No, I didn't take this picture today--note the snowy branch! (No snow in August here!)
And no, I didn't see him...but a few minutes ago, I heard him loud and clear. The Great Horned Owl goes "Hoo hoo-hoo hoo hoooo." The other owls we have around our place do not make that characteristic deep hooting sound, and it was really cool to hear! He didn't sound that far away, either--he sounded like he was in a tree in the yard, rather than out in the woods.
When my folks had a place in Florida, when I was in college, I spent some time with them there. One night, I was walking home down the Bluff, flashlight in hand. It gets DARK out there, believe me! As I walked into our yard, there was a commotion off to my left, and I looked over to see a Great Horned Owl on the ground. When I shined the beam on him, he took off, and I'll never forget how that looked in the Florida night. His wing span had to be a minimum of six feet, and he was silent as he flew off. I was happy to hear that hoot in the night tonight and know that we have a Great Horned Owl here. Cool!
The Eggplant Parmigiana was delicious, but Kimberley reminded me to not overdo it like I did last time--I was so stuffed I almost felt ill! I ate only one quarter of the dish tonight, and I'm quite content and full.
In fact, it's only midnight and I'm actually feeling quite sleepy. I'm even yawning! Wha--? When was the last time this happened? I'm downright tired, and I think I'm going to go back to bed and turn on the Olympics. I'll set the timer for maybe an hour, and drift off to Snoozeville. It's probably important that I get a good night's sleep in preparation for shopping tomorrow. I'll need plenty of energy for it, because it is not one of my favorite things to do. At least it's not at the dreaded MALL. Ugh! Nooooo! Not the mall! Aughhhh!
There's a reason I do most of my shopping online.