Thursday, July 31, 2008

A Question and a Little Known Fact

Is it some sort of custom to honk at starlings? You know, those black pest birds that line telephone wires and hang out in fields eating crops? About a quarter a mile down the road from our house, maybe less actually, there's a big field where a TON of starlings like to flock. There's hundreds, no thousands of them! They line the telephone wires and perform group flight maneuvers and sound like Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. They're kinda creepy. I need to go take pictures of the birds sometime so I won't have to steal pictures off the Internet if I want to write about them. ANYway, a few weeks ago while my boys and I were taking a walk, a car drove through where those birds are with its horn blaring. There was nothing in the road except for us, way, way ahead of the car with PLENTY of time to get out of the way, so I thought the driver was either psycho or some goofy teenagers. When the car passed us, not honking anymore, it was a middle aged dude, not teenagers, so I decided he was a psycho horn honker and didn't think anything more about it.
UNTIL, today when Colter and I were again on a walk, a different car went through the same bird infested area honking its horn like crazy. We were walking down a side street, so I didn't get a good look at the driver, but I could tell that it was someone by themselves. I know that sometimes groups of people being silly might randomly try to play "Row Row Row Your Boat" on their car horn, but do people usually do that when they are by themselves? Not unless they're psycho horn honkers. While this crazy car honked on by us, Colter and I noticed all the birds started flying away. Then, a few minutes later ANOTHER vehicle drove through Bird Land honking their horn! AGAIN, it was a middle aged man by himself. WHAT is going on? Has the world been invaded by psycho horn honking middle aged dudes? Is honking your horn at starlings a normal thing? Is it considered a public service to try to scare them away even though they come right back after the honking stops? Maybe this is a tradition I know nothing about. Maybe it's merely coincidence. Maybe there are lots of psychos in my neighborhood. Besides myself of course.


Here's my little known fact which may not be a little known fact, but I didn't know this fact so I'm gonna call it little known. Catch all that? Did you know that if you return food items that have absultely nothing wrong with them to Wal Mart, that the Wal Mart people throw the food away? Perfectly good food! I returned some applesauce yesterday that I didn't want. I had picked up the wrong package--I wanted the no sugar added kind and this was the sugar loaded kind, and since I had something else to return anyway, I decided to exchange it for what I actually wanted. The lady asked me if anything was wrong with the applesauce because they would have to throw it out. It didn't register for a few minutes that they had to throw it out no matter what. I thought she meant just if something was wrong with it. Well, she put the whole $1.67 back on my credit card and then put a note on the applesauce that said "left store," and that's when it hit me that they were going to throw the applesauce away! There was absulutely nothing wrong with it, it just had sugar! I asked if I could take it to donate it or something and she said only if you buy it back, which I TOTALLY should have, but didn't because I am a wasteful loser who was completely confused and taken aback by the fact that they were going to throw the applesauce away. There were people behind me in line and the lady was grumpy, and I was really confused, but now I feel so bad that I walked away for a $1.67. I should have bought it back.

I realized that food could be contaminiated by crazy people that want to poison innocent people, but how often does that really happen? And isn't that what safty seals are for? Couldn't they tell if I had poisoned the applesauce? Also, if Wal Mart is going to throw it away, why do they accept returns on food items that aren't damaged? Wouldn't it have been better to make me keep the applesauce and either eat it anyway or give it away then to toss it? There are people out there who don't have anything to eat, and I just threw away six packs of mixed berry applesauce. With sugar. I'm ashamed.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Mystery Plant Identified

I figured out what the mystery plant was and forgot to report! Thankfully, we weren't growing a flowerbed of weeds. The celosia we planted last year reseeded itself, and is so beautiful! There's a ton of it, and it is much taller than it would have been if the celosia was transplanted there. I love the fact that we have a beautiful flowerbed that planted itself and we didn't spend a penny! With the $20 we saved not having to buy annuals for that bed, we can go buy a tank of gas! Oh, wait. That was five years ago. We'll be lucky to get a quarter of a tank.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

