Friday, March 23, 2007

Goodbye Iowa

Today I said goodbye to the Pickle Family. I had a good time but it is time for me to move on. My next stop is Mt. Pleasant Classical Academy. See you there!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Road Trip!

I got to go on a road trip Monday.

The picklets are still studying Grant Wood and because of that study we all got to go and see a HUGE work of art by Grant Wood!

This stained glass is HUGE! Way bigger than a wee mouse such as myself. (I am circled in green) It features 6 soldiers who stand 6 feet tall ranging from Revolutionary War to WWI eras. Woods sister Nan posed for the angel.

After viewing the window we looked at the Cedar River. Gerty got very dizzy watching the rapids. I thought it was very cool!

We then went to various sites and I got to experience Spring in Iowa. I was almost eaten by a dinosaur and I got to feed ducks along with seeing the sites.

I was very tired and took a nap while the picklets had piano lessons. Then we were on the road again. We met up with Cool to eat supper and window shop at a huge mall. We walked and walked and walked. In the mall was this huge mural that I got my picture taken by.

I had another great day with the Pickle Family. On the way home Gerky told me that I would be leaving Iowa this week to visit another family. I am going to miss Iowa and the Pickles, but being the Adventure Mouse that I am, I am always ready for another good adventure!

Friday, March 16, 2007

Spring and Bats

When I arrived in Iowa it was icy. No one could walk outside without slip slidin' away. what a turn around in weather!

This is a picture of me by the Pickles Family thermometer that hangs on their flag pole. Gerty was a bit upset that you couldn't see the temperature BUT I am here to tell you that baby read 75ยบ!


And here is a picture of me right by the rubbermaid tub that contains a bat. Yes, another of my cousins. We didn't have much of an opportunity to talk but I am happy to report that he is ok and has been let go out in the wild. You can read more about the families bat adventures at Wicked Pickles.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

A Visit to the Cheese Factory

What better place for a mouse to visit? What I learned:

Three of these towers filled with milk are used 6 days a week to make fresh cheese curds.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
The milk is sent, via an underground pipe, across the street where it is made into cheese curds. This is me on the cooooold pipe.

This is a picture of the silos on the side of the street I am on. One is very very cold and one is warm.

Inside the building the cheese curds blow out chutes and are collected in these big vats. A rake like thing rakes them for hours separating the curds and whey.

The cheese factory sells the fresh curds to customers as well as sell them in bulk quantities to Kraft. So the next time you eat any cheesy meals from Kraft you will know where some of the cheddar cheese came from!

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Excitement at the Pickle House

I was going to write about the water cycle today as that is what the picklets and I learned about yesterday. As it turned out, because of the water cycle The Pickles garage was saved from fire.

This is where the fire started. I am sad to report that one of my cousins (not of the ornament type but rather the mouse) has been accused in the starting of the fire. Though no one really knows what happened it is believed that a rodent was in the cabinet and ignited it by chewing on chemical bottles.

This is a slide that was up in the rafters. It got really, really hot up there and the whole roof is gonna have to be replaced. There were many plastic things in the rafters and there are many many strings of plastic dangling from the ceiling.

This is me in a string of plastic.

Over all, The Wicked Pickles know how lucky they were. Cool came in from work and said, "The garage in on fire!" Gherty called 911, went to the basement and cut the electricity and by the time she got back up the stairs and to the door the sirens were wailing. They fire department was here in less than 2 minutes. No one was hurt and things can be replaced. Someone was watching over them last night.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Eclipse, Ghost Rider and Chinese Food

What a busy evening I have had. The Pickle Family decided to go out for a bit to eat and to see a movie. I am so glad they took me along.

We all loaded into the van and headed to town. On the way to town we got to see part of the lunar eclipse. The moon was reddish. Cool pulled the van over so Gerky (that's what her friends call her) could take a picture. The wind was blowing so hard she couldn't get a clear shot, but it does show the red.

When we got to town Gerky bought tickets to Ghost Rider. While she was in the theater she snagged front row seats in the balcony PLUS she talked to one of the volunteers and got permission for ME to help run the film projector. That is an important job and the film was sooo big! The movie was scary at some points but it was really good.

When the movie ended we went to eat at the local Chinese restaurant. Oh yum! They had a big Buddha that the whole Pickles family rubbed the tummy of and made a wish. The owners wrote my name in Chinese for me. It is very different from the letters we use.

A Mouse Sized Sledding Hill

Thursday, March 01, 2007

American Gothic

I learned about Grant Wood today. He was a famous artist from Iowa. He painted a great picture named American Gothic. While observing the picklets learn art today I played a trick on them! tee, hee, hee