Dale and I spent the first night in our new house last night. We were very, very happy to do so, even if it meant sleeping on a low quality inflatable mattress. While the sleep comfort was only a bit better than camping out on the property, there was a distinct advantage in having flush toilets, showers and refrigerators. No furniture yet, but we start addressing that next weekend when we’ll drive a Penske up with our bed, the wine and our books. (One must have priorities — yes, stash and needles are already there!) It turns out we weren’t the first to take up residence though — seems we have doves nesting over one window, a wasp nest in the back and approximately 2 dozen toads living in the window well. Lots of visitors too — the peacock showed himself (I saw the peahen too, but didn’t get a picture) as did this little bug (plus many other birds and some chipmunks of whom I did not get photos).
I knit for several hours out under the trees — finished this purple hat (now drying after a soak in Soak) and got about half way through the lettuce green scarf. The hat will be for Warm Hats Not Hot Heads…it’s very nice. I’m not sure if it’s for a guy or gal though — the purple may be more than most guys would want.
I also spent a lot more time watering our landscaping. We’re trying our best to make sure the new plants can make it through the hot summer. We’re soaking them each weekend and a young lady is coming during the week to give additional drinks. Hopefully we can drop down to weekend soaks later this summer (as long as we don’t do the drought thing). They’ve rewarded us with some beautiful color.
Just before we left I collected all the window well toads in order to release them into the woods. I’m torn — do I do this every weekend? Or do I let them establish Toadville in the window well? They are safe from larger predators down there, and they have bugs to eat. If I planted a few plants, maybe they would think of it as toad paradise. I’m not sure…I kind of think that if we went through a dry spell, they’d dry up into toad jerkey. Maybe I just need to rig a toad guard or put mesh over the window well so they can’t fall down there anymore. What do you think?