Thursday, January 31, 2008


I told him not to put the dogs in the laundry room because they chew up stuff (ie - welcome mat, washrags, rugs, etc.). Since it is snowing (heavily) here, he did what? Put them in the laundry room. Where the coat hooks are.

R.I.P. Greenie. You were a good coat.

Monday, January 28, 2008

It went well.

We survived the house showing. She loved the house and he grinned through the whole viewing. They didn't put an offer in because they have to see if they can get financing. We will see how that goes.

There is another person who may come look at it so we have to keep it presentable. Good luck with that, right?

In other news...

Guess who has Carpal Tunnel?

~~~Raises hand. Hand goes numb. Hand drops back into lap. Raises other hand.~~~

I went to the doctor because of some numbness in my hand and weakness in my arm. He flipped my hand over, tapped the inside of my wrist and held me down as I just about came out of my chair. Did you know you can shoot electrical current down your hand and into your middle two fingers just by tapping on an inflamed nerve in your wrist? I sure the heck didn't. Now I do.

I get to wear Cock-Up (Yes, really.) wrist splints when I sleep. How awesome is that? Not at all awesome.

Anti-inflammatory drugs for now. Injection if that doesn't work. Orthopedic consultation and possible surgery if that doesn't work.

In more other news...

My 2nd grader is reading at a 4.6 grade level (according to the testing). He gets that from me. ~~~Tosses hair~~~

Saturday, January 26, 2008

House for sale. Inquire within.

We have people coming to look at the house tomorrow! Ack!

Luckily, we painted the TV room last weekend.

Here it is before...

Don't laugh too hard at the color. It was supposed to be mauve, but it turned out Pepto pink.

Here it is during...

The servant Boy was thrilled to be able to help.

And after...

The color is Butter Cookie. Natch.

So, a couple is coming tomorrow to look at the house. We weren't planning on putting the house on the market until February or later, but these folks are excited about it and they wanted to come look as soon as possible. Their lease is up at the end of May and it would work out perfectly for all of us if they bought it. Fingers crossed.

We have been really busy this week during the evening and so we are having to do some major cleaning today. I'm finishing up the kitchen counters and the TV room, The Commander finished up in the living room and is taking a load of stuff to the storage room we rented. Shorty came over the other night and got most of his room finished. The Commander and I finished it up this morning. The dining room has a sack and a box of stuff I need to sort through. The office/4th bedroom is still a pit, but it is a more organized pit than it was a few months ago. The Boy is working on his room right now. How many Legos does a child need anyway? Our bedroom should be finished tonight and all we should have left to do in the morning is sweep and mop the kitchen, laundry, downstairs half bath, and the entry. And then really scrub the bathrooms after we take our showers. Oh, and vacuum the stairs. That's a lot of crap left to be done and I haven't even mentioned the closets. I think it is going to be, "Here is the closet. You can walk in there after we move."

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Sick Day

Ugh. I have been feeling yucky for the past few days or so. Today, I went shooting past yucky and decided to stay home.

I managed to stumble down stairs for something to drink and have taken up residence in the recliner. I am catching up on the shows on the DVR.

The Real Housewives of Orange County. I'm addicted to this show. There are a couple of Housewives I really like - Jeana and Lauri, but there is one I would like to kick in the head - I'm talking to you Vicki. The plot thickens! Vicki admitted that she sometimes wishes she were single and the recently seperated Jeana admitted she's got her eye on Vicki's husband. Go Jeana!

American Idol. I always watch the auditions, but hardly ever watch the show. (Dear Americans, Please do not name your daughter Latrina.)

Reno 911. Need I say more?

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

I yell this quite often...

funny pictures
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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Problem solved...

