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"And turtles, of course ... all the turtles are free, as turtles, and maybe, all creatures should be."
- Dr. Seuss, Yertle the Turtle




Mar 2, 2012
Feb 26, 2012

Ann and E fashioned a boat out a dried out avocado shell. The boat floated all right and did not take in water, however, it didn’t do to well with the weight of either gal. In the end, they let the boat float away.

Feb 25, 2012

Mike was released from the hospital today and is doing very well. He is able to move around with the help of a crutch. Both Mike and Raph will stay with Ann and E for a while as it is too difficult for Mike to get in and out of the sewer with his crutch, which must be done daily so that he can attend physical therapy. (Not to mention the sewer is no place for a healthy recovery.)

Feb 22, 2012

Stricken Ann and Stricken E went to Turtles and met a new friend, Schroeder.

Feb 17, 2012

The surgery lasted all day, but the doctors were able to put Mike back together. Luckily this turtle is pretty resilient. He’ll be in the hospital for at least a week and then he’ll require home care and physical therapy. The doctors think it will be at least a month before he’s up moving around by himself, though Raph disagrees.

When Mike woke up from surgery, he found Ann had come to visit and had brought a book to read to him to pass the time: Skin Tight by Carl Hiaasen. [Ann, E, and Raph all agreed to take turns visiting Mike so he wouldn’t be alone all the time.]

Feb 16, 2012

Ann, E, Mike, and Raph were hanging out on the porch, chatting, when they were attacked by a large squirrel. Mike and Raph jumped into action, fighting off the squirrel and protecting the girls. In the end, the squirrel gave up and ran off. Ann and E were unharmed, though they were both angry that they had left their swords in Michigan–they would’ve like to help in the fight. Raph’s bandana was ripped, but he fared well compared to Mike, who was torn limb from limb. They rushed Mike to the hospital and he is in surgery. Only time will tell if he will make it.

While the Strickens were out for a walk, they happened upon some strangers to the area, Raph and Mike. Ann and E learned that Mike and Raph used to live in New York City, but recently moved to California because they were tired of the stress of the city. They wanted something more relaxed. While things aren’t as crazy in California, they aren’t sure how the feel about the area yet. The people here are kinda weird–and the Strickens agree. Even though, Ann and E are only in California for a few more weeks, they’ve made plans to hang out with Raph and Mike.

Stricken Ann and Stricken E went hiking with Jen and Ashley at Pinnacles National Monument (the west entrance). It was really cool. They got to hike through a cave where bats live and they hiked all the way up the mountains onto the pinnacles.




Feb 14, 2012

♥ Happy Valentines Day ♥


Stricken Ann and Stricken E

Stricken Ann and Stricken E are trying out possible Halloween costumes for next October. Ann is dressed as Julius Caesar and E is dressed as Eve.