Tuesday, October 28, 2014

last night as

I was sitting here on the computer, just looking around, I got the sudden urge to drive around and take a few pictures.  I probably would have gotten more had I not been alone but I just felt like going for a nighttime drive, getting some of the lights around small town Texas, USA.  As soon as I got in the car I realized my camera battery was low.  Oh well, I decided to drive until it died... or until I got tired.  (Guess what happened first.)

To mark my one year anniversary of no posts on the website's blog, I've shared a few pictures over there.  CLICK HERE TO SEE.

Here are a few more that aren't over there.

I don't really understand "H-Town".  We're in A-Town and the closest H-Town I think is technically a village, other than Houston being about 30-45 minutes away.  I mean A-Town is our county seat and the county jail is here too...

Ahh, memories... some really bad memories but at least it's in the past.

An A-Town church.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

and just in

time, I got the second print framed.  Here it is

Bluebonnets.  My only concern was the double mat.  I was really hoping for a single to be more like the other print but I didn't have time for custom so had to get one off the shelf.

And I got them both signed.  So now they're signed, sealed and about to be delivered... after I go... GET A NEW PHONE!!!

Anyway, here they are together and now I need to get dressed and head to Radio Shack.
(Ignore the fancy setup I have going on.)

Monday, September 29, 2014

i said i'd be

back with a photo or two to share... and here I am.  My second print didn't arrive Saturday, as USPS predicted, but I did pick up the first one from Michaels.  So, if you'd like to support a cousin of mine, who on top of needing help with medical bills for a surgery was also diagnosed with cancer, you can come out to his benefit in Damon, TX and bid on one of the auction items, my print included.

Here's the first one

I really like how the brown mat turned out and the orange one looked really good too.  But... even though I didn't go to Texas A&M, I lived there while my parents attended and my son is there right now visiting his girlfriend who is also attending and let's face it, where I grew up, the orange wasn't acceptable, ESPECIALLY on a framed print of those particular animals.  So, I know this print will only go to a purchaser of 1) a certain decor or 2) a loyal supporter of my cousin but either way, it's way classier for not having the orange mat.

Speaking of animals, we installed an electric fence this weekend.  It's not totally finished.  I still need to bury the wire at the gates but it's attached to our wooden fence around the yard and the circuit is complete.  Training began yesterday.  It's tricky because we only have one collar since the one I picked up from Home Depot either isn't compatible or simply a POS.  Cosme took the dogs around the yard yesterday on their leashes, taking turns with the special collar while I held the other one and kept it entertained.  It took one zap and Archer won't go near the fence, even without the collar.  I would say there's a light at the end of the tunnel of progress but I'd hate to jinx everything.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

in recent years

I've noticed that I get more and more intolerant of BS.  I place blame as such: 1/4 getting older, 1/4 social media, 1/2 people.

I've heard people complain about getting meaner with age but is it a proven fact?  I don't know.  I don't think I'm really getting to be a mean person but I think so many years of being a pushover and putting up with everybody else's BS is finally catching up and I'm skimming the surface of my breaking point.  Enter social media.  I'm reminded of the little things that some people do that really annoy me.  I'll stop here.  I typed more but deleted it and decided to not sound so bitter.  I mean let's face it, some people can't help being selfish or inconsiderate or whatever a good word is for being a waste of my time and energy.

Did you see that?  Am I turning over a new leaf?  Probably not but right now I'm letting it go.

Eric's going up to College Station this weekend and he's taking his dog with him.  Now that our yard has cinder blocked exit holes scattered along our fence, I bought an electric fence.  I had our yard guy fill in holes with dirt after I lined the bottom of sections with some kind of rolls of wire fencing.  Leave it to Archer to dig another hole.  I'm done.  I don't care difficult it might be, the electric fence is being delivered today and I will probably be installing on Saturday.  Next up on the list: a collar to stop his barking.  But, until that fence is up and working, Archer will go with Eric.  Did anyone ever think Maggie would be the dog getting into less trouble?  I'm going to place blame again.  This time it's parvo.  If Archer hadn't been parvo stricken, he wouldn't have spent all that time inside and in the front yard.  Guess where he wants to be?  Inside and in the front yard.

Wow.  Anybody need blame placed today?  I'm on a roll.

