Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thanksgiving Week Activities

I have not posted for a while, so here is a run-down of recent events.

On Saturday morning, we took a walk around Rood Bridge Park, the confluence of Rock Creek and the Tualatin River in Hillsboro.

It was a great day to be a mushroom,

or a slug.

That night we watched Oklahoma blow out Texas Tech 65-21. I had been dreading this game all season because Tech beat the Sooners last year, but Coach Stoops and the boys made us all proud. With this win, Oklahoma is still alive in the national title race.

On Sunday, we volunteered at the Wild Art's Festival, a fundraiser for Portland Audubon. All of the 6 x 6 inch canvasses painted by local artists were printed together on a display. My scrub jays are in the bottom corner, but my favorite was the South Park-style turkey legs towards the middle of the board.

Last night, Sarah and I spotted a barred owl in our neighborhood while walking Andie. I did not have my camera, so I returned this morning to the site of the sighting and took a picture of the small tree in which it was perched. This was the first barred owl I had seen in the state.

Today I drove through the rainy hills north of us to pick up a special Thanksgiving pack of food from our CSA.

We can now make some great vegetarian side dishes for Thursday.


Ryan O'Donnell said...

Your slug, in case you're curious, is a taildropper, genus Prophysaon. I think it's Prophysaon foliolatum, the Yellow-bordered Taildropper, but I'm not sure. This species can autotomize their tails much like some lizards and salamanders do, dropping them for the predator to feed on and sneaking away to grow a new one.

NW Nature Nut said...

I was at the Wild Arts Festival Sunday too. At that time, your painting and mine were both still there. I hope they eventually found a good home.

Yummy looking brussel sprouts. I am imagining them steamed with some butter. Yum! Have a great holiday.