Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
So in no certain order here is my list:
If I had a week off I would:
- Visit distant family
- Visit distant friends
- Spend more time with my mom(s) and dad(s)
- Spend more time with my kids
- Play with Valentine more
- Eat less
- Exercise more
- Make something for myself
- Write a letter
- Make cookies
- Clean my house
- Clean out my car
- See my grandson
- Read my bible every day
- Shop on-line
- Shop off-line
- Give Valentine a bath
- Organize my kitchen cabinets
- Go to a museum
- Go swimming
- Build a snowman
- Take pictures
- Sleep in!
- Catch up on my favorite blogs
- Go to lunch with a friend or friends
- Visit the cemetery
- Go to an auction
- and I would say "spend time with my husband" but then none of the above would happen! (Maybe I could squeeze some time in for him, he is a honey)
It's been a fun few days and now it's back to work for a few more. Good news? There is an auction on Friday the 1st! Yeah! What a way to start off the New Year! I'm looking for a decorative old chair that I can use in photography. I had one once but the auction got all messed up and it ended up going to another person. Wish me luck! You all have a wonderful week.
Friday, December 25, 2009
I got the nicest card from him last night. He wrote, "I know you worry about me, but I'll be fine. I Love You so much and am blessed to have you as a mother. Love, Cory." It made me tear up. I wish I didn't have to worry about him but I do. I hope in 2010 he can find LOVE as I really believe that is what he really wants and misses.
Merry Christmas to you all! Be safe in your travels and may many blessings come your way.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
It's called God and Dog. Enjoy, and if I don't get another chance to blog before the Holidays, I wish you all many blessings this Christmas season!
Friday, December 18, 2009
just venting! just venting! Today's another day, and there will be nothing about cookies in it.
A Valentine update for you. She went to see her special Dr. Perkins that does the acupuncture and chiropractic work and Dr. P says that her heart already sounds like it's a grade 2 on one side and 3-4 on the other so her medicine is already helping. She also suggested that I get beef heart at the store and boil it and then cut it up really fine and give her 2 TBSP a day of that. YUK! Suppose to be good for her heart! Gross, but if it will help her heart, I guess I'll have that nastiness in my kitchen. ewwww.
Lastly, where is the dang spell check on this new blog format??? Anyone know? I desperately need it!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Today is my Christmas outing with my girlfriends. We laugh, LOTS, we eat (usually ALOT of that too!) and we shop. We also exchange gifts every year. I love that. I know Christmas is not about the gifts we receive, and I LOVE to give! In fact, I"m disappointed with my family that they all want to nix presents. I don't care if they don't or can't do gifts but I hate it that they are demanding that the rest of us not get them anything. I figure I'm only in my 40's and they are in their 60's-70's and just now not wanting to give gifts. I still have a good 20+ years left! Guess I'll be adopting some needy families or something! My tree will be barren of gifts after today. *sad* Guess that will leave more room for the cats and dog to lay around under there....they do seem to love that.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
The letter was written from the heart. She really went into detail about how much she really liked Peggy. She talked about how Peggy made her feel and how much she appreciated how Peggy made her daughter (Peggy's grandchild)feel. She talked about how she appreciated raising her son to be such a great husband. She talked about how much of a joy Peggy was to be around and how she always wore a smile. She wrote that she believed they would of been friends even if they would of met under different circumstances and she wasn't part of the family. She thanked Peggy from her heart and soul and poured her love out to her on this page, this letter, just because she wanted Peggy to know she liked her. She liked being with her, talking to her, doing stuff with her, being part of her family. She liked her spirit and she loved her like a daughter could love her own mother.
Peggy thought so much of this letter written so many years ago, that she framed it and hung it on the wall so she could read it often. What a treasure! This Christmas season what a wonderful gift this would make for someone you love...a simple letter to let them know you LIKE them and why. Roll it into a scroll and tie it with a pretty ribbon if you want to dress it up a bit. I believe her daughter in law is really happy that she took the time to say back then how great Peggy was and how much she meant to her, especially now that Peggy is in heaven.
