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Monday, December 29, 2008

Lovin' On Safeway

Do you use your Safeway club card? I do and yesterday we got to reap the benifits. Safeway had a special promotion for your gas reward points if used your club card when you bought gift cards from them. We bought several gift cards for our adult children for Christmas gifts.
Yesterday while on our way to buy a new computer, I reminded Hubby to stop at the Safeway gas station and fill up the Bronco because we had to use our reward points by the end of the year. We have offered these to our kids that live in town but no one had used them. Silly kids, when your mom tells you to use the Safeway gas station, you might want to listen to her! Now I will be saying "I told you so!!!" and laughing like a mad woman.
We filled up the Bronco with 12 gallons of premium gas for the cost of 12 cents! That's right, 12 cents. HAHAHAHAHA! I told you so. We saved $2.04 a gallon. Can you believe it. I don't know if there is any more savings left there but if you need a fill up and you are near a Safeway station and have a club card, you might want to fill up.
Lovin' on you Safeway and your Club Card. Track my spending. I don't care.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Romping In A Winter Wonderland

Notice the little sunshine flag on the left??? I want to see a big ole happy sun shining from the sky. It doesn't even need to have cool sunglasses to make me happy. Even just a minute of sunshine. I love the snow, but enough already. I have never dreamed of a white Christmas but I am getting one. Really, I am not complaining No, I'm not. I'm warm and dry, except for an occasional potty trip outside! 6 more inches on the ground this morning and snowing again. I love the snow, I love the snow.

We made it through the night with no puddles. Tony is appearing to be a very smart little boy. He is training us quite well. He's already figured out when you go outside, come in and sit by the sink and you get a treat. He hasn't figured out his treat is a peice of his dog food.

Oh yeah, he is half Black Lab and half German Shorthair.

Have a great Christmas Eve.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Meet Tony

This is Tony. Born November 4, 2008. Adopted by us December 23, 2008. He is going to be one spoiled rotten dog. He has a big dark chocolate, jealous lab brother DJ, who at the moment, doesn't want anything to do with the little pest.

Tony is named after one of our favorite Nascar drivers, Tony Stewart, 2 time Sprint Cup Series Champion. He has a little bit of an attitude and likes to play and have fun. He really likes tormenting DJ, named after another Nascar champ, Dale Jarrett. Can you tell we like our Nascar???
Hubby was reading the ads in the newpaper, saw this ad with a local phone number. I did a reverse search and realized the people are practically neighbors and that we know each other casually. It really is a small world. They had 5 puppies to choose from and Tony chose me first, how could I not adopt him. But I could have brought all of them home with me. They are just so darn cute.
I can't wait to introduce him to the rest of our family. I think they are going to like him. Our hearts are still broken over the loss of Uggie and Tony will not take his place. His is a new addition to our family.
Let the potty training begin!!!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Fancy Socks

I finally finished my pink socks tonight. I have spent alot of time not working on these. I don't know why, I just haven't picked them up for a while. I got the first one done about 3 weeks ago and just didn't pick up the second one. It only needed the toe to be finished. So tonight I did just that.

These are made with yarn from Knit Picks called Felici Self Striping Sock Yarn. It is now on clearance so I'm hoping there will be new colors soon. Not like I need any right now, I have 5 more colors to knit up. I can't wait to wear them.

It feels good to finish up another project. The next pair will be made with the same kind of yarn. I can't wait to start them. Maybe I'll try the 2 circular needles again but I don't know, I am so comfortable with the double pointed needles.

I think first I will finish up the shawl I started not long ago. Maybe I can start 2009 with one less UFO. How strange would that be.........

Play Day

Holy Cow, I think I may have figured out how to change the size of my photos so I can upload them. Of course I have yet to publish this post so I better not get too excited.
Hubby is outside on the tractor. He is having fun, I think, keeping the snow plowed out of our driveway and the path to the woodshed. My job for the day is to shovel off as much snow off the deck as I can. Problem is this ole chucky broad is waaaay out of shape. So I've spent half an hour out there and right after I came in the house another huge pile fell off the roof. So next I will get my outdoor gear on and get to shoveling again.
We are doing fine in this storm. We have a well stocked pantry, a woodshed full of firewood, a generator if we lose power--gotta have tv! and no need to go anywhere. Although if we do need to go, the bronco is chained up and our driveway is clear. The country boys continue to keep our road clear but I just don't see me leaving the property any time soon. I know, I am a whimp!
I'll report again later,
Stay warm, stay safe.

Friday, December 19, 2008

37 Things About Me

I've seen this on several blogs and thought it was fun.

1. Do you like blue cheese? Yum! Blue Cheese Dressing to dip hot wings in is my favorite.

2. Have you ever smoked cigarettes? Yes, 2 years smoke free.

3. Do you own a gun? Yes.

4. What Kool Aid flavor was your favorite? Root Beer but they don't make that flavor anymore.

5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? Horribly.

6. What do you think of hot dogs? Don't tell me what's in them, I know! Ketchup and mustard please. Or maybe some chilli and cheese on top!!!

7. Favorite Christmas movie? It's a Wonderful Life.

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? green tea.

9. Can you do push ups? Are you kidding!!!

10. What's your favorite piece of jewelry? my wedding rings.

11. Favorite hobby? Hobbies--sewing, quilting, knitting, reading

12. Do you have A.D.D.? Possibly.

13. Do you wear glasses/contacts? Readers--don't leave home without them.

14. Middle name? Ann

15. Name three thoughts at this exact moment? 1. Get me out of this house for a while. 2. Crap! It's snowing again. 3. Let me make it to town and back without having a nervous breakdown!

