July 17, 2009

Baby Bites Dust; Honey Bun Feeds Masses.

By now you know of I developed a deep affection for Baby, an obese, asthmatic & slightly drooling Watch Rooster who would bravely choke out something like half a crow around 5:30 a.m.

I raised him from a tiny chick like a good mother hen.

Then, I think I fed him to death.

He was on a diet, I promise. But, one morning, a few hours after I'd fed him a tiny treat of left over stew drippings, (which he lapped up eagerly), Larry came inside with the urgent report "Something's wrong with your rooster."

Out I fled to the back yard only to find Baby dead as a doornail. What a terrible surprise. Really, I was quite teary and devastated.

As Larry & William dug a wide berth for his grave, I lugged his nearly 20 pound limp carcass over for our burial ceremony.

There was nothing for it. The only way we could fit his girth into the grave was in the undignified Feet Up position. Poor Baby.

I prefer to think he's just being praiseful , but it's a stretch, I know.

Of course he received full honors... family prayer, home made cross and grave stones.

Honey Bun, my perfect and perfectly ladylike laying hen, was faithful to the end. Here she is standing vigil at Baby's grave site.

But more bad luck was heading our way... Several weeks after we lost Baby, Honey Bun was snatchedby nearby workers and probably turned to stew.

Alas... We do mourn.

Our Little  Human Mud Pies:  Shane  & William

We just hose 'em off and stick 'em in the tub.Yes... our drains do suffer.

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News About The Boys

Mrs. Bliss told us there is a caterpillar here that is pink and fuzzy, and, if you touch it, its fur will stick in your skin and sting you! This happened to her daughter, Aylana. It was very painful and they had to pull the fibers out using tape! There are also scorpions and snakes, but I think there are more poisonous snakes in Florida.

William is busy, busy. In the morning he does his home schooling (Dad is his teacher!). Then, around 9:00 he rushes happily off to the local, Catholic, Spanish-only school where he audits the 4th grade! He's been doing some skim boarding but we are seriously missing the skating. Surfing looms in the near future. For a change we finally have kids on our street to play with, (not to mention dogs and roosters, snakes, toads, etc.) and it is wonderful making new friends. Still, William really misses his friends and family back in Sarasota. It's wonderful to get messages from the folks back home.

We send a special "Hello How Are Ya?" back to Nolen, Max, Connor, Emily W. and Teah!

Larry is Mr. Handy! Between homeschooling and making repairs on the house, he is never without something to do. And we have gone from never seeing him, to having him around all the time. Hmmmmmm.....

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