Sushi – 7/3/2018

On the drive back from a visit to KC where we dropped off Sonora to hang out with her cousins for a few weeks, Danelle had a serious discussion with me about cats. We got Coat Rack less than a year ago after Tiko died. Petra wasn’t a huge fan of of Coat Rack as he wanted to play and she didn’t. Having one very old and one young cat isn’t good. So she decided we would look into a third cat knowing that Petra wasn’t long for the world (17 years old).

Petra

We searched the Internet looking for a Maine Coon as we enjoy them. None were to be found online. Danelle and Corvin went to Felines Forever where we got Coat Rack, but didn’t like the cats they had. On Tuesday, they went to the APA to look at cats. I told them I would join them after work. By the time I got there, they had looked at several cats and just couldn’t decide if any of them were right.

I asked to look at a few more just to see what happened. The one I picked out the lady missed, but brought us another one. This cat was the one we decided would work for us. She had her front claws, but didn’t feel the need to get them out when dealing with us. That was the thing that sold me!

In order to get her adjusted to the house, we locked her in Sonora’s room. The hope was that she would grow accustomed to Sonora and be her cat. When I say locked, of course I mean when we were not home. Many hours were spent in the room with her getting to know her.

The last mess with this new cat was the name. She came with Salsa, but we didn’t like it. We had to wait for Sonora to name her, so she went nameless for about 2 weeks.Eventually Sonora ended up naming her Sushi. It all works out and we have two young happy cats that like to play together!

Hogan Haake

Bike With Your Boots On – 6/23/2018

Bike With Your Boots On is a a citizen science initiative with the Missouri Stream Team to get people out exercising and testing local creeks. For this outing, we met at Fults Field near River Des Peres and split into groups to cover the most ground. At each site we tested for things like conductivity (how much salt in in the water) and the PH of the water. Other science thing were measured that I can’t remember. These values are sent to Jefferson City where they will be added to a database keeping track of the health of local creeks.  Here are some of the photos of our event.

Hogan Haake

Heather and Keith Wedding – 6/17/2018

Its Saturday and it is going to be a very long day. I’ve been resting from my last week paddling the Texas Water Safari. Both of the kids are at Camp Lakewood and we have to pick them up. So Danelle and I start the drive early packed for a wedding and headed to camp to pick up the kids. They both had a fantastic week but were ready to see us again. They knew we were going to a wedding, but also wanted to go home.

We drove about 2 hours south to Sikeston, MO where the wedding was held. There, we checked into the Drury inn and met several of our college friends. It didn’t take long before we were all in a caravan headed to Lambert’s Cafe for lunch. It always seems like a good idea to eat there. The portions are huge and non-stop, but its also just a little off. It isn’t somewhere I would want to eat at more than once every few years. Add to that the long line to get in and I’ve made my point.

With bellies full, we went back to the hotel to change into wedding attire. Then we were off to see Heather marry Keith. The ceremony was great, but boy were the kids tired!

The most important photo of the whole event is below, the group with Heather and Keith.

 

 

Back Row: Kendal, Danelle, Hogan, Keith, Sean, Mike Front Row: Candy, Melanie, Heather, Jennifer, Dawn

After the reception ended, we went back to the Drury Inn. There, we swapped stories and emptied beers till the wee hours of the morning.

Hogan Haake

 

 

Coatrack In The Van

Coatrack, our large tuxedo colored cat is still very new to us. We’ve had him for a year and I don’t remember him ever going in the car except when we brought him home and maybe a followup vet trip. So I brought him with Corvin and I for a quick out and back trip. He was very curious at first as most cats are.

The silly guy climbed all around, even ending up on the dash!

His eagerness quickly wore off and he was generally unsettled. When I brought him back in the house, he was much happier!

Hogan Haake