March 29, 2007

Watch Out for Holly

Good gravy, that dog is fast, neurotically fast: She'll trip you if you're not careful.

It's dark, but time for me to get up.
I tiptoe out to the kitchen, quietly, slowly, hoping to avoid dog bounce, it's just too early...boom, she's up and out!

I'm just checking my email, dog! Nothing going on here. No breakfast until 7:00, and you KNOW that. Everyday it's the same old thing.

So settle down.

Turn on the dryer, turn on the tea kettle, turn on the heat, open the window to the birdie sounds and traffic....don't you think that would camouflage any and all keyboarding sounds? Any making coffee sounds?

I head back to bed, rushing dog behind. I climb in with my slippers and bathrobe , because sometimes this works: I pretend I'm asleep.

She's tricked...goes back to her comfy crate and sighs into a soft snore. I wait. I tiptoe back into the kitchen. Boom, she's up, sitting politely and intently by the dog bowl.

No food until 7:00 am!

Poor sensitive dog.

March 16, 2007

Party Time March 21


They say it's your birthday!
It's my birthday, too, yeah!

I'm glad it's your birthday

Happy birthday to you:


I would like you to dance (Birthday)
Take a cha-cha-cha-chance (Birthday)

Dance yeah Oh Come on
We're gonna have a good time!


Stanley finds Livingston

Martin Luther King, Jr. leads the final march from Selma to Montgomery

Olympics boycott, Carter announces

International Day of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Joseph Alioto announces Earth Day Proclamation

Nambibian Independence

Kate Smith records "God Bless America"

Pope Pius VII

Alcatraz Closes

They say it's your birthday!

It's my birthday, too, yeah!

We're gonna have a good time!

March 14, 2007


Emotions are the pits.

Up and Down, truly like a merry-go-round.
Yeah, just like that!...a merry-go-round!

Stable and organized....sounds so nice.

Anyway, the best description I have for this emotional day is berserk.
Yep, that's a good word.
the following describes it well:
I feel wigged out!

March 8, 2007

Toad on the Road

My friend Abilena found a toad.

On the road, trying to hide near a fence.

Later she saw a jack-rabbit bound across a very busy 4 lane highway.

The toad didn't come home with Abi, due to worries about prey animals in the neighborhood such as felines, canines and the wayward young of humans.

The hare didn't come home for obvious reasons.
Can't catch 'em.

Toad and hare sightings are uplifting. Brings good news: nature is hanging on.

March 7, 2007

The Basset is OK!

She really is OK. Well, aside from several small bumps
(a lot really) that keep her busy chewing, especially on her foot.

Had to wrap it in duct tape to stop her; didn't work.

"Gotta chew on something.", I told my coworker when her husband left her with 3 children under 6 for his secretary, 10 years younger.

Trying to quit smoking, chewing nails AND dieting while going through this experience was asking too much!
You've gotta chew something!

The Basset has many pet names (pun intended).
Here they are.

The Queen


Miss Basset

Miss Bassette


Bassie Wassie

Little Miss Smoocher



Mouton (en fran├žais)

Miss Mutt

Mrs. Mutt

Mrs. Basset



You little Miss

Little Miss

Little Bass

Miss Mouton

HEY! (usually when she is not responding to "Come!"

Dog breath

Little Missy

Miss Scritchy


Bigger Now


Little Miss Monkey

Monkey Mouse

Trotty Pants


Well, you get the gist....kinda ridiculous, but true.

March 6, 2007

Blue Whale

The Blue Whale is the largest animal that has ever lived on earth.

Far larger than an elephant!

Larger even than a brontosaurus.

The low frequency calls reach animals hundreds of miles away through deep ocean.

Biologists are just now discovering the purpose of these calls among Blue Whale families.

This species subsist on krill, a tiny shrimp living in huge colonies. This supports an animal of approximately 100 feet in length and weighing 100 or more tons.

Does anyone else have any information on the amazing diversity of life on earth?

Please send it in.
I crave knowledge of these unbelievable cetaceans!

March 1, 2007

rattus rattus

The kids had rats. In their cages, the rats would stand up on hind legs, little fingers curled around the wire, snuffling for the latest goings on in the girls' room. Peeking around, checking it all out. Once found a little girl's dolly next to their cage, dressed up in all it's finery. With those tiny adroit rat hands and with a little nibbling on the hem, they pulled the corner of that dolly dress right into the cage for nest building soooooooffftt. Petticoat, too, With lace. Heavenly for a rat!

Pet rats

are unfairly maligned. They really are very affectionate animals. They are fast friends and they are so funny!

They're tame, clean, and funny. With silky fur. Their soft whiskers tickle when they sniff your ear from their favorite spot on your shoulder.

My freind Aretha had a pet snake. One source of nutrition for a snake can be "pinkies": tiny baby rats or mice. Aretha bought a pinkie, but ended up with a friend for the snake instead. The furry brown rat grew up and would sit all comfy on top of the curled up reptile, warming the cold blooded animal. Mutual benefit. Rat had the snake, snake had the rat.

His name was Dinner and he hung around longer than the snake, cute as a bug...well, more like cute as a rodent, really.

Several types of pet rats exist in our world.
They come in many varieties.

One color is chocolate. I like that, seems sweet and satiny.

Rat problems will be addressed later on.

Right now I'm having happy pet rat memories.