Monday, 25 February 2008

The Mouser

Y'all have heard it a million times, right? Cats chase mice. "An American Tail", "Stuart Little", "Redwall"... we are told that cats chase and eat mice. And I started to get skeptical. Maybe in the Middle Ages, sure. But we are in the Modern Era now, and that sort of thing doesn't happen anymore.
Then I got back from a Boy Scout meeting to find our cat Fluffy chasing a rock. A rock with a tail. It turns out she was hounding an unidentified rodent - either a really fat mouse or someone's pet gerbil - and having a really good time of it. She would sit and wait for it and then at some non-determined time she would leap out and tackle it. Then she would bat it around - once I saw her throw it up then slam it down - and then she would sit and wait again. I might post pictures I took. >:)

Don't look away, don't turn around, and don't blink... Good luck.

Trusting in the Lord,
Alex for the Colliers.

Wednesday, 13 February 2008

Happy Valentine's Day

A little early. Just wanted to warn anyone who might actually stop by to not open Valentine card e-mails from anyone you don't know. The Storm Worm virus uses an embedded link to install itself and make your computer part of a botnet. A single user then has access to all the machines in the botnet.

Actually whenever you receive an e-card from anyone you don't know- just delete it.

An article about this is at

I subscribe to, so it's legitimate. I mostly get weather warnings from them. It does have ads which may or may not be helpful.

Naomi for the Colliers

Saturday, 9 February 2008

Just another busy week

Alex was elected patrol leader for his patrol. Someone nominated him for senior patrol leader, but he respectfully declined. He wants to get a better feel for leading just a patrol before taking on the whole troop. His dad thought he should have left his name in, but I think it's fine for him to take a little time until he feels more comfortable with the idea. He has four years of scouts (as a boy) ahead of him.

Kyrie's ballet class are going to be mice in the spring production of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe that Excelsior is going to put on. Abigail's class are going to be flowers. They're both working hard to learn all they need to know for that and for ballet exams in May. They both have expressed interest in taking drama class, as well as ballet, at Excelsior next fall.

Aidan is about finished with his Bear requirements and should be ready for the Cub Scout Blue and Gold banquet next month. He enjoys piano- but not practicing. We're really having to work on that. He got his orthotics and seems to be adjusting to them very well. He hasn't complained about them other than to say they were just a bit uncomfortable after having worn them for an extended time.

Kayleigh continues to be our cute little Bug- sometimes with attitude, but still cute.

We're having friends over tonight. That always makes for an enjoyable evening, but I should probably put the kids to work for a little while tidying up. I think I need to go take care of their wet things. They've been out in the yard running in the sprinklers, but I hear their voices now.

Blessings to you and yours!
>Naomi for the Colliers