What I have and what I don’t have

I have some knitting . . . but I can’t show it to you. Holiday knitting for someone who may read my blog. I’m sure you understand.

So I do not have pictures of lacy knitted goodness. But I do have pictures from my positively critterful weekend.

As I was driving up to my mom’s place, I saw something that brought to mind the eternal question, “Why did the turkey cross the road?” (I believe it was because there was no chicken available to do the job.)


There was also a lovely horse hanging out in a pasture by the highway. The turkey might have been on its way to deliver some important news.


You don’t see wild turkeys all that often in that area. You also do not see armadillos very often, but you hear them all the time. Update: Janna is quite right in the comments: you see dead armadillos on the side of the road all the time. One of the armadillo’s adaptations for protecting itself is to leap straight up into the air, curl into a tight ball, and come down in an armored shell. This unfortunately does not work so well when confronted by a truck.
Armadillos crash through underbrush and make a lot of racket. They’re also awfully cute. Even when they’re rustling around in my mom’s vineyard.


While the armadillo was keeping the soil around the vines grub-free, a woodpecker was doing the same job in an arboreal fashion.


So there you have it. No knitting that I can show publicly, but lots of random critters.

13 Responses to “What I have and what I don’t have”

  1. bezzie Says:

    Ha ha! Poor haremless turkey!!! Maybe that’s where she was headed?? A job interview?

  2. Michelle Says:

    OMG… so cute… I love the armadillo!

  3. Kath Says:

    Never really thought of armadillos as “cute” but then I’ve never seen a live one.

    As to the holiday stealth knitting…I’ll see your blog reader and raise you one who’s also on Ravelry and is my neighbor!

  4. bjwalsh Says:

    The armadillo works really well as a desktop background. I tiled your image; and nine critters are going to be looking at me, extra cuteness! Thanks : )

  5. Kat Says:

    That armadillo is adorable. Is his name Otis?

  6. Plum Texan Says:

    LOVE the woodpecker shot. Gorgeous!

  7. janna Says:

    You really should have said that you don’t see LIVE armadillos very often….

  8. Donna Says:

    after 5 years living in TX and only seeing armadillo road kill, i finally saw a live one…they are indeed adorable!!!!

  9. Jess, of the Bugs Says:

    We’ve started to see armadillos in Tennessee. Also fire ants.
    Anyhow, very good wildlife pics. I like the woodpecker.

  10. Lynn Says:

    Armadillos are completely weird. Really good evidence for evolution being a random walk through all possibilities.

  11. Ellen-Mary Says:

    David, while I was out Christmas shopping I saw this:


    and I thought of you.

  12. Jody Says:

    Wow – never saw an armadillo in person. That is cool. The picture of the horse is just amazing!

  13. Eklectika Says:

    Silly – the turkey crossed the road because it was stapled to the chicken! 😉