Saturday, January 29, 2011

Strawberries and more

Originally uploaded by Emilyannamarie
I'm finishing up a batch of new wood carvings. I really love the way they are turning out. There are a lot of details that the camera washes out, however, it captures the vibrancy of colors well.

I'm having a blast with wood carving and trying to be careful not to forget to wear my face mask. I love carving, the sanding is a bit rough on me and I love painting, of course. I think I'll make some of these into cards on cafepress as well. :)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Busy Bee

I guess this is true of all parents, when you've got a kid that's sick, everything seems to spin out of unison. That's how it's been with my middle child. She's super grumpy and just makes it harder for herself to get better by being so grumpy and not feeling well. Part of the problem is she refuses to eat anything out of our house. If it's at grandma's or auntie's or from a fast food place, it's good. Our house is full of yucky oatmeal, yucky scrambled eggs, icky pancakes and so on. Sigh. I'm sure a lot of her grumpiness would go away with a full tummy.

It takes her 45 minutes to eat any meal. She looks like she lost 5 pounds and with her already skinny frame, it looks a bit scary. I've taken her to the doctor and they said a common cold (this was last week). I'll have to go again if things don't improve. It's frustrating because I think she makes it worse. She wouldn't even eat a brownie because it "tastes yucky". This week I'm going to crack down on everything and put everyone to bed by 8pm. I usually have them go to sleep at 9, but I'm starting to think it's too late. They get 10.5 hrs of sleep. Maybe she needs more and this will help.

Anyway, I'm dealing with all of this and trying to remain calm. It's not easy when acts like a dragon with flames, etc. I know kids act out and it will pass. I started to think about going to a day spa. :) This makes me very happy. :) If I have to be a nurse, I think I need to get a special treat and I'm going to start saving up for this.

We had a 2 hr delay today because it was really cold; something like 5 degrees. The dogs did the fastest bathroom run ever.

Last night, I tickled my cousins and they screamed in my ear. It is STILL ringing. I think I might have to get it looked at by an ear doctor as I think my hearing is getting worse from kids screaming (my own included). I feel like I only get half of what is being said and am easily distracted by noises during conversations. Very frustrating. I thought it was allergy related but now, I'm not so sure.

I did 20 minutes on the bike. It felt great and I hope I burned off some of that cake I had during the weekend.

Yesterday evening, I did some sanding on some new wood pieces. Unfortunately, a piece had a huge splinter which dug right into my finger and feels like it hit the bone. I'm pretty sure I got it out but it really hurts. I guess it's puncture wound.

I feel like doing yoga. I haven't done that in a long time and it would be nice to stretch and do deep breathing. Maybe when the kid is down for a nap.'s nearly lunch time. My eldest usually likes 2 hr delays as it makes it closer to lunch time at school. lol

It was nice spending time with the family yesterday. I felt a bit grumpy at first but warmed up. I got to talk to my sis-in-law and vent a little. It felt good. :) If talking to a therapist is kind of like that, I think I wouldn't mind going!

Well, I guess I better make some stuff for lunch. I wish I had some dried lentils to make soup. Next market trip, I think I'll do that. Hope everyone has a good day. I'm dreaming of CA weather (they were in the 80's last time I talked to my mom). Someday, we'll have warm weather again!

Friday, January 21, 2011

2 hr delay on Snow

So much for wishing for a snow day...I just wanted to keep everyone at home, safe and not worry about walking/driving on snow and ice. Oh, well.

I feel annoyed that I didn't bike for 30 minutes like I had planned. I got side tracked. I wrote to a well known (locally) columnist about a problem a church friend has at her school. She is in her senior year, has been battling cancer and has become dependant on a wheelchair. The school is taking the stance of "insurance risk" instead of compassion. It's so frustrating for her family and for her. Her name is Maddie and I pray that resolutions happen instead of frustrations.

From the last I've learned, she is being denied participation in the vocal ensemble, art classes and being part of the band. To me, this is just so unfair. Wouldn't it make the school, let alone the administration, look like they support ALL their students, instead of a few, by being inclusive? Some things are more important than being an insurance risk or "looking perfect" for competitions with other schools(I'm guessing this has something to do with it, as well).

