Saturday, October 31, 2009
Then...I got in my car and couldn't hardly believe my ears!!! Yes, it's Halloween, October 31st, people still have pumpkins, mums, cornstalks, & scarecrows filling their front porches. There are still a few leaves on the trees & everything just smells & looks like fall. However, as I listened to my most favorite Christian radio station I heard the instrumental end of a song I love but just couldn't put my finger on it. It was CHRISTMAS MUSIC!!! It seriously just brought a smile to my face thinking about all the joy, peace, & incredible time with family that we get to enjoy each Christmas season. I listened to it almost all the way to work & it certainly brightened my day! I got on their website to see what was going on and instead of focusing on the terrifying aspects of Halloween they are focusing on "happy family memories, and celebrating the hope, peace, and joy that comes when thinking about our biggest holiday as Christians - Christmas."
Hearing that music this morning certainly made me start thinking about Christmas & how special of a time it is....however, I think I'll enjoy my 60 degree days for as long as they last!
Friday, October 30, 2009
Last night Hubby played racquetball after work with some of his co-workers so I got some yummy McAlister's chicken tortilla soup for dinner. It was so good & with the rainy, story weather it was just perfect. I was in the middle of catching up on my DVR when suddenly the power was gone, no pop, no lightning, not even really strong winds...but the power was gone. Although it flipped on once or twice in the beginning it stayed off completely for about an hour. Lovely. I didn't really mind being at home but I pretty much had nothing to do and I'm not strong enough to open our garage door manually to even get my car out to go somewhere! So...I lit all the candles I could find, grabbed my Bible & just did a little bit of reading. This would have been such a nice time, but I could barely see & it was seriously way too quiet in my house to focus. I managed to pick up the house by candlelight and then by the time Hubby got home, the power had come back on...YIPPEEE!!!
We spent the rest of the evening relaxing & then the rain finally stopped long enough to take Bogey & Josie on a nice walk. They are seriously hilarious on walks & sometimes it's a little complicated to keep their leads from getting all tangled!
Hope everyone has a safe & happy Halloween! Josie has her own costume so I'll be sure to take plenty of pictures.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
- The sun is shining today for the first time in a long time...too bad the rain is coming again tomorrow. I was beginning to forget what it felt like.
- Last night my grandma moved her left arm...actually picked it up & slightly bent it! Woohoo! We serve such an awesome & mighty God!!!
- Confession: Hubby & I ate homemade apple pie ala mode last night while watching the Biggest Loser. Does anyone else struggle with snacking while watching this show?
- Work has been chaotic with my dad gone, but I'm actually learning a lot which I guess is a good thing.
- We've got tons of candy for the little kiddos this weekend...Carryout pizza, football & kids ringing the door bell are on the agendy for Saturday night!
- On that same note...can you believe how expensive Halloween candy is? Maybe next year I'll make homemade Rice Krispy treats instead...well probably not, but it's a good idea anyway.
- My brother & his wife are going to be in town this weekend, hopefully we'll able to have dinner/lunch at least once! I miss them while they're in KC.
- We've been pretty much failing at working out, but we are walking about 1 1/2 miles each night with Bogey & Josie...at least it's something.
- I'm having dinner next week with a great friend that I haven't talked to or seen in way too long! Can't wait to catch up with her...
- Josie has been a lot of fun to have around...but house dogs are still not in our future.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Sooo...yesterday after I had finished eating I was wasting time doing what else but reading blogs, & their house phone rings. I hesitated to answer it assuming it was a telemarketer since most everyone that would need anything knows they are completely out of the country. However, I answered it anyway and boy, am I glad I did! Hello? Hello? Nothing but dead air & I am convinced that my assumption was correct--it's a telemarketer. But then on the other end of the phone I hear the same words I had just voiced...Hello? Heellloo? Dad?!? Yes, it was my parents calling from thousands of miles away!!! I was so excited at first that I couldn't hardly believe that I was actually talking to them. It was only for about 15 minutes, but just hearing their voices was so refreshing & completely made my day. I reminded them that everything was great here & they told me about a few of their adventures & how beautiful it was & then it was over. We said goodbye & I love you & I'll see them on Sunday evening at the airport with my arms open wide.
They've taken trips by themselves before but never for this long & we normally have at least some way to communicate no matter how brief. Now you may be thinking I'm crazy for getting so excited over a phone call but you have to remember that 5 days a week I work with my dad & most days we both go home or go out to eat lunch with my mom as well. On the weekends it is probably very rare that I don't see them at least one additional time & I most certainly talk to my mom at least once. Needless to say, the idea of not talking to or seeing them for 14 days is definitely out of the ordinary. I'm thrilled to hear that they are having a fabulous time, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss them & I wasn't ready for them to come home. They are truly my 2 best friends, next to Hubby of course. I treasure the relationship I have with them & couldn't ask for two better role models and advice givers.
