Sunday, January 5, 2014

Winter Freeze

Here in Maine we have been under a big FREEZE. 
 The trees look so beautiful, almost like glass. 
 It's been this way for almost 2 weeks now.  
The temperatures have been grueling...... below zero for many days straight.  
Today we finally got up in the 30's...felt like a heat wave.








Audrey found this itty bitty birds nest laying on the ground.  It always amazes me how well a bird makes there nest and the materials they use.  We found strands of plastic in this one.


My new Sorel Boots.....so warm and comfortable!

 Our Nova searching for mice....he could do this all day long!

Ethan is happy to get outside and play after so many freezing days.

Audrey enjoying the fresh air.

I had to have a little fun too.

And, so did Eric and Nova....weeeee!




Just got a bag of Chia Seeds (Chee-ah) in the mail to try. 
 They have a ton of health benefits so I thought I would give them a try. 
 Now I just need to figure out the best way to do that.  


Monday, April 15, 2013

Miscellany Monday




1.  Eggs. Beautiful Eggs.  I love looking at all the different sizes and colors of fresh farm eggs.  Some are extra big and some petite.  Some with speckles some smooth without a mark.  I often ramble on to my family on how much I appreciate the beauty of each one.  I've been thinking hard about raising my own chickens.  So much to think about it.  I've conquered one major hurdle and that's getting my husband on board, he seems to have warmed up to the idea.
  Next I will buy a book to study.  



2. To Paint or Not to Paint?
I picked up this super cute rocking chair at our local antique store for a great price. 
I had my eye on it for sometime now.  I finally got it for 60% off.  Yipee! 
Now I just can't decide whether to paint it or not.  I would love to know what you think!


2.  BASEBALL season is here which means I find baseball gloves, 
baseball bats and balls everywhere!!!!  I mean everywhere as you can see.....



3.  I was so happy to have had my camera with me when out and about last week. 
 So thrilled to have gotten to watch this for EAGLE a bit.  So beautiful!



4.  We took the kids to see 42 the Jackie Robinson Story. 
 I was happy that both my kids wanted to see . 
 It boggles my mind how people can treat other people so badly.



5. My Miss Audrey loves to get into my closet and wear my shoes around.....
her feet are almost the same size as mine.  Yikes!  She's growing tooooooo fast!

6.  My 6th grader told us he wanted to be an Archaeologist recently.  I wonder how many times his career choice will change.  We did get this great book for him off Amazon under the used book section  for $8 bucks including shipping.  Sometimes you can get great books in excellent condition for great prices.  Worth checking out before buying new.


7.  And, what a beautiful way to end the day.  The sunset was beautiful bouncing off the trees.

HAPPY MONDAY EVERYONE!

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Fall Owl Wreath

Now that the kids are back to school and I have a little time to do a project here and there I decide to do one of my favorite things......decorate a wreath! I Love going to the craft store and picking up some cute things to put together. It's a simple and satisfying project.  Since fall is right around the corner I decided to make this....



When I saw this little cutie I knew I had to find something to do with him! 
 Isn't he sweet?!?!?



I also made this itsy bitsy wreath.  The moss came right form my back yard.  

 What I like most about these wreaths are that they can be left up until the end of November! 
Hoot hoot!   
I do plan to make a few more to share with family since they were so fun to make!

Have a GREAT day!



Come party here every Thursday!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

I Want To Remember.......

I want to remember that Audrey decided to play an instrument. She picked a trumpet but I asked her to play the flute instead since I already owned one from when I attempted to play at her age. She agreed without hesitation. I hope she succeeds.

I want to remember that Ethan is hooked on the show Storage Wars.  He has a love for collectibles and   a good find.  He's only 11!  We can thank his grandfather for this trait!  He started taking him antiquing at a very early age.

I want to remember how much I enjoy our 15 year old cat Susie.  I love the way she meows when we talk to her and how she comes when we call.

I want to remember how Ethan let his sister have the last bowl of the Lucky Charms for breakfast this morning (this is rare)..


I want to remember the how much I love this weather.....warm sunny days to cool crisp nights for easy sleeping.


I want to remember how nervous my Ethan was to start 6th grade. Changing classrooms along with more homework. He's so worried that he won't continue to get A's and B's.  I know he will!

I want to remember what it feels like to feel good......I foresee a cold in my near future.

I want to remember that Audrey still loves me to read to her even though she can read wonderfully herself.

I want to remember that it's only a stage that Ethan is going through when he acts totally goofy or gets  mouth.  Please tell me it will pass otherwise I may go nuts!

Jack and my Ethan

I want to remember that E&A love me to make their lunch for school..  They hate school lunches.  My lunches are overall healthy and they never complain. 


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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Saying Goodbye to our Dexter Boy

I've been a terrible blogger this year but I have a good reason for it.  You see 2012 hasn't been a good year for us so far.  On January 5th we had to say goodbye to our Trixie, you can read about it here.  She was almost 15 years old, we called her our first baby.  On February 10th my husband and I had to take my in-laws dog Benny in to say goodbye, he was 16 years old and finally on March 14th we had to take our Dexter in to say goodbye, he was 14.  The three of these dogs were very close for almost 14 years.  My heart is broken!  I know they lived a good long doggy life but saying goodbye is NEVER easy.  NEVER!

Our Dexter had a very large tumor on his chest, it had a ulcer on it that was breaking open.  It got to the point were there was nothing more the vet could do for him.  He had some other health issues too but nothing that was life threatening at this point.  Taking him in on Wednesday morning was so hard.  He stood in the back seat of the car with his head out the window enjoying every minute of it. He just learned to do this.  He was never much for going for rides until late in life. He was such a quirky dog, I guess that's what made him so lovable.  He was the best dog to cuddle with and he was the best foot warmer around!

