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CAN EXPLAIN THE WEIRD STUFF! REALLY!
Photos above are:
Glenn and Heidi Reed in front of their home; Framed
butterflies from Peru (not for sale), Glenn's "Grand Poo-Bah necklace
made of real Moose Poop, A Great White Shark head mount (sold), a fossil whale
vertebra carved in Barrow, Alaska, Glenn with our 8.5 foot tall extinct
Cave Bear Skeleton from Romania (bear for sale, you guess which one!), and Glenn and Heidi in the midst of their
Dinosaur Family in their backyard.
Glenn Reed used to have a shop in
Myrtle Beach of shark and marine related items. He closed the shop in
1994 and "went walkabout" with Darel, his beloved wife, for the
remaining years of her life with M.S., meeting Heidi Lee who had been
doing arts & crafts shows with her line of jackets, scarves and
jewelry. Heidi joined the "family" with Glenn, Darel and
their two cats, and for the next four years, they both cared for Darel.
They combined their businesses, traveling in a Class A motor home, touring
the country while doing 40-50 arts & crafts shows per year, with the
wire-wrapped shark's teeth and gemstone bead necklaces Glenn was now
making and Heidi's work with something for everyone!
Prior travels of Glenn and Darel have
included 54 countries covering all continents except South America.
This included 8 summers chaperoning high school students on a six-week
educational tour of Europe. Road trips of the new "family"
resembled what they called the "poor Charles Kuralt
tour-with-no-sponsor" as they found the back roads and small towns
that ALWAYS hid fascinating people, stories and treasures just waiting to
be discovered. Darel enjoyed every bit of it - an ever-changing
scenery of interesting things that kept her mind more active than
Glenn had already been "an avid collector with a short
attention span", so when they all settled in Boulder City, Nevada
(midway between Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam) there were oodles of weird
things in the store right away. They have since added considerably
to the shop's inventory with things that "wowed" them.
Darel's condition merited staying put, hence the choice to open the store
instead of traveling further. Photos of the Boulder City NV store
The store was educational in nature,
for all ages, with self-guided information cards throughout the store
describing where things were made/obtained, and how they were made.
If they don't make it themselves, they either know the artist &
technique or have dug the materials and met the miners themselves!
Their store was on the Approved List for educational sites for field trips
in the Clark County School District. During the school year, they
gave weekly educational seminars on varieties of the way-too-cool stuff in
The store theme was to display
beautiful things from all eras and continents for others to see, learn
from and perhaps purchase. We hope you enjoy the "mentally
nutritious journey" through the website in the same way.
Darel passed away in June of 2000 in
Nevada. She was a gentle soul with admirable stamina under the
circumstances. She is sorely missed. For those of you that knew her
and her struggle with M.S., she never allowed the disease to beat her, and
fought right up to the very end. She died with a sense of
fulfillment - she knew that she had touched at least one child's life and
made a difference. It turns out that she did that many times over,
as so many of you parents know from the experiences your children had in
their contact with Darel.
Heidi comments that Glenn's faithful
care of Darel kept her comfortable right to the last, keeping his promise
that she never be put in a nursing home. Not an easy promise to
keep, especially those last few years. Many never knew what an
effort this took. A quote from one of Glenn's friends was "what
a statement that makes about the kind of persons we all can
be". How true.
Glenn and Heidi got married in June
of 2001 (classic drive-up chapel, Las Vegas style wedding!!) and continued
to run the store successfully. After 9/11, which changed the Hoover
Dam tourist traffic considerably, they decided by 2002, for several
reasons, to relocate back to the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area.
The Nevada store had been open for 3 years by the time they packed it down
and moved. Photos of the Myrtle Beach SC store below:
They opened the store in Myrtle Beach in June of 2002 for
18 months, at which time the website and eBay business had grown
phenomenally so they could not justify keeping the storefront open.
So they closed it down and have been running the net biz from their lovely
country home, 20 minutes drive from the beach, since December of
2003. They continue to travel and come home with new weird things
every time, they can't seem to stop!
So now you know "the rest of the
story". We trust you will enjoy the growing inventory you see
on the website, even the past photos of the 2 stores, and latest
travels. Welcome aboard!
tuned, we have SO many photos to share and will be posting here, at the
moment we are posting our Epic 2013 driving trip of 15,500 miles (67 days)
on its own pages.
in Myrtle Beach, as seen from the Kroger store
Winter pansies just keep blooming
Bear (smaller bear, healed front foot injury),
Note the size of his claws! His back is towards
the Conservation Forest, he feels safe.
