This week has been a blur of work, cooking, new dog, and of course family fun! I love Thanksgiving and sharing time with those I love the most. I took no food pics this year but we did do a few things a little differently. We cooked the turkey on Wednesday and then had it carved and in a roaster so my oven was freed up for the side dishes we all love. Great idea Jack..that's how I'll do it from now on! I had most of the food prepared early so all that needed to be done was a few items. We also ate a little later so my Granddaughter could be here after working.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
It was pretty easy to guess my little secret on my last post. For posterities sake I'll have to give some background info on this little secret...so scroll down to pics if you'd like to skip my narrative! Here goes...A few months ago I had a dream. In the dream Jack and I were retired, driving an RV, and we had a dog with us named "Ralph". You'd think after this dream I'd be looking to do atleast 2 things from this dream...namely, to retire, and then to find an RV! Nope..I'm not anywhere near retirement and we look at RV's on the road and say either "yay!" or "nay" when it comes to what we would want. But we're not anywhere near ready to buy one. So that left "Ralph". When I bought the Halloween skeleton dog I named him Ralph. I'm not sure Jack was realizing that I was also scouring the internet about dogs that needed a home. I wanted a dog that was small enough for travel, not shedding or having any reason to make my Grandson's allergies go crazy, friendly, a good walker. He was surprised when I started showing him dogs in shelters around our area and even ones in other states. When I actually put in adoption papers for one he was really surprised. Yep, the universe had shifted and I was looking for a dog! In the mean time we went to Ashland's dog pound to see what was available..we went twice. Although our hearts went out to the many dogs that were there, we didn't find a good fit for us. I hadn't heard anything from the agency I sent inquiries to about a dog I saw there....a dog named "Chubbs". I called the director and still didn't hear back. I was ready to just forget the whole thing when she suddenly called. I sent her the adoption form and waited...and waited. Then I called her again to make sure she actually received them. She apologized because she hadn't had time to look at them since her rescue shelter was moving. Long story short.....we went on Sunday to check out old Chubbs. He sure wasn't the prettiest pooch in the pound but he was small, friendly, a poodle mix so no shedding, and he loves to walk. We decided to adopt him and Wednesday night we picked him up. It was a very rainy evening and we had 2 detours to get through and lots of Amish buggies to avoid hitting on our way to Oasis animal shelter. All the way there I kept wondering if this was the right thing for us...was I nuts to get a dog? Well, we took old Chubbs home and he's doing great. He's housebroke, very mellow, and adjusting to us and hopefully getting the idea that he gets to stay here. No more kennels and barking dog buddies all day...he might miss his friends but not his kennel! He needs some good grooming and I'll be making his spa day appointment soon. He did tolerate us giving him a good bath though! I think the name Chubbs will stick. He was abandoned and they guess he's around 8yrs old...I sure wish we knew his real name but so far he's answering to Chubbs!
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Saturday we went to cheer on our Grandson Cameron who's playing basketball. His football season was cut short due to a fractured wrist but he's healed and out on the court having fun. He was a bit timid his first game so his Dad...our son Jack...told him to take off his glasses. He went on to score 10 baskets and even dribbled with his left hand since he still had on his wrist brace. He did great on Saturday too and we had such fun watching these little 8yr olds learn how to play hoops.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
A small post with a big thanks to all who serve our country to keep our freedoms intact, and to all who served in the past and gave the ultimate sacrifice. Thanks to my family members who answered the call, when they were really just kids, to fight and to come home and live wonderful lives and raise their families and be the best Dads, brothers, friends, and citizens I've ever known. Love you all!
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Jack and I were up before dawn this beautiful Saturday. We jumped in the Jeep and headed down to Columbus to attend the Temple. Our session was to start at 9am and we had clear roads, skies and plenty of time. 5 miles before our exit the traffic came to a screeching halt. We creeped slowly along and made 1 mile in 30min. We also weren't going to make our Temple assignment time. I called while we sat in diesel heaven and they said there were many calls saying the same thing. After another half hour and only going 1 more mile we had to exit as the rest of I71 was closed down. We couldn't see any signs of an accident and wondered what had happened. Anyway we decided to go to plan B....head for home. I called my BFF Donna and told her we would be able to attend an art gallery Christmas open house much earlier than planned! And that's just what we did.
Those beautiful doors led you into a fun experience.
Monday, November 2, 2015
It's November and I like to think of it as my quiet month. A lull before the crazy hustle and bustle of December. A month to think of our blessings. A month to take a deep breath and enjoy the final warmth of Fall....warmth that can feel like September! Today was that kind of day. The weekend wasn't too shabby either! Sunday we were given an extra hour. An extra hour to sleep, or work, or just enjoy the day. I used mine to go to Church, to make some homemade soup, and to spend some time outdoors. Phil and Addy stopped by to spend their extra hour with us.