Saturday, April 30, 2011

Look what I found

It's spring in Texas which means changeable weather and lots of wind. Last night, we had strong winds that likely knocked this "friend" out of a nest and onto my territory in the back yard. Mom and Dad were ready for bed and I brought in this bird alive to the bedroom! What a great bird dog, right? Well, when I softened my mouth grip and showed my new "friend" to my Mom, the bird took the opportunity to scoot under their bed. For some reason, Mom left the room with Laz. Moses, Dad, and I needed to do something. Dad lifted up the bed and I grasped the bird in my mouth and took it to our bed in the family room to show Mom and Lazarus. We were playing together and having fun until the bird just stopped moving. I tried to nudge it, but it had fallen asleep. Dad took my photo with the bird, and then he traded me some jerky for the bird. He went outside with it and I didn't see it again. Anyway, it was a fun night.

Keep exploring,


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Kevin's Trip to Seattle

Kevin traveled to Seattle, Washington last week to attend the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers. I presented a paper on his current research regarding the grass-fed beef industry in the Beef Belt of the United States. It was nice to catch up with some friends from Arizona State and North Dakota. The weather was gloomy and cold, but it did not matter too much because summer in Texas will be plenty warm enough. Here are a couple of photos from my ferry trip to Bainbridge Island which is across Puget Sound from Seattle. You can see the Seattle Skyline, the ferry arriving on Bainbridge, and the farmer's market where he scored some liver jerky for his three adoring furry friends.


Monday, April 11, 2011

Trip to Mississippi State

Julie and I were fortunate to take a trip to Starkville, MS at the end of last week. Our primary purpose was to see a photo of Magellan on campus. We traveled as guests of Hunter Henry who is an alumnus and on the Foundation Board. Magellan's photo is in a case that discusses Mr. Henry's life story in the Alumni Center. Secondarily, I gave a talk in the Geosciences Department about grass-fed beef. Kevin has a colleague in that department that he met while a PhD student at Arizona State. In addition, we also visited the Waverly Plantation which dates back to 1852 along the banks of the Tombigbee River in Mississippi. Julie also got to go into a Piggly Wiggly grocery store for the first time. We brought an individual peach pie home for Laz, some crawtator chips for Moses, and some butter cookies for Gelli from Piggly Wiggly.