My Boy's Favorite Outfit

Actually, if the way Colter runs away after he gets out of the bathtub is any indication, I think his favorite outfit his actually his birthday suit! As soon as he's out of the towel, off he goes! That's when the naked baby games begin. He thinks it is SO much fun to take off running when John or I am trying to get him dressed. He runs away, but then if we don't chase him, he comes back to us just out of arm's reach to encourage us to go after him. Then we grab him, put on the diaper, and he takes off! He's so silly. Then we have to capture him again, wrestle his arms into his pj's, and let him run away again or he'll cry. As the giggling boy runs from one room to the other with his unzipped pajamas flapping behind him, we have to catch him one more time to try to finish the job. I don't know how long he'll want to play this game, but I hope it's a long time. It's so funny and cute!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Thematic Photography-Monochrome

Some things are just better in black and white. Panda bears, zebras, soccer balls, and, oh--oreos! Those oreos with colored filling aren't nearly as tasty--they're just wrong. Just like oreos, some photographs look better in black and white. In fact, some photos that look awful in color are awesome in gray scale. Here's some amateur photography advice--before deleting a photo because the lighting or the coloring looks funny, try converting it to black and white to see if it can be salvaged.

Carmi's thematic photography theme for this week is monochrome. I went with that theme and added one of my own.

I'm not sure where I took this. It's somewhere in a tunnel between
here and Philadelphia. Does anyone else think of Stephen King's
The Stand when they're in a tunnel? Scary. :)Can you guess my theme yet?This car lives in the woods on my family's farm. Doesn't it look sad? I don't know if it's sad because someone wrecked it and left it all alone, because my brother and his friends shot out a few windows with BB guns, or because mice ate it's upholstery. Maybe it's all of the above.
"To know the road ahead, ask those coming back." -Chinese Proverb

Friday, July 25, 2008

Favorite Foto Friday-Friends

Today's Favorite Foto Friday theme for today is Friends. one-year-olds have friends? Probably not. They love their mommies and daddies and that's about it. That's Colter's attitude about other people right now anyway. He adores us, and he is totally indifferent about anyone else. One of my best friends, Gina, does have a son, Carter, that is only 11 days older than Colter, and we call the boys friends. I'm not sure how much Colter and Carter like each other though. In fact, only yesterday, Colter shoved Carter down when we were playing in the pool, and Carter tried to steal Colter's binky. They also like to take each other's toys. Oh, and Carter was amazed by Colter's hair and kept trying to pull it! So Colter whined and shoved Carter down again. I suspect my son may be a bully. Their interactions are pretty funny! Maybe someday they'll be friends, but since Gina and I want them to be, they'll probably hate each other. :)

I don't speak baby, so I don't know what
Colter is showing Carter, but it's cute!
Playing a few months ago.
Colter' best friend right now is his Lambie.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Amazing Mopping One-Year-Old

What do you wanna bet that as soon as he's actually old enough to mop the floor, he won't want to anymore? Pretend that this is wordless, okay?

Word-Filled Wednesday

Monday, July 21, 2008

I'm a Bookworm

I love to read. The only time I got in trouble in school was when I was reading when I was supposed to be listening. Well, almost the only time I got in trouble. I did get in trouble in kindergarten for vandalizing the bathroom wall. I found a crayon on the floor and for some reason wrote my name (my if they wouldn't know who did it) on the bathroom wall. I obviously didn't know I was doing anything wrong, or I wouldn't have advertised that fact that I was the culprit by putting my name on the wall, but I got in trouble anyway and had to stay in from recess. Recess! Everyone else went outside to play, and I was left in the room alone and told to keep my head down on my desk until everyone came back. I did leave my head down for a few minutes while I cried my eyes out. Then I did cartwheels across the room (well, cartwheel attempts) and stood on the teacher's desk. I don't know why. I guess I thought that would show mean old Mrs. Cope (whom I loved dearly most of the time). But I digress.

I really am writing this post to explain while I was looking for a widget to put on my blog to show what book I am currently reading (because I'm always reading something) I came across this list of top 100 books that the The National Endowment for the Arts came up with. It's estimated that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed. Well, some people have made a meme (blog game) of this list, and I'm going to play too.

Here's what you do if you want to play:

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read. (I skipped this step--I feel the need to read them all now that I know these are the 100 most popular books--well, supposedly.)
3) [Bracket] the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list on your own blog.

Here's my list!

