Beat the January Blahs with…Coyotes!

Yep. The moment I woke up this morning, there they were…staring me right in the face…even though I had determined to brush them off this year.  The January Blahs had arrived!  Bleck!

I really don’t know what my deal is with “the month that shall not be named”…I mean, Elvis’ birthday is coming up, spring is on its way, there’s not a whole lot of demands on my time.  And yet, for some reason, I just “thud” in January.

Well naturally, I decided that re-instituting my morning walks was absolutely necessary.  Thus, I put on my way-too-tight work out pants (don’t even ASK me what happened to the entire box of Peanut Brittle my sweet neighbors brought over just after Christmas), threw on my gianormous SAINTS sweatshirt (yes, Troy…I still have your cast off sweatshirt), and headed out into the bright, cool, and very sunny morning!

My first thoughts were, “Oh!  I LOVE frost!”  The ground and tumbleweeds were covered in it and sparkling in the morning sun like tiny little diamonds.  I instantly decided that the walk was definitely the thing I needed, and as I trod alone watching the sun catching the frost, causing the landscape to look like it had been sprinkled in white Kindergarten glitter, I thought nothing could make the walk more interesting.

As I turned off the beaten path and onto the dirt path that leads out onto the mesa, I noticed a flock of crows just off to my left some distance ahead.  Now, as you know, a flock of crows congregating on the mesa ALWAYS means something interesting is up!  Right?  So naturally (it’s my word of the day) I plotted my course to intercept them.

As I approached, however, a coyote appeared about 50 feet in front of me.  I wasn’t rattled because I always see her (I’m assuming it’s a her because I heard pup last summer out that way).  Almost every morning when I’m walking I see a coyote and like to assume it’s the same one.

BUT something was different this morning.  As I walked toward the flock of crows, the coyote began to pace me.  She didn’t seem threatening at all, but I did begin to have thoughts of The Windswept Flame (you know, that rabid coyote scene) and was a little more watchful…even slowed my pace.

As the coyote continued to pace me…walking parallel to me about 30 feet off to my left.  Naturally (my word today) I decided to check the time on my phone, and indeed realized that I had been walking for half the time I had planned to walk.  Thus, it was time to turn around…which worked out great, since I had reached the flock of crows and found that their attention seemed fixed on the coyote pacing me.

Turning around then (the coyote now to my right), I saw a few crows a ways beyond her and noticed the flock of crows’ attention was riveted on those crows.  Following their crowy gaze, I uttered, “Ah ha!” out loud.  Just beyond the large coyote who was keeping and eye on me, were two young coyotes munching down on the remains of a jack rabbit!  It was clear then why the adult coyote was “fronting me” as my boys would say.

Judging from the size of the younger coyotes (about half the size of the adult), I figure these pups were the ones I’d been hearing last spring and summer!  How fun, right?!  I LOVED it!  Kevin was out for a walk as well, and none-too-pleased when I pointed out the coyote family to him.  (He thinks I should change my walking route.)  Still, after we spoke for a few minutes (at which point he told me his name was Clive, called me Julianna, took his keys out of his pocket and told me they were his room keys and that he was in room 207 and I should meet him there for…well, if you’ve seen the newest popular sitcom, you’ll get all that), he raced off on his own walk.  I watched as the adult coyote,crossed the road in front of Kevin…the two pups leaving their rabbit remains to venture closer to him, too (their attention perfectly fixed on him), all three keeping there distance a lot further from Kevin/Clive than they did from me.

As I walked back to the house, the frost was beginning to melt, the sun was warming me up as well, and I thought, “Yep!  That’s exactly the way to beat back the January Blahs!  Frost and coyotes in the morning!”

Another way to beat the January Blahs might be this:  CONTESTS!!!!!  Yes!  Random, pointless blog contests!  Right?

I figure I should probably start with drawing a winner for the GWTW (Gone with the Wind) DVD!  I’m soooooo behind on everything!  Hold on and I’ll draw a name out of my hat…

And the winner of the GWTW DVD is…Laura McLendon!  Laura…e-mail your snail mail address to me at so I can pop your DVD in the mail to you!

And now, for a new contest!  Hmmm….let me think…something to look forward to…hmmm.  How about this:  Leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win this week’s blog contest for not only a DVD collection of 15 Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote Cartoon Favorites…but you’ll also receive a copy (I always keep a few on hand) of The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog!  Hank the Cowdog is a children’s book (chapter book) but it is HYSTERICAL!  I’m telling you, it’s a keeper!  AND Hank does have adventures with coyotes in this book!  You’ll love it!

So?  What do you say?  Wanna beat the January Blahs with Coyotes with me?  Then just leave a comment!  (Beep Beep!  I also love roadrunners, you know!)

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24 Responses to Beat the January Blahs with…Coyotes!

  1. Heather says:

    Winter blaws. Bleck. Nothing to look forward too. Bleck. I’m right there with ya. Happy New Year.

  2. What an exhilarating morning!!! I have not seen a coyote before. If you are out at our Target or the mall late at night sometimes you can see a kitfox. I love there big ears.