Mom & Dad...I know you'll read this when you get back--I love you so much & thank goodness I answered the phone!!!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday morning I had to work and then I headed to lunch with one of my best friends. We tried this new little coffee shop/tea house & it was fantastic. I had a turkey avocado sandwich and mushroom brie soup. It was probably the best cream of mushroom soup I've ever had! After lunch I did a little shopping & then came home for a relaxing afternoon that might have included a nap! ;o)
The weather was beautiful outside so we had hamburgers & homemade french fries for dinner & then Hubby made a fantastic fire & we enjoyed smores for dessert. The fire was a little smoky because of the wind, but it was a great evening anyway!
Today we went to church, grabbed lunch at Qdoba (YUM!!) and then went to visit my grandma for a bit. She looked great today & is still making lots of progress, we all just keep praying that God will bring full motion back to her left side. She was in great spirits today & had a good day of therapy so that is always uplifting to see. We're spending the rest of the afternoon watching football & then we'll head to small group this evening. It's been a great weekend & I think I may need to go on a diet after all the yummy goodness I've consumed!
I've mentioned homemade french fries several times & this is one of Hubby's favorite side dishes so I thought I would share the recipe (or non-recipe)!
Potatoes (normally 1 large baking potato per person is plenty)
Grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Cut the potatoes into then strips or however you like your fries. (I also peel the potatoes because we're not big potato skin fans, but you can certainly leave the skin on if you like) Place the potatoes in a large bowl and add 2-3 tablespoons of oil. Then add salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, & parmesan cheese. Toss/Stir until potatoes are fully covered in oil & the seasonings are distrubted evenly throughout mixture. Place on cookie sheet in a single layer and bake for approx. 30-45 minutes.
I have an actual recipe but I like more seasoning so just add whatever I think looks good & go from there. I also use parchment paper on the cookie sheet so everything doesn't stick to the pan! This is a very versatile recipe that you can use any seasoning with & the cooking time also just depends on how crunchy you like your fries. We prefer them quite crunchy so I always cook them for quite awhile! Enjoy!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday night Hubby took Bogey on a walk by himself while I stayed home with Josie. As they rounded a corner that has 2 empty lots Bogey practically pulled Hubby over as he headed in a very specific direction. It was probably around 9 or 9:30 pm so it was obviously very dark. As Bogey reached his destination, another dog started barking uncontrollably. Hubby was obviously a little bit shocked, but he couldn't see the dog so he assumed that the dog was simply hiding out in the tall weeds and was either lost, a stray, or had been dumped by his owner. He eventually managed to pull Bogey away and they came back to the house. Hubby relayed the story & that was pretty much the end of it.
Fast forward to last night when we decided to walk very early before the rain moved in--Hubby & I both headed out for a walk with Bogey & Josie both along for a nice stroll. As we came to the same corner, Hubby remembered the incident from the night before and headed over to the same area to see if the dog was still there. Sure enough, there it was. However, it wasn't simply hiding out in the weeds--the poor puppy was stuck in a hole about 3-3 1/2 feet deep and there was no way he was getting out on his own. We could tell that the puppy was at least part chihauhau & it was obviously going CRAZY probably from a combination of fear & hunger. Hubby & I decided that we would make another round and discuss what our options were. I mean we couldnt' just leave him there to starve, but we also had 2 other dogs with us and had no clue if this dog was diseased or not.
So...we finally decided to get the opinion of our neighbors (the same fantastic family where we got our precious boy Bogey). Tina (our neighbor) grabbed a pair of gloves & a flashlight & Hubby, myself, Josie, Bogey, and Tina's 2 kids headed back towards the hole for Operation Puppy Rescue. We realized quite quickly that the poor puppy was not going to let us pick him up out of the hole without possibly biting one of us and that was deifnitely not a smart decision. Tina called 911 as a non-emergency and requested animal control come out to rescue the pup. We all waited around for about 15-20 minutes as the pup would not bark unless you got really close to the hole and we didn't want animal control to miss him. They finally arrived & this super nice lady grabbed her gloves, some food, & her animal control pole (you know, the long pole with the wire around the end to grab an animal) and was able to eventually get the dog out of the huge hole. (and now everyone cheers!) While I'm not really a chihauhau fan, he was a cute little thing and I definitely didnt' want him to suffer any longer--I mean who knows how long he had been there!
While it might be a little far-fetched, I have to believe that had Bogey not pulled Hubby over to that hole on Tuesday night--that poor puppy might have starved to death in that hole. YEAH BOGEY!!!!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
(photos courtesy of Trip Advisor Travelers)
I have been left in charge of this precious little black dog...
