Monday, May 2, 2011

Three Tumbleweeds, Festus and Some Wyoming Facts

****Breaking News****

There is a new Tumbleweed in the truck. Her name is Jasmine and she is awesome. A 3 year old brindle Boxer who has been in foster care for 6 months after being surrendered by people who starved her because crack is expensive they could no longer afford to feed her. 

Deep thoughts.

Serious face.

It's been a year and a half since we lost Harley our first Boxer. I have written about her some, but she died before I started this blog so she never really got to be a famous Tumbleweed like us. Now that there are at least 3 people who read this who aren't related to me I'm sure the movie of our lives is being planned in Hollywood right now. I'm sure they'll want Festus to play my part. *fingers crossed*

We got her from the angels at  Black Hills Boxer Rescue in South Dakota, which is about 3 hours from where we live in Wyoming. We picked her up last Wednesday while we were home for a week and I forgot my #1 rule for driving around Wyoming and it's neighbors, which is to always bring food.

We had a light breakfast and a busy morning and left around noon, excited at the prospect of getting our four-legged daughter. In the first 100 miles we had passed a gas station and a Subway but held out because we thought we could wait for something a little better; we eat so many sandwiches in the truck that I avoid them when I can in our off time.
One of the sprawling urban areas of Wyoming.
Yes. Population 1.

You know how in cartoons one character looks at another and sees a steak dinner? That was how I was beginning to feel. We found a Taco John's around the 200 mile point, before Himself lost a finger, but I won't make that mistake again. I love the sparseness and open spaces of Wyoming and the fact that it's not very populated but it's not a good state in which to have low blood sugar!


Did you know the population of Wyoming is only 563,000? The New Jersey Turnpike has more people on it at any given time than we have living in the whole state!
Wyoming was the first state to give women the vote, the first to appoint a female justice of the peace and elected the first female governor. Wyoming is so friendly to women that even in our small town of Douglas (pop. 5,000) there are no fewer than 14,987 hair salons.

Can you believe she wants her seat back?

This is our first week in the truck with Jasmine. The truck is a little more crowded, a little more stinky but there's a whole lot more love and we are tickled to have her!


  1. You've got your tumblebugs, your tumbleweeds, and now your TUMBLEDOG. congrats

  2. maybe jasmine will live up to her name...and smell like jasmine...rather!

    CONGRATS on your new truckmate!
    maybe you can teach her to...make sandwiches...nah! ugh. too much drool...

    and i didn't know all that stuff about wyoming! cool! now THAT's alot of hair salons...for such a small town...kinda like CHURCHES on every corner. (another UGH) :]

    ((FYI: by the latest post didn't make it into google reader AGAIN! OR any other FEED! so please go visit me when u get a chance...suwannee river post!))

  3. She has found a perfect home! And yes Wyoming is a great state except the women part. Just kidding everyone out there, except herself.

  4. Wow I am glad you got a dog... You guys may be famous like other truckers throughout history with pets...

    BJ McKay and his best friend Bear

    Cletus (Snowman) and Fred

    Who knows the Tumbleweeds and Jasmine the gear jamming wonder dog...

    Interesting facts about Wyoming...

    You know you got to feed the beast the AMC rear end needs the calories...

    Have fun proud of you guys..

    Shalom and Amen

    Your friend

    Heywoodja Blowme!!!!

  5. @ Doug, hee hee, and if you came along with us you would be a TumbleDoug.

    @ Laura, yeah, I'm thinking drool sandwiches aren't the best thing!

    @ Glen, Wyoming is so great BECAUSE of me silly!

    @HB, I stood in line to get BJ's autograph when I was in the 3rd grade and he was rude to me when I got there. I really thought we were going to get married. Probably would have had better luck with the monkey!

  6. Good thing you guys did not get a monkey... You would be fighting with the monkey in the truck...

  7. I would totally win in a monkey fight.

  8. What a fun afternoon reading your blog! You'r hilarious Ms.Tumbleweed and a fantastic cook when you are in Wyoming. We miss you already.

  9. Thanks Councilvk! Are you sure it's not the pain meds that make reading this funny?? ;0)
    Always a pleasure to cook for good and adventurous eaters!!


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