Sunday, March 23, 2014


The calendar says spring, the weather- not so much. Chilly today, with snow- again!- forecasted for Tuesday into Wednesday.

Bob the Cat turned out to be Roberta the Cat- and she was in heat! She's now spayed, had her shots, and is chipped. She wants to be friends, but is too afraid to let us pet her. She's getting closer and closer, tho. She and Sly play with the sliding door between them. 

We had a nice, tho short, visit with Steph last weekend. She was in for business meetings, and extended her trip to spend a few days here. Since my Easter break was cut to make up snow days, I can't go to Portland to help her pick a wedding dress, so we went shopping here. It worked out well- Heather and Julianna went with us. Steph had a good idea of what she wanted, and she picked a beautiful dress. And Julianna got a flower girl dress and headpiece. It was a nice day.

Heather, Ed, Eddie and Julianna, along with Honey Rose the dog, the duck and the chicken, moved into their new house yesterday. They've been moving things all week, but the furniture went yesterday. Luckily it's only a mile from the house they were renting, so they could take their time. Steph and I got to tour the new house last week, and it's super nice. The kids will ride different busses, but they'll be in the same schools. 

Last Monday Ralph was helping shovel out the recycle truck, which was stuck on our hill- yes, it snowed again. He slipped and fell flat on his back. That evening he felt funny, and we went off to Camp Cooper to get him checked. They collared him, and did and MRI which thank goodness was negative, so they discharged him on meds. We got home at 4 a.m. Luckily I was signed up for an inservice, so I didn't have to go into work. I went to the inservice, and just kept getting up and walking around. It ended at 1.30, and I was home and in bed by 2.30! 

I finished the star shaped afghan that I made for Julianna for her birthday. It was interesting to do. I have to decide what my next project is. 

And so it goes!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Daylight Savings Time

So it'll be dark in the mornings again when I get up. But we'll have light in the evenings!

Ralph is delivering Bob to be spayed. He couldn't get him in the carrier last time and had to let him go. He caught him yesterday in the have a heart trap, and kept him on the porch with an electric blanket wrapped around the trap for warmth. 

It's been a busy month! Two more snow days, and we lost spring break to make up days. We still get out June 26. 

Amary came for a visit, and brought her parents. We had a wonderful long weekend together- she's such a smiley baby! 

Steph and Dan's poor Whiskey passed. The vet thinks there was neuro damage from the many infections he had, and also thinks he was a few years older than Steph was originally told. Whiskey was a rescue, and Steph had him for almost 5 years. He had the sweetest personality, and we all mourn with Steph and Dan at his loss. 

Steph has a business trip this week, to here! She'll be in meetings at her main office, but she'll come here from Thursday til Sunday. We haven't seen her since December 27, the longest we've gone without seeing her since the day she was born! 

Julianna and Mom got a snowstorm for their birthday! Julianna wants their party next month, after the big move. 

I'm crocheting a star shaped afghan, and I had to correct the pattern in the first couple of rounds. And there is not enough of one color yarn, so I had to alter the way the colors go. I have to email Herschnerrs, where I got the kit. 

It looks like it's shaping up to be  a nice day!

Monday, February 3, 2014

And yet another snow day!

This makes 4 so far this school year! We haven't had 4 snow days in years- some days we haven't had a single one. It's going to be a problem- I think this puts us up til June 30, and by state law we can't get out past then. And going to school til the end of June is miserable. The kids are done learning after Memorial Day. The teachers can keep teaching, but the kids are done, and everyone is miserable. 

We got the call early, before 6 a.m. It was raining at that point. It rained, then it sleeted, then it snowed heavily, and now it's a fine snow or sleet. 

Bob the outdoor cat is getting spayed this weekend. Ralph is partitioning off a section of the porch so that we can trap Bob in there, and then he/she can recuperate in there. Bob has to be kept quiet for a few days after surgery. 

Amary comes to our house this weekend! And she's bringing her parents with her! So of course we're having a "Come meet Amary" party for friends and family. 

Since I'm off today, I made breakfast. Leftover hashed browns, and pork roll, with beaten eggs poured over them and fried up like an omelet. It's one of our favorite breakfasts, and I also make it for dinner sometimes. 

Yesterday I took Mom some of the leftover tortellini to see if she likes it. 

I've already crocheted two snowflakes this week! Ralph watched the big sport-ball (Dan's new term, I love it!) game, the only game he's watched this year. 

For my license renewal this year, I had to have CEU's on organ transplant and donation. My supervisor found us one online, that was good for 3.4 CEU's, so I finally got around to doing that on Saturday. It took less than an hour, which was great. And it was actually pretty interesting, which was a bonus. 

