Sunday, August 16, 2009

A Bit of Excitement in the House!

Last night, around 9:30, H saw something run under the love seat with Sluggo in hot pursuit

We spent the next hour or so trying to corner and catch a baby flying squirrel that had somehow gotten into the house. He got up into the half moon window and then came crashing down with one of the blue wine bottles.

It being well past our bedtime and still no luck catching the critter, we left the "boys" in charge and went to bed.

Sluggo kept a night long vigil........

but I suspect Spike had little interest in losing sleep over something he probably thought wouldn't taste good anyway. The next morning, we found him stretched out and snoozing instead of earning his keep.

In the end, with the help of a fish net, we corralled the little fella and set him free. We're still trying to figure out how he got in the house in the first place!

On a culinary note, yesterday, we had our first "mess o' green beans" fresh from the garden. The pole beans are beginning to produce prodigiously and I foresee lots of yummy meals.

With this first batch, I made a one pot dish of beans, potatoes and smoked sausage. It was a satisfying meal of food for the soul from my youth.

I'm happy to report that one of the BOB houses now has a "NO VACANCY" sign! The condos in the green house have all been occupied. This photo shows what I think is some kind of pollinating wasp checking things out. So far, the other houses have not seen any interest.

And, on a final note, it seems that all that fog and rain earlier in the spring and summer have produced some beautiful Annabelle Hydrangea blooms. I sat next to the bush to show how huge they are.

The weather here has turned hot (ok, maybe not HOT HOT) and the humidity is up so the watering chores have begun in earnest and H has begun spreading watersealer on the deck and we are schlepping plants and furniture back and forth, so I guess I'd better get busy and get the chores done while it's still relatively cool.

Life is Good!

Hugs, Giddy


Zoey said...

Wow, Wow, Wow! What gorgeous hydrangea blooms! I was pretty thrilled with the two big blooms on mine. I hope mine gets big like that some day.

Oh, my, a flying squirrel in the house. I don't think we have flying squirrels here. At least I have never seen one. I hope I never see one inside! :)

Tonight we had our first garden beans, too. Yellow string beans from my MIL's garden. They were so good. My Dad lost most of his crops with all the early rain. That means I won't get nearly as many fresh veggies as I like to have. Things are so bad that nobody has even given me any zucchini!

Anonymous said...

I didn't even know we had flying squirrels here until my neighbor's cat brought one home. Guess they are only out at night.

My mother used to cook beans with potatoes and sausage, I had forgotten that, but now I will, too.

Anonymous said...

Me, again,
Those flowers are stunning!

LostRoses said...

Holy Toledo, Giddy, those are some huge hydrangeas! I never thought they could get so big.

Nice "mess o' beans". That's what my mother-in-law always called them too. She used to simmer the daylights out of them using a big old piece of salt pork. I remember it being good but I doubt there were any nutrients left in them after she was done!

Flying squirrel in the house, oh my. I used to get upset if the cat brought a mouse in - I'm pretty sure this tops that experience.

PainChaud said...

I want a BOB house!!! Next year I'll make one =)

Kerri said...

Your Annabelle is spectacular! Nice pic of you too :)
How do you cook that dish? Boil the potatoes first? It sounds delicious. Hubby wouldn't eat it, but I would!
We're eating our second planting of beans now...bush and pole beans...and oh my, are they good!
No zucchini or yellow squash for us this year (a first!). The vines died. There'll be very few winter squash and pumkins as well. Hardly any tomatoes either due to late blight, but I did get a few. A sad veggie year :(
Perhaps the boys invited that cute little critter in. Come in, come in, said the spider to the fly (or something...)
I'm glad you were finally able to set him free. Did the bottle break? I hope not.
Those boys are such a help :)