While we were in the back yard, one of the boys kept telling me that there was a chickadee inside the bird feeder. This didn't strike me as odd until I realized that they meant it was IN the bird feeder. Somehow this little guy managed to fit himself through one of the holes and got trapped inside the seed tube. Fortunately, I didn't have to launch a rescue mission - when I came closer to the tube, he freaked out and managed to find an exit.
Something sweet left on my pillow by Reese. (Time to retire the owls, they're the winter bedding.)
New sign in the foyer, which reads "Be Nice or Leave". Part of my I don't have to invite yucky people with their yucky energy into my home campaign. Which, by the way, needs a different name because that one has one hell of an unmanageable acronym.
Last week, on a morning when we were running exceptionally ahead of schedule, we found ourselves completely ready to go - everybody dressed and fed, lunches packed, shoes on - a full half-hour before the bus comes. We don't usually hang out much upstairs in the morning, but because we had so much free time, we ended up playing in the boys' room, where we found rainbows cast by the crystal in the window, and a big square of light on the wall behind the bottom bunk.
After noticing that we could see shadows cast by birds flying by outside, and the heat rising off the radiator, we ended up making shadow puppets, including the one you see here, a surfboarding bunny
While I was walking to my car, this enormous bug skittered across my path and I saw that it was a very large, very fuzzy spider. It was so strange that I reached for my camera, and while bending to take some pics of it, I realized that it was not fuzzy, it was a female wolf spider covered in hundreds and hundreds of teeny tiny baby spiders. WOW. I had to head into the house to get the good camera.
I'll spare you a photo in this post - if you're brave or a geek like me, visit my new "wee beasties" album to see.
Dan is working the weekend and boy, has it been a doozy of a day. Griff and Reese keep bickering, Xander won't take a nap, everybody seems overtired - I know I am, and the older two both had a feverish virus last week, so maybe they're still down from that. Two great things salvaged the day: 1. Dan made it home for dinner and bedtime 2. He came upstairs carrying an unexpected package that had been sitting on the doorstep.
I opened it up (I didn't place a Lush order, what gives?) and found this beaut, sent to me by my friend Angela as a thank-you for being her Virginia Beach guide:
Somebody needs to bring back Smell-O-Vision or create a scratch-n-sniff blog technology or something. This box is amazing. It's too pretty to open just yet, but I know it contains two bath bombs and two bubble bars, and their combined honeysuckle, lavender, rose, and citrus cents are absolutely wonderful. I might just wait a few days to open it and enjoy the anticipation. Right now my office is beautifully perfumed. This is like a mail-order hug from a sister.
Ang is the reason I have a Lush addiction to start with, so she knew how much I would love this. What she had no way of knowing was that I would so badly need this pick-me-up today. Thank you, babe!
Saw a hummingbird out the office window today, and it reminded me that I bought a feeder months and months ago, and never filled it! I immediately went to get it, made the sugar solution, chilled it, and hung the feeder. The weather was amazing, felt more like October than August. Griff and Reese put on pants and long sleeved shirts and went out with me and Xander to tackle the neglected garden.
The garden is a MESS, covered in weeds, produce unharvested. I almost just said that I should never attempt a garden when I am pregnant or have an infant...except that I still enjoy having it, even then! For one thing, when you don't take care of your garden, you get to see such cool stuff.
For starters, you get an impressive haul. Griff asked me to take a picture of him pretending to eat a carrot. He really did eat it a moment later and pronounced it too bitter (he's right, yuck, bummer). Hopefully the rest will be sweeter. Beets, tomatoes, and squash, too.
The squash are covered with squash bugs, Anasa tristis, which would be annoying if it weren't so fascinating. By turning over a leaf, you can see an enormous number of bugs in various stages of the life cycle - eggs, huge clusters of teeny tiny early nymphal instars, groups of later instars, and the occasional shield-shaped adult. The one pictured is an older nymph. The squash plant is probably doomed, but I don't mind.
I had previously left a few unsuccessful/misshapen radishes in the ground and they grew and grew and grew and put out lovely white and pink flowers, and now have seed pods. When you take better care of a garden, you never get to see stuff like this! The photo to the left of the bug shows the seed pods of the radish plant; it hadn't occurred to me before to wonder how radishes reproduce!
Dan glanced out the window and exclaimed that there was a rainbow - we stepped out onto the porch and were amazed by what we saw: the end of a summer thunderstorm had combined with the setting sun to make a brilliant, full-arc, double rainbow. Dan rushed to get Griff, who had just headed up to bed. The three of us stood in awe. Griff is certain that there is a pot at the end of the rainbow with a fairy under it. Dan is certain that it's the most spectacular rainbow he's ever seen. (It ties for first for me with one I saw in Nevada when I was 12.) It's incredible how a moment like this might be something you remember for the rest of your life, because it might not have happened at all. I felt really fortunate that Dan saw it, and that we could share it with Griff.
As I was driving the kids home from Griff's preschool, Griff started
asking me all sorts of questions about some "thing" he saw over a strip
near our house. He wanted me to tell him what it was and kept trying to
describe it. It was like hearing somebody describe a UFO, he was hazy
on the color of
it (brownishy white at one point) and the size, and I was foggy on
whether this thing was moving or stationary over the shopping
center. He said it had
a propeller, but then he didn't think so. He wanted me to look, but I
couldn't see anything obvious in a quick glance and, well, I was
driving. Insert mom-like "I have to keep my eyes on the road, Griff"
Well, as I turned, there right in front of me was the UFO. And I have
to admit, I had no freakin' clue what it was, it was balloon-like,
oddly shaped, but
far enough away that I couldn't tell any more about it. Weather
balloon? Advertisement balloon? (over subdivisions??) We were headed
As we got closer, the road turned and the object turned, and we could
see it was a blimp. Griff said "ohhhh, we were seeing the point of it before." Way cool! It had writing on it and I couldn't read
it, so I
Turns out it was an actual, bona fide Goodyear Blimp. I think perhaps it was the Spirit of Goodyear. I have absolutely
no clue what it was doing over the local neighborhoods. There's a
here next week, maybe they were warming up for that? Griff had never
seen a blimp and I'm not sure he had ever heard of one, so it was fun
explain what it is and how it works. I wish I'd had a camera with me,
the thing was practically on top of us!