Guess what, y’all?
I moved to FLORIDA!
I can hardly believe it myself. This is my current life right now:
But what I really want to do is play! Do all the Florida things. It’s probably a good thing that we are on a tight budget right now. Keeping up with two houses isn’t a picnic. We are hopeful we’ll be able to sell the Indiana house soon.
In the meantime, Mr. Himself is working super hard out in the Florida heat. He is able to take the twins with him, which is a huge blessing. It feels so awesome to finally be here after all the dreaming and planning.
But back to lizards. If you don’t like lizards, don’t come to Florida. They are everywhere. My back enclosed patio always has at least half a dozen scurrying along the screens or floor.
It’s a good thing I grew up in Kansas and spent time in Oklahoma and Texas and played with lizards as a kid. They don’t scare me at all. I think they’re hilarious. They’re so fast! And when they run with their tail sticking straight up it’s extremely amusing. Catching them by the tail would not only be practically impossible, but fruitless, as lizards lose their tails to escape and soon grow new ones.
How weird is that?
Reptiles are fascinating creatures. There are lizards with no legs and snakes with mini-appendages that biologists call vestigial limbs. As if boas and pythons weren’t terrifying enough, they have vestigial hind limbs that they use to help them mate. (EEEK!)
Here’s a picture of a lizard that looks like a worm called the Florida Worm Lizard. These are not the lizards I’m referring to when I talk about not being afraid of them. This thing looks like something out of a horror movie.
And here’s a glass lizard.
These legless lizards are not the ones I am not afraid of. If I saw these I’d probably think they were a snake. And while I’m not afraid of snakes when I come upon one expectantly, I do not like finding them slithering about unannounced.
But back to lizards. These are the cuties that I found running about my yard and patio when I let the dogs out this morning:
Those pictures are deceiving. They are really quite small or maybe I’m just seeing babies on my patio. Also, they aren’t even native to Florida. They’re Cuban! That makes me laugh, too. I’m easily amused.
Well, I guess I better get back to unpacking. Stay tuned for more adventures from my new life here in the Sunshine State!