Sunday, September 27, 2009

Caption this Photo!

This picture cracks me up. Mostly my pups (Nia's the black. Cheyenne's the blond.) are sweet, but they sure don't look it here. They look... I don't know. Like they've got an attitude. What do you think they're thinking?

Make my day and caption this photo!

Saturday, September 19, 2009


Our family grew up with horses. Well, not with them, but they were always around. When I was a kid, we had several. I had my own pony. Her name was Topsy-Turvy and I showed her in 4-H. I even won some ribbons!

Later, I graduated to horses. I remember the first time a horse reared--with me on it! I fell off and wrenched my wrist. I also remember the first time a horse bit me. And when one tried to kick me. But mostly my memories are fond ones.

I. Love. Horses.

That said, I haven't been around them in years. Haven't ridden in eons! So, unlike my sister Barb--a fantastic horseman--I was a tad nervous when we went riding in the mountins on our recent trip to Wyoming.

Luckily, my mount, Jack, was a doll. Although he did jump a creek instead of walking down into it. But I held on and stayed on! I was so proud.

Barb was a pro. She even helped the wrangle saddle our horses!

We had a grand week long adventure, but I have to say, that horse back ride was a highlight for me. Such magnificent animals. To share that moment with my sister was a huge treat! Did I mention, I love horses?

SIS Beth

Monday, September 14, 2009

Moosing on the Cake

All week long we were on a search. A search for the moose. We wanted so badly to see one, to be able to check it off our list but darn it, it stayed away. Until...

the last day of the trip as we're driving off Flat Creek Ranch. It takes 1 hour and 15 minutes to get down to Jackson Hole. 1 hour and 15 minutes of going 5-10 mph in a Suburban. 1 hour and 15 minutes of being tossed from side to side of said Suburban. Picture yourself in a barrel and being pushed down a rocky, steep mountain. Yep, that's how it felt. But it was worth it. We were driving around a bend in the road when we saw it. From a distance at first but I knew, KNEW it had to be our moose and guess what folks? He was amazing!

~~SIS Barb and SIS Beth~~

Friday, September 11, 2009

A Wild Beauty

So yesterday, after spending about 10 hours at Yellowstone National Park, we were making the 2 hour drive back to our hotel. I admit, I was speeding even though there are signs everywhere not to because of all the wild animals. However, we were ravenous and there are no restaurants between the park and our hotel. Anyway, we're cruising down this hill when we see a ton of cars parked on the side of the road. Another NO NO. They have what are called turnouts and you're supposed to use those, but there wasn't one and we knew they must be looking at something, so I slammed on the brakes, skid in the gravel, grabbed the camera and hopped out.

This is what we saw. So beautiful, so solitaire, so amazing. We've seen a number of wild animals since we've arrived and we'll share them all with you, but this is the closest we've come...yet!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Play Hard, Sleep Hard

Meet my beautiful fur-kids, Nia (the crazy pup) and Cheyenne (the sensitive dog). Nia's the black lab mix and we think Cheyenne's a cross between a Belgian Malinoi and a German Shepard. They both like to play.

Although Nia's the rougher one. A definite Tomboy. Or is that Tomdog?

Usually Cheyenne poops out first, but eventually Nia winds down, too. I think they're the cutest dogs ever. Well, at least in the current Ciotta household!

SIS Beth

Saturday, September 5, 2009

What If...

What if...fantastical animals truly existed? What if they weren't just a myth but real creatures that walked amongst us? Would you want to live in a world with such beauty and intrigue? I know I would.

Which mythical animal would you like to see?

~~SIS Barb~~

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

'Tales' from Brooks

Well, Shadow and Whiskers are having a great time, being here just a little over two weeks. At ten weeks old they are incredibly smart, they learn so fast, this is the time to instill good habits.

I saw them lying side by side, touching, on the back of a sofa one day gazing out the window. They turned their heads in tandem to look at me as I came down the stairs. Darn it, the camera wasn't ready and I missed the shot! But that incredible picture of brotherly love is etched in my memory. I keep the camera with me and powered up when I go down the stairs now, hoping to catch a repeat of that scene while they're still young.

But as you can see, they gave me another gift... a photo op... an actual session. Feast your
eyes on Pots O' Kitties. Shadow is in the pot with the avocado tree and Whiskers is in the
pot where the citronella used to reside. Don't worry, they're using their litter box. And then on the next go around, they must have known what I wanted to see, two peas in a pot.

I love these guys. They're getting used to the lap and we're bonding. : )

Shadows and Whiskers in the forest.

Shadows and Whiskers in the pot.

Submitted by Brooks C