Sunday, November 25, 2007

Thanksgiving Baby!

Long Story Short:
We had a Black F-350. We decided for various reasons that it no longer worked for our situation, and Voila! Big Black begat Baby Black! And ooooh is he nice! We might be poor but at least we have a nice car :)
Happy Thanksgiving to all, we are grateful for our family's love and support and want to wish them all the best this Holiday Season!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Oh, This is a Rorschach

Cats... Rorschachs of Humanity

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The Spotted Boy

George Alexander was a black child with a skin pigmentation disorder known as piebaldism. For much of his short life he was exhibited for show, described as ‘the Beautiful Spotted Negro Boy’ and ‘a fanciful child of nature formed in her most playful mood’.

George was born to black African parents who were slaves on a plantation on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent. From birth George attracted attention and curiosity, and as a baby he was displayed in his local town for a fee of one dollar. When he was just 15 months old he was transported to Bristol where he was delivered into the care of a travelling showman named John Richardson. He was baptised at Newington Church in Surrey on 22 July 1810.

George was the star attraction in Richardson’s travelling theatre. He was exhibited at fairs and shows, and was shown privately to wealthy patrons. Although Richardson was said to have behaved with ‘great kindness’ George was often exhibited for up to twelve hours a day.
This schedule may have affected his health. George died on 3 February 1813 of a tumour in the jaw. He was buried at All Saints Church in Richardson’s hometown in Marlow. By his own request, Richardson was later buried in the same vault as George and their tombstones were bolted together.

From "A Visible Difference: Skin, Race, and Identity: 1720-1820," an exhibition by the Royal College of Surgeons of England

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Babies! Babies!

Donkey babies, especially wild yet timidly inquisitive ones, might just be the best thing since butter! Yes that little black thing tucked away in the sagebrush that looks like a creature comprised soley of ears, is a week old baby. Too cute.

My Life this Last Week...

Okay, I know that it has been a long time, (in blog days) since I last posted, but now I am back. Let me give you a long convoluted summary :)

I was away in Medford Oregon, where I underwent training on my new position, aka "Teller School". It was fun, and for the first time in a long time, I can say that I actually think that I will like this company. Realy like them. Anyways, I arrived home late Friday evening, and promptly left Klamath again, at 4:30 a.m., this time to head to Salt Lake City. We have discovered that Kenya isn't pregnant anymore and so we were taking her back to the breeder so we can try this all again. We dropped her off Saturday night as soon as we arrived in Salt Lake, and left to return to Klamath again, very early this morning, whereupon we just arrived home in Klamath Falls. Oh and did I mention that the drive is 12 hours, one direction? I am tired, nevertheless, (which also accounts for my broken syntax and basic sentence structure debacle).

Now to what was really important, at least to me, was that the drive to Utah passes through a Wildlife Reserve out in the middle of the desert otherwise known as nowhere/the moon. There is absolutley nothing out there, no towns, really lucky to even have the road paved. Anyways, Sheldon used to be where the Cavalry turned out their remounts after WWI. And after the Cavalry was disbanded, they just left the horses and some donkeys out there to fend for themselves. These mustangs and burros are a rare sight and on this trip we saw a full family group of 9 mustangs (with which you could trace lineage based on the phenotypical color genetics) and 42 (!!) burros, including two babies!!! One of which was clearly less than a week old, and the cutest little jahonkey in the world! They were all just right off the road, and we were able to get some pretty good pictures. One of the other cool things was a bachelor band of burros, with some of the young jacks sparring and play fighting, all of which we caught on film.

Makes the whole week and subsequent horrid road trip, worth it!!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Glory Hallelujah!

Its official, I have a job! I will now be working at Sterling Savings Bank, and so glad of it too! Hopefully it will be interesting and fast pace enough to keep this little Corax distracted enough to not be bored to tears. You know how I am, always looking out for shiny things!

To each his own..

The spice of life... though you might not want to cook with it!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Leave it to the Japanese

Convenient looking, isn't it...

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Kinetic Sculpture

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

To Bribe...

Travis is learning the art of bribery with our horses. And after being chased down relentlessly as a result, he has also learned that bribery is generally not all that profitable, at least when it comes to 3 year old 'nerd' geldings. The seagulls from 'Finding Nemo" come to mind. Mine mine mine mine mine

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Yes, IT happened...