If you want to read an awesome love story between husband and wife and a family devoted to God then go to http://www.caringbridge.org/. Hit Visit and type in peggywillis. Start at the beginning and read to the end her family's journey thru her illness. You will be amazed and it will open your heart! This woman lived a joyous, happy life and I wish that on anyone reading this today. May we all be so blessed.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
She can't hear anyway so I'll tell you! It was the first year we ever put up a real tree. She must of been about 5 years old. I guess she thought it was pretty great that we were bringing the outdoors in because she just pooped right under our great smelling pine tree! She didn't even get that embarrassed "pooping face" most dogs get when they go. The living room was crowded with the whole family and I don't even think we were even through decorating the tree when she just took the position and let it rip. That was before I was really into photography, and a few years before digital, or I may have taken a picture as evidence. As it was, I couldn't get it cleaned up fast enough! That is the 1st and only time my little gal has ever went #2 in the house!! Knock on wood! It's also the only time we ever had a real tree for Christmas! After she pooped under it, our cats knocked it over on 2 different dates, spilling the water all over the carpet. It's been artificial ever since. Sorry Santa....the pets have been BAD!
Sunday, November 29, 2009
This year as I put the ornaments on the tree I felt very sentimental. Besides the glass balls and the Hallmark ornaments I have these special few. Many of them are handmade by myself or someone else so maybe you can get some ideas of your own.
- Homemade ornament from a friend.
- Old family photo of me and Jim with our kids when they were little. Makes me :)
- Cory's kindergarten picture ornament.
- An ornament I made using those whirly "dealies" that come off a tree.
- My mom made these about 25 years ago and gave them to me.
- Homemade ornament from the PTA.
- Photo ornament of our dog Duke who passed away about 6 years ago.
- This is a cute magnet made from a pop bottle cap. See #20 also.
- This was made by the PTA from a tongue depressor. I always thought it was cute.
- Another from the PTA.
- Photo ornament of the kids when they could kinda stand each other.
- I'm sorry I don't remember who made this one. She is a very sweet angel made of lace and yarn.
- My friend Julie made this for me last year. It is felted.
- James' kindergarten picture ornament.
- An ornament made by Cory when he was in grade school. We painted on tree limbs.
- Something sent home with one of the kids from school. Went on the tree ever since.
- Another PTA creation.
- I made these candy canes one year. They are kinda ugly, I know.
- Another flop of mine. A snowman kit made this year.
- See #8 for it's sidekick.
- An ornament I made one year.
- My sweet Grandma Bessie made this one for me.
- Another PTA creation. 3 grown kids from the same school I'm surprised I don't have more! They always did such a nice job too!
- A painting on a tree limb by James when he was very young.
- Brandi painted a cat on her tree limb.
- Canvas snow woman I made one year.....maybe 10 years ago or more.
- An ornament my Dad made for us.
- This sweet ornament was actually our Christmas greeting. I put it on the tree and it just goes up each year with all the ornaments. I don't know how old it is but my aunt that made it died almost 10 years ago. I'm glad I kept it when I did.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
What a fun couple of days. Jim and I had everyone over for Thanksgiving. This has been my 4th year to house the family for Thanksgiving and I have to say the most relaxing. Other than an outburst from my little sister that was very irritating and directed at my precious dog (which I've already forgiven her for and so has Val) it all was great. I make French cookies every year at Christmas time to give with my gifts. They are alot of work so this year I bought extra supplies to make a ton of cookies and I had whoever wanted to help, help and it went awesome! My brother in law even ran the mixer for all the batches. What teamwork!
We had 3 cookies presses going and it still took a couple of hours.
Every family took home some to give away for Christmas gifts as well!
Also, my grandson and my greatneice met for the 1st time. How cute that was! She is adorable anyway. She wanted to touch him but was afraid. Here is a close up of The Touch.
Eventually she was kissing him! Here she is wearing a hat my little sister made. Check out those eyes! Wow!