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 [The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien]
3 [Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte]
4 [Harry Potter series - JK Rowling]
5 [To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee]
6 [The Bible]
Actually, there's a few OT books I've never made it through...just a few though.
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 [Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell]
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 [Little Women - Louisa M Alcott]
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare Not sure I'll ever make it through this...
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 [The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien]
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger I know I won't read this one. I tried once. It's not for me.
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 [Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell]
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald

23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck I started this once...not sure why I didn't finish.
29 [Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll]
30 [The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame]

31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 [Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis]
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 [The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis]
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 [Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne]
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 [Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery]
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 [Lord of the Flies - William Golding]
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 [The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold]
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville Ack! So boring! At least the first 100 pages were.
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 [Charlotte’s Web - EB White]
88 [The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom]

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 [Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl]

100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Hmm...I feel that as a former English teacher I should have done better than that. I'd better head to the library!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Thematic Photography--Animals

When I'm rich I'm going to buy one of those colossal lenses that wild life photographers use. Then I'm going to go to Yellowstone and live there until I have 53 amazing grizzly bear pictures. And I'm not going to get eaten.

Since I do not have any amazing grizzly bear pictures as of yet, I'm going to settle for posting some of these animal pictures for this week's thematic photography theme--animals.

I can't decide on a name for this one. Either
"I Know There's A Booger In There Somewhere"
"Tongue in Cheek? I Meant Tongue in Nose"
"Sore Thumb"
"Polar Bear Playtime"
"Lost and Alone"
"Disgruntled Dino"
This counts as an animal picture, right?


Someone needs to inform my tomato plants that it is July 17th. They don't seem to realize that the oodles of green tomatoes in the garden should be a glowing crimson by now. Perhaps, the poor things are frightened of becoming the T in the BLT sandwiches I'm craving.

I'm so ready for a nice, juicy, home-grown tomato! The waxy, mealy, poor-excuse-for-a-tomato, store bought tomatoes that I've had to settle for since last summer's tomatoes gave out are just not cutting it anymore! We had such a rainy spring, that I guess they just haven't gotten enough sunshine, and the twelve tomato plants in my garden are taunting me with their greenness. Come on tomatoes! Turn red already! I wanna eat ya!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Word Filled Wednesday

The day goes so much smoother when it begins with some time with the Lord. I always feel like I am so much more productive, stress-free, and contented when I have a quiet time first thing. I have never been very good reading my Bible in the morning, however! I had been doing well in the spring, but now that the lazy days of summer are here I've been neglecting my relationship with God. I need to make this verse my prayer! And now that I've said it out loud (well...wrote it), I've got some accountability. :)


Monday, July 14, 2008

A Day in the Life of a One-Year-Old

In no particular order, today Colter...

1. Bit my foot. We have a glass jug full of coins in our office that he kept trying to tip over, so he could probably eat the coins, because you know, everything has to go in his mouth. I put my foot on top of the jug, so he bit my foot. The stinker.

2. Kept pretending that he wanted to hug me when he really wanted me to pick him up so he could pull things off the table. He's already manipulating me.

3. Showed us some fabulous dance moves on my Dance Dance Revolution dance mat. So cute!

4. Begged me for a piece of onion while I was fixing dinner. He didn't like it.

5. Got stuck in between his basket of toys and the love seat, and then screamed at me, and I mean screamed, until I came to his rescue. But then he screamed at me some more, because he wanted to get behind the basket and his mean mommy wouldn't let him.

6. Was reunited with his precious Lambie, who had to take a bath and set in the sun to dry after he woke up in a puddle of pee (Colter slept until 11:00 Saturday--11:00! Needless to say, his diaper leaked). It was so sweet! The reunion hugs--not the pee.

7. Had his first strawberry smoothie and LOVED it. He sucked it down super fast! Then he screamed at me some more, while I frantically made him some strawberry milk to appease him. Then we sat on the floor while he gulped his milk. Evidently, the boy has a thing for strawberries. When he started to get full (finally), he began to share his milk with me. He would take a sip and then stick the straw in my mouth. Precious!

8. After he gorged on strawberry smoothie and milk, his tummy so full, his belly button became an outie! I poked his belly and said something to him about it, so then he went around having John and I lift up our shirts so he could poke our bellies! Hopefully, he won't do that in public.

9. Got a back of Victoria's Secret panties that I bought at their semi-annual sale out of the bathroom cabinet and spread lacy underwear all over the house.