Well it happened. We went to let the dogs out, and Kenya, the big cow who never listens (don't ask, wasn't our problem until now) ran after a skunk. And completely contrary to all of our shouted protests, chased a skunk under the trailer and tried to bite it, even though it had sprayed her, all over her neck and chin, and then finally, into her mouth. Needless to say, the whole place, house, yard, garage, everything.... REEKS! I have never really had anything against skunks, even found them mildly interesting and I daresay cute-ish. Never more. If I have power over the situation, their certain death will be my only pleasure... Ughh, after staying up nearly all night and much washing, scrubbing and deoderizing, I still can't get the smell out of my soft palate. Poor Lynn and Anne and Travis...

Autumnal Voyage

This last Friday, Lynn and Anne took us on a trip to Medford to shop for Brad and Molly's reception, to get out of town and to see if we could see some of the Autumn scenery. We of course became sidetracked, gloriously and discovered a wonderland of Aspen. It was absolutley beautiful. I love that Lynn discribed it as "a flower... except 30 feet tall!" Travis took the camera and was able to take some pictures, like the one of us guys. I only was able to snap a couple, but it was all worth it. Too bad the photos don't do the real thing justice. The crisp air, the smell of damp leaves, the breeze whispering through the trees. Good golly I love Autumn!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Crossroads of Sark

Sark, the smallest of the Channel Islands, in Great Britain is the last bastion of feudalism in Europe. Rob Crossan of the Guardian writes:
Nobody has tried to change things on Sark for some time. Its arcane system dates back to Elizabethan times, with the head of the feudal government, or seigneur, owning everything, including anything that gets washed up on the island's shores. The present incumbent, Michael Beaumont, has held the position for more than 30 years. Sark's tenants are required to own a musket - a relic of the time Elizabeth I sent 40 Jersey men there to quell debauchery and piracy in the 16th century. There are no paved roads or cars, and bucolic harmony has reigned pretty much unchallenged (bar occupation by the Nazis) for more than 500 years.

Now Sark has fallen afoul of the EU because, as Seigneur Beaumont so disarmingly puts it, "Nothing much is human-rights compliant here." So, the tenants have three options. They can vote to retain the status quo and risk the wrath of Strasbourg, decide to bring in democracy straight away, or adopt a transition phase, which would mean a parliament of 28 people, of whom 16 would be elected.

And now, very probably, we will have to bid godspeed to Elizabethan Sark. The ruffs, the stomachers, and even the codpieces will have to go into mothballs, all for the sake of modernization.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Rent a Potty Pony!!!

Well the story is that Brynlie is going through that wonderful time of Potty Training. She has a motivational chart that gives her a reward when she fills the squares with a sticker. She gets a sticker every time that she goes to the bathroom. Her reward this time was a pony ride furnished by our wonderfully sweet horse Dante. Needless to say that she had gone like 16 times a day.

So this last Saturday, the whole family turned out to watch Brynlie on her Potty Pony Ride. We walked into the field to grab Dante and the other horses, and tied him up to tack him out. Ty was just beginning to brush Dante down when Brynlie let out a scream and started to cry. We all jumped thinking that maybe the horses had scared her, or that one had nibbled on her looking for treats. When asked what had happened, she stuck out her bottom lip and cried, " I want to ride the pony, RIGHT NOW!!" She is too cute. When she was on, and walking around she was so happy, it was adorable. She ended up having so much fun, that Travis had to have a ride too. Which of course Dante was glad to oblige with.

Beautiful Views

So I just wanted to share with you all some beautiful pictures of what the view looks like from Lynn and Anne's deck. Their house sits on a hill over-looking the Klamath Valley, with the Lost River meandering below. The other day there were some beautiful cloud formations over the valley, there were high winds and they just created some stunning views.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

This whole job hunting thing stinks...

Well as you all know, we moved to Klamath Falls, at the last minute, though we were intending to be in Portland really. Ty took a less than satisfactory job at a local elementary, when NOTHING else was available, and I am looking for a job in order for us to move out of his parents home. Then comes yesterdays paper, confirming what I already knew through trial and error. THE JOB MARKET IS NON-EXISTENT. Klamath has less than half of the living wage jobs necessary for its trained workforce. And everything else doesn't pay half. Real fun, let me tell you. Anyways, I am still trying to remain positive... But it is wearing thin...

But at least I don't have to do this... ST

What a Pony Ride looks like in Louisiana

Fun while it lasts...

