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Croaking of Various Kinds [Mar. 3rd, 2016|08:27 pm]
I am now almost certain that there is a large frog in my back yard. While there is a type of bird in the area with a call that sounds almost exactly the the croaking of a large frog, those birds are not in the habit of hanging out on the ground, which is where I heard the croak coming from this afternoon. I didn't see the creature itself, the sound coming from under or behind part of the jasmine hedge, so I can't absolutely swear that it's a frog, but it's the most plausible explanation. Two of the feral cats were in the yard at the time and displayed no interest in the unaccustomed sound, which is another indication that it probably isn't a bird. It also might indicate that the cats aren't going to try to eat or kill the frog.

However, while the yard was nice and wet today thanks to a decent amount of rain, it's going to be terribly dry this summer, and I'll have to use the irrigation water sparingly, so I wouldn't want to be that frog once the rainy season ends. I don't see it surviving the summer if it hasn't found some wetter place to live by then. If water were still cheap and plentiful I wouldn't mind keeping part of the yard wet for it, but those conditions no longer obtain here. Water was cheap and plentiful in the neighborhood of suburban Los Angeles where I grew up, and more than once I had a frog or two living in my back yard there. I provided them with extra water, but then my parents were paying for it. Had I had to buy it out of my allowance the frog probably would have died. I mean I liked frogs, but not enough to give up the other stuff I bought when I was a kid.

The rain has not been too vigorous today, and I hope it isn't tomorrow, as I've arranged to go shopping then instead of Sunday. Sunday is now expected to have some torrential rains, and I'd rather not get caught in them. If I get caught in a torrential rain tomorrow and then none occur Sunday afternoon I'll be kicking myself Sunday evening, but at least I'll be kicking myself with dry shoes on.

I've got a frozen lasagna to bake for dinner, and (though I haven't checked the guide yet) I believe there will be English people murdering one another on PBS tonight. Italian food, and English characters getting croaked! A perfect Thursday evening!

[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2016-03-05 01:09 am (UTC)
I saw a headline someplace today about 100" of snow about to hit California! Or maybe I dreamed that during my nap. Sounds like a bit much.

Hope the kitties continue to ignore the froggy who's likely going a-courtin'.

Rain here. Rain rain rain, how dismal. Now watch me carp and complain about sunshine in July.
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2016-03-05 01:36 am (UTC)
100 inches of snow from the upcoming series of storms would be unlikely, but it's possible that they could bring the season total to 100. It's supposed to get very windy tomorrow and Sunday, with periods of furious rain and maybe some thunderstorms. Could be some hail, too.

And it's possible that it will stay wet all next week. Looks like winter was saving up for one last blowout. At least I hope it's the last. I don't mind a storm a week, but upwards of a week of storms is a shameful extravagance.
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