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Monday, January 17, 2011

Monday Rambling


I wanted to show you all the new color of my main bath. I painted it before Christmas and put up the little shelf. The color may look blue, but it's gray. I love it! 

And the white against it...ahh!



I'm at a loss on what to talk about lately on the blog. So, I thought I would tell  bore you about with one dark and stormy night.... Ok, it wasn't stormy, and it was nearly morning, and as you will read it wasn't really even dark.

You Never Know

One early Saturday morning, I awoke at 3:15. Saturdays should be for sleeping, not waking early. I was aggravated and decided to lay there hoping I would go back to sleep. Finally, around 4am I turned on the TV and watched the last 30 minutes of a movie, The Day after Tomorrow. Maybe it was the mood of the movie and the desperation, but it did not lull me back to sleep. Instead, I became very jumpy and tense from the big ole wolves who were trying to kill the survivors.

Then I heard a noise.

I muted the TV, but heard nothing. I figured I was “hearing” things. You know my imagination. The next time I heard the noise it sounded like it was just outside my bedroom window. At first it was a coo, kinda sorta sounded like a Mourning Dove, but I’ve never heard their call at night. I’m not saying they don’t call at night.

Then I heard it again.

At some point, my thought went to the possibility of the “call” being an owl. Although I am an expert on PBS, I’m not so much on the calls of owls. And it didn’t sound like any owl I had ever heard.

Then I thought about a coyote. We have coyotes.

Being the scaredy cat that I am I became a frozen lump of human in my bed. The vocalization escalated to a high pitch AND then in the distance…was answered.

Whatever was outside my window was screaming like a monkey or a hyena, but nothing like I had ever heard in MO. Perhaps something had escaped, something from another land. I promise…it sounded like monkeys or… hyenas or monkey hyenas. OR werewolves.

If you were here I would imitate the sounds and totally embarrass myself, but at least you would know. They were screams I tell you.

I needed to see what was going on outside the window and quickly defrosted my frozen body to have a look. I was hoping it wasn’t werewolves. I DON’T think they are cute at all and would never want one as a pet.

I tried to peek around the side of the shade. I couldn’t see out, so I went to a bedroom next to mine. There was a full moon. No one had warned me of this. I could see everything in detail and I was certainly hoping I didn’t…see everything…in detail. And there it was beneath my spare bedroom window-- a slobbering hairy mass of fur that jumped straight off the ground and hit my window. It WAS a werewolf. Wait… it wasn’t a werewolf. I just wanted to see if you were still with me.

I didn’t see anything, but I think it was an owl. I went online to enature.com to see if I could find a Missouri owl that sounded like what I had heard. I don’t recommend doing this when at four in the morning. The owl screeches brought me right out of my chair.

It might have been a spotted owl or an Eastern Screech owl.

I heard it again a couple of weeks after that. I told this story to my son on Christmas day. He said he thought it was an owl and told of his encounter of an owl flying over the cab of his truck and in front of him on the road. He lives near me.

My daughter stayed here over the weekend. She heard it too and was creeped out. I was creeped out again myself. I told her not to worry, it wasn’t monkeys, hyenas or werewolves--only an owl. I think.

Have a great day!

15 comments:

  1. Love that blue! Sort of a Wedgewood color, it looks like.

    Those noises after that movie would have scared me to death! We have owls out here (and coyotes too) and when they cry out at night it's such an eerie sound!

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  2. Well, I am glad we don;t have owls like that one! Scary stuff.

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  3. Love the bathroom colors!
    Sorry, but you can keep the owl. I don't do birds. :-)

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  4. I just adore your bath colors. It's simply beautiful.

    I'm thinkin' 'bobcat' the whole time I'm readin' this. They sound like a woman bein' ripped apart and always sends me right outta my skin!!!

    Did ya ever find out what species of owl it was???

    I've been MIA...'spent the past week in TX with my fam for my Dad's memorial service.

    How's the job....I bet your doin' a bang~up job!

    God bless you sweet sister, and have a marvelous week!!! :o)

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  5. The bathroom looks great, love the color.

    Why can't we hear those crazy, strange sounds in the middle of the day when someone is with us? If something answered it, it was probably an owl. Lately we've had something that sounds like a cross between a dog and a coyote. Thankfully I haven't heard it yet. Good luck figuring out what your noise maker is. BTW, loved the story.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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  6. Love the bath! Maybe your screaming "Owl" just has a sore throat :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

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  7. When you were relating the story, I thought it was made up because it was so scary but it's true! Even creepier. I hope you find out what it is in the end. I think it would be neat to see an owl that screeches like that.
    CD

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  8. Delightful tale!

    There are some places online where you can hear the calls of birds, you may be able to indentify it that way.

    You need a dog!

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  9. That color is GORGEOUS. Great choice.

    Screech owls are pretty creepy. It may have been warning something who was sticking its nose in the owl's business to back off.

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  10. I love bright white trim for baseboards, wains coating (did I spell that right?), trim, and all. Looks great!

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  11. What a perfect story to tell kids around a campfire. Or at Halloween. Lots of places to embellish and play up or down the scary factor, depending on their ages.

    And I LOVE your bathroom. Sleek and elegant. Good job :)

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  12. Ha! I totally was buying everything you said until the part where the werewolf hit your window!

    We have owls that during the summer, if we leave our window open and they decide to perch in our trees, I have to shut the window because they are so loud!

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  13. I was sure you were going to say it was a wolf outside the window! ) Funny how critters sound so ominous at that time of day.

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  14. Great, captivating story. Sorry that it terrifies you so that you can't sleep. You might need to make friends with your new neighbor.

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  15. Great story!
    I would be scared, too.
    Hope you find out what it is in the end.

    The bath is awesome! Great colours!

    B xx

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