An Unexpected Visitor


After my eventful day on Monday, I was hoping Tuesday would be smooth sailing.

Well, there was one little bump…


I made my way out to the barn for morning chores.  I was 10 feet from the back door when I stopped dead in my tracks, like I had seen a ghost!  This beautiful creature was sitting on top of a snow pile, gazing right at me.  It appeared to be a critter directly out of a fantasy movie.  I was just waiting for it to open its mouth and begin to talk!   I believe the words, “What the hell are you?”came out of my mouth!  (Roda is becoming quite the potty mouth, these past few days.)  Then, the thought actually crossed my mind that maybe I was head butted by Sam, the goat, yesterday, harder than I thought!  Was I seeing things!? Had I completely lost my mind!?

I will admit it, my heart was pounding, for I knew this was not an animal that lived in Michigan.  It looked like a fox and a raccoon mixed.  I slowly entered the barn and went to my friend Google.  From what I could tell, it appeared to be a marbled fox.  I immediately put on my long leather gloves and thought I would take a closer look.  (And of course, I took the camera!)  I watched the barn cats walk within just a few feet of this beautiful fellow.  He was not afraid of me or them.  This told me that he either had to be someone’s pet that had escaped, or he was ill.  At that point, I recalled that our elderly neighbors mentioned, a few years ago, that their daughter had a rescued fox that lived next to their horse barn.  Could they still have him? Maybe he escaped?


Keep in mind, all of the animals were extremely grumpy because I was not letting them out and I was not feeding them on time.  I had my eye on this critter and I was really not up for a blood bath.  Tame or not, this fox still had natural hunting instincts.  I returned to the house and drove next door to check and see if they just might be missing a critter.  Sure enough, he had escaped his enclosure!

As amazing as he was, it made my heart sad to see him out of his natural habitat.  He should be running in the snowy woods, hunting for his dinner…just not at Indigo Acres!  Obviously, he enjoyed observing the cats and was not bothered by them.  Maybe he will escape again and visit Indigo Acres where all of the excitement takes place!  Until then, I am glad to know that I was not having visions of talking, arctic animals!

Now about that vacation?

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You!




Roda’s Critter Connection

Mother Nature dumped almost a foot of snow on us this weekend!  Much of our weekend was spent outside, shoveling and plowing.  (If you want a great workout, come on over!) The animals were relieved to be able to move about, with ease, once again.  Big White was the first of the ladies to run, full force, tothe barn for a treat of crickets and meal worms.  She is such a naughty beauty!

Grab your camera and join me in celebrating your favorite critter shots!

No critter is too big or too small.

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…




Pancake Ice!


We have had crazy, cold temperatures here in West Michigan.  Due to this, Mother Nature has blessed us with the gift of pancake ice. The circular ice is formed from water swirling, picking up frazzle on all sides.  The pancakes bump into one another, causing a raised rim along the outside edges.

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Pancake ice can range from 12 inches in diameter to 10 feet wide!

Here is a video!  I apologize for the noisy wind!

After spending some time in the channel, I made my way towards the pier…

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As you can see, I was the only crazy person at the lake shore!

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I came to the edge of the pier, which was solid ice.  With no guard rail and extremely high winds,  I changed lenses for it would not be safe to continue.

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I thought I would explore the beach area, for a different view…

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By now, I was turning into a Roda Popsicle!

A little cell phone, selfie action!

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It appears that the lighthouse and keeper’s dwelling are very close together, in these shots.  I thought I would drive up the coast for a more realistic, spacial view.

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Yesterday was a magical experience.  Could I feel my toes? NO!  Could I feel my fingers?  Absolutely NOT!  Was my heart warm inside…most definitely!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…