Friday, November 23, 2018

What's up Weekend? Thanksgiving edition

Happy Thanksgiving!  I know it's technically the first day of the Christmas music season, but I'm not ready for that business yet. 

I'm linking up with the lovely ladies LindsayBeth & Charlotte at the Peaceful Posse. Here we share posts of things that we're grateful for / positive things, etc.  
My sister adopting her new dog, Ranger.
She just brought him home today - can't wait to meet him again (I went with her to the rescue last weekend and got to meet him then.  But he had to finish some meds before he could go to his forever home.)
Randy's been gone since last Friday and she's missing her favorite person.  I'm her second choice for pettings in the middle of the night.  She's also my #1 shower buddy.  She insists on being in the bathroom when I shower. 
 Saw both of these at Target.  A trophy for Adulting and 2 different kinds of Life cereal!
  Jack is feeling much better.  I had to take him to the vet because his feet were all swollen.  He's now on 2 different kinds of heart meds & temporarily on water pills to help the swelling go down.  The downside of this, is I haven't gotten more than 2-3 hours of sleep at a time since he started these!  I've been setting an alarm to take him outside at night so I don't have to clean up any accidents.   Rusty has been a pain in the butt.  He's really staying close to Jack & gets in the way when I'm trying to give him his meds or put on his coat to go outside (he's really feeling the cold more this winter). 
 Cool frost pattern on the garage.
 Daisy peeking over the top of my monitor. 
 Maddie telling me she's more interesting than watching the Detroit Thanksgiving Day parade. 
 The look Daisy gives me when I mess with her thru the window.  I don't know if she doesn't realize it's me or what, but she's funny!  She's so expressive with her eyes & ears. 
 The full moon thru the hazy clouds was so pretty out there at 0300 this morning!

So I was joking around when I said I would probably come down with whatever plague that Randy & Angel has had, once he left to go to his annual Arkansas trip.  Sure enough!  He left Friday, I woke up Saturday with a sore throat.  Sunday I was running a fever, but I still went to Laurie's.  I ended up leaving work at 10:30am Monday & staying home Tuesday.  I think the dispatcher I talked to when I called in Tuesday was grateful I was staying home, since I sounded pretty similar to Louis Armstrong.   Mom had a procedure done at the hospital Wednesday & came home Thursday morning.  She said she didn't want me to come see her there and as a joke, brought me masks from the hospital to wear for Thanksgiving!  I tried to stay away from my nephew's 2 month old baby, too.  Let me tell you how tough that was!!  I'm feeling much better now.  I'm at about 92% normal.

Thanksgiving was nice.  We usually go to Laurie's since she's got the biggest house.  We'd go out there Wednesday night & stay until Sunday, but since we wanted to make things easy for Mom....we all brought food to Mom's house!  That way she could rest comfortably when she wanted.   Instead of a whole turkey, we had a turkey roast, which was essentially only the breast & it was really juicy & flavorful.  Then balsamic roasted brussells sprouts, cheesy mashed potatoes, regular mashed taters, salad, rolls & 3 types of pie!

  I had to brave Target today to get some canned dog food for Mr. Spoiled Jack.  I was scared, I've never been anywhere on Black Friday.  But it wasn't too bad!  I went in & grabbed what I needed & they actually had enough registers open that I was directed to one right as the previous customer walked away.  Win!

 I joined in a Mug Swap with Sandra at the In Between is mine.  This should be fun!  

So Randy comes back home Tuesday.  I was really planning on having the house nice & clean and the Christmas tree set up.  I guess I'll have to see what I do this weekend, since I got ZERO done this week.  All I've wanted to do was sleep, so it's still a mess!  It's been too cold to get in the garage anyway.  It's supposed to be 45° tomorrow (check that out!  I learned how to make the degree symbol!) so I'll get the blowmolds out for the front yard.  My sister mentioned going horseback riding this weekend, I haven't heard anything yet so I assume that'll happen Sunday.   Otay!  

