(Query update: Evil Editor has sent over a handful of revised queries. I'll be posting a few of them out early – probably Sunday or Monday. Thanks, everyone!)
The daffodil and forsythia blooms are faded now, but the late-leafing pecans and crepe myrtles have finally turned on their leaf engines. The hummingbirds returned this week, and I had to hurriedly put nectar in their feeders. The bluebirds have moved on and although I've seen a few barn swallows, they didn't come back to the nests they've used the past four years. Some flycatcher pairs have taken over the abandoned nests, though, so at least there will be birds and babies nearby.
I already had to mow this past weekend. I used a small lawn tractor to mow about an acre around my dad's place and one of the ponds, then took the John Deere out to mow about 5 acres at the far back of the property with the brush hog. With rain expected this weekend and late next week, not sure when I'll get the opportunity to mow again.
Meet the Beasties: Fafnir
Like many of my beasties, Fafnir was a rescue. She came from the Holifield Science Learning Center, a part of the Plano Independent School District, which somehow became known as a dumping ground for reptiles people no longer wanted. Those small, bright green iguanas pet stores sell grow rapidly. When they outgrow the aquariums folk invariably try to raise them in, they are often let loose or given away. The lucky ones in North Texas make it to Holifield.
Like me, Fafnir is a vegetarian. Unlike me, her meals are quite healthy and consist mainly of greens, chopped fresh veggies and chopped fruit, with the occasional handful of processed chicken feed. She's a fairly sedate and gentle lizard, and quite tolerant of other animals. Over the years, she's shared her cage with baby chicks, ducks and rabbits, as well as adult chickens, parakeets and ducks needing medication or cage rest due to illness or injury. On warm days, she enjoys going out on a cat leash and climbing trees. Well, she enjoys the trees; the leash not so much, sometimes throwing herself into alligator death rolls when it's first put on her until she remembers it's not going to hurt her.
The death rolls are about her only trick. Unless you consider basking for hours on end a trick. Or shedding her skin like a snake does 3 or 4 times a year. And except for having to chop fresh food for her daily and trimming her claws occasionally, she's a pretty easy keeper.