10. Applauded every time the audience laughed on a Seinfeld rerun John was watching. Funny!
Of course, a lot more went on at our house then this, as all you mommies out there know, but ten seemed like a good number. :)

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Let's Go to the Zoo!

While visiting John's parents this last week, we took a family zoo trip. Since Grandma and Grandad came along, there's actually some pictures of me!

We hadn't even made it in the gate yet,
and he already insisted on walking.
Colter really like the fish...and the elephants!When we got hot, we played in the misters.
I was surprised that Colter liked these!
Colter really liked the bears, too. My favorite was the penguins. Partly because we got to go
in the penguin cave which was 45 degrees. The cool air felt really good!When we saw an ostrich with the giraffes, it hissed at us. Colter hissed back! Zebras used to be Colter's favorite animal, but he didn't seem too interested in live ones.
By the time we got to the zebras, he was done.
I think it's time to go home, Mom!
It was a fun day!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Attack of the Killer Lawn Mower Explained

Once upon a time, not so long ago a man decided to help his father conquer the overgrown wilderness surrounding the father's humble abode. The man was quite excited about driving his father's new mechanical grass slayer (otherwise known as a new zero-turn lawn mower). While sitting astride the grass eating beast, he placed his cell phone and keys inside the pocket of his beautiful wife. Unfortunately, the man's beautiful wife, had a squirming one-year-old on her hip, struggling to get to his daddy, who was preparing to begin the journey through the Wilds of Lawn. Somehow in the scuffle of getting the squirming one-year-old into the house, the keys fell out of her pocket, and, alas! She did not notice.

As the man learned to maneuver the mechanical grass slayer around trees and bushes, he became quite skilled at getting the beast to go where the man directed. Or so he thought. As the man was cruising along, suddenly, he spied his keys on the ground! His reflexes were not fast enough, and much to the man's chagrin, the beast gobbled up the keys and spit them out! Fortunately, the beast's swiftly moving blades were not damaged, but the same can not be said for the man's keys. When the keys were finally found, twenty feet away from where they and been lying (GO INSIDE WHEN LAWN MOWERS ARE RUNNING IN YOUR YARD--the keys went really far!), they were mangled almost beyond recognition, and the magic keyless entry thingy which had been brutally ripped into many pieces, was dead!

For reasons unknown, the man only received one key when he purchased his vehicle a few months before. In this age of anti-theft devices and security chips in keys, no copies had been yet made, because the man and his wife were too cheap. For a while, it looked as if the man was going to have to call a tow truck to take the vehicle to a dealership to have new keys made. It was looking quite tragic (and costly)! Then the man's father came to the rescue with his magical key straightening vice, and he fixed the poor, mangled key. The beautiful wife was afraid that the newly straighted key would somehow get stuck in the ignition and they would have an even bigger problem, but hooray! That didn't happen. The key was straighted, it actually worked (even though the Ford people said it wouldn't), and the man didn't have to call a tow truck. He did, however, go purchase two new keys first thing in the morning just in case the mechanical grass slayer got hungry for the metallic taste of keys again.

The moral of this story is go put your keys away yourself instead of sticking them in your wife's pocket, okay, John?

Or, don't be in yards when people are lawn mowing, because we really did find the key a long ways from the mower! Had it hit anyone, it could have been really bad!

Monday, July 7, 2008


For a few seconds today, I thought my camera was broken. Then I realized it was my brain. It's quite sad. If anyone has a replacement brain available, let me know.

We are visiting John's parents, and on the way today, we stopped at a McDonald's Play Place to give Colter a much needed break from the car seat. Colter had never played in the Play Place before--perfect picture opportunity! I pulled out my trusty camera to record the momentous occasion, and it wouldn't work! Tragedy had struck! (Actually...though it would be expensive, my camera is four years old, and in this swiftly advancing digital age, four years is practically a new camera might not be horribly tragic...just costly). I examined my treasured camera searching for the problem, when I discovered that the battery was missing! Imagine that! A camera not working without its battery! I then realized that the battery was at home, two hours behind us, hooked on the charger. Drat! Hee. Hee. I just said drat.

