Beginning odometer: 44,598
We had a great sleep and woke up early for a couple of reasons:
- The Cousin had a volunteer meeting to attend.
- The Cleaning Lady was due to arrive at 9:00 a.m. (You never want to disrupt the cleaning lady's schedule!)
Before we left the house, we were privileged to meet their pet. They have had this pet forty years. Yes, I said 40 years!
Let me give you some perspective on his size. He weighs around 18 pounds.
He lives in their back yard and under their storage shed.
This is the entrance, under the storage shed, that he has created for himself over the years.
Now, mind you, they have lived in this house since 1965, which is 47 years. Morongo has lived there 40 of the 47. Amazing, but true!
When the yard storage shed was installed. Morongo said to himself, "Hmmm, instead of burrowing into the ground to hibernate, I'll just tunnel under this shed and make myself a mansion." Which, over the years, he did. Smart turtle!
The Cousin's Husband told a couple of really funny stories about how he, at various times, was working in, or around, his shed on a ladder and all the sudden the floor/ground would give way because of Morongo's tunnels. The Cousin's Husband said even though it was surprising to fall through the floor of the shed, it was really interesting to see how Morongo had created his own world down below to protect himself from rains and cold weather. At one point, he even installed a mirror in the tunnels to keep up with what Morongo was doing down there!
Morongo is a picky eater, but after 40 years they know what he likes and dislikes in the way of fruits, vegetables and flowers. Newly sprouted asparagus in their garden seems to be one of his favorites, much to their chagrin!
The only thing they have to worry about when they leave for vacation is whether or not he accidently turns himself on his back while moving around the yard. It doesn't happen often, but if it does and there is no one there to turn him over, it could cause his death. They don't have to worry about putting out food or water for him in their absence. He can survive on the plants in their yard and the dew provides all the water he needs.
I ended up falling in love with Morongo. He reminded me of the little box turtle that lived in my parent's backyard when I was young. That turtle showed up every spring for 2 or 3 years and then disappeared. So sad.
I'm trying to convice The Husband we need a turtle. It's the perfect pet for us!
After The Cousin left for her meeting, The Cousin's Husband took us to a great breakfast.
Afterwards we went to a thrift store, where I was able to purchase some items for resale in my booths. After the thrift store, we toured the local 99¢ Only store. It's amazing what they sell for 99 cents. Truly amazing.
We returned to the house to meet up with The Cousin. We headed off to the small town of Ojai, CA for the afternoon. We spent time perusing the contents of the shelves at Bart's Books. I can now say I've been to an outdoor bookstore! If I lived in Ojai, I know I would spend a lot of time there. After touring a local antique store, we took the long and winding road back to the house.
We had a delicious dinner at home and played a few rousing games of Mexican Train Dominoes.
The Husband with his dominoes. His keen analytical mind helped him win 3 of the 4 games we played. Curses!
After dominoes, The Cousin cut us HUGE slices of leftover chocolate cake. She was desperate to get rid of it!
Ending odometer: 44,598
Miles driven: 0