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

A new theme.

Along with all of the standard, everyday, family things, I thought that I would display some of the strange things I find while looking for more random knowledge. I will try to do this periodically, so as not to overwhelm, but hopefully it will also give you something to call your significant other over to look at in wonder/ astonishment/ suprise/ chagrin. To start with, I found this photo of a mushroom. And an intersting one at that.

It is a 'Bleeding Tooth Mushroom." Looks more like a crime scene to me. ST

Monday, October 8, 2007

Anne will be so proud ;)

I thought I would share with you some pictures of some of our favorite squash varieties that we have grown in Anne's garden this year. For Christmas last year, Ty and I gave Anne a book entitled, 'The Compleat Squash' by Amy Goldman. Basically it is Martha Stewart + Heirloom Squash = Fun! It inspired Anne to plant ALOT of squash, with some pretty interesting ones tossed in the mix. I was just the Johnny-Come-Lately who horned in at the end of the season and am enjoying the fruits of her labor. Anyways here are some pictures, maybe it will pique someone's interest and then I can blab a whole bunch to you about my passion for heirloom squash.

Friday, October 5, 2007

This one's for all the horse crazy girls...

I thought that I would share some pictures of our pretty ponies for those who haven't seen them yet. Especially Miss Meysa. Anyone would be welcome to come and see them, they are all actually a little bit too lovey-dovey sometimes and would love an apple or two from somebody's little hands. Thats you too, Brynlie :)

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Hewp I am Twapped!

This is my little niece Lauryn. Out of all the cute pictures, I think that this one is pretty darn funny. And that smile is her mothers to an absolute 'T' or I am the Pope! Don't believe me, look at any of our old school pictures, K-3. Love ya sis. :)

Brynlie is the Best!

Here are some pictures of Julie's daughter Brynlie. She is just the most precocious, agreeable child around, not to mention, cutest. We don't get to see her as often as we would like, but when we do, its like we never left :)

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

We are missing you Jessi

Jessi has left for her freshman year of University at BYU-Idaho. We miss her silliness and her smile. We love you, have fun, we'll see you soon!

Brad and Molly are engaged!

Well its official. Ty's brother Brad and his fiance Molly have announced their engagment. The wedding day is set for December 28, 2007 in the Seattle Washington Temple. We are all excited to hear this, and look forward to it. Congrats kids, we love you.

Luomi's Way of Helping

Luomi trying to stowaway in Ty's teaching bag, hoping to go and give Ty encouragement in his classroom.

Whistle while we work!

So yesterday I had an interview with US Cellular for a Consultant position. It was a terribly long interview with a lot of in-depth answers, but I guess that suits me just fine, everyone knowing how verbose I am. We are crossing our fingers and saying little prayers that I get the position, not only because it would allow us to finally sign on our own place, but also because itwould be a great job to transfer with when we move to Portland in July for school.

Ty is getting ready to take his ORELA test this Saturday, to become considered highly qualified here in Oregon. This would make sure that he would be able to find a job when we do move to Portland. When we moved here, he had his teaching license from Utah and was told that if he was considered "highly qualified" in Utah, which he was, he would be considered "highly qualified" here in Oregon as well. That ended up not being the case and with the whole No Child Left Behind thing, that basically meant that in order to be hired, it would have to be at the discretion of the individual principle. Needless to say, there is a reason that he is teaching at a certain school in less than satisfactory conditions. And why he is taking the test this weekend so as not to encounter this problem again. Regardless, he is a trooper, and tries hard not to complain, getting up every morning to drive an hour in the dark to a classroom full of little heathens, stay late, and give up most of his evenings on extra work for his grateful family.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007


Sorry I know that I am barraging the blog with random photos and dates. I figure I'll get it all out of my system and then we can go on to the new stuff.
India is loving having such a large, soft yard to run and play in here at Lynn and Anne's, she has SO much energy, it is just great to watch her have a "mad case of the zoomies".

Luomi being Luomi...

Ty's Classroom

Ty interviewed for his job and then in less than a week, he had his First Day of School. The old teacher who left, left due to health issues, so his room was in complete disarray. These pictures are of what his room looked like only after we made piles! Needless to say it is a bit outdated and clearly in need of a new paint job. All things that are hard to come by in little old "scary" Chiloquin.

ONE reason we moved, okay ALOT of reasons...