Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Catching up!

Happy Hump Day!

I have a slight lull in life's action so I'm getting caught up on my blogging.

Coffee Wednesday, why not?
So I did do the parking lot patrol thing at the Eastern Michigan State Fair.  It was pretty uneventful, thankfully.  All the action must have happened before we got there, since as we were saddling up, we heard a LOT of sirens.  One of the other team members is an EMT and she said they smoothed the night for us - LOL! 
We got permission to park our trailers at a banquet hall right next to the fairgrounds so about halfway thru the night, Laurie & I took the horses back to the trailer, loosened their saddles for a bit and took a short break.  6+ hours in the saddle is killer! 
Our only bit of excitement (aka injury, of course!) happened before we even left Laurie's house.  Kisses usually loads into the trailer with no problem, but this time she caught me off guard when she got halfway in, then changed her mind.  She yanked the leadrope thru my hand and I got a doozy of a ropeburn across the palm of my hand and on the side of 2 fingers.  Burn is an appropriate name for such a thing.  It felt like it was on fire for about an hour.  The blisters were fun, too.

People were concerned about us being there this time.  Last year, we wore our retina-burning orange, long-sleeved, button-down dress shirts (and died from the heat) and nobody thought twice about us being there, because while we looked official, the patches on our sleeves were small enough people couldn't really read who we were with.  This time we wore our bright orange t-shirts that scream "search & rescue" across our backs and we got stopped a lot, asking if everything was OK, was someone missing?  Nope.  Just helping out the sheriff's department!
We did actually help a couple people, tho.  Some guy came and got us, they'd found a lost little girl, who was crying for her dad.  Laurie took her into the fair office and while she was in there, the dad showed up asking if we'd seen a little girl.  Yup - she's in the office!   And then toward the end of the night, a lady came out of the fair, wearing a baby and had older kids in each hand and asked if we'd walk with her out to her car, since she noticed there weren't any lights in the lot.  Of course!  The older kids were entertained with the horses following them. 
Love to see the expressions on the kids (and some adults!) when they petted the horses!

The next day, my niece Catie & her fiance had a BBQ.  So we ate some food & did some swimming & played some cornhole.  It was nice.  There were storms in the area, but they went all around us!  I never did see the pictures from that. I'll have to text Catie tomorrow. 

All the rest of that week was insane trying to get the house presentable for the grandbaby's gender reveal party.  Of course I had navigation training on Thursday so Wednesday & Friday & Saturday morning (because I procrastinate) were insane.  But I did it.  And everyone had a good time.

Navigation training was interesting.  Most of the team already took the 6 day-long SARTECH course and learned all this, but there's a couple of us going next month.  One of the guys already taught me how to use a compass and how to figure out headings, but this was reading a map / figuring distance & azimuth.  Then we had homework!  We got a map and had a variety of stuff to do on it.  We got a couple extra days since those of us who haven't taken the course yet didn't have grid readers / rulers / etc.   So we had to order them and of course Amazon did NOT have what I needed for next day shipping.  Grr.  But I got it done, with the help of only one cat.

Last week was somewhat quiet - work & the usual.  We were supposed to have training with the horses Saturday morning.  Then it got changed to Saturday afternoon.  Then it got cancelled since only 4 of us committed.  So Laurie & I met up with one of her friends and we all went riding anyway!  Sherry has some fitness app on her phone and could change the settings to horseback riding, so we learned we took a 7.5 mile ride!  And I got up next to Laurie & took a picture of the horses and posted it on our team group chat saying "look what you all missed!"  It was a beautiful day to be out riding. 

We've never seen an entire field of sunflowers before!
I thought this barn & freshly mowed field looked so pretty!

Sunday morning, Mom came to my house and rode with Randy & I to Laurie's to get her - then we went up into the Thumb to the Cheeseburger Festival in Caseville!  It's a 10 day "tribute to tropical paradise, cheeseburgers and Jimmy Buffett" and Laurie happens to have a friend who keeps a camper at the county park right on Lake Huron in Caseville so we popped in to say hi for a minute, then went to the festival.  It was a hoot! 