I feel eyes looking at me, I guess it's time to take Jack outside again!  


Sunday, November 11, 2018

Happy Veterans Day

To all of those who served before me, with me and after me.... THANK YOU!

Here's a little "I Love Me" memory lane trip.....
March - May 1992

A green 18 year old kid
May - September 1992
Long enough to realize that electronics is not for me!

USS Canopus AS34
September 1992 - December 1994
USS Canopus Decommissioning Crew
USS Abraham Lincoln CVN72
December 1994 - April 1997
Re-enlistment happened between the rudders of the Lincoln
March 1996
Tiger Cruise 1995 (with Mom)
October 1995
F-14 Tomcat - only the coolest plane ever flown!
Naval Station Everett, Washington
April 1997 - Mar 2000
My ribbons & Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist wings
on my VFW cover. 


Friday, November 9, 2018

Holy crap. Sorry - I mean What's Up, Weekend!!

How is it that Halloween is over & November is over a week old already???? 
sesame street fainting GIF
How is time moving so fast?  Is it age??  Please don't tell me it's age!!
I'm linking up with the lovely ladies LindsayBeth & 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.  

First of all -
Here's my house Halloween night. 
 Here it is last Friday.
 I probably shouldn't include this on this post, since this does NOT make me happy!
And here's my backyard - tonight!
It only got up into the mid 30s today & it's been spitting snow off & on all day. 
I'm pretty sure this cold has finally done my roses in.  I always get a second wave of blooms in mid/late October.  I don't know if that's normal or not, but it happens with several rose bushes I have.   I went to a rose class last spring & they said not to prune them until the forsythia's bloom in the spring.  So what happens if we get a wet, heavy snow?  It's going to break all the branches!  
Anyone hear of this? 
 Have box - must cat!
 Randy ordered some stuff and 2 out of 3 cats enjoyed the boxes muchly.  Rusty didn't even wait until the box was emptied - he just climbed in & got underneath the packing material.  Maddie trotted around the corner & didn't even hesitate - she got right into the cat trap in the hall. 
This is my newest great-nephew! 
They came to Michigan to visit the last weekend in October.
I just want to squish those cheeks!
Aw, how quaint!
I took the Spawn & we went to vote Tuesday.
She told me by the time she's 40, she'll be able to go alone.
But she has already mastered to art of evading the politician's cronies that hang outside the polling place, giving out pamphlets & pencils.   
Panera had a ghost pumpkin cookie.
So I had to get it!
Not sure why it's white with a blue stem, but it tasted good! 

Tomorrow is the first of the annual craft shows that I go to with Mom & the sisters.  This one is held at the high school that all 3 of us graduated from.  We have a good time, shopping & chatting then going out to lunch.  I have to try to find something for the mother-in-law.  Talk about someone impossible to shop for!  She's not big on "things" or experiences!  She's got no hobbies that I know of.   We'll get her a gift card for a restaurant, and she'll hold onto it until Randy (or both of us) come to visit.  She seemed appalled when I asked her to go to the bathhouse with me (she lives in Hot Springs, AR) - she's never been in the waters & has no desire to.  She's retired so I don't know what she does with her days!   Sheesh.     

So I feel like a bad fur-Mom.  Poor Jack 
 (pic from this summer - obviously not taken recently!)
It took me more than a month to figure out that the poor guy wasn't actually coughing at night, but actually gagging and that the food I was giving him probably didn't agree with him!  I woke up at the stoke of 0300 this morning with that thought.  He'd been eating grain free since August when Laurie's dog had to be put down and she gave us the rest of his food.  Pretty sure that's when it all started, it just got worse recently and for the last week or so, he really hasn't been interested in eating his food (people food was OK, tho!).  So I stopped & got him some regular food on my way home & he's done pretty near a full 180.  There's still some coughing, but not anywhere near the extent he was.  It'll probably take a few days to get the yucky stuff out of his system.   So I'm happy he's feeling better!

What kind of fun stuff do you have planned this weekend?