"You see, Wendy, when the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies." James M. Barrie Peter Pan.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Humans can only walk in circles and we don't know why!

Click HERE to watch fascinating video


Humans can't walk in straight lines. If there's no fixed point of reference, we just walk in circles and inevitably get lost. Nobody knows why, but researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics have confirmed it in several experiments.

If you walk, drive or sail blindfolded, in the middle of the fog or at night, with no stars in sight, you will not be able to keep a straight line. No matter how hard you try, you will end going in circles because, for some mysterious reason, humans have a tendency to lean to one side more than the other. Some people speculate that this is because one side of the brain is the dominating one. Others point out that the reason may be purely mechanical, because one of our legs is always sightly shorter than the other. But, according to the results of the study, these are not the causes for this unique behavior. At least, there's not one single explanation and it may be a combination of many.

Just cute .....

Monday, November 29, 2010

Fran never did play with a full deck....

and this one has a hole punched through the entire deck rendering it unusable in the casino in the next room.


What Fran did on her Thanksgiving Vacation

I swam with Tamara, a former New Orleans dolphin before Katrina destroyed the aquarium where she lived. She and her 2 year old son Palmer were 'OUR' dolphins.

I have always been conflicted when it comes to interacting with animals such as these uber intelligent mammals but this was a total thrill of a lifetime. The trainers were respectful of the dolphins and while it is not natural for them to interact with us like this this is all they've ever known.

I was so excited to 'meet' her, stroke her and let her push my across the bay by pushing her nose firmly into the base of my foot. After a short while, she kicks into 2nd gear and I personally worried I'd be flying into the rock wall! The pic's reflect my concern.

I swam with 'the brat' Palmer and got to see how a juvenile male dolphin can be just a bratty as a little boy. [he kept trying to push my husband's left foot when Tamara pushed his right foot and in the end everything had to stop, reset and Tamara finally pushed him across the Bay].

First I get to say HI!


Then feed her a small fish


Then we cement our relationship before she hurls me across the bay.




Off to swim with Palmer


Take notes

Thursday, November 18, 2010

........ and on the other side of the pond we have crocodiles.

This dramatic picture show a clash of the titans as a protective elephant mum and a ferocious crocodile get in an epic tug of war in Zambia.

The female elephant and her baby were drinking from the Luangwa River in the South Luangwa National Park when they were attacked.

Leaping out of the murky waters a vicious crocodile bit down on the female's trunk.

Link for all pics and story CLICK HERE

Friday, November 12, 2010

The littlest angel came home yesterday.

"This morning she's pee'd, eaten, taken her meds and exercised her muscles.

This pic has her sooo sleepy and ready for her nap
with her beloved Blue Dog to nurse on."

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Fran's morning .....

Sent Image below to Daughter #1

Fran: Shocked gecko. He was living in the hose. Flooded out!
Daughter #1: What a way to wake up!
Fran: I swear I heard WTF!!!
Fran: He's still just standing there.
Fran: And now he jumped into the pool. Can they swim?
Daughter #1: lol!
Daughter #1: Umm not really I don't think
Fran: I can't see him.....
Daughter #1: Gecko killer
Fran: Rescued him from under the waterfall. Put him back where the hose was. Pfeww!


Saturday, November 6, 2010

Fran's littlest angel here on earth.

Please keep this little furry soul in your thoughts. She's a card carrying member of "Big Heart - Small Legs" and is post op from emergency surgery last night for a ruptured disk.
Edited on 11/7/2010
Surgery went well but this angel still needs prayers.


Friday, November 5, 2010

People are awesome!

Fran took the challenge! Piece of cake ... didn't get lost ONCE!


  1. 2 days 11 hours
    4,108 km
  2. 2 days 13 hours
    4,140 km
  3. 2 days 15 hours
    4,527 km
This route has tolls.
This route includes a ferry.

1.Head north
750 m
2.Turn right toward 大門街道/国道152号線
190 m
3.Continue straight onto 大門街道/国道152号線
2.7 km
4.Turn left at 大和橋(交差点) onto 中山道/国道142号線
Continue to follow 国道142号線

13.0 km
5.Take the ramp onto 新和田トンネル有料道路
Toll road

4.4 km
6.Take the ramp onto 中山道/国道142号線
Continue to follow 国道142号線
Partial toll road

10.4 km
7.Turn right at 湖北トンネル南(交差点) onto 下諏訪岡谷バイパス/国道20号線
2.6 km
8.Take the ramp to 長野自動車道
Toll road

450 m
9.Keep left at the fork, follow signs for 東京・名古屋 and merge onto 長野自動車道
Toll road

3.7 km
10.Take exit 岡谷JCT toward 中央道・飯田・名古屋
Toll road

850 m
11.Merge onto 中央自動車道
Toll road

161 km
12.Take exit 小牧JCT toward 名神・小牧・京都
Toll road
1.2 km
13.Merge onto 東名高速道路
Toll road
5.8 km
14.Continue onto 名神高速道路 (signs for 名神・東海北陸道・京都・高山)
Toll road
167 km
15.Take exit 吹田JCT toward 中国道・山陽道・宝塚・岡山
Toll road

1.8 km
16.Merge onto 中国自動車道
Toll road

30.3 km
17.Take exit 神戸JCT toward 山陽道・岡山・徳島
Toll road

1.4 km
18.Merge onto 山陽自動車道
Toll road

309 km
19.Take exit 廿日市JCT toward 山陽道・岩国・北九州
Toll road
1.4 km
20.Merge onto 広島岩国道路
Toll road
11.7 km
21.Take the ramp onto 山陽自動車道
Toll road
95.3 km
22.Take exit 山口JCT toward 中国道・下関・北九州
Toll road

