I’ve come to know that instead of finding a few minutes here and there throughout the day, I prefer to sit and write for an extended period of time. Being outdoors, particularly in the morning when the earth is so fresh, the early light peacefully inspires me. On cold or rainy days, like this past week, the leisure of lighting a candle or playing soft music helps me to be invited into the page. Through the window, I watched the rain, so silent-so fine, while I continued to battle the recent invasion of carpenter ants by my kitchen window.
There are lots of tree frogs around lately and I still love to hear their calls. I remember their calls through the summer night but now during the day they are quite active and I can always find at least one by the barbecue, just under its cover. Yesterday, while picking one up to closely admire its mossy green skin, it leaped into my blouse before I could place it back down. Of course, it jumped right back to where I found it. They are curious little creatures and they always look as if they’re smiling.
The dismantling of our pool is scheduled for this weekend. The pool was erected last summer with no success of clean filtered water to swim in. So, after expenses of a new sand filter and hundreds of dollars in chemicals and lots of hard work back washing, I will be glad to see it go. It proved to be more work than we were willing to invest. After the disgusting water was drained, a little rainwater has accumulated, evidently enough for some paddling insects and now tadpoles. Hopefully, we can scoop them out and transport them to the creek where they will thrive more naturally. A simple fire pit with some seating and easy potted plants will replace the pool area. Well, that’s the plan-let’s see how it goes.