Monday, June 15, 2009

Sweet & Sour 16

Today was Tom's 16th Birthday. The Driving Birthday. Another Big Deal Birthday. We rounded up the entire family (with the exception of only a few) to eat at the local Chinese buffet ~ Tom's favorite eatery ~ to celebrate a fine day. 15 people gathered and took over the dining room, ate and then let small children run rampant in the courtyard. I think a good time was had by all.

Naturally, we neglected to bring the camera, but some memories are best meandering the little grey cells from time to time. What mattered is everyone came together and Tom enjoyed that. Family is important to him. It was all good.

With the number of participating family members greatly reduced, we then trundled over to the theater at the other end of the mall/outlet to see The Land of the Lost, yet another silly Will Ferrell movie. Sophomoric humor, at best, but then, technically, he is still in 10th Grade. At least, he'll be getting some culture come July 1 when he and his girlfriend go to see Much Ado About Nothing at Boscobel. Lucky stiff! Gift tickets from my mother.

Happy 16th, Tom!

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Small and Sundry Updates

1) I sent off my squares to Africa. All 10 comfy-cozy in a Zip-loc bag and decent USPS packaging.

2) I'm knitting a sock. Slowly. I need to savor it.

3) There are two weeks of school left. I'm hoping we avoid wretched things like Summer School.

4) The Snapping Turtle did indeed return to lay her eggs with a well-travelled vengeance as it took her two days to come back up the hill from the lake to lay said eggs. Hell hath no fury like a turtle scorned.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Things to avoid waking up to in the morning . . .

Turtles. Especially large ones of the Snapping variety. We were gotten out of bed by dogs barking wildly through the back door. On Saturday mornings such as these, no school, no schedules, I generally schlep myself over the the bedroom door to let the dogs out of our room and then fall back into bed again with hopes of regaining unconsciousness on some level. However, with arrival of this female Snapping Turtle, all hopes of La-La Land went out the window as we had to address the barking dog issue.

Well, actually, I'm the one who usually gets out of bed to address any dog-barking issues. Dirk usually continues to lie in bed stating "someone is here" and then resumes snoring. Even in the middle of the night, should the occasional, mysterious Bump In the Night occur, I'm the one out of bed to investigate the noise. Thankfully, thus far, I haven't bumped into anything untoward and hope not to in the future. Any further noises would probably have Dirk declaring that "someone is still here" while I battle the Demons of Darkness in the hall.

But I digress . . .

This same turtle, at least she looks somewhat familiar, has probably been laying eggs in our yard for years and we haven't been aware of it. So she came back to her usual egg-laying grounds to find a great many things changed, but still found a nice sunny spot and got busy digging around until Dirk got his man to load her up in a wheelbarrow for a ride back down to the lake. She'll be back.

Honestly, she's the size of a coffee table made in Texas!

Friday, June 05, 2009

It's a Major Award!

Mr. Parker got the Leg Lamp . . .

but Tom's Major Award was for Studio Art ~ Most Improved. We're not quite sure what that means, but he got an award for it, by golly! At least we've improved.

The proud grandmothers were in attendance . . .