You know how sometimes you want to write, but can't think of what to write about? Me too. That's why sometimes I go on about something badly and then delete it a day later.
So I sat down a few minutes ago and decided to just scribble out some things going on around me, the house, and the yard. I hit a dozen immediately! Some days are like that.
4. Deer Ate Shrub
5. Car Battery
6. Snowblower Snow Wouldn't Melt
7. Enclosed Garden
8. Tomato Grafting
10. Smoking/Not Smoking
11. Covered Plant Rack
So, how about "frogs"? Now, I generally LIKE frogs. None of them around here are poisonous, they eat mostly bad insects, they are impressively weird, and they mostly don't bother me.
Except Spring Peepers. For a month each year around now, they all start a "chirping contest". And since there are wetlands across the street (used to be a full-fledged swamp) they are a biblical multitude! 10,000 chirping Spring Peepers can be distracting. The chirps are of a sound frequency that comes right through windows and walls. Well, no wonder at THAT, they evolved their sound to penetrate woodsy swamps.
I can live with that; there are so many of them that the sound is constant. Its the 5 or so of them that find my small 4'x6' lily pond that drive me NUTS! The pond is only 20' from my bedroom window, and with only a few of them, the chirping comes and goes. I can't sleep when they chirp randomly.
It was so bad when I worked, that I would sometimes have to go out at night, find the little devils with a flashlight, and stomp on them just to get some sleep. And its not like I didn't try passive frog-friendly ideas first. I put acoustical ceiling tiles covering the inside of my bedroom window. It didn't work! Well, it helped some, but not enough.
Even after retirement, when I can sleep later to make up for the disturbance, it is still aggravating. The past 5 years, I have covered the pond with loose-woven garden cloth. That works. If they can't get to the water, they can't mate, so they don't chirp.
I usually notice them first as I go to bed and it is really too late to do the covering thing that night. But this year, today, I caught them in the act. It was suddenly very warm today (75F at 4 PM), s I had some windows open. It was nice and quiet.
Until... At precisely 5:30 PM, I heard a chirp in the wetland. And 2 seconds later, I heard 10,000!!! They ALL started immediately when the very first one did. I was astonished. At least I have tomorrow to cover the pond. The pond doesn't seem to warm up as fast as the open wetland do, so there is a lag.
Tomorrow, I will take out the garden cloth and cover the pond and ruin the mating possibilities of the several Spring Peepers who chose my pond as their "Dream Seduction Site". Well, they are either the dumbest Spring Peepers and deserve not to mate, or they are the smartest Spring Peepers (choosing a less-competitive location) and just had the bad luck to annoy ME! Either way, I doubt I am affecting the long-term survival of Spring Peepers...
And if I am? Well, MY sleep comes first. Being Top Of The Food Chain has its benefits.
Topics 2-12 to come later, maybe in no particular order, and interrupted by new topics as they come to mind.