Frogs, Rain, and Finding Unexpected Company Under the Floorboards: Keeping in the Light

In the land of eternal drought it has been raining. It has been raining a lot.

The rain means frogs around my house. From May to October we get very little or no rain. In the summer most of the frogs go underground into their mud shells and wait for the rain. A few come up to my deck and hang out in the planters, or hide underneath the front porch in the hot weather but most vanish under the ground.

Anyway right now their chorus is deafening at night. They’re called Sacramento Valley Chorus Frogs. Really. That is what they’re called. They’re tiny little things with huge voices.

My dog lets me know when deer and coyotes come into the field behind my house. There are always turkeys. If I look up into the sky I can see eagles, hawks, and a large assortment of song birds. If I go outside the humming birds will buzz around my head. The hummers are fearless because they know nobody can catch them.

Occasionally my brother Aaron will call me to help distract some old dried up shadow creeping Vampire from a building. His friend Austin Durant, a Vampire Hunter, often is along. The only reason they call me is because I’m not afraid and I’m the only one small enough to get into most of the tight places under houses and in attic walls.

I guess the point is that even when it is raining or seems like nasty out nobody needs to stay hidden behind walls. I wonder why my brothers, friends, and I choose to Vampires who live in the real world, and others crawl away and hide. Sometimes they hide for years, until they dry up, like frogs who live in a drought for a hundred years.

There are regular people like that too, living like the frogs who get stuck in the hardened ground forever.

If you know anyone like that you need to go water them. Bring them out. Let them sing their songs again.

Then again, if they’re Vampires, leave that to the experts. Let me know and I’ll hook you up with someone who can help. You don’t want to mess with Vampires.

~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman


Rain and Frogs

One of our frogs. They’re tiny. You could fit 6 or more in the palm of your hand.

Red Sky at Night – Fall is Coming

Red sky at night, sailors delight.

Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning.
A red sky at night, this means that the setting sun is sending its light through a thick concentration of dust particles. This usually indicates high pressure and stable air coming in from the west.  Translates to: good weather ahead.
A red sky in the morning means the dust particles galore are hanging in the sky. This indicates that a storm system may be moving in. If the morning sky is a deep fiery red, it means VAMPIRES are coming. HA HA HA just kidding. It means there is high water content in the atmosphere. Translates to: Get out your umbrellas!!!

But if you’re a Vampire sitting on your deck with a nice glass of wine or blood the evening is something full of wonders and magic. The colors deepen and change differently with night vision. All becomes intense with outlined shadows like a fine Japanese painting or for that matter like a lot of my own artwork or that of the artist at the turn of the 20th Century.

As the sun sets the occasional bird turns into a bat. The frog come out to sing their songs of love and life. The crickets madly rub their legs together like so many tiny violas. Coyotes try to hide in the shadows but linger with the smells of the night breezes.

And scents pick up as we smell the animals and the regular humans around us. We can smell their life and warmth. We can smell fear or love, sorrow, passion or happiness. More often or not it is positive.

It is still hot, hellishly so for a Vampire, in Northern California (inland at least) but the night cool off 20 or more degrees and the wind blows in promises of autumn and rain. Soon the hills will be green again and the leaves will turn the colors of a sunset.

So no matter what the phase of the moon or the color of the sky, take a moment to relax and think “Red Sky at Night, Sailor’s Delight. Red Sky in Morning, Sailor’s Warning”.

There is nothing to fear, but everything to gain by taking a moment to get to know the night.

~Juliette aka Vampire Maman