...but not really the way I wanted it to be solved.

Remember the neighbor's dog? His name is Monty.

I haven't seen him on the porch in a couple of days. (I did see a gorgeous cat, but that is a different story.) This morning I got a couple of e-mails from a friend. Her husband is the new neighbor's realtor...

"Not sure you talk to her much, but did (neighbor) tell you about her dog? One of
her dogs got attacked and I think they had to put it down. The vet thinks a
mountain lion got it. Was it the dog that was living at your house?
Anyway, (realtor) said she's pretty upset and freaked out about it. So I thought
I'd let you know so you could keep an eye on your pups."

"I think (realtor) said it was Monty now that you say his name. Not sure where she
found him but he was still barely alive and I'm pretty sure (realtor) said they
took him to the vet med center.

The vet told her that the injuries were from something very big and they
thought it was too big to be from a coyote. Something nasty about head
injuries - and bites that were much bigger than a coyote could have made.

Anyway, I know every once in a while you hear about some farmer claiming
they saw a cougar/mountain lion/panther around here. I know they are not
common, but I think it's possible - who knows.

(Realtor) said (neighbor) was talking about writing something for the newspaper - a letter to the editor, I guess? - but something to tell people in the area to be
careful. She's pretty upset and said she was going to warn her neighbors so
I'm sure you'll hear more from her soon."

Wow. Poor Monty. He was so sweet. The last I saw of him is when I shooed him out of our front yard back into his last week sometime.

What a horrible way to go.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Excuse me, but I think you've got my chair.

I'm supposed to blog here about going down to OKC with the Lovely Ladies to see George Strait this past Friday night.


I would rerun a post about the last time we went to see him, but I can't find the post and (big and) I can't remember when we went last. It may have something to do with the amount of alcohol I drank that night. So I'll give you a quick update...

Whenever it was we went last - We started out at a Mexican restaurant. Two of us split a pitcher of mighty fine tasting Margaritas and the third had a beer with our dinner.

Then we walked over to the bar we like and met up with the fourth Lovely Lady. It was here that I was introduced to the Colorado Bulldog and the Buttery Nipple. I had one of each. Then we shot pool until it was time to go on down the street to the concert venue.

So let me recap - half a pitcher of goodness + Colorado Bulldog + Buttery Nipple = me not walking well. I was chided for not keeping up with the group as we walked to the concert. Aren't my friends nice? (At least I didn't slip into an alley to take a leak. Ahem.)

Then, at the concert (third row!), I tended to close my eyes for a bit while King George was on the other side of the square stage where we couldn't see him. I got nudged a lot and told to wake up. I wasn't sleeping, I swear! Plus, since I am really old, it was so stinking loud. The Ladies would try to talk to me and I would just smile and nod 'cause I couldn't hear a thing they were saying.

This year, it wasn't that bad. Four of us split the pitcher. I subtracted the Bulldog, but added an extra Nipple. (If you are at all interested in making a bartender just a little speechless, when he asks for your order, loudly (Is there any other way in a bar?)declare, "I would like TWO BUTTERY NIPPLES!") I like to knock one back and then slowly sip on the other. If you haven't had one of these and you are a drinker, please try one. Seriously.

At this concert, we were on the second row! From the back! Our ticket buyer didn't have the luck she had last time. We had fun none the less.

'Cause what is not to like when you are out with the Ladies?

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Birth Month Meme

1. Mention the person who tagged you and create a link back to them (Hi You!).
2. Copy-paste the traits for all the twelve months (Look down...more...more...).
3. Pick your month of birth.
4. Highlight the traits that apply to you (If they really don't apply to me, they are italicized.).
5. Tag 12 people and let them know by visiting their blogs and leaving a comment for them (If you are reading this, TAG! You're it!).
6. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve done it!

My birth month is

MAY: Stubborn and hard-hearted. Strong-willed and highly motivated. Sharp thoughts. Easily angered. Attracts others and loves attention. Deep feelings. Beautiful physically and mentally. Firm Standpoint. Needs no motivation. Easily consoled. Systematic (left brain). Loves to dream. Strong clairvoyance. Understanding. Sickness usually in the ear and neck. Good imagination. Good physical. Weak breathing. Loves literature and the arts. Loves traveling. Dislike being at home. Restless. Not having many children. Hardworking. High spirited. Spendthrift.

Here are the months...

JANUARY: Stubborn and hard-hearted. Ambitious and serious. Loves to teach and be taught. Always looking at people’s flaws and weaknesses. Likes to criticize. Hardworking and productive. Smart, neat and organized. Sensitive and has deep thoughts. Knows how to make others happy. Quiet unless excited or tensed. Rather reserved. Highly attentive. Resistant to illnesses but prone to colds. Romantic but has difficulties expressing love. Loves children. Loyal. Has great social abilities yet easily jealous. Very stubborn and money cautious.

FEBRUARY: Abstract thoughts. Loves reality and abstract. Intelligent and clever. Changing personality. Attractive. Sexy. Temperamental. Quiet, shy and humble. Honest and loyal. Determined to reach goals. Loves freedom. Rebellious when restricted. Loves aggressiveness. Too sensitive and easily hurt. Gets angry really easily but does not show it. Dislikes unnecessary things. Loves making friends but rarely shows it. Daring and stubborn. Ambitious. Realizes dreams and hopes. Sharp. Loves entertainment and leisure. Romantic on the inside not outside. Superstitious and ludicrous. Spendthrift. Tries to learn to show emotions.

MARCH: Attractive personality. Sexy. Affectionate. Shy and reserved. Secretive. Naturally honest, generous and sympathetic. Loves peace and serenity. Sensitive to others. Loves to serve others. Easily angered. Trustworthy. Appreciative and returns kindness. Observant and assesses others. Revengeful. Loves to dream and fantasize. Loves traveling. Loves attention. Hasty decisions in choosing partners. Loves home decors. Musically talented. Loves special things. Moody.

APRIL: Active and dynamic. Decisive and hasty but tends to regret. Attractive and affectionate to oneself. Strong mentality. Loves attention. Diplomatic. Consoling, friendly and solves people’s problems. Brave and fearless. Adventurous. Loving and caring. Suave and generous. Emotional. Aggressive. Hasty. Good memory. Moving. Motivates oneself and others. Sickness usually of the head and chest. Sexy in a way that only their lover can see.

MAY: Stubborn and hard-hearted. Strong-willed and highly motivated. Sharp thoughts. Easily angered. Attracts others and loves attention. Deep feelings. Beautiful physically and mentally. Firm Standpoint. Needs no motivation. Easily consoled. Systematic (left brain). Loves to dream. Strong clairvoyance. Understanding. Sickness usually in the ear and neck. Good imagination. Good physical. Weak breathing. Loves literature and the arts. Loves traveling. Dislike being at home. Restless. Not having many children. Hardworking. High spirited. Spendthrift.

JUNE: Thinks far with vision. Easily influenced by kindness. Polite and soft-spoken. Having ideas. Sensitive. Active mind. Hesitating, tends to delay. Choosy and always wants the best. Temperamental. Funny and humorous. Loves to joke. Good debating skills. Talkative. Daydreamer. Friendly. Knows how to make friends. Able to show character. Easily hurt. Prone to getting colds. Loves to dress up. Easily bored. Fussy. Seldom shows emotions. Takes time to recover when hurt. Brand conscious. Executive. Stubborn.

JULY: Fun to be with. Secretive. Difficult to fathom and to be understood. Quiet unless excited or tensed. Takes pride in oneself. Has reputation. Easily consoled. Honest. Concerned about people’s feelings. Tactful. Friendly. Approachable. Emotional temperamental and unpredictable. Moody and easily hurt. Witty and sparkly. Not revengeful. Forgiving but never forgets. Dislikes nonsensical and unnecessary things. Guides others physically and mentally. Sensitive and forms impressions carefully. Caring and loving. Treats others equally. Strong sense of sympathy. Wary and sharp. Judges people through observations. Hardworking. No difficulties in studying. Loves to be alone. Always broods about the past and the old friends. Likes to be quiet. Homely person. Waits for friends. Never looks for friends. Not aggressive unless provoked. Prone to having stomach and dieting problems. Loves to be loved. Easily hurt but takes long to recover.

