Monday, June 22, 2009

Meet The Pooch

I took some pics of Hunter a couple of weeks ago and finally loaded them onto the PC. I think he's really cute and looks a lot like Deanna's dog, Whiskey. Thank goodness he doesn't have the demon dog personality though. LOL

just hanging around

curled up in my favorite chair

looks like it's Hunter's favorite chair too

after a bath he looks like a drowned rat

trying to dry off

Hunter is a pretty good pooch. He's a Chihuahua, born on October 4th in 1999 so he will be 10 years old on his next birthday! He lost his eyesight for an unknown reason about 2 years ago and has adapted to his surroundings quite well. We just don't rearrange furniture around here very often.
He loves to got for walks and rides in the car and has fun hanging out on the back deck with us. And he would do just about anything for some raw, fresh green beans. LOL So that's my Huntababes. :-)

Friday, June 19, 2009

Rain Rain Go Away

It's an 'off' Friday here for me and it's raining out pretty steadily at the moment so I think it will be a good day to stay indoors watch some tv and post on blogger. The only good thing about the rain is everything is so darn green outside. We've certainly had a lot of rain the last couple of weeks and the grass and plants are growing like mad.

Earlier this morning a woman came over to do an appraisal of our house. We are hoping to refinance, the rates are really good right now, and we also want to get George's ex-wife's name off of the mortgage. I couldn't believe that they want to charge us $2000 to simply remove her name. George can obviously afford to pay the mortgage by himself since he was doing just that for 10 months before I moved in, but there is so much red tape involved, it is just ridiculous. So I figured, if we are going to have to pay to remove her name, then we may as well go ahead and get the most bang for our buck and do a re-fi. I know that my credit is excellent so that can only help in the mortgage department. Anyway, the woman arrived on time, was here for approximately 15 minutes, and she was gone. Hopefully we will know something by Tuesday.

I don't really have anything planned for today. I have completed the laundry and cleaned the bathroom, baked a cranberry nut bread and have little ambition to do much else. The pup is sound asleep on the sofa, wrapped up in an afghan, and I think it looks mighty inviting. I just might join him in a bit.

Father's Day is fast approaching and I would like to take my Dad (and Mom if she wants to come) for lunch on Sunday.
There is a seafood restaurant that he likes called Newicks in Dover Point, NH so I think that is a good choice. It's one of my favorite places to go too. My Dad can be very stubborn and onery but it's ok, he is 79 years old and is entitled. He is also the cutest old guy I know. LOL Here he is on the far right at my wedding, along with my Mom and my kids.

My dad is known around the neighborhood where he lives as the neighborhood gossip. If you need to know anything, just call my Dad. He has connections all over the West Side of Manchester. I always say there is telephone, telegraph ane teleLeo. (His name is Leo) LOL
He used to work construction for a very prominent construction company before he retired in 1989. He did everything from running a jack hammer to cleaning up the finished school/addition/building once the job was complete. He is a jack of all trades, from carpentry to masonary, sheetrocking to painting. He's always been a hardworking guy and still is. Since his retirement from the construction business, he has taken a job part time at a neighborhood law office doing security, maintainance and cleaning. He works about 15 hours a week after the office is closed. The office is within walking distance of my Dad's home so he got lucky there. I think my Mom wishes he worked a few more hours a week to keep him out of her hair but it is what it is.
He also is chief babysitter these days for my grandneice, Kendall. She adores him...and always wants her great grandpa before anyone else. He can pretty much match her as far as energy goes, he's a pretty hyper guy. He likes to keep active. He says the day he stops moving is the day he dies. I have to believe him there.
So here's to you Dad...keep on keeping on. He drives me crazy but I couldn't ask for a better father. I love him to pieces.

The rain has stopped temporarily, the sky is brightening some to the west but it still looks rather blah out there. I may get my shoes on and get the mail...but then again, I may not. Kind of a lazy day, looks like a good napping afternoon.

Til next time...hope you are all well and Happy Father's Day to all the Pop's out there.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

...just thinking

I know it has been awhile and some of you are probably just now picking yourselves up off the floor after seeing a new post listed. Sorry about that, just not a whole lot of anything interesting to blog about. There isn't a whole lot to talk about today either, but I have a couple of minutes while I sit here at my desk at work. There isn't much to do around here these days either. We completed an order yesterday this isn't due to ship until June 26th and we are about a week ahead of schedule on July's order, but that's ok because the company is contemplating shutting down for a week in July and if that happens we will still be on track for the month. Orders and work has been slow in most areas of the company and they have laid off about 150 people in the last month. I am thankful to have a job so I do very little complaining. I really don't want to be on the outside looking in right now. I think I would have to go in a completely different area if that happens because manufacturing these days is just not the place to hope to get hired. That had me thinking about what I would like to do given a chance to be retrained/educated in another field and I had a hard time coming up with something. I think I would probably like to get back into child care, but not run my own business like I did many years ago.. I would have to go back to school and get certified, which wouldn't be a bad idea. But then I got to thinking about how wiped out Callissa and Alex got me a few weekends ago and maybe that wouldn't be a good idea. I think I need something a little more quiet and sedate. I know, I could get a job proof reading manuscripts and other creative writings. Or being a movie critic...yeah I would like that. How about a taste tester for a chef writing cookbooks? LOL
OK so I guess I really have very little ambition and maybe I had better get off this computer and get busy doing something I actually get paid for doing.
Have a great day everyone. I hope the sun is shining where you are.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Sleepover At Grampy's

Last Saturday night we had two of the cutest guests sleep at our house. It was a long awaited visit, mainly because we just couldn't co-ordinate schedules with all the weddings, birthday parties and trips to Canada and Disney World that have taken place in recent months. But the day finally came to Callissa's (and my) delight.

We had ice cream sundaes, watched Ice Age, played dress up, legos and cars, took Hunter for a walk. It tired me out but those little rugrats have boundless energy. They finally did get to sleep around 9:30 but only after Alex wore himself out jumping on the mattresses that were laid out on the floor in the spare bedroom. He has proven himself to be quite the actor as well, flying back into bed when we snuck up on him and turned the light on, even rubbing his eyes like the light had just woken him up. You can't do anything but laugh, they were a real treat to have here and very entertaining.

Sunday morning at literally crack of dawn, I was awakened by the chatter of a 3 and 5 year old, wondering where Grampy and Elaine went. It was funny to hear them, like we had been taken away by aliens or something. All they had to do was walk another 5 feet to get to our bedroom.

I got up and made them pancakes and bacon for breakfast. I prettied up the pancakes by adding some colorful sprinkles or jimmies to the batter. Callissa thought that they were just the best thing she has ever tasted.

We made a fort out of blankets and chairs after breakfast then got the kids dressed and ready for the day. Matt and Nicole arrived around 10 to get them and they were a little reluctant to go home but I promised them they could come back anytime and sleep over. It was a lot of fun, but I certainly understand why we have our children when we are young. LOL I was ready for a nap by noon!

Caught by surprise

How high can you go?

I know I'm cute

Alex and his 'computer'

All ready for bed

Nighty Night