The only fabric I've bought recently was when I was in WA. I bought zombie fabric to make pillowcases for Steph and Dan. I made them and Ralph mailed them out. I also made them new coasters, so the Christmas coasters could be put away. I made some citrus-y, and some beachy. 

And time to change the washer load!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

A heat wave!

It went up into the 40's today! It was great- melt more of this snow. We got another four inches or so during the week, but the closer I got to work, the less snow there was. The shore areas got more- the kids got a snow day. 

We did our usual Saturday routine- to the diner for breakfast, to Perks, and made a liquor store run. Manda, Ben and Amary are coming home for a long weekend, so of course we're having people over.

I used the crockpot again, made a tortellini dish which was really good. Tortellini, fresh spinach, veggie broth, diced italian tomatoes, and cream cheese put in at the end. It was another facebook recipe, and Ralph said to keep this one! He had two helpings. 

I crocheted 3 more snowflakes this week! 

Whiskey is on another antibiotic, and seems to be doing well, poor little guy. And our outdoor cat, Bob, has a date with the vet to get shots and get fixed- we'll find out if Bob is a he or a she. 

I took a nap this afternoon, a wonderful thing about Saturdays. I don't nap on Sundays, because I have to get to bed at a decent hour. 

And so it goes!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

And more snow!

We ran around and did errand yesterday morning because more snow was predicted. We went to Perks, stopped at Mom's to drop things off to her, to the library, and to the diner for breakfast. Since it was 23 out, we didn't worry about our groceries thawing, so we brought them in when we got home. 

The snow started at noon, and it snowed til 5. The prediction was an inch or so, Ralph said it's at least 3 inches. Today the sky is blue, and a 30% chance of more snow tomorrow. We've had more snow this year than for several years combined! 

While it snowed, I finished Steph and Dan's zombie pillowcases. Ralph will mail the pillowcases and coasters this week. This was one of the few weeks that I both sewed and crocheted!

Last night I wrapped up in an afghan and watched this week's Grimm, one of my favorite shows. I still have 4 Sleep Hollow's to watch. I love the DVR! 

Two weeks til Ben, Manda and Amary come home for a long weekend! My friend Barbara recently pointed out that Holly and Amaryllis are both winter plants- something I'd never thought of. 

Today we're meeting Frank, Charlotte and Doris for lunch at Olive Garden. When Charlotte said where they were going, my first impulse was to call Steph to see if she and Dan wanted to meet us. I was so sad when I remembered they are 3000 miles away. 

And the beat goes on!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Snow Day!

It started to snow yesterday morning. It snowed, and it snowed, and it snowed some! My district, like most, had already planned to have a half day. My 40 minute commute took just under two hours! The roads weren't plowed, and apparently every terrified driver in south jersey was on the Pike, going 5 MPH. Finally when the road widened, those of us who were comfortable driving 15MPH passed them. The Hill was actually pretty clear! 

I don't know the official numbers, but we got at least a foot. The family room is dark because the skylight is snow covered. Ralph used the snowblower for us, our neighbor, then went up and did Mom's driveway. 

When Ralph got home from Mom's, I made us a hash brown and pork roll omelet. I also have sauerkraut cooking in the crockpot, for hot dogs and sauerkraut for dinner. The dishwasher and washer are doing their thing. And I finally finished reading the stack of newspapers and mail from when I was in Mill Creek! I've had 3 cups of raspberry zinger tea already today. 

Poor Whiskey is being worked up by the vet. He's having trouble pee-ing, even after a course of antibiotics. He's had an xray, and they're trying to get a good ultrasound. He's the sweetest, most loving dog ever, and Steph hates to see him in pain. He goes back to the vet tomorrow for another try at the ultrasound. Poor little guy is almost 13. 

I started watching all the Sleepy Hollow's that I have DVR'd, and I'm hooked! 

And the beat goes on!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Three Day Weekend!

Love the three day weekends! Yesterday we went to lunch with Frank, Charlotte and Doris to Texas Roadhouse, and had leftovers for dinner. Today Heather and the kids are coming up so we can buy girl scout cookies from Julianna, then we're picking up Mom and going to lunch at Friendly's. 

Just the part about an extra day of sleeping past 6.30 AM makes it a wonderful day! 

Later this afternoon I have a routine cardiology appt. Friday I see ortho after work. 

We Face-Timed with Amary and her parents last night, which was wonderful. Amary is moving all around and making noises. She started eating mashed banana yesterday, her first food! I can't believe she's six months old!

I made snowflake #4 yesterday, this one from crochet thread. Using that teeny hook and the thin thread is really going to take some getting used to! On the way home from lunch yesterday I went in Michael's crafts to check out the yarn that was on sale. They had a rack of Christmas things 90% off, and I got containers of bells for 59 cents! I'll need them for a different ornament that I want to make, so I got one of brass, one of silver, and two multicolored! 

And the beat goes on!