Saturday, June 24, 2006

If a picture paints a thousand words...'s eleven thousand words about Karen & Kevin's wedding.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

NOT for the squeamish. (You've been warned.)

Here's the email I sent out this morning:

"4:30 in the morning is TOO EARLY to be cleaning up puppies & crates! When I opened up May Bee's crate this morning, she hadn't *tinkled*...she'd thrown up all the June bugs she'd eaten last night!

So I quickly put May Bee (should have named her June Bee!) in the backyard and took the crate to the front yard for "dead insect stew" removal. Mike keeps a little fan on the front porch for blowing away his cigar smoke so I turned that on the crate, and while it blew dry, it was time to bathe the puppy.

After a kitchen sink bath that got me as wet as the puppy, we toweled off in the backyard and I encouraged her to "go" in her special area. (I don't think she had a drop left in her digestive system, however, so that was a bust.)

The whole time I stood out there with her at the back of the lot (Mike & I read that we must be patient and wait 10-15 minutes sometimes), my arms were itching and *burning* (especially my left arm) from all the dog & Dog Yack contact. I kept them in the wind and thought cool, refreshing thoughts, but when I got inside, I had a welt on my left arm that was as big as a nickel! I've washed it thoroughly and put aloe vera gel on it, but it's still growing. It looks like an alien is going to shoot out of it at any second (see attached photo). The picture didn't turn out well (pale welt on a pale arm), but you might be able to make it out.
BTW, if a June bug bursts outta my welt later this morning, you will never hear from me again..."

And then, when the sun came up, I took a picture of the Ick in the front yard. It's gross. So disgusting. (Mike thinks it's cool that I took a picture.) Scroll down at your peril.

Update: After a little Internet research, it turns out that May Bee wasn't eating green June bugs, after all; she was eating brown MAY BEEtles. Her name is perfect in so many ways!!

According to
May beetles are actually a tasty treat! (I just threw up in my mouth a little.) An actual quote from the page:

"If eating insects interests you, the May Beetle is a best choice. When toasted in hot ashes, the internal body parts and juices of the bug congeal into an edible nugget. After peeling off shriveled legs, wings, and wing case, the remaining tidbit can be eaten one at a time or by the handful. Toasted May Beetles have a surprisingly sweet taste. The flavor is said to resemble thick raw molasses or crudely made cane syrup. If mixed with warm milk, it has a malted milk taste."

Are you thinking what I'm thinking? What kind of a nut *knows* how May beetles taste? (And exactly how hungry would I have to be to enjoy the "malted milk taste" of the insects dying on their backs under my porch light?)

Sunday, June 18, 2006

It's floodin' down in Texas.

Yesterday was crazy. I helped my sister move her things to Kevin's house in Breckenridge (the wedding's next weekend)...and severe thunderstorms and hail kept me there until about 10:30 when I braved the weather to get to my own shower and bed. I was exhausted (I've been getting up before 5:00 a.m. for more than a month now with the new puppy.) Got back to town around 11:30, went straight to sister's house & let her dog out, put him back in, fed her cat, and went home to take my own dogs out and work on May Bee's puppy training *at midnight*.

It was well after midnight when I stepped out of the shower, and it felt SO WEIRD to be *getting ready for bed* as the BBC Sunday morning news show was on. (I RARELY get to hear that show! Sometimes, if I wake up really early on Sunday morning, I can hear the tail end of it--usually interviews and cricket results--before "Speaking of Faith" comes at six o'clock.)

Then up at 6:00 a.m. this morning to take my dogs out to their Special Corner and feed them (and myself), run to sister's house to let her dog out, and I took pictures of the storm damage there.

Josh surveys the damage.

Her back fence is down so she can more fully enjoy the neighbor's sunflowers. (Her dog already "enjoyed" them, sprinkling them with his Retriever Marking Spray. If one of these sunflowers immediately starts to grow better OR takes a turn for the worse, they'll know which one.) I had to physically get Josh out of the neighbor's yard when he conveniently acquired a case of Instant Onset Acute Deafness this morning and suddenly couldn't hear me calling him back onto Karen's property.

The Triad office building between Karen's house & mine.

Then to U-Haul to return the dolly. Then to Walgreen's to get Mike a Father's Day card from the dogs. I've finally crashed in front of the computer and am considering a second coffee and some ibuprofen... :-)

Happy Father's Day, everybody!

Friday, June 16, 2006

Hot enough fer ya'?

Tuesday night, I read a book in the backyard from 8:20-9:00 p.m., and when I came in the house, the guy on our public radio station said the temp outside was 95 degrees. I thought it was hilarious that a COLLEGE STUDENT didn't know how to read a thermometer...but quit laughing right away when confirmed the current temp as 93 degrees! (The radio station is on the other, and apparently *hotter*, side of town.)

95 degrees at 9 o'clock at night? That's just sick.