I was afraid
>>>being caged for the drive from LI to Elkton would
>>>cause him to have a panic attack, himself, and that
>>>would kill him. I was wrong. He did just fine, and
>>>settled in here with no trouble, at all.
>>>Here's a picture of Ahab (taken back on LI):
>>>href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"> >>>src=" >>href="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v121/Beverly4H
>>>ther/72669409sZpIJT_ph.jpg" border="0"
>>>alt="Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting">

>>>Ahab enjoying a strawberry, while sitting on my lap

>>>>Bev ... how did you acquire an eastern cottontail
>>>>???? Is it your intention to release him someday or
>>>>is he too depended on you...?

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