I keep reading reports all over the internet, with how quiet society has become, the wildlife tends to migrate into territories within the city! I have seen a herd of deer walking down main street (on the internet). Have you been outside at all, can you hear the world peace’n quiet going on? I does not matter what time of day I am outside, I do not hear the roar of vehicles on the road or for that matter modern civilization. I did not realize how loud we are! More on this in a bit.
Me working the grave yard shift, tends to be un-nerving while trying to sleep. The windows are wide open, and the neighbors come home at 1:30 a.m. and they decide to play fetch with the barking little dog. Or they smoke cigarettes and the smell wafts into the house. Little things constantly bugging me when I try to sleep but can’t.
One night (I have forgotten which night because there was so much sleep deprivation this week), I kept hearing a buzz on the kitchen screen. Sounded like a june bug on steroids. I had to go shew it away. And by golly, it was not a june bug at all, but a Luna Moth. I have only ever seen one other Luna Moth in my lifetime, and I think it was at night too. So I did not shew it away. I admired it’s beauty and took pictures so I could show the children in the morning what had visited.
The best surprise the next morning, it was still there! And they got to enjoy it’s beautiful, large green wings with fern, fuzzy feelers. The little thing died, on my window sill. In looking at it in the daylight, it looked like it had mildew on it’s wings. I have not looked into Luna Moth deaths, and have no idea what it died from, other than natural causes. I was a little sad, that I got to be the last living being to see it alive.
Here it is, a bit shriveled and looking less than lively, but at peace and beautifully so.
And then there was the next night, the damn golden retriever that lives behind us, was alerting us, that something fierce was in the backyard. That dog wanted to kill whatever it was. I have heard the dog bark like this before, and it was an armadillo. Finally at 2:30 a.m. the owner came out and had a talk with the dog. He only barked a couple of more times.
I awoke the next morning, doing my normal morning routine, and that dog started up it’s fierce barking again. I threw on some clothes, thinking I was going to find one of my cats taunting the dog. Nope, as I got closer, the dog’s barking increased, he was really upset whatever was in the tall grass.
I got about 5 ft away and saw something orange in the grass, at first thinking, is this a robin? Why would the dog be barking at a bird? Then I got closer, and saw the dog was having a fit over a tortoise. Can you believe that?
I used to have a turtle like this one in my youth. He was more green and yellow spotted, than pink and orange. I brought him inside long enough for his beautiful head to poke out so the children can see the dots and color in nature. I could not have designed fabric as vibrant as the head and neck of the trespasser. No social distancing for the wildlife that crosses into the yard!
On the crafty side of life, very little sewing has transpired. They did release the final mystery clue in the Sew Quester quilt along. I aim to work on this on my only day off for the week, tomorrow.
I have enjoyed a bit of tatting here and there, but find I do not want to pick it up, if I am just going to be interrupted with chores or questions, or other silliness the children seem to offer relentlessly.
I hate being idle. It seems like such a waste of time. I did learn a dutch word this week about how nothing is really going on right now, it is called niksen, to do nothing. Yup, niksen (pronounced nixon) is what my life is all about at home right now.
I know I can speak for us all, we all want things to be normal again. And the good news is, it will return. The gesture of a handshake will be most pleasurable, as well as hugs to go around. It’s the simple things in life.
During my commute I did hear an old Alabama song, it made me smile. To All the essentials, it was written for you, years before it’s time, if that makes any sense.
This song make me a bit sad, as Pittsburg steel workers, are no longer, coal mining is no longer, Detroit is no longer, NAFTA has killed American jobs. Thank goodness the farmers are still feeding the world. Thank goodness the truck drivers are still delivering goods.
Maybe this virus is a reset. And all will live and be happily ever after……food for thought.
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