Apr 26, 2009

Flower Shopping

The gardens are just beginning to show signs of life and you know what that means: the first of countless trips to our local nursery for plants, grasses and other delightful things. Edison loves to go there, which is a good thing, since we go there dozens and dozens of times throughout the growing season, but today was Bram's first visit and he loved it. But then, how could he not love a place that has oodles of smelly little things to climb in and out of, and around and around them as well, water features full of tiny fish and frogs, and of course, Edison's (and now Bram's) favorite part of each trip: a visit to the goats. Bram was so into it that you could hear him barking at the goats for miles in all directions. And of course, Edison and Bram were the stars of the show with just about everyone they passed crouching down to say hello to them and give them some pats and tell them how freakin' cute they are (as if they didn't already know this themselves).

Apr 9, 2009

Cats Can Be SO Rude

This morning the sun was irresistible and the boys were enjoying a quiet moment bathing one another and soaking up some warm rays on the office floor and then Maia came in and ruined it all by jumping into the window above them, effectively blocking half of the sun patch and gobbling up all the rays for herself. Chaos ensued, there was much barking to let her know that her behavior was not at all appreciated, and then all three left the room in a huff.

Apr 4, 2009

Web Group for Chihuahua/Toy Dog Owners

Do you have a Chihuahua or other Toy breed dog and you simply can't talk about them enough? Do you just like to talk a lot in general and have become the sad and scary person in line at your grocery store or bank, whipping out endless photos of your dog and then not knowing when to walk away gracefully? Want to join other tiny-dog-obsessed people who are just like you? Then pop on over to Little Muses through this link and sign up for instant friendship with a whole buttload of Toy dog owners with oodles and oodles of personality and who will welcome you with open arms and judge you not.


See you there...

Apr 1, 2009

Fighting the Mystery Mammal

Last night around 10 pm Griffin went out to the barn to water the ducks one last time. Just moments later he came running into the house through the back door, slammed it shut, turned to me and said, "I don't know what the hell is out there, but something's fighting something else and it's ugly! Listen!" Then he opened the back door a crack and I stuck my ear close and listened. Whatever it was was loud. And odd.

Now we've gotten quite used to animals fighting with one another periodically throughout the year, most often in the spring when hormones are high or new babies need protecting. I can tell when it's raccoons going at each other or foxes, and trust me, this was neither of them. This was two animals that weren't making any noises that I recall ever hearing before anywhere, let alone in my back yard.

Griffin said when he first got out there with the buckets, he heard a soft whooping sound, something that sounded very relaxed and was clearly enjoying an early spring night by engaging in a series of whoops and loopy calls. Moments later there was a mad crash of brush and the whoops were strangled by something that sounded very much like the Tasmanian Devil on the old Warner Bros cartoons. When I opened the door a few moments later to listen, that's what I heard: thrashing by two mammals with at least some weight to them, growling and some desperate, squealing- and odd and much less relaxed- whooplike noises.

So naturally, I decided to go out and investigate because I can never pass up the chance to see animals being weird. David and Griffin joined me as I went out the front door and around the house to the back to be sure the dogs didn't get out during the melee in the yard. Flashlight in hand, we made our way to the field behind the barn where we saw one set of small yellow glowing eyes near to the barn, but the body behind the eyes turned and ran before we could identify it. Further down the hedge a bit there was a second set of small yellowish eyes that stood their ground and watched us intently. I moved closer and the eyes stayed put, closer set and lower to the ground that those that ran away. I moved still closer and still the eyes never moved and kept on watching me. Then they disappeared as the animal turned away. I said to David, "I wonder what kind of animal that was?" just as the smell enveloped me. "Skunk!" I yelled and we all turned tail and ran before we smelled just like our little friend in the brush.

Half a mystery solved. I still wonder what was whooping out there so happily before being taken down by a skunk that clearly did not appreciate being serenaded by the gentle whooping whatever-it-was in the hedge.
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