On Friday my Mom called and wanted Jim and I to run up north with her and my step dad Jerry. We went to an Amish community and I got some pretty cool stuff. I LOVE anything Western and this store was filled with it. I would love to own a store like that. My mom bought me a lantern type light which I thought she was buying for her house and gave it to me at the end of the day for hosting Thanksgiving each year. How sweet and wonderful! I'll treasure it always! Then we go to have dinner with my friend from New Orleans as she was up visiting her parents. We sat in a pizza shop for over 2 hours talking! I'm glad I brought her hubby a gift (he collects anything with fish or fishing and I found some artist playing cards with fishing lures on each card) he was very patient while we gabbed! Two more days in my weekend so I hope to make them equally as great! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend as well!!!!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Tonight I came home from work and relaxed by watching the Antique Roadshow. I love that show! I think I would of even loved it if I was in 2nd grade. I've always been drawn to old things & wonder where they have been and the stories they could tell. Tonight was a great one. It was an old 18K cigarette box from the turn of the century that had diamonds and blue enamel. Beautiful! It was traded for a meal at a restaurant that belonged to the woman's mother. She gave the man 3 meals instead. It is mysterious who the man could of been with this Courtier of Paris box and how he ended up hungry enough to trade it.
In the meantime I had to tease my husband by taking this video. Starring Valentine of course! Mute the music below so you can enjoy! I may try to perfect it even better...she was just so excited over the food. That's my girl!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
I'm participating in the Ornament Exchange for Bloggers! Join me! What fun!
Hope everyone has a great week! Happy Monday!
Friday, November 6, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
This past weekend we went on a haunted tour of the Marshall house & jail on the square in Independence, MO. It was very interesting! I didn't realize how much trauma went on there in the past, especially around the civil war days. It was creepy, since we were there at night and the only light was a flash light. Besides all the ghost stories our guide did say that tourist will frequently see a cat in the house curled on a bed, perched on a window seal or just strolling around like it owns the place. A cat haunting......now that is my kind of haunting! (No litter box to change) lol
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Chrissy was a mixed breed dog. She weighed around 60 pounds and had a thick hair coat that seemed to want to shed all over. She was fairly tall but not as big as a Lab or German Shepard would be. I called her into the exam room with her "mom". Chrissy had developed an odd gait in her walk and her head was starting to tilt to the left. Her tummy was round and bloated looking. Her gums were slightly on the pale side. Chrissy was 12 years old, which is considered to be old for a dog her size. That is something I never have understood. Smaller dogs seem to live alittle longer than the bigger dogs do. A poodle at 12 will still look very young while a Great Dane is lucky to live to the age of 12.
My doctor came in and did a physical exam. Her abdomen was tight and painful and he agreed that her gums were slightly pale. He recommended x-rays and blood work which revealed a large mass in the abdomen. Not good news.
This is what really got to me with Chrissy. When she was getting her physical exam she was totally trusting of us. She kept looking deep into my eyes like she was reading my mind. She would turn and check on her owner, making sure she was still present. The positioning for the x-rays had to be incredibly uncomfortable, yet she continued to remain calm and focused on my eyes. Then when my doctor presented her owners with an estimate of over a thousand dollars I felt sick. I hate this part of my job where I know money is the answer. Too much and it's almost always a death sentence and given Chrissy's age I knew her owners would hesitate to spend that much and not have a good guarantee that she would survive the surgery or live a few more years. They struggled with the decision well past closing time. This was not something they took lightly or brushed off as many people do by saying, "it's just a dog". They toiled with the prospect of surgery and asked all the right questions and in the end decided to euthanize her. The biggest part of me knew it was mostly a money thing and wished I was rich and could just say here, let me help.
Euthanasia is something I struggle with . Some days I deal with it everyday I work, sometimes several times a day, other days there may be none. It is something I had to do for my own pet a few years back and it really leaves an owner with a whole range of emotions. First your sad, then your angry that you had to make that decision and then you feel guilty. Some owners can not stay and be with their beloved pet during those final moments. Chrissy's parents decided that they could not be there. I hugged her mom and told her that I would stay with her during the procedure. She started to cry and thanked me. I wanted her to know somehow that I loved Chrissy and she would not feel alone nor be alone at the end of her life. I hope she understood all of that in my hug as I could not form the words to speak them aloud.
I hugged Chrissy up and I stroked her head and ears as she drifted off to heaven. I do believe all dogs go to heaven. I told her to say hello to my Buddy, Poochie and Dukie when she got there. I then made an inked paw print of her paw as a keepsake for her owners. The doctor will send a sympathy card and include that memento. I knew Chrissy only briefly and she made me love her in that very short amount of time. I imagine her family will miss her dearly.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I really missed my Valentine while I was gone on vacation. I had to get her something special. I found this t-shirt that is so her these days. (In her old age all she really cares about is food) It says, " Hand over the CANDY and no one gets HURT". BTW she wears a 4T. (Little Chubs) Such a cute face though! Wouldn't you have to just give her all your candy!?!
