Sunday, October 3, 2010

San Antonio Trip -- Early Start?

My usual early habit was still with me on Friday morning, and I knew we wanted to go to the Hamilton Pool Preserve to hike and swim, so I got up and started the coffee and let the dogs out.

Ah, the dogs. Call them Mo and Lo. Mo is a small 13 year old dog who is afraid of his own shadow. If none of the family are in the room, and he and Lo are barking at people at the door, and I look at him sternly and point, he slinks back behind the baby gate that keeps them in the kitchen, looking contrite. Lo was adopted as a pup and was supposed to grow to be about Mo's size. She is twice and big, loud and playful, but she will also slink off if I give her the eye. Both are terrified of the noise the baby gate makes if they crash it down, and Lo has been used to it blocking her way since she was a tiny pup and hasn't figured out she could easily jump over it.

Lo also loves her toys, and doesn't want you to touch them. She just wants you to want to touch them. Her way of asking for attention is by getting you to let her in and out of the house constantly. Mo has a tendency to eat Lo's food if no one is watching.

We had wanted to start out by around 11am, but the evening before had been late, so it was after ten when Blossoming and I started making sandwiches. She is a fabulous sandwich maker -- I had barely done a couple of peanut butter ones and made myself one on Ezekiel bread with kale and cashew butter (yes, I am weird) and she had already slapped together several with just cheese for our vegetarians and several more with meat for our omnivores. She then went to put her swim suit on under her clothes, and Grace and I packed and repacked the ice chest until it was heavy enough for us to later regret it!

By the time all of us had gathered from the 4 corners of the San Antonio area, it was 8 of us in two vehicles, heading out only about an hour and a half after we planned. Grace rode with CanDo, Ninja, and BonBons; Blossoming and I rode with Eagle and Mr. Eagle, who only the day before had found out that he was going to be tagging along with our group. He proved to be a very good traveling companion.

Traffic was thick on the way out of town, and it wasn't until we got well on our way that we had the chance to hear the voice of Eagles very neat GPS system. Those things must come in so handy if you travel, and I can imagine how great it would be for flower delivery days, but as much as I might like one, I can't see getting it for this little burg when I usually know exactly where I am and where I am going. I wonder if you can rent them for trips and such?


A break in the narration to note that every favor must be repaid. Got Meg to watch our littlest kitten, and came home with 2. Fortunes of war and all that sort of rot.

Silverstream has finally figured out she can drink from the bowl without the bottle nipple being held down in the milk for her, but she still wears the milk and has to be washed after every feeding. Not easy with her cast.

Everyone seems to be doing well, taken all together.

Today is:

Alternative Fuel Day

Buttering-Up Semi-Finals -- Fairy Calendar

Change a Light Day

Child Health Day

Come & Take-It Day

Dalton Defenders Day

Day of German Unity -- Germany

Dionysus' Day

Dog Day

Francisco Morazan Holiday -- Honduras

International Frugal Fun Day

Marching Band Festival -- Blinn College

National Butterfly and Hummingbird Day

National Carmel Custard Day

National Foundation Day -- Korea, BC 2333

Relief of Leiden Day -- Netherlands

St. Garard of Brogne's Day

Techies Day

World Card Making Day

Birthdays Today:

Stevie Ray Vaughan, 1954
Lindsey Buckingham, 1949
Roy Horn, 1944
Chubby Checker, 1941
Erik Bruhn, 1928
Gore Vidal, 1925
James Herriot (James Alfred Wight), 1916

Today in History:

The state of Gojoseon (modern-day Korea) is founded by Dangun Wanggeom during the reign of the Chinese emperor Yao, BC2333
The siege and battle of Alesia is ended by the surrender of Vercingetorix, leader of the Gauls, to Julius Caesar, BC52
Julius Caesar's assassins suffer a decisive defeat at the First Battle of Phillipi, BC42
Jews are expelled from Eger, Bohemia, 1430
The Duke of Montrose issues a warrant for the arrest of Rob Roy MacGregor, 1712
British Captain James Cook anchors in Alaska, 1778
General Napoleon Bonaparte first rises to national prominence being named to defend the French National Convention against armed counter-revolutionary rioters, 1795
George Washington proclaims the first national Thanksgiving Day will be held on Nov. 26, 1789
American author Edgar Allan Poe is found delirious in a gutter in Baltimore, Maryland under mysterious circumstances; it is the last time he is seen in public before his death, 1849
J.S. Thurman patents a motor-driven vacuum cleaner, 1899
The first conference on wireless telegraphy agrees to adopt SOS as the warning signal and sign of distress, 1906
Leon Trotsky, Adolph Joffe, Matvey Skobelev and other Russian exiles in Vienna, Austria, found the Pravda newspaper, 1908
Mrs. W.H. Felton, of Georgia, becomes the first woman seated in the US Senate, 1922
A V-2 /A4-rocket from Test Stand VII at Peenemünde, Germany is the first man-made object to reach space, 1942
The United Kingdom successfully tests a nuclear weapon, 1952
Germany is reunified, 1990
Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy is attacked by one of the show's tigers, 2003

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