MOUSES! I spend a day in the tropical island paradise of the Turks and Caicos Islands, lookin' for plumies and whatnot and ol' Mother Nature starts messin' around with the weather up here in Canada. It's true. You'll never guess what happened last week.
Seville and I had our little tropical adventure last Wednesday, arrivin' home late Wednesday night. Then on Thursday mornin' we awoke to... FROST! Yes, you heard that correctly. Sometime overnight, Ol' Jack Frost made his presence known and left frosty white frost, all over the place.
Oohhh... the peep was upset. Awakening to frost on the 29th of May is a very upsettin' thing for a peep. Me? I wasn't too concerned although it did interfere with my nappin' abilities. Hard to nap with all that huffin' and puffin' and stompin' around of a peep who is that upset and believe you me... Peep #1 was THAT upset.
Actually, some of the frost was kind of pretty. The violets in the so-called lawn that has more violets than grass were all outlined with white. The leaves were all sparkly and whatnot. And there's a giant thistle in the backyard that looked spectacular. Could have made a Christmas ornament with it's leaves all frosty like that. Kind of looked a little bit like holly, last Thursday mornin'.
Ummm... You're probably wonderin' why there's a giant thistle in the backyard. Well... we had a thistle growin' near there last year and I guess it set seed. I have been monitoring this new thistle's growth since it first appeared a few weeks ago. I didn't say anything to the peep about it though on account of the likelihood of her gettin' rid of it had she known it was there. It's in the lawn, you see... amongst the violets. But I don't want her to get rid of it 'cause goldfinches like thistle seed and fluff and I like watchin' goldfinches. Hmmm... I think it's the goldfinches that like the thistles. Someone does. I know that for sure. I also know that I will enjoy watchin' whoever it is that likes 'em. Gotta keep that thistle growin'. Gotta keep the peep away from it. I know that, too.
But back to the frost. It was everywhere! You should have seen the car. When I first saw it, I thought I had miscalculated my return teleportation from the Turks and Caicos Islands and somehow arrived home in January or somethin'. MOUSES!
The peonies were all droopy and the peep wondered if the buds would ever open. They have since recovered and things are lookin' good on that front. The lilies all looked dead. They, too, are on the mend.
There weren't many blossoms on the peach tree this year but those that were there are... well... toast comes to mind. Burnt toast, if you know what I mean. The blossoms on one cherry tree seem okay but the second tree is servin' burnt toast just like the peach.
Thankfully, the blossoms on the big crab apple tree hadn't really blossomed yet and were spared any damage. I was quite concerned about those blossoms. Sure, they're pretty and all and I know the peeps really like sniffin' the air when they're bloomin' but I was concerned that if the blossoms were killed, there would be no little crab apples for the birds to eat in the winter. That would really interfere with the January programming of Bird TV, if you know what I mean. Can't have that.
And speakin' of peeps sniffin' the air when the crab apple tree is in bloom. Anyone know if anybody makes bottles of stink that smell like apple blossoms? Peep #1 just goes crazy for that smell. I prefer nip - of course - but the peep has weird taste and obviously, an even weirder sense of smell. I kind of think she'd like it if I gave her a bottle of stink that smelled like apple blossoms.
And speakin' of stinky stuff. The lilacs and lilies-of-the-valley completely escaped the wrath of Mother Nature and Jack Frost. They're bloomin' now and even I have to admit that they're fillin' the air with nice smells. Not as nice as the delicious scent of a field of nip but really and truly, pretty nice, indeed.
Hmmm... I wonder if they make bottles of stink that smell like lilacs or lilies of the valley. Anyone know?
Better yet, does anyone know if they make bottles of stink that smell of nip? Wow! If Peep #1 were to wear nip perfume... IT WOULD BE HEAVENLY.
And speakin' of the nip. I have good news on the nip front. You know the seeds the peep planted a few weeks ago? They all have true leaves now. They're lookin' pretty good, actually. And just yesterday I was sniffin' around the cage in which she planted nip seeds before. You remember. It was the time when she failed miserably in her nip-growin' attempts on account of the nip seed not germinating. Well... I FOUND NIP! Just three little plants and they are really little. Just an inch high or so but... they're nip! There's hope for Ol' Peepers yet.
Let me tell you, findin' those nip plants yesterday was like findin' a long-lost treasure. It was like findin' the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. It made my day. It made my week. My gosh... it made my year! Glory be... we're gonna have nip! FINALLY, the peep has managed to do somethin' right and when that somethin' is growin' nip, it's a very good thing, indeed.