I feel mad that people don't try harder to help those who need it and have asked for extra aid. It just makes me think that people would rather not remember we can all be in a situation that would require aid/help. It's the old adage, put your self in someone's shoes and walk a mile to see how it feels.

All I can think of is, when it's time to vote, I know who I won't be voting for locally. I hope other's see it this way and realize making it miserable for 1 person makes it miserable for everyone. It chips away at your heart and that's not what life is about. Life is about lifting each other up, raising the bar on kindness and realizing life is very short. Do the best you can while lifting up others.

I wrote to the columnist and hope that something can be done...maybe a story in the paper about the dilemma. Maybe just to have a sympathetic ear from someone who knows what it's like. Either way, people need to allow flexibility for those with challenges. Praying something happens and that there is positive change.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

O Brother Where Art Thou: Down in the River to Pray

This was one of my grandpa's favorite songs...beautifully used in the filme, "Oh, Brother where art thou?" I love the humor and this scene of forgiveness. :)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Cable Guy and the Cat that Screamed

All right, here's the story. A few weeks ago, my dear husband decided to splurge and get actual cable for us. We have been limping along with 12 stations. Not a biggie, but when you want to sit down for a show or have some kid stuff on, nothing. Plus, we got jealous of some of our friends that have the BBC network. :)

Anyway, for those of you who don't know, I have 3 cats. My two younger cats are about 11 and 9 yrs old. The oldest one is 21 yrs old and is the first cat I ever had. She was born under the dresser in my bedroom and has been a great cat. Well, in the recent years she has gotten a little strange. She's doing the older cat thing of missing the litter box (or deciding to go where no cat should be going (under the bed, much to our, and our kids, annoyance)). We have put up with her because I love that cat and she is doing well, health-wise.

About a year ago, she started to mew really sounded like something dying/mewing/screaming, all in one. At first, we didn't know what the heck that was. She'd mew and we'd run upstairs thinking something was trapped or hurt. By the time we got upstairs, the cat would disappear and we'd be left wondering. Finally, I caught her in the act and was like, Simone! Stop that. I petted her and played with her, thinking she needed some attention, which was probably true. She calmed down. Well, it continued this horrible mewing sound and I realized a few weeks ago, she is probably hard of hearing and this is why she mews this way. Well, once I realized this, I looked for signs and sure enough, she wouldn't hear when I was walking by or if the kids talked loudly.

Last week or so, the cable guy comes over and starts to put in the cable stuff. Of course, Simone decides to mew as loud as she can. I start to laugh because, it sounds horrible. HORRIBLE. I'm totally embarrassed and think, I've got to let the cable guy know I don't have some old person stuck up there being tortured. So, I bring her down and talk to her calmly...making sure the cable guy sees/hears the cat. He's trying to be professional but blurts out, "Why that cat sounds like it was near dead with the hollering'!" I'm turning beet red and try telling him, we'll she's hard of hearing and that why she sounds like that. He's like, oh and goes back to work. It was just very annoying and I probably should record her mews for Halloween or something.

The last time this happened, my in-laws were over to watch the baby while he napped. Simone starts her mew cry and both my in-laws are like, my God what is that? They think it's the baby, and run upstairs. Sure enough, he's sound asleep. And of course, the cat, is nowhere to be seen.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Letting things flow...

I chatted with my mom for about 2 hrs and my dad, for about an hour. This is the best kind of gift I could ever get. I enjoyed listening to them and it's a miracle my dad's talking to me. It gives me hope and makes me glad I'm able to do this.

My biggest hurdle of dealing with my dad is he's very argumentative. I've decided to approach this with patience and humor. I also do what Dear Abby calls, emotionally distancing my self. I don't allow my self to get carried away emotionally and just listen and enjoy my dads voice. Sometimes, I have to redirect the conversation but I also get to hear some of his memories from when he was a child. I love these parts and it makes up for the swells of information/ideas that come out of the conversation. It's a good feeling to know you're basically on a ship and to ride the highs and lows and hopefully, direct the conversation to calmer waters. I don't know if this makes any sense, but if you've ever dealt with a person who is difficult, it's good to go with the flow but don't get carried away.

