velessa: (Sleeping Beauty - Aurora smiling & blink)
I've learned I talk way too much when I videotape things...anyway, pics and videos here )
velessa: (Sleeping Beauty - Aurora smiling & blink)
I've learned I talk way too much when I videotape things...anyway, pics and videos here )
velessa: (Josh & me 1)
Where to start? Well, I have a bit of a cold at the moment so I'm just resting up, and I see I've been neglecting lj again.

Easter Weekend

Friday night I had to work, and after that I met up with Josh at the Sonoma Chicken Coop in downtown San Jose for a group dinner event with his motorcycling friends, the South Bay Riders. It was pretty fun; much of the time was spent trying to convince Josh that he should go to Disneyland at least once in his life.

On Saturday we got up relatively early to drive down to Fresno for my cousin David's 20th birthday party. It was held out at my aunt's ranch in Clovis. While we were there some of us walked down the road to a neighbor's place to see my remaining duck in (her?) new home. The surviving duck turned out to be Kikumaru (I seem to be the only one who could tell them apart), so I guess Ooishi is fox food now. =( Maybe I shouldn't have named him something that sounded so close to "oishii"... ^^;

But all reports say Kikumaru is doing well and has buddied up with a black and white duck in the new pond, so I guess that's good. The neighbor is really nice and says we can visit anytime; we also went to another neighbor, a friend of my aunt's, and I talked horses with him for a while.

Kikumaru at the new pond )

Then back at the ranch we went to visit the cows grazing in the pasture. My aunt and uncle don't live at the ranch (my aunt inherited it from a friend of Oma's; she's hanging on to it, but they actually live at their own house), but they let a guy who raises cattle graze some of them on their land. There are 10 acres split into three different sections; right now there are five cows in one of them, and some of them were actually friendly. Josh didn't seem to think much of the cows, but I thought they were cute!

Cows in the field )

It's amazing how green it is out there from all the rain California has had. Normally it would all be brown and dried up by now. I'm glad it wasn't raining while we were down there, though. We stayed down in Fresno until about 7:30, then drove back up to San Jose.

Sunday morning I went to work and it was pouring and windy. That was good because it meant nearly no customers and I was able to leave early like I was planning on doing anyway. I left work at noon and went to Josh's aunt and uncle's place in Saratoga for Easter brunch that was really good. After the food we watched a photo album DVD with pictures chronicling the life of one of Josh's relatives...his grandfather I think? I wasn't paying all that much attention and fell asleep on his shoulder. When I woke up it was time to go over to my parents' house to have Easter dinner with them, my brother, and my grandma.


New Apartment

Josh and I are pretty much settled into the new place. I think all that's still left to bring over is my bookcase, and there's still some more decorating to be done. I don't have too much to say about it; it's a pretty decent place, and I'm happy wherever Josh and my computer and high speed internet are. *g* Anyway, onto the pictures...

New apartment pics )
velessa: (Ducks - pretty)
I'm currently at my aunt and uncle's main house in Fresno with my brother and cousins, while my parents and grandmother are still back at the ranch in Clovis. No internet out at the ranch, so I jumped at the chance to come here and get online again! Plus I get to visit the three kitties that live here. =) The boys are playing video games as usual (I play with them occasionally), and I'm here on the computer.

Quite a different Christmas this year. For as long as I can remember we've had it at Oma's house, but now that she's gone and her house has been sold, we had to find a new place. So, we decided to go with the ranch house my aunt inherited since there's lots of room out there, and we've been having pretty much all of our family get-togethers there lately. I don't mind since that's where my babies (ducks) live, so I get to go see them. ^^ Not so great is that we brought our labradors with us this trip. While they love running around all the acreage and swimming in the pond, this scares my ducks half to death, so they have to get locked up in a dog crate while the dogs are out running around. =(

My aunt has been reading up on ducks some, and she thinks mine are Peking ducks (but no one is going to eat MY ducks!!!), and that Kikumaru is a girl and Ooishi is a boy. Maybe I'll get grandducks in the future! =D

