Friday, December 26, 2008

Critters for Christmas!

Some months ago, I bought myself a big horned toad over at Watters -- and two weeks later, proceeded to break off one of his horns. How wonderful this morning to open my door to a neighbor who handed me the replacement horned toad above, complete to Christmas ribbon. This lizard has lived in a house with cats, which probably explains Max cat's interest.

But that's not my only Christmas critter. On the day before the 25th, my mailman stopped by with a package from Alaska. The SIL had sent yummy Alaskan fish/seafood spreads, all packaged up in a gorgeous box with a Haida raven. The box now sits next last year's salmon box, which was chock full of smoked salmon when it entered my house.

Oh, yes -- there is yet another critter report. While the dotter was visiting, she heard a bit of commotion on the back porch and looked out, to find a raccoon investigating the wood pile. That's where my reputed chipmunk lives. Raccoon made good time making himself scarce.


Kate said...


I sparked to your 'Alaska fish design' photo right away.

Did my first trip to AK last spring [could be my last, can't say it was all that fun, but don't tell your daughter!]

Anyhoo... just stopped by to say hi and wish you a belated Merry Christmas. PLUS! a more than on time Happy New Year.


OmegaMom said...

Well, that's a truly lovely horny toad. I'm envious! And glad to know our salmon pates made it in time.

Antipodean Curmudgeon said...


Hopefully, a box of Enstrom's Toffee will be on it's way shortly. I had to EM the order as their web-site is highly user unfriendly. A belated Merry Christmas.


Anonymous said...

The Horned Toad looks almost alive. Hope you get a shot of the racoon.

sheoflittlebrain said...

I love your horney toad! It's very life like..also had fun following all your links..
My hope for the new year is lots of scrabble games and rhubarb pie!
Mine isn't as good as Berry's, but I'll do my best..
A Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year to you GJ!

Anonymous said...

Your Christmas Critters are just perfect, and will help you welcome the new year!

Smoked, Pacific Northwest Salmon is the best yummy ever...lemon wedges, Ritz crackers....Hmmmmm!

~Anon in AV.

Granny J said...

kate -- was it still too cold in spring? I'll probably make it again this summer, but then I'm not exactly a tourist...And a Great New Year back to you!

dotter -- I should have bought a supply of 'em. The pates are quite yummy -- I lunched on one of them yesterday.

bro -- and a belated MC right back to you. I'm surprised at Enstroms -- they'e always been so good!

steve -- if I ran into a horny toad that size, I might run!

brain -- your rhubarb pie is the greatest. And, yes, scrabble for sure.

anon av -- I love the critters -- and the pate!

Jan said...

granny j..I love that pretty box!

I love gifts like that, sometimes liking the container more that what is contained!

I hope the coming year brings you lots of every way!

David Kirk said...

Granny: I like your horned toad -- and the cat's reaction!

Granny J said...

jan -- I really love those boxes; the art is an Indian style I especially like.

David -- if only the horned toad were made of sterner stuff that would survive a fall or two!

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