husband took all three kids to the reservoir-by-the-freeway to camp and fish overnight yesterday. Did they catch any FISH? NO! But they did bring home HERBERT! http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm272/gcvmom_photos/Herbert.jpg (Yes, that's a chicken). I'm still in shock about this. The lake owner said easy child could have Herbert because the roosters kept picking on her (she is a bit bare of feathers in a few spots). We THINK Herbert is a girl... thus the name "HER-bert" explains easy child, who claims this amazingly tame (and stupid) creature as her own. Herbert now resides in the kids' playhouse. The playhouse has a fireman's pole in the middle of the ceiling, so we had to cover the opening and the doorway with plastic chickenwire since we get predators in our yard (coyotes, bobcats, racoons, owls, etc.) And GUESS what I found when I walked over to our lawn shed to get the rolls of chickenwire that were stored next to it? http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm272/gcvmom_photos/Rattler.jpg (Can you say, "Rattlesnake" without fainting?) After relieving it of its head, (yes, the neighbors even call me the snake woman...) I had easy child stretch it out and figure it measured about 3 feet: http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm272/gcvmom_photos/Deadrattler.jpg (Can you say "HUGE"?) After that bit of excitement was over (and the head was buried and the carcass flung down the hill), we finished preparing Herbert's coop: http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm272/gcvmom_photos/Herbertscoop.jpg (Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home!) Needless to say, this has been a VERY MEMORABLE Memorial Weekend! Let's see... menagerie count so far: Whiskers the brown/white striped tabby. Harley the smoke-grey cat. Snappy the red eared slider. 20 or so goldfish. 100 or so mosquito fish. 1 Western fence lizard. 1 California Alligator lizard. 1 Savannah monitor lizard. 1 Chinese water dragon. 3 Bahaman anoles. 2 difficult child boys. 1 easy child/difficult child girl. 1 husband/difficult child. And Herbert the Chicken. My life is complete.