This year's Xmas haul: clothes, clothes, and more clothes! By the way, my dad loves buying clothes for me and my mom. I got three complete suits and a bunch of other blouses as well. Now all I need is a job to wear them to. =p I also got a few movies (all Disney: Aladdin, Oliver and Company, and The Emperor's New Groove), Sharks tickets (woohoo! Wednesday night!), a horse calendar, a horse coffee table book, a robe, a nightgown, a scented candle, candy, and probably a few other things I don't remember. Best gift is definitely my new external hard drive from Josh. ^___^

We should be leaving sometime in the early evening I think if the fog isn't too thick. Fresno gets horrible tully fog in the winter, and it can get so bad you can't see the car in front of you. If that happens my dad doesn't want to risk driving and we'll spend another night down here. I hope that doesn't happen because as much as I like to see my ducks and hang out with my relatives for a while, I really want to go back home as soon as possible.

Happy Holidays everyone!
velessa: (Ducks - pretty)
Thanks for the well wishes everyone ^^ I definitely have a full blown cold...I've been pretty much lying in bed all day sneezing and blowing my nose and generally feeling icky. My voice is still almost nonexistant and now my nose is raw in addition to my throat :p I was supposed to go to the A's game with my brother today, but I knew there was no way I'd make it. Turns out they lost anyway, so I didn't miss anything good. Instead I just stayed here and caught up on Kaleido Star, and I finally am able to start watching Mirage of Blaze because I accidently found that Jet Audio can play ogm files.

Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] alliandra! *hugs* Hope it was great (since I think it's already tomorrow where you live)!

Eiji is hosting Tenipuri on the Radio this month! ^_^ This makes me very happy.

Video files of my ducks! For anyone who would like to see them doing stuff. The one where they quack is pretty funny...Ooishi has a normal duck quack, and Kikumaru still peeps like a baby for the most part...but when he does quack it's really loud and sounds like he's laughing! Watch it and see what I mean :)

in their pool when I had them at home
eating lettuce out of my hand, also at home
pecking my shoes at their new private island home
on the island
in the pond (Ooishi is quacking, Kikumaru is squeaking)
quacking and laughing (Ooishi is quacking, Kikumaru is "laughing")

Must find some Nyquil...this stupid runny nose won't let me sleep!
velessa: (Ducks - pretty)
Thanks for the well wishes everyone ^^ I definitely have a full blown cold...I've been pretty much lying in bed all day sneezing and blowing my nose and generally feeling icky. My voice is still almost nonexistant and now my nose is raw in addition to my throat :p I was supposed to go to the A's game with my brother today, but I knew there was no way I'd make it. Turns out they lost anyway, so I didn't miss anything good. Instead I just stayed here and caught up on Kaleido Star, and I finally am able to start watching Mirage of Blaze because I accidently found that Jet Audio can play ogm files.

Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] alliandra! *hugs* Hope it was great (since I think it's already tomorrow where you live)!

Eiji is hosting Tenipuri on the Radio this month! ^_^ This makes me very happy.

Video files of my ducks! For anyone who would like to see them doing stuff. The one where they quack is pretty funny...Ooishi has a normal duck quack, and Kikumaru still peeps like a baby for the most part...but when he does quack it's really loud and sounds like he's laughing! Watch it and see what I mean :)

in their pool when I had them at home
eating lettuce out of my hand, also at home
pecking my shoes at their new private island home
on the island
in the pond (Ooishi is quacking, Kikumaru is squeaking)
quacking and laughing (Ooishi is quacking, Kikumaru is "laughing")

Must find some Nyquil...this stupid runny nose won't let me sleep!
velessa: (Ducks - my Golden Pair)
I made some duck icons! ^_^
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I made some duck icons! ^_^
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velessa: (Yakitate!! Japan - Pierrot happy)
So as you may know, I finally got to go to Magic Mountain this Saturday! It was my first time there after TWELVE years! I love roller coasters and they have some great ones, so I'd been wanting to go back for the longest time; the only problem is it's in southern California and a pretty long drive from where I live. But as it turns out, my cousin Daniel also loves roller coasters and Magic Mountain, but no one else in his family does so he has no one to go with. So I found a roller coaster buddy in my cousin :) He lives much closer to the park than I do, so I was able to stay with and visit his family for the weekend as well as go with him to the park.

