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Miss Little Britches is Jeremy’s kitten. When I woke up at the ranch at two o’clock on Sunday morning, I opened the refrigerator door to fetch a bottle of mocha frappuccino. I left the door open for a few minutes instead of turning on a light since I thought I might awaken the kids. Then I shut the door. After some time, I opened the door again. There sat Miss Little Britches… Read More

Okay, so the title is a classic Bait-and-Switch! I didn’t see one snake or scorpion or tarantula… This weekend I went with the kids to their ranch in Duval County, Texas. Although they bought the place several years ago, this was my first visit. My point about the critter boots is that they make everybody who visits wear a pair of snake boots. These are some that Charlie outgrew, but they provide… Read More

I just might be the only old woman who would buy a bison jawbone! (Bison Occidentalis) It is from the Pleistocene period 1,000 to 15,000 years old. Found in the Kansas River Bed, Wyandocotthe County, Kansas. It reminded me of a Viking ship. He appears to have had most of his teeth when he died. They could have used a bit of dental cleaning, I suppose, But so do mine every three… Read More

 I bought a “premium car wash” when I filled up with gas. Only to discover that the car wash was closed for repairs. The old number did not work. finally I got a new number and headed in to endure yet another wait in a car wash. But, only after I backed all the way out when I saw a truck already in the thing! Finally, I drove back in and prepared… Read More

Sam is a baby Veiled Chameleon. His body is about 3.5 inches long. He is perhaps two months old. I have had Sam for four days. And, I am still trying to figure out what he likes best. In the gallery below, the first photo reveals his displeasure. I was arranging his vegetation, and he didn’t like my hand in his cage. Chameleons are shy creatures who should be housed alone and… Read More

Well, Little Lucy is not gravid. After a weekend of hand-wringing, She was able to see the vet. The good news is that her bone density is superb. She is not egg-bound.   The bad news is that she has calcium deposits in her kidney. As you can see on the radiograph, there is a large area of calcification in her right kidney. When Dr. Beck evacuated the vent, there was a… Read More

Oh, Dear!  I think Little Lucy is gravid (about to lay eggs)! She is exhibiting all the signs of a gravid dragon. Some female dragons who are not bred will lay eggs. Just my luck! Little Lucy began to develop a huge belly some time ago. I asked the breeder, who sells Dubia roaches, if a dragon could be too fat. He assured me that it was harmless as long as she… Read More

Moody Gardens, Galveston, Texas October, 2014 Charlie, you were pushing my wheelchair when I photographed the diver, I think. I had no idea that Mom was standing behind me until I saw the photo! It was so dark in there that I could hardly see through the camera viewfinder. There were some fairly long sharks who swam by this diver. EEEK! I was particularly interested in the group of pregnant seahorses. The… Read More

The Pyramid Rainforest at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas There are many levels of exotic plants and animals and birds on the walk through the pyramid. Charlie, do you remember the butterfly enclosure?  You were walking behind me when you kept telling me to touch one.  I didn’t think you were serious since I never saw a tame butterfly. When I looked back, you really were touching them! I never paid much… Read More

The view from the eleventh floor balcony of the San Luis Resort Hotel, Galveston, Texas Iced coffee courtesy of Jose Garcis, Mickey D’s, Victoria, Texas (Isn’t that the way the travel blogs do it?) Jose gave Kelli enough iced coffee for the weekend only after he demanded to know precisely where she was taking Granny!   This is the first real sunrise I’ve seen in a very long time. I think you… Read More