Friday, September 14, 2007

Lizard Love

I seem to attract geckos into my life from time to time. That is fine with me as I consider them good luck and down right cute as well. A couple of weeks ago, I saw something crawling around in my bathroom. It was pale beige, almost the color of the tile. I had to look really close to see that it was a baby gecko. It must have come in through the tiniest of cracks between the screen and the window ledge. I figured that it would get out the same way it came in so I left it alone. A day or so later, I saw it again. It was a little bigger but I still thought that it would be able to get out. I kept seeing it until finally, I realized last week that it was to big to get out whatever crack it had originally found and decided I should do something. I got a plastic cup and a junk mail card and placed them on the back of the toilet so that I could cover the gecko with the cup, slide the card under it between the gecko and the floor and use it for a lid so that I could carry the gecko out side to set it free. Days went by and I did not see my little friend again. I thought that it had found its way out after all. And it had. Out of the bathroom anyway.

The next siting was in my office. It scurried behind my vision board a few days ago. There was not way to get it out of there so I thanked the little one for the positive energy that it brings to my manifestations and forgot about it.....


Until yesterday when I saw it on the hearth, real close to the back door. Maybe it will find its way out. Last night, Lani kept sniffing around the fireplace. I knew that she was after the gecko. I made her get away from the area. Then, today as I was eating lunch, she was standing over her toy basket which is between the hearth and the door. At first I thought that she was perusing her possessions trying to decide what she wanted to drag out into the floor, but then she started dragging the basket away from the wall and sniffing around behind it. I knew what she had found. Quickly I grabbed my plastic cup and junk mail. Of course, the gecko went straight for the corner where the hearth, floor and wall meet. I had to scrape at it a little with the junk mail, but I managed to get it into the cup and taken out side.


This is not the first time I have had to rescue a gecko. A few years ago, one got into the little house we were occupying and grew to full size. A friend came over to let me practice some of my newly acquired craniosacral techniques on her. Over and over, the gecko climbed up onto the window sill and jumped into the glass as it tried to get out. We had quite a circus going for a while as we propped the screen door open and tried to herd the thing out. We were unsuccessful so I left the door open for a little while to give it ample opportunity to escape. I am pretty sure that it did because here is what I saw on the corner of the house a few weeks later.







There is only one song that could be the sound track for this post: Arosmith's Lizard Love.

17 comments:

Laurie said...

How funny! I needed a good giggle tonight, thanks!

thailandchani said...

I remember the geckos in Khon Kaen. We could hear them all night. It's the most wonderful sound... to me anyway. :)


Peace,

~Chani
http://thailandgal.blogspot.com

My Reflecting Pool said...

Bet he was glad to escape. Seems he had a hot date to get to. We would get them every so often in San Antonio. Once when my kids were really young, one had made its way in through the front door. My daughter tried to catch it by the tail. Oops, there was a tail in pudgy fingers, a tailless running gecko/lizard and screaming going on between the two kids. All I could do was laugh and tell them never to grab the tail as its their only defense. hahaha. Thanks for bringing back memories!

Ginnie said...

I, too, like the little guys but I don't like anything like that in my house. I always have the feeling that they are going to crawl over me while I'm sleeping. Eyewwww..........

Sienna said...

Gorgeous!

We get a lot of lizards here (Victoria, Australia)....geckos, goannas, blue tongues, the dragon family -not sure if they are in the gecko family, heaps of lizards, snakes....they love our terrain.

I have heard some people say parts of Australia remind them so much of some places in Texas.

I think the surprise for people is the real contrast of landscape we have, the tropics, sub tropics, lush rainforests, scrub=bush, mountain ranges, plains and travel just a short distance from any of these and you can find yourself in desert country.

The part I love about it all is the country and the wildlife and nature and being *so close* to it, living, feeling and being a part of that....Australia has some rather odd looking (by world standards) reptiles and mammals....causes all kinds of funny reactions in visitors, but they are so endearing too? if that makes sense.

I so laughed at your hay carting post, can just see it all...intentions are so good, especially the bit about the hay bale being right to stop the old truck!

Sounds like right here.

Pam

heartinsanfrancisco said...

No cigarette?

seventh sister said...

I did not see any tiny cig butts. I bet they sucked on my roaemary a little, though.

Lani just found another one in the bathroom.

tammy vitale said...

Oh and you had a camera to catch it! I missed the turtles in my back yard because by the time I got the camera, they had trundled off into the woods.
When I lived in florida we had geckos all the time. I love them. Here in Maryland we have another kind of lizard who's name just took a walk - but they are beautiful: all metallically blue tails.

seventh sister said...

I lived in Fla. for about a year. Geckos were every where. The ground practically moved with them. We also had a big Cuban lizard that lived our roof. It was grean, orange and yellow and about 18 to 24" long.

Angela said...

Lizard Love. I LOVE it! What a wonderful post. And I must say that I am completely smitten with your dog. How beautiful! I love my dog, but it's my husband's dog, you know. I'd like my own heart dog again. As a final thought, I think that's the best use of junk mail I've heard of.

Top cat said...

Geckos are cool and what a great picture.lol
I'm glad you saved it.
tc

seventh sister said...

Thanks, Angel.We get a lot of compliments on Lani's' looks as well as her temperament and manners. She can still be quite thepuppy, though. BTW, I share her with my partner, Stephen.


Hi, TC. Good to hear from you.

seventh sister said...

Yes, Pam. I have heard that there are some similarities between Texas and Austrailia as well.

Christine said...

too funny!

lizard love. heh.

velvet said...

What fun!

We don't have geckos where we live, but I used to love seeing them when I visited my grandparents in Florida when I was a child. I didn't see any lizard love, though. Good thing for my grandparents that they didn't have to explain that. ;)

Mary said...

Love Lani and the Lizard porn...LOL! Great story!

Janet said...

The picture reminds me of the time my sister brought home some lizards from one of her animal behaviour Psych classes. They were supposed to all be the same sex. Then, I walked into her room when I was home visiting, and two of them were hanging upside down having 'quiet time.'

I never thought to take a picture.