We are family – This weekend is our family reunion. It’s always great to see the extended family but there is usually some announcement that comes out. Sometimes it’s good news like a new baby. Sometimes not so good like a new health issue. Here’s hoping there is no news at all – just great companionship and wonderful food!
Circle of life – I have several frogs this year. In the past they would stay for a while and never be seen again. I love to observe them. (I know I need a life!)
They sit perfectly still for long periods of time until an insect comes within their range. Then in a split second, the tongue goes out, captures and swallows the bug. I’ve seen them eat bees and wondered how they don’t get stung. When they swallow lightning bugs, the bug continues to light up inside the frog for a minute or so until it’s dead. Most bizarre looking.
Beep, beep, beep — There is a house under construction in back of us. It has been under construction for months. The structure is complex with odd roof angles and lots of small windows. That’s not the problem though. There are two long driveways into two different garages. There has been heavy equipment there off and on for at least three months, digging and moving huge boulders. It’s like living next to a stone quarry.
The icing on the cake was last Sunday when they started the heavy equipment at 5:30 a.m. (yes that’s a.m.). I thought the truck was in my bedroom next to my bed! We have a noise ordinance with specific time frames especially for weekends. We didn’t complain (except to each other). It continued until 6 p.m. Fortunately no one had a picnic planned. I know I would have been very vocal if we had something scheduled. The neighborhood is completely occupied and I can’t believe how inconsiderate the builder has been.
A budding designer with four paws – I have a few tall zinnias planted in my vegetable garden for cutting. They are so beautiful – all bright colors. They last a long time in a vase. I always put something tall in the vase for balance. Our newest cat doesn’t appreciate balance. No matter how many times I put a long piece of graceful grass in the vase, I will find it somewhere in the house all chewed up. Fortunately, that’s the only plant that she chews.
Excuse me! – I live between two grocery stores. One is closer to my Starbucks run so sometimes I stop there. I hate it. I call it the “white trash” store but it has nothing to do with trailer parks or even the race of the folks to patronize it. The clientele is very rude. I am convinced it has a big (invisible to me) sign that says, “Rude people welcome.” Or perhaps it says “Discounts for jerks only.”
This morning a young woman aged 18 to 20 backed out of her parking space without looking. She was busy fluffing her hair instead of checking for clearance. I had to completely stop or she would have hit me. Then she gave me attitude for being there. Fortunately I already had my mocha latte so I just laughed at her. If she keeps driving like that she won’t be around long. (Hopefully not long enough to reproduce!)
How was your week?