Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Current In Yard # 2

 Jake! leave that lizard alone!
 Who? ME?
 Currently we have over a million lizards in our yard. (well, almost a million)
 Above is a small female, about 1 and 1/2 inches long, below is a very pregnant female about 4 inches long about to give birth to 10 or 12 more little lizards.
UPDATE: these guys lay eggs
MadSnapper Trivia:


When I was age 12 through 15  I took a bath once a week in a galvanized tin tub in the middle of the kitchen floor that we filled by boiling rain water from the cistern.  No Indoor plumbing, we had an outhouse 30 yards down the hill in back of our house. I had to carry buckets of drinking water from the neighbors. It has now been  52 years since I sat in a tub, I take showers, long HOT ones that run out all the water.

39 comments:

Ginny said...

I didn't know they were so tiny, so it must have been very hard for you to find the sex organs and tell what sex this one is!!! So cute!!!! It has been at least thirty years since i sat in a tub. Now I couldn't even if I wanted to. Long hot showers are the best in winter!

BlueShell said...

hehehehehe...male and female...well...I do not like lizards....Jake does...LOL

Are you having bath in a tub? That is normal, no? Sometimes I have a shower,....but sometimes I have a bath in a tub...
(something is missing to my English language, I bet!)
LOVE
BShell

crafty cat corner said...

I remember my Dad bringing in the large tin bath from the back wall in the garden. My Mum used to light the copper and boil the water, then we all used to jump in one after the other small ones first and Mum and dad last.
After the event, Dad used to bail the water out and throw it down into the garden finally walking the bath across the scullery with the remaining water and tipping it out.
Needless to say baths were not a daily occurance in our house. lol
Briony
x

Crystal Mary said...

I remember the hard days of a beth once a week. You had it even harder having to carry your drinking water..I bet like me, you still appreciate having plenty of water and an easy shower. xx

Crystal Mary said...

Not beth, sorry...BATH. LOL

diane b said...

Love your header, so crisp and colourful. Do the lizards have babies I thought they laid eggs. I enjoyed MS trivia. Flush toilets are taken for granted by younger generations. We were tough kids.

Ann said...

Dog: Sorry mum, one less (999,999) lizard doesn't make any difference. They are a delicacy.

Remington said...

I do not think I would like to have those running around our yard.... Beth said she too likes showers and hasn't sat in a tub for YEARS! She also remembers the outhouses....I don't get it....I always go out side to go potty....what's the big deal?

DawnTreader said...

I have no bath tub where I live now and don't miss it.

Deb said...

We have a lot of lizards too no bird dog eating them...I love soaking in a tub...can see why you don't...I'm loving learning these things about uou

Chatty Crone said...

Well - I hope he won't eat your lizard 'friends'.

Sandra - it is EXTREMELY interesting to hear of your past. sandie

Mamabug said...

No baths for me only showers; if I got down in the tub I'd never be able to get myself up again! All those little lizzards mean less bugs! I find the eggs they lay in my flowerpots some times.

Snapper II said...

I like showers. But I get it done and out. I don't take hot showers.

EG CameraGirl said...

Well, I'm a shower person too. My only remembrances of outhouses were at campgrounds. I cannot imagine trudging through snow in the middle of the night. Too awful!!

Pam said...

Jake was simply looking for a playmate.
You have come a long way, Sandra.. enjoy!

Rebecca said...

I am glad you can enjoy long hot showers today! Hopefully no lizards join you while showering!

TexWisGirl said...

amazing some of the things we grew up 'roughing it'. like your lizards. :)

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Madi and Mom said...

WTG Jake!!
do the lizards ever come in for a visit? OMC what fun I could have with them. Hugs Madi

LOL on the galvanized tub....geez I don't blame you I'd never sit in another tub. I LOVE my shower each night probably the highlight of my day.
Hugs C

Anita Johnson said...

Hi,
I just had to comment on this picture...and I just finished reading about Jake's story...amazing. We just lost our older dog Buster , but still have the little Boston Terrier, Bugsy, that was rescued from a puppy mill in Indiana. He is a joy and a blessing. So glad Jake found his way to your heart!

Susannah said...

Yep, we had an outhouse when I was a very little girl. Then my Grandpa came and put a real bathroom in for us! I love showers.

SweetMarie said...