1.3 km
23.Merge onto 中国自動車道
Toll road

64.1 km
24.Continue onto 関門橋
Toll road
9.5 km
25.Continue onto 九州自動車道 (signs for 九州道・福岡・熊本)
Toll road
346 km
26.Take exit 高速鹿児島IC toward 鹿児島出口・南九州道・川内・伊集院
Toll road
300 m
27.Keep right at the fork, follow signs for 川内・伊集院・南九州道 and merge onto 国道3号線
Partial toll road
700 m
28.Take the ramp to 南九州道
Toll road
600 m
29.Merge onto 南九州西回り自動車道(市来~鹿児島西)/鹿児島道路
Toll road
20.4 km
30.Take the ramp to 国道3号線
Partial toll road
1.4 km
31.Turn left at 市来I.C入口(交差点) onto 国道3号線 (signs for 川内・串木野)
7.2 km
32.Turn left at 串木野駅(交差点) onto 県道38号線
1.7 km
33.Turn right
350 m
34.Turn left
180 m
35.Turn left
99 m
36.Take the 串木野~里~中甑~鹿島~長浜 ferry
Toll road

64.9 km
37.Continue straight
19 m
38.Turn left toward 県道349号線
58 m
39.Turn right toward 県道349号線
57 m
40.Turn left at 県道349号線
11.3 km
41.Continue onto 県道350号線
2.1 km
42.Turn left
1.4 km
43.Jet ski across the Pacific Ocean
782 km
44.Continue straight onto 塘后支路
400 m
45.Turn left at 塘后路
600 m
46.Continue onto 淞宝路/淞寶路
700 m
47.Slight right to stay on 淞宝路/淞寶路
550 m
48.Turn left at 牡丹江路
170 m
49.Take the 1st right onto 泰和路
1.3 km
50.Slight right to stay on 泰和路
230 m
51.Take the ramp on the left onto 外环高速/外環高速
21.0 km
52.Take exit 沪宁高速A11/南京方向/中环路方向-滬寧高速A11/南京方向/中環路方向 toward 京沪高速/京滬高速
400 m
53.Keep right at the fork to continue toward 京沪高速/京滬高速 and merge onto 京沪高速/京滬高速
Partial toll road

22.5 km
54.Continue onto 沪宁高速/滬寧高速
Partial toll road

247 km
55.Take exit 南京繞城公路/長江二橋/長江大橋/機場高速/長江三橋/馬鞍山-南京绕城公路/长江二桥/长江大桥/机场高速/长江三桥/马鞍山 toward 繞城公路/绕城公路
400 m
56.Keep left at the fork to continue toward 繞城公路/绕城公路 and merge onto 繞城公路/绕城公路
Partial toll road

27.4 km
57.Take exit 南京三桥-南京三橋 to merge onto 三桥高速/三橋高速
Partial toll road

14.8 km
58.Take exit 宁合高速/合肥/六合/浦口-寧合高速/合肥/六合/浦口 toward 宁合高速/寧合高速
350 m
59.Keep left at the fork to continue toward 宁合高速/寧合高速 and merge onto 宁合高速/寧合高速
Partial toll road

17.4 km
60.Continue onto 合宁高速/合寧高速
Toll road

70.9 km
61.Continue onto 沪陕高速/滬陝高速
Toll road

19.4 km
62.Take exit G3/G40/G42/六安/蚌埠 to merge onto 合肥繞城高速/合肥绕城高速
Toll road

46.8 km
63.Continue onto 沪陕高速/滬陝高速
Partial toll road

867 km
64.Continue onto 西蓝高速/西藍高速
Toll road

5.8 km
65.Take exit 宝鸡/潼关-寶雞/潼關 toward 繞城高速/绕城高速
Toll road

1.2 km
66.Keep right at the fork to continue toward 繞城高速/绕城高速 and merge onto 繞城高速/绕城高速
Toll road

37.7 km
67.Take exit 宝鸡-寶雞 to merge onto 西宝高速/西寶高速
Toll road

159 km
68.Continue onto 连霍高速/連霍高速
Toll road

131 km
69.Take exit 麥積山景區/天水市/賈家河/麥積區/G310/麥積山/山賈公路-麦积山景区/天水市/贾家河/麦积区/G310/麦积山/山贾公路 toward 310国道/310國道
Partial toll road

900 m
70.Keep right at the fork to continue toward 310国道/310國道 and merge onto 310国道/310國道
Partial toll road

8.2 km
71.Turn left at 羲皇大道
2.3 km
72.Turn right at 310国道/310國道
1.5 km
73.At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto the 天北高速 ramp
600 m
74.Merge onto 天北高速
11.7 km
75.Exit onto 天巉公路
Partial toll road

20.1 km
76.Continue straight to stay on 天巉公路
Toll road

20.7 km
77.Continue straight to stay on 天巉公路
Partial toll road

152 km
78.Turn right at 十八里鋪互通立交橋/十八里铺互通立交桥
6 m
79.Take the ramp to 巉柳高速
500 m
80.Slight right at 巉柳高速
Partial toll road

37.2 km
81.Take exit 甘草店 toward 312国道/312國道
Partial toll road

1.2 km
82.Turn right at 312国道/312國道
15.9 km