Above, a mama proudly counts her 5 babies. Either that or she's telling them, "Go, go go! That lady with the camera and her loud kids are gaining on us!". But what is that slow black thing just beyond them??? A turtle makes it's way from the small creek on the right of the path, to my parents' pond on the left of the path.
I'm not a huge fan of Canadian geese, but each spring their babies melt any ill feelings I may have about their loud honks and copious poops.
Unfortunately, on this day I was witness to the complete cycle of life as I got home and found I'd run over a toad. Obviously I feel bad about this. I'll spare you the morbid details and vivid picture I still have in my head. I love finding toads in my garden (alive, that is!). I feel they're the ultimate symbol of gardener's friend. I also can't help but feel like I was the one who attracted it to my garden in the first place, and then I killed it. Ugh.
And now to add on to the suffering, I'm almost certain there's a mouse stuck behind a wall in my house. We can hear the frantic scratching, then a long pause, followed by more scratching. There are horrendous smells from time to time, and this explains it. My husband thinks the thing will die, rot, stink, then the whole situation will be fine (not that he's callous about this, but he's just accepting the reality of this situation. This is a man who (literally) brings injured baby birds to the animal shelter). I have seen one too many house detective shows on HGTV to feel comfortable being nonchalant about it. Supposedly mice in the walls can create a LOT of damage to the electrical system, and can cause a real problem for people with allergies (younger daughter has asthma). Then again, what are the options? Cut holes in the drywall? Who knows. Any advice?