Sunday, November 30, 2008

Nothing but Sillyness

Yesterday I spent a good amount of the evening shredding old bills.

Cali sat by the shredder on and off the whole time...

She found this process incredibly interesting...

That's at least what she lead me to believe until I found this: SPAGHETTI!

which I am sure is what she was after from the very beginning.

Now --- sillyness from Pellet.
A few days back we had moved the cages to vaccumm and Pellet decided to crawl into Cali's cage... we said he was reminescing (since that was his old cage)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Public Speaking

I have a presentation tomorrow.
I have been practicing all night.
I think I am now able to recite it in my sleep.
I feel like I'm in 8th grade.

I don't tend to be a procrastinator, but it's strange how some things just don't come together until the very last minute. This presentation has been planned for over 6 months. Guess when I figured out exactly what I'm going to say when I get up in front of a room of 80+ people? this afternoon. I just hadn't been enlightened just yet - I knew the time of enlightment would come before 10am tomorrow morning.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Bad Combination

What do you get when you cross a wild puppy with a cold, wet morning? Click on the pictures so they zoom in.


Check out the feet (she had mud all over the belly too)

Of course she did not like the cold water that came out of the hose

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Live Past, Accept and Trust

There are some things in life that are hard to cope with. They happen and we get mad, terribly mad, yet we have no control over them. We simply have to take a deep breath and accept (the difficult fact) that this has happened.

This can be applied to all sorts of happenings accross the board. The reason I bring it up is because today, on the way home from work, a rock hit my windshield and left a big ugly hole on my windshield (not really a hole, but that funny star-looking thing windshields do when rocks hit them. I'm obviously having a hard time explaining what we all know I'm talking about... I'm referring to this.

I got scared as soon as I heard the loud noise. Then I got mad as I looked for the evidence that a rock had hit my windshield. I couldn't find it (because it's low on the windshield) so I kept driving home happy and thankfully. Closer to home I lean forward and find IT. Oh I got so mad!!!

So many thoughts went through my mind:
- how much is it going to cost to repair it?
- how long will it last like this before cracking the whole windshield?
- will it make it through the cold winter?
- did the car in front of me fling the rock?

So here I am. With a funky windshield and absolutley no control on why this happened. I just have to accept that it happened and live with the consequences of something I did not ask for.

Ever notice how we always have to have a reason "why" behind everything? If we were look at it on a larger scale, we would go crazy... why do people get sick? why do they die? why do deadly storms hit?

Do we not have the spiritual capacity and trust to simply accept (and make the best of) what is given to us every day? Human nature tends to blame someone or something right away after something bad (out of our control) happens.

It's up to us to learn how to live past, accept and trust.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Scenes of a Beautiful Morning

We are fortunate to be able to spend this Sunday in a somewhat normal way (i.e. not working). We slept in, had a great breakfast and will go to Mass this afternoon! After breakfast we took the dogs out for a field trip to a new park by Publix. The sky was blue, the landscape was beautiful and the morning air was chilly. Here are some fun pictures!

There is a pond, walking trails and benches:

Must have been saying something to Pellet...
something like "sit - stay":

Norm taking in the views:

Have to be responsible people and clean up -
there are trash cans too!

Happy Dogs!!!!

It took about 6 pictures to get this one!
(thank goodness for digital cameras):

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Uneventful Evenings

Not much going on at 324 E. Riverbend... it gets dark early, Norm works late, the dogs have quit eating the flowers (for now), the novela (spanish for soap opera) comes on at 7pm, people are already decorating for Christmas (not us --- other people).
Here are some scenes of the type of uneventful evenings we've been experiencing:

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Get Used to It

It's 6:15pm and it's pitch black outside. This time of the year is so difficult - especially for us warm weather-sun loving people. The evenings and nights seem endless, it's a challenge finding things to do and by 7:30pm I'm ready for bed! After so many years of living through this, the transition is still a tough one and my warm weather seems to be an eternity away.

Family Picture 2016

Family Picture 2016

Family Picture 2015

Family Picture 2015

Christmas Picture 2011

Christmas Picture 2011

Family Picture 2009

Family Picture 2009
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