Yikes! You Know It’s Summer When…

Although not officially summer yet according to the calendar, it is summer according to mama.  We’ve had our first outdoor holiday weekend, the kids are done with school (although now school is college), and our pool has shed its ugly black winter cover and beckons to be used.  Even the sounds of summer are loud and clear as mama (that would be moi) let out that familiar poolside shriek.

“AAIIEEEK,”  I yelled, as I dropped the pool skimmer basket.  Then I ran in the house, like I always do,  for one of the boys.  I know that unlike me, they will usually be intrigued by my newest finding.  And, most importantly, they will do the dirty work of flinging the basket’s contents deep into the woods behind our house.

This time, it was Mr. and Mrs. Toad.  Usually it’s some kind of dead rodent, and once in a while, it’s even a snake.  This is one of the few downsides to owning a pool.

There’s no way I could be sure that the toads were actually a committed couple, but one of them did seem to be protectively embracing the other.  It was kind of sad in a macabre sort of way.  I always thought frogs and toads liked water, but I’m guessing the chlorine didn’t agree with their little amphibian systems.

Of course, this tale is nowhere near as tragic as the pool story told by this woman.  Seriously, I would have been traumatized for days.

Stay tuned.  I should have plenty more stories.  Summer is just beginning!

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8 Responses to “Yikes! You Know It’s Summer When…”


  1. 1 robinaltman May 31, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    OK. That is gross. I would have a heart attack, fall into the pool, and drown with Mr. and Mrs. Frog. I can’t take dead animals, for some reason. Live and I’m good. Dead, and I’m psychotic.

    Does this happen with hot tubs? I’ve been fantasizing about a hot tub lately.

  2. 3 Paula May 31, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    oh…ewww…glad you have boys for that dirty work!

  3. 5 myra36 June 1, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Oh man. I definitely would have freaked out. I can’t stand seeing that kind of stuff. Too traumatic.

  4. 6 Cyndi June 1, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Ugh, I never thought of that happening. We’ve never owned a pool. I’d love to have one and if I ever do someone else is cleaning out the skimmer basked. Gross!

  5. 8 Dawn June 2, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Sons are so lovely to have near especially at moments like these, ick! I’ve been noticing too many bunnies and squirrels dead or injured on the road — it gives me a sad.

    Thank goodness for summer, and crows, and men.


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