I bought this:
And if the purchase itself is not enough proof of my nerdosity, consider this: I've actually spent time pondering just how many Errols and House socks I can knit before the big July 21st midnight Book 7 release party. Please help me.
Also, in addition to being a nerd I am a total pushover. A small mob of purple finches has taken over my home and I have done nothing to stop them. Inside this once-beautiful but now raggedy geranium basket....
...is this little treasure:
Apparently it takes a village to raise a purple finch because we have not only the mama and papa but also aunts, uncles, grandparents, and concerned others defending the incubator. From me and my family.
It's not easy to make "peep peep peep peep!" sound angry but they do a good job. They have also pooped on my windows. Not to mention ravaging the poor geranium.
We have been - in my opinion - very gracious, coming and going through the garage instead of the front door, using the Slip 'N Slide out back instead of out front, and averting our eyes when we pass (making eye contact makes mama fly out of the nest - !) Also giving them a little birdbath and a special feeder:
But really, enough is enough.
I've looked into this thing and if my calculations are correct we should have some little peepers tomorrow or Monday (14 days to hatch, I think they moved in while I was at the Cape) and they will be out of here 13 days after that (13 days to launch.) By then, my geranium should be nice and dead.
Oh well, on the plus side my first attempt at putting annuals in the ground instead of boxes and planters seems to be going well. Here is some early summer eye candy:
Now if I could just do something about the psychotic kildeers defending their nest in my aborvitae...