Once in a while, something comes along that is absolutely picture perfect, so we take a picture of it. Unfortunately, the "picture perfect" picture that we take, cannot possibly capture the perfection of the scene. This picture was taken in Lake Alpine, California in August 1998. It is called Duck Lake, and is at about 8000 feet elevation. From far off we could hear the sounds of the cowbells, quietly bonging through the trees. When we hiked out of the trees, this is what we saw. There was no noise but the sound of the bells as the cattle grazed, and an occasional bird song. The air was crisp and clean. The temperature was somewhere around 70 degrees, maybe less. It was perfect. I could have stayed there all day .. just sitting and listening and absorbing.
Let me introduce myself. I am originally from Santa Rosa, California - in the heart of the wine country. I had a difficult time deciding whether to move into the Napa Valley neighborhood or not, because of that. Currently, my family and I live in the rainy Pacific Northwest. My family consists of my husband, Bryan, two young sons, two dogs, a cat, one guinea pig, a rat, a frog, and a whole mess of walking stick insects and pill bugs.
My hobbies are a mishmash:
Yulara whose genetic heritage has
escaped discovery by even the best of them. Small dog, big voice.
Goes to ground and points. Yulara left us for higher ground on 1 May 1998 and is very much missed.
Peanut who, despite dubbing herself as the ruler of the roost, will sit beside Alice and share Timothy Hay.
Alice who chases Peanut. Alice is the only creature in the house that Peanut will make exceptions for.
Sedona who joined our family in February of 1997 in a pregnant state and gave birth to four beautiful babies a few weeks later. She was a great little piggy. Sadly, at the age of not quite three years, she has passed from this world and gone to play at Rainbow Bridge, as of 24 February 1999.
Fred and Rizzo joined our family shortly after Yulara passed away in May of '98. They had been abandoned in a pet supply store one morning. I went in to return an item, and walked out with these two guys. Unfortunately, Rizzo (the solid colored one on the right) has since left this world, too. We have no idea how old they were when we got them, and rats typically only live 2 or 3 years. Fred is an adventurous fellow and his cage is firmly secured after a 24 hour excursion.
Strider and Slim
were our two foundation walking stick insects. They have long since gone to that great branch in the sky, but their ancestors live on generation after generation in our home. They don't shed, make noise, smell or take up too much room. They eat blackberry leaves exclusively and generally are great pets. Of course they are just a bit difficult to obedience train.
We recently found out that there is nowhere in the states of Washington or Oregon where walking sticks are native. They are considered pests in the wild. It is for this exact reason that these interesting pets are never allowed outside the house and their cage has a secured screen lid.
Arm 'n' Hammer was our first snail. He (or she -- or it?), too, has passed away. BUT, in July of 1997, Philip brought home two snails from "Grandma and Grandpa's" house. In April, Philip and Patrick found a few dozen more. Good old Mom, here, told them where the best snail finding would be when we visited Grandma and Grandpa again. I collected them as a child, too, but, put my foot down, telling them they could only bring home six. About 15 or so actually made the trip home. So much for that foot. :)
These Tobacco Hornworm caterpillars came to us at the beginning of our vacation to Lake Alpine in California. They spent vacation with us, and made it home to form into chrysalises. All three survivors left the chrysalis a while after that and emerged as large moths whose wings look much like bark. They were quite beautiful. Unfortunately, these moths will never see the outside world. The caterpillars came from California, and introducing non-indigenous species into Washington (or anywhere) is very dangerous to the ecology and agriculture.
My Husband's Homepage
'Slik & Ghoul's' Homepage
'RNC's' Family Homepage
'Mel's & Opus's' Homepage
Trails End Vizsla Club of Oregon (TEVCO)
Vizsla Club of America (VCA)
Ingle and Mead's Vizsla Homepage
The Alexander's Place
Abri's Cousin Copper's Page
Heris's Page Another of Abri's relatives. Heris's mother is Abri's grandmother
Pam Hidaka's Page Tippet is Abri's half sister
Poquito Vizslas more relatives of Abri's
"Welcome to Tick Hill" - Lon Gibson's Page
The Muppets Homepage
Acme Pet Chat Rooms
Rocky Mountain High Fan Club
Neil Diamond Homepage
"Strait Connection" "The Ultimate George Strait Home Page"
"The Official Alan Jackson Website"
Rope the Moon's Homepage includes links to more country singers' pages than you could imagine :)
American Dog Owners Association
Idyll Mountain Virtual Dog Show
Weekly Reader Children's Book Club
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