Sunday, September 15, 2013

Silver Liningness Sunday

It's been an interesting week, alotta water.  I'm thankful that it's not raining at the moment.

In fact, yesterday gave us a bit of a break with just some sprinkles in the afternoon and evening.  Magnum and I took China for her beauty walk in the morning.  China says, "Oops, where'd the trail go??"

All this Nature's Wrath business is a good reminder of how little we are, and I am thankful for the flood mitigation that actually did its job.  

Speaking of little things, Vivarium de Meego continues to progress.  We have critters!

Three Fire Bellied Toads have moved in!  We have no idea what sex any of them are, but Meego says these two shown above often do this bit where the one on the left sits at the edge of the water and the larger one on the right sits in the water and they have a stare down.  

It's probably either foreplay or a fight brewing.  Once they make the next move, maybe we'll know boys, girls, or what.

Chaco and Wolfgang both graced me with their presences yesterday.  Chaco stopped by for a haircut, catching up, and cash.  Wolfgang and I went out for a few provisions.  All the while he animatedly told me how much he's enjoying living on campus and new friends and activities.

After three weeks in, he's also ready to declare mechanical engineering as his major (squeee!).  And he happily told me about a new girlfriend while I tried not to be too prying.  Figured I'd just lurk her on facebook later... which I did.  Mom-approved so far.

Geesh, how did our parents function before the internet?


  1. Thank goodness our parents DIDN'T have the internet when we were, um, "coming of age"! Still, they knew stuff....

    And as far as the frog stare-downs, if there's smack-talking chest butting, it's guys. If there's hair-pulling, it's divas.

    I suspect it'll be obvious if it's boy/girl, even to Meego.

    1. Yeah, they knew stuff! Before the internet, there was the "small town living".
      Oh, I hope they're not Divas. I've managed to avoid those under our roof for this long.

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    1. Thanks. We are tired of "Wet clean-up, aisle everywhere!"

  3. Fire bellied toads... I like! I can't see the red bellies like the link shows, but I assume they have them.

    I'll bet you were happy to see the college boys. :)

    1. They are pretty cute, but not as free with the belly-showing as chub sweetie Kat was.

    2. I still miss chub sweetie Kat, too.

  4. Scary how powerful nature can be in its extremes.

    Fire bellied toads sound like FUN! I'm looking forward to hearing more about them and seeing pictures as they mature.

    I'm sure it was nice to have a visit with the college boys. Wolfgang seems to be really embracing college life. That has to make you happy!

    1. Nature is scary impressive!
      These toads are so cute. We've pretty much left it to Meego to learn up about them, but I'm really hoping they thrive.
      I would describe Wolfgang as downright giddy. Makes a mom happy.

  5. The new critters look great in the home Meego built!
    Colorado really takes weather conditions to the full extreme, doesn't it? Wonder what your winter will be like. :/
    Congrats to Chaco on declaring his major. So glad he's loving college life! Makes it easier to let them go. (Just tonight, Amp and I looked at Colorado U in Boulder and in Colorado Springs - and mechanical engineering is one of the areas he's looking into. What would Chaco like to do with his degree? Does he know yet?)

    1. Winter, yikes! One crazy season at a time, thanks.
      Chaco's Mr. computer science since about 6th grade. Wolfgang is more like me, into so many things it was hard to decide, but he's finally honed in on mech. eng. As far as what he wants to do - he wants to get a job and live happily ever after :).
      CU Boulder and UC Colo springs both have good engineering programs. Come on over, the waters fine! (groan)

  6. My guess is if you have more fire-bellied little ones soon, you'll figure out the genders of the current ones ;)

  7. That is a serious bit of erosion there, but it looks like you got off lightly compared with other places. The floods have been all over out TV news.

    Parents had a lot less options in the old days - in fact, we are in that situation too, as none of my kids use FB!

    1. We've had our share of washouts and closures, but we are in the kiddie pool compared to the deep end north and west of us.

      Wolfgang's the only of our kids on FB, and he doesn't feed me nearly enough info.

  8. "All this Nature's Wrath business is a good reminder of how little we are"

    That's a very true and very powerful statement.

    "After three weeks in, he's also ready to declare mechanical engineering as his major (squeee!)"


  9. I had a look on Facebook at one of my older daughter's "friends" and was bit shocked at what I saw. Mind you, I'm easily shocked. :D

  10. Wow. That is some serious erosion there. A subtle reminder that It's not nice to mess with Mother Nature.

    Another ME in the family??? Congrats mom! I bet you are just busting at the seams to have him follow in your footsteps. Now, the question is: can he master a slide rule?