It’s Tuesday, School is done and now the fun begins! The fun of juggling time between dinosaur games and playing school. Yes, now that Princess Nagger is finished with school, she wants to play school. So I’ll try to be a good student. I can’t promise anything, though.
that she would create a cute image for me to work my magic off of in the rest of the design process for my blog. But she did. See it up there in the header? Here, you can have a closer look:
Oh yeah! I’m stylin’ now! Thanks to the combined efforts of Keely with her drawing magic, Ash (Shades of Blue and Green) for dreaming up the winning name, and Jen (Sprite’s Keeper) who came up with the tagline. Mojo’s Nemesis is in the house! And now let’s get on with the Randomness, because I need to do some catching up after burying my head in designing all weekend and not getting around to very many blogs in the process!
We actually had a Tornado Warning on Sunday – poor Princess Nagger was very worried that our house would blow away (I guess I shouldn’t have insisted she watch The Wizard of Oz with me a couple of months ago…) But her biggest worry? Was that her buddy Spike and her sandbox would be blown away.
Luckily the Tornado Watch was called off so Princess Nagger could stop worrying.
This weekend was an active critter weekend – apparently the rat that is living under the brick patio apparently thought the thorny rose stems and dead flowers I shoved down a few of the holes were gifts. Because she got busy and drilled a bunch more holes. We saw two – a big one and a smaller one. Not sure if it was a husband/wife duo or mother/child duo. But it’s still two too many. So hubby set up the trap under the bird feeder – figuring we didn’t need to put bait in it, because the rats have been eating the fallen bird seed.
It worked like a charm. Well, after a false start – Saturday morning the trap had been tripped, but didn’t catch anything. So Princess Nagger and I figured out how to reset it and waited. And waited. And waited. Sunday morning we woke up to the bigger of the two rats caught in the trap. Take that, sucker.
That thing was mean! He kept launching himself at the side of the cage when I was taking pictures. I admit, I shrieked a little the first time and back away. For all I knew he had chewed himself a trap door in the cage and was waiting for someone like me to get close enough to bust out and latch onto my face. When I realized he wasn’t that smart of a rat, I took pictures paparazzi style.
Then of course the hubby and I had no idea how to get rid of it. Take it out to some random field and set it free? Chances are it’d round up an army of rats for revenge. So the neighbor kid came over and offered to dispose of it for us. We were grateful. Problem solved, big rat gone. We saw the smaller rat inspecting the cage while the other one was caught, so hubby tagged it in the butt with his pellet gun. We haven’t seen that one since. Hopefully the big rat told him to run as fast and as far away as possible. We have the cage set back up just in case he brings back reinforcements, though.
We also discovered this weekend that we have a bullfrog in our pond. Too bad he wasn’t bigger, he probably would have made a snack of the rats. I had no idea (until this weekend) that bullfrogs eat mice and other frogs and fish and anything they feel like. Princess Nagger refers to him as a ‘Bully Frog’ because he ate one of the wild birds.
I thought he had something in his mouth – and I was right. Skip the next image if seeing a bullfrog with a bird in its mouth grosses you out.
Here it is:
Hubby and his dad visited a house a couple of weeks ago he lived in when he was 6 years old – it’s been sitting vacant for over a year waiting for the developers who bought it to knock it down and build either industrial or a parking lot. He went back this past weekend and dug up some plants that he and his dad had planted years ago and brought them back to plant in our yard.
The in-ground swimming pool his dad had put in oh so long ago is sadly neglected, the cover is long gone and someone tried to cover it with plywood at some point, which has rotted and mostly fallen into the pool. Hubby snagged some tadpoles from the pool and brought them back to our pond (though they were more tadpole-ish a week ago, when he went back to get them, they were mostly frog-ish):
I’m sure the Bully Frog probably thinks he scored with some delectable dinnertime fare. Hopefully some of them will manage to elude the Bully Frog – hubby counted 32 of them. I’ll keep you posted.
And now, the weekly picture of the pond:
Princess Nagger was having fun watching the tadpoles make their way from the top of the stream into the pond. Ribbit!
Edited to add:
In case you’re not one to click over to the reviews and giveaways, I wanted to add this little video Princess Nagger did just because it’s funny. That’ll save you the clickage:
Head over and visit Keely at The Un-Mom for some fun randomness and get your own Random on!