Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A watched tadpole....

The other night, I went out with my flashlight to check the pond.  My nightly frog check  is always full of surprises--some good, some bad.  Sometimes I find a new frog or two....sometimes you get an old raccoon, dead as a doornail, lying there waiting for you. 

I had a good surprise though--my little taddie that was taking F O R E V E R to grow legs had apparently sprouted them all in a very short time and was already sitting on the side of the pond looking at me.  Those are the surprises I like.

Then just last night, I heard a bullfrog singing.  I'm not sure if it was in our pond or the neighbor's, but it was a singer just the same.  That always makes me happy. 

Mid-summer frog count - 3 frogs.  One large and two taddies who are freshly new frogs.  Although there was another large frog out there last week.  I'm thinking that's who may have been singing.

The fish and snails are bountiful.  The frogs are happy and singing.  Life is good in the pond.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Movie Review of "Lucy" by Emma (spoiler alert)

One of the perks of being 19 is that you may have friends who work at the local movie theaters and can get you in for free.  Em has been seeing a lot of movies this summer---some good, some not so good.  But she doesn't care when the price is right---free.

Em was on her way out the door to work this morning, but I asked her about the movie she saw last night right before she left.

Me:  What did you see last night, Em?

Em:  Lucy.

Me:  What???

Em:  Lucy. It's that movie about some girl....

Me:  Oh! I know! That's the one where she taps the full power of her brain. Right?

Em: Yep.

Me:  Was it good?

Em:  (rolls her eyes and keeps walking)  She explodes.

I just started laughing.  I'm not sure if that is a good review or a bad one. View at your own risk.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Colony crisis

Say a prayer that the feral kitties at work can be kept safe.  Management has decided that they  must go. And that is by any means necessary.  I am afraid for their lives at this point. Literally, they are threatening to kill them.

I have contacted my co-caregiver who is very experienced with feral colonies, from what I understand. I have also contacted my TNR sponsor and she is turning to PAWS--which is a HUGE advocate of TNR in Chicago.  This is private property, so I don't know how much they can do, although the killing of animals is against the law. 

I have to back off from feeding and caring for these kitties because I can lose my job over this.  I am confident in those who I have contacted and there has been some action to move them and protect them, but if they are poisoned or shot.....I can't help that.

THIS is why I didn't want to name them. THIS is why I didn't want to get attached.  I am heartbroken, but now, I just ask for prayers for their lives.   I have to trust that I have been led to those who can help and they will do all that they can to save them.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Top Chef

Joe and I went shopping the other know, running errands. I picked up a few dinners: Lobster Bisque with Quail Egg and Grain & Gluten free Tuna & Chicken Stew.

Okay, so this was in the cat food aisle...
I'm thinking we are gonna be eating good in our old age.

Move over, kitties....

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Semi-Wordless Wednesday: The after-effect

Day 3 of returning to work after vacation:  

I'm feeling like a chubby hay bale sittin' on a foggy hillside.  

It's not good.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

It's hard to explain....

Years ago, when I was young, we started going to Cumberland Falls on vacation.  It originally started as an overnight stop-over for vacations to the east coast or the south when my dad was still alive.  Then it became a nice place for us to hang out for a week--with lots of great things to do and hanging out with other families who vacationed there the same time we did. Over the years, we all became friends and looked forward to spending a week or two together each July.

After I went to college and we didn't take family vacations anymore, we sort of lost track of those we used to vacation with...but they were never far from our hearts.  Those were good times and we have very fond memories of our time at the Falls and being with our friends.

Then around 10 years ago, Joe and I were traveling and stopped there with our kids....and found that all of those families we used to vacation with were still going there each year!    And now, we are back --my kids hanging out with the kids of those I hung out with 25 years ago. 

It's like a huge family reunion every July.  Sometimes the group is small--50 people or so, but sometimes it can be over 100.  Some people are related, some are not.  But combined, we make one giant "family of choice."

The best part of our week is being together.  There are enough of us that someone is always up to do something with matter what that something is.

One rainy day, we just sort of put the word out that we were playing cards or doing a puzzle in our cabin.  No less than 25 people showed up....extra chairs, food, games, and booze in tow.   Everyone wanted to hang out together--that's just how it is with these friends.

I have people ask me all the time why we go back there each year--this is why.  I love that our Cumberland Falls family gathers from all over the country to be together.  We pick up from where we left off and just spend time together for one week out of the year. 

And then we spend the rest of the year wishing we were here.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer Vacation

Mission accomplished.

My aim was to be electronic-free for a week and succeeded, thanks to the lousy cell service and the lack of wi-fi in my cabin.  I'm not complaining. Nope.  I loved walking away from the computer--something I haven't done....uh....ever.  So, this was a nice change.

What did I do on my summer vacation? Oh boy....lots of good stuff:
  • Rescued 2 box turtles from being smushed on the road
  • Went white water rafting.  Even though the river was a little low, it was still very fun.  And I did not fall out of the raft--not even when they tugged on my PFD to dump me. 
  • Square danced
  • Put together a 500 piece puzzle with 20 other people
  • Hung out with good friends and laughed HARD
  • and the best part......relaxed   
Unfortunately, the real world beckons today.  I have to go back to the cubicle. The grind. The 'ole rut.  But I'm not letting that get me down. Nope. 

I've got vacation in my heart.