Happy September, almost October!

Time is flying way too fast for me. How can summer be gone again? I love fall, but I needed another month of summer….and just moderate summer, not super hot summer.

Huh, great introductory paragraph, eh? Pleh. The Stringbean is on my lap, purring, rubbing my hands and arms, stepping on the keyboard, blocking the monitor so I can’t see. Oh. He just left and now Teagan is on my head eating my hair. I love you, too, kitties.

Hubby and I just got back from Vegas. We had a great time, as always. Walking for miles to visit lots of cool spots. Swimming and reading by the pool. And then eating tons of food and drinking gallons of drink. The shows were fantastic. Love (the Beatles Cirque show)….my favorite!. Mystere, always great! And Jersey Boys!!! Wow!

Here are a couple of Las Vegas photos, and then on to the excitement here at home!

This is the Tree House of the restaurant “Mastro’s Ocean Club”. We had dinner here….halibut…oh, man, everything was SO good. We always share entrees so we can try more side dishes. It was new to us, so lots of fun and good good food! Pecan pie with homemade vanilla bean ice cream and a bowl of whipped cream the size of a basketball for dessert. It was insane.



All the times we have been to Vegas I never noticed this skull at Treasure Island. I’ll definitely crop it for a Halloween picture!

Here is the Cowfish that we always go visit at Caesar’s Palace.

You can tell that gambling isn’t high on our list of stuff to do in Vegas.

Ok, while we were gone we missed some excitement. If you recall, back in July (I think) we had a mama turtle take a dip in our pond and then lay some eggs in the lawn. We had given up on them hatching. But, here …in mid September, Aaron came over to care for the chickens, goats, cats, etc. and found three of the hatchlings!!! He sent us the pics in Vegas.

Aaron put them in a toad house for some protection, but they had already made up their minds that they had places to go and things to do. One headed out the door, another went out through the window! Baby turteees!

I’ll have to zoom in on that one, too.

Oh, well, if I didn’t post it now, I would probably forget, so thar it is!

I waded through most of my emails. It’s hard to catch up after being gone. Back to work tomorrow! Nice to see all of yas! 😉

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45 Responses to Happy September, almost October!

  1. M-----l says:

    In my world, “Stringbean” is a nickname for the musician James Taylor. I had a fun time imagining him sitting on your lap rubbing up on your arms. I couldn’t figure out why he was purring, though.

  2. crankypants says:

    babby turdus! so cute.
    Glad you had a nice vacation in Vegas! Welcome back. I can’t believe it’s almost October either. I hated most of this summer since I developed this thyroid thing and overheated at the drop of a hat and was tired all the time so I ended up sitting around a lot more than normal (or maybe a little more…) bu whatever. I waste every summer anyway.

    • Lauri says:

      I felt like I wasted this summer more than others. Usually I come out of hibernation and don’t take naps in the summer. This year I took a nap every day. And loved it. This doesn’t bode well for this winter. I may never wake up.
      You had a lot to deal with with that thyroid. I hope it’s getting under control.

      • crankypants says:

        I know, I was thinking what the winter will be like if I don’t get this thyroid under control soon! I’m going for acupuncture tonight and see the endocrinologist on the 3rd. The summer sucked because I started out doing stuff, I had the pass for the local museums and was out doing stuff like that pretty often and then it just fizzled out in August. My sister wasn’t around as much and I was feeling so tired and hot and never made it to any more places after mid August. I guess I went to a baseball game and that was about it.
        Well, here’s to winter not being all naps and hibernation!

        • amelie says:

          Sorry to butt in but @Crankypants I’ve had some thyroid / blood pressure issues that made me hideously exhausted and my skin felt like it was on fire. It may not be relevant to your condition, just wanted to share that kelp (it has iodine), salt and miso soup saved my life. The salt helped with my low blood pressure, and kelp with my thyroid issues. Miso with both. Obviously not medical advice, just my experience.

          • crankypants says:

            Oh hey I am always open to advice or suggestions or experiences of others. Are you hyper- or hypo-? I’m hyper. My blood pressure is normal, thank goodness. I’ll check out some kelp! Did you go on medication too? are your thyroid troubles gone? anyway, thanks for the reply!