ducks )

drive down )

X )

Log Jammer, Goliath )

Batman, Splashdown )

Superman )

Gold Rusher )

Batman Begins stunt show )

Riddler's Revenge )

Viper, Revolution )

end of the day )

Oh! I forgot to mention that on Thursday night I went with [livejournal.com profile] gokumew2 and [livejournal.com profile] wasabi_fiend to the circus in San Jose (seeing my Pierrot icon reminded me). The clowns sucked, but the animals and some of the human performances were cool. They had some gorgeous Friesians and Arabians and Norwegian Fjords performing, and I also liked the elephants and tigers (but the tiger trainer was a total nutjob; he had one of the most annoying voices I've ever heard!). I wonder which of the circus people had gone riding at the stable two days before...After the circus we got In N Out for dinner and went back to my house to talk about anime and watch some of the Seki Tomokazu panel from AX this year. 'Twas much fun ^_^
velessa: (Yakitate!! Japan - Pierrot happy)
So as you may know, I finally got to go to Magic Mountain this Saturday! It was my first time there after TWELVE years! I love roller coasters and they have some great ones, so I'd been wanting to go back for the longest time; the only problem is it's in southern California and a pretty long drive from where I live. But as it turns out, my cousin Daniel also loves roller coasters and Magic Mountain, but no one else in his family does so he has no one to go with. So I found a roller coaster buddy in my cousin :) He lives much closer to the park than I do, so I was able to stay with and visit his family for the weekend as well as go with him to the park.

ducks )

drive down )

X )

Log Jammer, Goliath )

Batman, Splashdown )

Superman )

Gold Rusher )

Batman Begins stunt show )

Riddler's Revenge )

Viper, Revolution )

end of the day )

Oh! I forgot to mention that on Thursday night I went with [livejournal.com profile] gokumew2 and [livejournal.com profile] wasabi_fiend to the circus in San Jose (seeing my Pierrot icon reminded me). The clowns sucked, but the animals and some of the human performances were cool. They had some gorgeous Friesians and Arabians and Norwegian Fjords performing, and I also liked the elephants and tigers (but the tiger trainer was a total nutjob; he had one of the most annoying voices I've ever heard!). I wonder which of the circus people had gone riding at the stable two days before...After the circus we got In N Out for dinner and went back to my house to talk about anime and watch some of the Seki Tomokazu panel from AX this year. 'Twas much fun ^_^

dog pics

Jun. 13th, 2005 08:44 pm
velessa: (Golden Pair 1)
I forgot, [livejournal.com profile] sapphie_lp wanted to see pictures of my dogs, so I took some the other day of Sequoia playing in the hose water. You can see the little pool before she chewed holes all through it :p

Labradors )

And here's Ooishi and Kikumaru for the heck of it =D

ducks )

dog pics

Jun. 13th, 2005 08:44 pm
velessa: (Golden Pair 1)
I forgot, [livejournal.com profile] sapphie_lp wanted to see pictures of my dogs, so I took some the other day of Sequoia playing in the hose water. You can see the little pool before she chewed holes all through it :p

Labradors )

And here's Ooishi and Kikumaru for the heck of it =D

ducks )

Duck update

Jun. 8th, 2005 02:06 pm
velessa: (Ducks - my Golden Pair)
So far the ducks are doing fine. I've read up on taking care of ducklings online from as many places as I could find, and I think they'll be okay. This morning I tore up some lettuce for their breakfast and they gobbled that down. Then I called around feed stores trying to find waterfowl starter for them...no one seemed to have any, so I bought pheasant food instead which I'm told will work (apparently they can have feed meant for wild bird species but not chicken feed because it will stunt their wings).

Judging against developmental pictures of other ducks I've seen online, I think these ducks are only around 1-2 weeks old. I'm keeping them out of the pool for now because they have to be watched and then dried off, so in the meantime they're sleeping in a towel and just getting their food and water out of dishes. I think they may even be getting more used to people; they're not all terrified and trying to run away peeping loudly as much as they were yesterday. The big one even takes food out of my hand sometimes!

