Well first of all, Happy Birthday to my brother Shane!
The last couple of days have been absolutely gorgeous. It was sooooo nice outside. Actually, it was a bit overcast, but in the cozy sort of way as opposed to the dreary kind of way. But it did start to drizzle, and then overnight it sounded like a hurricane. It had my 100 pound guard dog so upset that she felt the need to wake me up at 3am. Apparently there were tornado warnings, but I don't pay much attention to the weather reports, so I didn't know about those until this morning. Oops.
Speaking of morning, as I was rushing out the door I nearly stepped upon the fellow pictured above. He was on one of my stepping stones and barely avoided being squished by yours truly. I still get the heebie-jeebies thinking about if I had stepped on him--bleh, that's just messy. By the time I took my camera out of my bag he had already crawled onto the grass. Since I was running behind, I didn't have time to set up the shot or put anything in the photo for scale. He was about 7 inches long or so. I am most curious about his origin as there aren't any streams or creeks or ponds within crayfish (that's what they're called, right?) walking distance. My first thought when I nearly broke my neck to avoid him had actually been, "Scorpion!" but that was just too far fetched and quickly discarded. I've decided he had a whirlwind adventure which brought him to my doorstep!
I had to add, after just now looking at the local news online, that apparently I do live in a bit of a bubble (and my dad just laughed). My house is right along the county line, and the governor has declared a state of emergency for both my county and the neighboring county due to last night's storm! Sounds like I'm lucky the tree didn't fall on my car (near miss by a limb, though) and my roof is still on! And if it was really that crazy outside, my dog is forgiven for her panic attack.