I still don't have any pictures to share.  I've been too busy but I will share a couple in a few days.  I have a cousin who has a lot of medical bills and there is a benefit coming up to help raise money.  Anyway, I'm donating a framed print or two.  I'll post the matted and framed finished product once I have them.  I would have them finished but... I was going to donate one but then Michaels had frames, buy one get one free.  I went ahead and bought two and now I'm having to wait on that second print to arrive.  I'll stick with the theme for today and place blame on Michaels for not being more like Hobby Lobby and just selling their frames for a percentage off.

Now I'm off to the grocery store and I'm blaming Mom.  I'm making cookies for her and I need more butter.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

i don't really

know why I haven't posted anything lately.  Maybe it's because there's been so much going on, I haven't had time or know where to start.  Maybe it's because even though there's been a lot going on, it's just the regular old stuff that I haven't felt like stopping to type.  Maybe it's because I've been wanting to get out and explore with my camera but don't have anything.  Or, maybe it's because of all of the above... sprinkled with a little bit of the lazies.  Yes.  That's definitely it.

Let's see, to sum it all up:

- We were talking about a trip to Scotland but that's been postponed.
- We are now talking about a trip to Big Bend and are really just trying to pick a date.
- We have been talking about repairing our fence and adding a gate with a walkway.
- It is DEFINITELY allergy season.
- Cosme is working on his flying.
- Eric is working on his schooling.
- I am working on "whatever it is I do here", as Eric refers to it.
- I will be 42 on Saturday.
- Pets are exhausting.

On that note, I will try to be better with this blog.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

i've been

scanning my grandfather's slides.  While I've been scanning old ones to share with family, today I've been sidetracked.  Today I've been scanning his non-people slides and I've come to the conclusion that my grandfather would've been the perfect photography buddy for me.  I've scanned some that I'll have enlarged and whether printed and framed or on a canvas, they'll be displayed.  I've been playing around with a few too as far as color/black and white go.  I'll share some on here and if any family wants a print, I can send you the file.

Here's one I really like and might even try converting to black and white.

Here's another that I did convert to b&w.

And here's a sunset... makes me think he'd probably enjoy Instagram.

And that's all I've got for today.  Hey, I've got slides to scan.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

one thing that

frightens me about flying is being above the clouds.  I don't want to do it and until Saturday, we hadn't.  I was on my phone, not paying any attention to the scenery.  I usually like to watch for everything like the roads and landmarks just so I can keep up with where we are... and I announce it and verify it (because I like to be right).  So I looked up from my phone and this is what I saw.


At this point I put my phone away and started reading my book.  Anything to take my mind off where I was...

Monday, July 28, 2014

what can I

say?  I've been preoccupied.

But for right now the pool is good and we just got some swimming/floating time in, just in time for a front that's expected to hit tomorrow.  Maggie has her pool back.  Speaking of Maggie...

Saturday night, around 11:30, Archer was barking.  I sent Eric a text asking him to make it stop.  He let me know it wasn't going to stop because Maggie had a possum.  So Maggie caught a possum and apparently, as with most things, she wasn't about to share.  Archer wanted in on it so he was barking.  Here's where it gets a little interesting.  The possum wasn't dead, he was playing possum.  Long story short, I was sleepy and did what I always do when awaken by an animal... threatened to get rid of every pet we have.  By 12:30 Eric and his friend were outside with the dogs in their cage, trying to get the possum over the fence.  The possum decided to come to and ran up a tree.  At that point I didn't care because the dogs seemed to be over it.  I enjoyed the peace and quiet and got a good rest-of-the-night's sleep.  So the next morning I was in the backyard with Cosme and Maggie started barking... at the tree.  Then I saw it. 

That possum had stayed in the tree for the rest of the night.  At that point, Maggie was trying to jump up to get that thing.

 And if she couldn't reach it, she was determined to wait right there for it to come down.

Archer agreed, Maggie would do it.

Still waiting while Archer decided to see what the leaves were like.

I wasn't sure where the pellet gun was so Cosme did what he could to knock it out of the tree.  And just like that, Maggie scooped the possum up and was running around the yard with it.  I managed to run inside wearing flip flops with camera in hand and hopefully the neighbors were awake because I was screaming the whole way.