What should I call them? Maybe Eiji and Ooishi because they literally are a "golden pair" *snicker*

Duck update

Jun. 8th, 2005 02:06 pm
velessa: (Ducks - my Golden Pair)
So far the ducks are doing fine. I've read up on taking care of ducklings online from as many places as I could find, and I think they'll be okay. This morning I tore up some lettuce for their breakfast and they gobbled that down. Then I called around feed stores trying to find waterfowl starter for them...no one seemed to have any, so I bought pheasant food instead which I'm told will work (apparently they can have feed meant for wild bird species but not chicken feed because it will stunt their wings).

Judging against developmental pictures of other ducks I've seen online, I think these ducks are only around 1-2 weeks old. I'm keeping them out of the pool for now because they have to be watched and then dried off, so in the meantime they're sleeping in a towel and just getting their food and water out of dishes. I think they may even be getting more used to people; they're not all terrified and trying to run away peeping loudly as much as they were yesterday. The big one even takes food out of my hand sometimes!

What should I call them? Maybe Eiji and Ooishi because they literally are a "golden pair" *snicker*
velessa: (Ducks - my Golden Pair)
By a pair of ducklings to be exact. They're so fluffly and adorable! My brother came home and found them hiding underneath our big truck. I have no idea what happened to the rest of their family or even how they got to our house (they're lucky one of the cats didn't get them!). They were starving and ate some bread, and my dad and brother managed to catch them in a box. Right now they're in the kiddie pool in the dog pen in the garage. So...anyone know anything about taking care of ducks?

duckies! )
velessa: (Ducks - my Golden Pair)
By a pair of ducklings to be exact. They're so fluffly and adorable! My brother came home and found them hiding underneath our big truck. I have no idea what happened to the rest of their family or even how they got to our house (they're lucky one of the cats didn't get them!). They were starving and ate some bread, and my dad and brother managed to catch them in a box. Right now they're in the kiddie pool in the dog pen in the garage. So...anyone know anything about taking care of ducks?

duckies! )
velessa: (norman)
I've finally returned from my house sitting job. It's hard to go without the internet for five days! They did have satellite TV, though, and I found a channel that showed pretty much nothing but stuff about horses and horse training. I need to look up what RFD-TV stands for.

Anyway, overall I enjoyed my time at their house in the woods. It was up in the mountains in the middle of nowhere and so very peaceful; it was like going camping with just myself and a bunch of animals. The dog went with me everywhere as a sort of companion and guardian. He's a great big golden retriever and does a good job protecting the house. Once in a while he would start barking at something and chase it off; this morning he scared away something...I couldn't really tell what it was through the trees, but it was pretty big. I felt safer out there with him because the owner told me there are mountain lions around! But every morning he would also run off where I couldn't find him and then come running back after a while. I don't know where he was going but I didn't like him being way out of earshot. Plus when he came back he had this look on his face like he'd been getting into trouble :p

Every morning and evening I spent about 1 1/2 - 2 hours taking care of all the critters. There were four horses, and each had to get their own special mix of grain and supplements and medications, then some hay. Three of the horses are very friendly but one of them is skittish and doesn't like to be touched, so I just left her alone. Today I caught a mouse in the hay! I kept seeing one everytime I went into the hay shed, but today it got into my wheelbarrow; it must have been hiding in the flakes of hay I took. I let it go outside. One of the horses is on stall rest for tendon problems, so after feeding I had to walk him for five minutes. That doesn't sound very long, but for some reason that part always felt like it took forever. I also had to squirt medicine into his mouth every other morning. Finally all the stalls had to be cleaned and rebedded.

After the horses I took care of the chickens; I was kind of nervous about being around those birds at first, but I got over that quickly. The chickens were all perfectly harmless, I just let them out in the yard and watched them peck and scratch for about 20 minutes, then cooped them back up. There were usually a few stubborn ones that wouldn't go in when I chased them, so I had to pick them up and carry them inside. The first time I tried that I was worried it would bite me or something, but they didn't care at all. I like bird feathers, they're so soft. Other than that all I had to do for them was make sure their food and water were clean and collect eggs. These hens laid green eggs which I thought were interesting and the owner let me keep them.

