I can tell this because of the animals. Yes, the animals. They were acting pretty strange today. And haven't we all heard at least one of those stories where the animals go a bit crazy juuuuust before an earthquake, or a volcano erupting? I know I have.
In fact, I distinctly remember reading a story about some pygmy goats freaking out just before Mt St. Helens blew it's top back in 1980. I was in Little League that year, and it was cancelled because of the ash. That's not really relevant, other than for me to remember my glory days of Little League.
Anyway, back to the earthquake. It all started today while I was getting Annabelle ready for daycare. At the same time Mrs. LIAYF was getting Lukas ready for school in the upstairs bathroom, when he happened to look over at the open window and see a raccoon peeking in on them. A RACCOON! It apparently scampered off right away, but it was being a rather strange Peeping Tom in the full daylight, on our 2nd story roof.
When they told me what happened, I looked out the window and a large black crow was sitting in the same spot. It flew off when I stuck my head out the window, but I could have sworn it gave me a weird stare before it did. I know! Very odd.
Then a bit later, when we were all in they foyer getting our shoes on before leaving for school I looked down and right there between all four of us was a dead mouse! We all let out a collective "Ewwww", especially when I picked it up by the tail with a paper towel and tried to keep Annabelle from seeing. Unfortunately it was barely in one piece. Yes Ewwww.
Normally a dead mouse wouldn't be considered too odd, but this was the 2nd dead mouse this week. This from a cat we have had for over 10 years, and who hasn't ever killed a mouse before. It was very strange.
Stranger still, after we left Mrs. LIAYF found what can only be described as a horror scene in Annabelle's play area off the kitchen, where our cat had killed the mouse. I'll skip all the bloody details, of which there were apparently enough of them to make even the cast of CSI cringe. But I will say that Annabelle's tiny plastic shopping cart, the one she wheels around all her shiny possessions in - kinda like a tiny transient magpie - ended up covered and looking like a prop from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Somehow our sweet and gentle cat had turned into some kind of feline Leatherface.
Mrs. LIAYF gingerly moved it out to the back deck so yours truly could scrub off the blood later, but upon seeing it there when she returned from daycare Annabelle made a b-line for it with a smile. However, Mom got there first and quickly hurled the shopping cart off the deck and into the bushes, obviously thinking this was a good idea.
Understandably that made Annabelle cry. And so......that is how I found myself not too long ago retrieving a bloody plastic shopping cart from the bushes next to our deck, and scrubbing mouse off of it. Obviously this was a Dad job. Of course, I found myself rather jumpy and irritated while doing so.
Oh, and I while I was doing this scrubbing, I was also thinking about how I needed to be prepared for that earthquake. It's going to happen. Because the animals are acting pretty strange around here of late.
I hope I'm wrong.