A bit ago David (Grandson #1) was hiking a trail not far from his home in Northern California.
The trail was one he had hiked many times before. He knew it well. Then, he looked up and there was a real live Cougar staring at him. Maybe 5 feet away.
There was cell coverage so he called his wife and she looked up a number for the Fish and Game. The FG guys stayed on the phone. For an hour the big cat circled. It was way after dark when David blew his whistle and flashed his light in hope of scaring the critter. The cat circled closer.
At that moment the F&G chopper came over the ridge and the cougar finally fled.
Next day the F&G guys went out to see what was going on. The cat stalked them too. Unfortunately that was a bad decision for the cat, and for "public safety", he/she was "put down."
I lived for 3 summers in the wilds of Montana, I have gone camping countless times and I have never even seen a Cougar.
It seems that as we invade more and more of the wild spaces (not so much hikers as roads and homes) these critters are losing their fear of mankind. That is not good for either.
This blog began as a spot to vent about my life with Miriam and her time with Alzheimer's disease.
She was diagnosed in '99 and her decline has been quite slow. In fact some of our best years of our long marriage have been these recent years.
Alzherimer's, at least her version is a disease of waiting. One shoe drops and it can be a very long time before the other one drops.
So life goes on.
At the beginning of this blog I told the story of our courtship and marriage, about out family and our personal journey with this disease. The part that scares the most is the anticipation as the disease slowly progresses.
So, I will touch on that subject from time to time, but the entries will tend toward comments on life. I'll leave politics and religion for others to worry about, not that I don't have strong opinions!
I have my hands full just looking after my wonderful Miriam.
We met when we were 6, began dating at 15 and have been together since. We will have our 56th anniversary this June.
We have four wonderful daughters. Smart, independent, awesome. They have given us 7 grandsons and 4 granddaughters. None of them are little any more. The oldest is 28 and married, the youngest is 14.
Until this last fall we lived in a hosue I designed and built in the '70's and it is pretty weird and wild, but very comfortable. Last summer the girls came to the conclusion that I really did need help dealing with Miriam. Now we live on a couple acres with daughter 1.
Life has been good. There is not much I would do different even if I could. We are rich beyond belief but chronically short of cash!
And, unless stated otherwise all the photographs are mine.