The pictures stop here because although it looks dead, the possum was alive... here, anyway.  Cosme eventually got it thrown over the fence and the dogs were locked up trying not to bust out to get it while I cleaned the blood off the back porch.  Then I started thinking how maybe it isn't so bad when the dogs bring dead grass snakes up to the back door.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

i went for

a drive yesterday so I could scope out a location for some portraits that are coming up.  I was looking in Danbury and used my phone to snap a shot of a few places but then...  I found the cemetery.  Then the camera came out.  It's so hard for me to turn down a cemetery.  I didn't do any walking around but I saw one scene I knew I wanted.

This one:

Now to lighten the mood a little.  Here are a few more pictures of the dogs.


Archer not letting Maggie have one of her own

and a few together shots

Right now they're in a little trouble.  I found the latest chlorine floater in the yard... disassembled.  This morning I went and bought our fourth one.  (sigh...)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

like I mentioned

yesterday, I took a few pictures.  I've been preoccupied lately with this pool stuff going on.  OMG.  For about two weeks this pool was a total nightmare.  Seriously, our days have been revolving around this pool.  I know this started as a pool for the dogs and then turned into a "let's see if this is right for us" situation but last week I was ready to get rid of it.  IT WOULD NOT TURN BLUE.  We tried EVERYTHING.  We treated it for every possible thing and nothing worked.  It definitely wasn't algae.  The pool was clean, no slime and the readings of the water were right.  But something was messing up the water and we still don't know.  We finally gave up started over.  We're on the third day and I haven't made it out to test the water but I'm hopeful.

Here's how it looked last week

I promise.  There was no algae, as swampy as it looks.  On Tuesday I treated it for metals.  At first it seemed lighter on Wednesday but then I checked again.  We also upgraded the filter.

So, now with an upgraded filter and a fresh start, I'm hoping this works out better.  Also, all this has made us rethink an in-ground pool versus our plan of sinking an above-ground down a couple of feet.  We're still undecided.  (No surprise there, we're dealing with me after all...)

Here are a few pictures I took yesterday.  Yes, it's dog pictures but sometimes I just can't help myself, especially when Maggie gets in the pool. 

Usually Maggie climbs up and jumps in from the side but yesterday she followed Eric up the ladder and jumped in.  Now if she would just keep doing that, it would be perfect.

I love watching her swim.  It's cute and she loves it.  When I took her for her shots a couple of weeks ago, everyone asked if she just got a bath.  I let them know that no, she had just gone swimming.  The vet thought it was great and would help her muscles.  That scares me a little.  She is already ONE STRONG DOG.

When we first discovered her climbing in the side of the pool (notice the paw prints on the side in this next picture) I knew I immediately needed to get her to use the ladder.  Ever since then she's at least been using the ladder to get out.

Archer, on the other hand, hates the water.   He doesn't know how to use the ladder but it doesn't matter.  The lifeguard queen is perched atop her throne.

 If he's going to be in the pool, he prefers to be in someone's arms or on a float.  And if he is in someone's arms, he usually has his head on their shoulders as if it's a plea to please get him out.

When they do get out, it's business as usual, galloping and wrestling.

Monday, July 7, 2014

i used

my camera!  I know it's shocking but since my phone is always handy, it's what I grab.  I used my camera a couple of times over the weekend and once again today!  WOOHOO!  I'm a little busy right now so tomorrow morning I'll be back to share.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

to give you an example

of how this week is going, I started this post yesterday and had to leave it.  Now I'm back and I'll try to finish before I have to leave again.

First I want to take back a few things I said on the last post about the recipes I tried that didn't work.  Last night I gave a second chance to a Mongolian Beef recipe I'd found on Pinterest.  This time, knowing how it was the first time, I knew of a couple of things that needed changing and guess what.  Everyone loved it, it disappeared and there were complaints that there wasn't more.

I'd also like to take back all the nice things I had to say about the cleaning lady.  She stood me up.  Get this.  She initiated the appointment.  Seriously.  She sent me a text, asking if I needed her.  I told her Friday was good for me and she said it was good.  Then she never showed.  I haven't called anyone else.  That's a lot of work to find the right person and I'm just not ready for that emotional roller coaster of thinking I found someone and then have them dump me like that.  lol, Okay, maybe that's being a little dramatic but I'm a private person and it takes a lot for me to let some stranger into my house and get all up in my business.

