Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Prehibernation Exam for Pistachio

"Uh-oh, the 'claw' is behind me!"

Pistachio wasn't thrilled with his trip to the vet.

Pistachio hid his head under his grass after the embarrassment of having his weight and age discussed (he's 31 and his weight is perfect!).

"I am glad that is over with, human.  I would advise you not to attempt tricking me with a treat to lure me out of my burrow for a vet visit next year.  I will have ALL winter to think about ways to retaliate."

"What do you mean tortoises don't have to get their temperatures taken when they go in for their exams?"

"That is a bunch of hooey.  I'm going to pretend I am a tortoise the next time I am at the vet's office.  I'm going to need a disguise..."

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Pistachio Takes on a Train

I bought that train for the sole purpose of seeing what Pistachio would do.  I saw a meme last week that showed a tortoise with a toy train doing almost exactly what is pictured here.  Gotta give credit where credit is due.  I don't actually know who created that meme - but it was fun and their caption read "And there were no survivors.".    

I am only sorry that I did not get footage of Pistachio running over the train.  He trampled it to get to the dandelion greens I had hidden behind my back but he sniffed out.  Clever boy.

P.S.  No tortoises or tiny people that may or may not have been inside the train were harmed.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Blueberry Eyes

"Please share your cheesecake with me."

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Goodbye Summer

I know, it's still technically hot - but when the days of heat warnings and 90 degree temps at 2 in the morning are over - it's cause for celebration and means that early mornings open up once again for hikes.  Blueberry will now sing a song for you:

"On the trail again
Just can't wait to get on the trail again
The life I love is dodging cactus with my friend
And I can't wait to get on the trail again.

On the trail again
Goin' places that I've often been
Smellin' things that I hope to smell again
And I can't wait to get on the trail again.

Just can't wait to get on the trail again
The life I love is dodging cactus with my friend
And I can't wait to get on the trail again."

Thank you to Willie Nelson for giving us the original version and inspiring me to use my own words to his tune.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Differing Views

"I've never had dandelion greens before..."


"I can't even look at them.  Take them away."

"Hmmm...snow peas...not bad."

"Dandelion greens are the best!!!"

Pistachio proceeded to eat a bundle and a half of dandelion greens over the course of 2 days.  I finally found something on the Approved List of Foods (by AZ Game & Fish) that he actually LOVES.  He almost ran me over to get to them.

Pistachio's Best to Worst Food Ratings:

1 - Dandelion Greens (his new favorite)

2 - Butternut squash (this one is more of a treat and not good for him to eat a lot of but he does dig it.)

3 - Bermuda grass (always a crowd pleaser and in plentiful supply)

4 - Carrot greens (This rates a so-so as I offered him a carrot green first and he ate a little, but then sniffed out the Dandelion Greens I had nearer to me and high-tailed it over to get what he considers the good stuff.  I tried to give him the carrot greens again, but he hissed at it and went after the dandelion greens again.  Message received.)

5 - Water cress - He spit it out.  Roger that.

P.S.  I gave Blueberry a more species appropriate treat after the Dandelion Green experiment failed.  I think the disappointed look on her face says it all.  

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Random Pictures to Close Out August

"I make these glasses look good, human"

"I'm not really sweaty - I am just glistening from the sprinkler"

It becomes more and more challening to duplicate cute ideas I've seen on Pinterest to send to my nieces through the mail.  I am rather pleased with how these turned out (and btw - I only saw a picture of something similar that included an actual snail - perhaps only my second project where I didn't need step by step instructions)!  A little clay, a little food coloring, some felt, homemade mini envelopes and tada!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Food on His Face

While I think it is pretty gross when people post pictures of their children with food on their face (shudder) - I have to admit that Pistachio with his food on his face is sorta endearing.  I think the wet grass has adhered to his head.  Fear not - when it dries, it will fall off.  

Friday, July 28, 2017

Good Bye for Now


It's time to say goodbye to blogging for a while.  This is not what it used to be.  Blogs have changed so much.  And I just don't fit anymore - if I ever did.

I will keep this going for myself.  To record the life Blueberry and Pistachio lead.  I don't want to lose that.  Even if I made no one else laugh - I sure cracked myself up and suppose I will continue to do so.

Audience of 1.  I like it.

No more worries about people misinterpreting my humor for seriousness or vice versa.  Much is lost in the translation, apparently.

Life is dullish in the summer anyway.  No walks - it's simply too hot for Blueberry and for me.  I think Pistachio may be the only one that truly enjoys the summer.  I will try to think up some more games to play with Blueberry.  I know she is bored.  As am I.  Come on fall - we can't wait til you get here!