18 June 2007

For H.P. Fans

In case you haven't already seen this:


The sorting hat says that I belong in Ravenclaw!




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Said Ravenclaw, "We'll teach those whose intelligence is surest."


Ravenclaw students tend to be clever, witty, intelligent, and knowledgeable.
Notable residents include Cho Chang and Padma Patil (objects of Harry and Ron's affections), and Luna Lovegood (daughter of The Quibbler magazine's editor).





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Guess I'm gonna have to make myself a scarf. Should I do it in book colors or movie colors, do you think?

Foxy

Our upstairs bathroom window looks out over the boys' pasture, which is just behind the house. Yesterday at around 5AM, I was flossing and brushing before bed when I noticed the boys suddenly coming out of their shed and staring intently towards the back of the pasture. So I looked over into the pasture and saw a fairly large grey fox trotting across it towards the girls' pasture. When it encountered the fence, though, it turned and ran down towards the house and slipped through the small gap at the bottom of the gate, then across our small strip of back yard and over the stone wall into the neighbors' yard.

When I called David from work tonight for our usual bedtime (for him) call, he said that he had also caught a glimpse of it when he was out in the yard during the day. We've seen red foxes in the neighborhood fairly frequently (which is one good reason the kitties don't go outside and the landladies keep their ducks penned), but grey foxes usually tend to be a bit more elusive. This one seemed rather round in the belly, though, so I think it had either fed recently or may be a female about to give birth. In any event, the fact that it was spotted twice in such a short time period makes me think the den is probably nearby. We heard a fox yipping a few weeks ago, but I wouldn't know if it might have been this one or a red fox. I'm kind of excited to see if this one sticks around and if we start seeing any kits.

3 comments:

knitnzu said...

So your fox commentary jogged my memory, kind of, and I had to go look a couple things up...Peterson's Animal Tracks guide says the call/yip of the gray fox is not well known. If this is still true, you should get out your recorder! What I was looking for, but can only find allusion to, is about their tracks and how you tell the difference. I think it's that reds will go in straight lines and across open areas (Peterson's book quotes Thoreau's journal about a fox crossing the frozen pond), while grays tend to stick to the edges. What I did find is that grays can climb trees! And what I think is cool is that the red (Vulpes) has a skull with a V shaped sagital crest (is that right? there are two...) while gray (Urocyon) has U shaped lines on its skull. Ugh, I was just looking on line to see if I could find what those lines are called-they aren't quite a crest-and found somebody SELLING dog skulls, even stuff like boxers with infected bone around their teeth sockets. While I think skulls are very interesting and cool, and will readily pick them up if I FIND one...buying dog skulls just reeks of weird (at best).

Sheepish Annie said...

I've taken this test twice and gotten Hufflepuff both times...I guess that's where I'm destined to be!

Sydney said...

My scores:
Gryffindor - 71
Ravenclaw - 89
Hufflepuff - 90 (woot woot! That means I'm unsnobby!!)
Slytherin - 48

I'll never remember that, and I don't have a blog on which to record it, so...here it is on your blog to be recorded forever. Maybe I should get a blog. I can talk about car seat safety. I'm EXPERT on putting in car seats now, I've had to switch cars so frequently lately.

It's settled, I'm going to create a blog. Whenever I figure out how.

I want to post my quiz scores for all to see!