Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Am I the only person who speaks to random wildlife?  I opened the door last night to call for Zena, spotted a raccoon in the bird seed, and all I said was "Hello, Mr. Racoon! How are you on this fine evening?"  I also routinely speak to squirrels, cats, possum, and a random skunk or two, even if it is just to say 'Hi!"  My neighbors must think that I am completely nuts.  That may not be a completely horrible thing.  If your neighbors think you are insane, they will be less likely to borrow your lawn mower and not return it. 

My husband's new school is wayyyyyy out in the boonies. As in, cow pastures as far as the eye can see.  Driving out there, down a two-lane road, Larry and I see lots of things that we never see in the city.  Like this bird, the Kara Kara:
Source: flickr.com via Tina on Pinterest

 I didn't even know these birds existed, but I saw one two days in a row on that country road, and I consider that pretty awesome. I've also seen hawks, turtles, cows, horses, donkeys, goats, and turkey buzzards.  It's a regular menagerie out there in the country. Except deer.  I have yet to see any deer out there, because they all seem to live in the city.  There are probably more deer within the city limits of New Braunfels than actual people.  Maybe they like the polka music they play at the Wurstfest. 

My son wants a dog for his birthday this Friday.  He wants a black dog.  Who is big.  Who is small.  Who is a puppy.  But who gets big.  We've talked about getting a dog, but not the particulars. There's quite a bit up for negotiations. A dog is a lot of responsibility for a boy, even if he will be five soon.  I don't know if he is ready for that responsibility.  After all, he doesn't even wipe his own rear end by himself yet. 

The Walking Dead just started it's third season, with a bang, I might add.  Of course, there's some huge questions as to the zombie apocalypse(all those corpses and nary a feasting bug?), but since the main point of the show is not that there are zombies, I'm cool.  I still wonder how we would handle an 'end of the world' scenario.  We would be fine for a week or so, then we would run out of toilet paper, and it would be catastrophe time.

I am over visiting the excellent Stacy at Stacy's Uncorked, checking out her wine list. Go visit!



  1. What a freakishly cool bird! Princess Nagger would be jealous you saw something that cool. :)

    I love that your son already has a specific 'type' of dog in mind that he wants for his birthday. I'll be curious to see what you end up deciding to do. Little Dude will be 5 exactly 2 weeks after your son's birthday! Luckily we already have 2 dogs, so it's not on his wish list. What is? A garbage truck. I blame Caillou. :)

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  2. I talk to animals, inanimate objects...ANYTHING!!

    Your son is turning 5 on Friday? He must be BEYOND GREAT! My birthday is Saturday!!

    I think 5 isn't a bad age for a pet, depending on his maturity level. With kids the biggest worry is pulling tails, teasing, hitting, etc....more than actually taking care of the dog. If a child can control their emotions by not taking anger out on an animal, then I say, go for it!

  3. That bird has got it going on, and knows it! Oooh,a birthday...5! That is exciting. Have you spoken to the cats about a dog?

  4. You are not alone... I have full conversations with the seaguls on the beach....


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