Top O’ Th’ Evenin’ To You!

Or whatever is it leprechauns say at night.  I hope you didn’t get pinched today – if you have school-aged children around you, there is a significant risk of being the pinchee if you fail to follow the customary green-wearing decorum of the holiday.  Accordingly, I donned a protective green T-shirt this morning to ward off the tiny fingers of the wee beastly leprechauns who reside in my house.

We spent the afternoon at the park today – gorgeous.  Sunny and 70 degrees out with a slight breeze, the weather was stunning.  If only we could live that kind of weather year-round…

It was the sort of weather that makes me want to give it all up and become a forest ranger or a professional gardener or some other profession that communes with nature on a daily basis, yet that I am in no way shape or form qualified to do.

 We got to see the wildlife – they have a dovecote which serves no practical use as far as I can tell, but it’s huge and the birds seem as happy as they could be under the circumstances.  Babybeast enthusiastically tried to climb into it and threw some bread in, demanding “Eat, boos, eat!!!”  Doves do not eat, and are quite unimpressed with the offering of, bread, as it turns out.

And the ducks were chock full – fat things had all fallen into a Mrs. Baird’s food coma by the time we arrived.  Being Spring Break, the park was very crowded and all those mommies had the exact same idea as I did, except most of them had gotten up earlier. 

So we fed the half-tame nutria, poor blind things that seek out their meals almost singularly by sense of smell.  The nutria never seem to get full and LOVE human food of all types, particular cheesy flavored snacks.

These little turtles shared in the bread too – these are juvenile red-eared sliders.  Red eared sliders are extremely common around here, along with the typical large snappers and occasional soft shell turtle, both of whom lurk much deeper under the pond water and don’t care much for baked goods.

Lastly, right before we left, this little wood sprite appeared and demanded “Cooooo-key!”  And she got one, of course, because I’m a sucker. 

After gobbling up a relatively healthy high-fructose and hydrogenated oil-free whole grain chocolate chip cookie, she then proceeded to grab someone’s stale, dirt-spotted (please dirt rather than mold), duck-bread from the ground which was likely half-mauled by some sort of wildlife and popped that in her mouth too.



  1. me said,

    March 18, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Aw, so sweet! My brothers little girl has those turtles (Mr. and Mrs. Pokey) and when he said they were getting rid of them I said maybe they would make a nice (allergy free) pet for my kids and he said no, I did not want them…
    Hope baby beast doesn’t get ill like I would have from watching her eat that!

  2. March 19, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Good call. Turtles are incredibly stinky (if not very well maintained) in a small environment and really belong in the wild, unless you have a very large (ie. pond-like) environment for them.

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