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Most days at pick-up, the little boys and I get out of the van and visit the two giant dogs, Diesel and Izzy, who live in the yard next to the school. For the past couple of weeks, we have not seen even a glimpse of the "smaller" dog. Today, Turken began wondering where she had gone. The only solution he could come up with...completely seriously...really, he was deadpan...
"Maybe Diesel ate Izzy."
Yes, our dogs have proven themselves to be killing machines in the way they dispose of every creature which enters our yard. For the record, Roy the Wonderdog is NOT cannibalistic.
Gotta say, I'm a wee bit nervous that this will be his yearbook picture someday.
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In my blogger dashboard, there is a section where I can see the stats of how people found my blog. Sometimes the search words are odd, sometimes they are spot on.
One stat that doesn't surprise me, based on the fact that most of my readers first started following me because of this one post, is the number of people who find me by searching "pig waterer". Every single week since I wrote about the day our pig drowned itself, at least a few people have gotten here with that search.
Lately, a lot of people have been finding my blog by searching "miley cyrus chicken butt". I wrote a post to my boys in response to things I'd seen written about Miss Cyrus, and you know I've written plenty about chickens. I don't remember ever saying the word "butt", although I have alluded to it plenty of times.
How, Google, do you put that all together to send these people to me?
If they want to see "miley cyrus chicken butt", you should be sending them to Lizzi. She's the one who actually posted miley and chicken butts in the same post!
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Really, all he did was put up the last of our netting, then crossed his fingers AND his toes.
|This will keep them in, unless they manage to fit through those holes where the nets come together. If they get through those, there is a chance they will hang themselves.|
|See how good and stretched to the limit those nets are? What do you think will happen when we get our first snow storm and 8 inches of snow lands on them?|
When he was finished, he realized he was really stuck. Poor COW. He couldn't get out. The net stretched so far, I couldn't even help him by giving him a ladder. When he started talking about squeezing through the little chickens' door, I begged him to wait until I got my camera. He refused, and just as he was about to duck his head in, I saved his sorry rear. (Ooh, I almost said "butt") All he had to do was take the fence off a few nails and he could walk right out. (I figured it out when I had to get a chicken back into the pen, which happens to be the day we discovered Fort Knox wasn't exactly Fort Knoxified. (See how it all came around?))
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Each week, I write little notes for myself about what to include in my 7 quick takes. This week I wrote the word "heat" since for the last few days Indianapolis has been having an identity crisis, thinking it was Africa. Later, while driving, I thought of something quite clever and hilarious to write about the heat, but didn't write it down. I have no idea what clever and hilarious thing I am supposed to tell you right now, but I promise, when I remember, at a time and place where I can write it down, (always dicey, as I usually remember things while in the shower or driving) I will let you all in on it.
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You know how when you were a kid you took that annual, state-wide, standardized test? (Ours was the IOWA test of basic skills. (I can remember the name of a test I took 30 years ago, yet I can't remember what clever things I had to write about "heat". Of course.) Each year, your parents would get an envelope with the results. That's not how they do things anymore. It's all computerized. The parents are given a sheet and a password to look the scores up.
Well, when we got our paper at the end of the last school year, the site hadn't updated yet, so I couldn't see their scores. I promptly threw away the paper and forgot all about it. My kids do well in school, so I wasn't really worried.
Yesterday, the middle school English teacher pulled Buttercup to the side and told her that on last year's test, Buttercup scored the highest score she has ever seen. This woman has been teaching for about 25 years.
Later, the principal pulled Buttercup out of line when her class walked by the office.
Principal: "Did you and your parents look at your scores from the ISTEP test last year?"
Buttercup: No. I don't think they even have the password.
P: Well, you scored a perfect score on the Language Arts portion. It is a rare day that we see that happen in any grade, let alone 7th.
P: If your parents can't find the paper, have your mom email me. I'll give her the password.
Guess who is going to have to email the principal.
I'm thinking something along these lines...
Dear Mrs. Principal,
I am the slacker parent who didn't look up her daughter's score on the ISTEP. Seems we should have. Will you please send us the password so we can see it? And perhaps send the ones for our other kids, too? That would be great.
No, Buttercup wasn't adopted.
Have a lovely day,
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Cuckoo and I played in it.
In our pajamas.
So did some of the chickens. They were cool cucumbers when it was simply sprinkling, but when it really started to pour, they lost their minds. I realized that the author of "Chicken Little" did not do the hilarity of chickens who think the sky is falling justice.
|Sorry, I only had my big camera and not my phone. No video.|
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Lastly, a cautionary tale.
Each year for Christmas, we get Giant some sort of calendar or book which has a new fact or joke each day. Last year, my mom got it for him instead. We didn't think anything of it. Until this week.
I found a page torn out of it for August 15 on my dresser. (I'm guessing it was there on the morning of August 16, but I just noticed it this week.) Turns out, she had gotten him a Whoogles calendar of funny internet searches. (red flag #1) He had left that particular day for me to read because it was a search for "why does my mom fart so much". Haha. Funny.
But then I read the commentary underneath. There were a few inappropriate words in the description. (red flag #2)
I immediately went to Giant's room to have a closer look at his calendar. The search for that day (his birthday, no less) was "I want to have a baby in..." and the description read, "Want to know the real reason she's no longer interested in sex?"
His birthday was September 11. It took us NINE MONTHS to figure out he had a calendar never meant for children. Fortunately, he always keeps the days he ripped off, so I grabbed the lot of them and will be going through to see what kinds of talks he and I will have to have.
I'm just praying he didn't take any that he thought were extra funny to school.
Dear Mrs. Principal,
I am so sorry about the "joke" Giant brought to school and showed around the classroom. No, talk about vasectomies is not appropriate for 6th graders to be discussing. See, though, it wasn't our fault. His grandma gave him the calendar. Know that she got an earful, but you are welcome to call her at 555-5555 to give her a list of better gift choices. Really, we would greatly appreciate it. She's terrible at giving gifts.
Yes, I am her biological child.
Have a lovely day,
Moral of the story: Confiscate any and all gifts given by a relative until you have thoroughly inspected them.
Just like Halloween, when you inspect for razors or other dangerous materials in the candy.
OK, we don't do that either.
Like I said, don't follow our example. On anything.
Have a lovely day!