Saturday, May 21, 2011
Morning Chores--and a Teeny Adventure of the Creepy Kind
Since the cows and horses are out in the big back pasture with the pond, except for the new duckling and the barnyard cats, that's it for the morning chores. I'm usually a little more helpful than I was this morning, but hey--taking pictures is hard work!
I made up for it later in the day by mowing the front lawn, about a 2-hour job. I put on my long-sleeved sun-blocker shirt and a hat to be sun-smart. Unfortunately, there are other kinds of smart to be, too!
Chugging up a steep hill on our Kubota riding mower, I heard a sharp whirring sound in the grass, and something BIG flew right down the open neck of my shirt! Of course, I shrieked--not being sure what it was--and tried to steer the riding mower with one hand while beating my chest and shaking my shirt with the other. Somehow I managed not to overturn the mower, and I heard a clunk--really!--as something hit the deck of the mower between my feet. I brought the mower to a stop and looked down to find this cicada dying at my feet. When I was done shivering with creepy horror, I started laughing. It's a good thing our neighbors don't have a view of our front yard, or I might find a video of myself on "America's Funniest Home Videos!" I scooped the big bug up with a leaf and carried it safely in the cup holder until I finished mowing, then brought it in for Herb to see. He had heard the shrieking from down in the orchard where he was mending fences, but I guess the fact that the mower kept going steadily assured him he didn't need to come to my rescue. He was too nice to say it, as he held the bug so I could shoot it, too, but I'm sure he was thinking exactly what you're thinking, "THAT'S what all that commotion was about?" Well, all I can say is, YOU have one of those things shoot down your shirt and see what YOU do!