Monday, March 28, 2011

Miniwether the STAR!!

A long-time reader of this blog alerted me. I didn't know Miniwether was appearing in this!

Adventure! Excitement! Music Video Star!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


One of these days my little electronic navigator is just going to throw itself out my truck's window in despair. I can't help that I love it when it starts shrieking "Please return to nearest road!"

Red Rider likes this place but my GPS does not.

Those of you with a tv, internet connection, or friends probably heard that on Saturday, March 19th we had a Super Moon. Due to the rare occurrence of the full moon falling at the same time as it perigee (translation: closest point to Earth in it's orbit) the full moon looked 14% bigger and 30% brighter than normal.

This is what it looked like from my non-GPS-friendly location.

It was bright enough to cast a shadow. Cool!

So what was I out doing for this Supermoon? Pig hunting!!

See the pigs?

Nope, neither did we. :-(

See the pigs? Nope, those are cattle.

Luckily we brought our own pigs in easy to carry packages. Bacon and eggs cooked over a there anything better?

Well, yes actually. Dutch oven chicken enchiladas with extra jalapeno peppers washed down with ice cold cans of Miller High Life.

Enchiladas cooking in the Dutch oven. I love my Dutch oven.

Since bull thistles are in season I introduced my hunting buddies to its wonderful taste. They are used to me suddenly veering off the trial to harvest some wild edible plant which they then gobble up with gusto. They haven't been willing to try any edible bugs, though.

Hey guys, lunch!!

So three days and two nights were spent out in the woods gorging ourselves on fantastic campfire-cooked foods, searching for pigs, and releasing our inner cavemen. This was about as far-removed from last weeks Maserati adventure as possible but even higher ranked on Merriwether's Scale of Awesomeness!

Adventure! Excitement! Hoppe's #9!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

What, you didn't get to...

go see KISS...


with four babes in a Maserati?

Yeah, it was pretty awesome.

Adventure! Excitement! ROCK AND ROLL!!!!!

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Cold Nature

It seems the weather just can't make up it's mind this spring. We keep alternating between mid-80s and high-30's, often separated by just a day. Case in point, this Saturday. Friday and Sunday were beautiful but Saturday was frigid. The weather reports said it be in the high-60's/low-70's with a small chance of rain but it never seemed to get above 45F, though they were right about the drizzle.

I guess it was my fault for not bringing warmer coats for Mini and Mambo along to the Jesse H. Jones NatureFest. They brought raincoats which helped with the drizzle but did nothing for the bone-chilling cold. Miniwether loves the outdoors and wasn't letting the weather interfere with her fun. But Mambo spent most of the morning in my arms wrapped in my shirt, but that wasn't enough. However, a calorie-laden lunch at McDonalds recharged her and they both asked to return to NatureFest even though we had seen and done everything once already. I figure it's unlikely modern kids (even mine!) can get too much nature, so I had Mambowether wear Miniwether's coat over her own and gave Miniwether my hoodie. It worked well enough to see everything again.

So this is what we saw:

Giant cane toad, which was really cool. I want one as a pet. They can live 15 years!

Really big bugs.

Really small bugs. One booth was handing out free live baby praying mantises. This thing was only slightly bigger than an eyelash! We let it go in the backyard to hopefully kill many a bad bug.

Free stuff! The bags contain frisbees, rain gauges, coloring books, paper clips, pencils, stickers, flashlights, key rings, and a bunch of other cheese free stuff which the girls went nuts over.

Crabs. Miniwether loves the crab display and spends as much time there as she can wheedle out of Mambo and I. As you can see, Mambo was less than thrilled by it.

Crayfish. Miniwether loves these almost as much as she loves the crabs.

Fish. For the first time ever Miniwether didn't catch a fish. She took it personally and rather melodramatically. *sigh*

Crafts. The girls made flowers and butterflies out of construction paper and assorted bugs out of wire and beads. We skipped the squirrels made from toilet paper tubes.

Owl pellets. What kid doesn't like to play with bone-animal poop?!

Mambowether's owl pellet had a skull in it. That was cool.

More animal stuff. Mambowether actually found the 9-band armadillo to be rather cool.

And time to go home, a hayride back to the parking area.

Adventure! Excitement! Really cold kids!