Fox and Broom

A mom's adventures in keeping healthy, keeping her sanity, and making stuff.

Archive for the month “November, 2006”


In less than a week, Abigail will be moving to Jacksonville. I am sooo happy she will be so much closer. She has also asked us to watch Zan for a few days so she can work and find a daycare for him. I think this will be an interesting adventure. Sol and Zan met once before when Sol was just a couple of months old. It will be neat to see how he reacts to having an older "brother" around. I just hope I don’t run myself completely ragged chasing after the 2 of them. I’m thinking about bribing Zan – maybe a few dollars to help out with housework and a few more to do a lesson or 2…. Abby had told me he was learning all sorts of neat things at his previous school. Like colors and things like that.
Abby is moving into a 1 bedroom, so I am also thinking about making him a little teepee. I actually found the pattern for one a while ago and bought it with Sol in mind, but I think Zan might appreciate having his own little "room". I think I will also make the little sleeping mat that is in the pattern.
Not much else is going on. I got to cruise around Jax on Saturday with Abby in a red convertible. We were definitely stylin’. Guys kept trying to impress us with their loud music and we were even serenaded by a very young Latino boy. He was at least 16 since he was driving. It was a good day.
She found the perfect place for her and Zan. Close to her work and close to a few schools. Close to my in-laws too.

Osteoderm is a fun word.

This last weekend I went on my first ever archeological dig. I stabbed myself with a screwdriver less than 5 minutes after they had me start….

Anyway. We were digging in a clay pit (hardly a pit… we had to drive UP to it) with little screwdrivers. The first day I found nothing. On Sunday I found two quarter-sized pieces of osteoderm. It’s a term I had never heard before – but isn’t it fun to say? I basically found the hard shell-skin of a giant armadillo. About 20 feet up the pit from me they were ever so very carefully digging out what seems to be most of a skeleton of a giant armadillo. They are really looking for a type of ancient tapir, but only found the tooth of one while I was there. I was jealous, but I also didn’t want to work on it as I was afraid I would ruin it. I did mention that I stabbed myself within 5 minutes of starting there right? Yah. So was probably a good thing I was working the lower area that didn’t seem to have as much delicate stuff.

The people working around me did find parts of a rather large variety of wildlife. Alligater spine, turtle toes, turtle shells, capybara lower jaw piece, osteoderm of armadillos, something from a ground sloth.

It was pretty hot work and exhausting. I really loved it. I can’t wait to find some time to go back there. They are digging until Dec 20…

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