Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Dream Woven

Stupid Dreamweaver.  For the life of me I have never been able to figure out why Adobe programs are so popular.  I know they have all the bells and whistles, most compatibility, blah blah blah, but the programs are so very user unfriendly.  Any program that has Gigs upon Gigs of video help might need some restructuring.  

I tried to use Dreamweaver way back when, something like 8-10 years ago, and found it so darn complex that I went back to basic HTML.  Now I am so out of the loop computer-wise that I really need web programs that help me build sites as I can no longer remember HTML, and never did know Flash, C whatever, Java, and all the other script out there.  

I previously built Cody's site with the web program made by Serif.  I like their programing.  I can fiddle with it for a while and figure out all the little quirks, and have never once had an issue with anything of consequence.  But apparently Adobe programing is beyond my wee mental capabilities.  I had to take a class on Photoshop, and find I can't even get the most basic things down on Illustrator. 

 In re-doing Cody's site I decided to go ahead and use Dreamweaver as it was included in the design suite I bought at ASU last semester.  It took me a while to figure out the quirks but I was pleasantly surprised to find it relatively easy to stumble through, that is, until I tried to upload the site onto the server.  

Everything says it is kosher, connections all say they are go, even called AJ, Cody's computer savvy friend, to see what the heck I was  doing wrong and he can't figure it out either.  I think it is because I didn't set the site up to auto publish when I first started.  I am about half and inch away from trashing the project and starting over.  It will probably be easier than trying to find the box I didn't check when I first set-up the file.  Stupid computers.  Put a 0 where a 1 should be and they just can't handle it.  

Oh well, the old site is still up and it looks OK, I was just hoping to have the new art project posted.  Hopefully by tomorrow  http://www.tablemountaintrimworks.com will be new and updated.  Until then I guess I will just have to keep trying to figure out which box is or isn't checked, or which period is in the wrong place.  And those of you who haven't toured his site go ahead and check it out.  The old stuff is up and it is beautiful.  I will let everyone know when  finally get the new version published.    

Friday, July 11, 2008

Betelgeuse Betelgeuse Betelgeuse!

Betelgeuse is here! Isn't he pretty? Cody is thrilled and in my opinion is the newest inductee to the herpetology hall of fame. Every single day he handles every snake we have. He has the feeding schedule down to a science, and turns all lights on in the am and off in the pm. He has bought red lights for the room so we can see the snakes out and about at night.

BJ is doing extremely well and has already eaten and staked out his favorite places in his tank. He likes to hang out under the rock hide and in the water dish. He seems to like to swim so Cody sets up shallow bowls and lets him cruise for a few minutes at a time.

His body condition is spectacular. He's fat and feisty and his colors are gorgeous! It is hard to see in the photos but he has one yellow/cream stripe with a black spot in it and three stripes of cream in a row at his tail.

Life is good otherwise. Busy and hectic but lots of good food and good company makes life seem darn near perfect. Hope everyone else is as happy as we are!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008


Another introduction today. Well, two, to be exact. These two beauties to the left are Geraldine and Hazel. They are our two girl snakes. Cody took this photo of the two hanging out in his big mitt.

Geraldine is the brown and yellow chunky one. She is a Sand Boa of about 6 months of age. Gerry is super mellow. She doesn't move around much when we hold her. She loves to burrow and can disappear in seconds when put back into her little home.

Gerry is great for the kiddo because she will lay under her leg for hours on end and let her pet her without moving much. She eats well and quickly and has shed once since we have had her. She is VERY strong and is constantly moving through the substrate in her cage. She can easily move under the heavy rocks and water dish.

The other, skinnier, grey and red beauty if Hazel. She is a baby Corn Snake. She is probably a Miami Phase, which is the name of her color variety. Hazel is a very good pet because she is easy to handle and is also out roaming her cage much of the time. She has a bunch of branches and hides and travels over the entire cage several times daily. Right now she is in a 20 gallon extra long tank but I think with how active she is I am going to try to get her a 55 gallon or bigger tank soon.

Tomorrow we should be adding yet another snake to our collection. Cody found a Pueblan Milksnake from a breeder online and decided he just HAD to have him. He is beautiful in alternating bands of red, black, and white. His cage has been set-up for almost a week now and hopefully he will be a little more like Hazel than our last milksnake and be easy to handle.

Our first snake, Sniffy, was a Sinaloan Milksnake. He was the kiddo's birthday present from Cody. Unfortunately he got sick. I had to give him injections and after a few days he decided that I was not his favorite person and made a bid for freedom. Actually he jumped. That's right. Snakes can jump. I didn't know that either until Sniffy escaped from my normally skilled hands. After hitting the ground he bolted and we never saw him again.

The apartment is now VERY clean. Cody and I stripped it and searched in every nook and cranny, every drawer and inside everything in the apartment with no sign of the little escapee. We still harbor a tiny bit of hope but the reality is that Sniffy is unlikely to survive, and if he does he does not think highly of us humans and likely will not allow us to find him. We both miss the pretty little bugger and hope that someday we will be able to get another beautiful Sinaloan.

Well, hopefully I will have more pictures of the new boy, Betelgeuse, tomorrow. Cody will be waiting anxiously for the overnight package to be delivered. Tonight he came home with backgrounds for all the tanks and added them into the decor. I am thrilled that he has caught my animal "bug". Now if only we can get his flying back online... lol!

Sunday, July 6, 2008


This is Mike. He's my newest buddy here in Denver. The chick behind him is Brandie. I am a carriage driver in downtown Denver. It is a new occupation for me but not a new hobby. I have driven for about 5 years.

Mikey is an absolute doll. He is a Percheron gelding who has been pulling carriages for eons in downtown Denver. He has changed hands many times over the years but is currently in the highly skilled hands of Marie, the owner of Irish Rose Carriages.

Marie has been Driving in Denver for over 20 years. She also keeps her animals in tip-top condition, has only the best equipment, and is extremely safety conscious. She has my highest respect as a business and horse woman.

And now back to me. I moved to Denver almost two months ago. The reason was two-fold. First priority was Cody. He is the boyfriend. I was stuck in Phoenix due to a divorce with child. The crappy economy caused her dad to get laid off and moved out of state. Thus I was released from my bondage to Arizona. I immediately decided to take the leap and move me and kiddo out to Colorado. As Cody was going to move out to Arizona and have to start his established carpentry company from scratch, I figured he would be a relatively safe bet. Luckily it has turned out spectacularly.

The second reason kind-of evolved from the first. Being able to move to Colorado opened some educational opportunities. I was fishing for a new career in Arizona but was limited by the schools available. Here in Denver is one of the best Veterinary Technician schools in the country. I am now a new student at Bel-Rea Institute along with a new carriage driver on the Mall. Wow. I am just turning over all kinds of new leaves in life!

Well, it was nice to be able to show of the handsome Mike to the Internet public. He's such a good, sweet boy. I am sure there are tons of photos of him out there but none that introduce him formally and I like him enough to feel that such formalities are warranted. As for the rest of this post, well, I have had this blog up for a while now and haven't posted so I figured Mike would make a great first post. Hope you all agree!