Play it, Jen

Every good movie has a piano player somewhere in the background--
sometimes seen, usually unseen.
Seldom really noticed.
The feeling, the very soul of a scene, is created by that person tinkering at the keys.
It has been said, "All the world's a stage."
Well then...Play it, Jen.

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Location: Over Yonder, Missouri

I'm a California Native transplanted to the Missouri Ozarks. I've learned how to chase cows in high heels and load hay faster than you can say "Coco Chanel." These are some of our pictures and stories of living in a land with breath-taking beauty and adventure around every bend.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

My beach boys...

I was flipping through photo books today and came across one of my all-time fave pictures. This is Jason with Seth and Joe. These are MY beach boys! :)

"Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk."
--Carl G. Jung

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

PI Vacation

This is my awesome nephew and the beauty he has just become engaged to. Rock on A.J.!!!!

Honeybee beard

Honeybee beard
Originally uploaded by Max xx.

Killer Bee!

Yikes! I've got this huge hornet/wasp thing living in my backyard! I'm scared! LOL I thought the banana slugs at the other house were bad....

Last year I was out spraying weeds on the hill out back--our yard is kind of sunk down around four to five feet from the level of the big road that runs behind us. Our wall sits up at the street level and then we have these dirt "hills" pushed up to meet the walls.
Anyways, lots of weeds so I was spraying when I came across this nicely dug hole in the ground about as big around as my thumb. I thought it might be a baby snake (lots of rattle snakes around in this area) or something. Don't want that in the back yard, so I get this brilliant idea to stick the nozzle end of the sprayer down to the hole and spray (you know I'm blond, right?!).
Well, nothing happened at first.
Then I saw these two eye. I thought it was a snake. There's this face coming up out of the hole at me! It was a flippin' bee thing! It was huge!!!!!!!! It came up and took flight and went roaring past me. I danced around there for a few minutes and tried my best to keep from peeing my pants.
That was the last we saw of it that year. I figured the spray eventually killed it or something. It never came back to its hole.
So yesterday I'm out throwing wiffle balls at Seth so he can practice batting. I hear this buzzing racket over by me and turn to see this big (not as big as the one last year) bee/wasp/hornet thing on the ground. It's trying to pick up this other wasp--good sized one at that--that seems to be dead. Bee/wasp/hornet thing has it's legs wrapped around the dead one and can only fly maybe six inches off the ground. Then it falls back down. It's struggling away, making all this racket.
Finally it gets off the ground good and takes off to the retaining fence Jason has built. It has a hole right at the base of this fence!!!!!!! It zooms into its hole, carrying this other wasp, and is gone.
So I pushed a couple of syringe-fulls of diazanon down the hole. No sign of it (of course I was prepared to jump and run at the first hint of movement in that hole! LOL). Finally I just pushed the dirt back over the hole. Probably killed it right?
Today I went out an the hole has been dug back out!!!!!!!! Help me!!!!!!!

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Durban Beachfront South Africa

Durban Beachfront South Africa
Originally uploaded by d_rum2001.

So here we go. I've had this blog sitting empty for a while, I guess it's time to write. Not that I have any earth shattering truths to divulge to the world or anything like that. Just want a place to stick stuff I find interesting that I end up gathering as I go here and there. LOL