BB spent Saturday and Saturday night with her grandparents and cousins.  She had many firsts, including riding a horse and seeing a calf being born.  Wow!



Meet Rabbit

BB got one of these Pillow Pets for her birthday.  She named him Rabbit.  Yes, she knows Rabbit is a panda.  She had started cross-naming her animals long ago, but hasn’t for a long time.  I thought it had gone by the wayside.  She cracks me up.

Panda beats the heat at the Washington Zoo

Imagine, a panda eating a popsicle!  Now you don’t have to.  I think it’s the cutest thing I’ve seen in ages and I can’t wait to show The Bing, as I’m sure there is nothing better – her favorite animal eating her favorite food.

Cape May Zoo



We love the Cape May Zoo.  We go every year.  It’s donation only and very nice.  They have a nice selection of animals and I don’t find it depressing, like I do some zoos (except for the cat cages.  I don’t think there’s a decent way to zoo a wildcat). 

My favorite is the giant tortoises.

Ozzy & Harriet are gone

Well, after about four weeks, Ozzy and Harriet left the nest with four eggs.  It looks as though there is a fifth egg that may have hatched, but it’s hard to tell.  So, it’s a sad story for them this year.

Ozzy & Harriet are back!

I’m happy to announce the fourth annual Cavatica’s Web following of Ozzy and Harriet, the goose couple that nests at the same ridiculous spot every spring.  I was beginning to wonder if they’d be here this year, as they weren’t making an obvious presence known prior to nesting.  Usually, they clearly stake out the area for a few weeks before nesting and I haven’t seen that.  But yesterday when I left work, I saw Harriet tending to the nest and even an egg.  Then this morning, I got pictures. 

The one near me (Ozzy, I think), came toward me quick and was threatening.  I didn’t go down the stairs, just used my zoom, and was nice and quiet.  “I won’t hurt your baby, Papa” I thought.  “I just want to get a picture of that nice egg.”  I was surprised to see them both off the nest.

Can’t wait to see what’s going on tomorrow.  I understand it can take 28-35 days for goose eggs to hatch.  So, about a month to go until GOSLINGS (scroll down on this link’s post to see last year’s goslings).

Xiǎo Xhuǐ Guā, the panda family

Today BB arranged a picment (that’s picnic) for Boomer and the pandas, Dà Xiǎo Xhuǐ Guā (Big Little Water Melon), and Zhōng Xiǎo Xhuǐ Guā (Middle Little Water Melon) and Xiǎo Xiǎo Xhuǐ Guā (Little Little Water Melon).  The first, Dà Xiǎo Xhuǐ Guā, was named for a panda in a Ni Hao Kai-Lan episode, who is simply Xiǎo Xhuǐ Guā,  and she takes him everywhere.  One of his arms is rather floppy because she holds it so much.  He is often badly in need of a bath and he’s very lucky he hasn’t fallen in the toilet, as his toilet training has been as intense as hers.  He is truly a worldly bear.  In fact, he came from China (well, the other bears probably did too), but he was given to her there by our adoption reps and has been with her as long as we have.  He became her best friend within the past 2 months or so.  We thought it would be Boomer (the black bear), but Dà Xiǎo Xhuǐ Guā lept to the front at some point.  Then, I found these other pandas in a toy pile disaster-zone, gave them to her, and they were named too.  So we have, Big Pande, Middle Pande, and Little Pande.  And, yes, we realize that Big Little Water Melon is a little odd, but he was Little Water Melon before the need to add Big came along.  So, there we have it – the Xiǎo Xhuǐ Guā / Pande Family.

Suddenly, in the midst of this wonderful picment, Boomer did something (I was there, but it was too subtle for me to recognize) and BB removed him from the party (quite forcefully, I might add) and he was sent to the kitchen for a time-out.

And we were left with pandas only.  That’s a birthday cake they are eating, for those of you who don’t recognize such things.

Here’s BB wearing her brand new panda pajamas for the very first time.  It is an exciting time!

Yes, it is!

For all of us, as it’s been 8 full days of no diapers, except at night and no more accidents than last reported.  I don’t even think Dà Xiǎo Xhuǐ Guā has had an accident, but I didn’t check on that with BB.  He does wear her underwear from time to time and I am not aware of any messes.  She likes them to match.

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