Yet another April Fool’s Day surprise awaited us when we got home tonight… seems the newest addition to the family is a little jokester. Our dog Beesley, who we’ve had for almost a month now, is an escape artist. We have a little mud room in the back of the house that leads to the garage, and if we don’t lock the dogs out of it, Beesley can push open the door leading to the garage and escape. Apparently, tonight was one of those nights when we forgot to make sure the dogs were locked out of the mud room because when we got home and opened the garage to pull the car in, out runs Beesley. We corralled her into the car, and that’s when we saw it – a HUGE mountain of garbage in the middle of the garage, along with several smaller hills of doggie-doo. Seems during her great escape into the garage, she decided to tear apart the garbage that was in there waiting for garbage day. Of course, being a family of 5, we have lots of garbage, including lots of dirty diapers. Seems little Beesley had herself such a feast that she immediately had to add doggie-doo to the mess without waiting for us to come home and let her outside to do her business. Compounding our luck had this happening on a Tuesday, which is only 2 days before garbage day, so we had just about as much garbage out there as was possible. I’ve been trying to convince Hubby that we need to buy one of those mega garbage cans just to store our garbage in until garbage day ever since the local squirrels discovered we have a parrot who discards nuts into our garbage. They sneak into the garage constantly and tear little holes in the garbage bags to get at the nuts. But at least they’re dainty about it, which is more than I can say for Beesley. It’s just difficult to justify spending money on something that you’re going to put garbage into – it’s like literally throwing money away… or the reverse actually, but still… maybe now we’ll be able to justify that expense a little better. April Fool’s – Beesley style – YUCK!
And a side note about April Fool’s Day from our local paper. No one knows how April Fool’s Day came about. There’s a theory that it originated when the Gregorian Calender was adopted in the 1500’s. Seems there were a few folks stubborn about adopting the change of New Year’s Day from April 1 to January 1, so others made fun of them, pranked them, and sent them on fool’s errands, hence the origin of April Fool’s Day. That is just a theory however, but equally amusing and NOT just a theory is how the country of Scotland celebrates April 1st. Apparently Scottish April Fool’s Day jokes often focus on the buttocks and the day is known as Taily Day. According to our local paper, the “butts” of the Taily Day jokes are known as April “Gowk” which is another name for Cuckoo bird, and it’s believed the ole “kick me” sign gag originated with these Scottish customs. I think I’ll stick with good old April Fool’s Day, thanks, though this year in our house, I guess you could call it Taily Day!