Saturday, June 26, 2010

Pool's Open!

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Pool 2010 The pool is now open, and I'm playing lifeguard.  Mind you, I'm not even a very good swimmer,  although--brag, brag--I was very good at the whip-kick back in my high school days.  And one day was even called upon to demonstrate it for the entire class (of about 40 kids).

And how did I learn this kick so well?  My gym teacher, who was about 8 months pregnant at the time, got sick of trying to explain the maneuver, and made me get out of the pool, grabbed my legs and demonstrated the proper way it was supposed to be done.  Worked for me--at least better than her verbal instructions.

Unfortunately, there's not a lot of call for whip kicking these days.  We look at the pool more than we swim in it.  But, every summer there are some dim-bulb toads who think to themselves, "I'm an amphibian.  I'm meant to go in water."  Yes, but not 22,000 gallons of it, especially if they can't figure out how to get out.
Mr. (or Ms.) Toad happily jumps in and then says, "Oh, crap--now what?"

If they're lucky, I am at home and looking out the window and will RUSH outside, grab the pool skimmer thing and attempt a rescue.  I say attempt because some rescues go better than others.  (I don't want to think about the baby ducks that have perished in the money pit.)

Toad swimming So far this year I've only had to rescue one toad (and sometimes I think I end up rescuing the same toad over and over again).  I must admit, I always feel good after a rescue.  I'll put the toad in the garden and hope they find lots of bugs and slugs, and then go chill under the ivy leaves.  But honestly, I'd much rather they stayed of the water altogether.

Have you rescued anything lately?

14 comments:

Heather Webber said...

I rescued a housefly the other day. He just looked so pitiful buzzing against the window. I have a friend who used to send a daily update on what she found in the pool--it was really funny.

And on a side note--Lorraine's post today marks the 1,000 post for the Cozy Chicks. Woo-hoo!

Andrea C. said...

Ohh..with all this heat and humidity we've had I am jealous of your pool Lorraine....toads and all! :)

Happy 1,000th post Cozy Chicks! I start my day with you guys almost every morning!

Dru said...

Congrats on the 1,000th post! The Cozy Chicks is an amazing blog that requires a daily visit.

Cara said...

Well, I have not saved anything but my three year old daughter thinks she has. We live in Daphne, Alabama which is is Baldwin County (Gulf Shores, Orange Beach). Needless to say the news daily gives oil spill reports and beach reports. Thursday we ventured to my aunt's condo at Gulf Shores to celebrate my birthday and were there to see a fresh batch of crude wash ashore on our sugar sand beaches. Well "Reesie the Explorer" was on the case. She had to save the fish from the oil because if they ate it their stomachs would explode and they will die. Yes, I have not saved anything but thanks to Dora and Diego my three year old explorer thinks she can save all the animals from the oil.

Lorna Barrett said...

Cara, you must be so proud of your compassionate little girl! And Happy Belated Birthday! Hope there was lots of cake!

Ellery Adams said...

I rescued a black rat snake yesterday from my cat. It wasn't in my yard but they are very beneficial and I'm not really scared of snakes (unless they're poisonous). My cat was not pleased.

Lorna Barrett said...

Okay, I've just now saved a chipmunk from drowning. Poor little critter was shivering so badly. I don't think he would've made it another minute.

BTW, I'm not psychic about these near-drownings. I've just learned to look out at the pool every few minutes and if there're ripples on the water that something is in distress. The thing is . . . I'm not sure how charitable I'd be if it was a mouse in the pool. I hate mice.

BJ said...

Last month I took my dog to a pond to see the ducks! She absolutely loves ducks and even knows the word. We noticed there was a mamma duck with 8 ducklings. The next day I took her back to see them again & the mamma was acting strange and frantically calling out to her babies. I counted the babies with her and saw only 6. I scanned the pond and did not see them anywhere. There is a bridge with water under it, but if a duck goes under the bridge it's hard to get out due to the 3 foot wall between the bridge and pond. I looked over the bridge & saw 2 little ducklings calling out and swimming around. Luckily I found 2 employees at the pond & asked them to come help. They said they have to rescue these little guys at least once a day, poor things! Finally, after about a 30 minute rescue operation, we saved the ducklings. It was so sweet to see them reunited with their mamma & the other ducklings. Once they all saw each other they swam so fast to meet up! It almost brought a tear to my eye. I had my camera with me that day & was able to grab some shots of the reunion. I've been visiting these ducks for the past month, unfortunately 2 ducklings have passed, and the mamma only has 6 now. It was very sad to see they had not made it. The babies are very big now, almost as big as their mamma and soon it will be hard to tell which were the babies and which were the adults. It felt so good to rescue these little babies, especially since they were so helpless.

Leann Sweeney said...

In our first two houses in Texas we had pools--very common here in tropical HELL. I saved all kinds of creatures--did hate the snakes. The most fun, however, was waking up the morning after our second pool was finished and it had been filling with water all night. The ducks from across the road had found a new place to play. I took pictures then got them out of there. You do NOT want ducks in your pool. They are very, well, messy.

Linda Leszczuk said...

Lorna, have you considered putting a floating pet ramp on your pools. There are a lot of varieties out there. One end attaches to the side of the pool and the other floats just under the surface of the water so an animal in the pool can climb (hop, slither,etc.) out. Most are removal/portable in case you don't want it in there when you're swimming. Might save you a few frantic races to the pool.

As for saving things, I'm a saving fool. I've rescued stray dogs, injured cats, fallen birds, bunnies, squirrels, mice, a couple of snakes, untold creepy crawlies, a really stupid flock(?) of turkeys that were all over the road, and one or two odd teenagers.

Babs said...

The boys and I saved a turtle a few days ago. I was looking out my kitchen window and wonder what the dogs were barking at. Ethan went out and told me it was a turtle I was shocked as we hardly see any here in the city. I ran and got him or her and out it in my flower beds and it stayed for a while then crossed the road to my parents house and stayed in the garden for 2 days now still there having a good old time.

Pooch said...

Only my dignity a time or two!
;)

Lover of Books said...

Congrats on the 1,000 post!

Not really saved anything lately. :)
Krista

WonderBunny said...

I just wanted to say that this made me laugh. Hope you don't have too many frog rescuing days this summer.