Animals in the Yard
While in the backyard the other evening, I had company. Fireflies. I remember as a child running around Grandma and Grandpa Boone’s backyard. If some of my cousins were there with me, one of us would have a Mason or Ball canning jar with a lid. We would all be running around like crazy trying to fill the jar with as many fireflies as we could catch.
That got me to thinking what else I tried to catch as a youngster. Well, there were crickets. That involved a shoe box with holes punched in the lid. Sometimes that shoe box would hold a frog or a turtle. Of course, with all of these animals, I wasn’t allowed to keep them. I returned them back into the wild, alive and unharmed.
Photo: Fotolia/Christin Lola
I was never allowed to catch a baby bird. If I found one, I was instructed, usually by one of my grandfathers or an uncle, to leave it alone. However, once in a while, one would fly into a window. When that happened, I was told to get my trusty shoe box, minus the lid. The shoe box would then be used as a makeshift nest until the bird came to its senses and flew away.
I never had any use for catching snakes. The slithering things startle the daylights out of me. Even garter snakes, which are harmless, give me the creeps. I feel the same way about mice, unless there’s a trap involved. Of course, me being me, I won’t touch the dead mouse. I’d prefer someone else did disposal duty. The only mouse I have ever liked is a stuffed mouse that a coworker gave me for Christmas to add to my stuffed animal collection.
Does anyone remember collecting pet rocks? Yes, I admit it, I believe I may be giving away my age with that one! I don’t think the current generation knows what that would be unless they grab their Android/iPhone to look it up on the Onternet. My collection of pet rocks always went through a fast “catch and release” program from my mother. She hated to see me come in with them and hated it even more when I would give them a “bath” in the bathroom sink. So much for that collection!
So as I go back out this evening, I’ll be greeted again by the fireflies. Once again, I’ll be wishing that I could go back to being a child, even for a little while.
It may snow, but chores are still there to be done on the farm.
DIY Veggie Suet Bird Treats
Create a fun and simple treat from seed, suet, and peanut butter, sure to attract lots of birds to your yard and garden.
DIY Birdseed Ball Recipe
Enjoy observing and listening to birds in your yard thanks to the peanut butter birdseed ball you created for them.