Ok, so the big Non-Night Note post is coming tomorrow. Let this post serve as proof however that I am in fact taking summer serious and embracing my artistic side in respectable ways. (Ok, well I guess that all depends on what you consider respectable.)
You know how I had all that trouble purchasing the Adirondack chairs? I finally got them all set up, potted some marigolds and zinnias around the porch and you know who got to enjoy it all? The mosquitoes! That's who. Not only do mosquitoes love me, but I get these violent, swollen rashes around the bites that last for weeks, unlike what most people experience.
Complaining to Cheryl about my inability to enjoy my porch and chairs, she helpfully mentioned she would be working on a toad village in her own backyard as she suffers from the same problem. Toads can eat up to like a million bugs each a day. All you have to do is supply them with a little shelter and some water and they will move right into your back yard and gobble up your mosquitoes lickety split. I did extensive research on the matter, (IE about ten minutes of googling) and figured out you can just put terracota pots on their sides and half bury them for the perfect toad shelter.
First, I ventured to the dollar store to pic up some pretty rocks to glue on my pots to make them pretty. It is there that I heard the phrase, "You is so right," uttered. Gotta love the dollar store. From there, I headed on over to the magical store known as "Homestead Gardens." Aside from nearly passing out from the heat and then securing a free mint green tea, the trip was success. I got my pots, a few lucky bamboo shoots, a rosemary tree and some patchouli. (The last three, not toad related.) I was not able to secure any toads while out, but I figured that was OK since their village was not ready for them yet anyway.
When I got home, even though I bathed in bug spray, I was eaten alive while I built my toad town. Small price to pay in the scheme of things. I think my next move is to wait for toads to move in. Or at least a few days before I got buy some and see if they will stay. Clearly, the toad accomodations are five star.