Springing forth...

@JolietJake (51067)
United States
February 28, 2016 9:56am CST
Still three weeks until the official beginning, but Spring is slowly arriving... Frogs singing, trees budding, flowers blooming...and of course, bees buzzing. I was out front for a bit with Scar yesterday, and suddenly he pounced on the crocus blooms and then began swatting the air. I was afraid I knew what was happening, and I was right. He suddenly had something trapped on the ground with his front paws, and before I could stop him, he tried to eat it. It was a very small bee of some type, and it embedded its stinger in the middle of his lower lip. Of course, then he freaked out, and then I had to catch him and remove the stinger...not an easy chore, he didn't want me touching him. But I was successful, and after a few minutes he decided I wasn't an evil person after all. Sunny day today, temps expected near 65F/18C, but they are expecting higher winds around 25-30 mph with gusts up to 45...hasn't started yet. Peaceful Sunday morning at the Ratcliffe Ranch...
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@jaboUK (55158)
• United Kingdom
28 Feb 16
Poor Scar, I'm glad you were able to remove the sting.
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@JolietJake (51067)
• United States
28 Feb 16
He fought me like a danged pitbull over it
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@jaboUK (55158)
• United Kingdom
28 Feb 16
@JolietJake I can imagine!
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@JolietJake (51067)
• United States
28 Feb 16
@jaboUK He has exactly eleventeen-hunnert and seventy-leven claws
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• Philippines
28 Feb 16
Is Scar your dog? Sorry im n0t sure, anyway glad y0u were able to rem0ve it. I was stung by a h0rnet bef0re and it hurts like hell,i understand why Scar reacted that way.G0od thing you were there to rem0ve it, i had t0 d0 it all by myself.
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@JolietJake (51067)
• United States
28 Feb 16
Nope, he's my cat.
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• Philippines
28 Feb 16
@JolietJake oh s0rry..he looks pretty g0od.
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@LadyDuck (188335)
• Switzerland
28 Feb 16
Did you succeed in removing the sting? Congratulations, I can imagine how Scar was not cooperative.
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@JolietJake (51067)
• United States
28 Feb 16
It was right on the point of his lower lip, and he wasn't cooperating at all, but I finally got it
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@LadyDuck (188335)
• Switzerland
29 Feb 16
@JolietJake Poor Scar, I am sure he was scared, but he will not learn the lesson.
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@amadeo (78512)
• United States
28 Feb 16
guess by eating it .He wanted to get this out?
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@JolietJake (51067)
• United States
28 Feb 16
He was unhappy about it in his lip, but he was also unhappy with me trying to get it out
@amadeo (78512)
• United States
28 Feb 16
@JolietJake At least you got it out.
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@fishtiger58 (30317)
• Momence, Illinois
28 Feb 16
It's almost 60 here but yup howling winds. It's sunny and when the wind isn't blowing me off my feet, it feels good. Apparently we have some hyacinths popping up.
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@JolietJake (51067)
• United States
28 Feb 16
The boy is sure enjoying it
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@fishtiger58 (30317)
• Momence, Illinois
28 Feb 16
@JolietJake I know he is, winter is to darn long.
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@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
28 Feb 16
hi JJ we are so cked in heavy fog Garden Grove odd as we seldom get this heavy a fog but it makes a nice dull sleepy morning poor Scar getting stung n the lip that really hurts so many nerves there I got bit b y a brown recluse spider on my lower liip and it took six weeks of antibiotics oral, and cream to heal and left a dimple here lol
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@JolietJake (51067)
• United States
28 Feb 16
I hadn't realized until today that some of my trees are budding quite a bit
@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
28 Feb 16
@JolietJake spring is sprung the grass is riz, wonder where all thed little birdies is. lol ol
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• Philippines
28 Feb 16
That is COLD. well, good luck on your day. I need to sleep.
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@JolietJake (51067)
• United States
28 Feb 16
That's WARM. It's been around freezing lately...
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• Philippines
28 Feb 16
@JolietJake If i am there during winter, i'd probably turned popsicle lol
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@nanette64 (18206)
• Fairfield, Texas
28 Feb 16
One of my Bradford Pear trees is even blooming @JolietJake . Normally they don't start flowering until April but it seems every year, they are blooming sooner. Poor Scar the Hunter. Sometimes being good at what you do isn't always the best thing.
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@JolietJake (51067)
• United States
28 Feb 16
He attacks anything that moves, and many things that don't
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@GardenGerty (105408)
• United States
28 Feb 16
We also have the lovely weather, as well as the winds. I had a neighbor that had retired as head of the parks department. He said that the wind drove the nitrogen into the leaves to make them open in the spring. Ouch for Scar.
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@JolietJake (51067)
• United States
28 Feb 16
Poor guy, I saw the whole thing unfold but couldn't do anything quick enough to stop him...hopefully he'll leave them alone now, but he loves attacking things so it will probably happen again
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
24 Mar 16
Poor guy. I've been lucky, no bees. I see a few sometimes, but mostly wasps. Actually had one get in the front room, but it landed on the screen door and I had the roomie open it and let it out. I've never been stung by a bee or a wasp - yet anyway.
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• Japan
1 Mar 16
Owwww! When I have to do something like that to my kitties, I put them between my legs and kneel over them with my knees in front of their shoulders (if you get what I mean) and my feet crossed so they can't back out. They don't like it but it works.
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@DWDavis (15838)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
29 Feb 16
Scar had quite the adventure and learning experience. I'm glad he's okay. We had a nice day here, too.
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@Corbin5 (122833)
• United States
28 Feb 16
Not a bud on anything here even though we hit 61 degrees. It will take a while for anything to show itself for quite a while here. Sorry about Scar's painful encounter. Glad you could get that darn stinger out!
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@Jessicalynnt (47879)
• Centralia, Missouri
28 Feb 16
had a cat eat a wasp once, face swelled up, then back down pretty fast, but it looked wild while it was swollen. silly cats
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• United States
28 Feb 16
So nice a pic. Poor old scar. A beautiful spring day
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• United States
28 Feb 16
I just got to thinking that I have never had to remove a stinger from any of my cats. I'd have to hand them over to Dr. Hubby to take it out. LOL
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• United States
28 Feb 16
Wow, 65 degrees!!!! It is only supposed to reach 50 today. The sun is not cooperating and there are clouds keeping it from shining through. There is still snow (almost typed snot lol) here and there. Hard to get rid of the crap when it is cold at night and warmer in the morning. No flowers yet. Maybe next month. Maybe not.
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@Juliaacv (35242)
• Canada
28 Feb 16
Poor Scar, sorry that he got stung like that. Hopefully he'll remember that over the course of the next few months. Enjoy your spring like day today.
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@marlina (80630)
• Canada
28 Feb 16
Our Spring is not that advanced yet.
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@ganesh24 (46)
• Kolkata, India
29 Feb 16
Short winter , deviation from the normal , early arrival of spring...are we under the expanding green house effect ? Ice has started melting even in the poles and slow climate change has been taking place all over the world. Nature brought changes many times in the past even destructing animal and plant life partially or totally but again helped to grow from ashes . In the present time human activities are causing all the troubles and it is indeed a matter of great concern whether nature will help for the misdeeds of humans. Who are going to answer this question ? The change of climate is not the main criterion , more greater calamities are following. It is very doubtful that the present civilisation if does not see proper thinking, planning to stop the misdeeds of humans, there will hardly be any chance of survival. Humans will be destined to be annihilated.May God help us !