I also thought of an idea that might encourage my mom to do a side business. Basically, it would be alteration/fixing clothing. I hope she'll try it out. It's totally her cup of tea as she is an excellent sewer and just needs confidence to do things. She seems much more determined and I thank God for this. I want her to succeed and know she is a very valuable person. Oh, my gosh, I forgot to tell her Happy Birthday! That's why I called!! lol I hope you read this, mom and know I wanted to tell you Happy Birthday and a card is in the mail. :)

I need to go and get some the mushrooms that are still sitting on our back porch. They froze SOLID. I never put food outside before and Jon was like, hey, it's free refrigeration. I just seems so, odd.

My mom said the weather is in the 80's. I was like, DON'T TELL ME THAT!! :P

I need to get dinner bread, I think and mushroom soup. I still have 3-4 loaves left. I think this might be my Saturday tradition: make/bake bread and enjoy all week long. :)

Oh, and the good thing is I got the cable thing to work again! We didn't have the TV on all day because I didn't realize I had to push 1 button. Annoying.
If you have confidence you have patience.

- Ilie Nastase

Lysol is my friend

I don't think I need to say anymore about that. So far, 2 kids have mended up, last one is going to the doc's today. Trying to get Jon to go to the doc tomorrow. I have a feeling by the end of the week, I'll be next.

The good thing: I've been cleaning like the dickens and the house is mostly in order. The bad thing: I'm tired.

A really great thing: We have a new guinea pig!! Her name is Sukie; she is a tri-guinea pig and is friendly. We are enjoying her and seeing that she settles in. I'm happy that the kids are happy.

Well, gotta get things moving along! Have a great day. :)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

trying new things...

I went to the art store yesterday, Michael's. I haven't gone in some time...trying to cut back a bit and all that. But, I sold some work at a local gallery over the holidays (at Art 4) and got a pleasant surprise (a check!).

So, I allowed my self to go shopping! I got some wood at Lowe's for more wood carvings and paints at the art store as well as goodies for the kids. I decided to try out some watercolor pencils. I have never used them before. But I just tried them out, and they are a delight. It really gives your work a whole new dimension and control of color. Wow! I will photo some work and share. I'm going to go over some of my older things and see it it helps to make things pop. It's very exciting.

I was a little annoyed (all right very annoyed) that a little drum I bought Mr. H, broke after he gave it a few taps w/ his drum stick. Geesh! I couldn't believe. The funny thing is I found this really cool website that sells goat skin to replace the cheapo plastic stuff. It's a Native American Indian Craft Supply website called SPIRIT CONNECTION STORE. They sell all kinds of cool/unique things. Skunk purses, claws, tomahawks, and more. I really enjoyed looking around there and getting ideas for projects. I've always wondered where you buy animal skins for drums or other projects. Plus, they sell drums as well. Anyway, once I get the skins I can tell you how the project will go. I'm excited about this as I've never done this and have been curious about using this material.

I was hoping to cut some wood today but looks like I missed the sunshine. It's already dark-ish and I'll have to wait till Tuesday or nap time, tomorrow. Darn.

We might be getting a new addition later this evening. We shall see but they make a wheep sound and love to eat greens. :) I'm excited!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Love, Saturday

What a nice feeling to have nothing in particular to do but muddle around the house with the kids and hubby. Yes, I feel cabin fever-ish, but nothing to drastic. Plus, I got some ideas about making some more French bread. I'm going to try to do 8 loaves! Do I have enough bowls? I don't think so, but what the heck!

Friday, January 14, 2011

"We can teach them (children) the value of tolerance -- the practice of assuming the best, rather than the worst, about those around us... We can teach them to give others the benefit of the doubt, particularly those with whom they disagree."

Michelle Obama

In other news...

Well, I was very pleased to get some news from a local art gallery I sell my work at, Art 4. I sold about 12 different pieces over the holidays! I still can hardly believe it.