Josie is quite the character & I'm sure that Hubby & I will have lots of stories to pass on when my parents arrive home. Sinec I work for my dad, Josie will be spending practically all day, everyday with me as I take her to work each day. Currently, she is curled up in an office chair right near my desk sound asleep. She's really no problem at all & I'm sure she'll get used to her routine in a day or so. We survived the first night with a fair amount of sleep for all of us & have only had one potty accident so far & I'm hoping that was just because of the change in the environment.
Having Bogey, we are used to dogs--just not house dogs...hopefully we surive the next 12 nights & 13 days...but who's counting?!?
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Normally the drive doesn't bother me but with all the driving we've done in the past year, I am more than ready to hop on a plane! We still have to drive to St. Louis to depart, but that's much better than the 12-13 hour drive.
Hope everyone has a great weekend--it's been winter-like around here and the sun hasn't been shining for about a week! I'm so ready for a weather change & I think it's supposed to come on Sunday! Woohoo!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Don't you just love his cheesy grin and his closed eyes?!?
Hubby, I do love you so much and I'm so thankful for the times that you are able to make me smile when nothing else can! You truly bring joy to my life & I look forward to taking many more photos of you in Batman masks, with your tongue sticking out, & with you making weird faces. Those photos only make me smile even more & the remind me why of one of the reasons I married you in the first place. You make me so happy! Wifey
p.s. hope you don't regret asking me about the Batman picture! ;o)
Monday, October 12, 2009
however, that all changed quite quickly and he was ready for a quick bath!
Is he not just adorable!?
& Buzz Lightyear! This is actually his Halloween costume that he has been using as pajamas...you know some fights just aren't worth fighting!
Getting even more excited--hopefully it warms up so he can ride it soon!
Friday, October 9, 2009
There is actually a house behind that tree on the left---it hardly every floods the house, but the bridge over the creek is completely underwater--she's not going anywhere for awhile!
Notice the yellow house at the top of the hill? Yup, they're not going anywhere for awhile either!
The same creek near my parents' house runs through our city park a little bit downstream. It was obviously almost out of it's banks as well.
In the monsoon last night we did get to see my grandma as she got settled into her rehab facility. We are all very optimistic about her recovery even if it is going to take a while. I'm just so happy to have her back in Missouri and nearby. As I went to hug her the first time she said "Hey Sugar" which she almost always says to me so I know her mind is just fine & that God has his hands on her healing process. The facility fully encourages visitors so I'll figure that I'll be visiting fairly frequently. Thanks for all your kind words about her, it's going to be a long road but we know she's capable of about anything!
Hubby's parents are in town for our nephews' birthday parties--we have a party tonight & tomorrow night. Plus I'm helping with a craft show on Sunday. Hopefully I'll be back with some great pics!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
The plane she'll be on is a private Lear jet--talk about flying in style!
Saturday, October 3, 2009
This morning we grabbed a quick breakfast & then did some brief shopping before heading to the game. I picked up a few sale items at Pier One & a neat wire pumpkin to add to my fall decor. We headed to the game & had a great time. We had great seats & the sun even managed to come out for a bit to warm us all up! I love the atmosphere of the ball park--all the fans, the little kids in awe of the players, and of course the food!
Hubby & I a few rows down from our seats--we had a great view!!!
The Man...Mr. Albert Pujols! (no homeruns or even hits today, but he's still awesome!)
The Cards clinched their playoff victory last week--Playoffs start on Tuesday! Woohoo!!
Overall it was an amazing weekend with lots of fun had by Hubby & I--I just treasure these times so much when we can take a quick weekend trip to get away for awhile!
On a much more serious note, last week my dad's parents & his sister & brother-in-law headed out on a road trip to visit some family members in Washington state & take in some of the beautiful sites in that part of the country. On Thursday morning we got a phone call that my grandma had fallen and had most likely had a stroke. They rushed her to the hospital, transferred her to a bigger, better hospital and she's still there awaiting lots of test results. Hopefully they'll be able to fly her home in a few days & my aunt & uncle can drive the car home. She has never experienced anything like this so my prayer's at this time are that the doctors would determine the cause & hopefully try as hard as they can to prevent it from happening again. She is one of the most active 70+ year olds I know & has always been the picture of good health--it's almost impossible for me to imagine her even being near a hospital--let alone in the ICU. It's definitely a scary time especially since most of us can't be with her; however, I know that God has full control over the situation and will take care of her & the rest of our family as they determine what the next step needs to be.
Today, my other aunt sent her a bouquet of 18 flowers symbolizing all of her immediate family who can't be there with her. I just hope she knows how much we love her & we are thinking of her each moment of every day.