Monday, October 5, 2009

Leases and Lions

First off, the lease. My parents come home from their mission in about a month. That means that our awesome housesitting gig is up and it's time for us to get out. We have found an apartment, however, and signed the lease today! We're very excited to have that all taken care of. It's not far from my parents' house, so we will stay in our ward and it will be fun to be close to them. We're not excited about having to pay rent, but we are looking forward to using all of our wonderful wedding gifts and we're stoked about not having a yard to protect from the squirrels anymore.

Speaking of squirrels, that brings me to my next point. Lions. Mountain lions to be specific. Well, one mountain lion. At least, I think it was a mountain lion. It was far too big to be a housecat. Anyway, today I witnessed the murder of a squirrel at the hand (or paw) of a small mountain lion. You might wonder where I was that I would see a mountain lion out hunting in the wild (or urban wild, as the case may be). Well, I was walking to my car after work. Yes, I was in a residential neighborhood at the base of the foothills. I did not expect to witness any bloodshed. But, as I was walking to my car, I heard a commotion in some nearby pine trees. I looked over to see a squirrel hop from one branch to another. Then, I saw the mountain lion. It jumped to the same branch as the squirrel and pounced on it. Then I heard some screeching from the squirrel and then silence. While it was somewhat satisfying to know there is one less squirrel in the world, it was a bit disturbing to witness it's demise. I have decided that I am for the hunting of squirrels by mountain lions, but I am against seeing it happen before my very eyes.

7 comments:

Stephanie said...

How freaky! That must have been right by my parents house?! And was it in the middle of the day?! Seriously, I don't let my kids walk to the car without me right next to them at night around there because they have coyotes and I guess mountain lions now??? Geez.

Atwoods said...

yay for the apartment in the ward & using your wedding gifts!

yowza for the squirrel's life. that would have left me disturbed for a very, very long time.

Sharon said...

Lucky the mountain lion settled for a squirrel. You are about the size of a small deer, probably a bit more appetizing.

Gordita said...

Yay for a new apartment. How exciting!

Andrea said...

I think I'd be disturbed by that too.

Congrats on the new apartment. Hope the move isn't too much of a pain.

Cara said...

Gross.

LJ and DC said...

ummm, WOW! Seriously you are so lucky to have seen the mountain lion. I'm totally jealous. But again, not about seeing the blood and guts. And hurray for one less squirrel!
And I agree with Sharon. You are far more appetizing than a mountain lion. Just as Jared. I am confident he will agree.