In other news, that above ground pool is becoming a royal pain in the butt.  And right now I know WAY too much about pools and chemicals... but apparently not enough to get it balanced and looking right.  On the plus side, Maggie is thoroughly enjoying the pool.

Tuesday I was tempted to turn my phone off.  Not only because it's freaking out on me and doing wacky things but because I kind of need a moment or 50 to catch up on me.  I feel like I can multitask fine.  I don't like it but I can do it.  My main issue is with interruption.  If I have stuff I'm doing, I do not like being interrupted and I do not handle interruption well.  In the past, I may or may not have thrown my phone across the room on several occasions because it wouldn't quit dinging and ringing.  Interruption ultimately equals my temper coming out to play.  My temper means that everybody else is better off if I'm in hiding.  I'll leave it at that.  Oh, speaking of my phone acting wacky, that's been annoying me so today I get to drive to Sugarland to have it looked at.  AWESOME.  Was that sarcastic enough?  I surely hope so.

Since it's already 8:00, I better start getting ready.  If I don't post this now, I won't get around to getting some stuff done and if I don't get some stuff done, I'll be really cranky later and I don't have time for that today.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

it's early and

I'm in the middle of breakfast so I'm going to share a couple of food things with you.  For breakfast I'm having a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  I really don't see a problem with that.  Sometimes I have peanut butter toast and sometimes I have jelly toast.  Today I'm having a slice of each, but cold and pressed together.  I do love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and Eric knows it.  Since he was little, he's known.  If I was having a bad day or in a grumpy mood, Eric would walk in, delivering a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  If he'd gotten in trouble and felt bad, he'd walk in, delivering a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  That started when he was about 5.  Luckily, he hasn't had to deliver too many.  Now that I've established my fondness of peanut butter and jelly, let me tell you about this

Cosme and I stopped at Crave for cupcakes and I'm all about the vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting.  What can I say?  I like to walk on the wild side.  It is my favorite anywhere though.  White on white BUT... When we walked into Crave and I saw Peanut Butter & Jelly on the menu, some sort of alarm went off in my head.  When I looked at the case and saw there was only one left, I wanted it more.  So I ordered the peanut butter and jelly cupcake... with a vanilla/vanilla for backup, of course.  (I have some sense, you know.)  So I bit into the pb&j and it was great.  I think the cake was actually a vanilla cake but the frosting was peanut butter and then there was that dollop of grape jelly in the center.  It was awesome and Cosme thought it was disgusting.  (Here's where my smarts kicked in.  I put the pb&j down to start on my vanilla.  Now that I knew Cosme hated the pb&j, it was safe.  That vanilla on the other hand, well, let's just say Cosme's known for liking to "sample" whatever I order.)  Anyway, I saw a recipe on Pinterest the other day for cherry cupcakes with what looked like a cherry preserve in the middle, much like the pb&j.  I can totally see how that could be altered to my pb&j liking and one day I just might try it.

Now for some rather disappointing Pinterest news.  I've tried a couple of recipes from one girl and the first needed tweaking.  It was some sort of beef stir-fry or something.  The other day I decided to try her recipe for zucchini bites.  It was little pan fried zucchini pancakes.  The recipe didn't need tweaking at all, it needed to be thrown out.

But not wanting to give up totally, I found another recipe from someone else and tried to tweak it.  I added more ingredients to make it more like the second recipe.  This was supposed to be like tater tots, made into little blobs and baked.

At that point there was nothing left to tweak so a pound and a half of zucchini when into the garbage.  It was not good.  It was horrible.  That's what I hate about sampling the recipes I find online, I never know.  On that note, I need to get a list ready for the grocery store.  Maybe next time I'll have more success stories to share.

Monday, June 16, 2014

we've talked about

getting a pool for a few years now.  We got the above ground and have been trying it out to see if an in ground pool is what we really want.  Guess what.  We're having second thoughts.  Now we're thinking the above ground pool is for us.  The more we think about how easily it would be to get rid of the above ground if this pool phase ever wears off, really has us thinking.  Sure we'd love to sink it into the ground 2-3 feet and make a less awkward entry and exit but so far we're really enjoying it and the thought of a permanent pool taking up our backyard scares us a little.  Anyway, that's where we are with that.

