Sunday, October 31, 2010

Revenge Of The Crickets

It is Halloween and the week we cover insects in our biology class.

We brought the crickets home with us to keep them healthy
and happy. The last time we brought crickets home, Uschi was
still traumatized by the "Hello Kitty Incident" and the sound
of dozens of crickets moving and chirping was super-scary.
So we wondered what would happen this time around...

Vladi is first on the scene, he finds the crickets fascinating.

This bag is talking to me!

Are you my new friends?

Vladi is also keeping an eye on the wrapped Halloween
custard treat, a gift for "him" from his Grandmeow.

Tanji is next, checking out his potential prey.

This brings out big brave Uschi.

Oooh, little buggies.

How come they have cat food in their bowl?
(crickets love it)

Let me help!

Pouring in the crickets.

One tank done.

And then the second tank. The crickets are already chirping.

Are you sure you're not my friends?

Uschi is keeping a close eye on the tanks.

Hmmm, maybe we better move them somewhere safer
(for the crickets).

Happy Halloween!

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Uschi Belly



Tickle, tickle, tickle.


Now this is getting a little pitiful. >;-)

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Bath Time

Uschi was napping on the bed, when,...
Vladi arrived,...

WHAT?,... do you want? !!!

Sniff, sniff,...


Happy Vladi.

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New "House"?

We have been discussing and designing our
"dream" house(s) for 18+ years.

We have always been drawn to greenhouses, commercial spaces,
and the open air grand tropical hotel lobbies.

We have been thinking of building a huge (75'x100') macro structure
that we could maintain a tropical feel within, then build rooms
that seamlessly flow in and out of the habitat.

Yesterday, we visited a ClearSpan structure.

It was very bright inside (it was a dark rainy day),
and it had huge volume (plenty for tall palm trees... to climb).

Very interesting,...

Our design is to have a full concrete slab, with radiant
heat and are in discussions to swap out the fabric
cover for multi-wall Polycarbonate (Lexan) panels to
get an insulative value. This would basically result in
a large greenhouse with high ceilings and no internal
support columns. Then inside we are thinking of rooms that
are kind of free floating, not necessarily connected to each other,
they all open out into the tropical "macro-structure" garden,...
moving between rooms means moving through a
tropical garden. Kind of the feel of an open
air lobby of a grand tropic island hotel.

The goal environment would be warm
enough for shorts year round, but not
uncomfortably hot or humid.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Confused Uschi



Was lounging in a plastic chair.

Lesley couldn't resist,...

Oh, nooo,....

Daaad,....??? Mom is touching meeee,....

I'm not sure about this,...

That wasn't right,...

What is happening to me??

I feel funny,...

If I didn't know better,...

I might have liked that,...

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Special Delivery

Vladi are you ready to leave this crazy family?,...

We could ship that box to TX,... >;-)

You aren't getting rid of me that easily.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tanj & Meowme


Meowme is sneaking up on you,..


Hi meowme

Happy T.

Pet, pet, pet.

Hey T,... I get in trouble for doing that.

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Monday, October 25, 2010


Uschi was sitting in the garden.


Sniffing flowers.

I'm off,...

These mints are mine,...

All mine.

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