Tuesday, June 22, 2010

DC 2010

I'm out in DC picking up the girls. We had a great visit to the Baltimore Aquarium It's amazing. Of course, I find myself thinking about the engineering that must have gone into the multi-story building full of aquariums... Lighting conditions in aquariums are always difficult, leaving me wishing for a higher quality camera. The kids had a great time. Me too.

We enjoyed lunch on the patio overlooking the bay. I've never cared much for cities, but this was a nice way to spend the day. The weather was beautiful. I wish we had time to ride the paddleboats - maybe next time. After lunch we went back to the aquarium to see the Jellyfish Invasion exhibit and the rainforest. Impressive and lots of fun!

Then we hopped up to Hersey, Pennsylvania - the sweetest place on earth. I wasn't aware that there was an entire amusement park based on CHOCOLATE. Like a dream come true... And to top it off the park houses some really great coasters. Fahrenheit is the best coaster I have been on, bar none. We also went to Hersey Gardens and the Story of Hersey. The garden was nice. Lots of interesting things for the kids.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Sleepless nights

With spring storms, extra chaos at work, and the looming due date for a paper for school I'm not getting a lot of sleep. Usually I'm not one to lose sleep - and anymore I really need the sleep! We have had some beautiful days between the stunning thundershowers. A week of on-call for work coming up and only 4 more weeks of school. I can't wait to be free to enjoy the summer! Rather, I'll be spending my free time clearing the upper lot and fencing a corridor to the east lot. What to do about the thorny locust?

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Catching up

I awoke one morning to three solid black lambs. All were still wet, so I assigned them to ewes and put them in jugs. (I could have gotten the wrong lambs with the wrong mom - but I don't think anyone minds.) Lily had two black lambs, a ewe and a ram who have been named Chip and Salsa. Tutu gave us a black ewe lamb, dubbed Solo.
A few weeks later, Baagonia surprised me with two black lambs with faery kisses on their foreheads. Melba and Mulligan tipped the scale at a mere four pounds - half the weight of the smallest of the other three lambs. After a few shakey days of both lambs becoming increasingly gaunt in spite of supplemental bottle feeding, they are now active, curious lambs. We are continuing to offer a supplemental bottle, which I enjoy as much as the lambs.

The human daughters are gone for the next couple of weeks on part one of their summer world tour. My son got a trip to the circus today as a consolation prize. The circus has come a long way since I was a kid - although I have to admit I prefer the old fashioned midway.

There weren't any lambs in the circus. Maybe I could train Melba and Mulligan up and hit the road...