Saturday, May 20, 2006


okay, i'm not fond of the usage of all caps. i don't think there's often a need to yell in person much less electronically. but this YUCK! has to be all caps. here's why:

it's a lazy saturday morning and my favorite way to spend it is with some old movies and a yummy brunch. i'd finished brunch and the second movie was just ending when a friend called. we chatted for a while and she asked me what the weather was like so i wandered outside and sat down next to the pool and gave her the weather update. we continued talking and i was sitting there watching the pool and noticed there was a really big odd looking leaf floating in it. i told my friend and walked over next to the pool. it was not a leaf. it was a dead mouse. a really big dead floating mouse. all i could say was ooo, ooo, ooo. and then finally a really big YUCK! now normally this would not be my problem--i'd just knock on my neighbor/landlord's door and he'd take care of the dead mouse in the pool issue. but they're out of town...until tomorrow night. and i have friends coming over tomorrow. my very practical friend on the other end of the phone call agrees that i need to remove the mouse from the pool and with the plan: use the skimmer thing with (thankfully) a really long pole to scoop the mouse out of the pool and fling it off the edge of the hill down towards the fruit trees thinking
that it would land on the ground and a hawk or owl would, well, nature would take its course. i hang up with my friend and go get the skimmer.

i take the skimmer to the edge of the pool and scoop the poor mouse out. i walk the few steps to the edge of the hill and fling. the poor dead mouse goes flying through the air. but no, the plan goes awry. instead of falling to the ground out of my sight, the poor thing lands in the top of an orange tree. note to self: don't eat oranges out of that tree for awhile. and ooo, YUCK!

i think since i already have the skimmer out, maybe i'll scoop out the leaves. having nothing left floating on the top of the pool seems a helpful way to not think about truly icky thing floating in the pool. and then i look down. and there it is. in the deep end of the pool, lying on the bottom, a dead lizard, YUCK! i decide since it's on the bottom of the pool, it can just stay there...the neighbor/landlord is home tomorrow...and maybe my friends won't look at the bottom of the pool... as for me, i think i'll stay inside with computer and tv today.

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