Jake is too funny! That is what our Rambo does everyday.:) We have a lot of liards here too. They don't bother be at all...cute! I'm a shower person. If I take a bath it has to be hot, it helps my back. I love learning about you. I'm so grateful to have indoor plumbing all my life. :)

SweetMarie said...

Jake is too funny! That is what our Rambo does everyday.:) We have a lot of liards here too. They don't bother be at all...cute! I'm a shower person. If I take a bath it has to be hot, it helps my back. I love learning about you. I'm so grateful to have indoor plumbing all my life. :)

Andrew said...

Wonderful to see... we don't see many lizards in the UK... I love seeing dogs doing what dogs do..
Take care Drew xx

Eva Ason said...

We don't have much of these lizards over here, don't think we have any in fact. Jake is funny eh?! Not taking much notice hehe. Nice pics!

Tracy said...

hahaha, those are the funniest looking things! love the photos :)

crafty cat corner said...

I keep saying to Tom that I need the camera hanging around my neck all the time, then I wouldn't miss a thing.
Lovely lizards, sadly we don't see them here much anymore, when I was a kid they used to bask along side the garden walls, not sure where they went, pesticides maybe..
Briony
x

Betty Manousos@ CUT and DRY said...

haha, what funny poses of jake. great shots!

..and sandra, i really loved hearing of your past. it is really wonderful!

xo
p.s. sorry for being late to comment...i've been running around like crazy today.

Scott said...

What a cute little lizard. I wish we had lizards around our house and garden here. I've got one on my shed, but it's about 3 feet long and made of metal.

Inger said...

Sandra, I haven't been well again so I'm behind on my comment replies. It must have been you who was concerned about Soldier, right? I will discuss arthritis meds with our vet this week or if I should give him some of the other meds he got when he was so ill. Thanks for your concern. Then I am also thinking that it was you who told me how to fix my font size. I tried the new format in blogger and didn't like it a while ago. It may have changed by now. Do you use the new format, if so, do you like it? Fortunately, Rosalind Adam told me I could hold down Control and click zero, or naught, as she called it, being from England. Thanks for everything. Oh, it was warm here the other day and our lizards exploded out of their hiding places, but now it's freezing cold again, so it will be a while.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

My kitty killed a small lizard that somehow got into our basement!

I can relate to your story of the early years. We didn't have indoor plumbing either in the house we lived in until it burned down when I was 9 years old. Of course, at that age I didn't know any different. All the work my poor mother had to do, emptying chamber pots and doing without running water.

Angela said...

I looked out my window today to see a lizard sunning itself. The dogs were no where to be found! I know moth balls get rid of them but they are poisonous to the dogs.

I can't imagine taking a bath like that. I did have a friend in high school that didn't have running water in her house. That was so shocking to me because I didn't think anyone still lived like that when I was a teen. She wanted me to spend the night. Other kids told me about the non water issue and the outhouse and I was scared to do it! lol She later moved in with a neighbor who took her in.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That tub bath sounds familiar. I actually have the tub I used and will plant flowers in it this summer.

A Quiet Corner said...

WTG, Jake!...:)JP

A Quiet Corner said...

WTG, Jake!...:)JP

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Sandra, I have decided that living in Florida would not work for me cause lizards running about the yard would not be fun to see, but I do enjoy the colorful blooms you have been sharing. Also, the interesting facts about your life, including the truck driving stint. You have led an amazing and interesting life and may it continue to be more so.

George said...

With all those lizards you'll never run out of things to snap! We had the same bathing arrangements when we visited my grandparents when I was a kid.

Debra Dickinson said...

OK, I'm a biologist by trade so maybe I'm a little weird but I LOVE the lizards. :)

Yep, I too grew up and took the tin tub baths. I also went to a 3! room schoolhouse (very progressive w.the 3 rooms, LOL). The outhouses were down the hill, boys on the right, girls on the left. There was a pulley connected to the schoolhouse so you could use the cable to help get back up the hill during icy weather. Nope, not kidding! :)

I also used to slop the hogs and gather the eggs before going to school. The school got indoor plumbing the year we moved. The whole town turned out for the 1st flush. And again, I promise - not kidding.

Hard to believe. Doesn't seem like that long ago. Thanks for the memories! :)

Rose said...

I don't remember baths in tubs, but I know the rest of my family does.