What a weekend! Over the span of just two days, I have lost 2 ducks, and one laying hen, to now what I suspect to be a bobcat. Several areas around us has either lost trees due to farmers clearing the land, or lately, wildfires have been a problem because of extreme dry conditions. Because of this, predators have been moved out of their homes and have moved closer to our woods. The fact that we have a plentiful supply of water also draws them to us. To add the topping to the cake, Noah, one of our cats, got bitten by a rattlesnake. He has been so swollen and sick the past couple of days. I have been force feeding him water and food. Yesterday, he finally started eating and drinking on his on. Today he managed to go out onto the porch and spent the day napping in the coolness. I am so glad he pulled through. As for my little feathered friends, we re-enforced fences and doors and hopefully, Sophie will sound off an alarm if she hears them. It's the time of year where we have to stay on our toes and be extremely careful of every thing around us.