With the weather
here about 115 degrees, 74% humidity, we bought a Misting system
around the perimeter of the front porch. Turns out, our porch is a
little narrow to fully appreciate it without getting wet, there needs to
be more space away from the actual mist to be able to sit on a dry
bench. But we still turn it on now and then and it cools the porch
about 20 degrees. The cats don't like it much, but when they walk
through it to get their dish of milk and get misted, which keeps them
cool for quite awhile (like walking around in a wet bathing suit on a
hot day), we glad we found a way to make them cooler.
Glenn stood in the
mist and his beard got all "gray" with mist which looked
hilarious, right down to the eyebrows that stuck out about an inch.
You wanna piece-a-me?
Bear (larger bear, healed back foot injury)
You can see the distance from my office
window. Gently scraping more corn towards him as he eats.
Sitting up for a scratch
And checking out his underarm. How comical.
It is not unusual to see the gray fox eating side by side with one of
A BLACK COYOTE - a rare sighting!
This morning a
black coyote walked through our yard (likely a cross with a wild dog, but
still! rare). A wondrous sight. At least that is
our best guess.
"The Beagle Boys", one of two raccoon
families that eat at the cat food dish daily
If you look closely
on the left you can see the fox waiting his turn.
BOTH bears in the yard at the same time
We found the big bear would not let the smaller bear eat at the other
dish. So after they left, we relocated the 2nd dish nearer the
ditch, which turned out to be a good idea.
says you can't have an animal paradise?
one litter of four, spooning together on the porch. Mama peering
from the bushes, Miss Beauty Eyes (May 26)
of the kitties with pretty eyes like its mama, the 2nd with the Elf ears
and eyes. We later named it Squirrel because of its habit of laying
its tail along the top of its back when it is petted, like a squirrel
Male, he craves attention but does not know how to purr
has grown up to be a beautiful Tuxedo female
of the kitties tormenting their indulgent Mama. She is the only one
that has all 4 of her kittens that have survived
Tuxie, brother to the black and white female. He is alone at the
back of the house (the other cats would not allow him at the front, a
territorial thing apparently), he had one mean female with him for awhile
but she is gone.
31, Snowball's new kitty!
June 2nd, Glenn
quite by chance saw Snowball coming out from under the porch steps (not
a waterproof area). He looked and found a WHITE (assume it will be
Siamese marked) kitty...just one. I do not know what may have
happened to any others in the litter, but she clearly brought it from
wherever she birthed the litter, to us. The
lone survivor, apparently.
So these photos
are of her 2 day old baby, and mama. We created a new box for her
and her baby, she has nursed it in the box and is now very happy there.
Glenn, of course, acted the part of the proud Papa.
a welcome flower each spring, and always a surprise
showing off his beautiful Lewis Byrnes didgeridoo made from the rootstock
of a eucalyptus tree, woodburned design, signed by Lewis. It was the
premier piece at the Didg Fest in Joshua Tree, CA (I believe the year was
|The first IRIS bloomed next
to the back porch, a refreshing sight.
|Snowball the Siamese's only
kitten, Glenn is smitten. She is now 6 weeks old (4/9/10). See
Feb & March for other photos!
Update, 4/20, a cozy spot, sleepy happy kitty,
And a smitten admirer
The bushes were so full of blooms, we've never
seen them look so beautiful
plain Jane compared to the lilies, but this little wildflower growing in
the yard was a pleasant surprise
are "Free Choice Oriental Lily". The red and whites are
We call the red one the Man-eater, it is so HUGE. It is a
"Love Story Oriental Lily". Wow.
25 bushes of them, thanks to Glenn's hard
Part of the new boardwalk was
finished, from 1st Avenue South, up to Pier 14 Restaurant. A lovely
walk on the beach, and the boardwalk and back
|Notice the flags at one
entry to the boardwalk, near Ripley's Museum
|Heidi, on the boardwalk,
and views up & down. Nice tent shading.
