Friday, November 30, 2007

Reasons to drive over 2000 miles

We actually went "home" a week before Thanksgiving...and I'm only posting this a week after Thanksgiving. Things are crrrrrrrrazy with a li'l baby around. I honestly don't know how those "mommy bloggers" do it. Of course, I'm not very organized...and just recently got her started on a routine...but that's another blog!!!

We went home a week early...had an early Thanksgiving at my mom's...and a date night while my sister and her boyfriend and then my parents watched our little daughter. We got to see a band from one of our favorite shows (Dethklok) that includes two of our most favorite musicians, Mike Keneally and Bryan Beller. It was a blast!

I arrived at my mom and dad's just sobbing. Soooooo happy to be in Illinois and soooo sad that it's not my home anymore. Again, a blog for another day (or never)!

hMMMMM, this doesn't seem quite right...

























Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The Littlest Kitteh*



*Actually, she's probably bigger than two of our kitties, but who's counting?

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Life's a Beach...

Welllll....not really. I can't say that I'm having a ball out here. Honestly, I really felt like I was in mourning for a while. Wait - it just occurred to me I probably still am...because I'm in denial. I feel like I have to be honest about that.

But, at the same time, I am adapting. I'm trying to look at this as an adventure (as my mother has suggested). I also try to pretend that I'm on a really loooong vacation. So, on that note, I'm posting some pics from our beach visits. If I could go to the beach everyday - I think I'd be smiling all of the time.

Things WILL be looking up...we're going to the beach again today...


























Friday, October 12, 2007

Bloglines: 1664

Uh, that's 1664 posts to read.


I'll get back to you in juuuuuuust a second.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Trip...

A few stories from the trip out to North Carolina:

First of all, we brought all of the cats and, fortunately or unfortunately depending on how you look at it, they all made it out here safely. We drugged them on the advice of the vet. He said that cats can get motion sickness so this would help. All in all, it was much easier than I had imagined. I'd heard horror stories from Mike's mom about kitty-$hitty accidents...thankfully, we didn't have any of those. Drugging them was interesting though...the vet had said to give the pills 30 mins. or so before the drive and not to feed them. Maybe just rub the pill on some chicken so that they might be more likely to take it (yeah right!). So, not having some chicken lying around (everyone in the world does, right?), I rubbed the pills in tuna. Of course, they liked that...but I forgot that Tuffy doesn't always take to human food and as I was getting ready upstairs - he puked, lost all muscle control of himself and tumbled backwards down the stairs. I really thought he was dead for a minute. His arms sticking straight out like a dead animal you see on the side of the road. Thankfully, he only fell down the first part of the stairs and landed on the landing or else I'm pretty sure he, uh, wouldn't have made the trip.

Anyhoo, we gathered all the kitties and the baby and finally got me in the car after what felt like an eternity...I kissed the house goodbye and pretended that we were just heading into town for a coffee...

Hours later we stopped at a Cracker Barrel in Indiana.



I'm sure that Mike was worried I was going to extend the trip by eating every couple of hours (like I'm prone to doing) but we kept going and going until we reached Charleston, West Virginia at around midnight or later...I was skeered to death of driving on all the sharp curves and, for the first time, really felt scared of heights. I thought the car would go flying of the road at any second. Mike assured me that I was probably just really tired...we'd see in the morning...

Got a late start the next day...I'd promised Mike that we'd eat at McDonald's as a treat somewhere along the way. I have avoided McDonald's and trans fat for a year or so now - so this was something...And we even let Matilda have a taste...


video


OK, we were ready to hit the road (at around 1:00 in the afternoon). Those hills (which turned out to be or turned into being mountains) were still skeering the crap outta me. I seriously thought my car would fly off the road and into oblivion or something. But, they were also so beautiful it was breathtaking. Maybe that's why I was so scared. I'm not the best driver to begin with and I'm even worse with distractions. And I couldn't help but look at the beautiful sites I was going by...







(see oblivion out there?)


(We drove through a mountain. Well, two of them actually.
I really loved it - driving through the tunnels was pretty fun.)

As we left the last tunnel, I saw traffic backed up for miles going in the other direction. I called Mike to mention how horrible that looked...how terrible for those people...what if that happened to us???

