Archive for September 4th, 2013

swallowtail butterfly

We have had an ample amount of swallowtail butterflies visit the Serenity garden this season. As I have said before, we designed the Serenity garden specifically to attract birds, butterflies, frogs, toads, and other small animals. The Skipper captured this photo. One year the Serenity garden was home to a family of rabbits. The babies were beyond adorable. So small, too small I kept thinking, to be out in such a big world.

Our Serenity pond’s star this year is Big Boy.

frog big boy

He started as a tadpole this Spring and we’ve had the pleasure of watching him grow. He’s a very mellow guy. Last night we saw he had company. A toad, we think, but didn’t get a good look. It was moving through the grass planted around the pond’s edge. I realized then that I hadn’t seen a toad all season. I love toads, they are just cool. Next thing I know, there is a toad sitting on the back patio. I was glad to see it.

Of course the peace came to an end, as all things do, later that night. Suffice it to say, Yarn Rascal has taken a big step away from earning his angel wings. I awoke in the middle of the night to a scrabbling sound, which I thought was mice. I tracked the sound to the bathroom, flipped on the light and there was Yarn Rascal. He had moved (shredded) the bathmat and was now digging up the stone tile of the floor. He had excavated 3 tiles. Little pieces of grout were scattered about which he was eating. I took him out of the bathroom, closed the door and cleaned the pieces of grout out of his mouth. Tell me again why I have this migraine today?

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