Restaurant, and the walkway up to the pier, and on the pier, and the walk
back to our car
|Sandcastle near the Pier
|| Another sand
castle, with a great trough going back to the ocean. Once the
tide comes in, the trough will fill up, and fill the moat inside the
castle. Well done!
|Black-headed Seagulls (Chroicocephalus
ridibundus) on the beach
|Glenn, in the surf
looking, of course, for sharks teeth
And today's "catch" by Heidi and Glenn includes plenty of
shark teeth, a piece of agate, even a dolphin ear bone
|3 cat friends, enjoying
the new sidewalk. Goldie looks so content
|This mama cat has
perfectly camouflaged fur
being pampered when she got wet in the rain
gold kitty, the feistiest thing you've ever seen, eats ferociously.
And no doubt because it has a mama that doesn't take care of it. So
we taught him to eat food and drink milk early, for his own survival,
which he understood very well. We were sure rooting for the little
guy. In spite of inhaling milk, and stepping into it, he did learn
quickly. And since Mama didn't clean him up after his messy eating,
we did that too.
Unfortunately, within a few weeks he had
disappeared. We apparently can't take the place of a mama, but we
sure tried our best and we'd do it again.
PHOTOS, TAKEN 3-23-10
up of the cypress stump
hyacinth, in front of the swing
bloom, against our split rail fence
Pear tree blossoms, outside the kitchen window
Cleveland Pear tree, outside our bedroom window
violet hiding in the leaves
form of lily of the valley, but larger, has re-bloomed this year
The flag is smartly flying today in the wind
of the "Boots" family
Update, Tux-April. What a beauty:
tiger cats and Snowball
Black cat on the swing
and a Boots kitty
and the Wolf
little friend Lily enjoys one of our Wolf capes we pose on the floor
and the Cookies, Dad in Tree
own little two-fisted neighborhood Cookie Monster comes to visit
While his brave dad cuts down a pine tree in our
VISIT TO THE BEACH (Myrtle Beach)
thrives walking on the beach
only find today was the bottom of a fossil sandshark tooth.
Clam shells cruelly pretend to be shark's teeth just long
enough for you to bend down and pick it up
Under the Second Avenue South Pier
in the wet sand
Snowball's surviving tiger baby, born 2/26, here 4 days
3/26, 1 month old
month old, Glenn's little friend
Harry & Linda, family & friends made their annual visit to Myrtle
Beach. A photo op in front of the TWO cave bear skeletons this time:
for VALENTINE'S DAY!
Glenn found this gorgeous yellow orchid plant
(Cymbidium, King of Orchids) as a Valentine's Day gift. Update: It
continues to bloom through mid April!
Update March, high resolution photos
(February 12-13, 2010) Only the 2nd time in 21 years in South Carolina (the last time was
Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009). A winter wonderland for 24
hours! So of course Glenn made a ghoulish Snow Dude.
the next few days, Glenn re-shaped the melting snow person to a mini-dude
or girl with Spanish Moss hair...next to a cat in one photo, for
comparison size. Hilarious. That's my guy.
house, with a new White look, and the driveway
getting the morning paper, pretending he's in Margaritaville ... not!
to the Bear Crossing sign
view of the flower bed and storage building
small tree outside our bedroom window
dinosaurs are cloaked in white
pattern on the paving stones in front of the front steps
time this spring litter of kitties has ever seen snow! One we call
boots, another called Tux, and Snowball the Siamese
palm tree out front is not used to this color
in the wig, playing Snow Scarecrow? I'm scared!
American flag, three views
neighbor's SEVEN FOOT TALL snowman
red camillia bush cloaked in snow now, that gave such beautiful blooms
just 24 hours ago, along with a pink bush on the other side of the front
steps (not shown)
Snowball our Siamese had two kitties 2/26. The
black kitty did not survive beyond 4 days, Snowball brought her to the carpet
for us to care for when it had passed away.
continue to bloom, the best year yet
At least 9 cats snuggling on our porch, and one photo of Mr. Goldie;
10 cats on the rug
idyllic moment in the sun, Tuxie (black & white female) with her two
gold Tuxie brothers
Camellias and huge Lilies graced our table
& Neighbor Craig's birthday
given his kids bright red Wax Lips as a funny gift the week before.
They greeted us wearing the lips, which turned out to be the hit of the
Young Tripp looks on, waiting for Cake Time!
