Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Invasion!!!

If you have known me very long, you will know that I'm terribly afraid of frogs and toads. I don't think they should all be squished, a sentiment very strongly expressed at length by my mother-in-law, and I do think they are fascinating, but I don't like for them to jump out when I'm least expecting it and I definitely don't want them in my house.




Working at the new house cleaning up lumber, I've been startled by a great number of little toads and frogs. And some no-so-little ones as well. :^D But I'm getting used to them. After one small, started, "Eeekkk!!!" I'm okay.




This weekend, I was startled by something new....




No, I didn't take this picture. I screamed and he "ran!" I would definitely have not had time to get the camera focused! He was quite small. Then on the other side of the house, I saw his cousin. But they were more afraid of me than I was of them, I think.

Not the case on Monday. The girls were doing school and I was picking up in the area. I picked up a scrapbook tote bag that I did NOT bring with me on Friday. It had some dust on it, so I was brushing it off and out jumped something that looked like this.....



Yipes!!! A gecko! It was a wee bit bigger than this one, but not much. I screamed, jumped into a chair, and was hollering "CATCH IT!!! GET IT OUT OF HERE!!! CALL YOUR FATHER!!!" Brooke was laughing so hard that she chased it under the china cabinet. Then she'd move stuff, it'd skitter out, I'd scream, she'd laugh, it'd run back. Actually, she didn't want to touch it either!

Steve comes in and catches it FINALLY (I'm still on chairs - moving from one to the other around the room to get further away). As he goes to take it out, I admonish him to not simply toss it out the back door, where it can easily came back in the house, but to take it far into the woods. As he reaches the door, I call out, "WAIT!!! Let Brooke take a picture of it!" I was thinking of you, Blog Reader. But Steve simply rolled his eyes and walked out with the gecko, leaving me to rely on a stock photo.

Then today while sweeping the kitchen, I come across ANOTHER GECKO!!! This one was already dead, but it leads me to fear that where there are two, there are more. Anyone up for an overnight guest? I'll only stay until the new house is built and found to be free of attacking geckos.

5 comments:

Kathy in WA said...

Ginger - thank you for thinking of the reader. We understand that Steve, while a dutiful gecko catcher and all around great guy, is NOT really taking your blog seriously.

We forgive him as he is providing you with a beautiful, new, gecko-free home. :)

Cynthia said...

ACK!!! That's all I can say.

Kristine said...

I would NOT like these little things IN my house. We found a squashed-falt-and-fried-out frog/toad in the road today. My SON wouldn't touch a caterpillar. Chicken! I said I would, so I grabbed a stick, lol!

Berry Patch said...

Thanks for the chuckle, Ginger. Of course, I think I would have freaked as well! We have lot of toads & little frogs around here. We have a small pond out back. I'm not getting as startled much anymore. LOL Be sure to go check out my blog for what I found in my house last night. BLAH!!!

Dana said...

Ok, the opposite is true around here. I am the one outside with the kids catching snakes and frogs and such. We had a leopard frog for a few hours, but it got away. My son catches daddy long legs, and my husband won't go in the same room as him when he is playing with one.

Logic helps little in the situation. Once, when he jumped on the couch screaming because of a puny little spider, I asked how he would measure up as my fearless protector against something really dangerous. Since then, he has made some small efforts at containing his fears!