Thursday, November 24, 2011


Reindeer also Known as Caribou ( Rangifer Tarandus)

Each Christmas season we hear the stories of the eight tiny, flying reindeer that pull Santa's sleigh all over the world in one night. But what made Santa choose reindeer to help him accomplish this feat? Wouldn't elephants, with their huge flappable ears, make a better choice? Okay, there's the weight factor, but what else makes reindeer the right choice for the jolly North Pole toymaker on his annual voyage? Read on to learn some of the secrets of the world's most famous deer.

Are Reindeer for Real?
While Prancer and Dancer and the gang are the stuff of legend, reindeer are not. These large deer live in northerly climes, in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Arctic. In Eurasia (and the North Pole) they are called reindeer and in North America more commonly caribou, but they are all the same species. The wild herds of Alaska and Canada are known for their mass migrations, while large numbers of those in Eurasia are domesticated, raised for fur, meat, milk, and as work animals. Whether you call them reindeer or caribou, one thing is certain: they are physically well suited to pull a sleigh full of toys and a right jolly old elf.

Questions and Antlers
We've seen the pictures and we know that Santa's reindeer -- Dasher and Dancer and Blitzen and the rest -- sport antlers. Does this mean that all of them (even Vixen?) are males? Not exactly -- in fact, it almost means the opposite. Reindeer and caribou are unique among deer in that the females grow antlers, too. And even more interesting is the fact that the females retain their antlers from one spring till the next, while mature males shed their antlers in the fall -- and are unadorned on Christmas Eve. So the creatures that pull Santa's sleigh must be females or youngsters. Of course, it's entirely possible that a male reindeer with the power to fly also has the power to keep his antlers through the holidays.

All-Terrain Feet
The all-terrain vehicle enables humans to traverse rough, muddy, snowy, or icy terrain. The caribou or reindeer has it beat: it has an all-terrain foot. The animal's remarkable hoof actually adapts itself to the season -- becoming a sort of ice skate in the winter and sneaker in spring. The caribou of North America can run at speeds of almost 50 miles per hour and may travel 3,000 miles in a year. Luckily, the animal is helped along by its amazingly adaptable footpads. In the summer, when the tundra is soft and wet, the footpads become spongy like the soles of tennis shoes and provide extra traction. In the winter, when snow and ice coat the North, the pads shrink and firm up, while the rim of the hoof, like an ice skate's blade, bites into the ice and crusted snow to keep the animal from slipping. Sounds like the perfect footwear for an animal that needs to come to a flying stop on an ice-encrusted rooftop in the dark of the night!

Fur Float
Given its geographic preferences, a reindeer has to have a pretty warm coat. In fact, the coat has two layers of fur, a dense woolly undercoat and longer-haired overcoat. The outer coat consists of hollow, air-filled hairs that give the animal such buoyancy when it enters water that only the lower two-thirds of its body submerges. A caribou or reindeer swims with ease and good speed, and migrating herds will not hesitate to swim across a large lake or broad river. If Santa ever decides to take to the seas rather than the air, he is in good hands!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Snow on Hallow's Eve...

                                                    (Poem and Photo by me.)

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Clarks always make my day!! !

"You're on speaker now so don't say anything personal!"-Brigid
"Hi Annemarie!"-Sophia
"Hi Sophie,  are you gunna be a princess for Halloween?"
"Are you ever gone be anything else?"-Me
"No.. I think I'll just always be a princess.."-Sophie
"So are you going to go trick or treating with the Grajedas?" -Me
"Yeah.. but you used to come trick or treating with me but then you and Rosie and Brigid went by yourselves!" -Sophia
"Yeah..cause we got old"-Me
"You got candy last time and Rosie and Brigid had tiny bags.."-Sophia
"Yeah I got like one peice"-Me
"One piece!!!?"-Sophia
"Yeah..but I'm just gunna buy candy this year"-Me
"Buy candy? Why would you buy candy? Oh I have to go Annemarie!"-Sophia
"( Sophia's shrill little Screams and Brigid yelling "Give me the phone!!" in the backround)" XD

Pumpkin Piggies...

