Big News…

Godzilla lives.

I was feeling pretty confident when our/my little brother’s box turtle survived the hot Texas summer…but I became worried when December came, and it was so very cold.  I had plans to move him to an indoor aquarium or Rubbermaid container (That’s legit.  Check out turtle care sites.), but it got too cold before I could put together a cat-proof box.

So it was either possible death by cold, or certain death by cat.

What we did was put lots and lots of dried leaves in Godzilla’s enclosure.  We added more before each cold snap.  He burrowed under the leaves and buried himself in the dirt just a bit for several weeks, emerging to eat when it warmed up.

I checked on him throughout the winter.  I was so preoccupied, in fact, that my sister encouraged me to give up my turtle checking for Lent since it seemed to take up so much of my time.

The problem with checking on Godzilla in the winter is that when he’s half buried in the dirt, he kind of looks dead.  It’s hard to tell.  But earlier this week, he was out and about.  I actually saw his face.  Hurrah!

More later…maybe with an update on the kids…



Number of times Godzilla flipped over the first day: 4
Number of times Godzilla has flipped over today: 2
Number of tomatoes we’ve given Godzilla: 1
Number of tomatoes Godzilla has eaten: 0

Godzilla does seem to like fresh mint and canned turtle food.

Progress made on nightstand kitchenette for Bible study kids: lots.

I had some drilling to do before the kids could paint some more, and while I was drilling, the sweetest little 6-year-old boy came in to watch.

He said, “This is for your little girl?”

I said, “No, this is for you to play with here at the church.”

He smiled really big and stuck around to help us paint the burners and inside of the oven door.

I hope we can have our grand kitchenette opening next week. Pictures to come.

First Letterbox

We found a letterbox! We are so excited.

What’s a letterbox? We didn’t know until about two weeks ago. Now we are building our summer curriculum around making these letterboxes for other people to find.

Read about letterboxing here.

This summer, The P wants to learn about dinosaurs, astronauts, and coral reefs, so he said every time we learn something cool about one of those topics, we should make a stamp and book for a new letterbox.

I love this idea, although I was not looking for a new hobby.

In other monomania news, the turtle hut is almost done:


Godzilla should be able to move in this weekend. Yeah! (Did you notice how I blurred the picture so you can’t see all the loose bricks in the yard? The P was trying to make a ramp for his bike and I was too tired to clean it up before taking this shot. Or after. Or the following morning.

Let’s face it. Those bricks will probably never move.

A New Addition

Soon, our family of five (mom, dad, sister, brother, cat) will become six.


Meet Godzilla.

He’s shy.

He is Pfc.’s turtle. Pfc. is away for a while so we get to keep Godzilla.

We have a big backyard. It’s pretty much a mess, so I wanted to do something to make it prettier and give Godzilla a safe place to play.


So I dug a pit in the yard.


Then I lined the inside with bricks.


Then, I made a box to fit on top to keep Godzilla in.


Then, with help from my 6 year old, I placed the box over the turtle pit.

I got the plans for my turtle house from and this site and this site. Our turtle pen is a hybrid of these three designs.

This week, we will add a screened lid and plant some yummy herbs that Godzilla can eat.

Also, we will find something to do with the extra 24 feet of cedar we have left over…

Pictures to come.