I had a whole bunch of things I was going to post about, but of course now I can't think of any of them.
Except this: About 9: 45 PM - about 1 1/2 hours ago - I was sitting here at my computer with the door to the porch open when I heard this most Godawful scream. At first I thought it was the kids of the renter next door, even though it sounded really, really loud for a little kid less than a year old. I got up and walked out onto the porch, and that was when I realized it was a mountain lion. It screamed again about a minute later. It was either in my field or on one of the ranches next to me - definitely within 1/4 mile, which is much, much too close for my preference. It was dark and I sure wasn't going to go looking for it.
If you have never heard a mountain lion scream, it sounds very much like a woman screaming, only more primal. It's frightening. I started gathering up cats and bringing them into the house. Three, then four, then five... I kept calling Maggie, and calling, and calling, going to the door every few minutes. No Maggie. Of course the worst kicked into my mind.
A few minutes ago, Maggie casually sauntered up to the door. "WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?" I yelled. She was unmoved. Her feet have something sooty on them. She is currently asleep on my printer.
My plans to sit outside and watch the Perseid meteor shower have been canceled.
What else? Tonight I stabbed myself grievously in my right index fingernail with a sewing needle, and it bled profusely. I somehow avoided getting blood on the dress I was sewing, but the bandage hampers me during sewing, so I have to put that off for a while.
Oh gosh. I'm getting sleepy. Tomorrow I have to get up and have a new CD player/radio put in my car, so I will leave you with this not-very-exciting update. I'll try harder next time.
Scary more than exciting. You don't know you're being watched. A few years ago someone local walked outside and was standing under a tree when he felt something tickle his head. There was a mountain lion in a tree above him, and its tail drooped down onto his head.
Exciting in the 'my heart is racing like crazy' way. I don't think I'd venture out if I heard it. We don't have panthers here any more, though a few have been coming north from Florida the past few years. Since we have no wolves or panthers any more, we are now overrun with deer and coyotes.
I missed the Perseid meteor shower but only due to forgetfulness and cloud cover (not in equal parts, though). Your reason for missing the spectacle is much more thrilling in the pee-pants sense of the word 'thrilling'. I'm glad all the cats are safe, and I laughed at Maggie's nonchalance. Cats!
Do you have a lot of mountain lions around, or was that a pretty rare occurrence?
"...it sounds very much like a woman screaming, only more primal.
I made that sound last week when I realized the last of my goat cheese had gone off. Sem and Smartie hid under the bed for two hours.
Edited at 2013-08-13 01:26 pm (UTC)
I don't often hear the screaming - it's been a few years since I heard one - but I know they are out there. Mostly they stay back in the woods and at higher elevations, but with dry summers they come down to get water - and food. There are plenty of them around here - they're often heard & seen on a recreational paved path in town.
I had the same thing happen, An animal was screaming in the wee hours, and I thought a woman was being attacked. It turned out to be a fox. See my account and hear the fox in a video http://blue-leaf.livejournal.com/45
A Mountain Lion is far more scary than a fox!
Oh wow. Mountain lions love kitties for snacks.
And owah with the needle! Sheesh. I've done that before and it hurts like a som'bitch.
You have 5 cats?!! I have two and I'm thinking that's my limit. At one time I had 3 at once and felt a little overwhelmed. Then again, I was living in a teensy apartment at the time.
I got up about 2 a.m. Monday because I've always read the Perseids show is better after midnight. It was, but only marginally, compared to the many, many times I've watched them before midnight. But I decided after watching it this year that the Perseids meteor shower is a drastically overrated event. First, most of the meteors aren't particularly impressive from a light/sight point of view, and second, they move so fast that unless you're looking right at the spot where they burst, you never really see them except out of the corner of your eye.
This year I saw something odd, though. I was looking straight up and saw what I thought was a blink of a bright white light from an airplane. I kept watching to see what direction the plane was moving in, but that was it: one bright blink. And I couldn't hear an airplane's engines either before or after.