1. A mountain lion attacked a dog within a mile of our home. It happened at 10am in the morning. The dog survived, but the owner said that he has lost goats recently and he believes it was also to mountain lions (cougars). We have a lot of wildlife around us and it is something I love about our mountain life but, I will admit, that I don't like going outside in the evening. Both Brett and I have experienced the sensation of being watched, of the hair on the back of our necks prickling in alarm. I don't mind being watched by a raccoon but a mountain lion... no thank-you.
2. The never-ending house remodel continues. Last year we replaced the shower and sink in the master bath because they were leaking through the floor and dripping onto the kitchen counter whenever one of us used the shower. We were hoping to have more time before working on the second bathroom but we suspect that water was leaking through the ancient, brown, cracked grout in the bath/shower. So, that bathroom got a new tub/shower. I can't say I was sorry to see the blue tile and stained grout go.
Nobody wanted to deal with removing the old, heavy, steel bathtub so we are getting a new acrylic tub/shower -- built right over the top of the old one. Who knew. We are very happy with the result - a call out to my Canadian readers; the company we used is Canadian.
3. Jackson has been enjoying the donkey pasture a bit too much. For a week, he's been running around, bucking, and happily being...um... expressive. I did have to have words with him one day when he let loose right next to me while I was mucking. Tuffy had run up behind me and Jackson was demonstrating his dominance. Fine, I said, just keep those flying feet away from my face. Sheesh. Wednesday he was sore on his feet. Well, dude, your feet can't take that kind of abuse. I know you're happy, but you need to tone it down a wee bit or you will be sore all summer.
4. We had warm weather most of this week but it has cooled down this morning. I needed a jacket while doing morning chores and a few rain drops hit my windshield as I wound my way to the highway. They are talking about snow up over the Sierra passes and cool, damp weather for us. The longer we can delay summer, the happier I am.