As for everything else going on around here, it's a busy week with the animals.  Archer just went for his last set of puppy shots on Friday, Maggie goes her her yearly shots on Thursday and the cats are going to get groomed tomorrow.

Yesterday I tried a new recipe.  I have blueberries that need to be used and I didn't feel like making muffins (but I probably will today) but I came across another recipe.  It was blueberry oatmeal with a crumble topping.  First off, I'm picky about my oatmeal.  I don't like a bunch of extras, not even milk.  I like cinnamon and sugar, the end.  I actually prefer instant.  So I made this oatmeal yesterday and really liked it.  First the oatmeal is made and divided up into ramekins and then each ramekin is topped with the crumble topping.  These are baked for 10-15 minutes and then you have a bowl of goodness that tastes like a blueberry muffin.  These are fresh out of the oven.

Cosme and I each had one last night, he took one to work today and I'm tempted to eat one right now... but I'm not sure how well the whole reheating thing will go over.  I'm thinking the oven might be necessary.  I'm also trying out another recipe for a skillet focaccia.  I can't wait to see how that turns out but I might need to go through Eric's stuff to see if he has a larger skillet.  Last week I made this skillet cookie and my skillet was a little smaller than called for so I just lowered the temp and left it in the oven a little longer.  I don't think I want to play around with bread like that though.  Oh, here's the cookie I made... that disappeared almost as fast.

And just like that I walked away from the computer and got sidetracked with laundry, garbage and other stuff.  So a few hours later... I guess I'll just post this now.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


Did I scare you?  It's been a while since I've been on my computer and I'm almost positive this post was a little unexpected.  I've been busy.  Last week was a busy week, this week is a busy week and thankfully I don't think next week will be.  And there's no time like a busy week to be burdened with sneezing, itchy watery eyes and all the symptoms allergies has to offer and little to do about it.

The past two days I was helping out at church.  The receptionist is on vacation so I was helping out at her desk.  I think I only lost two phone calls.  I learned one thing with my first job when I was 18.  I don't do well with those crazy, multi-lined phones... or the talking.  It was all fine though.  Then I started thinking.  When I worked for the county, I started having all my skin and stomach issues.  When I quit, everything (for the most part) went away.  I jokingly announced that I was allergic to work.  Well, last week, about the time I said I would help out, these allergy symptoms kicked in.  Today is the day after and I'm feeling a little better.  I think it's true and proven.  I am officially allergic to work.  Wonderful.  Now I have to go and update it all with my doctors on all those forms they require...

Any known allergies: _____WORK_____________________

I don't really think anyone will believe me but you know what they say when you have hunches about something being wrong with your health, "nobody knows your body better than yourself".  So there.  I'm claiming it. 

On that note, I need to call Antonio to come mow my yard.  I'd hate for the work to get my allergies flaring again.  (I'm serious about that one though.  If I look at poison ivy I'll be covered in a rash.)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

so let's see...

Rosalinda came on Thursday.  On Thursdays I go to the church from 2-3.  When Rosalinda told me she would be here at 8:00, I asked her how long it would take.  She said 8:00.  I figured she didn't understand what I was asking and just let it be.  I calculated it all and figured if she got here at 8:00, she'd probably be finished by 12:00 or 12:30.  She got here a little after 8:00 and started at the bar.  When she was still at the bar at 9:30, I decided to email the church and let them know I was stuck at the house.  This whole time, as much as I wanted to plop on the couch, I did laundry.  On about my fourth load, I came from my bedroom through the kitchen and smelled the oven cleaner.  Not my favorite scent but at least it was getting done.  A little later I walked through to see everything out of the refrigerator, on the island and Rosalinda scrubbing in the fridge.  Fast forward to 7:30, everything was done and she's DEFINITELY coming back.  I offered her Cokes every once in a while but she was busy and never even stopped for a lunch break.  Next time I think I'll pick a day other than Thursday.