Last night, I was moaning to Jon about why things weren't moving, why couldn't I be selling more, etc, etc. Then, today I get a nice surprise like this. :) I think I'm going to have to go out and celebrate with buying a few planks of wood! Woo HOO!!! I'm still amazed and glad to know people like my work.

In other news, poor Jon is still feeling yucky and his chest literally hurts. I'm trying to talk him into going to the doc but he's trying to be tough. It makes me nervous because his parents smoked when he was young and I know this makes people vulnerable to lung infections. He's getting lots of bed rest...I think I'll put the steamer on him.

I hope my middle kid feels better, but she's a bit low too. I wish we could get rid of all these stinkin' colds and have warmer weather to rest in.

Once everyone is stablized, I can do some more stuff, artwise. It's a good feeling to know people like your work. :) :)


I got the mail today, a letter from our church, and it was not good. Our new rector will not be staying. I feel a mixture of disappointment, shame and annoyed. Annoyed because nobody said what exactly the problem was. I'm confused and sad that things have come to this.

I know there are probably many reasons why this is happening and nobody is to be blamed. It's hard not do this but I will try.

I feel bad for the was hard for him to move to PA and make a lot of changes/adapt to a new place. I know. I've been there. I feel bad for the people of our church who were trying to be open to their new rector.

I feel like there has been a lot of changes within the church; deaths, people moving and struggles. It makes me sad that things have fallen apart like this...and I have no real reason for it.

I'll pray for all involved. I'll pray that we all can heal and learn to trust again.

Stretching lessons

Today the kids are off from school. I have to share my time...not easy, since I've got my routine of semi-quiet pace of life. On top of this, I have a sick husband (coughing up junk and feeling blah). So, it's up to me to keep things flowing. Oh, and the middle kid is now coughing and showing signs of feeling blah. That would make nearly 4 people who have had this in our family of 5. I don't know if I got it or I had some coughing and such but it went away fairly quickly. Everyone else has been on antibiotecs. I'm getting used to going to the doctors.

With all of this going on, I feel tired and down. Plus, when our guinea pig died, it seemed to make things worse. There has been a lot of death discussions and such (esp. when our cousin passed away on Christmas). So, I guess it's bound to make a person feel a tad low. That and being stuck in the house because of snow/cold. I want to go to the gym and splash around in the pool...but the kids are sick and they would not be happy if I did it by my self. I guess we might walk around the mall (Jon doesn't like this as it might led me to want to go shopping). Actually, I'd rather do book shopping and the last time I was at the mall, there wasn't a book shop anymore. Isn't that sad?

Stretching and being flexible is not an easy task when you've got cabin fever, coughing family members and barking dogs. I think I need stick a bunch of quilts on the walls to soften sounds or something. Maybe that sounds a bit crazy but it might help.

Well, I've got to go and rescue my watercolors from the kids. I think I feel an ear ache coming on...great.
An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

nephew and niece

nephew and niece
Originally uploaded by Emilyannamarie

Pumpkin magic

Pumpkin magic
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starry effect...took 50 tries but got it!


It's snowing today, quite a bit came down last night and this morning...about 5 inches. Not too bad, actually. The roads are slippery but only the side roads. The main roads are good. Geesh, I sound boring.

I was feeling really good this morning; did the bike, made breakfast, got the kids pumped up for school, etc. I guess it's the after lunch feeling. Oh, and I forgot, I shoveled the path/front of the house. So, yeah, I guess I'd be a little tired! lol

Plus, Mr. H had a tantrum (fell down in the house, snow on boots, and hurt his little hands. Poor guy). But all was well after a few kisses.

We watched this cartoon called Manny the Handy man (I think). We have cable now and it seems like I'm being brainwashed into buying lots of stuff. Well, the most impressive thing is laundry soap (need to get more too). For some reason, the Wisk stuff impressed me with it's "stain fighting" ability.

Jon is getting a sore throat and hopefully, not Miss L's cold. She's still on antibiotics, poor kid.

I'm trying to see what I can do differently this year. I want to increase my art sales, start substituting and get certification for teaching. That's not too much to ask, is it? lol

I have other side plans...basically, rewrite 2 of my kids books and start submitting them. I might just go ahead and self publish them. I actually have 1 book self published on but for some reason, it got blotched up on there. I'll have to put up a new version on a different service, I think.