It's Cake Time with Grandma
wearing the family's traditional Birthday Cake Hat
Sister Rebecca, managing the food
of the party was TOOLS, to replace the hand tools stolen recently out of
his garage. Glenn spoofed him with a bucket full of broken tools,
then a nice Lowe's Gift Card at the bottom of the bucket.
funniest part was how little Tripp would put his hand over his mouth
anytime anyone suggested HE wear the wax lips
STAMPEDE, CHRISTMAS SHOW, Myrtle Beach SC
Thanks to Carla and daughter Lily, I attended
this well performed show and dinner
beautiful Christmas decorated plantation with themed costuming and
dancing, and horses
Toy Shop, complete with glow-in-the-dark toys and dolls & horses that
came to life
Peter Pan like fairy flew through the air
turned streamers in a delightful dance
solitary white horse in the midst of the "storm"
Christmas scene with the camels, 3 wise men and an angel flying overhead
Reindeer Man riding a Chicken, a constant bit of hilarity throughout
Parade with snowflake lights
Ringmaster on his gorgeous black stallion
gold brothers and their black & white "tux" sister
lavishing love and milk on them all
couldn't resist sitting on the moving polar bear Christmas statues in the
yard, even crawling INSIDE of them
Snuggling to stay warm in the winter rain, on
the porch rug
Near Office Depot at the beach, gorgeous fall
colors in January
help, Big Machine!
Neighbor Craig and son Tripp are leveling our
driveway with his dad's equipment, pounding the road flat. We could
feel this even 2 blocks away.
to Shallotte NC, 11/20/09
We made a
beautiful drive to Shallotte (North Carolina) this afternoon, ate at the
Inlet Grill (scallops, shrimp & clams), a great view of the inlet
& marsh near the ocean (though I failed to take photos of that).
These photos are
of the hibiscus bushes blooming outside the restaurant, and a green
striped plant a customer kindly identified for us as "Acuba"
also known as Japanese laurel.
We drove back
south to our favorite ice cream place in Calabash NC where I got a sweet
potato souffle ice cream (yum!). Brought 3 pints of other flavors
Glenn took Heidi to the Atlanta
Aquarium on the way back from the Wehle Nature Center in Alabama.
Carla made a beautiful STEGOSAUR
Chocolate DINOSAUR birthday cake for Heidi, how memorable is that?
You can even see a huge order of tagua nut in the background, waiting to
be sorted, numbered, priced & photographed.
Our helper Carla and her daughter Lily, posing
with our scary Alien Mannequin Dude (with Mardi Gras hat and boars tooth
necklace). Glenn is wearing his awful wig.
a whim, when the doorbell rang and we knew it was our neighbors, Glenn
opened the door on his hands and knees, wearing the Wolf Headdress,
scaring the kids half to death. He then stood up and removed all
doubt of his dastardliness.
and treachery will always overcome youth and skill."
A family of pirates and 1 princess, our
neighbors' costumes. Darn good too!
few of the better photos I took of our road and yard, a break in the cloudy/rainy weather
with a bit of sunshine.
on neighbor's fence, and fence line
moss on the neighbor's tree
autumn leaves in our yard
decorative pepper plants
on our oak tree
white bell type flower/weed that proliferates on the side of our private
picturesque vine over
Cat Plantings! Wonder how big they'll grow?
and her baby Tick-tick
Goldie, and black Mr. Deefie
boy, next to gator partial skeleton on the porch
We used to just call these Red headed
woodpeckers. From living here in the woods, we have identified many
A beautiful water hyacinth in our friend
Dale's Florida pond. Photo credit to Dale and Kathy.
Documenting some of the semi-wild cats we
Gold & white cat
Our surprise Siamese Snowball
Her brother (neurological problem, holds his
head to the side)
New litter of 4 kitties
A tiger with white boots & nose from
Gold male cat, he is panting from the heat, as
the cats have gotten their winter coats from a few cool nights, and now
are too warm. Weather is still in the high 80's during the day.
Believe it or not, Sept. 25th Glenn found
berry bear puke with a baby bear footprint right in the middle of it, over
near the deer corn.
A mama black bear and twin cubs visited the
yard Sept. 26th. (We had to deal with reflection on the sunny
Some sound caused one cub to go up on his hind
legs for a few moments. False alarm.
Mom and cubs decided to take a tour of part of
the yard to be sure there was no danger.
You can see where mom's front left foot has
been broken, and healed crooked. A permanent limp that does not look
comfortable, also causing her to slow down. A detriment if she needs
to get away from danger with her cubs.
Mom tipped some of the corn out of the deer
dish so all 3 could feed at the same time
This twin scooped corn between his paws and
was NOT going to share
Another stroll on Myrtle Beach Sept. 21.
