Sunday, June 29, 2008

I'll have the best rack in town

It's nice to hold off posts for the weekend. Gives you lots of material.
This is random, but a fun ride. Let's begin:

If you are in the market for a good summer read, may I suggest a fresh new novel by a fellow blogger? Jess Riley's book has been released, and though I am only a handful of pages into it, I must say it's gonna be a good one. She made me snort out loud on the first page.

Driving Sideways!
After the first store (B&N) didn't even have it in stock, I ordered it but they never got back to me (slackers), I went to Border's and got my furry little paws on a copy (and held back from yelling to the whole store, "I KNOW HER! SHE'S A BLOGGER!").
Available here.

Gratuitous kid photo:
Wow. I Anyone think I need to get her an agent?????

Ever notice that squirrels don't have thumbs
Ever notice that squirrels don't have thumbs? Rats don't, either. Guess it's a rodent thing.

This was waiting for us this morning:
Giant Leopard Moth
A Giant Leopard Moth. A stunningly handsome moth...and sometimes their spots are ringed in electric blue. Know how they start out life? As a WOOLY Bear caterpillar!

I broke out into a fit of giggles when I saw Hooper looking all bored, or like he was having an existential crisis:
Hooper Ennui

Reminds me of one of the Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey:

A few RAPTOR pics:
The MOLT From HELL has begun for the red screech owl. Loyal readers of this blog might remember how this guy looks during the MOLT From HELL. (Go to the bottom of that link to see just how bad it gets)

Here is where the ear tufts are supposed to be:
It's suppposed to be an ear tuft

I could totally make this in to a "I Can Has Cheezburger" pic.
"Ear tufts. You R doin it wrong."

This one doesn't even need a caption:
Unamused.  As always.
Or maybe it does...
"Well.....aren't We a little freakin' ray of sunshine."

What my car looks like when I pack it for a program:
Packed car RAPTOR
Hard to take a deep breath in that car. And speaking of breathing...for three summers, I have suffered untold hours of driving this car with no air conditioning. And after 3 different mechanics tried to sell me *just Freon* or *a whole new AC system*, etc, FINALLY someone listened to me and figured out what the problem is. And thanks to Geoff's hard work this month, we can send it in and get it fixed. to the music.....

On the way to Saturday's program, I spotted a posse of Black Vultures feasting on a festering deer:
MY carcass!  MINE!
"MY carcass. MINE!!!!!"
It's all Lynne's fault.

Today we got to visit with family members who we hardly ever get to see. My cousins Sue and Bruce live in Hickory, North Carolina, and Rick, another cousin, lives in Atlanta. We were all in the same room for the first time in like a zillion years:
Carolyn from Mountain Musings has pointed out that Isabelle is always so sunshiny and full of life in photos, and this one is no exception. (She's in the back, in the middle) She had just lost a tooth, so the Tooth Fairy has to scrape up some coinage tonight.
That's my Mom in the front....isn't she CUTE?

We went to Hoggy's, a BBQ place, where they have........
Best rack in town
I totally want a T-shirt with that on it.


Trixie said...

I think it is a good thing that squirrels do not have thumbs. Think about it...

And Hooper...

NatureWoman said...

Wow, hey, I wonder why I've never seen one of those Giant Leopard Moths - those are cool!!! The book looks like a good read. Poor owls. . . Very cool that your cousins came to visit. "Best rack in town" - LOL!!! Do they have T-shirts?

NCmountainwoman said...

Sometimes the miscellaneous posts are the best of all. I love Hooper's Edward Gorey pose and the family together with animated Isabelle rising above the others.

Coinage for a tooth? I think inflation has increased the premium. Better hope she doesn't find out the going rate.

Windyridge said...

Love your sense of humor and that butterfly is amazing!

Kathiesbirds said...

that giant leopard moth is so perfect looking I thought it was fake! Is that really what wooly bears turn into? I've always wondered what the moth looks like. I grew up knowing wooly bear as my friends but I never knew what they metamorphased into!

Mel said...

Fun post! I would love a t-shirt like that too! lol

Carolyn is right, Isabelle looks always full of life, ready to start an adventure! She's lovely!!!

Kisses from Peru,


Dave said...

Let me help save you some money. Roll the windows down. :)

RuthieJ said...

Fun post Susan....I like all the variety and it looks like you had a really fun week.
I always wondered what the woolly bear caterpillar turned into--what a beautiful moth.

Jess Riley said...

Thank you for the book pimpage, Miss Susan!! You are awesome! I really hope you enjoy the story.

(Love the leopard moth photo...)

Rurality said...

Gashlycrumb Tinies! It does look like that! I used to have a poster of them all. :) Love Edward Gorey!