Sighted by us on our property so far this year:
One red fox
Two turtledoves. Just kidding. Two adult turkeys and about ten baby turkeys
Five bears – One mama and four cubs
Hundreds of peeper frogs
Three random dogs – one gallivanting in our precious garden
Earl The Squirrel and his brethren
Chippy The Chipmunk and his brethren
Many, many types of birds
Many, many types of rodents
Many, many types of snakes
Many, many types of bugs…
…And one monster spider (the stuff of my nightmares).
Cassidy and my sister found the web first. It was gigantic, spun from a bush on the ground and stretching up into a tree. We couldn’t wait to see what kind of spider had made it:
A rainstorm knocked the first web down. The undeterred spider spun the same sized web up and active only hours later. Maybe even bigger. One morning the light was just right and Cassidy told us to come out to see if we could see the spider. He had seen her earlier and said she was quite impressive. We (he) threw an ant to its untimely death in the web (I couldn’t have stomached that) and within minutes, the spider creepy-crawled down from the trees to wrap her victim:
Over the deck and far away from that horror, we’ve had magical visitors at our hummingbird feeder. Thanks, Nana! It brings us so much pleasure every morning:
Meanwhile, the real Queen/Goddess of The Land (our yard) has been reigning supreme all summer long.
And her brother..well..he’s learning the way of the land.
I had been keeping him inside in the dry air-conditioning all the time and then as the weather got a little cooler, I realized he could benefit from being outside more often. I figured that if he got fussy, I’d just strap the Moses Basket to the seesaw and it would lull him to sleep. It kinda worked.
This is SUCH a Des face (below) – he does everything with his tongue on the roof of his mouth. It makes his cries sound like, “Laa Laa Laa.” We figured that out on the first day of his life, I believe.
Every day, I have more and more “Aha!” moments, where a little bit more of Des is revealed to me. I have to say, it’s in no way an easy journey. Like yesterday. He was so cranky I fantasized about the Goblin King (David Bowie) coming to take him away. And then later that day, he “woke up” and smiled and cooed for about a half hour straight. Then stayed up until 10:00 pm (although there were some screams along the way) and slept until 5:00 am without one peep. So..I guess I’m just trying to figure out how to tell if he’s tired, hungry, gassy, cold, lonely.. or all of the above, or none of the above.
You know, like any other parent.
Still trying to learn that he’s a normal baby and not an NICU patient. Still trying to learn how to be his parent. It’s all sorta coming along with lots of setbacks. It’s no easy task but we’re getting somewhere.