Sunday, November 11, 2018

Sunday Stills

Magic and Ripley

Sam and Lighty


Missy, Maggie and Jake

Penny and Missy

Baby and Trigger

Cuffie and Norman

Romeo, Lotus and Gus

Gus, Ripley and Walon

Donneur and Cocomo

Happy and Sebastian

B-Rad and Blu

Grand, Rip and Moe

King and Trigger

Norman, Cuffie and Traveller


Bruno and Havana


Havana, Art, Baner and Taylor

Cino and Fabrizzio

Blu and Nemo

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Deer Family (Mostly) Comes to Life

You might recall that a few weeks ago Jason had a moment of temporary insanity because he was blissed out at Costco. Costco is Jason's happy place, and after a few weeks of missing out on a Costco trip Jason had the holy grail of Costco trips: he got to go alone. The endorphins clearly caused Jason to temporarily lose his mind, and he sent me a text telling me the deer family was back at Costco. After two years of skillfully avoiding the deer family, he voluntarily brought home the deer family.

One of his reasons for avoiding the deer family was that he didn't want to have to put it together. Unfortunately for Jason Carter has been a ball of excitement about the deer family and asked about 27 times per day when we were going to put up the deer family. Jason broke down and brought out the box with the deer family a few days ago.

Building them was not as torturous as Jason had anticipated. Of course there were some awkwardly placed bolts and screws that were almost impossible to hold at the right angle to get them in, but I think Jason would agree that it could have been a lot worse. Then we had to spend some time properly positioning and anchoring the deer family with Carter's guidance. Then he had to get each of us plugged in and fiddle with all of the cords.

Finally it was time for the big moment. We gave a nod to Clark Griswold as Carter and I assembled to watch the big moment when the main cord was plugged in. We clapped and cheered as the deer family lit up. It seemed like Jason's work was done. However it was still full daylight when we plugged the deer family in and it took me a few moments to realize there was a problem.

The problem? Jason's head and antlers were not lighting up. It did seem fitting that Jason's deer was the problem child in our deer family. Jason checked connections, stared at things, fiddled with nothing, stared some more, wiggled a few things, yet his head remained dark. Then he gave up and said he had done his part, so our deer family does have one dim member, Jason.

Occasionally Jason's head will light up when the deer family is first plugged in, and his head and antlers glow proudly. Then they go dark after a minute or two. We have ordered a replacement  Jason which will hopefully arrive in a few days. I am hopeful that replacement Jason will be fully functioning, unlike the original Jason. I guess we will find out.

the deer family had some assembly required

Jason building "my" deer (he built himself first)

perfecting the placement of each of us under Carter's direction (he insisted his deer had to be in the middle)

making sure they are happy with the placement of the deer family

Carter posing with "his" deer

Jason trying to determine why his head and antlers insist on remaining dark

raise your hand if you are surprised that Jason's deer is the one being difficult

Levendi and Cisco playing

Roho and Rubrico

fun run; Penny, Lily, Dawn, Maggie, Cuffie, Calimba, Dolly, Maisie, Jake, Missy

Levendi, Apollo, Cisco, Moe, Thomas and Hemi posing after a rain shower


Mick and Quigly

a closer look at Quigly





Rubrico, Wilson and Rocky

Taylor and Alfie

Sabrina, Sparky, Innes and Flower

Apollo, Revy, Moe, Thomas and Trigger

Flyer and Gibson 


Ripley and Sushi playing

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween from the Webb family! As you can see, we went with a Star Wars theme this year as Carter wanted to be a storm trooper. The original plan was for Jason to be BB8 and me to be Chewbacca. Unsurprisingly, grumpy Jason had issues with this plan. He put on the BB8 costume, turned on the air pump, and then immediately announced he couldn't wear it because it was "too claustrophobic and he felt like he was breathing plastic." I was quite looking forward to being Chewbacca, but I made the switch with Jason, put on the BB8 costume, and aired myself up. Jason put on the Chewbacca costume and wore it barely long enough for us to get this picture. He also had issues with that costume as it "was like wearing a fur coat and he was too hot." On the other hand, I managed to walk to about 20 houses as BB8. I think my Big Bird costume was better last year, but I thought our costumes were great this year as well. I hope everyone had a fun Halloween!

Jason as Chewbacca, me as BB8, Carter as a storm trooper


Missy and Maggie

happy grazers; Johnny, Lighty, Sam, Ascot, Quigly, Blu and Happy

Fabrizzio and Havana

Merlin, Renny and Cino

Havana and Renny

Thomas, Cisco and Levendi

Apollo and Hemi

Dolly, Penny and Traveller

Blu and Sebastian

George and Asterik


Miel and Lighty being wild

Charlotte and Missy


Trigger and Baby

Squirrel and Sushi

Renny, Duesy, Merlin, Art and Remmy


Squirrel was determined to get Gus to play with him, even if he had to resort to pulling his tail

Ricardo and Homer playing

Convey, Chance and Baby

Cocomo and Donneur

Cuffie and Cinnamon

Maisie and Traveller