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A post about frogs 
14th-Oct-2013 12:04 pm

My spinning wheel has developed a deep groaning squeak in the pedals. It's rhythmic, of course. Achaosofkittens's tree frogs have decided that it must mean something, and will now sometimes startle me by chirping along. (CK and I were joking that either I'm saying something really sexy, or I'm saying something totally nonsensical like "turnip" over and over again and the other frogs are yelling "shut up!")

We let our man-made pond out front go stagnant a few years ago when the fountain got knocked over. We soon learned that the local frogs liked it better that way. So now our monster, 4-year-old goldfish has a friend or two who come by every year. It's also worth noting that this pond does not sprout any mosquitoes. They are likely too tasty.

The goldfish is the red blob at the top right.

15th-Oct-2013 02:39 am (UTC)
Can I offer a suggestion for the creaking/groaning treadles? My husband likes shooting black powder, and there's a all-in-one cleaner/lubricant called Ballistol that a lot of shooters like. I've been using it on my Kromski, and its amazing. I apply it to the metal-on-metal joints once a month or so, wipe down with a q-tip (black gunk will start to appear after a rotation or two) and its good to go. I used to get that squeaking and groaning frequently, in fact, Kromskis are known as oil hogs. The Ballistol lubes her up so well, I get NO resistance when treadling, so when she starts slowing down, a couple of drops and we're back to the races. If you'd like, the next time I'm in your neck of the woods I'll bring some for you.
15th-Oct-2013 10:31 am (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestion. Also, it was good seeing you at the festival.
15th-Oct-2013 06:06 am (UTC)
Does your goldfish overwinter outside?
15th-Oct-2013 10:31 am (UTC)
Yes. It hibernates under the ice in the muck at the bottom (I guess).
15th-Oct-2013 01:07 pm (UTC)
That's a very handsome frog you have there.
15th-Oct-2013 01:19 pm (UTC)
He (she?) is also quite smart. It knows how to get in and out of the pond through the drainage port directly behind it (where the cord goes through).
15th-Oct-2013 04:56 pm (UTC)
You are welcome to kiss him, I suppose. :)
15th-Oct-2013 05:41 pm (UTC)
I was considering it. Of course, he might try to run away, but then I get to chase him.
17th-Oct-2013 02:58 am (UTC)
Chasing is good! And chickens are good to chase too! And of course, baby goats in the spring. :)
17th-Oct-2013 12:23 pm (UTC)
Am I allowed to chase the chickens though? I've got a long list at this point: Goats: yes; Llamas: No; Frogs: Yes; Alpacas: No; Puppies: Yes; Chickens: ???
17th-Oct-2013 06:04 pm (UTC)
I'm picturing you floundering around in that little pond trying to chase the frog. Mucky stuff! Blech!

Chicken chasing? Um... yes? Probably not until they know where home is, though. I understand that they are kind of random about things like that.

18th-Oct-2013 12:32 pm (UTC)
Poor chickens. I almost feel sorry for them.
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