The weather is still in the 80's.
Heidi found a great Squalicorax tooth, they
both found lots of sand shark points, and a few whole small teeth.
This wayward little turtle was tootling across our driveway towards
the conservation forest, a LONG ways from water, when we spotted the cats
looking at something in the yard and we discovered it - an Eastern Box
turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina), also called Common Box Turtle.
The hinged plastron (lower shell) that he is able to move up against the
upper shell to protect his head is a marvelous ability.
In reading about it, I found that the male has a concave (lower
shell) plastron to facilitate breeding on top of the female, which has a
flat plastron. So this is probably a female. We took her down
the road the other way to a small stream so she could have more of a
chance of a good turtle life:
pink flowering Fasciata Bromeliad on our porch we enjoy every day.
Titusville, FREE ICE CREAM, can it be?
hummingbird outside my home office window. Through August we have hundreds of
sipping visits a day outside Heidi's office window to the 2 feeders
there. Ruby throated males, females and juveniles visiting
Glenn found a tiny red mushroom in our
yard. We can only identify it as a new mushroom of the Amanita
muscaria species that turns into the red mushroom with white spots that we
also find in the yard (other photos amongst the About Us photos).
YES, it is poisonous.
Two bears have been coming nightly up until
the fire April 22; there has also been considerable construction going on
nearby. Since then we have not seen the bears, and worried they were
either dead or had relocated to another area. The bears usually
start coming during the day starting in late May/early June. They
had not done so.
Friday July 17th one bear finally came during
the day, we were so glad to see him! It is the bear with the injured
back leg, the skin & muscle had been stripped from the right rear leg
back in March (we don't know what did it), we did not know if he could
survive. He did! We estimate he is a 2 year old around 300
He ate well, took a bath
He's had his bath (you can see how wet he is),
now it's a mouthful of cat food for dessert, going down on his elbow to do
he explored the latticework where the cats
are, though they are not prey to him..
The damaged leg joint is stiff & fixed, and he swings
the leg in an outward arc to walk. You can see it is healed but
thinner from lost muscle, skin & fur, and weaker.
looked up this tree several times on his hind legs at his full
height. He must have seen something we did not, then went on his
photos of the surprise Siamese kitten we call Snowball (born of a black
cat mother, and black/white long-haired father, apparently a
throwback). You just never know. She's Glenn's favorite, the
only one allowing herself to be touched. She has wandered into the
house and two other buildings when the door is open. A curious cat
indeed, and a welcome fuzzy presence. Taken July 18th. Typical
cross-eyed, inscrutable expression.
Nine cats showing in the 1st photo (the 3
mothers are off to the left), and six kitties at the milk dish in both
Though the deer come to our yard more than once a day, today (July 20) the
doe & two aunties had a baby fawn with them, what a treat. You
can see them here between our house and the neighbor's.
visit by Frank and his family, a photo op by the two dinosaurs this year
Frank, normally a cautious, serious sort of
guy (but really a kid inside) shows his other side when he comes to Myrtle
of 22+ cats currently in our yard, this one is gold & white
22-MAY 2,, 2009
MYRTLE BEACH FIRE
(photo credit to Tom Murray, Sun News, of a
Loris firefighter at Nehemiah Green's home on Willard Road, 12 miles
from our home)
Many of you may have seen the national
news about the huge fire in the Myrtle Beach/Conway area of our state
over the last few days. It started Wednesday the 22nd in the
Barefoot Resort area behind Barefoot Landing mall in North Myrtle Beach,
and spread rapidly due to the wind. No one quite knew how far it
It is South Carolina's biggest
wildfire in more than three decades - a blaze 4 miles wide, covering 23
square miles over the past two days - destroyed 70 homes and
causing the evacuation of 5500 people Thursday.
It came within three miles of our own home & business, closed
the main road near our home, caused power outages, the smoke plume
could even be seen from space. Our good neighbor Don cut a
firebreak between the conservation forest and our property with his
grader as a precaution.
Even by May 2,
Blackhawk helicopters are still taking water from a neighbor's pond
several hundred yards from our home, as some of the fire is still in a
peat bog type of ground which is difficult to put out. A smoke
smell permeates the yard some days due to the direction of the wind,
causing us to have to wear masks.