Luckily, my father-in-law, the camera addict, photography guru has a camera I can borrow, so our visit won't go entirely undocumented. Also, my intelligent husband with the working brain brought the video camera (and the battery), so Colter's first McDonald's Play Place adventure was captured, so I didn't have to have a melt down. I did miss out on some fabulous pictures though; Colter had lots of fun! Oh well. I have a feeling we'll be spending a lot of time in McDonald's Play Places over the next ten years.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy Fourth of July!

Favorite Foto Friday-Dancin'

Our little guy loves to dance! Anytime there's music playing, or even anytime someone just taps their foot, Colter's dancing. It's so funny! He's definitely got some moves. I meant to post a video of him dancing today, but didn't get around to it. Maybe someday. Instead, here are some pictures of one of his favorite places to get his groove on, in his Radio Flyer Sport Coupe. It's got a little button to push and play a few songs, and as we push him down the street, Colter moves to the beat. It's CUTE! It's just like the guys you see at stop lights with loud speakers blaring, holding on to their steering wheels shaking their heads to the beat. Colter's so cool. :)

Colter's also taken to holding his hands up in the air and moving to the music. I've even seen him go around in a circle a few times. Sweet!
To see more dancin' go to Kiss the Frog 4 Me.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

To Each His Own

Guess what? To save on gas money, we bought a motorcycle! Don't we look cool? Okay, not really. A motorcycle is last on our list of things to purchase. Actually, it hasn't even made the list.

I have heard so many people say they are going to buy a motorcycle to save gas money lately, and I think they're mostly confused. Gas is really expensive right now; but not so expensive a motorcycle would pay for itself anytime soon! Some motorcycles cost as much as cars! And I'm sure cheap, used bikes would end up having to have some cash put into repair work. There's the hospital bills to consider as well. Doctors probably charge quite a bit to scrape brains off the pavement and stuff them back into shattered skulls. I know--not everyone wrecks their motorcycle and most people do wear helmets, but it seems like more often than not, the wrecks with a fatality mentioned in the local paper had a motorcycle involved.

I don't get motorcycles. I don't understand the thrill of speeding down the highway with only a fiberglass helmet in between my brain and the pavement. I don't get the little speakers some people have so they can hear the people their traveling with--if they were in a car, they could communicate without special equipment! I don't get why men almost always drive. I also don't understand why someone would want to subject themselves to driving in rain, heat, cold, etc. when they could be protected! Oh, and I don't understand the secret motorcycle wave.

What I really don't get is why people travel across country on motorcycles! Once, while my family was camping in Colorado, a group of motorcyclists stayed in the K.O.A. campsite next to ours. They didn't have any supplies besides a tent because they didn't have any room for them. I was in the shower house at the same time as the woman bikers were, and they didn't have any towels, soap, or a change of clothes! They borrowed my shampoo, dried off with PAPER towels, and wore the same clothes! It appeared they had been wearing those clothes for awhile. Ick! Riding across country hanging onto the back of some leather-clad hunk looks kind of adventurous at first, but when the messed up hair, rainstorms, bugs-in-teeth, heat, cold, lack of luggage space, etc. are considered, it seems kind of crazy!

As you can tell, I won't be purchasing a motorcycle until my midlife crisis. I do however, respect the opinions of others and am totally fine with you having a motorcycle if you want one. To each his own, after all.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Word-Filled Wednesday

"Lift up your hands to the sanctuary and bless the Lord." Psalm 134:2

When we were outside playing Tuesday evening, Colter just randomly started praising Jesus. I'm sure he was thanking the Lord that Mommy finally let him out of his high chair. I had made manicotti for dinner, and it took a lot longer than I thought. My poor imprisoned child!


Tuesday, July 1, 2008

No Raccoons

My silly son was up and ready to start the day at 4:45 this morning. 4:45!!! Ugh. I tried to insist that he go back to bed for an hour, but he won. I don't know why the crazy kid thought it was morning, but I suspect it has something to do with being mostly cut off from his favorite milk source (a.k.a. me). To be nice, after it became apparent that Colter was in a very noisy mood, we decided to go for a walk, so at least Daddy could get some sleep.

On our walk, I did not find a raccoon (see previous post). However, we did see some purty flowers,

and a ferocious, bunny-killing, sparrow-stalking, mouse-murdering, dog-taunter named Pancake.

Not to be confused with...