Author Archive for spitel

Civil War Days

22Sep07

Today Grant and I attended the Vermillion County Civil War Days, a Civil War reenactment held at Kennekuk County Park in Danville, Illinois. The two-day event recreates the Battle of Shiloh.  Near the battlefield, there was a large encampment of canvas tents. Some were only for sleeping, and others were blacksmiths and sutlers (traveling stores). [...]

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Ahoy, mateys! A year has passed, and you know what that means–my favorite useless holiday is back. Shiver me timbers, it’s International Talk Like A Pirate Day!  You might be wondering: how does one celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day? You spend the day talking in pirate-speak to annoy all of your friends and/or co-workers, naturally! But first [...]

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Of the various people who know me, I doubt very many met Murphy. Which is a shame. Murphy passed away today, after spending nearly 14 years with our family. Murphy is special for many reasons. He was our family’s first dog. He was such a nice dog, especially in his senior years. But I like [...]

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This morning we watched an AKC Earthdog event hosted at the Dog Training Club of Champaign-Urbana (DTCCU). Earthdog trials test the ability of small terriers and Dachschunds to hunt for vermin, which is exactly what these dogs were bred to do, but nowadays pet dogs probably don’t get the opportunity. During an earthdog test, a [...]

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Just in case anybody managed to miss this when it was in the news last year. Sebastian the Persian cat was given two gold crowns to protect his bottom canine teeth, which protrude from his mouth due to a severe underbite. This was done because his owner, a dentist, wanted to protect the teeth, and [...]

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I have long despised squirrels, but until recently it was an illogical dislike unsubstantiated by any squirrel-related experience. Now I have a reason. Let me explain. Most days we drive to work, and until about a week ago, we paid forty dollars a month to park in a lot close to campus,  owned by the Illinois [...]

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Spring Chill

08Apr07

Somehow in early April we find ourselves shivering in near-freezing temperatures. Just thought I’d share a few cute pictures of Bode dressed for the weather.      

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Pet Humor

29Mar07

 I found this on an internet forum about dogs. The Dog’s Diary 8:00 am – Dog food! My favorite thing! 9:30 am – A car ride! My favorite thing! 9:40 am – A walk in the park! My favorite thing! 10:30 am – Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing! 12:00 pm – Milk bones! [...]

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Snow Day Update

15Feb07

The total was 14 inches of snow. By itself about a foot of snow wouldn’t have been that bad, but the wind caused trouble, and created drifts upwards of four to six feet tall. The main roads have been plowed, as well as some of the roads in our neighborhood, but the street we live on [...]

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Snow days

13Feb07

Just when we thought our relatively mild winter was at an end, Nature surprises us. Last week it was so cold that the local schools canceled classes, and we got about six inches of snow the next day. It took three days for our street to be plowed. Yesterday it warmed up enough to melt [...]

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