I guess the most depressing thing for me is my computer(s) are slow, filled with stuff I need to go through (pictures). This just seems like a huge stone to carry. I guess that's why I've been reluctant to add new pics. I have been thinning stuff out but it doesn't seem to help. I think I'll donate 1 hr to doing just this after Mr. H goes down for a nap.

Goals, sigh.

In the great scheme of things, it's very petty. lol

Some good news, my parents may be getting a new place (more affordable) to rent. It's a good thing (and I think it's good because it surprised my brother...who is sort of the reason why they are trying to find a place to move too). Lol Now, he'll have to do his part (find a place to live near his girlfriend and get a different job...can't blame our parents any more). I should be nicer about this but I can't help but laugh a little (he's one of the biggest procrastinator's I know. I'm sure he'll have to change).

So all in all, I feel sort of like I'm getting a late Christmas gift by my parents having options (and hopefully) an affordable apartment. I pray every day that all will go well. With my dad's mental illness, he makes it hard to do much but with love/patience (and esp. understanding), I think it will go well.

Deep breath. I do that a lot when thinking of my family.

I don't know if this is the case with the rest of the world, but a lot of my family seem to think I'm too tough. I often get blamed for stuff because I ask questions and don't let up about getting answers. People will say I'm mean. Even when I talk to people on the phone, they get defensive or lash out at me. I had a situation with a family member and after a lot of talking/forgiving we were able to put aside our differences and start to patch things up.

My own feelings about it are there are unresolved issues this family member has and I end up getting dumped on. VERY frustrating and unfair. How do you handle something like that? Do you just ignore it & focus on the good stuff? It feels like you're handling a might be able to handle it but it's something you can't relax with. I feel bad because I do love this person but they don't want to change (talk to a professional about their pain/etc).

Anyway, that's my dilemma...hardly worth typing out. It's just frustrating because no matter what I say or do, I'm always marked by this person as a meanie or that person starts to transfer feelings that are meant for someone else on to me. It's so annoying and exhausting (to say the least).

I feel sort of nervous even writing the above because it might open a can of worms or I don't know. I feel better sharing this as I've been thinking about it for awhile. In some ways, I'm glad I'm a bit far away and can pace conversations out. Well, that's it for now. I keep thinking, what would "Dear Abby" say? :)

Hope everyone is safe and has a good day. If you live where there is snow, drive slowly and stay warm!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Curious Squirrel

Curious Squirrel
Originally uploaded by ::novocainated::
Amazing squirrel from a Flick member!

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Anger cannot be overcome by anger. If a person shows anger to you, and you show anger in return, the result is a disaster. In contrast, if you control your anger and show its opposite--love, compassion, tolerance, and patience--then not only will you remain in peace, but the anger of others also will gradually diminish.

The Dalai Lama

As I read this quote, I felt as if this is exactly how I need to respond to some difficult people in my life. It's amazing in it's the opposite of how you might feel (anger/fear) and listen with compassion/love. It does take stepping back and not jumping in with your gut reaction.

I found this quote from one of my favorite books on understanding oneself as well as others. It's called "Thank you for being such a pain". I can't recommend this book enough as there are some really handy insights and methods for dealing with life.

Oddly, when I was an atheist/agnostic I got this book. I liked it's inclusivity of religions and non-religious aspects. Now, that I'm Episcopalian, I find I like it even more. Maybe, it's also a sign of growth, but there seems to be some real hands on things I can learn from it (and am trying to do so).

I remember when I was a kid and our aunt, Auntie Dimka, came over from Bulgaria. She had been living with us off and on. And as the years went by, there were all sorts of arguments as well as fights. As I got older, I noticed she would say all sorts of things that weren't very polite or thoughtful. At first, I wanted to be upset like my mom but it would be easy to just be upset and hold a grudge. I couldn't do that knowing as I loved my aunt...even when she was different. One of her things that made her different was she said she had the gift to prophecy. She could see the future and interestingly, if she had any angry feelings about you, some how, God would tell her your future. And it wasn't good. lol Thinking back on this now, I wish I had listened more to her dreams (these things always came in her dreams) and they were usually very detailed and elaborate (heaven was decked out in fine silks, gold stuff and so on). Well, she would say all this stuff and it bugged the heck out of my parents (and some other relatives). Eventually, she moved to OK as she said that was the safest place to be and she would be content living there. She said this, because she had a dream that CA was going to fall off into the ocean. And she was happy for a time.