Yesterday I tried making lobster for the first time.  Cosme and Eric liked it.  I had a bite but I'm not a fan of lobster.  Shrimp is my seafood limit.
Surf and Turf with baked potatoes and roasted asparagus with mushrooms
Like I was saying, they liked it.  I grilled it with some siracha butter I mixed up.  Eric had his plain and Cosme had his with lemon and chives.

Today I'm making shrimp and grits.  Would there be a better way to follow that than with bread pudding?  Did you say "no"?  Then I agree.  So I have my fresh French bread torn up and now I'm ready to make and eat dinner.  This is going to be a long day...

FYI, I've been doing this blog for 7 years and I just realized I could add captions under my pictures.  LET THE CAPTIONING BEGIN!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

with my backaches and

Mothers Day, we decided to find somebody to come help me with some housework.  Long story short, Rosalinda is coming today and I'm totally stressed.  I'm stressing over cleaning before she gets here.  Where do I stop?  Where does her job start?  OMG.  This is really too much to handle.  Yes, we talked about it when she came over for my estimate but seriously...  Okay, so I haven't dusted or mopped but I'm about to go wash a couple of breakfast dishes in the sink because I don't want her getting here thinking I saved it for her!  UGH!!!  This is nuts.  I need a couple of chill pills.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

i don't think i

shared this yet.  If I did, then here it is again.

A couple of weeks ago I tried a new recipe for an Upside Down Peach Cake.  Cosme and I enjoyed it but I don't even think Eric tried it.   

I found it here.

That's really all I have for right now.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

we went out in the

backyard yesterday after I grilled.  Anyway, I took a couple of short videos of the dogs.

Here's Archer

Here are Archer and Maggie

That's all I've got for right now.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

while this will

technically be my fourth adjustment at the chiropractor, it's my second appointment of MANY.  I go three times a week for four weeks, two times a week for four weeks, once a week for four weeks and then maybe once a month for so many months and after that I don't remember.  I still dread it but I am feeling better.  Really, my back still hurts but it's nothing compared to a week ago.  The issue is 9 of 12 bones being out of place (I'm sure a lot of people hear that), my x-rays were a little scary and I think there might be a pinched nerve.  I'll admit that Sunday wasn't the best but I just stayed in bed most of the day with ice.  I'm so excited for it to get back to normal, as much as I hate the process.  Other than the obvious of me not liking people touching me, I still don't like the popping.  But hey, if 5 minutes a few times a week will make it better then bring it on.  Another plus is my 8:30 appointment time.  I get it over with early so I'm not thinking about it all day, it's the perfect time to run any errands and make grocery store visits and mostly, I'm out and am able to catch Sonic's morning happy hour if I choose to reward myself with a Coke. 

On that note, I'm off to get dressed since I need to leave in 30 minutes.  I'm going to try to be on time today.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

here we are on

May 8 and I've decided to do a blog post.  It's not because I feel like sitting here.  Nope, I'd rather be in the bed or actually, on the floor right now.  My lower back is killing me.  I went to the chiropractor yesterday and he did x-rays.  I go back this morning to see them and talk to him.  My back's been bothering me for a while but it's gradually gotten worse, with yesterday being the worst so far, leaving me desperate enough to call a chiropractor.  So this morning I'll find out if he can help.  Cosme has me fearing he'll end up popping my back... which I am TOTALLY AGAINST.  You know, there might be nothing to it but when it's drilled in your head not to pop your knuckles, the last thing I want done is having my freaking back popped.  It's a disgusting sound and I plan on telling him from the beginning that I don't want that done, intentionally.  It's like when I get a manicure.  If it happens naturally that's fine but don't intentionally pull my fingers for the knuckles to pop.  I will tense up and not let that mess happen.  Comprende?  Good.  I probably should've just gone to an orthopedic doctor, I don't know.  I do know this, chiropractors seem like a more natural way and the last thing I want is for some doctor telling me I need to start taking meds for this, leading to meds for that... we all know how it goes.  (For the record, I'm far from being some groovy, all-natural type person but if there's a way I can not have to buy meds so I can forget to take a pill each morning, I'm all for it.)  So, my appointment's at 8:30.  That should give me just enough time to take a shower and search videos on chiropractor visits without back popping.

