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Saturday, November 8, 2008

I Dream of Africa

Every time I think I have this place figured out, something new changes the equation.

For the last few nights I've been hearing lion noises at sundown. It's an echoing growl that reverberates through the trees. At first, we dismissed it as an overly loud herd of cows bellowing. But one night I woke up from a dream about lions. I couldn't get them out of my mind.

The entire back side of the house is nearly all glass and we have yet to install any blinds. All you can see are woods and shadows. In my dream I woke to find a lioness roaming around the backyard. She pushed through the screened enclosure then pressed her face against the glass of my bedroom.

Yesterday, I ran into one of my neighbors and she confirmed, yes, there are lions and tigers and panthers in Terrell, Texas. There's a woman less than a mile down the road who runs a rescue preserve for big cats.

Nice, kitties. If you decide to roam, the neighbor across the street from me raises alpacas. mmm...alpacas--tastier than dogs.

I live in a very interesting place.


Diane Craver said...

I can't imagine living where you see lions, tigers and panthers. All we see are deer, squirrels, and wild turkeys.

Maria Zannini said...

Hi Diane,
Well, I haven't seen them yet, just heard them. I drove past where the preserve is supposed to be located. The area is completely fenced and there's a huge padlock on the front gate. The facility itself must be deep in the back. I couldn't see it from the road.

I do like being surrounded by wildlife rather than concrete though. It relaxes me.

J.K. Coi said...

Wow, that sounds like a new book!

Maria Zannini said...

LOL! Doesn't it though?