To kill, or not to kill a mockingbird?

I’m going with kill.
We have lots of mockingbirds here in Texas and they are pretty annoying little creatures. Not to mention, I’m terrified of birds, so one less in the world would be great.
Anyways, back to why I want to kill this little guy…
If you’ve never heard a mockingbird, they like to mimic everything, hence the name “mockingbird.”. Mostly, I’ve only heard them laugh at people. But, last night I got to witness the true mocking nature of these little weasels. It was around 4am, and of course, I couldn’t sleep. I had the windows open and I could here a bird that must have been very close to the window based on how loud he was. He was chirping non stop. After I listened for awhile, I realized he was mocking 17 different bird calls. 17!! And, once he went through all 17, he’d start over at the beginning, no break in between. Now, why was he up in the middle of the night? I’ve never heard birds chirping in the middle of the night. Don’t they sleep? And, 17 different bird calls? Really? Now you’re just showing off.
And now, I hear nothing. Oh, it must be his bedtime. Of course.
I’m interested to see if this is a new nightly thing. Will he be back to annoy me again tonight?

On another note, I have lots of photos to share with you…I’m just been too lazy to upload them. Haha. I promise, I’ll get them up soon!

Enjoy your day (and I hope it’s mockingbird free),


Everything’s Bigger In Texas

…including the bugs

…and their shadows!

We have these beetles that only come out at night and attach themselves to our screen door and wait to come in.  Uma treats them as a delicacy, slowly waiting to pounce and devour them.  The crunching of their bodies in between her teeth grosses me out.

The beetles are so big, they set our motion detector lights off.  Sometimes the pugs don’t even set those lights off!

While the motion lights are on, the beetles will fly over to the screen…but since it’s dark, you can’t see them, just their huge shadows.  It looks as if a bird is heading straight for the house.  I’ve nicknamed these bugs birdbugs, for that very reason.  (I’m very creative with my nicknames.  I put tremendous thought into them).

I do not like bugs.  At all.  And here, the bugs are big.  I mean, what bugs have their own shadows?!

K said the birds take cover in the birdbug’s shadows to stay out of the heat.  It’s probably true!  These things are huge, people.

Every time I see a shadow, I dive inside for protection.  The dogs think I’m nuts.  K thinks I’m nuts.  You probably would too.  I’m waiting for the day that I throw myself through the screen door to take cover from a birdbug shadow.  I can see it now…birdbug at full speed, right for my head.  Me, diving through the screen door because I thought it was open.  Landing, painfully, on the wood floor.  Pugs, running around like little banshees, free at last.  K standing over me, angry forehead wrinkle staring down at me.  Then comes the yelling.

I think it’s safe to say that I will be inside this summer, away from all birdbugs and their humongous shadows, thankyouverymuch.

In case you wondering, the saying is true.  Everything IS bigger in Texas.  I’m not sure how I feel about these birdbugs and their creepy shadows.  {Shiver}


Enjoy your day & beware the birdbugs!