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Photo of the Week: Sixteen

This photo of the week of me and my mom’s dog, Mercy, hanging out on my parents’ back deck, comes to you instagram style (I’m @egallimore for those who are interested) because it just represents life right now. I honestly haven’t picked up my real camera once this week, and I’m not exactly in the most creative of modes at the moment, which is probably painfully obvious by my lack of recent posts.

But in other news, my bathroom finally sparkles again, one of my two-year-old’s at church used me as a human tissue this morning (that’s a high honor, y’all!), and I do actually have a post or two planned for this week.

What’s going on with you?


A Tale of Two Dogs

1. Meet Charlie


 I forgot to take my camera, so a cell phone photo will have to do…


For the first few days of last week, I stayed at my friend Amy’s house with her dog.  Charlie is a retired/rescued racing greyhound and is the best-natured fellow. 

He even helped me study Greek.  Well, he slept at my feet through most of the studying, but he did manage to raise his head a few times to give me condescending looks when I made too much noise.  But at least he now has a solid working knowledge of endings for the nominative, dative, genetive, and accusative cases because I probably recited them to him about 100 times.

He is also one of the most effective alarm clocks I’ve ever encountered.  I left my door cracked at night, so when he was ready to go out in the morning (typically sometime between 6:55 and 7:03…though I did tell him to go back to bed when he tried to get me up at 6:15 one morning…he listened), he would simply walk into the room, stand next to the bed, and look at me until I acknowledged his presence.  It was too funny!


2.  Meet Zuri



At the end of last week, my friend Carol’s pug came to stay with me.  I used to have a pug, so I was excited about having another one in the house for a couple of days. 

Zuri was precious…and all pug!  When I first got my pug, I read a couple books about the typical temperament of a pug…and then quickly threw those books out the window because my pug apparently forgot to read the memo about how he was “supposed” to behave.  Since then, the majority of pugs I’ve come across have also forgotten to read the memo.  And Zuri is no exception.  She is energetic, very observant, a great little walker, and totally lovable!

She did manage to calm down enough to keep me company on the couch while I studied Church History and then watched a movie.  And that’s when the real fun began!  Zuri watches TV quite closely.  When she sees animals (especially dogs and horses), she bolts across the room from her position on the couch in 2 seconds flat to bark at the action.  Hysterical!

It was such a fun week!

A Day at the Ranch

This past Saturday, nine of us from the young singles class at church spent the afternoon at the Lazy 5 Ranch.  It was SO much fun!

The Lazy 5 Ranch is an animal park located in Mooresville, NC.  Between the petting area, caged animals, kangaroo exhibit, and 3.5 mile safari, they have over 750 animals!  You have the option to either ride through the safari on a horse-drawn wagon or (for a far superior experience) drive through in your own car and at your own pace as we did while feeding the animals along the way.

Before we had the opportunity to get our cameras ready (or even blink or breathe for that matter…), an over-zealous creature with antlers decided to steal one of our feed buckets after we had barely passed through the safari gate!  This left the four of us girls with only one feed bucket to share with the animals for the remainder of the safari, but we managed.

On the safari, we saw…





Lots of llamas.








The brochure technically says not to feed the zebras. 

However, when people decide to ignore the brochure and feed the zebras anyway, there is always the potential that at least one zebra will steal the bucket (they are strong!) and proceed to stand in the middle of the road, not caring in the least that a car (or two, or three, or four) would like to get past them.


 Water buffalo.

 “Oh, where’d we get them I don’t know, but everybody’s got a water buffaloooooo.”  (Silly Songs with Larry?  Veggie Tales?)


This particular water buffalo (who was literally dripping with water/mud/filth) was on a mission to stick his very large head through the window of the boys’ car behind us.  We may or may not have driven ahead to avoid the exact same occurrence and then stopped to watch their fate.  Since it wasn’t our car that was being muddied by an oversized water buffalo head, it was pretty hysterical!


A rhino.

 He literally didn’t move.  Ever.





Don’t let that first look of disinterest fool you…they were quite happy to humor our feeding-through-the-sunroof attempts.


And they enjoyed it!


 [more] Llamas. 

 They were pretty much everywhere – there were even a couple of babies! 

And they were all super friendly!



With their deranged-looking eyes and disturbing desire to peck, we pretty much kept the windows rolled UP when they were passing by.

In the zoo area, we saw:

 Lemurs…with their precious babies!




Goats.  How cute is this little one??


 Or these little ones??

I WANT ONE!!  Maybe the HOA wouldn’t notice…




 Beautiful birds. 

 Anyone have a clue what this is??


 And kangaroos!! Again with the adorable baby/joey!!


In case you didn’t notice, this doesn’t quite add up to 750…there were LOTS of other animals as well including longhorns, buffalo, peacocks, and prairie dogs (one of whom even managed to escape his exhibit and make a home for himself elsewhere), to name a few. 

If you’re ever in the Mooresville area and have some free time, I highly recommend a trip to the Lazy 5 Ranch!

A Bird’s Nest

A few weeks ago, I started hearing birds chirping as I was getting ready for work in the mornings.  The chirping was so loud that I thought there might be birds in the attic, but I only noticed it in the mornings, so I didn’t give it much further thought.

Several days after the chirping began, my roommate informed me that there was a nest in the wreath (which may or may not be a leftover Christmas wreath…) on the front door.


Much to the disapproval of the momma bird (who sat in the tree right outside the front door and fussed the entire time), I looked in the nest and found these…

 Two eggs!

After a few days of warily walking out my front door to check the mail for fear that the momma bird would either (a) fly into the house or (b) peck me to death for disturbing her carefully crafted nest, I looked again and there were six eggs.

I was starting to get concerned that the eggs hadn’t hatched yet, but tonight I found these…

 Baby birds! 

And they’re so ugly they’re almost cute.