AUGUST: Loves to joke. Attractive. Suave and caring. Brave and fearless. Firm and has leadership qualities. Knows how to console others. Too generous and egoistic. Takes high pride in oneself. Thirsty for praises. Extraordinary spirit. Easily angered. Angry when provoked. Easily jealous. Observant. Careful and cautious. Thinks quickly. Independent thoughts. Loves to lead and to be led. Loves to dream. Talented in the arts, music and defense. Sensitive but not petty. Poor resistance against illnesses. Learns to relax. Hasty and trusty. Romantic. Loving and caring. Loves to make friends.

SEPTEMBER: Suave and compromising. Careful, cautious and organized. Likes to point out people’s mistakes. Likes to criticize. Stubborn. Quiet but able to talk well. Calm and cool. Kind and sympathetic. Concerned and detailed. Loyal but not always honest. Does work well. Very confident. Sensitive. Good memory. Clever and knowledgeable. Loves to look for information. Must control oneself when criticizing. Able to motivate oneself. Understanding. Fun to be around. Secretive. Loves leisure and traveling. Hardly shows emotions. Tends to bottle up feelings. Very choosy, especially in relationships. Systematic.

OCTOBER: Loves to chat. Loves those who loves them. Loves to take things at the center. Inner and physical beauty. Lies but doesn’t pretend. Gets angry often. Treats friends importantly. Always making friends. Easily hurt but recovers easily. Daydreamer. Opinionated. Does not care of what others think. Emotional. Decisive. Strong clairvoyance. Loves to travel, the arts and literature. Touchy and easily jealous. Concerned. Loves outdoors. Just and fair. Spendthrift. Easily influenced. Easily loses confidence. Loves children.

NOVEMBER: Has a lot of ideas. Difficult to fathom. Thinks forward. Unique and brilliant. Extraordinary ideas. Sharp thinking. Fine and strong clairvoyance. Can become good doctors. Dynamic in personality. Secretive. Inquisitive. Knows how to dig secrets. Always thinking. Less talkative but amiable. Brave and generous. Patient. Stubborn and hard-hearted. If there is a will, there is a way. Determined. Never give up. Hardly becomes angry unless provoked. Loves to be alone. Thinks differently from others. Sharp-minded. Motivates oneself. Does not appreciate praises. High-spirited. Well-built and tough. Deep love and emotions. Romantic. Uncertain in relationships. Homely. Hardworking. High abilities. Trustworthy. Honest and keeps secrets. Not able to control emotions. Unpredictable.

DECEMBER: Loyal and generous. Sexy. Patriotic. Active in games and interactions. Impatient and hasty. Ambitious. Influential in organizations. Fun to be with. Loves to socialize. Loves praises. Loves attention. Loves to be loved. Honest and trustworthy. Not pretending. Short tempered. Changing personality. Not egotistic. Take high pride in oneself. Hates restrictions. Loves to joke. Good sense of humor. Logical.

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Friday, January 04, 2008

Cooper and The New Guy

Cooper (left) and The New Guy (right)

We finally settled on a new name for TNG. Amadeus wasn't cutting it. The Boy wanted to call him Butterscotch (Coooper's name at the pound.). We settled for Scotch.

Why did it take so long to post a photo of them?

Because this is how they normally are...

We also have a bit of a conundrum. The new neighbor lady has three or four dogs. All but one she keeps in the barn or in a fenced in area in the side yard at all times. The one she doesn't keep locked up? Has taken up residence on our front porch. His name is Monty and he is a Black Lab juvenile. He is so sweet. He sleeps on our porch furniture (luckily he hasn't torn any of the cushions up unlike the last Black Lab that lived next door). I don't think she ever puts him up. He was sleeping on the porch last night and still there when we got up this morning. Should I say something to her? Should we take his collar off and make him ours? (Like we need three dogs.) Should we stay with the status quo?