Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Back to random nature

I just realized that Tuesday had not completely passed me by. We successfully hosted my son's graduation party over the weekend, and as I perused my days of to-do lists, I realized that the kitchen floor never got cleaned. Outrageous, I know! It is amazing what people will overlook if you put out enough food to distract them. "Have another cookie! Eyes up here, please."

The other night when I was having trouble falling back to sleep, I started to think about our son leaving for college. One of my first considerations for how to best deal with the inevitable sadness was "maybe in the morning I will ask Siri how to handle this". Suffice to say, I have not checked in with her yet. (This is only due in part to the fact that I would have to ask my kids for help in getting a hold of her, and my iphone ineptness has caused them enough shame as it is.)

Frogs and toads give me the eebie jeebies. It is something about the way they sneak up on a person, and the whole hopping thing. I am not sure what kind of range they have, and find them unpredictable. As a result, this sighting almost caused me to exile myself from the family camp for the rest of the summer.
These ducks tried to lure me back in by making the new swimming platform look so inviting, although the seaweed tried to negate the good vibes.
Just when I started to look forward to grabbing a Twizzler (required camp snack) and a comfy lounge chair, I saw this picture that my mother posted on facebook... 
DEAD BAT ON THE CAMP DRIVEWAY! Gadzooks! Someone commented that it might just be Donald Trump's hair. I have been vacillating between being afraid of running into a live bat and being concerned about what killed this one. ICK!

We have taken our one with nature selves to the ocean, far from the batty camp near home. This little dead fish interrupted our search for heart shaped rocks, but was not overly terrifying. (We artfully placed him on the rock for a photo shoot, for no good reason whatsoever.)

On that note, the minutes are running out of this Tuesday.


  1. You have a camp? Where is it? I want a camp! Instead, I have this money pit.

  2. I'm not really an outdoorsy person, esp. in summer, although I'll take frogs over, 'spiders and snakes' (earworm. you're welcome) any day. I love bats, they eat bugs! I'm sad for the dead one though. :( I'm sure you will adjust to your son being gone. I remember one of my first trips back home during freshman year. My mom made and served dinner. I sat down at the kitchen table to eat and my parents disappeared into the livingroom to watch TV and eat. I was like, 'HEY!' They started to laugh and said, 'oh sorry! We're used to eating in here now.' Sheesh.

  3. Enjoy your vacation! I'm sure it will take me a very long time to come to terms with college leaving. Good luck!

  4. When kids go away to college....it's tough! I cannot lie!!! :( I don't camp. Nope! Been there.....got chiggers. :/

  5. Little dead fishy looks a little mortified to be photographed in such a state. And the dead bat? Ewwww. I know they're beneficial and all, but those webby limbs are kind of creepy. Dead things aside, camp looks wonderful and relaxing! Hope you're having a great time.
    Thanks for the vote of confidence on my blog and the words of encouragement. I feel pumped up. :)

  6. Except for Kermit.
    Kermit wouldn't sneak up on you.

  7. We have tiny little toads all over the patio, which shouldn't scare you--they are the size of a fingernail right now! The bat looks like Donald Trump's hair killed him. That's a darn shame!