Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Bits of Random

Carter and I gathered locust shells last night. (I think he said 22 in all. There were two on the chicken coop that we couldn't reach. I even tried to stand on a chair. Until it started to tip. Suddenly the other two didn't see so important to us.)

They are pretty ugly close up. They are uglier when alive though.

Our hen, Poachy, laid two more eggs. Both very teeny tiny. I was there when one literally dropped out of her (she was standing up when it came out of her, which totally surprised me). I had just closed the door on the coop when I heard a thud on the nesting box bottom. I opened the door to peek in and there was an egg between her feet. Then, I assume to let the other chickens know, she began to cluck as loud as she could. I have never, ever heard such a sound. She continued for a minute or two and then hopped down and walked down the ramp into the chicken run. Then she stood there and clucked again for a half minute more and then went about her business. The other chickens just ignored her. Once she was distracted enough, I went back in to get the egg. It was slightly wet and still warm. It was completely amazing. I shall never forget witnessing it.

At a town meeting on Monday (a public planning meeting, not a council meeting) my most-annoying neighbor yelled at me. He's an ignorant, old man who has no friends. (I'm quite surprised he has a wife.) I am happy to say that, even though our mayor was not at the meeting, our council president squashed the issue and ended the meeting. Afterwards I went into the bathroom. When I came out, I was ambushed by the most-annoying neighbor. I held my own and did not back down. I was right and I knew it. And everyone in the meeting knew it. And even the most-annoying neighbor knew it. I think he was angry because I called him on his lie. Again, as I was being ambushed in the dark hallway, our council president came out and made him leave. Our mayor was not at our meeting, but I have learned that if he had been there, the most-annoying neighbor would have been asked to leave immediately. (And had our town resident been present, he would have had an official escort by the police.) Sweet!

And since most-annoying neighbor's only skill is to annoy the neighbors, he is messing with me now. He has two pieces of his junky cars in front of my house. He owns four pieces of junk and never drives them (actually owns five, but he only parks four of them on the street). Joe had nowhere to park when he came home from work last night. So Joe parked in front of most-annoying neighbor's house. It's a silly little feud that he wants to play. And that is fine. I stopped in at the town office today and most-annoying has six days to move his two pieces of junk (officially documented by the office, pavement markings and photos) from the front of my house.

We have our town council meeting in two weeks and I know he'll be there (and Joe will be out of town). I am prepared and ready. And now I'm relieved to know that I have the backing of not just my neighbors, but town council as well. And that our mayor will have him police-escorted out the door if he yells at me anymore.

And, if you've read this far, thank you. You should also know that Mason has to have surgery now. He has been experiencing a hearing loss that was officially detected at his last well checkup. I knew he wasn't listening to me, but I didn't realize it wasn't selective. The doctor tried some meds, but they didn't help, so he wants to remove his adenoids and put tubes in his ears to alleviate the extra fluid in his ears. And he wants to thin out his nasal tissues/passages (or something like that). Didn't we just go through this recently?!? Deja vu.

12 comments:

lisa said...

Yuck! Yuck annoying neighbor, yuck surgery, and yuck locust shells. Poor you and poor Mason. I hope everything gets better soon. And just to say this is the second time recently I have been shown a picture of locust shells. The other was from Okinawa, and I never realized they did that here too. Do they do that in the South, because I have NEVER seen them.

MoonDog said...

when we lived in Iowa we loved to find the Cicada shells. we never saw them before(never lived anyuwhere they were) it was very very neat. and I bet your kids will remember picking them with you. precious memories. sorry for the surgery, tubes are almost routine these days, so chances are he will come through fabulously. and I had overgrown turbinates that had to be removed. and nary a congestive illness since. Son had tubes in and adnoids out and never another ear infection so it really can make a difference for him.

Emily said...

Dumb annoying neighbor! What is he--like 12 or something? I loved the sound of the locusts growing up as a kid. Miss that and the fireflies!!! I never was grossed out by them, still doesn't bother me.

Myrnie said...

Hang in there!! When it rains it pours...here's hoping your sun comes soon. Congrats to Poachy on her egg, though :)

FinnyKnits said...

Congrats on holding your own and prevailing!

With the backing of, literally, the whole town, this should resolve and everyone will be able to get back to a life without junk parked in front of one's house.

And that is why we have vehicle abatement. Lord knows we've used them before ourselves.

Annie said...

Ooooh, being at the birth of an egg,that sounds like quite the thrill.Chickens are fun to just look at, I think they are so gorgeous. A lot of my neighbors have them and I enjoy them on my walk.

Wishing all the best on the next round of surgery.

: )

Gail :) said...

I am sorry about the neighbor!
Mason will be in our prayers. Gina has to have her adenoids removed on Sept 4th! Crazy. Hopefully it will help him :)

hooli said...

be strong, princess of power! be strong.

April said...

What a nasty neighbor! Be strong and I will be thinking of Mr. Mason...

Charlie said...

Mason will be fine! Tubes should help a lot.

Locusts are everywhere in the south, I am surprised you can't find their shells Lisa. All over NC this time of year

amandajean said...

good luck with your annoying neighbor. maybe he should take up quilting so he has something useful to do with his time! or sock knitting! that would really keep him busy. how wonderful that you have the backing of the town council, though. that's really great.

i hope Mason's surgery goes well. i have one that i wonder if his hearing is selective or not, so i know what you mean. he has had tubes (when he was one) and i debate whether or not there has been damage. or if that's just his personality, LOL.

Blogful said...

Bake him a pie. Kill him with love.