“But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord,” Genesis 6:8. I think maybe we have found favor as well since the majority of our visitors this week either have a shell, feathers or fur.

Sean found several small turtle eggs hidden in some plastic in the garden. Instead of leaving them on the ground he tried to protect them and put them in what we thought was a safer place. We were really excited and looking forward to the day we could watch them hatch. A hungry little mouse had other plans. The next day all we found of our turtle eggs were the empty broken shells.

Then a brave brown squirrel let us get really close to him or her in the front yard. Socks, our princess cat, came to investigate and see who we were talking to and scared him away. It was pretty neat having that squirrel get so close, but not too close. It was almost like he was just checking us out while we checked him out.

Our resident owl has kept us in wonder over his nightly activities when we hear him calling in the night. A coyote passed by the back window of the living room and two raccoons helped themselves to a bag of cat food we had in a cabinet on the screened in porch. We weren’t real happy with the tear in the screen they made getting to the food or the mess they left but we weren’t real pleased with the fragrant skunk who sprayed the car either.

On Sunday, Mom and Dad Sikes shared a humorous but sad story about an overindulgent mouse who literally ate himself to death on bird seed and our newest family member, O Cat, continues to amuse us with her silly antics and her desire to be a parrot as she perches herself on our shoulders and gets irritated when we move her.

I’m beginning to think that the movie we watched, “Evan Almighty”, has somehow prompted this increase in animal activity. If we suddenly get a delivery of gopher wood I may be too busy to write this weekly column. It’s even stranger that this week I also came across a poster that I had kept from a church camp I attended when I was a teenager. The poster tells us that Everything we need to know about life, is learned from Noah’s ark.

Don’t miss the boat. 2. Remember that we are all in the same boat. 3. Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark. 4. Stay fit. When you’re 600 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big. 5. Don’t listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done. 6. Build your future on high ground. 7. For safety sake, travel in pairs. 8. Speed isn’t always an advantage, the snails were on board with the cheetahs. 9. When you’re stressed, float a while. 10. Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals. 11. No matter the storm, when you are with God, there’s always a rainbow waiting…..

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