Oh, and you know how I go to the church every Thursday from 2-3?  Well, I know I've talked about the pretty light that comes through and hits a certain chair and I've even taken a phone pic but a few weeks ago I actually had my camera and got a picture of it.  I now present you with... (drum roll)...  the prettiest light hitting a chair creating equally pretty shadows and reflections.

Now that I've gotten your attention that way, let this inspire you to go pray for me and my back!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

so the new

puppy is back with Maggie.  Speaking of the new puppy, yesterday I had to take Archer to the vet for his next set of puppy shots.  Well, back up.  Yesterday at 7:15 the doorbell rang.  I had a hunch so I jumped out of my pj pants and into a pair of jeans and sure enough, there was one of the neighbors, holding Archer.  He got out.  Eric and I fixed where he got out and I called the vet.  They asked if 11:00 would be good and I said sure.  So, I got some of my stuff done and then realized I couldn't take him anywhere because his collar and leash had been thrown away.  So at 10:15 I hurried off to Walmart for the two.  I got there and was held up by slow person after slow person after slow person.  I'm not exaggerating.  By the time I got to the last slow person that was holding me up, I couldn't help but bust out laughing.  It was pretty ridiculous.  I don't mean these people were just piddling in my way, I mean they were S.L.O.W.  For example, the last lady was crossing my path out of the parking lot but she could barely walk and had assistance from a nurse who she was holding onto.  Don't get me wrong, I wasn't laughing at the people and their inability to walk or function, I was laughing because I got caught behind everyone when I had an appointment in 20 minutes. 

I finally made it home with just enough time to get the dog and head to the vet.  Next problem.  I couldn't find the dog.  I called out in the backyard several times and only Maggie came running.  I whistled and went back there to see where he might have gone.  I went to the neighbor's house to see if they'd seen him and drove down the next street to see if he was there.  Nothing.  I called the vet to let them know I couldn't find him and wouldn't be there in 2 minutes.  I went home to get Eric, who I had already told to hurry and get dressed since we need to find the dog.  I ran back in the front door and Eric said Archer was out back.  He'd been sleeping in the cabinet.

We made it to the vet and he's doing great.  He's gained about 5 pounds since the vet had him. 

Oh yeah, that other neighbor I checked with when I was trying to find him at 11:00, well she came knocking on the door around 6:00 yesterday, holding a little black lab mix.  Now he just needs to grow so that he can't squeeze through holes to get out.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

so... yeah,

we went to Orlando and I never got around to finishing that story.  I would have but 736 other things got in the way.  I guess the biggest thing going on right now is our new puppy, Archer.  We once adopted a dog, Eddie, from the SPCA.  He was a cute black and white dog that we brought home and he gave our other dog kennel cough and mange.  That's when I vowed to never buy an SPCA dog again, especially a black and white one.  Fast forward 10+ years.  On Saturday we adopted Archer, a black and white lab mix, from the SPCA.  This time I swear.  I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER DOG FROM THE SPCA.  Everything was fine.  He was getting along wonderfully with Maggie and she was enjoying his company.  Wednesday I dropped him off at the SPCA clinic for his neutering appointment that was made at the time of adoption.  When I picked him up he just seemed a lot skinnier and out of it, which was expected.  He'd been fasting and was probably still a little out of it from the surgery.  Once we got him home to get some water, we weren't terribly shocked when he threw up all of his water.  But when he kept throwing up, red flags were raised.  I went and bought some Pedialyte, which he also couldn't hold down.  Everyone eventually went to bed and I decided to sleep on the couch so I could hear him in his cage.  Eric and I ended up getting him to the animal ER in Pearland around midnight.  They tested him and found out he had parvo.  Even though they offered us the doom and gloom statistics, we decided to leave him there overnight to begin treatments.  We came home and went to bed.  After crying about the dog, getting 2.5 hours of sleep and then setting my alarm for another 30 mintues, I was back at the ER at 7:30 with big, fat, puffy eyes to pick him up so I could transfer him to our vet.  I dropped him off yesterday morning around 9.  Our vet had a more positive outlook than the staff from the night before.  I called yesterday evening and they said he was doing "good".  I called this morning but the receptionist couldn't find a tech to get answers from.

