A Mystery Solved!Posted: February 16, 2015
For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been hearing a chittering sound in the house. The first time it occured was about 10:30 at night. I was reading along side my sleeping hubby. At first, I thought the sound could be a new, funky snore of his, but after leaning in and listening, I ruled it out. Heard the sound again, then it stopped, and I proceeded to fall asleep. Somewhat anxious about the sound, the next day I told my husband it sounded like an animal, a squirrel, perhaps, and that it was inside our house somewhere. I heard the sound again and again in the next few days and reported to my husband everytime, who must have thought I was hearing things, but dutifully went to check out our home, inside and out, after which he assured me our house was tight and no creature could gain access. Then he heard it too. Thank God! But he couldn’t figure out what it was and thought it could be the wind causing something (like our wreathes) to move.
Then this morning when in our entryway, I heard the sound LOUD and CLEAR! I narrowed it down to a plant I’d brought in from outside this fall because it still looked so pretty and I didn’t want the frost to hit it. The coleus had long died, but the ivy was still alive so I kept it watered. I now knew the sound was coming from the plant, and realized it was from a FROG! My husband carried the pot back outside on our steps where it remains. I don’t want to think about what’s happening to the frog in twenty degrees.
Morale of the story: Don’t bring outdoor plant pots inside for the winter. They may be someone’s habitat!