 We tried a total of 4 different kinds of burgers.  I thought the "Cristo" (the 2017 winner of the cheeseburger competition) made with french toast for the bun, swiss cheese, Canadian bacon on the burger patty, sprinkled with powdered sugar & served with maple syrup was phenomenal! 
Randy & Laurie went for the 2019 winner made with pulled pork, bbq sauce & cheese on an onion roll.  Mom isn't a fan of cheese, so she just got a plain burger.  Later on, Randy & I split the offering from the 2018 winner, made with buttery / parmesan garlic bread for the bun, swiss & cheddar cheese & bacon.  It was served in wedges, since the patty was cooked in a pie tin - so 8? inches across.  It would have been better if the garlic bread had been toasted, tho.

We stopped at an ice cream parlor before we left & Randy got this adorable cupcake!  The 'patty' is a brownie & the 'catsup' & 'mustard' are frosting. 

Then we went back to Vicki's trailer and got changed & went to the beach!  We sat & visited for a while, then went swimming.  Or really floating, since they had this giant mat thing made out of pool-noodle material and it was anchored out about waist deep directly out from where they were sitting.  
Yes, I took Chuck with me.  He had a good time!

Moving on!
Monday we had dinner at the restaurant where Angel works and commented about some clouds when we came out.  It was dumping down rain at our house!  We got close to 2 inches within 90 minutes and the rest overnight.  2.36 inches total!  Randy & I sat in the car, in the driveway for a good half hour waiting for it to slow down enough for us to make a run for it. 

Finally, last night, Angel & I went to the Armada Fair and watched the monster trucks!  There were 5 monster trucks and 5 or 6 mug bog trucks and one little guy that was just too adorable.  
The driver was 4 years old and tried to go over an "obstacle", too!  
These are the 2 trucks we'd heard of - Brutus & Avenger.  I've been a fan of Avenger for a long time and it was really cool to be able to walk right up to Jim Koehler without waiting in lines of people and get a pic with him!  His son Chris drives Brutus. 
After going to the Silverdome and then Ford Field to see Monster jam for so many years, we thought this announcer was probably someone they just grabbed as he was walking by since he was bad.  And why....once they demolished 2 RVs, would you hold up the show to "clean up the track"???  They pushed all the debris over to the side where nobody could drive thru it anymore because it was up against the fence by the stands!  What fun is that??  Sheesh.  

Anyhooooo.  This Saturday is the Lapeer Days Parade & Imlay City Safety Day, so lots of PR time for the SAR team!  And only a handful of us will be there, since back in May when a lot of us took the tracker course, they got excited about inviting Fernando back for another, more advanced, tracking course and forgot to check the calendar when they set it up.  So we'll be spread out a bit.   Lt wanted a couple horses there (looking pointedly at me & Laurie) but she has to work Saturday night and she's never let me drive the truck (used to belong to Dad, who passed away almost 10 years ago) and I've never pulled a trailer anyway.  So he'll have to be happy with me alone.

  It's getting late & mornings come early, so signing off!

This is the sunset from the Eastern Michigan Fairgrounds.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Taco Bout A Baby......!!!

Friday was Miss Angela's ultrasound to find out if we were having a grandson or granddaughter!

I got to find out, but Angel looked away when the tech got "near the gender". 










boy GIF
excited dance GIF
There's no doubt it's a boy, since he was doing a lot of rolling around and the tech got a nice clear shot of his boy parts.  She looked over to see if I was looking, pointed at them and mouthed "boy" at me.   Then she typed it across the screen, printed it out and put it in a sealed envelope.   
OK, this one is a bit creepy, since he was looking right at the screen 
(his Owens was showing already - we all love to be on camera!)
That's the lens of his eye showing and I hope he doesn't have a pig nose!. 

Angel got a ton of pictures.  They were interviewing a possible new tech, so she was in there at first so they could see how she interacted with patients and did the first part of the ultrasound.  Since we were cool (once we found out why!) with being over 30 minutes late being called back for the appointment, and then being a guinea pig for the interview, they printed out a lot more pictures.
Rusty sadly was on team girl.  
When people arrived to the party, they put their name under which team they were on.
He also tried to help me fill the pinata!  
Sorry dude, I planned on using blue confetti to show a boy, not an orange cat!
I don't think you'll like how she gets you out, anyway.

Before she did the pinata, I read thru the list of Old Wives Tales on how they "predict" the gender of the baby.  They came out to be 5 for boy and 4 for girl. 
A rare family portrait.
4 generations!
Besides a bunch of her friends from work & school, a couple ladies from the studio showed up, along with my sister's husband & son so Randy had someone to hang out with. 
Her second hit knocked it off the hook, so she went at it like a samurai warrior!
I love her reaction to the blue confetti!
Great-grandma is so happy!