After the six chickens I fed the dog and four cats inside. They were all friendly except for one cat; for the first two days I thought I had somehow accidently let him outside and lost him. But then he finally came out of hiding and I occasionally caught glimpses of him. The other three cats were practically overly friendly. Two of them sat on me all the time; the other one lives in the kitchen and won't leave it, but anytime I was in there she demanded my attention.

The hardest part of this job was getting up before dawn to feed the horses and trying to sleep. I think the getting up would have been easier if I had been able to get much sleep at night, but I couldn't really thanks to all the animals in the bed. The huge dog and two of the cats took up much of the space on the bed, plus the dog put his head on my feet and one of the cats kept sleeping on my chest, so I couldn't really move or get comfortable. I kept waking up every few hours, so that wasn't much fun. They did keep the bed warm, though. It was always cold up there in mountains.
velessa: (norman)
I've finally returned from my house sitting job. It's hard to go without the internet for five days! They did have satellite TV, though, and I found a channel that showed pretty much nothing but stuff about horses and horse training. I need to look up what RFD-TV stands for.

Anyway, overall I enjoyed my time at their house in the woods. It was up in the mountains in the middle of nowhere and so very peaceful; it was like going camping with just myself and a bunch of animals. The dog went with me everywhere as a sort of companion and guardian. He's a great big golden retriever and does a good job protecting the house. Once in a while he would start barking at something and chase it off; this morning he scared away something...I couldn't really tell what it was through the trees, but it was pretty big. I felt safer out there with him because the owner told me there are mountain lions around! But every morning he would also run off where I couldn't find him and then come running back after a while. I don't know where he was going but I didn't like him being way out of earshot. Plus when he came back he had this look on his face like he'd been getting into trouble :p

Every morning and evening I spent about 1 1/2 - 2 hours taking care of all the critters. There were four horses, and each had to get their own special mix of grain and supplements and medications, then some hay. Three of the horses are very friendly but one of them is skittish and doesn't like to be touched, so I just left her alone. Today I caught a mouse in the hay! I kept seeing one everytime I went into the hay shed, but today it got into my wheelbarrow; it must have been hiding in the flakes of hay I took. I let it go outside. One of the horses is on stall rest for tendon problems, so after feeding I had to walk him for five minutes. That doesn't sound very long, but for some reason that part always felt like it took forever. I also had to squirt medicine into his mouth every other morning. Finally all the stalls had to be cleaned and rebedded.

After the horses I took care of the chickens; I was kind of nervous about being around those birds at first, but I got over that quickly. The chickens were all perfectly harmless, I just let them out in the yard and watched them peck and scratch for about 20 minutes, then cooped them back up. There were usually a few stubborn ones that wouldn't go in when I chased them, so I had to pick them up and carry them inside. The first time I tried that I was worried it would bite me or something, but they didn't care at all. I like bird feathers, they're so soft. Other than that all I had to do for them was make sure their food and water were clean and collect eggs. These hens laid green eggs which I thought were interesting and the owner let me keep them.

After the six chickens I fed the dog and four cats inside. They were all friendly except for one cat; for the first two days I thought I had somehow accidently let him outside and lost him. But then he finally came out of hiding and I occasionally caught glimpses of him. The other three cats were practically overly friendly. Two of them sat on me all the time; the other one lives in the kitchen and won't leave it, but anytime I was in there she demanded my attention.

The hardest part of this job was getting up before dawn to feed the horses and trying to sleep. I think the getting up would have been easier if I had been able to get much sleep at night, but I couldn't really thanks to all the animals in the bed. The huge dog and two of the cats took up much of the space on the bed, plus the dog put his head on my feet and one of the cats kept sleeping on my chest, so I couldn't really move or get comfortable. I kept waking up every few hours, so that wasn't much fun. They did keep the bed warm, though. It was always cold up there in mountains.

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