This has sure been an educational week around Olga. Besides learning how fast mosquitoes multiply in this wet weather, we’ve had fun with tadpoles too. When I say we’ve had fun with tadpoles, let me explain. We have an abundance of tadpoles, thousands of them. They are lining the ponds and the stock tanks in numbers I can’t begin to count. Also, if you have left any water in your plastic children’s pools, you will probably be loaded up on tadpoles too.
Well around here, folks like to go froggin’, so children take great delight in tadpoles, dreaming of what kind of frogs they came from and how big they will get. So one day, the tadpoles were rescued from sure death by being taken out of the stock tank with small fish nets and placed in buckets of pond water. Then they were carried up hills and through fields to their new homes in rain filled kiddie pools where they were sorted through all afternoon to weed out as much mosquito larvae as possible.
Of course at that point, one has to learn what they eat and what not to do with them. Did you know they eat frozen lettuce but you shouldn’t feed them fish food? It seems fish food has lots of dyes in it that will kill them. Also we are learning how fast they grow and their different stages of development. Actually, it has been a great summer project filled with hours of great learning time together and irreplaceable hands on involvement with nature if you like that sort of thing and are looking to involve your children in something with the great outdoors. The most important thing we have learned about tadpoles, is how easy they are, compared to trying to rescue a wild rabbit.
One afternoon we were alerted to a commotion out in the field, only to discover a cat had caught a baby rabbit. Now I know it’s usually best to let nature take its course, but when children are witnessing it, sometimes nature isn’t all that pretty and it is necessary to intervene. Thankfully, the cat hadn’t injured the bunny in any way except to terrify it and we were able to give it a safe haven. There was much discussion as to how to release the bunny without the cat getting it again eventually, and we reached the conclusion that there wasn’t any way to do that. That’s where our education on wild rabbits came in. The process can be explained in one word….tedious. Wild bunnies are extremely sensitive and as harsh as it sounds, I highly recommend anyone in a similar situation to simply allow nature to takes its course.
On another note, it was a lot of fun to spend the weekend down in Branson at the Fiddle Festival. Did you know that they host the Mid-America Fiddle Championship? If you haven’t been, you really need to put that on your calendar for next year. One of our own local girls, Savannah Shannon, was there to represent Webster County and did very well even though she faced some extremely hard competition out of Texas. What’s fun about these events are that no one is really there to compete even though the money earned through winning is nice, but the purpose is for these musicians to gather together from all over the country to have fun playing together. Savannah was honored to be accompanied by the Grand National Fiddle Champion, Joe Sites and the legendary, Texas Hall of Fame guitarist Bobby Christman. One of the excellent judges that had the difficult task of judging this event is also one of our own from Ava, Junior Marriott, who is also a Champion fiddle player and judges many of these events around the country. We are blessed to have him in our own back yard.
When we look back to last year at this time, we thank the Lord above for His many blessings, especially for the rain. Here in Olga, the ponds and rivers are full, the wildflowers are standing tall in the fields and the apples are hanging heavy in the trees.
Have a blessed week!