Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Out of Review!

I am out of the Review Room! Next stop: The Matching Room! Go, CCAA, Go!

Sunday, April 26, 2009


No, the house is the background is not my house, it's my future neighbor. I will be closing within days and receive the keys May 7!!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

3 Falls and I was Outta There

Last week was tough, very tough. The ups and downs of escrow, sick daycare kids, me sick, business concerns, broken down car...

Needless to say, I've not had time to ice skate for two weeks. I missed my class last Tuesday in favor of filing my taxes in person so they can be used on my home loan paperwork. Recreational/practice skating was out for all the reasons mentioned above. Tonight I went and enjoyed class, but I left practice early afterward after my THIRD fall!

I don't fall often. Perhaps in a month I'll fall one time. When I fell the first time tonight, the thought of trying to manage my up-coming move with a casted leg or arm ran through my mind. After the second fall I shook my head and began to wonder what I was doing to myself. When I fell the third time, the hardest fall of the night, I decided enough was enough and my poor, tired, sick (almost better) body and tired, preoccupied mind had had enough.

I proceeded to run through my four basic forward 3-turns, a sort of "get-back-on-the-horse" thing, then packed up and left -- on the bus, because my car is in the shop, too :(

Friday, April 17, 2009

Pooch's Health and the other Old Ladies

I just realized it's been since Jan. 12, 2009 that I last posted on Pooch. Until just last week, I was still having to spoon-feed her, but I took her to the vet for follow-up bloodwork and he gave me a pill that stimulates her appetite so now she eats. Here's the latest:

Not only does Pooch have hyperthyroid, now nicely controlled with daily meds, but her kidney function is down, which goes hand-in-hand with hyperthyroid. I am to give her regular subcutaneous fluids and feed her special food (expensive, but I'm glad to still have my kitty). She really perked up on this regime, like her old self. Pretty darn good for a kitty closing in on turning 18 years old.

I also took my grand old lady, Meow (pronounced like a cat would say it), in for a check and she also has hyperthyroid and probable kidney issues so she's on the same regime as Pooch. Meow is over a year older than Pooch.

Sunshine, Meow's daughter, was checked at the vet, too, but only her teeth and gums, no blood taken since it's so expensive and I had to do the other two. However, I'll bet she's got the same things. She's next for bloodwork when I have the money.

I took Meow and Sunshine to a special lady who cleans the cats teeth without having to use anesthesia and she was very impressed at their muscle tone and good quality of their fur. She congratulated me on taking such excellent care of my cats, especially that I take the time to make their food (catnutrition.org). It was nice to hear because I don't have anything to compare them with, they are the oldest cats I've ever had.

Most of all, barring disaster, I'm super glad to have Meow to move with to our new home. She was one of two "original first kitties" and I feel I need her to initiate our new home properly. When I moved into the apartment I currently live in, she adapted right away, while my alphacat, White, who is no longer living, hid for three straight days under the covers of my bed. It was the opposite reaction I'd expected from both cats. So, I'm glad to have Meow with me for this move, to blaze the trail with me to our new life.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Two YEAR LID Anniversary Announcement...

This is the future house of Mother & Daughter if all goes well
the first week in May, when I should be closing escrow!

I've reached the end of my countdown graphics. When I began my journey my agency predicted a 24 month wait, but did say it was getting longer, so I made my calendars with only 24 months in them. I think I might begin something new since I'll have a new home, I'll have to give it some thought.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Happy Easter!

This basket of goodies is from one of the mom's of a child in my daycare. She's extrememly thoughtful and caring, the kind of friend who does the dirty jobs, like help you when you're sick, as well as celebrate the good things. Thanks, J.H.!

Thank you, Secret Pal!

I have a great Secret Pal. She sent me great things for this month's exchange - the theme is Meal Time. Have a look...

It's easy to get tired of ladybug stuff when it's not cute and easy to fall in love when it is so utterly darling. I LOVE the plate and the bowl and the cup!!! I love it all!

Fashion Friday #12 (late)

This silk Gymboree dress was from last year's neopolitan collection and I fell in love with it. I had to wait until I found it used, though, in order to afford it.

This red Hanna Andersson dress doesn't photograph very well, but, trust me, it's very cute. With bloomers or leggings, it's great for the ever-changing weather.

Sunday, April 5, 2009


I'm red with embarrassment. My Asian friend, the male, read my blog! I showed him a picture of something on it one night and he noted down the URL and started reading it. He read all about himself from my post a few days ago.

He's not embarrassed. He's even interested in fathering a child this way.

I need to pray and think VERY hard about this.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Current Referrals Coming in Today

I want to extend a HUGE congratulations to all the families receiving their referrals in this batch. Many of the single moms whose blogs I've been following for at least two years are now moms just returning from China while others are expecting their referrals in this batch. I'm VERY excited for all of you and wish you all the best in starting your new lives with your daughters.

Fashion Friday #11

Finally got Apple's Vulli giraffe!
Big hit with the babies who like to naw when they are teething.
Best of all, it was free because I had a store credit from a gift!

This sweater top by Paper Doll is a size 4 but can be used
as a dress by a much smaller child. Cost: $8.50 (used)

When this Gymboree outfit, size 12-18m, hit the stores
a couple months ago, it was all I could do to resist it.
Now I'm glad because this 2-piece set is in excellent
condition and the cost was only $8.50 (used).

This gorgeous dress by Hanna Andersson, size 100 (3-4yrs.), came
in with two others and the sweater. I snapped it up for only $15.50!

Add to the dress a size 5/6 crop sweater by Nordstrom Kids for $5.00.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

From My DTC Group...


...you know that I-600 & I-171 aren't highways.

...you've been expecting a baby for over 3 years.

...you understand that it's 2006 in some parts of the world.

...you've "paid for" 3 citizenships, but never brought anyone into the U.S.

...you know that waiting for China has nothing to do with Dillards or Macy's or dishes

...your homestudy is followed by a number (i.e. #3 or #4)

...you never know how many days next month will have

...you know that babies come in batches

...you've been fingerprinted four times, but never committed a crime

...you automatically assume everyone who is expecting is having a girl

...you own new clothing in 3 little sizes for all 4 seasons (because you don't know when or how big)

...you look twice when you see a lady bug

...you're more interested in what will happen in March 2006 than in March 2009

...you know people who understand when you talk about 2 day months & 5 day months

...your due date hasn't changed by days, but by years

...you know who the Rumor Queen is ... AND ... you don't know who she is

...you know that forecast doesn't have anything to do with the weather

...you've waited so long, they re-checked your fingerprints to see if they changed

...trying to understand why they're printing you again, you study your own fingerprints and wonder if fingerprints grow wrinkles

...when you speak of "that time of month" you're talking about CCAA updates & referrals

You might be adopting from China if you love someone you've never met with all your heart.