            • amelie says:

              I was tested 7 (seven!) times for hyperthyroidism. That was before I realized you need a specific test, which I never got. The tests can come back normal even if the thyroid is off. My doctor is still convinced I have thyroid issues. It might be sub-clinical. I’m lucky to have a doc who’s a member of Doctors Without Borders and he’s trained in many parts of the world. I consider him a genius and he always tries diet before medication. I was told my blood pressure was normal but later found out it was actually on the low side (and probably very low considering I get extremely stressed at the clinic). That’s what was causing my exhaustion. I eat kelp or take Cornucopia kelp with iodine supplements (food is better) and when I forget, yep, the hot skin and fatigue come back.

              Hope you feel better, I know how frusrating it can be.

            • amelie says:

              ps Try NON low-sodium Miso soup in the morning. If you eat heavy food, blood rushes to your stomach and deprives your brain of energy. The miso / salt will bring it back up.

  3. I’m glad the summer is winding down. It’s still hot in the afternoons here, but as soon as the sun goes down it cools off rapidly. You need a sweater if you’re out after 9. In San Francisco, the fog is now so thick at night you can’t see across the street in some neighborhoods.

    I’m glad you had fun in Vegas! You seem to find all the cool places to hang out. But the baby turtles are extra special. I wonder if they’ll be much bigger by the time you guys get your first hard freeze. 🙂

    • Lauri says:

      I’m rather surprised that they hatched this late. I can only imagine that they’ll just have time to find somewhere to hibernate….it’s getting so cold at night! We saw a da Vinci exhibit and a Monet exhibit, too. Those were cool.

  4. aubrey says:

    The turtle babies look to be the size of quarters. Don’t correct me if I’m wrong.

    We were in Vegas just a few weeks earlier! We must coincide our trips for maximum Vegas-osity next year!

    • Lauri says:

      I’ll correct you because you are right! They were even maybe a bit smaller than a quarter. Miraculous that they can survive, really.
      It was almost 100 degrees while we were there! The weather people were peeing their pants with excitement. “Will we get our LAST day of 100 degree weather? Tune in at 11:00 to find out!!!”
      Or just live until tomorrow and find out for real. 😉

  5. Inga says:


    That restaurant’s crazy lookin’! I’d love to go to Vegas one day. Actually I’d love to see most of the US – we see so much of it in movies and TV, it’d be nice to see some of it in real life. Probably not in winter though 😉

    • Lauri says:

      I can take four days of Vegas. We get up early and wander the streets all morning. At night after the shows the streets are so crowded it’s freaking insane. I want to scream and karate chop people in their throats. So far I have managed to control myself however. I get really irate in solid packed human crowds.

  6. madtante says:

    ::dies from baby turtle cute::

    I’ve never been to Vegas. Since I can’t eat anything not prepared in a haz-mat lockdown (Celiac, it’s not the gluten that gets me, it’s the CROSS-CONTAMINATION, which is gluten but I’m that sensitive, so you don’t “see” it’s there and then you wish you were dead for 3-5 days–I don’t get IBS, like most people), I doubt I’ll ever “go” anywhere again unless I have my own kitchen.

    I may like the Beatles show, though. Glad you had a big time!

    • Lauri says:

      Ugh, that’s SO awful. We could bag up some space sealed food for you and take you with us!

      • madtante says:

        Pretty much it: nuts and jerky ;p

        • Lauri says:

          But that’s still better than the consequences of cross contamination.

          • madtante says:

            I don’t know how long you’ve lived on raw almonds and no salt jerky but it gets old after one day…just saying!

            I tried eating out at “gluten free” places 8 times this year and was cc’d 4 of the times…that’s with SPECIFIC instructions. Hell, my mother cc’d me. I cc’d myself using the work SINK. I’m a super-sensitive case, hence: stay the fuck home.

            • Lauri says:

              Is that what you have to eat when you are away from home? You can eat stuff you fix for yourself while at home, right?
              Yeah, raw almonds and no salt jerky. It doesn’t sound good at all.

              • madtante says:

                I can eat all kinds of things at home.

                My point is once LOSE a 100% gf kitchen, cc WILL happen–even work or my mum’s kitchen because other people’s food have it and it’s MICROSCOPIC. It’s not, “Oops! I ate a cookie.” It’s I ate perfectly fine food that somehow got an invisible booger on it.

