Visit to a Zoo & Animal Rescue!

Well, I haven’t been keeping up with my weekly photo challenges lately and need to get back to it!  I have, however, still been taking photos each day… So I thought I’d post a couple from our visit to a local zoo/animal rescue yesterday.  It had been a while since I felt like getting out and doing much of anything, but hubby had a day off and was a little tired of sitting around the house.  : )  We decided to take advantage of the bright sunshine and decent temperature and spent a couple of hours enjoying the animals (and sidestepping mud puddles).
zebra photo black and white zebra pattern
I love the unique patterns of zebras!

My family actually used to have two pot belly pigs as pets… lol!  Seriously!  They were actually very smart, clean and loving, and had the funniest personalities.  : )  It was a nice surprise to find out that they had a pot belly pig in the same field as the zebras.


pot belly pig grazing
Pot belly pig comes down the hill for dinner.


zonkey photograph
I had never seen a "zonkey", but Little Ponderosa had two we were able to feed and pet.


monkey holding his cage with foot
I believe this is "George". He was so cute! And apparently he loves to have his feet rubbed and rubs and grooms the handlers in return. 🙂


Most of the animals will eat out of your hand.  You can get a bucket of food when you come through the entrance barn and then share it with goats, llamas, zonkeys and camels.  Let me offer some words of warning, though… The camels will eat anything.  Anything.  So if you let them get a hold of your food bucket you better be ready to snatch it back, as Bobby discovered.  lol!

feeding the camel
Bobby made a lot of friends by sharing some feed, but the camels thought all we had belonged to them. lol!


This last photo is one of my favorites of the day!  There are two levels of fencing separating the tigers from the visitors (hubby didn’t think that was quite enough).  : )   I didn’t think I would be able to get a decent photo of them, but since they’re so beautiful that I had to try.  Surprise!  There were quite a few that turned out okay, but this is one of the shots I thought was the best.

tiger photo as he stares into the distance
The tigers were just beautiful - I was so happy I got a few good photos of them!



We’re going to try to go back early in the spring – a couple of the wallabies already have babies in their pouches and should be coming out by then!  If we do, I’ll be sure to come back and post some more photos to share!

Have a great weekend!



Life Should be More Like a Musical

Anyone that knows me knows that I love musicals.  I get swept up in the cheesy, impromptu singing and dancing.  Suckered into thinking it was permissible to run out into the street, spontaneously burst into song and be able to finish a musical number without someone trying to drag me off to seek professional help.  My love is deep-rooted and began in childhood – honestly!  I’m not just saying that as a story telling device!  : )

When I was younger (much, much younger) my family moved to New York.  Since I didn’t really know anyone and spent most of my time with my cousin, we became very close.  I’m not sure how it began, but we ended up with what I believe was probably an *ahem* 8-track tape.  (I know – it doesn’t seem possible that I could be that old… Trust me, I’m not!  lol)  Anyway!   Each time we drove anywhere we wanted to listen to this 8-track.  Perhaps you’ve heard of it… it’s the soundtrack to a little musical called GreaseIt became my favorite music and my cousin and I would sing the songs wherever we went.  At some point this probably should have concerned our family considering some of the lyrics, but we were too young to understand what they meant and didn’t even really get all the words right.  The only drawback to the whole scenario was the fact that my cousin’s name is “Sandy”, so she felt she should be the female lead in our play… which relegated me to the male role of Danny.  I was actually just happy to sing and play so it didn’t really matter to me!  Even though many other musicals have made their way into my heart, Grease will always hold a special place as the first.  It isn’t solely to blame for my belief that life would be better if it contained more group numbers, but it definitely paved the way!

It’s easy to dismiss the ‘life would be better’ notion if you don’t consider the full impact of what it would mean.   Think about it.  Being a part of a large musical number takes lots of practice and cooperation.  You have to coordinate with different people and work together to bring about the foot-tapping, hip-shaking crowd response that would prove the success of the venture.  It would also be much more difficult to fight or go to war if we adopted and implemented these skills.  Don’t believe me?  Perhaps you need to watch West Side Story and pay particular attention to any ‘rumble’ scenes.  Consider the time and effort that would go into choreographing those scuffles!  By the time the two combatants learned all the moves and practiced them to perfection they would probably be too exhausted to actually fight and would have to go home to catch some Zzzz’s!  And who can forget the epic love scenes and duets?  No one would ever lose the love of their life if able to confront their soul mate with stars in their eyes and a choir to back them up.  It would be nearly impossible to resist – you have to admit!  Still not convinced?  If for no other reason, living life like a musical would enable each of us to get in touch with our inner child and empower it in a magical scene complete with a town full of people we don’t even know following our lead and dancing in sync with our every step.  Talk about an esteem boost!  Who wouldn’t like that??

