Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Yesterday, I was exhausted after spending 3 hours weaving spider webs on the porch, then vacuuming the pool. I mentioned to Rick that next year we should have the cover on the pool BEFORE I start putting up the Halloween decorations. He just looked at me and chuckled. Am I the only one not finding the humor in this?

Anyway, onto today. We had a dark and stormy morning with no sunrise. After the troops left, out came the sunshine -- and it feels like summertime is back! The pool filter was not running -- so while breakfast was making itself on the stove, outside I went to flip the switch. We have made it a habit of lifting the skimmer cover to check inside since this incident way back when. With skimmer checked and switch flipped, I was on my way back inside -- when I noticed something out of the corner of my eye...

You really need to double click on the picture to get the full effect. ~~shudder~~ Is that a baby octopus?

Okay, so what do I do with that thing? And, besides being hideous, it was eating the little dead bugs that were floating around it. I poured some chlorine crystals on it, but that didn't seem to phase it. Then, I got the net and a shovel out of the garage. I planned to pick it up with the net and then smash it. By the time I was brave enough to pick it up, it had floated into the deep end of the pool by the newly planted arbovitae. Sooooo... I picked it up with the net, but, when I turned the net over to get it out somehow it flew into the arbovitae and it was gone!

So, unless I find something else to do -- I will be looking out the back window alllll day just to see if I can catch it when it reappears.

Moral to this story -- If the cover was on the pool...well, you know the rest!


  1. There are some lessons we would just rather not have to learn. I do not know why I clicked on that picture...I will be having nightmare about the creature! Also, I can not believe how huge that frog was!

  2. LOL! Don't worry -- I sprayed the area, so I'm sure between the chlorine and the spray he's probably rolled up in a ball somewhere. The frog was sad -- maybe he would have eaten the spider for me!


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