Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Final Stop: Train Club

Thomas brought me to his train club tonight. I had a lot of fun. I was thinking that I would fit nicely, but to my surprise, I was a giant!

Here I am at the depot, getting ready to depart.

Yes, I'm leaving Frankie, Thomas and Bob behind. I'm on my way east. Tomorrow after school I'll be heading to east to visit Mother Crone's homeschool!

Friday, January 19, 2007

Making Me Comfortable

Hospitality has been good here in Minnesota. Thomas decided to make me comfortable by making me my own home. He found some styrofoam, made a hole for me, made and decorated a mail box. It's quite cozy in my home away from home, and I've enjoyed staying warm in my hole during the 20-below-zero nights here. Brrrr.

Thomas also decided that I needed a friend. So he's off crafting a dollar-store-paper mouse companion.

Frankie whispered to me that I may be leaving soon and going east. . . but she promised I can come back to visit when it is warm outside.

Monday, January 15, 2007


Thomas decided to take me for a spin around his railroad. He hooked up his new Rock Island RS3 engine to a couple of gondola cars and found a spot for me to ride. What fun!

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Ah, this is more like it

Nice and toasty warm. Thanks, Snowball, for warming me up. You didn't really need to lick my ear, though.

What's this white stuff?

I don't know if I like Minnesota or not, it's awfully cold! We've had below 0 windchills this week. Thankfully Thomas and Frankie didn't go out of the house much. When we had our pictures taken, it was 10 degrees with a -12 windchill.

Thomas did insist on taking me sledding. We didn't stay out long as Thomas couldn't find his mittens (and his mom didn't give him any pie, either). What you can't see in the photo is that it was SNOWING. Big, huge flakes and coming down fast.

There's this thing called a winter storm watch that means that it is possible for us to get a lot of snow. Well, when it started snowing, we were quickly upgraded to a warning -- which means it's here. We already have two inches of new snow and are expecting 6-8 tonight and possibly 6-8 more tomorrow! Good thing Frankie stocked up at the grocery store today.

I think the snow is great, it's just better when watching it from a cozy, warm house. I think I'll snuggle up with the cat and look out the window.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Game Night

Frankie, Thomas and Bob decided to have a game night. They played their new Apples to Apples game. I had lots of fun being the judge and laughing at some of their silly answers.
It was quite the experience, though, because Frankie and Bob really think differently, and sometimes they *really* disagreed about things. Bob did not like it when Frankie played a Rush Limbaugh card to define crazy. What a pair those two are.
I arrived just as Frankie was pulling Thomas's latest Sculpey creations from the oven. Because of my presence, I prevented Thomas from being upset that his starfish pencil holder didn't turn out quite as expected. His duck's eyes got all messed up as well. But he sure did make some cute critters.

I have arrived!!!

Fresh air and a happy young man to greet me! I have arrived!

Ah, just breathe

Oh, oh, get me out of here!!!

Sunday, January 07, 2007

MatchGame 2007

Here's a game for you until I get to Frankie's.

Match these states:
- Arkansas
- Louisiana
- Oklahoma
- Oregon

With their nicknames:
- Beaver State
- Natural State
- Pelican State
- Sooner State

I've been to all these states so far and I can't wait to see the Land of 10,000 Lakes!

Highlight below for answers:
>AR-Natural State, LA-Pelican State, OK-Sooner State, OR-Beaver State<

Friday, January 05, 2007

In Transit

Addie waits for the USPS.

Destination: Frankie's

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Talimena Drive

Addie knows that you have to take Talimena Drive to get from Talihina, Oklahoma to Mena, Arkansas. She takes it every chance she gets! It's not called Oklahoma State Highway 1 fer nuttin!

The Ouachita Mountains are a fold-and-thrust mountain range which were formed when rocks from the south where shoved hundreds of miles over the rocks in the north. So, basically ... this area was once part of a deep sea floor in Texas and as high as the Rocky Mountains. Over time, the mountains have simply eroded away ... but still plenty beautiful, especially in autumn.

The sun wasn't setting at this vista, but Addie still enjoyed the view.

Addie could still see parts of the Old Military Road. She was thrilled to be in a place where Colonel Robert E. Lee, General Zachary Taylor, Ulysses S. Grant, Jefferson Davis, and Sam Houston allegedly travelled.

Five-Star Fun

Addie takes advantage of all the amenities in her hotel room.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Crater of Diamonds State Park - Arkansas

NOTE: Addie was here on Friday, December 29, 2006 ... two days later, a large diamond was found! On the Saturday in between, the area received a record amount of steady rainfall which helps uncover the diamonds! Read about the lucky dog here!

Addie stopped by this "gem" in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. Turns out that several other OSU fans stopped by the mine on their way back to Oklahoma.

Boy, this is hard work! One lady did find a small diamond on this day ... over by the tree line.

Addie decided to not dig here ... you know, lightening never strikes twice!

Addie checks out all the information about the mine ... used to be a volcano, huh?

Monday, January 01, 2007

Independence Bowl 2006

Addie made it to Shreveport. The town had its red carpet laid out for all players and fans.

Addie horses around at the Horseshoe Casino.

Addie almost lost her voice from cheering for the Pokes!

How "orange" are you?

A truly exciting game to the end ... literally! Did anyone see it?