Of course it did happen to us. Not too many miles later when we were almost to Virginia. We had a very short drive through Virginia - maybe 100 miles or so. And we ended up parked on the highway for at least an hour. But, I think we made the best of it. I changed and fed Matilda. Got out of the car and met a lady that was heading home to North Carolina. She's a foster mom of Main Coon cats...very nice lady. It was a nice way to spend some wasted time...

Back on the road again...lots of calls from friends and family and, again, close to midnight we made it into Jacksonville. Woke up the next morning, went to pack up the kitties and couldn't find one. Aggie had wedged herself under the air conditioning unit. I really thought we were going to have to leave her there or have them remove the unit from the wall - but after some careful tugging, I got her out.

On the way through Jacksonville and past Camp Lejeune, I noticed the fence along the road was decorated with messages to soldiers that had returned home. It was a touching site to see:






We arrived at the new place safe and sound.


Oh wait, there they all are.


Friday, July 06, 2007

Who wants cake?

I haven't posted over here for quite a while...I've been preoccupied with the "main event" in my life right now.

Speaking of that, Mike threw some leftover baby shower cake in the dumpster the other day...and came back inside...








Thursday, June 14, 2007

Toys for Troops

My friend, Lori, whose son Brian is in Iraq, has had such a wonderful outpouring of help that she started a website for her inspirational campaign.

Check it out at: toys for troops dot com

Monday, June 04, 2007

A minute in the life of...

the "Woofs".

My friend, Gnightgirl, referenced this challenge on her blog. I'll have to admit that my picture wasn't at exactly 2:00 ET (more like 2:00 Central) but I participated!



Mike and three kitties taking it easy on a Saturday afternoon.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Invader #2

Last week we found a new creature planted in our yard.




I couldn't believe it when Mike told me...it took a while for me to understand that it just wasn't leaving. We think it might have been injured. We heard (through our neighbors) that it hung out for the whole day. Our nice neighbors brought it water and bread and called wildlife organizations to see if they could pick it up.

Of course, we worried about the little goosey. And just after I took this picture from the front door, we headed out to go for a walk and give it some bread and "poof" - - it was gone. No where to be found.


Thanks for stopping by li'l goosey! Hope wherever you are, you're safe and sound!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Invader

A few nights ago, we heard some growling and hissing coming from the other room. Here's what we found:





Our neighbor's kitty had been lounging on our front porch. It really drives the cats nuts! The curiosity gets the best of them and they meet at the window and explode. And this li'l kitty won't stand down. Instead, it climbed the window menacingly! I'm sure we haven't seen the last of it yet...

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Kill Me Now!

Is what is what I would say if this (Doctor finds spiders in boy's ear) happened to me.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

OK, at least this: 3,500 lbs of bat guano found in attic isn't us.

Unfortunately, we may see more bats in the house this summer. Great timing with the new baby coming and all, right?

We decided to hire a professional. They came out right away and gave us an estimate. I was really encouraged by their earnestness.

Then the representative told us that he couldn't start until August.

I wanted to throw myself on the floor and cry. I seriously had a hard time keeping it together. I told him we had a baby coming in July and this wouldn't work for us - bats in the house with the baby!?!?!?!

He explained it's been a weird bat season - with the unusually warm weather and then the late freezes. He hasn't been able to start on any jobs that were booked this winter. There are only certain times to close a house up or you risk trapping the bats inside and getting even more in the living space. Or they die in there and stink your house up (plus, I guess that's not a very humane thing to do.)

Sooooo...what do we do?

There's no one else that does this sort of work locally. Other places I've checked are just as backed up and would ask twice as much as a local business.

So, we plan to do some even more drastic "barricading" in that room. The room which just so happens to be the room I've planned for the baby because of it's size and...I guess I'm not sure exactly why. The other spare room is currently the Hubband's computer/guitar room so I just figured this was the one. Plus, it's a nice, light tan-ish color that I like. It's just been the baby's room all along in my mind.

And, I guess Baby Woof will be sleeping in our room until this bat ordeal is finished. I'm appalled when I think that I'm even facing this situation - what kind of a mother am I anyway?? A poor planning one, I guess.

I've decided I'm buying this for her crib:


See me and Baby Woof up there? All happy and bat (and cat) free???

No cats stealing baby's breath...

No babies with rabies...


Maybe. :0)

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Cat naps

We have pretty exciting weekends around here sometimes. Lots of cat naps and...naps with cats. They love it when we're home and lounging.


Hubbo with four cats




Aggie and Tuffy


G and Ally


Tuffy and G