Who even knew such a thing happens???
  • tryphena
    I DID!! I get it every once in awhile and it's awful. Terribly uncomfortable.

    TMI: I wake up in the morning feeling like there's phlegm in my throat that won't go up or down, or like there's a piece of soggy bread stuck in my throat. I'll look in the mirror, and sure enough: My uvula is swollen and filling the back of my throat. It can be the result of dehydration from drinking too much alcohol (how's that for oxymoronic? And no, that's not the cause of mine) or an allergic reaction (most likely my case, though I know not to what) or it can be idiopathic (that doesn't mean anything about a low IQ...it is "cause unknown").
    by tryphena at 06/27/14 1:47PM


Takes the example of washing feet to a new extreme.

My feet now smell like dog breath instead of, well, feet.

I'm not sure that's an improvement.
  • tryphena
    Pups are such servants! :-)
    by tryphena at 06/04/14 2:58PM

To Kill A Mockingbird, The Sequel

Bravery is all well and good, in its place.

But sometimes, pride mimics bravery.

Pride goes before a fall.

You can kill two birds with one stone.

But sometimes, you kill one bird with two dogs.

No fake snake needed. Or real one either. AND I get to keep my husband, cause he would have left if I had brought a snake in.

Dogs: 1 Birds: 0

  • tryphena
    Sarah and I are laughing about this! Hope it wasn't a mess.
    by tryphena at 02/25/14 2:39PM

To Kill a Mockingbird

Or at least to get rid of it.

It is attacking the dog while he is eating, scaring the dog into leaving his food. Then the bird jumps in and helps himself. I stand guard so the dog can eat his own food.

It has been flying into the garage before I can even drive in and get out. He/she/they wait until I hit that door opener, and immediately he/she/they are in.

And it is now flying into my house. AND he just flew in while I was typing this. AGAIN.

I could just get a dog nanny to open and close the door 1000x for them to come and go in this beautiful-about-to-get-nasty weather.

I'd rather just get rid of the mockingbird!
  • grandmadiane
    In researching predators to the mocking bird it seems you need to obtain a snake, owl, or hawk. If it doesn't matter what kind of snake, Rachel and her husband has a boa you might be able to borrow.
    by grandmadiane at 02/20/14 12:57PM
  • tryphena
    I don't know what to comment on here, but this was entertaining to read. :-)
    by tryphena at 02/20/14 2:36PM
  • ceoltoir
    I saw your comment on her page and came to see why you needed a boa! A strategically placed fake owl or hawk might discourage the mockingbird. Also, you can shoot it with a super soaker water gun which will eventually drive it away.
    by ceoltoir at 02/21/14 12:21PM
  • shaneg
    Perhaps get a copy of "To Kill a Mockingbird". leave it laying at the door. See if the bird gets the hint.
    by shaneg at 02/22/14 10:11PM

The Cat Came Back, the very next day

There was a children's song that was taught to my children about a cat that refused to be sent away, lost, etc

It always came back. No matter what happened.

The chorus went like this:

But the cat came back, the very next day,
The cat came back, they thought he was a goner,
But the cat came back, just wouldn't stay away.

We always said Tabby was that cat. Though abandoned at birth, eaten up with maggots, drowned by the boy who was cleaning the maggots off, burrowed into by wolf worms, fallen on by a running boy (left him unable to walk for a bit), almost beheaded by a closed garage door, burrowed into by more wolf worms, trapped in an attic for three days with temps in the 90's, hung by his neck in the garage door, smitten with pneumonia AND wolf worms in his face at the same time, in a fight with a ??? that left him shredded in places.... We began to think the cat was invincible. He always came back the very next day.

Until tonight. He won't be coming back.

Good bye Tabs!!!
  • tryphena
    That cat had more than nine lives!
    by tryphena at 01/24/14 10:59PM
  • grandmadiane
    I am so very sorry for your loss. You have had several critters with fluffy tails, and wagging tales, with scales and purrs. I know it is hard to lose them.
    by grandmadiane at 01/24/14 11:19PM
  • crazy_mama
    Oh no. It's never easy to say goodbye to a pet. sorry
    by crazy_mama at 01/27/14 1:20AM
  • derbydi
    Dreading the day we have to say goodbye to our cat.
    by derbydi at 02/20/14 10:55AM
  • raifhaus
    by raifhaus at 04/20/14 9:49AM