16. Name three drinks you drink regularly. Water, tea, coffee

17. Current worry? Will it ever stop snowing

18. Current hate right now? I try not to be a hater.

19. Favorite place to be? Home

20. How will you bring in the New Year? At home with hubby.

21. Where would you like to go? Back to Hawaii!

22. Name three people who will complete this? Jen, Crys, Sue.

23. Do you own slippers? Yes

24. What shirt are you wearing? teal t-shirt

25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? I don't think I ever have.

26. Can you whistle? I try.

27. Favorite color? Green (subject to change without notice)

28. Would you be a pirate? I don't think I'd be very good--I'm too scared to be on the ocean.

29. What songs do you sing in the shower? I don't sing there.

30. Favorite girls name?

31. Favorite boys name?

32. What's in your pocket right now? Burt's Bees Lip Balm

33. Last thing that made you laugh? Listening to Mae Mae over the phone.

34. What vehicle do you drive? Honda Accord

35. Worst injury you ever had? Carpal tunnel surgery.

36. Do you love where you live? Yes, my roots are very deep here.

37. How many TVs do you have in your house? 4

Your next!!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Got Snow???

Dear Mike, I tried to post a picture of the snow but since my pc crashed, and I am using my laptop, I am unable to resize my picture and it is taking waaaay to long to load. Believe me, we have snow--the whole place is white. Sorry, I tried. I'll work on it and see if I can get you a picture.

Want some? I've been trying to give away (really I'm trying to sell) snow since Saturday. So far I have no takers. Even when I tell them they have won a bucket full of snow!

I am so happy hunkered down inside my house. I ventured out yesterday for a short walk about. A trip to the mail box and back to the house was enough. I don't do well in the cold. I am a wimp. I like being warm and toasty. When the temperature gets below freezing, I want to be inside. I have lots of things to keep me busy. Today I have been making a few extras for Christmas gifts. I have my gifts finished and now I can have fun.

The country has a road maintance shop up the hill from my house. The county boys are working away at keeping the roads plowed and sanded. They keep our road plowed off pretty good but I am still a whimp and will not go anywhere. There is nothing out there that I need right now so I stay home and stay out of their way!!! I am so nice. :-)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Goodbye Uggie, I Love You

This week we had to say goodbye to our beloved Uggie dog. I will miss you, you silly thing. I will miss your Elivis smile, your constant, irritating licking, your wiggles and the way you peeked out the bedroom window when we drove in the driveway and then met us at the door so we wouldn't know you were up on the bed. I will miss our cuddles on the couch. You know the kiddos will miss you, especially Elliot. Who will he take on walks now?

Uggie loved to go over to the neighbors and play with their dogs. Silly boy didn't know that he couldn't run in front of the car and be ok. The oldest of the neighbor boys (young adults) had moved back home just this past weekend and had not yet met Uggie. He saw that a dog had been hit by a car (and no the a**hole did not stop) so he did what was right and he buried him in their pet cemetery. That is a great place for my Uggie, he loved to play with the nieghbor dogs.

I miss you little dog. You will always make me smile.

My 100 Things

Over at daughter Jenny's blog, is her list of 100 Things. I love reading everyone's list and was quite surprised to see this on her blog. So I decided to copy and highlight my own 100 Things. Like Jen, there are several I have done, several I will never, ever in a kabillion years do.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars (kind of, in a tent...)
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 Disneyland
8. Held a praying mantis
9. Climbed a mountain
10. Sang a solo (NEVER going to happen!)
11. Bungee jumped. (would only happen after I sang a solo!)
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
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 (attempted to ... don't think we ever actually achieved an actual fort!)
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a marathon (isn't life a marathon?)
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
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 Michelangelos 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 (attempted to snorkel.... can't do it!)
52. Walked 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 (NEVER going to happen!)
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check (opps!)
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar (bleck!)
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 in a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (oh the joys of growing up in the country!)
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
100. Read an entire book in one day

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

What's Happening in My World

Let me think--Yesterday my baby boy turned 34. I feel funny saying that makes me feel old when I think about my dad. He put that bug in my head once and now when I say something makes me feel old, I hear him say "How do you think I feel?". Darn him! Anyhow, we went to Doug and Lacey's for dinner. Lacey and her sister, Allie, made the absolute best marana sauce and meatballs I have ever tasted. They say it is a secret family recipe from Sicily and each of them has their part down to a science. Oh my goodness, it was so good. I've got leftovers in the fridge but I think I'll put them in the freezer for another time.

Tomorrow is Miss Taylor's 9th birthday and in a couple weeks, Miss Clella turns 1. That takes care of the birthdays for the year unless I have forgotten someone.

Our dinner on Sunday was good. The kids had fun and it makes me wish we could have more family days. Christmas dinner will be at Jen's house and then we probably won't all be together again until Easter. BooHoo!

My Christmas gifts are almost all finished. I joined an online group last January and we work on Christmas all year. I am feeling no pressure at all and that is a first! Of course we have all decided to cut back dramatically--only gifts for the kids. But I have to have at least a small gift for my kids. I just have to!

Today is sewing day. I have missed my friend time and really need to go. I'm looking forward to a great day.