here it is, then.
i'm quite alright with a slow, lazy arrival of Summer--as long as the days and exit are equally as stretched.
looong, slow, and easy....
that'd be just right.
kissing frogs. ' bet you didn't know i'm crazy 'bout frogs, did you? ;)
meet Elvis and Jake. or maybe they're names are Humpty Elvis and Dumpty Jake.
they are scientifically known as 'white dumpy tree frogs'. and now, officially, Family.
it's true that i have a pretty serious aversion to animals -or any living thing...like people- in cages; however these are cousins-in-law. our little Gingerbread (he's their former pet) is moving away with his family, to Maine to join our other Cousins (mucho devastation over this for us, Friends) and the closest pet store for crickets is just too far away for a long Maine winter. so we get to be their new Guardians.
lucky, lucky us.
so lots of sticky shades-of-green kisses in our future.
and stinky crickets.
i told the children this morning the next time an aphid landed on me i was gonna put it under the microscope.
it turned out that i had three (of various size) in a petrie dish in just a few seconds.
i never doubted it.
they were interested.
since it was out, i thought i'd also check out these little white specks that are sticking to my laptop screen (i'm out on the back porch, don't you know) and over-populating the pond. bugs? i really wasn't completely certain.
oh, yes. they're bugs.
whilst i was doing that, Trevy hollers from the livinroom, "Mom... I think the cricket is shedding its exoskeleton!"
now there are a few dead crickets in the cricket aquarium (all of a sudden we have active terrariums and aquariums all over the place!)... "Are you sure it isn't just dead?!?" asks his skeptical Mama.
"I'm pretty sure it's shedding."
i went in to see. dang! "Cool. It's molting."
sure enough... it was crawling right out of its skin. skeleton. whatever.
looks like a crash course in biology today, doesn't it??
'sides that, we have Dora and Diego.
and Oregon Trail.
a quiet "just us" day.
[squeeeze goes the heart]
a walk through the neighborhood to seven-eleven
so, so good.
and always, always good enough.