WE ARE SAFE, and our hearts go to those who have lost possessions in
this wildfire. The efforts of the firefighters has been very much
Helicopter photos, courtesy of neighbor and
professional photographer Lisa Young
Azalea, myrtle blossom and yellow jessamine
vine, early April, in our yard, a welcome sight:
Friends Harry and Linda visited again from
Canada, a warm change from the record snowfall where they live
Raccoon eating happily from the cat food
Two of our "wild" cats have had
kittens, they are old enough to explore through the lattice work and are
now drinking milk from the dish. Their antics are always
look like whack-a-moles poking their heads out of the lattice work.
Total of 6 showing in the last photo
Another wonderful walk on the beach with my
Curmudgeon Glenn, one of me at the 2nd Avenue South Pier, and a wicked
shell that just MIMICS a shark tooth, cruel:
The bush had the most blooms we have ever
seen, though a freeze a week later killed them off, we thoroughly enjoyed
them while we could:
One of the first azaleas, a double color:
Life's simplest pleasures, a Rainbow Foam car
wash with a cotton candy smell (the color changes as it comes out of the
nozzle), it is more than just a car wash to us. A kid's delight, I
hope I never grow up:
visit to the Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach was a blast, to see the
sawfish, moray eels, and the sand tiger sharks:
An orange sea anemone as seen on a mirror, a
jellyfish, and a pink anemone (these 3 photos compliments of Carla
Day (January 20) we had a freak snowstorm here in South Carolina (first
time in 20 years), about an inch accumulated with slushy roads. An
inexperienced driver went off the road near our house, hit a telephone
pole at 10:15 a.m., causing a complete blackout of electric, T.V. and
internet at the same time, while we were watching the pre-Inaugural
activity in Washington D.C. leading up to the swearing in of Barack
Obama as our new President. What incredibly bad timing! So we
hopped in the car and headed down the road to a restaurant with a TV,
immediately seeing the flatbed tow truck taking away one of the two cars
involved in the crash, and the numerous bucket trucks busily replacing the
A random photo of a housing development on
Highway 90 showing some of the snowfall
Here's Glenn at the Fresh Catch Seafood
Restaurant, where we ended up watching the inauguration till 12:15 p.m.,
heading home to find the power on again and watching the rest of the
festivities on our familiar large screen TV. A memorable
inauguration, but not in the way we planned!
daughter of friend and indispensable helper Carla, they made a special
visit to our home Jan. 24th at little Lily's request to see us. Her
last request before they left was to rock in the big chair in Heidi's
office, where I told her that her hair matched that of the fox fur hanging
on the back of the chair. The other fur is otter, both furs from
Alaska from our 3 trips
tree in our front yard has turned a beautiful red, we couldn't resist
showing it off. This is our "autumn" in December:
The camellias began blooming around December
Christmas, a flock of seagulls settled on the parking lot at Walmart in
of our "stray" cats decided to take a stroll across the storage
building roof. A strange sight:
Beavers gnawed a huge tree next to a creek near our house
And one tree stump gnawed by the beavers looks
like an elephant!
CHRISTMAS '08 PHOTOS
years in the making, Heidi's arctic purple velvet coat trimmed in Eskimo
worked polar bear fur is a real heirloom piece
the front porch of our home
our front yard, inside the circle drive
our tandem bike, a novelty in this neighborhood
in hand with our pet dinosaurs
Extinct cave bear that protects our living room, now looming over the
clowning with our largest mako shark jaw
"work" area, with a big bay window overlooking the side yard
where bears and deer frequently feed
shaking one of our trees, I rarely see him this cheerful, I had to snap
our two wolf headdresses from Alaska (black, and blonde), posed like
domestic dogs on our living room rug
Ugly Face Jugs...with one extra. We sent this as the last photo in
our grandkids' photo balls for Christmas. Do you think they will be
terrified? Guaranteed. We call this Glenn's Bad Santa Look
Laura & Bob brought their traditional Lasagna Christmas luncheon for
us, along with Christmas cookies. It made us feel like Christmas had
A pygmy octopus that washed up on the beach,
Bob & Laura preserved it in alcohol for their collection.
Friends and customers alike sent us Headline
newspapers from their state or country (some whole newspapers), with the
historic Barack Obama Presidential win. One of our favorites is the
headline "The Planet at the "O" Moment" from
Romania. We read every one, relishing not only the historicity of
it, but also the news and perspectives of the other countries. We
thank you one and all for your generosity. These will be cherished
mementos of our U.S. history.
