Tuesday, July 06, 2010

My last day of vacation...

Well...tomorrow is the last day of my mini-vacation. Being that the 4th of July fell on a Sunday... we got Monday off as a paid holiday so I took Tuesday & Wednesday (tomorrow) off to enjoy a really long weekend. 
I had plans of doing some heavy duty cleaning of the bedrooms & one of the bathrooms however... I spent every day outside gardening and lawn mowing.... not inside cleaning ;-o

Sooooo perhaps tomorrow I shall dive in to the cleaning mode... and get at least one bedroom cleaned. Ohhh ... I am talking deep cleaning...wall washing.... dusting... hoeing out unused clothing, etc. We'll see what tomorrow brings. It is suppose to be yet another bright sunny day.... and in the mid 90's. 

Today for lunch we had a family gathering at the Knotty Pine Diner in Wampsville, NY as my cousin Sandy is here in NY from Maryland... and my other cousin Sylvia is here from West Palm Beach, Florida.... so they brought their mom (Aunt Phyllis) and met all of us Keville's for lunch. Dad & his wife Diane, my brother Steve, his wife Shelley & her daughter Autumn, my sister Debbie & I all went. It was so nice to see everyone again. 
The older I get... the more I feel the need to bond to my roots. Weird. 

The bandit that prowls in the night....

Aaah Ha! We finally caught the night bandit that was stealing the cats food & water!! This young opossum kept me entertained for 30 minutes the other night as I laid on the floor with the patio door open... taking his picture. The flash never even bothered him. I talked to him as he gobbled and crunched every morsel of cat food. He occasionally turned to me as if to say.... "hey lady... clam up...I'm trying to enjoy my dinner!" 
Of course the cat was quite curious as well. He watched his food get eaten by this odd looking creature of which he'd not had the pleasure of meeting before tonight. 
Actually.... opossums are quite amazing animals. They are the only marsupial native to Northern America. They have 50-52 razor sharp teeth. They are only pregnant for 13-15 days then they carry their babies (12-13 of them) in the momma's pouch for a good 2-3 months. Then after that... the babies cling to mom's fur as she carries on about her business. The 'possums are fun to watch as they are very meticulous at grooming themselves. They normally wash their hands & face in the water bowl before eating... then again after they eat. 
Their back feet have "human" looking hands...with a thumb on each hand (foot). They even have human looking fingernails. 
Yeah..... from the back they are not so attractive. They look like giant rats with that think hairless tail. They are still amazing animals.