You can take the GRITS out of Florida, but you can't take Florida out of the GRITS!

Monday, November 26, 2007


We spent Thanksgiving at my Mom's in Okeechobee. We actually celebrated Thanksgiving on Friday since Thursday was my husband's birthday and my sister was busy packing for a week long camping/hunting trip. Friday was more convenient, and afterall, does it really matter that we did it a day late?

Before dinner was ready, the kids and I took a ride in Mom's not-really-a-golf-cart-thingy. We drove around the neighborhood and found this big guy on the side of the road...

I'm not sure if he's a Florida Redbelly (Pseudemys nelsoni) or Florida Cooter (pseudemys floridana). If anyone out there can tell, please let me know!

This is Mort, my sister's red-eared slider. She found it in her yard when it was the size of a quarter. I'm pretty sure Mort's a she, but no one listens to me and they keep calling her a he. Since Mort does not like to go camping in frigid weather, she'll be hanging out at our house for a week or two. She's a funny turtle...she'll follow you around the yard, loves to eat fresh caught bugs but won't turn down a thoughtfully placed finger, either! I think I'll fill up the baby pool and let her get in some good swim time.

1 comment:

lisa's chaos said...

Looks like a great time! your son is so cute and the turtles look nice too.