Below is a picture of most of them.
The papers are from:
Rodney Fox, Australia
Theresa, Nova Scotia
Dann & Cyndi -
and from Us, here in
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
And here are photos of the same group, by
sections so they are more easily read, if you wish to:
Day, Casino Boat
North Myrtle Beach, SC
We enjoyed a sumptuous Thanksgiving buffet
aboard the Big "M" Casino boat, the weather was in the high
60's, a perfect day in South Carolina. The boat trailing us is a
much smaller casino boat.
Glenn's last shot was of a seagull as we were
docking, with the rosy glow of a beautiful sunset coloring the photo and
the seagull on the piling. A fitting ending to a nice day, though we
went on to have dinner at a great Mongolian Grill called Empire Fire north
of Barefoot Landing shops.
Drusy Quartz Pendant collection
An email friend asked about a pendant she saw
me wearing in a family photo, so I photographed the iridized drusy quartz
pendants I have in my personal collection. Though we choose not to
handle these on a retail basis, I have posted them here for you to
enjoy. The other stones in the pendants are: Fossil Ammonite
(the circular shell), spotted Ocean Jasper, Opaque blue
Larimer, and blue
most recent painting, acquired for Heidi's birthday, from artist Sandra
Ragan who did our other sunset paintings. Sandra named this
one "Heaven's Autumn".
What a breath of fresh air, I can feel the
soft grass on my back as I look up at the trees and hear the wind.
"stray" contented mother cat nursing her gold kitten, this
kitten has actually survived till January, so far, thankfully.
A MUSHROOM BIRDBATH! Okay, it's for a
really tiny hummingbird or munchkin bird, but that's what it looks like!
Baby spiders, just hatched, in between our
front porch steps:
favorite visitor, Mr. young Bear, laying on the hill between our yard and
the Conservation forest:
gorgeous hibiscus continue to bloom
garden spider at its most glorious, along our driveway
Texas Rose (Hibiscus) seeded over near the bear pool, only a foot high,
with an 8" bloom. What a pleasant surprise! I pan out so
you can see the size compared to the pool and Glenn
neighbor's horse (retired from Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede), knows where
the best corn is...in OUR yard
Fourth of July, our flag is waving proudly
Every afternoon we have a big thunderstorm,
here is the view off the back porch of the cameo building and the
dinosaurs in the back yard through the torrential rain pouring out of the eave troughs
One of our wild kitties, enjoying the coolness
of the swing
Our fat, well fed raccoon family eating the
cat food under the umbrella that keeps it dry. Glenn took these
photos from his office window with the zoom lens
We have known of a mother black bear and 3
cubs that have been visiting our side yard every night. Now they are
visiting the yard during the day!
The young male (we think it's a male because
he's bigger than the other 2 cubs and usually feeds separately. Here
he is standing guard at the crossover path at the ditch:
It looks like the bear is smelling the flower,
when in reality the hibiscus bush is considerably closer to the camera:
And taking baths in the bear
pool...together! One cub entered the pool, then mama, then another
cub..I don't know why the side of the pool (which is a boy's plastic car
bed) didn't split. We'll have to write the manufacturer and tell
them how sturdy it is!
Then exploring a short ways beyond the
hibiscus bush "barrier" before realizing they were "out of
Here is Mama bear that came alone this
morning. She has apparently broken her left front ankle which has a
large lump on it (or a snake bite), we have noticed since she began
coming, as she limps but can put weight on it. We hope it heals
without an infection, we will continue to worry.
rare sighting for South Carolina! A wood stork (Mycteria americana),
usually found only in Georgia and Florida, wingspan up to 5 feet across,
striking black & white wing markings, has been visiting the pond down
our road. What a treat!
small type of wren is building a nest in our barn birdfeeder!
year's flowers are flourishing, thanks to Glenn's generous fertilizing
with Miracle-Gro. Japonica camellia, wildflowers, yellow calla lily,
Day lilies that grew like weeds, 5 feet tall!