  3. Peggy H. Meyers says:

    You should like Roadrunners since it is the New Mexico State bird!! I don’t know how you could be so calm with coyotes so close to you. Hope you and Kevin/Clive have a great day. Enjoy the blue sky and bright sunshine and think about new beginnings, it helps to beat the blahs!!

  4. Heather Hilmer says:

    Our family loves the Road Runner and Wile E. cartoons!! And the book seems cute and one my kids would enjoy reading (always looking for something to keep their interest in reading). Love how you found the book and DVD to go along with your morning coyote adventures! Fun! =)

  5. Becca O. says:

    I’ve been experiencing my own January Blahs accompanied with pregnancy aches and pains and a nasty flu bug that insists on rotating through the family. Maybe coyotes is just what I need. 🙂 And how have I never heard of Hank the Cowdog? I bet my little girls would love it.

  6. Susan M says:

    We have no coyotes here I’m afraid ….. still we have the beautiful mediterranean sea with loads of dolphins! 🙂 In any case “Happy New Year” Mrs Marcia Lynn McClure!

  7. AubreyB says:

    Love love love Modern Family! So glad you’re a fan, too. My kids would love the DVD and I remember reading Hank the Cowdog when I was a little kid. 🙂

  8. Nikki Walls says:

    I love Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote cartoons! They are my favorite. :]

  9. Nikalicious says:

    January is the armpit of the year. BUT! The armpit can still be a nice spot to stick cold hands…right? Hope you don’t get caught on an escalator on your way to room 207 in your trench coat. Your armpits might get exposed.

  10. Marybeth K says:

    I have 3 boys and they always wonder and ask why the coyote can’t ever catch the roadrunner!! “It isn’t fair, Mom! Sometimes I just wish the coyote could catch the roadrunner! Cheer for the underdog, ya know, Mom?” Haha! I admit, I wondered that as a kid myself!

  11. Crystal J. says:

    I grew up watching the roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote! They are classic and they beat the cartoons they have now, hands down! Thanks for the fun random contests 🙂

  12. Nate says:

    It sounds like you need to start packing. Get yourself a little pistol and and maybe, just maybe you could have yourself a full mount coyote in your house. That may help not only the Blahs of January but some other blahs that happen off and on throughout the year. B-{)

  13. Carolyn Hansen says:

    A dvd with Wyle E. Coyote cool!! Especially since my baby boy’s nickname is Wylie (that is one of his nick names at least!).

  14. Holli Gamero says:

    Wile E Coyote is great. My kids enjoy watching it as much as I did. You are awesome.

  15. Beth says:

    Growing up on a ranch I miss the cayotes sounds. I love hank the.cowdog. I just read it at school with my class love make differnt voices for all animals in the story. My tai. Boys love just laugh and laugh at shows like the roadrunner and Willie

  16. Pam Sullivan says:

    I went to Arches Nat. Park in Oct. and thought how it looked like Roadrunner country.

  17. Carol Knight says:

    I have lots of coyotes around my house. My kids even go to coyote hills elementary.

  18. Heather M. says:

    Absolutely nothing better that Wile E. Coyote ‘Super Genius’ and Roadrunner! Except maybe adding Hank! I love that dog, I haven’t read that since I was a kid but it’s one of my greatest memories of school. Mr. Allen reading Hank’s adventures after lunch recess. . .*sigh* What a great way to survive the ‘month that must not be named’!

  19. Linda J. says:

    We had coyotes where I grew up. My Dad always made us carry a whistle as a good long blast would startle them off and alert my folks “critters were in the area”. At least, more critters than us kids.
    We’re having unseasonably warm and sunny weather in our location. NO snow! It actually looks and feels like March. We were flying kites in the school yard last weekend? January Blahs? I think we skipped ’em. We’re ready for the Easter Bunny….

  20. Mippy says:

    Hi Marcia!
    I loooove the beautiful flowers you have posted above! Sooo lovely! 🙂
    I would love to share part of the prize. My friend loves Wylie coyote and my fave was always Roadrunner…lol I’d share the DVD with him and I’d keep the book for myself as my b-day gift! 🙂
    We don’t have coyote probs here but my mom has had a mountain lion or some type on her front porch before. It left tracks.

  21. Pamela Hulse says:

    I love the road runner! It was my favorite show growing up!

  22. Jan-Berry says:

    Marcia, I definitely would be packing a pistol if I had coyotes comming in my yard. Girl you live such an exciting life there in NM with Kevin and the little peeps. Happy New Year and always be happy. Of course, Dylan would love the Roadrunner cartoons. Did you know that here my nickname is roadrunner? Everyone thinks I go all the time. Whatever, they just don’t know. Be safe

  23. Brooke R. says:

    Hi Marcia,
    My son loves Hank the Cow Dog. He wants me to get him new ones from the library every week.

  24. Ann Buttars says:

    Thank you for starting my day with a good laugh ! January is a BLAH month. Of course for me, since my birthday is in January the month is even worse.

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