Now, we find out she has dementia and is in a nursing home. Before finding this out, she was reunited with her daughter after 30 years (my aunt had left her behind in Bulgaria when she came in the 70's). Her daughter and granddaughter came to the US and she was thrilled. Of course, after a time, she started saying the same things and they didn't like her view. I don't know if it was partially dementia or else a combination of trying to control people and dementia, but I do think it is sad that she is left in OK (her daughter and granddaughter moved to CA without her). I can't say it makes my cousin look very nice either...But I do know, that if people just responded to my aunt with love and compassion, they might defuse a lot of that tension/control. I miss my aunt as I feel she had a hard life and had to make some really horrible decisions in the hopes of a better existance.

I guess I sort of wish people would do this with my dad too. It makes me sad that so many people forget he's been through a lot as well. All I can do is pray.

Mozart : String Quartet No 17 In B Flat Major K 458

sleepless in Altoona

Yes, another night of insomnia. It always seems to happen about 3 in the morning, too. Very annoying. For the record, I did fall asleep at 7pm last night. It was a bit of a crazy day with having to take my eldest to the doctor. I had to pick her up from school, drop off the little guy at grandma's, and on and on. My eldest does have a sinus infection and I'm very glad I got in before the weekend as she would have suffered w/out medication. I feel very grateful for doing this and thank God for safe driving (there was some snow but it was very gentle).

I had planned a day of cooking and baking but that was thrown on the back burner. I did make onion soup using this recipe. It came out really good. I changed the bread and beef part with regular toast and chicken broth. It came out really good, regardless. I served it with some red wine and it made a great meal on a cold evening.

Also, Jon came home with 10 pounds of mushrooms!! He finally got to the mushroom research place before they ran out. :) We added fried mushrooms to the soup and it was great. I also boiled up some leeks, so I might add that tomorrow (or later today, actually).

I've never baked soup in the oven and was nervous about my bowls. They were fine...very hot, but fine. I just wish I had time to try and bake some things. I was thinking of making a French baguette. If I could do this, with even a quarter of the taste from store brands, I'd be pleased. I'll have to research it. My other idea is biscotti and granola. I'd like to make these two things soon. My mom makes a really great chocolate chip version of biscotti...might have to get her to share that recipe.

I need to call my mom and see how things are going. I hope she's feeling well and not depressed. I sent her a late package and I hope she got it. I always send my dad a huge bag of almonds. He loves them and they are good for him too.

I completely forgot to photograph all my ornaments I made for loved ones. Basically, what I did was make b/w copies of special photographs. I then glued them to cardboard and covered the cardboard w/felt or fabric. I lined the fabric with bric brax or pretty ribbon/cording and added some embellishments of buttons. Then, I stitched up the sides and added a loop for hanging. I think they came out really nice and I hope people like them. I made 2 for me and one for Jon (of me and him). I'll probably make more as I love the feel and it makes it special to hang either on a tree or wall. I'll photograph the ones I do have.

Lately, I've been making a lot of new work. I still need to get more wood (looking for a lightweight pine, I think). Till then, I've been doing lots of paper mache. I'm excited about my new things and am falling in love with the look/feel. This is a good and bad thing as I end up wanting to keep everything. lol

Well, I'm going to end now. I'm going to do a bit of praying/meditating and hopefully, this will help me nod off. Having a cup of coco seems to be working too. :) Have a great weekend! :)

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Guinea pigs and life

We are all down as our little Apple Jack passed away last night. We think it was one of 3 possible things...too many carrots, some sort of illness that guinea pigs get or possible frightened from the cat. There were no wounds but she was a very timid piggie. Still, Sampson (our cat) might have watched them but woudn't hurt them (I hope). I think it was too many carrots and a greedy piggie. I'm going to seriously limit carrots which are like sugar to guinea pigs and rabbits. So, if they have any sort of diabetic sort of tendency, they will not get hurt. I feel sad and annoyed. This is the second guinea pig to pass and during the winter, too. I thought maybe it was too cold but guinea pigs are naturally cold living critters.

