Friday, August 27, 2010

Worst blogger ever...

Wow...its been over 3 months since I posted, can you say lazy much? Not much new to report in my world I guess. Been a busy summer, to summarize
- Flood waters have finally started receding, no water in the lakehouse, but it was too close for comfort. Over 50% of the houses on the lake were flooded. If there is some major snowfall this winter, we will be in trouble again come spring.
- Lump on my sweet lab's chest has remained the same....hopefully this means it's nothing we need to worry about.
-Lots of weddings this summer and fall...lots of fun, but a constant reminder of how peoples lives keep moving forward and ours still stays stagnant and unchanging.
-HOT HOT HOT....its been a nearly unbearably hot and wet summer, we usually run our central air a week at most during the summer, this year we had it on for 6 weeks straigh....I almost threw up when I got the electric bill.
-WET WET WET....We also had nearly 20 inches over normal of rain for the summer ...thats 20 inches OVER, not 20 inches total. We had 8 inches one evening in a matter of a few hours. It's made for a constant battle with a wet basement this summer, its just finally starting to dry out. Friends of ours had 6 feet of water in their finished basement...we helped them clean it up...filled one of those truck bed sized dumpsters with all their furniture and carpet....what a mess!
-Nothing at all new on the TTC front, still trying to sort it all out in my head what we want to do next (if anything).

That about sums it that things have slowed down a bit, I'll try to be here more often...I know you are all waiting for the extremely exciting details of my life :)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Sharing some doggie wisdom.

As you can tell from my profile photo, we have a chocolate lab. She is truly the light of our lives, she's been with us since we were first married, she is our baby, she has been there through it all and I love her more than words can express. She is getting older as all dogs do and I think often about what life will be like after she passes on, it chokes me up every time. She has a lump on her chest right now we are watching for change, hoping that it's nothing serious. While doing some research on lumps and whatnot, I came across this. This couldnt' be more true and I wanted to share it, who'd have thought we have so much to learn from our beloved pets.

A Dog's Purpose:

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife, Lisa, and their little boy, Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle. I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience. The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's family surrounded him.

Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on.

Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.

Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, "I know why."

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation.

He said, "People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?"

The six-year-old continued, "Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long."

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.

Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough.

Be loyal. Never pretend to be something you're not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.

Be always grateful for each new day.

Enjoy every moment of every day!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

April 11, 2005

My baby's due date, the baby I got to see with it's precious heartbeat beating away on the US screen, hard to believe I could have a 5 year different would my life be......

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Flood, flood, flood

It seems every part of the country is dealing with flooding, we're no exception. The brand new house we helped MIL and FIL build on the lake in SD is in danger. The lake is flooding, as of right now we're okay, but we don't know how long it will stay that way. We may be calling in lots of favors to build a giant sandbag dike all around the house. There are no basements on these houses, we're talking water coming in on the main floor, into the appliances, sheetrock etc. NIGHTMARE. Fingers crossed the water will stop rising.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

All I got for my birthday was a computer virus..

Yep, its my birthday...number 34....yikes! That nasty Fac.eboo.k virus that's going around, it attacked my work computer, luckily it didn't do too much damage, I was trying to figure out how I was going to explain that one away...'yeah, I was on and caught this virus'....whew....glad I got it nipped in the bud.

Speaking of FB, its fun to get all the birthday wishes, I havn't had so many birthday wishes since I was in the 4th grade and passed out treats....I know everyone does it for everyone, but it does make you feel loved.

Not much going on in my world, tax season is sucking the life out of me, but the sun has been shining and we've almost made it above freezing outside, gotta love the sun.

Thursday, February 11, 2010


I’ve had to laugh to myself regarding all the news hype regarding the east coast ‘blizzards’. I don’t doubt that the amount of snow and weather conditions have been trying and treacherous for the people of the east coast and I realize the danger is heightened because the people that live there are not used to these kind of weather conditions. What amuses me is that these national news stories about how bad the ‘blizzard’ conditions have been, I’ve heard on the national news radio today several times that police had to rescue Maryland drivers who were stranded after driving into a snow bank!!!! Terrible, yes. I realize it’s newsworthy because this rarely happens there but seriously?…... they think they have it bad?

Twice this winter elderly men in towns just a few miles from here have been found frozen to death in a ditch after getting stuck and trying to walk for help. A good friend of ours was involved in a 20 car pileup on the highway because driving conditions were so bad you couldn’t see past the hood of your car, in which he had gotten out of the car to see if the person ahead of him was injured while he was out of his vehicle he was hit by a semi and went somersaulting through the air. He survived, but was in critical condition for many days. I cannot count on one hand the number of times I have driven this winter where I had little to no idea if I was actually on the road. Occasionally a mailbox or a hint of a yellow line while I was driving 6 mph through the white out let me know I was on the right track. How about adding a -40 degree windchill to the 2 feet of snow and blizzard conditions. How about we throw in some 40mph winds for kicks and giggles….then we’ll talk.

Perhaps if these things didn’t happen here on a regular basis we would be newsworthy too?

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Winter games

Sorry I've been so MIA, nothing much new in my world. Attended the annual winter games on a lake near us. We get up at 8 in the morning and go play softball on the frozen lake....seriously fun times, the bloody marys for breakfast don't hurt either:) There are all sorts of activities, flag football, broomball, and some people think up activities of their husband was standing right there watching all of this unfold

Some people are just not very bright.

We look forward to this event every year. The weather was tolerable, it was only a high of 12 degrees, but the sun was shining and it was SO great to get some fresh air. This is just what we needed to make it through the rest of this winter, already something like 40 inches of snow on the ground, just got 4 more inches yesterday, ready for spring already....damn that groundhog!