Wednesday, October 31, 2007

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

In celebration of my favorite holiday... here is a picture from my costume at work today... a little blurry, but you'll know who it is. Probably the most ironic costume *I* could ever wear.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

October Update

Saturday was SO much fun! Christine and I took Cole to the pumpkin patch and the petting zoo. I was so excited for the petting zoo. Now, I did get to pet a llama, which was REALLY cool. But then I realized.... that anything else they had at the zoo... I already had at home! And if I wanted to visit goats that didn't want me to pet them, I could just go next door! It was still fun.
I thought I would also give a puppy update. Those little rascals can climb almost any fence. They are no longer the little scaredy cats we brought home in July. Here is a picture of them shortly after we brought them home. They weighed about 20 pounds in this picture

And here is a picture I took yesterday. The little boogers are probably over 50 pounds now. They eat SOOO much food! But at least their fur grew back in OK, and their fur is amazing at sloughing off dirts and weeds and stuff. It's just those darn pickers they keep getting into! PUPPIES!
Saturday was great fun... until the sun rolled down. In came a HUGE windstorm, and this morning, I was awoken to hail. I wished I could have crawled into bed, but shortly after taking this photo, I noticed a turkey where he didn't belong. In the brutal wind of last night, 6 of our turkeys got blown out OVER the electric chicken fence. I saw some this morning and went to round them up. They aren't hard to round up, since they follow me where ever I go. But the real tragedy is that I didn't check on these guys during the night. I swear the turkeys are about 20 pounds themselves. I didn't think THEY would blow away. But they did. I found 4 this morning, and got them back to safety. I found what was left of the other two. There are some coyotes in the area with full bellies today, that's for sure. Larry says this is part of life on the farm. But I had a moment today... that even though I love the animals, even those rascally pups (who I had to chase, again, through barbed wire fencing) sometimes there is just too much death. All the broilers are gone. We lose a red hen about every 3rd day to some predator that can get through the electric fence. And now 2 turkeys became something's dinner. I found the carcass of one, and disposed of it. The other, I just found several piles of feathers in our neighbor's field, as well as blood. I know he struggled. And I'm sad I couldn't or didn't prevent it. Larry says that's what happens in the wild. But wild turkeys sleep in trees! Well, maybe not in last night's wind, but it made me sad nonetheless. So anyhow, the snow melted once the afternoon sun hit it, but just to be safe, I kept the sheep and the pups indoors for a bit this morning, in case those coyotes decided they wanted something bigger for lunch today.
Halloween is right around the corner. And our black cat, Schroediger, agreed with me today - that it was too cold to go outside, so he thought he should stay in and snuggle with a good, warm blanket.

Inside the House

OK OK, people keep asking for pictures of the house. I have been hesitant to take indoor pictures because, even though we swore we'd get organized after we unpacked all the boxes, that just hasn't happened. Random cords stashed here, CDs laying about there, blankets just about everywhere... it's a mess. BUT, I gave up waiting to have a clean house to take pictures so here are some.

We have a split level house, so this is the family room down half a flight of steps. These are our new leather couches, and Grish says he doesn't care if there's dog hair on the floor, he'll sleep there anyway. You can just barely see the dining room table in the bottom of the picture. Without an actual formal dining room, we sort of stashed a table by the stairs and made one for ourselves.

This is the kitchen. It's big. And it's white. And someday we'll do something about that, but right now, we are living with it. And yes, I did the dishes today. I hate having dishes in the sink.
This is the living room, AKA the music room. The violin case is sitting on the piano bench. The guitars and my amps are underneath the front window. There is a lot of metal string in that room. Guitars and violins can't possible be under that much pressure, but I've been told that piano strings, all combined, are under 20 TONS of pressure. This, my friends, is why pianos are heavy. Not because of all the metal strings, but because of the large wooden board that has to be able to withstand all that pressure. And Larry harasses me about being particular about my piano. It's doing a lot of work, 24/7 to keep all those strings in line!
These two pictures are specifically for my friend Karen. This is the curio cabinet we bought from Margaret. It is now home to Larry's Japanese tea sets, as well as some chops sticks Amy and Sherri brought home for me on their trips to the island. As well as some paper figures that Yumi brought back on her recent trip home.

This is the antique dresser we also bought from Margaret. I like it. I don't yet know what to do with it, but it resides in the second spare bedroom upstairs. Which is also known as the blue room. Also known as the dog room (the only pictures in that room are of dogs) Also known as the room where we store our luggage.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Halloween Flashback

This is my tribute to Halloweens' past, when each year revolved around the big party I threw at my house. May those parties and their memories RIP.


Halloween 2005 - ARGH the sunken pirate ship!
Halloween 2004 - Super Heros
Halloween 2003 - Clue
Halloween 2002 - Party in Hell
Halloween 2001 - The wedding of Frankenstein
Halloween 2000 - A medieval nightmare
Halloween 1999 - the Mad Scientist's Lab