Turtle update

November 19th, 2007 No comments

We received another update on the box turtle we brought to the Piedmont Wildlife Center for treatment. The turtle had an encounter with a car while attempting to cross the road by our house.

Our turtle is still here (which is a good sign!) but he is not eating, so we’ve had to give him fluids to keep him hydrated. Other than that, there are no new “news” on his conditions, we just have to wait and see and hope for improvement. It usually takes some time for turtles, they are slow to recover generally.

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A trip down memory lane in Staten Island

November 18th, 2007 No comments

After the awesome wedding of our friends, Michelle and Adam, in New Jersey this past weekend, David and I drove to Staten Island to see David’s childhood haunts. David took me to his childhood home in Village Greens as well as to see his old elementary school (P.S. 4) and Tottenville High School.

Food being key to memory, we made sure to get some authentic New York pizza, a cannoli, a dozen bagels, and some cookies from an Italian bakery. I enjoyed pointing out the numerous concrete lions that decorated the houses of many Staten Islanders of Sicilian heritage.

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Random thoughts on wedding planning

November 11th, 2007 No comments

Suzanne and I attended a fabulous wedding the other day, and it got me thinking back to the days we were planning and preparing for our own wedding. We also remembered all of the other weddings we attended over the years during our drive to New Jersey, and wanted to share some thoughts for those that may yet still “tie the knot.”

Here are some random thoughts, since I was thinking about weddings this weekend, thought not at all a commentary on the wedding we just attended. Actually, Suzanne was a bridesmaid (matron?), while I was only in attendance. Read more…

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The trouble with turtles [updated]

November 1st, 2007 No comments

The other day, on my way to work, I noticed a turtle crossing the road besides our house. There are a few turtles that live in our yard—we see them from time to time, and I thought this might be one of them, coming home from cruising for lady turtles in the neighborhood.

I am a fan of turtles, and try to help them cross streets when I can. Today was a little different though—when I picked up this particular Eastern Box Turtle, it only pulled three of its legs into its shell, rather than all four.

I knew something was amiss for this little guy, and suspected he has had a close encounter with a car, though he didn’t seem to be in bad condition otherwise. Turtle shells are tough, but a car can really squash them if they get run over.

Since it was pointed toward our yard when I picked it up, I figured I would help it along, and put it on a pile of pine straw, figuring to check on it when I got home from work, if it didn’t travel very far. When I next checked, it had burrowed under the pine straw, which was good, but it still had the gimpy leg, which was bad.

The next morning the turtle was in the same spot, in the same condition—it was alive, but did not pull one leg into its shell. Suzanne was a softy, and called a veterinarian friend to see about bringing the turtle in for a visit.

While I am a fan of turtles, this was not a member of our family—we had just met—and I was willing to be a witness to the circle of life. I had a fear of an enormous vet bill, and warned Suzanne that this was not to turn out to be the six million, six thousand, or even six hundred dollar turtle.

Lucky for us, Suzanne’s friend referred us to the Piedmont Wildlife Center. Previously unknown to both of us, the center operates a hospital catering to individual animals of native wildlife species that are sick, injured or orphaned. Best of all, the hospital was very close to our house, and my office.

So about a day after its close encounter, the turtle took a trip to the Piedmont Wildlife Center. The initial diagnosis was a broken leg, and the center staff will see what they can do to rehabilitate the little guy, so it can be released back in the wilds of Durham.

Updated November 12th

We received an update on the turtle from PWC this afternoon.

Thanks for checking in on the turtle. He is doing ok, though he has a hind leg injury and an eye injury, so the prognosis is guarded. He is on pain medication and antibiotics throughout treatment. Please feel free to check in on him again in a few days to see how he progresses.

As always, thank you again for caring about our local wildlife!

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Pumpkinapalooza

October 29th, 2007 No comments

David and I hosted our 4th Annual Pumpkin Carving party this weekend. Friends came and throughly enjoyed themselves carving their pumpkin masterpieces. It was a very kid friendly party with young guests ranging in age from 4 months to 12 yo. The kids really enjoyed running around our spacious yard. I especially liked our neighbors, Tim and Wendy’s carved turnip faces! As the sun was setting, David fired up the grill and made tasty hot dogs for everyone. Before people left, we lit up the freshly carved jack o’lanterns and admired their festive glow. We can’t wait until Pumpkin Carving Party #5 next year!

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