Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Good Dog, Sophie.

One year ago today I lost one of the best friends I ever had.
Sophie was like my right hand; the closest a dog can get to being your soul mate. She knew what I was thinking and could read and react to my emotions with eerie accuracy.


When we lost her, the grief process was very hard and very long for me, and I am just now getting to the point where I can think of her and feel less pain for the loss and more happiness for the time I had with her.


I still miss her a lot, though.  Not a day goes by when I don't think of her.

 Good dog, Sophie.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Ugh!  A Bug!

Not really, actually.  We bought some Praying Mantis egg sacs offline a few months ago and have been waiting for the weather to warm up enough for the dormant eggs to hatch.  

Our porch is now hopping with baby manti!  They are so much fun to watch.

Last season our garden was overrun with aphids, so we are hoping that these little guys will snack on them and help us out in the process.



Here you can see how tiny they still are in proportion to Mike's hands.  Grow little buggies, grow!



I randomly snapped this picture of Ms. Mollie on the porch, and I LOVE it!

Monday, April 12, 2010

More Camping Pictures




May I just take a moment to comment on my husband's outfit?  Let's start with the Outback Cowboy hat, shall we?  Actually, we can stop there, too.  The rest of the outfit is not entirely offensive, but the hat with the shorts and sandals makes me smile.  


Our fishin' spot.  Nothing was caught, unfortunately.  We have really bad fishing juju when we get together.


I heart this picture.


Mike snapped this picture of me on a whim because he said I thought I looked "cute" holding the fishing poles.  Reason #3,508 why I love my husband - he thinks I'm cute when I really need a shower!



Other adventures included a very windy canoeing trip (arms are still sore) and several trips to Wal-mart to buy more blankets in a futile attempt to stay warm at night.  Seriously, I did NOT think the temperature would drop that much at night, but we had nearly 30-degree differences between night and daytime temperatures...brrr!  But I absolutely love camping with my husband...he knows more than I could ever possibly hope to know about camping and surviving in the wilderness, and I benefit from it by making him do all the work! 

Not really. 

But close.
Spring Break 2010


This was home for us over our Spring Break getaway.  Someday we will own a nice camper, but for now it's fun to stay in a tent.  Except for when you have to pee in the middle of the night and have to actually put on pants to walk to the bathroom. What hardship.

We camped at Tomoka State Park in Ormond Beach, Florida.  It's near Daytona Beach, and even Mike the Eagle Scout, self-professing camping expert, was impressed with the campground.






We had a boatload  of fun, but I think Mike needs to start taking a fiber supplement...

Friday, April 09, 2010

Ya Gotta Love Living in Florida.

I am busy squeezing every moment of enjoyment out of my last few days of Spring Break, and when I came home from eating lunch with some family, I saw a very statuesque Morgan awaiting my arrival:

She was gazing intently at something.


Then she made this face.  I think this is my new favorite picture of her.  No, my new favorite picture ever.  I laughed a lot.

She was not amused.


Then I realized WHAT she was looking at:


Hoo Boy - a Brown Recluse?  Maybe?  I couldn't decide.  So I turned to the handy dandy Interwebs to do some quick research.

You can see a web in this picture, and that confused me further, because I didn't think that brown recluses spun webs.  Turns out they DO, but they're used more for "dens" than for catching prey [ain't the Internet great?]   So then I had to decide if that looked more like a den then a web.  After looking more at the body shape, I decided I had better put away the camera and get out the insect spray.  I hate unnecessarily killing any creature, but when I did an image search for the Brown Recluse, I got a bunch of results of Brown Recluse BITE WOUNDS...wowee wow wow I want to avoid that!





I'm just glad this little goofball didn't get ahold of it!  Now I just need to think of a funny caption so she can make another appearance on ICanHasCheezburger!

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Some Advice for your Birthday

Yesterday was my big brother David's birthday, and since he is all the way in Kentucky, I thought I would do the same thing for him that I do for my students.  We have a shelf of special "birthday books" in our classroom, and when a student is celebrating a birthday, he or she gets to choose a book off the shelf for Mrs. Wolfe to read.  This book is one of the most popular, and it features some good advice, so here ya go, Dave:



Happy birthday man.  I wish I could give you a birthday hug along with your birthday story.