It seems impossible to pull this off, I know. Yet, there is a modern version that is one step closer to living in a world full of dance numbers and potential lovers singing their hearts out!  Consider the ‘flash mob’.  It’s seemingly spontaneous,  completely unexpected by a group of people who will ultimately serve as the audience, begins with one or two and grows in number until it becomes a full troupe that use their jazz hands like artistic weapons… Pure magic!  (On a side note – my sister recently directed a flash mob to support a local production of The Rocky Horror Picture ShowRegretfully, I was not included in the mob and with my elephant memory will probably remind her of it for many years to come.  In fact – I only mention it here on the off-chance that she’ll read this in the future and feel obligated to include me in the next episode she produces… lol!)  Where was I?  Oh!  Before I got caught up between the parentheses I was expounding on the valid contributions of flash mobs as support to my theory of awesomeness.  However, I don’t think I’ll be able to convince you with words so I’m including one more video for your musical enjoyment!  It’s a flash mob my mom recently saw at Americas Mart in Atlanta.  Wouldn’t this be fun?


Kinda makes you want to jump up and dance, huh?  You could say they make a perfect pair.  Life and musicals, that is… They go together.

“Like ramma lamma lamma ka dinga da dinga dong
Remembered forever as shoo-bop sha whada whadda yippidy boom da boom
Chang chang changity chang shoo bop that’s the way it should be… Waooo, Yeah!”     : )

Weekly Photo Challenge: Launch

You’re probably used to my photo challenges being posted late…  Guess what?  This one is too!  The “Launch” topic is actually the challenge for last week.  (*sigh*)  On Wednesday I thought it was Thursday, on Thursday I thought it was Friday… but when time ran out for my photo post I was thinking it was earlier in the week.  Makes no sense I know, but neither do I for the most part.  : )

So, better late than never – which is apparently my theme for most of these challenges!  : )  Hope you enjoy!

fireworks over river, 4th of July fireworks
Launching July 4th fireworks over the river~
click your heels as you jump in the air
Launch yourself into the air and click your heels together!
kicking a field goal attempt at 2012 border bowl
Launch the ball into the air! (during the 2012 Border Bowl...)

The last was actually taken earlier this evening…

bird taking flight


Thanks for checking out the weekly photo challenge!  Hope you enjoyed it!!

Remedies from Mom

For the last day or two I haven’t felt completely healthy.  It started with a headache that was fairly insistent and quite painful…  My throat has been sore in that raspy way that burns in the back and feels like if I talk too much I might start coughing and may not stop.  Big thumbs down!

The good news is that I’m used to feeling bad and still managing, on most days, to function.  : )  The bad news – I’ve been struggling with my CFS and fibromyalgia since Christmas and had a few days that were .  There were even a couple of days that I didn’t even make it to the shower.  (You don’t have to pass that on if you don’t want to!  I’d hate for people to think I’m nasty!  lol!)  my hubby felt bad for a few days before I did so I probably DID pick up a bug from him…. And while he is actually feeling better just days later, my immune system isn’t as robust as his so it usually takes me quite a bit longer to get rid of something once I get sick.

I’ve decided that I’m going to simply refuse to get sick.  (Does that ever work?)  With that in mind, I decided to soothe my throat with a common ‘home remedy‘ that my mom used to make me when I was younger.  Of course I had to get my camera out – when don’t I?  By just looking at the first two photos would you have known what it was?  Scroll slowly if you’d like to guess because I’m going to post full photos at the end – I just feel too blah to work any harder on subterfuge or trickery.  : )

flowering green tea leaves
Any ideas?


glass teapot condensation close-up macro photograph


I know it probably looks like a seaweed science experiment, but I promise it’s much simpler (and effective) than that!


flowering green tea leaves in glass teapot
It's flowering green tea!


I can remember my mom giving me hot tea with honey to soothe a sore throat.  If I feel one coming on it’s one of the first things I make and it always brings some relief.  It was a little short-lived tonight, but it DID feel good going down.  Thanks mom!


cup of green tea with honey
Very soothing but I think I'm going to have to make some more!


Hope each of you have started the new year feeling good and that you stay healthy!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter

I haven’t been able to stay asleep tonight, so I’m going to go ahead and put up my “Winter” photo challenge post now instead of waiting until morning.  The good news is – that will make my post on time!  The bad news – this will put off sleep that much longer.  : )

When I saw that the photo challenge topic for the week I was a bit worried.  Last year it wouldn’t have been a problem to take a picture with winter in mind.  However, we’re experiencing unusually warm temperatures now and it’s difficult to find inspiration for wintry photos.  Luckily, I was downtown the other day and the temporary skating ring is still set up.  Yay!  I was able to snap a couple of things that I think fit this post.  The other photos are older, but they’re a couple of my winter shots from last January so I thought I’d include them for variety.

As usual, I hope you enjoy!

ice skating father and son
Father and son ice skating... So cute!
blue white christmas light bokeh
Christmas light bokeh - love these colors!
stone church red doors hidden in snowfall
Snow falling at a church~

and finally!

snow covered red berries in winter
Berries covered with the weight of winter snow...