It’s the little things…

Can you see me?

This year has been one where we have had to be introspective and appreciate the little things.  It’s a small silver lining given the tragedy of Covid-19 but perhaps it will give us new coping skills for the future.  Teddy and I used to go out to lunch at least once a week.  We knew all the wait staff and enjoyed the banter along with the food.  It was my only reason to get dressed up as I wore a uniform, of sorts, at work.  Like most of us I have cleared out the closets but the pretty dresses flutter sadly in the closet.  Recently I bought two new nightdresses because that’s what I wear most.  On the plus side, I found nightdresses with pockets – wow!

Teddy was pushed to his limit last week when Hurricane Laura blew through.  It missed the large centers of population but it tore down large parts of our electricity grid to our east.  The next day the power went out unexpectedly for about 8 hours.  That seems perfectly reasonable to me but it was 100 degrees outside and 84 degrees in the house.  Teddy had to stop work and paced the house like a tiger.  He tested the generator (it works), he hunted for batteries and torches (which are all in the hurricane box which Kerry packs each year) and generally drove me crazy.  After many hours, I shouted at him, gave him a beer and told him to sit his ass down.  To his horror I said, “Look at the flowers” which is a line from Walking Dead before one of the characters was dispatched.  I reassured him that it was a Freudian slip…  Then nature sent us a little precious moment to calm him down.  Two little squirrel siblings who had been running crazy along the fences and trees, suddenly stopped and started grooming each other.  They snuggled and licked each other and our hearts melted.

I’m coming down for the snacks. Muchas Gracias, Senora!!

Like everyone else, our vacation plans have disappeared.  We had planned something special for my 60th birthday/38th anniversary in July but instead I made Teddy his favorite meal.  He loves potato gratin – so simple but I rarely make it.  For dessert I made him something he had been hankering over for 30+ years.  Many years ago I made a very decadent Pashka (Russian Easter cake) for a dinner party that we were hosting.  I searched the internet for a slightly lighter version of my original recipe and then altered it a little.  The main ingredients are butter, sugar, toasted almonds, crystallized ginger and vanilla.  Teddy was so excited!!!  I think it might have been the nicest anniversary meal we have ever had.  Our expectations were low and I was not stressed.

Potato Gratin

Pashka

Then there are the lizards.  As you know, we have been without pets for over a year now.  We rarely sat out in our back yard because Toffee was sadly sitting inside but now we can happily sit in our rockers looking at nature.  We noticed that spotted Anoles would come running when we came out.  Perhaps it was coincidence but now we have them named. Lorenzo has a regrown tail and Leo likes to sit on the prow of the deck.  When we call them, they run out from under the deck and start displaying in front of us.  Sometimes it is little handstands or head nods but if we are lucky they show us their red dewlap.  They let us go within an inch of them to admire their chameleon coloring.  We have one sweet little green Anole, Gerry, who is a native Texan.  The spotted Anoles are invasive from Cuba and they are feisty.  I Googled “snacks for lizards’ and they like live crickets and meal worms. They will have to eat what’s in the backyard…

velvet ant

Covid-19 has made me less obsessive about the usual bugs and germs.  Teddy dispatched a giant tree roach in the house and I didn’t bat an eyelid or get out the bleach.  We are in semi-drought here so insects are coming in, looking for water.  In the middle of the night, I went sleepily to the bathroom.  Through drowsy eyes, I saw what looked like a scorpion walking in while I was trapped on the toilet.  It was big, brown and not a cockroach.  Ruthlessly, I took a magazine and squashed it.  Later, I discovered that it was a mole cricket and I have been grieving ever since.  It was a harmless wee thing and I wish I had taken it out to the garden.

Mole Cricket with a curious pup, courtesy of Pixabay

Another day the lizards were agitated and when we investigated, they were chasing a velvet ant away from their babies – beautiful creature but with a deadly sting.  Red throated hummingbirds have visited the Mexican Fire Bush en route back to Latin America.  Finally, there are the babies. We have two nests of red tailed hawks behind our house. The baby hawks screech, “Mom, I need a mouse!”, then the Blue Jays start squawking and lastly the squirrels bark.  What a racket!

Just before this capture of a blue jay, he had been screeching that the water was dirty… Just as well they are beautiful.

I think this is a mixed marriage…like Teddy and I.

33 thoughts on “It’s the little things…

  1. The power failure with the outage of 8 hours was due to the squirrel gnawing on multiple wires in the generator which blew a grid. The lizards were reported to have been cheerleading them on. And you thought you had nice creatures. Ha! a news anchor reported this and no its not fake news lol

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  2. Happy 60th Kerry🎉🛍🎁🍰🍷😘 I will post the card I bought in June🙈 I’m calling it Covid overworkload brain🙄
    Love the pictures of the wildlife. Kathleen had her phone wire chewed by a psycho squirrel which terrorises her daily😂she is terrified of wildlife. So I had a little chuckle when you said that Texan squirrels are as crazy as Scottish ones.
    Keep well Kerry. Happy anniversary to both of you.
    Love Anne x❤️

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    • Thank you so much, Anne! When I visited Glasgow a few years ago, my aunt and uncle told me they thought there were squirrels in the loft. I offered to go up and check but they looked at me in horror! Kathleen would hate living here! Good luck with your work – I know how hard it must be. K x

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  3. I love your pictures.
    I’m sad for you though know you were brave in squashing it and putting your life first which is what you thought you were doing.
    Sending hugs….
    Love light and glitter

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  4. Fab menu. It has me running for Pashka recipe. I tasted it for the first time in the 1960’s when my friend’s grandmother made it.
    It is rather wonderful to be able to enjoy what is literally on our doorstep.
    28C indoors now that is what I call hot!!! Think i will stick to 18C
    Enjoy more of your back yard.

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  5. I think this introversion and quiet observation is difficult for some, but it’s natural for others. In my case this observation stubbornly doesn’t extend to nature but to reminders of times past – maybe carved granite field posts or lintel stones, an unexplained mound in a field, remnants of a railway platform. I wouldn’t get on with the critters that seem to inhabit Texas 😦

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    • I, too, love the intricacies of architecture, old and new but I am passionate about critters especially the ones that no one likes. My family like pets but only one American cousin shares my passion for bugs. To be honest, you have to get used to them in Texas…😁

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