Once I dropped him off, we had to clean the house with Clorox.  By the way, I hate the smell of Clorox.  We filled two yard sprayers with a Clorox/water mix and two of Eric's friends were out spraying the yard and everything back there while Eric walked around with a trash bag.  Yesterday truly sucked.  I was so ready for bed and I slept hard.  It was awesome.  It was one of those great sleeps where you wake up feeling wonderful and then you stop and realize "oh wait, there's drama going on"... I hate that.

Yesterday was also my last class of a series.  I missed it.  There's no way I could've made it to Houston and back with everything else that had to be done.  And even if I did, I couldn't guarantee I'd stay awake while it happened.

Anyway, that's one of the things that's been keeping me preoccupied. 

Now I need to tend to laundry.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the Coke I put in the fridge an hour ago is cold enough for me to enjoy.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

we decided that

Friday morning we would get up early and take advantage of our early entrance passes for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  That didn't happen.  But when we made it over there around 10:00, we waited in line for the HP movie ride.  So we entered the Harry Potter area and it was pretty cool.  I can honestly do without the rides but I really love the sets.  Everything looked so real.  I felt like I was in a little English village... or at least what the movies make me think a little English village would be like.  But it was the same in other parts.  I felt like I was walking through San Francisco in one area and I felt like I was walking through New York with people sitting on stoops in another area.  I would've been happy just walking around seeing all that stuff.

(On a side note, that it was I enjoyed so much about Universal in California, all of the sets and make believe.)

Anyway, so we get to the Harry Potter section of the park and it's cool.

 (I just realized the kid looking back in this picture is wearing an A&M cap.  That's funny since I never saw anyone representing Texas when we were there.)

The ride we were headed to is in the Hogwarts Castle, which is the school for anyone who doesn't know anything about Harry Potter.  But even when walking in line for the ride it was one giant Harry Potter set.  It was cool.

Then we got on the ride.  It was REALLY cool.  I can almost remember the exact moment I'd had enough though, it was right about the time a big flash went off and I figured they'd just taken our picture.  I sat there, being tossed all over in my seat with this movie being played all around me, focusing on not getting sick on the ride.  A few minutes later it was over.  I felt sick but it was FUN.  We exited, which leads you to the HP souvenir shop (like I didn't see that coming) and this is where pictures are picked up.  I picked up our $30 8x10 just because that was going to be our only picture of the three of us on the trip... or actually, probably in the last few years.  I considered it our family portrait.  That picture was funny because not only did it accurately portray all of us but it we were sitting in the order of intensity.  It's a little something like this:

SUPER INTENSE - Eric (looking down with his eyes clamped shut, holding on to his harness/bar like it was taking everything in him not to vomit)

INTENSE - me (looking up at something, half in awe, half terrified, with a death grip on the handle in front of me... almost predicting that 5 seconds later I'll be sick)

MILD TO ZERO INTENSITY  - Cosme (looking off in the same direction as I was, smiling with one hand casually laying across his bar while his other hand is off to the side holding onto his phone)

So we finished the ride and then went for lunch.  So let's see... it's Friday, during Lent and we're in the Harry Potter section of the park.  That means lunch is fish and chips, except for me because I CANNOT STAND FISH.  We got off the nauseating (but fun) ride and go to The Three Broomsticks (or something like that) and the smell of fish and vinegar almost do me in but I manage.  So what does someone like me order in a place like this?  Here's where the kids menu comes into play.

Macaroni and cheese, grapes and applesauce and I'm TOTALLY fine with that.

And since they didn't have any soft drinks in there, I opted for lemonade.  Go big or go home, right?  Eric, on the other hand, went with butter beer (a HP thing, think cream soda with butterscotch).

Whatever.  He likes it.  I tried making it at home last year but I'm pretty sure the park's version doesn't have butterscotch schnapps.

After that we followed Cosme while he rode his favorite roller coaster a couple of times and then we headed back to the room for a break.  (One of the benefits of staying there was we weren't stuck at the park ALL day but came and went as we pleased.)

I'll finish Friday later.  Right now I've got to get ready for a photography thing I have going on this morning in Houston... with 8 strangers.  Yikes.  Yes, I'm totally out of my comfort zone.  Strange place.  Strange people.  But once I go, I'll enjoy it and be glad I did... hopefully.