Friday, August 17, 2012

A Mouse in Orlando and a Skunk at Home

I had an interesting evening last night. Sophie was very agitated and wanted to go outside.  I let her out and she went tearing around the yard trying to find something.  I stepped onto the deck and got an unmistakable whiff.  Good Lord, a skunk. 

Had it just passed through and left a little something behind?  Or was my crazy dog about to get sprayed.

I quickly rounded up the crazed canine and brought her inside.  But it was near bedtime and she needed to...well, you know.  So I got her leash and we headed out the front door for a nice walk.  In the dark.  And then I listened to her whine and fuss at the back door half the night. 
(I really think he was out there.)   

But hey, better than a close encounter of the stinky kind.

Enough of that.  As you know, I'm just back from a family vacation at Disney World and tradition demands I bore you with a couple pictures.  Just a couple, I promise.

These are the very cool, ridiculously overpriced rain ponchos we bought after getting drenched by a sudden downpour on our second day.  Naturally, as soon as we put them on, it stopped raining.

It made us feel a little Goofy.

This was a new ride I wanted to try out.  Unfortunately there was an unreasonable weight limit.

The kids got to make candy at the candy story.

So did I.

Okay, got to have one group shot.  Here's the whole clan. 

If you're looking for a picture of Mickey, we never ran into him. 
But I didn't run into that skunk last night either so I'm good.

Groaner of the Day:  Two guys have been lost in the desert for weeks and they're in a bad way. As they stumble on, hoping for an oasis or something similar, they suddenly see, in the distance, a small tree.

As they get closer, they can see that the tree is draped with rasher upon rasher of bacon. There's smoked bacon, crispy bacon, life-giving juicy nearly-raw bacon, all sorts. And the smell... oh, the glorious smell!

"Look, Pepe," says the first man. "It's a bacon tree!"

"You're right!" says Pepe, "We're saved!"

Pepe doesn't wait another second. He runs up to the tree, salivating at the prospect of food. But just as he gets there, there's the sound of machine gun fire, and he is shot down in a hail of bullets.

His friend quickly drops down on the sand and calls to the dying Pepe.

"Pepe!! Pepe!! What happened?"

And with his dying breath Pepe calls back: "Ugh, run, run!! It's not a Bacon Tree after all...

...its a ham bush!"

(I know, vacation pictures and a groaner that bad in the same post.  I'm ashamed. I truly am.)

hee hee hee


Linda G. said...

Ham bush? *groans* But I laughed, too. And those pics are great! Looks like you had a marvelous time. :)

Maria Zannini said...

Knock on wood, I have never encountered a skunk. Thank God, Sophie didn't get sprayed. You'd be washing her--well, even now.

Ref: Disney
I am always amazed at the variety of activities Disney offers. One of my best friends helped design a ride (many years ago).

She left Disney when she got married and move north. Silly girl.

LD Masterson said...

Linda G. - Hey, I said I was sorry. Sort of.

Yeah, we had a great time.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Nice pics! Looks like you had a good time - even with the rain.

LD Masterson said...

Maria - I wanted no part of that snunk but Sophie was all ready to do battle. Crazy animal.

Disney has cteated some great rides but the double piggy back ride in the picture, I'm taking credit for. :-)

Liz Fichera said...

Those pics are wonderful!! And a candy store, making candy?! I so want to do that!

Glad you had a nice time.

Carol Kilgore said...

Glad you didn't get skunked!

LD Masterson said...

Liz - Thanks. And the candy making really was fun.

LD Masterson said...

Carol - Oh, me too.

Kimber Leszczuk. said...

They made candy at the Candy Cauldron. :)

LD Masterson said...

Thanks, Kim. I couldn't remember the name.

DL Hammons said...

I had to cover the screen while I read your post. If my wife saw the pictures of Disney World she would have started pining for another visit. The woman is obsessed with that place. :)

Tara Tyler said...

yay disney world and enjoying it with family! so glad you all had so much fun! (and great caption, unreasonable weight limit)

thanks for sharing the pics!

Darke Conteur said...

Oh yeah, you can smell those suckers a mile away. I haven't seen any around our home, but they're out there. Mind you, the only thing that pisses the cats off, are the neighbours cats wandering around at night. I've had to send Sithboy out a few times to shoo them away from the window. :D

Looks like you guys had a great time!!

LD Masterson said...

DL - ever take her on a Disney Cruise? We did one a couple years ago and I think it was even better than Disney World.

LD Masterson said...

Tara - Thanks. (and can you believe my son wasn't willing to carry his 'slightly overweight' mom on his back?)

LD Masterson said...

Darke - I'm embarrassed to admit our Sophie is afraid of cats. One tried to make friends (persistantly) while we were on a walk and Soph actually fell over on her back. She'd probably be afraid of a skunk, too, if it turned on her but I'm afraid she'd realize it a little too late.

Arlee Bird said...

I don't care what anyone says about the groaner, but now I have an enormous craving for bacon. And before bedtime yet. What kind of dreams will that give me? Skunks, Disney, and bacon--there's a cartoon in there somewhere.

Tossing It Out

LD Masterson said...

Lee - I'm nothing if not eclectic.

Sweet dreams.