A checkered history

Little E got a Super Mario Bros. checkers set for his birthday. We play it a lot. He’s gotten frighteningly good. He plays a pretty mean game – enough that his old man sits there, scratching his head, and mutters “How do I get out of this one?”


Here we see Olivia conferring with the boy on strategy. Donkey Kong and Blue Toad are impartial observers.


So is Puck.

A good time was had by all!

It’s Portia Day!

For those of you just tuning in, it was about a year ago this weekend that our herd of 2011 rescue animals started showing up, beginning with Portia, an attitudinal little red-headed tabby kitten my wife spotted up in a tree… surrounded by hungry dogs. The dogs were chased off and Portia was promptly whisked away in the tail waggin’ mail wagon to join our family.

She’s celebrating today in fine style. Read More