Friday, October 23, 2009
- I took over 1200 pictures! Thank God for digital.
- The sunset on the beach was amazing for the wedding & the birds were just an added plus!
- I swam 3 hours with manatees on Crystal River in Crystal River, FL~highlight of my trip!
- I visited 2 state parks
- On one day I traveled into 4 states!
- I visited 3 different beaches
- I took a swamp tour and seen alligators in the wild. Loved it!! The swamp is so pretty!!
- Learned that people actually swim and water ski in the same water that the gators live!
- I got to have a lot of girlfriend time with my 2 Robins and my Stacey from Colorado
- I spent a lot of quality time with my husband. We vacation well together!
- I seen a huge mermaid mural that I thought was so beautiful on Pier 60 in Clearwater, FL
- I caught several tiny fish from Lake Pontchtrain while enjoying the sunset, the warmth, & most of all the company in LA.
- I had a mocha almond freeze which was yummy and an orange antifreeze which was gross and the few sips I had tasted like gasoline! lol
- I ate well- too well!
- All our travel went well except I dumped cheese sauce on an unsuspecting victim in the airport! oops!
- I took a few more pics of the French quarter.
- In Florida we drove from the state line of Alabama to Pensacola to Destin to Tallahassee then down to I19 to Tampa and then into Clearwater.
- On arriving back home in Missouri the trees had all turned their fall color! It was really beautiful to see from the air!
It's great to be back. I have missed all the blogs I like to follow and may never find the time to go back and read what I've missed over the past week but have some good inspiration for my own blog in some of the photos I took! I'll be sharing those along the way.
Happy Fall ya 'all!!! xxoo
Sunday, October 11, 2009
I am going on a trip! My husband & I will fly out this Wednesday to go to New Orleans to stay a couple of nights with my friend Robin and her husband. We hope to do a little fishing and just laugh a lot! (maybe sleep too!) Then on Friday we are renting a car and driving the coast line to Florida where on Sunday, a good friend of mine that I work with, is getting married on the beach there. She asked me to go and take her wedding pictures and she is paying our hotel rooms for doing it. I have done several weddings but they are not my favorite shoot. I always worry that I might screw up and not get that all important picture, like the kiss or something. This will be my first beach wedding so I hope the sunset is perfect, there is just a slight breeze, and that my photos will turn out great and my friend will be happy! We will all be swimming with the manatees on Monday together so I also hope that my underwater camera functions as it should so I can get some amazing photos of us with those giant, gentle, beast. We will be back in Missouri on Tuesday. Then I will have some photos to blog about!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Today my sister & I traveled to "our" 2nd annual chicken festival. I call it a festival she calls it a chicken swap but it's like nothing I have ever experienced and not for the squeamish. ;) They actually have them 3 times a year but fall seems to be our best time to go.
It's in a very small town in Missouri and there are tons of chickens, birds, rabbits, mice, reptiles, dogs, cats, goats, etc. They are all for sale. Lots of puppy mill puppies I would say which is very, very sad. Plus lots of junk (and I mean junk for the most part, although if my hubby would of went he would probably say otherwise since there seems to be a lot of tools and such). There is also a TON of people and some of them are pretty entertaining. I went last year because my sis was chicken shopping. This year we just went because we had fun last year. I bought some skeleton keys again this year from a nice man. Sometimes I just "feel" the good in people. He is one of those people. To look at him, he may seem scary...he was a bit unkempt, missing some teeth, wild hair but very gentle in spirit. I promised him I would be back next fall to buy more keys from him so he is going to be on the lookout for the small, interesting one's I like. That is sweet to me because he was very sincere.
We also travel through another tiny town that has an amazing store-it's very expensive but has the most creative pottery. It's an Italian artist that married a Mexican Potter and they produce some beautiful work together. I fell in love with these birds (which is just one of many sculptures they create) Last year I bought this one:
this year I bought this one! Isn't he adorable?!
We stopped at a couple of garage sales along the way. This sale had a barn that was falling apart and when we were walking back to the car I notice the falling boards made a perfect cross if you looked at it from the right direction. I grabbed my camera and LOVE this picture!
The sky is NOT photo-shopped at all! This is just how pretty it was today!