One of the flourishing flower beds:
Mimosa blooms, resembling an exotic Fourth of
July fireworks, from a tree down the road:
23, 2008 The Texas Rose (a species of Hibiscus) began blooming
yesterday. The blooms are as big as dinner plates. We have
been awaiting their arrival. Many more to come, the stems are over 5
feet tall with a dozens of blooms on each of the five stalks. A
testament to Miracle-Gro, I'm sure, and Glenn's loving hands:
cat deposited one tiger striped kitty on our porch carpet with a clear
message - help! She apparently didn't have enough milk for her whole
litter this time. This is our "stray cat"...one of
them. So we fed the little female with kitty formula first with a
bottle, a large spoon, then a saucer. We discovered that baby
kitties don't immediately figure out the right angle to lap milk, they
tend to inhale milk from a bowl while trying to drink. So now we
know why a kitty will step INTO a plate to drink from the far edge of the
milk, so its nose is out of the milk. We also treated the baby's
eyes, she has steadily improved and can hardly be called one of our
pampered "stray" cats anymore, as she romps up to the porch as
soon as she sees us step out in the morning. Notice the evolution of
Here's my tough big guy:
Little Miss Bitty Kitty checking out the
Mama boots, with her litter and a couple
of her mother's (Big Mama's) litter. Boots' litter is 2 weeks older
than Big Mama's litter:
Big Mama lapping milk with the kitties:
Big Mama, acting lovey, and another female we
call Mrs. Black who did not bear a litter this year, thank goodness!
Update 6/14/08 This kitty has now
disappeared, the casualty of one of the many predators in these
woods. We are glad we had some time to help a young creature,
however long her life.
& sassy raccoons (there are 5 or 6) share the space under the storage
building, and the cat food amicably with the cats. The umbrella
keeps the food dry..another pampering by Glenn:
|June 18, 2008
Friends Frank, Cathy, their kids Josh, Noah and baby Danielle during
their annual visit, posed under Mr. Cave
Bear, and photos from the Fresh
Catch Seafood Restaurant down the road
hyacinths, azaleas, irises and crocuses have been out for a couple of
weeks already, here in South Carolina, here's one of our hyacinths..
January 1, 2008
Open letter from Glenn:
It is with a very distinct
amount of pleasure that I make my following intentions known to our loyal
customers, friends and fellow business associates.
I have reached a point in my
life where I have had the pleasure of building a very successful
business. My ever-growing curiosity over the past 38 years has led
me to the far reaches of the earth, pursuing my dream of finding the
strangest, most bizarre oddities that you see on our website.
These past 11 years, Heidi has
been involved in my business. Early on, our businesses were combined,
creating another whole dimension encompassing many beautiful categories of
things we have found from new travels together.
So I have decided it's time to
hand over the reins of this partnership to my lovely and capable wife
Heidi, making her the sole proprietor of Where on Earth effective January 2008.
I will continue to support
Heidi, but in a much different role. This change in management will
allow me more time to pursue other creative choices. Working on
gator skulls and cameos and restoring our cave bear skeleton is like putting together model planes and cars
that I never got to play with as a kid, now I can do so with even less
One weekend's work with cameos
& eyeglass loops:
I hope you will
join me in further support and interest in Where on Earth as we continue
our travels to find the unusual, as well as educational endeavors.
As a sign of her mutual
interest, she has taken a quantum leap in the new direction of the future
of Where on Earth. Heidi has made her first sole selection, a large
addition to our outstanding collection. It is with admiration and
love that I share with you and showcase - Direct from Romania - The
Romanian Cave Bear Collection (link below)
Cave Bear Fossils
our neighbor Craig was going to be in Charlotte NC for a day with his
wife, Glenn asked him to bring an armload of fresh flowers from the famous
Farmer's Market near the airport for Heidi's birthday. What a
plethora of blooms to receive in a single day!
A baby named CHERISH
A tiny resin baby by Camille Allen that my
Glenn purchased for my 53rd birthday. This is the 3rd baby Glenn has
purchased for me from her collection (the other 2 can be viewed on About
Us page 2, Sept of '05 section). It does describe his attitude
towards me. What a treasure Glenn is.
cat with her 4 babies, playing around the storage building, at least two
of them are gone now including the gold kitty
Even she can only take so much, she finally
leaves, and they are puzzled
strangest, largest grasshopper we've ever seen (at least 3" long,
yikes!), on a leaf near our back porch:
Anyone have more information on this creature?
Thanks to Theresa in Nova Scotia, she identified this as an Eastern
Lubber Grasshopper. Thanks!
mushrooms sprouted overnight:
and a lovely white wildflower sprouted nearby:
Glenn came home with a 50 pound
watermelon. It took the two of us a week to eat, but eat it we did!
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