Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Force is Strong with This One

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TS noshes on the remains of Vader's TIE fighter.

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Compromising Position

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I've been fascinated by cicadas (no, they are NOT locusts) for most of my life. As a kid, I would collect their shed skins to play with, and sometimes capture them when I climbed trees. I even had one "bite" me once. They have a proboscis that the pupae use to suck juices from tree roots. Though it's vestigial in the adult, they can still jab you!



This is the first time I've been fortunate enough to see one in the process of molting. You can see the wings still shriveled and damp at the edges. I snapped this pic and went to drop off the trash, and by the time I got back they were already stretched taut. In another 5-10 minutes it would have flown off, and I never would have seen it.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

I go to school

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LB is so eager for school! We're thinking of putting him in daycare one day a week so he can say he goes.

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Library Luau

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A bunch of us got together tonight for a little after-hours library party. It was a lot of fun.

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Free-range Scouts part 3

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LB's first encounter with horses. He was in awe.

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Free-range Scouts part 2

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Here, BB sits on the gate waitin' for whatever comes next.

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Free-range Cub Scouts

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BB's scoutmaster has a ranch north of town a ways. He invited the pack out for a picnic and hike. Halfway through the hike, he offered to take TS off of

Kim's chest. There he is on the left.

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Naked Ladies

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When I was a kid, my dad would always reach across the car and cover my eyes when we passed a a patch of these. "Don't look!" he'd say. "Naked ladies." Seeing these late-summer perennials always makes me think of going back to school, of new things opening before me, of limitless possibility. Yea, yea, let it be so.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008



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Sense or Nonsense?

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I'm not sure if this is a patron just dropping a book randomly, or a deliberate attempt at social commentary, but someone added The Nonsense Verse of Edward Lear to a display on the presidential candidates.

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Water Babies

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All five of us made it to the pool together tonight, for the first time this summer

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Turntablism

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DJ TS on the wheels of steel!

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

What is it with this family and kidneys?

As many of you know, my brother underwent a kidney transplant about six

years ago. My brother-in-law is currently on a dialysis schedule, and is on

the transplant list himself. Well, on Tuesday night I learned that my

mother had gone into the hospital with a kidney complaint. Here are the

details:



Mom was supposed to have a hip replacement back in June. As they were

prepping her for surgery, they discovered a urinary tract infection and

kidney stones. She's had both before. They removed the stones, but the UTI

has stubbornly refused to go away for the last two months. She also takes

medication for high blood pressure and diabetes, which can stress the

kidneys, and since she's not had the hip done, she has been taking a lot of

NSAIDs for the pain. All of these "insults" to the kidneys caused them to

basically shut down, so she was in the hospital taking in fluids, but not

excreting any.



The nephrologist (kidney specialist) has seen her, and he wants to do a

procedure to flush the kidneys out. This will involve taking her off of all

meds (except for pain meds) and giving her an IV coctail designed to help

the kidney. He also wants her blood pressure to rise to somewhere around

140/100. The increased fluid volume and pressure will facilitate the

"flushing".



She is stable and doing well, but is groggy. If you are interested in

sending her a card, contact me at yoyology -AT- gmail -DOT- com for her room

number. You can also fill out a form at

http://home.coxhealth.com/…tcards.asp and the hospital will

print out a card and send it to her.



We will greatly appreciate your thoughts and prayers at this time. Thank

you.

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Friday, August 08, 2008

Grandma's Got Me

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Look at those droopy eyes.

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Take us out...

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Tonight was Library Night at the Drillers. They were ahead when we left.

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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Square Cello

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Unusually shaped cello at Tulsa Violin Shop.

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Monday, August 04, 2008

Mommy Pile

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I think the title and picture are all we really need here, right?

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Sunday, August 03, 2008

A Bassweiler?

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Our friends Deidra and Eric have a new dog. Ruby is a Rottweiler/Basset Hound cross, and a very sweet girl.

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Storytime!

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Our cousin Zoe is recovering from a tonsillectomy, so she couldn't make it to last night's party. Here she is, reading to TS.

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Saturday, August 02, 2008

More Old Friends

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Matthew's daughter Molly is on the floor with TS in this one. If you look closely, you can see her mom's arm holding a camera.

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Old Friends

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We're hanging out with lots of folks we haven't seen in ages. Standing with TS is Sarah, roommate of Matthew, my best friend from college. He's seated on the floor.

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What Resemblance?

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We met some of Kim's family for breakfast today. Here she is with her aunt Bonnie.

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