They say you can’t tell the players without a program, and sometimes you can’t tell what Pablo is blathering about without some help either. (Only sometimes?) You may have noticed the new button on the upper right: Roundrock Glossary. If you click on that you’ll be taken to a page that lists many of the common terms I use here, with helpful and erudite definitions for each. If there is some word or phrase I use that is still puzzling you, let me know so I can add it to the Glossary.
Obligatory Flike Report: He went to the vet for his distemper shot on Thursday and was found to weigh 19 pounds! (He seems heavier.) The vet kept telling Libby what a “marvelous” dog he was and wanted to know where we had found such a fine specimen. Flike was the most timid of the pups in the passel, and for a couple of days, Libby was sure he couldn’t even walk because all he did was lie on the floor. Well, he can walk, and the vet noted that a mellow nature is probably best for a Border Collie since they are otherwise frantic dogs that will turn their nature into trouble if they’re not kept busy and exercised. Most people, he went on to say, take the most outgoing pup in the litter, which can grow into a problem.
You still have a week to make your submissions to the next Festival of the Trees. Host Dave, one of the originators of the Festival, has set a submission deadline of November 29. You can send your links (posts of your own or those you’ve found here and there) to Dave at bontasaurus (at) yahoo (dot) com. Be sure to put “Festival of the Trees” in the subject line. Or you can use the handy Contact Form.
The Festival team is delighted to announce that we’ve been joined by another. A girl, even! Jade Blackwater has come aboard to add her own zest to the shenanigans. You’re probably familiar with Jade through her blog Arboreality, which has hosted the Festival four times already.
The two cypress trees in my backyard in suburbia have commenced their month-long dropping of leaves, and despite frequent rakings (of the yard) by the two of us, Queequeg manages to bring in dozens of them in his fur each time he goes out. He comes in looking as though he has dreadlocks. By the way, Queequeg, who is tiny compared to Flike, is now the alpha male in the household, which is fine with me since he has to “manage” his much larger, younger brother. Also, Crusher is coming to town at the Xmas holidays. I don’t know what he’ll make of Flike.
I hope to have some interesting pix from the two game cameras that I’d set out at Roundrock for deer hunting season. I’ll share anything good with you all. (Usually I just get photos of swaying shrubs somewhere in the camera’s field of view. And we’ve all had enuf shrub!)
- The Missouri Natural Events Calendar is blank for today.