Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I am currently "alone" as Cody and Morgan are in Phoenix visiting and remodeling. I say alone in quotes because I am not really alone. I still have Brigs, Straton, Critter, Annie, Hazel, Rosie, Jedi, Geri, Fred, Autumn, the birds, mice, and fish. So you don't recognize a few of those names... that is because we have had a few changes in the snake clan.
After a family meeting we decided that as beautiful as BJ was he was just too hard to handle. We like the Sand Boas and Corn Snakes so much we sadly took in BJ to our reptile shop and traded him in for a Amelanistic corn snake female we have named Autumn, and a baby (teeeeeny tiny!) male sand boa I have named Fred. So that brings the snake count up to six. Cody and Morgan have a lot of fun with them swimming them once or twice a week and feeding them three times a week.
We have also had a temporary visitor. (See photo below) Cody found a beautiful brown snake at work a few weeks ago and let him visit for a few days. He was handsome and fairly calm and I wanted to keep him but Cody has better impulse control and once there was another warm spell he released him in the little creek in the park across the street.
The other snakes are growing like weeds. The Corn snakes gladly eat three times a week but Geri has Cody worried as she only eats about once a month now. I think that she is just slowing down since she is older and has a slower metabolism than the corn snakes but Cody is not convinced. She sure doesn't look poorly though! Fat and huge, she shows no signs of wasting or dehydration. And we got her fine sand for her cage now and she just LOVES it! Every day we check and she has new tracks all over the cage.
As for everything else, the weather is alternating between 40s during the day and 70s, but nights are consistently around freezing. I seem to always guess wrong when dressing so I am nearly always freezing or sweating. Hopefully I will figure out this layering thing soon.
Annie is doing well. She had a hoof abscess all last week and so I finally had the vet out on Friday. She of course was better Thursday night and managed to only show a very slight lameness in the front right leg but it was unspecified. The vet said it was likely an abscess and to give her bute for a few days. Today I came to visit and she was feeling much better. (To say the least!) She was hopping all over the place on the lead and when I turned her out in the front arena she took about six laps before she stopped running! She was even rearing and leaping through the air and really acting up a storm! I guess she is ready to get back to work! I will go visit her tomorrow afternoon.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
After almost two weeks of temps close to 80 Fall is here again. This time for good! The leaves are changing and the cold rains have moved in again. Annie is living in blankets and sheets 24-7 and soon we will be seeing snow. Tonight we did get a bit of sleet/freezing rain and likely I will be dealing with ice tomorrow for the first time since NY.
At least we know Brigs is ready for the snow. In August and September he and Cody were up in the mountains during the summer snow storms and Brigs just LOVES snow! We'll see if that relationship stays strong until next spring.
Straton is also fitting in great with the family. He still has some poor manners but has yet to do anything "wrong". He and Brigs are buddies, often choosing to sleep in the same kennel and playing together very well. Cody is really starting to bond with him, but he is still very much "my" dog.
Cody still plays hard with the tiny dog and Straton has had to get used to this being "OK" but slowly he is learning that he doesn't need to protect us from Brigs, and he can even play along.
There are more pictures and such but it is almost 2am and I have to get up early so I suppose I will go. Hopefully I can post again tomorrow. =)
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Cody built a lovely three tiered cage rack. It is made out of two by fours but he, being the artisan he is, made it heirloom quality with cut-outs, recessed and angled fasteners, and he sanded and rounded everything flush. He also took the time to decorate the cages for fall.
His office is in the closet cut-out and fits very well. His table that has been his office desk for years fits in with about 1/2" clearance. Sweet!
And we still like the living room arrangement. Cody has mounted a lot of our pictures throughout the house. It really makes it feel like home. Pardon the mess, we have been a bit under the weather, working like mad, and I've got a pretty full school schedule so the cleaning has unfortunately fallen back on the priority list.
The kitchen has been thoroughly cleaned and Cody got the dishwasher working. We are extremely happy about the dishwasher!
The laundry room has come along a little also. This is our "super sixties" hutch that is temporary home to Critter's food and water. He has been in the basement since Stratton moved in. Stratton has been a perfect gentleman but Critter has stated that one dog was bad enough. Two is just too much.
Well, this is the end of this update. We are all surviving the cold weather well, but the cold viruses not so well. We will be very happy once our budget returns to normal parameters and also once the stupid election is over. We all agree that election years suck. Just another month... =)
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
There was the five different lights... from swags to track lighting.
Funny story about these lamps: Cody asked if I wanted to get rid of them, and then asked if I wanted to keep them right after. I answered "yes" meaning yes I wanted them all gone. He looked at me funny and said "Really?" I looked at him equally funny. He then sighed and asked where I wanted them. "In the dumpster preferably." I replied. He realized the confusion, smiled and laughed. He said later that he had almost re-evaluated the relationship thinking I wanted to keep them!
And of course, the faux brick paneling...
The stairwell was just lovely also with brown carpet and a topper of the green shag from the rest of the house.
The laundry area and Cody and my current closet.
The view from the laundry room into the main basement before the demo:
First the carpet came up. Hmmm... that is really gross under there!
As you can see above, the stairs and basement had some issues we weren't expecting. Previous owners had pets. And these pets peed. All over the basement and stairwell.
So we Kilzed the basement stairs.
And then the floors. And then the walls.
There have been a few other developments besides the remodel in the last weeks. Cody found a Corn Snake breeder in Colorado that had a Ghost Morph that he wanted. So now we have 5 snakes. Jedidiah, "Jedi", is our newest snake. A male ghost Corn Snake. He's about a month old and the size of a pencil! Cute, cute, cute!!!
Here is Rosie hanging out in the bathroom...
and Hazel hanging out with Cody on her favorite perch.
Straton is blending into the family very well. Everyone is quite happy with the arrangement, especially Straton!
And here are the Corn Kids hanging out in the bath. Cody swims them two to three times a week. Great exercise for them and helps them shed their skins when they are shedding. They have all learned to suction their heads to the sides of the tub when they want to rest. Aren't they cute?
Back to the basement! Kieth came over yet again today to help Cody with the colored paint and the floors. As we are broke and can't afford to replace the paneling right now we decided to go with a faux painting scheme and we are quite happy with it. It will be a great little play room and TV room for us.