And now onto the next chapter of this adventure!
(btw, we did go out shopping and she picked up his first 2 outfits already!)

Friday, July 26, 2019

What up, Weekend? 7/26/19

Woohoo!  It's the weekend!
I am linking up with the lovely ladies Lindsay, Beth & Charlotte at the Peaceful Posse. There's too much crap & negativity in the world, so these are all positive / happy / grateful posts in this linkup.

So there was a change of theme with the gender reveal party - I was going with "Twinkle Little Star, how we wonder what you are", etc. because that was one of the few songs I knew to sing to Angel when she was a baby.  It was cute, but I wasn't too into it.  

Then I found this....
   FUNNY!   She loved the idea, so I ran with it.  
A taco pinata!  
HOW PERFECT?!?!?!?!?  
I'll fill it with candy and appropriately colored confetti.

Since her party is at noon, we'll have taco salad & donuts & fruit / veggie trays & cupcakes also with appropriately colored filling. 

I've had one minor glitch so far.   I made the mistake of trying to save a few $ and ordering cute baby themed pink & blue M&Ms from Oriental Trading Co.
 I'm pretty sure someone sat on the bag in a warm room for a few hours.  

 Needless to say - I got a refund and I ordered them from the actual M&MS website.  Which arrived today in a heavy box, filled with thick insulating foam and 2 gel ice packs. 

So other than cleaning my darn house and grocery shopping - I think we're ready!
I'm getting pretty excited.  She had a monthly checkup today and sent me the video of the heartbeat on the Doppler.  The midwife commented that it's got a girls' heartbeat (faster than 140 bpm) but then hurried and said we'd find out for sure next Friday at the ultrasound.   

We (me, Randy, Angel, both sisters, niece & brother in law) took Mom out to dinner for her birthday Monday - and we all sat in the restaurant for a good 2 hours & just chatted.    My sister offered some hand-me-downs like a bouncy chair, etc that her grandson has outgrown.  Angel was like "I'll be happy to take anything you want to pass on!"  Smart cookie. 
 This is apparently THE big thing in Halloween decorations this year.  And yes - I got one!  So far, it's the only thing I've seen that I really wanted.  Took advantage of a 50% coupon and while they had just started stocking the shelves at Michael's - they did have these out!

OMG - I saw the most disgusting thing!  I finally got around to putting the mulch around the tree out front.  I had bought 3 bags of mulch 2 weeks or so ago and they were stacked neatly on one of the benches in the backyard.  The first bag went in without a hitch, but when I grabbed the second bag, I discovered an earwig nest!  I have not researched these nasty things, but I get the impression they're a little bit like bees in where they have a queen?  I don't know / wanna know.  So besides 1000 or so critters, there was a huge (imagine a chapstick tube!) slug-type creature and 2 smaller ones that were attached to the mulch bag.   I grabbed my garden bug spray & went to town.  
Then I moved the last bag and there was yet another big slug thing and 2 smaller ones between the slats in the seat of the bench!  By then Angel had come out to see (she thought I was exaggerating!) and she helped me get out the fire pit and burn those nasty things. 
EW ew EW ew EW ew EW.
friend omg GIF by Molang
So a quick (non-positive / grateful) update from last weekend.  That search we were called out onto, then quickly told to stand down?
Yeah....glad I didn't go!  
I feel so bad for the family, the 6 year old who saw it happen and for the trooper who found him. 
Just awful. 

Speaking of the SAR team.  I'll be out patrolling the Eastern Michigan State Fair parking lot again tomorrow night.  Hopefully this year will be less eventful (from me!)  Last year, Kisses spooked as I was mounting and took off with me hanging upside down by my left arm.  In front of Lt and 3 deputies. At our first event with the horses. I had a lump & a crazy colorful bruise for a long time. And then later used the bumper of a truck as a mounting block and rolled my ankle and almost fell off the truck - with Lt right there keeping Kisses close to the truck (who didn't like the sound of the cars in the grandstand and was dancing around)  I made one hell of a first impression with a horse!  I'm feeling this year will be better, since I've been spending a lot more time with her and I'm more confident (I've always been around horses, but when you go a long time without riding and suddenly throw yourself into an unfamiliar situation?  Yeah.  Recipe for disaster.) so we should be good. 

Sunday, my niece & her fiance are having a BBQ so we'll be doing that.  It should be nice.  It's at a lake so we'll go swimming and who know what other shenanigans will happen. 

Hope you all have a great weekend!