Lions and Tigers and Velociraptors, Oh My!

Today we had a spontaneous family adventure to the zoo.  I had never been to this zoo before and it was pretty nice.  Kinda of small, but that gave it some charm, I think. What I was not so crazy about was that each animal exhibit was connected by long boardwalks that cut through the vegetation.  And since we got there early in the morning, we were often alone walking on these isolated wooden paths.  All I could think about were alligators and lizards and snakes… And then we saw…

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Coon Hounds

Last week the dogs lost their minds. They lose their minds on a fairly routine basis, but one night last week they lost their minds more than normal.   We heard them barking out in the backyard and so I went to grab the hose. Our dogs have figured out that if they stand out in the middle of the backyard and bark, we can’t do anything to stop them because we’re too lazy to actually walk out there.   So, they stand out in the yard and bark till…

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Demon Birds

This is my house. This is the side of my house. This is my bedroom window on the side of my house. These are the demon birds that squawk at 4:30 in the morning who have built a nest in the attic vent right outside my bedroom window on the side of my house. This is my closet in my bedroom. This is the inside of my closet in my bedroom which is NOT separated by anything from the attic where the demon birds have built a nest and where…

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Here Birdie, Birdie, Birdie

We have birds outside our house.   And I don’t mean like flying around or eating out of bird feeders.   I mean they have built entire condominium complexes in our window sills and on our roof.   And they aren’t sweet little song birds.   They are dive-bombing, dog-hunting, window-scratching scary birds.   Chris doesn’t believe me, but they are there I tell you.   They are stalking my dogs and living on my house. A few weeks ago, I woke up early one morning to the sound of…

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I’ve Died and Gone to Suburbia

Let me tell you how fantastic the 4th of July weekend was around our neighborhood.   Almost every house on our block had firecrackers and about every other house had the super big cannon ones that should be sold only to those with a license to own an automatic weapon.   Chris and I just sat on our back deck and watched all the neighborhood kids try to blow their brother’s hands off.   I loved it!   And it reminded me of how different this Land o’ Stratford is…

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