For those of you who know me well…you will get a kick out of this…
Have you ever heard someone say…..”oh she’s a country gal”…..”she grew up in the country…around animals, bugs, ect.”
Well this is something I’ve heard my entire life…..let me take you back some years ago.
I was born in West Chester, PA….an area that I would not consider “country”…but we did live in a farm-like setting. My dad especially was very much an outdoors kinda of guy.
A hunter, a fisherman, a MacGyver of sorts. We moved out of West Chester when I was 5 years old to an area called Unionville. VERY country.
I would say I was tomboy….always running around in the woods…climbing trees, hanging with my dad…..taking walks in the woods….fishing, deer hunting….ground hog hunting…yes….ground hog.
(don’t ask). I would play on the haystacks in the field…go down and visit the horses…
Well living out in the “country” meant that you would encounter certain things…..snakes, spiders, weird looking green worms with horns, bats that fly into your head…ya know things of ALL sorts. Well this is where I am struggling with the true meaning of a “country gal”…somehow the fact that we moved to the country…meant that I should be OKAY with all these critters and creepy crawly things. Now I would like to ask all of you that have grown up in the country….is that true? Am I the odd one?
Now don’t get me wrong…I love to work outside…I love to garden. But when it comes to WILDLIFE AND BUGS…I just can’t deal. I thought maybe it would be something that I would get over as I got older…I can’t really explain what it is or what type of “thing” freaks me out…but pretty much if it can run, jump or fly I am terrified.
Now lets bring you to the PRESENT…..we recently moved to new home with over an acre of property…my dream come true…..to have space and privacy. To be able to put up a volleyball net, have a pig roast. What I never imagined was the ZOO-LIKE area I had moved into.
Let’s start with the first few weeks……early on I noticed that if you sit on our front porch you can hear the sound of water trickling (a bubbling brook)…there is a little creek across from our house. I thought…that is so cool! I can sit outside with a glass of wine and just chill…listen to the water. Well as the days went on we noticed this sound at night…something like hundreds of crickets…..it was mentioned that the sound was very similar to what you hear in Jamaica. Well my parents were over one night and I said “listen….do you hear that?”…my dad said…”yea…its FROGS”. Frogs…..hmmm…..frogs in March…interesting I thought. So I did some research, turns out we have TREE FROGS! Spring Peepers they are called. Tree frogs in Coatesville…Okay….well from March-June is mating season…and that is the “peeping” sound we hear. (CREATURE #1…TREE FROG)
As the days got warmer…I decided to take a walk through the neighborhood. One of the other neighbors was also out walking and we started talking….now I knew we had deer (something I am not usually scared of)….but to my surprise….our little area has an ALBINO DEER. (CREATURE #2..ALBINO DEER). Now that is something I have NEVER seen……it comes out on occasion….so of course I have my binoculars handy and my camera within arms length. We noticed some hoofs marks in the yard…could it be the Albino????
Since it has been warm lately…we’ve been keeping the windows open at night. Well the first night we kept the windows open I was awoken to the sound of, I would say MILLIONS OF BIRDS. And it was oh around 4am!
Yes…4AM. Have you ever been in one of those bird house things at the zoo? The place where birds from all countries fly around…chirping…whistling…that’s exactly what it was like. I thought I had fallen asleep and woke up in the middle of a rainforest or a jungle. (CREATURE(S) #3…BIRD).
I think it was last week…..Jeff leaves for work in the morning…he walks out of the house into the garage….hits the button to open the garage door…and as he is walking out of the garage a squirrel comes running into the garage. Literally at mock speed…zooms past Jeff and jumps up on the window. At the same time…Jeff is almost out of the garage…a HUGE BIRD comes flying down and almost attacks Jeff’s head! Now my guess is that the bird was trying to catch the little squirrel for breakfast. And when that squirrel saw the door open it knew that was its only way to safety. (CREATURES #4 AND #5….SQUIRREL AND CRAZY BIRD)
Well this week the builders finally came back to finish grading the yard….so the other night I took a walk in the back yard…ya know to check things out. I had been back there before and the one time I thought I had heard some rustling in the brush…but I never really saw anything…well this week I was near the same spot and I heard the rustling again. So I stopped walking…and I slowly crept towards the noise…like on my
tippie–toes, hunched over…eyes focused on this one spot. AND THERE IS WAS….well sort of…..i saw the leaves moving…then it stopped…then it moved again. I FROZE. I didn’t know whether to run, stay, jump…or what.
So I picked up a stick and threw it at the spot….NOTHING. So I decided to go back in the house and wait for Jeff to come home. I told him what happened and he said “oh it was probably a bird”..which is what he said the last time. So I made him walk back up there with me…at first nothing happened….but then there it was again….that noise…so we both turned and walked towards it….and then it stopped. So Jeff’s decides to throw a rock at the spot…well I JUMPED…now granted nothing came out…but still….i just knew something was going to come running towards us. (CREATURE #6…NO CLUE) I suspect it’s a snake…but I am still in denial of that idea.
Well this brings me to last night. Not really sure of the time exactly…but it was after mid-night. I think it was close to 2am. I am a pretty heavy sleeper…but there was no escaping this sound. It started out as a loud yelp… and then turned into the sound of a small child or woman screaming…yep…it was a FOX. And I think it was right under our window! Now the funny thing is, we had heard from neighbors that there was a fox in the area recently....but we never heard anything. The one neighbor I guess woke up in the middle of the night and walked outside with a BAT….she didn’t know that it was a FOX and NOT a HUMAN. Not sure what she was going to do. (CREATURES #7 AND #8 FOX AND CRAZY NEIGHBOR)
So let’s recap…
CREATURE #1…TREE FROG
CREATURE #2..ALBINO DEER
CREATURES #4 AND #5….SQUIRREL AND CRAZY BIRD
CREATURE #6…NO CLUE
CREATURES #7 AND #8 FOX AND CRAZY NEIGHBOR
So what is the point of this little story…well I am not sure. Other then the fact that growing up in the “COUNTRY” didn’t prepare me for the ZOO I have moved into.
Is a person born “country-fied” or do they become “country” because of their environment? I will let you decide….but feel free to stop at The Cusamano’s Local Zoo…we are open everyday, 24/7.
Just PLEASE DON’T FEED THE ANIMALS.