Hello Kitty...

                                                    This is hilarious!

Friday, October 21, 2011

October Poem...

October is the treasurer of the year,
And all the months pay bounty to her
The fields and orchards still their tribute bear,
And fill her brimming coffers more and more.
But she, with youthful lavishness,
Spends all her wealth in gaudy dress,
And decks herself in garments bold
Of scarlet, purple, red, and gold.

October Poem

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Just woke up for School...

And I'm not rushing out the door! I have TWO hours to get ready!! I'm actually eating breakfast. Which is delicious by the apple turnover with honey and some orange juice never tasted so good!! I just had to share this exciting news. I'd like to say a few words for those of you who have first period this year (Like myself last year) SUCKERS!!!!! XD :D Hehe just look I had time to update my blog!!!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

My Personaility (Myers Briggs Test)...

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ENFP - The "Advocate"


ENFPs are introspective, values-oriented, inspiring, social and extremely expressive. They actively send their thoughts and ideas out into the world as a way to bring attention to what they feel to be important, which often has to do with ethics and current events. ENFPs are natural advocates, attracting people to themselves and their cause with excellent people skills, warmth, energy and positivity. ENFPs are described as creative, resourceful, assertive, spontaneous, life-loving, charismatic, passionate and experimental.

About the ENFP
Expert Quotes & Links

"They can't bear to miss out on what is going on around them; they must experience, first hand, all the significant social events that affect our lives."

"ENFPs are warm, enthusiastic people, typically very bright and full of potential. They live in the world of possibilities, and can become very passionate and excited about things. Their enthusiasm lends them the ability to inspire and motivate others, more so than we see in other types. They can talk their way in or out of anything. They love life, seeing it as a special gift, and strive to make the most out of it."
- Portrait of an ENFP (The Personality Page)

"Friends are what life is about to ENFPs, moreso even than the other NFs. They hold up their end of the relationship, sometimes being victimized by less caring individuals. ENFPs are energized by being around people. Some have real difficulty being alone, especially on a regular basis."
- ENFP Profile (TypeLogic)
"outgoing, social, disorganized, easily talked into doing silly things, spontaneous, wild and crazy, acts without thinking..."
- ENFP Jung Type Descriptions (

"ENFPs are energetic and enthusiastic leaders who are likely to take charge when a new endeavor needs a visionary spokesperson. ENFPs are values-oriented people who become champions of causes and services relating to human needs and dreams. Their leadership style is one of soliciting and recognizing others' contributions and of evaluating the personal needs of their followers. ENFPs are often charismatic leaders who are able to help people see the possibilities beyond themselves and their current realities. They function as catalysts."
- ENFP - The Visionary (Lifexplore)

"Ranked 1st of all 16 types in using social and emotional coping resources and 2nd in using cognitive resources. "
- ENFP Facts (

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Tale of Jeffy...

                                          This is what he looks liked..

Tonight I let my dog (Bosco) and my sisters dog (Jake) out of the house to run around and play as usually...but then I heard a disturbing noise. The noise of animals fighting and being attacked,the sound of an animal in pain. I looked out the window to witness a tiny baby raccoon laying in the driveway being bit and grabbed by the two dogs! My sister and I rushed out to get the dogs inside.We discussed what to do and decided I would get a towel to pick it up and she would go look up "how to rescue a baby raccoon".The baby raccoon was still moving it's mouth and blinking with it's cute little innocent eyes when I left to get a towel. By the time I came back the baby raccoon was lifeless on the driveway.We then had to throw him away like a piece of trash so the dogs wouldn't get to his body. You might think I'm being dramatic  and "it's just an animal" but this was the saddest thing!! It was just a little baby..and yes I cried. This makes me want to dedicate my life to rescuing animals even more.I wrote this in memory of Jeffy...a baby raccoon that barely got to live.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Sunday, July 31, 2011

What is Your Native American Totem...

                                                                    Shocking isn't it?

Rose Wolf