The kids are the ones who found her...they were getting her fresh water (one of their daily chores) and that's when they found out. It was terrible to hear their sad cries...and soon, I joined in. We said good-bye to Apple Jack and Jon had to go and dig a grave in the frozen soil (which isn't easy). I was grateful I had a painting of our pets on the wall (some already have angel wings) and the kids said I'd need to add more wings.

When we had to put Autumn, our cat, to sleep, the vet sent a very sweet card about rainbow bridge. It was very similar to this one:

The Rainbow Bridge
inspired by a Norse legend

By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,

Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.

Where the friends of man and woman do run,

When their time on earth is over and done.

For here, between this world and the next,

Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.

On this golden land, they wait and they play,

Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,

For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.

Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,

Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

They romp through the grass, without even a care,

Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.

All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,

Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

For just at that instant, their eyes have met;

Together again, both person and pet.

So they run to each other, these friends from long past,

The time of their parting is over at last.

The sadness they felt while they were apart,

Has turned into joy once more in each heart.

They embrace with a love that will last forever,

And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.

I've got to stop reading this or I'll be all teary/snotty for the rest of the day. We're going to focus on some new guinea pigs at the end of the month.

I think I need to do some new artwork of my critters for the kids. They were really glad we had that one with Apple Jack.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Beautiful Sunday~

Today is such an amazingly beautiful day to start off the New Year! I feel like lots of good things are happening, some changes that were sad (our cousin passing away) and other's that are good and full of optimism.

We went to visit a church in Tyrone where our former Deacon is going to be doing a lot of out reach. We all miss him but know he's going to be doing a lot of good. Oddly, it made me realize that we have two churches to learn about God and connect with people. Love this!

Last Sunday, we missed church because of all the Christmas stuff and then, we missed it this Sunday because of the 9am service. I really need to remember this stuff. Thankfully, all will return to the regular schedule for next Sunday.

Speaking of which, the kids are going back to school tomorrow. I feel excited about this. Do all parents feel this way? lol It will be nice and quiet for Mr. H and I. These last few weeks have been packed and busy with activity.

I am ashamed to say I still have a few Christmas goodies to mail out. According to the 12 days of Christmas, I still have time. So, I'll go by that (and add a reminder too).

Right now, I'm very happy to say that Jon and the kids are actually mopping the floors. I feel like this is the best gift they have given me. Plus, Jon washed the muddy dogs (not something you want to come home to find, let me tell you).

The other day, we found a hawk sitting in our driveway while Mr. Nelson was outside! At first, I thought it was going to attack Nelson but when I stopped to think about it, I think that hawk was waiting for the dogs to flush out a rabbit! The dogs have been doing this more (Penny likes to chase them) and I think it's a strange symbiotic relationship. Poor rabbits. Of course, when we plant our garden in the Spring, I might be very happy with this behavior (esp. on chipmunks).

I don't feel like this is Sunday just because we've done so much (Church, market, cleaning and so on). Yesterday, we had New Year's day at the in-law's and stayed at their place a bit longer. We've discovered they have the BBC station and got to see the Dr. Who Christmas special. Now, we did have a bunch of kids in the room and one kid who voiced loudly her annoyance at the show. So, I felt like I didn't really get too involved...but it was a bit anti-climatic, for some reason. Maybe seeing it with all sorts of distractions made it less interesting...I don't know.

Oddly, I did see the animated Dr. Who and it was a lot better then I thought. If you watch the animation too closely, it seems sort of funny. But if you close your eyes and listen, it feels like a radio show (which is actually pretty cool).

I feel like I've been watching a lot of TV lately and I guess that's sort of normal considering the cold weather and all. I feel like moving the furniture around for some reason. I guess the slightly warm bit we got has me thinking of Spring. I also know who to contact for garden tips as our former Deacon is a Master gardener! :)


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