Wednesday, June 17, 2009

26 Months Down


Once again, I'm hitting this post a day late just because I stay up so late getting stuff done. I actually went to bed for the night of the 15th at 5am in the morning of today, the 16th.

Friday, June 12, 2009

99 Things...

I saw this at Gioria Danette and thought I'd try it! Here are the rules: Bold the things you’ve done and post on your blog!

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyworld
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child - Pending
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run-hmm
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied.
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke!
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant.
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason =)
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check (total accident)
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy.
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating - Yes, a fish.
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life.
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Introducing Poppy, my New Little White



This is Poppy. I received her on June 8. Her ferral mom with three kittens were rescued and after three weeks it was noticed that Poppy was half the size of her siblings. She was given to a friend of mine to hand-raise, but was doing poorly. My friend called me up to give me the scoop and see if I could help since I have more available resources. The minute I found out Poppy was a white kitten with a black smudge on her head, I new my new white cat had come to me. I lost my White (yes, that's her name, she insisted on it herself) a few years ago to cancer and my home hasn't been the same. It was particularly hard leaving my apartment, knowing she wasn't coming to the new house. It turns out that Poppy was rescued from the same area my White originally came from. The chance that she is a decendant of the same genetic line is very high! I have a strong feeling that Poppy will look a lot like Max, White's son, because she's very fluffy.


In this video I was surprised to see how rough my hands look when I touch Poppy, but I truly was extremely gentle. She only weighs 4.2 ounces.





Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Moving the Cats


Like Sammy, Pooch packed herself, at least she thought so. With the help of my friend Jackie, whose Volvo station wagon had a larger opening than my Ford Taurus wagon, we got the cats and kennels loaded and moved to the new house. I carried each cat into the house in the order in which I acquired them.








Here are two videos, one of their first night and the other after a few days when I let them out of their little room to begin exploring the new house. I used my Kodak Zi6. Obviously, I need a lot of practice before I get Apple. I'm not good at taking video at all! Oh, I call Rose "Beebs." It evolved when she was tiny and I called her "The Baby" then "Baby" then "B" and, finally, "Beebs." Rose has an interesting reaction when I ask her how she likes the new house.





Yikes!


This is what the playroom, sewingroom and garage looked like after my main moving day. I thought I'd die! This was Saturday and I needed to have my daycare up and running by Wednesday. Luckily, my friend Jackie came to my rescue and over three days we got things organized in the playroom.





Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Finally, the Pictures!








Entering the livingroom

View of livingroom from dining room

Dining room

Apple's room

Upstairs kitchen

Eat-in area of upstairs kitchen

Office/Bonus room



View of family room from the stairs

View of family room from the porch

Downstairs kitchen

Play room (11' x 20')

Laundry room

Sewing room

Back yard





My cherry tree

Packing day 3, Sam packed himself!