Saturday, March 26, 2011


Relax and enjoy the next minute and a half.  Then have a great weekend!

Friday, March 25, 2011


The more one does and sees and feels; the more one is able to do,
and the more genuine may be one's appreciation of fundamental things
like home, and love and understanding companionship.
Amelia Earhart
"Home on Orcas" watercolor sketch by Eileen Black 
It gets so boring at home.  
After all, how many reruns of
Abbot and Costello movies
can a guy watch on television.
Bud Abbot

It's snowing AGAIN!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Thanks, Sarah.  I won't be doing this for quite a while.
But he made me smile!!!

SOMEBODY! Knocked me out, ripped out my guts 
and poured super glue in my belly button!  
I found out who it was and when I went to see him today.
He said I was recovering well.  The biopsies all came back
with no bad news.  Then he poked and prodded and
told me to come back again next Monday so 
he could do it again.
He expects to be paid for such treatment!
The nerve!

Monday, March 21, 2011


Flowers were left on our step like an unwanted baby.  
The instructions on the box said "ring bell or knock before leaving."
 Maybe the delivery guy did.  
But the residents of the box were a little droopy and unhappy when they arrived. 
DH gave them a big drink and some of the enclosed flower food. 

Within a day they had perked up considerably and the mini blue iris 
were starting to open.  Spring had arrived in a box! By the way, 
the iris are named after the goddess 
of the rainbow who acted as a link between heaven and earth. 
Pink tulips symbolize a perfect happiness.

In no time at all the whole bouquet were spreading sunshine everywhere.

They even brought the outside sun inside for a while.  
Thank you, thank you, Bobert!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Unusual Rodents, Raccoons and Marsupials

Just about everyone is familiar with the Rodents of Unusual Size (R.O.U.S.) in the movie, “The Princess Bride.”

They were one of the dangers that threatened Wesley and Buttercup in The Fire Swamp.

When DH and I visited the Yucatan in January, we went early one morning to a place noted for great snorkeling. 

We walked down a trail in the jungle well ahead of the noisy crowds.  As we went, DH spotted a movement just off the path.  We got a few pictures of a large rodent at a feeder on the forest floor.

Not an ROUS, it was an agouti; a shy rodent related to the

 guinea pig and about the size of a large domestic cat (yeah, like our Thomas, that big).

They are shy herbivores, mostly nocturnal, that can run and swim. They live on fallen fruit, leaves, and roots and have teeth strong and sharp enough to open Brazil nuts without tools.

In only a few moments the agouti was pushed away from the feeder by a coati.  We had seen coatis before in Guatemala.

Coatis are from the raccoon family.  They are the size of a small dog and eat ground litter, fruit and even small lizards and birds.

The coati we saw in Guatemala was used to tourists and was looking for a handout.

All I had in my pocket were airplane peanuts.  This guy wasn’t impressed.

I’m guessing most people have never heard of the unusual creatures mentioned above. 

Another exotic fuzzy animal is the quokka.  I’ve never seen a quokka and probably never will.

 (Photo by skyreal photos)
They are marsupials also about the size of a house cat that are found on the smaller islands off the coast of Western Australia.  They are nocturnal herbivores.  They are rare and their status is vulnerable.  Their name might come in handy in a Scrabble game.  You’re welcome.

As for me…I kinda feel like Wesley who had the life sucked out of him in the Pit of Despair.  As Miracle Max said, “It just so happens that your friend here is only mostly dead.  There’s a big difference between mostly dead and all dead.”

Miracle Max’s cure for Wesley was a miracle pill coated with chocolate, “The chocolate makes it go down easier.  But you have to wait fifteen minutes (in my case fifteen days) for full effect."

I got chocolate covered miracle pills delivered to me the other day from a young gentleman who knows first hand about the long days of recovering from surgery. 

Along with this kind of help and a prince of my own who does laundry, cooks and vacuums and goes out on demand for Hot and Sour Soup and Won Tons; I’m feeling much better.  And like Wesley said, “I’ve always been a quick healer.”