Saturday, February 18, 2012


More wheezing, more coughing, more feeling like crap.  Doctor's visit, diagnosis of bronchiolitis.  More antibiotics, more steroids.  Beginning to wonder if this crud is ever going to end.  Seven weeks now.  Never heard of bronchiolitis, googled it.  Like bronchitis, but in the small tubes of the lungs, not just the big ones.  Something babies get.  Seriously?  (I had croup as a teenager too.)  My mother's comment when I said told her that, apparently I am a baby:  "Well, at least you get to whine a lot."  Oh, I got that down.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

My Wonderful Valentine's Day!

My washing machine went down for the count awhile back.  I have a warranty on it, so I called repair service.  They set up an appointment, but couldn't get to it for almost 3 weeks.  Today, finally, was the day!  Happiness! Hearts!  Flowers!  I have my washer back!!!  I am washing clothes - in my own house!  Thank you Washer Repair Guy, I loooooooove you.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Goodbye Sweet BJ Kitty

BJ in 2006.
Today we said goodbye to our beautiful BJ.  He would have turned 15 next month.

BJ's mother was my sister Whozat's cat.  He, his sister, and two brothers were born on March 28, 1997, on Good Friday.  His sister and one of his brothers stayed with Whozat and Mama Cat.  BJ and his other brother, Joey, became our kitties. 
BJ and his litter mates, with their mama, in 1997.
Lo these many years later, there were only two of the little family left, Whozat's Ringeaux and BJ.  Last month Whozat got the bad news that Ringeaux had kidney disease and was failing fast.  He died on January 23th.  Almost simultaneously, we discovered that BJ was also suffering from kidney disease.  His blood work showed him to be in the very early stages though, so our vet thought we might have a little while longer with him, maybe even another year.  Sadly, it was not to be so.  His health declined rapidly and we said our final goodbyes today.  

Goodbye BJ; you were a sweet, sweet kitty.  We will miss you.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Adventures in Organizing: Pantry Edition

After my daughter moved out and took everything that was hers from the panty, I was left with lots of glorious room in there, so I took the opportunity to reorganize it.  Part of that was going through the whole thing and trashing anything that had expired.  We really need to be a bit more vigilent about rotating items.  As often we use cream of mushroom soup, on the bottom of the stack of cans, I found one that expired in 2010.  Oops.

Here is what I started with:

Here is the new and improved version:

Me likey.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Any Way You Dice It

Google Related keeps popping up and offering me a tutorial on how to dice a carrot.  Apparently they do not approve of my pre-diced carrots.  :D 

FYI Google, I do know how to dice a carrot.  I just like my nifty little carrot cups.

{{{Carrot Cups}}}

P.S. Ha!  Now Google wants to teach me how to make homemade cream of mushroom soup.  Like that would happen!  :D

Big Day!

Today is a big day around our house.  My daughter will be moving out and into her first place.  She signed her lease a few days ago and today is moving day!

I'm excited for her; she has been wanting to get her own place for awhile.  I haven't seen it yet, but it sounds great.  She and a roommate will be sharing a 2 bedroom, 1-1/2 bath town home. This place is going to be much more convenient for her.  It's a lot closer to both her school and church  - and most of the other places she goes and things she does.

I'm also looking forward to a bit of reorganization around here, once she gets everything moved.  I have full plans to expand into the space she is vacating.  Her bedroom is going to become a den/office/craft room.  It's a small room, but one wall consists entirely of built-in shelves that I look forward to having at my disposal.  :)  And a whole extra closet...  ahhhhh...

I plan to take lots of pictures and keep you updated on the process, so stay tuned!