Monday, August 31, 2009


Here's Sirius' impersonation of Toto in Wizard of Oz.
It was a tight squeeze, but it was worth it.

A Treat for Bambi

Mmmmm, yummy.
Which will he lick first, Wild Persimmon, or Sweet Acorn?
I have a sinking feeling that the trophy buck in the photo is false advertising for our hunting season.
Well, we have a few goats who may be enticed to walk in front of the 30-06 if the exotically flavored salt licks don't do the trick for Mr. Whitetail.

Flowers on the Side of the Road

While the farmer mowed hay in his field, I stood on the side of the road taking pictures of his weeds.
Today is frigid at 67 degrees.

Carter with a Critter

Corinne's Brave New World

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Colin's Haircut

Quote of the day: "Shave me down and make me round!" -Spongebob Squarepants.

Colin loves his military hair.
He'll tell anyone who'll listen that he looks like PapPap now.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

School Humor

Math Puns Are the First Sine of Madness

Geometry Is for Squares

If You're Not Part of the Solution, You're Part of the Precipitate

Arrrrginine - Pirate's Favorite Amino Acid

A Day Without Nuclear Fusion Is a Day Without Sunshine

Absolute Zero Is Cool

Math Mom: If I've Told You N Times, I've Told You N+1 Times ...

When Life Gives You Mold, Make Penicillin

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tree Stand Cousins

Getting primed for hunting season.

Late Summer at Cub Creek

Chocolate Shakes! (Wink, Wink)

My nephew declares that he won't eat vegetables.
However, he's drinking a quarter of a red cabbage in his "chocolate shake."
It left a purple tinge, which I was sure would tip them off, but was somehow overlooked by the drinkers.
I blended the cabbage with goat milk (3 cups?) till runny, added
1/3 c. cocoa
2/3 sugar
It does taste fantastic.

Monday, August 24, 2009

It's a Piece of Cake

Here are two happy cousins enjoying a piece of trickery cake on the porch at night.
I added 6 carrots, a banana, whole oat flour, whole wheat flour, and flax meal to make it a healthy treat.
But they don't have to know it's good for them, all they have to know is that it's cake.
The shorter days are more apparent this week than they had been.
Tonight the windows are open for the first time in a long time, and I can almost believe that September is close.

Goat Gang

Here are the little rascals who live in the dog pen.
They're all so friendly and funny.
What a joy to give them their bottles and watch them get sleepy from the milk.

A Watched Goat Never Boils

Claire still hasn't delivered.
Our days revolve around checking on her to see if a baby's on the way out.
The other four milkers are doing a bang up job of producing. I get two gallons a day from them. For a few days, the buck was hanging around the gate, polluting the milk with his odor, but he's been removed from their presence, so things have improved in the taste department.

The Well Educated Kid

Our goat, Tancup (named by a child, can you tell?)picked up a pen and practiced her penmanship.
This brought back memories of my girls putting school uniforms on our first baby billy goat, Sam, and teaching him "school" out on the hay bales.

Cub Creek Out of the Banks

I decided that today was a good day to liberate the oysters who've been living in a Tupperware bowl on my kitchen counter for a week.
So the dogs and kids headed down to the creek to reunite the oysters with their families.
We had a huge rain last night, and here are the results.
What a wonderful year of rainy weather after the drought years.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Soup and More Soup

Katie and Colin, and sometimes other cousins, still like to play Ratatouille.
Sadly, Colin sniffed a spice before adding it to the soup. A spice they though was paprika, but turned out to be cayenne pepper.
He was fine. And with luck, his sense of smell may return one day.

What not to do if your parents leave you alone, presumably sleeping peacefully...

The miscreant cousins had a wild bash last night while I milked goats.
How do I know this?
They recorded the evidence on my camera!
They videotaped Colin playing hockey in the hall, which would take too much memory to show you, but trust me, the kid's got talent.
Then I found a photograph of a child eating an Oreo with an unwrapped oatmeal cream pie in the background, and looking as if he's stoned on sugar.
I think I can safely thank Grandfather on behalf of the cousins for the stash of goodies.

Big Scary Snake on the Porch

Colin, a city kid, had no fear of Ralph, a country snake.
Ralph climbed all over the furniture before climbing up on the siding and being captured and relocated by Big Dan.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Hi Mom

Here's Colin having his picture taken for his parents to see.

Little Chef

After watching Ratatouille, "Remmy's Soup" has become the favorite game around here.
Someone may be heading for a career in culinary arts...

And yes, I do realize that there is a disproportionate amount of alcohol in all my blog entries.

"Where Everybody Knows Your Name"

Here's where all the cool people hang. Abilene Junction.
Mr. Colin, aka "Little Chef," enjoys the mac 'n' cheese in a cup. He also enjoys the camaraderie of many different age groups of people. He has the making a fine homeschooled kid.

Peaks of Otter Hike

We went on a huge outing (huge for a four year old.) First we ate at Sam's Club, where Colin ate three whole pieces of pizza by himself. Then we shopped for our friend's convenience store.
Off we went into the mountains to enjoy a little cool air, a novelty for us these last couple weeks.
The kids played happily in the stream and never wanted to return to the lowlands.
Photos of the next segment of the journey to follow.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

All Tuckered Out

You won't often see Colin without seeing Katie.
Here they're filled up on fresh milk and watching Ratatouille after a hard day of play.

Goodbye Gandfather

Colin couldn't wait to see Grandfather hit the road. Now he won't have to worry about a return to Pittsburgh any time soon, phew.
Laura had a different opinion about Grandfather's departure. She wants him to live here.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

On Our Way to Cub Creek

He Ain't Heavy, He's My Cousin

More Colin

Colin is:
Wearing stickers on his mouth to show Mommy.
Having fun with friends.
Being an Indian with his weird toy that Grandfather and Madelon gave us.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tiny Invisible Spiders

If you look closely enough, you may get to see the little nest of spiders that Katie had the good fortune to hatch out.
She found them in a box. The mother spider tried to bite her, so she squished her.
Maybe she can start a lucrative career as a spider rancher.