Happy May! New month, new logo. This one was created by yours truly, and it makes me giggle every time I look at the damn thing. The alternate version is here. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~   So, there’s all kinds of new life going on here at Crooked Acres. First, last week, the kittens. Then, last night, our … Continue reading “5-1-08”

Happy May! New month, new logo. This one was created by yours truly, and it makes me giggle every time I look at the damn thing.

The alternate version is here.



So, there’s all kinds of new life going on here at Crooked Acres. First, last week, the kittens. Then, last night, our first chicken birth. Fred’s posted some pictures and the little movie I made, over at his site. Pictures from last night are here, and pictures from this morning are here. As of this very moment, we have six eight thirteen fourteen bebbe chickens and they are pretty freakin’ cute.



Meme, stolen from… Kinzie, maybe?

-Would you kill your neighbor? No, why would I? She’s a good neighbor, minds her own business, keeps her lawn cut.

-What were you doing ten minutes ago? Scooping out the litter boxes.

-What did your last text message say? Nice phone! Are you feeling better? (to the Spud)

-Who have you talked to most today? Fred – though I babbled at the cats a lot, too.

-Do you carve pumpkins every year? No, I haven’t carved pumpkins in years.

-What are you wearing? An Ocoee River Whitewater Center hooded sweatshirt (it was Fred’s) and gray cotton pants.

-Who’s on speed dial 2? Fred at work.

-Whats your favorite season? Spring, followed closely by Fall.

~How are you feeling right now? Great! How are you?

~What did you do this past weekend? Cleaned, hung out with the cats, read. Napped. Not a lot, really.

~How many times have you moved? I probably don’t have this totally right, but I think… Bangor, Maine to Canada to Indiana to Michigan to Guam to Loring AFB, Maine to Lisbon Falls, Maine to Bath, Maine to Brunswick, Maine to Middletown, RI to Lisbon Falls, Maine to Middletown, RI to an apartment in Madison, Alabama to a house in Madison, Alabama to another house in Madison, Alabama to Smallville, Alabama. So that’s 16.

~What is the last thing you touched? My mouse.

~Would you do anything for someone else? This is an odd question and it makes me uncomfortable, so I’m going to say no.

Have you ever been called a punk? I doubt it.

Was yesterday better than today? Not really, yesterday was pretty good and I expect today will be more of the same.

~What is your ring tone? Depends on who’s calling. For Fred from work, it’s Shpadoinkle Day, if he calls from his cell phone, it’s Mahna Mahna, if anyone calls from our home number, it’s Sweet Home Alabama. If my sister calls, Cartman sings Best Friends. If Liz calls, Beavis and Butthead laugh. If my parents call, Surrender plays. Anyone else calls, the CTU internal ringtone plays.

~Do you have a favorite number? Nope.

~Do you hate anyone/anything? Not at the moment, but give me a few hours, I’m sure I’ll hate something or someone in that time.

~Does your best friend have a myspace? Yes.

~Last time you went out to lunch? I honestly can’t remember the last time I went out to lunch. We went out to dinner last night, though, does that count?

~Do you have any music you’re ashamed of? Nope; everyone has dorky music they own, why be ashamed? I’m too old to worry about being cool.

~Have you ever been in a physical fight with the opposite sex? Nope.

~How old will you be in 2 months? 40, still.

~Do you think you’ll be married by then? I think I’ll be married still, yes.

~Do you have one or more Britney Spears CDs? Do people own CDs anymore? I know I have some Britney songs in my iTunes, but not an entire album.

~What did you do last month? Waited for spring to get here!

~Do you have plans tonight? Survivor, kitten snuggling, reading in bed. That’s about it.

What’s your favorite movie? When Harry Met Sally.

~Do people ever spell your name wrong? All the time. It used to bother me, but not so much anymore.

~Can you sing? I can’t sing WELL, but that never stops me!

~Are you ever a freak about cleanliness or organization? Only if someone’s coming to visit, then it’s “Oh my god, I didn’t dust the baseboards and wash the windows ::freak::!”

~Have you ever been to South America or Africa? No.

~Do you know how to knit? I don’t have the patience. The thought of trying to knit makes me feel itchy and restless.

~What are you doing right now besides this survey? Trying to get the damn thing done so I can leave for the pet store!

~Do you know how to play poker? No, and I can’t say I’m missing out on anything.

~Baskin Robbins or Coldstone? Coldstone, but I haven’t been there since I was in Maine after Christmas. There’s one in South Huntsville, but I’m never near it when it’s open; that’s probably for the best. I do like Bruster’s, though I haven’t been there in months, either.

~Physics or chemistry? Neither?

~Do you wear any jewelry? Nope. Occasionally I’ll go through a stage where I wear earrings several days in a row, but those stages are few and far between. I need to get my engagement ring and wedding band sized down so I can wear them again, though.

~What color are your bedroom walls? Blue.

~When do you prefer to take a shower, morning or night? Morning. I might take a shower at night if I’ve been sweating or am grimy, but I still take a shower the next morning; I can’t stand to skip my morning shower.

~Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, or Star Wars? Harry Potter, I suppose.

~Fly or road trip? Depends on where I’m going, but I do enjoy a good road trip.

~Batman, Spiderman, Superman, Tanner Vineyard, or Shalayna Hatcher? None of the above.

~What’s your favorite Disney movie? The Fox and the Hound. That line at the end, when they play Tod saying “We’ll always be friends, right, Copper?” just gets me RIGHT THERE, every time.

~What are you excited about? Those goddamn kittens opening their eyes. OPEN SESAME, kittens!



So, Inara’s eyes are definitely open. They’re a little goopy, though, so I’m putting terramycin in them to help with that. I’ve definitely seen glints of eyeball from Kaylee (both eyes) and River (one eye) and though I haven’t seen Zoe’s eyes yet, she seems to be reacting to light, so I think all is good. Fingers crossed!

I happened to hit a visit to the foster kitten room just right yesterday, and the kittens were feeling social and active. They climbed over and “fought” with each other (“fighting” at this age consists of rolling onto their backs and kicking at each other while whining that someone’s picking on them). Inara can definitely see SOMETHING out of those eyes, because she saw me laying outside the box (the only reason I don’t lay IN the box is ’cause it’s not big enough for me, you understand) and crawled over. I petted her and rubbed her little ears, and then she rolled over onto her back and let me rub her belly. She crawled back into the box, and then River crawled out to visit. Kaylee did, too, and it was very cool to have them come out and visit with me.

I don’t know how I didn’t pick them up and squeeze the hell out of them, though. GOD THEY ARE SO FREAKIN SWEET.


(pic) “Hellew.”

Some bad (yet cute!) pictures up over at Flickr.



(pic) “Ah hets porky little kittehs, but if I don’t make sure the back of his head is clean, who will? NOT YOU, THAT’S FOR SURE. As always, the scut work falls on ME.”



2007: Repeat: NOT MY BOOKS.
2006: “Hey little Tom, is yer Daddy home, did he go and leave you all alone, uhn-huhn, I got a bad desaaaaaaaahr, whoa-oh-oh, ahm on fire,” I sang, Elvis-ly.
2005: No entry.
2004: No entry.
2003: Every time Madonna opens her self-important mouth these days, she just annoys the shit out of me.
2002: Thank god I vacuumed yesterday, so he won’t be eye-to-eye with a thousand rambling dust bunnies composed of cat fur.
2001: Who’s the dumbass now, huh? That’s right, me.
2000: I stood there and watched the bag go by, thinking to myself “How did he get it to keep going like that?”