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Kinkajou! (Gesundheit!) AND Comment to Win!

Posted on Jan 29, 2016 by Lisa Ricard Claro   17 Comments | Posted in Observations From the Tub

LtB-Final-Ebook-072115TGIF, in-the-Buffers! A reminder that there are FIVE autographed copies of Love to Believe up for grabs. Leave a comment on this blog post, and/or any of the previous posts from this week, and your name will be in the drawing for each comment you make. You don’t have to sign up for anything, Tweet anything, or Facebook anything. Nada. Just a comment to say hello, and you’re in. Winners will be announced tomorrow here on Writing in the Buff.

I’m excited today because tomorrow is release day for Love to Believe, and I’m going on a PF Changs dinner date with the hubster to celebrate tonight. Good food, good wine, and my cutie-patootie hubby trapped in a booth with yours truly. He will have no escape and will be forced to listen to me prattle on about writing from the appetizer through the last bite of dessert. Maybe I’ll go easy on him and break for five minutes to talk about something else.

Bwa-ha-ha-ha! *snort* Okay. Soooo not likely. Yeah, he’s a trooper.

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Photo courtesy of Dick Culbert.

Moving along to today’s Observations from the Tub, the animal in the photo is a kinkajou. The following quoted information is courtesy of Huffpost Weird News:

“According to National Geographic, kinkajous are nocturnal tree-dwelling mammals typically found in the tropical forests of Central and South America. Related to the raccoon, the animals have “incredible” prehensile tails that they use “much like another arm.” Kinkajous are also “able to turn their feet backwards to run easily in either direction along branches or up and down trunks.”

Now that you know what a kinkajou is, imagine being awakened in the middle of the night by one of these critters curled up on your chest, stroking your face. This happened to an elderly woman in Miami. She screamed and scared the kinkajou out of her bed and into her attic. The video below gives details (and I apologize for the video running on its own and holding you hostage with ads before it plays the pertinent report—that seems to be an escalating practice).

So, what’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever been awakened by or discovered in your bed? No holding back, now, Buttercup. We’re all friends here. 🙂

See you tomorrow for a rare Saturday post to announce the five winners of the Love to Believe giveaway.

Have a great Friday!

UPDATE:  The eBook version of Love to Believe is available to pre-order now at Amazon! Releases January 30th in eBook and print.

Romance is good for your heart! To purchase your copy of Love Built to Last in eBook or Print, go to AmazonBarnes & NobleBlack Opal BooksKoboor AllRomanceBook #2, Love to Believe, will be available for purchase January 30, 2016!

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17 Responses to "Kinkajou! (Gesundheit!) AND Comment to Win!"

  1. Comment by Samantha
    January 29, 2016 at 9:37 am  

    I would be just as thrilled to wake up with a possum on me. Yuck!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 30, 2016 at 10:56 am  


  2. Comment by Samantha
    January 29, 2016 at 9:39 am  

    However I went on a military camping trip once and woke up to albino skunks under my cot where a lovely friend of mine had planted some food and anxiously awaited, with the camera rolling, these uninvited creatures.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 30, 2016 at 10:57 am  

      Haha! That must have been funny for the person holding the camera. lol

  3. Comment by Pat
    January 29, 2016 at 10:10 am  

    My son had a pet reticulated python that got out of his habitat and crawled, of all places, into bed with me. I’m surprised my screams didn’t cause the neighbors to dial 911.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 30, 2016 at 10:58 am  

      OMG. I’d be done in, probably break my neck trying to get away. I am shuddering right now! Gah!

  4. Comment by Rob
    January 29, 2016 at 10:20 am  

    I found a buffler in bed with me once. I don’t remember the circumstances.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 30, 2016 at 11:01 am  

      I had to look up buffler. lol

  5. Comment by Martha Graham-Waldon
    January 29, 2016 at 6:12 pm  

    I woke up to find a prowler in my bedroom. She turned out to be a possum snuggling up in the corner. She may have been looking for a home but I screamed and shewed her out so I could go to work. That’s the risk you take if you have a pet door in your home. Never a dull moment!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 30, 2016 at 11:02 am  

      And you just talked me out of ever having a doggie door!

  6. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    January 30, 2016 at 7:46 am  

    An animal related to raccoons? You can guess what I think of that, Lisa. LOL I think a spider (ick!) is probably the worst thing I can remember finding in my bed.

    Happy Release Day! (1/30/16)

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 30, 2016 at 11:04 am  

      Spiders creep me out, although I love watching them spin or repair their webs, as long as they’re on the other side of the window.

  7. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    January 30, 2016 at 2:58 pm  

    Hooray on the release of your latest best seller 🙂
    I found what I thought was a bloody and gory mess on me. My husband had had recent surgery. I imagined the worst. Fortunately it was a bag of frozen blueberries I had on my sore shoulder when I laid down. It had thawed and opened. What a fright!

  8. Comment by Sioux
    January 30, 2016 at 5:35 pm  

    Lisa–Okay, it’s my last push to win. I’ve been in a workshop all day, so hopefully you have not drawn names yet.

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed. And I hope PF Changs was delicious last night.

  9. Comment by Sioux
    January 30, 2016 at 5:36 pm  

    Your talk of “torturing” your husband with writer talk made me think of the old Chinese water torture (what was that? I have no idea.) but figured in this case, it would be Chinese Lisa torture…

  10. Comment by Sioux
    January 30, 2016 at 5:39 pm  

    It happened all the time, so it wasn’t shocking, but I used to have a cat who–when he was hungry–would take one claw and very delicately prick the skin on my scalp to wake me up.

    It certainly worked…

  11. Comment by Sioux
    January 30, 2016 at 5:40 pm  

    Good luck (although you won’t need it) with your book sales…

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