Sunday, October 05, 2014
My second “Hello from SparkGuy” email went out to more than 2 million people last night. Hopefully some of them read the Mini-Book and it can help them reach their goals!
Today is Day 175 of my 10+ streak and I’m feeling great. Just talked to someone on SP with a 1,270-day streak!
The past week has been an interesting “nature display” at our house – some positive and some negative (ok, downright scary).
First, yesterday one of our 6 chickens was the first to lay an egg from the young flock. Today, we got another egg. It was a great experience for my oldest son; he was down there right when it happened today. We’re excited to have fresh eggs now to go with our organic garden. The garden is running out of steam for the season.
Second, last week my wife stopped her car and took a photo of a bobcat that was a few houses away from us. We live up in the hills and bobcats come around fairly often. The other day we saw one stalking a squirrel in our yard. After I scared it off, my wife wanted to "extra-scare it" so she went out with a spoon and pan and made a bunch of noise because we’re afraid of the bobcats trying to eat the chickens. Bobcats aren’t THAT large, but right when you see one, the hairs on your arm stand up because you know that it’s a “big cat”. Luckily they are pretty skittish and stay out of your way. I sent the photo around to my family and my brother responded that it “looks cute.” So, I sent him this video so he can see what they look like when they are agitated (this one looks a bit larger than the ones in our area):
Third, and more dangerous than bobcats by far, today I killed 10 black widow spiders around the exterior of our house. We also captured 3 of them to save just in case someone is bitten. It’s crazy looking at a tiny spider that has the potential to kill people! I did research and found some sources say that the spiders don’t like certain essential oils, so I’m spraying those around the house as the first attempt to get them to leave and then keep them away (in addition to smashing them).
Fourth (thankfully we haven’t seen one of these yet), we have to keep a slight eye out for mountain lions. These are rare at our level, but every now and then will come down from higher up in the hills (this just happened in my mother-in-law's neighborhood). Some of the local trails warn about mountain lions and say, “if attacked by a mountain lion...fight back” because you are in big trouble if you don’t fight back against the largest big cat in the US.
Ok, now I’m off for a different type of dangerous display – watching an NFL football game between my hometown Cincinnati Bengals and the New England Patriots.
Hope everyone has a great week ahead! What small steps will you take to reach big goals?