                When I leave home, I can eat many things but cannot trust another person’s (including restaurants) kitchen. A 50% failure rate on CERTIFIED gf restos? Because they’re not 100% gf…they have a gf-specific prep area but that doesn’t mean (like at work, where I prepared my own food but used a counter and sink shared with others) ccing won’t happen. As a matter of a fact, I’d say it’s GOING to happen. I don’t like playing Russian Roulette. Having a 50% “so sick you want to die and almost do” for 3 – 5 days because of an invisible booger on otherwise “safe” food?

                Not worth it.

                I can go visit somebody but I’d want to CLEAN myself (the prep area) and people’ll think, “My kitchen’s not good enough for you? I’m not clean enough?”

                Yes. You’re not clean enough. What I need has to be THAT clean and if I fail to make it that clean, believe me, you want it to be ON ME (like a work). I no longer prepare food at work. I eat a candy bar for breakfast almost everyday. It’s in a wrapper and I can keep a ton of them here. It’s not a great choice but it’s EASY and SAFE. I bring boiled eggs and prepared foods to simply HEAT but my long hours mean I eat here most of the time (perhaps one meal at home, given 13-20 hour days).

                It’s no fun. People who say people who are gf are doing it for attention or because it’s cool are OUT OF THEIR MINDS. It’s the least fun thing EVER.

                What doctors don’t tell you, too, is: when you get clean/ clear/ healed? It’s exponentially worse. Before, I had systemic troubles (not IBS, which is what people think it means…some do get that but it’s not actually the norm) and now, I’ll react with what looks like food poisoning but lasts for days. My joints will swell, fever, etc. It’s like a BAD, BAD, BAD flu: my body was poisoned. Celiacs are genetically unable to process so somewhere between *that* and the fact I have autoimmune (one of my theories why I react VIOLENTLY), I’m screwed. More info than you wanted but for damned sure: it has ruined my life. RUINED. Can’t eat anything I didn’t prepare? … In MY kitchen? Can’t travel? I take that back. I guess an RV is the answer!

  7. amelie says:

    Our cats are getting all cuddly too, one black kitty (Ives) and black and white (Watson) say to Stringbean, “Happy snuggle with mommy wake her up by licking her head and climbing under the blankets Equinox!” 😀

  8. kimkiminy says:

    I love how the skull is right next door to a senor Frog’s.

    Teeny turtles! SO cute!

  9. amelie says:

    Sorry Lauri, not trying to hijack the thread. 😉

    • Lauri says:

      All discussions and thread jacks are welcome here! It’s always interesting to hear what everyone elses’ symptoms are. 🙂
      Mine is just CFS and IBS. I don’t think any thyroid issues….yet!

  10. marsboom says:

    Did you have a chance to check out the “D” casino? Curious to know how they interpreted detroit..to much sarcasm to start so I’ll let everyone’s imagination run wild! Yes, happy Sept.On to getting caked out w/ bdays:)

  11. stevebetz says:

    We just got back from Vegas for a trip for the first weekend of the NFL season. I am ashamed to admit that I have never noticed the skull either. That’s sad.

    • Lauri says:

      It’s strange…I imagine if you are across the street you are too close to it. Or maybe it’s new? Yeah, let’s say it’s new! That stupid pirate show is totally retarded though.

  12. homebody says:

    Aww … those li’l turtles are cute! and I love it that you regularly visit a Cowfish!

  13. marsboom says:

    I miss my turtles….everything from teeny tiny painted to the galopogas (sp) size snappers….we built the house right in the middle of their nesting grounds…yet we all got along..
    Here’s a little sumptin from the readers digest TURTLE
    Who would be a turtle who could help it?
    A barely mobile hard roll, a four-oared helmet,
    she can ill afford the chances she must take
    in rowing toward the grasses that she eats.
    Her track is graceless, like dragging
    a packing-case places, and almost any slope
    defeats her modest hopes. Even being practical,
    she’s often stuck up to the axle on her way
    to something edible. With everything optimal,
    she skirts the ditch which would convert
    her shell into a serving dish. She lives
    below luck-level, never imagining some lottery
    will change her load of pottery to wings.
    Her only levity is patience,
    the sport of truly chastened things. Kay Ryan

    Ok….not the most uplifting of writing, but great for my practice of typing 🙂

  14. GOF says:

    Baby toitles—-what a fabulous surprise, and your Vegas stories and pics are always interesting…..it’s a world slightly different from mine. 🙂

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