Our dogs have been a huge part of our lives for so long...longer then the kids have. I miss them so much.  I've cried a lot, usually by myself in the car.  As time goes by I miss them more but I know in time it will get easier.  To some people they're "just" animals but to me they were much more then that.

We will miss you a ton Mr. Dexter boy!
  We will miss all the licking you did to us and the barking in your sleep 
and tossing you your favorite snack...popcorn (that you took very seriously). 
And, you were the BEST dog to sleep with, I loved how you used the pillow on the bed like a person!  
We will never ever forget you!


Monday, January 16, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday

top ten list


Top Ten Things needed for my Head Cold


This past weekend I got the worst cold ever!!!!  I've been lucky enough not to have had one since last spring but unfortunately it hit me hard, so hard that I that I didn't leave my house for three days. 
These are the things that got me through feeling totally awful!

1. PUFFS PLUS and lots of them.  This is how I buy tissues...in bulk. When I get a cold I need lots of these. I actually went through almost 3 boxes in 24 hours. 
2.  Vaseline - My poor nose was so sore that I had to constantly rub this all over it.  It's feeling much better now. 


3. Hot Tea with Honey- the hot tea temporarily gave some relief.

4. My Gray Sweater with pils all over it.  I love this sweater.  I love it like a little one loves their favorite blanket.  I wear it everyday (at home only).  It's so warm and comfy.  Unfortunately it doesn't look as good as the one in picture below. 




5. A Hot Bath 

6. Heating Pad - used for my head....it hurt so bad I had to lay my head on it.

7. Halls Cough Drops


8. TV - I actually caught up on some shows that I had recorded.   I had quite a few.

9.  My Bed -  Oh, how good it felt to lay in my bed.  I could have stayed in there for another day but too much to do.  

10. My Family - they were so helpful and good.  I was totally useless and they knew not to ask me to do this or that.  My hubby even worked on the laundry (his least favorite thing to do). 

Hopefully I won't have a cold this bad for a very long time.  Gotta love January!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Our Beloved Trixie

*Please forgive my writing, it's not the greatest.  
I didn't spend much time proofing since reading it over and over would be to hard.   

In Memory of Trixie
February 1997 to January 5, 2012

That awful day had come.  The day that I knew was in our near future but was hoping would never come.  We had to make that awful decision  to have our Miss Trixie put down.  Any pet owner knows this is one of the hardest things you will ever have to do.  The hardest part for us was that Trixie mentally was with it....100% with it, but unfortunately her body wasn't.  Her legs were failing.  For the past several months we had rugs going across the kitchen floor for her to walk on, if a rug was out of place she would usually stand and whine for us to come help her or fix the rug.  One of her front legs was in rough shape but she managed to get around, she could still jump up on the couch and go up and down a few steps. 


 Last Tuesday my husband was home sick from work, while he was laying on the couch  he heard her fall and yelp in the kitchen.  She had decided to go off the rugs and head to our mud room where the cats eat.  She hurt herself when she fell, we thought she would be ok but on Wednesday her leg was swollen.  I had to carry her everywhere and lay her down.  She could get in a standing position but that was it.  Late that afternoon she let out a scream and I mean scream of pain.  At this point I knew I needed to call her doctor immediately.  He called in a pain killer to the pharmacy and told us to see how she's doing in the morning but this may be it for her.  He's been seeing her quite regularly lately, so he knew her condition.  That night she screamed again when she tried to get comfortable, at that point Eric and I knew we had to make that awful decision.  Her arm was shot and we didn't want her to suffer.  

Thursday morning when we got up I called the vet and made the appointment. I made the appointment for later in the day so that Eric didn't have to miss work.  I ended up having the worst headache ever along with a queasy stomach all day which caused me to throw up several times throughout the day.  I'm not sure if I was sick or was stressed from all of the crying and knowing what was coming.  The kids stayed home from school to spend one last day with her . When the time came, I pulled myself together the best I could.  I sent the kids to their grandmothers while I'll got ready to take Trixie in.  Eric was meeting me at the vet.  I took her outside and while getting the car ready with her favorite mat she tried to go back into the house (this broke my heart even more).  I loaded her up very carefully since her arm was hurting.  On the way I had to pull over and throw up again, at this point  I was praying I would make it until after everything was done before I threw up again.....I needed to be with Trixie to say goodbye.   


When I arrived at the vet my parents and Eric were waiting. My Dad built a very nice box that day to bury her in.  My step mom, Beverly stayed with Eric and I along with Trixie during the procedure.  My parents loved Trixie too.  At times like this Beverly is the person you want to be with you, she's so calming.  We laid Trixie on the table on her favorite mat.  She wagged her tail one last time before we got started. She went peacefully, no more pain.  I feel so guilty, I know it was the right thing to do but still I feel awful.   


Trixie was such a HUGE part of our family; she went every where she could with us...rides in the car, Ethan's baseball games, trips and so much more.  We had her for close to 15 years.  She was like a first child to us.   So many people knew her.  I could go on and on about her but I'll save it for a different post.  


This picture was taken a few hours before we took her in.  I think our Dexter knew something was wrong, he seemed to stay close to her.  The day before and that day he stood over her several times and barked at her.  He NEVER barks in the house, it was if he was trying to get her moving. Now that she is gone it seems that Dexter is listening for her and looking for her.  They've been together for close to 14 years;  they ate together, slept together, made their rounds together and so on.    It's been a week and I still cry everyday. I know in time it will get easier. 


One thing I know for sure is that we have been truly blessed with a very special dog and I'm very thankful for that!