Monthly Archives: November 2007
I just realized that I haven’t given an update on the Thanksgiving doin’s here at the Big Dog House. Thanksgiving was spent at my MIL house. Just me, Hubby, and Sister In Law. No drama. No fighting. Just lots of eating. MIL insists on doing all the cooking herself – even though SIL and I both have asked several times if we can help. Especially since MIL has been telling us that she’s tired and that being on her feet for so long makes her legs and back ache. MIL did let Hubby make the gravy, but she was standing next to him the entire time telling him how to do it and what he as doing wrong. SIL and I just watched and laughed. I think MIL’s complaining is part of the fun for her. Of course MIL made way more food than the four of us could eat and we have more left overs than we know what to do with.
I didn’t get out to visit my Mom and Dad for Thanksgiving, but I did talk to Mom Thanksgiving night. My Oldest Nephew brought his new girlfriend to the family. New Girlfriend has a 14 month old daugher (not Oldest Nephew’s baby) and together New Girlfriend and Little Baby completely charmed the family. I will probably get to meet New Girlfriend and Little Baby at Christmas.
The real fun started on Friday. No, I didn’t go shopping. Hubby was sick. He had an Acid Reflux situation from something that he ate Thanksgiving Day. I think it was the baked beans. He felt "puny" on Friday and didn’t do much. Then it got really interesting when I came down with some kind of bug early Saturday morning. It might have been a 24 hour bug or a sinus drainage problem. Either way, it didn’t last long. Just enough for me to spend Saturday on the couch watching football with Hubby. It seemed like every game we watched has an impact of some sort on if Ohio State gets to a bowl game. Yes, Hubby explained it a zillion times but I don’t remember half of what he told me. I just know that I need to root for Oklahoma this weekend.
Sunday was more lounging time – oh and laundry, because there’s always laundry to do – and football watching. I just love Sunday football.
There was also lots of playing with Luci and Blacky and even a walk Sunday afternoon with Luci. Except for the sick spell a pretty relaxing weekend. I think that might be the last one for a while. Now it’s time to start the Christmas preparations. Shopping. Buying a tree and decorating the house. Oh, and my personal favorite . . . baking cookies.
Tonight is the first official showing of "A Christmas Story" my all time favorite Christmas movie. I have to watch it at least a dozen times each year.
Tuesday night is "A Charlie Brown Christmas" . . . another all time favorite. I’ve watched it at least once a year since it’s first airing in 1965 (I was two.)
Hubby is not happy that the goofy Christmas shows are starting already.
I told him now that Turkey Day is over, it’s fair game for Christmas.
A month from today it’ll all be over.
He’s not impressed.
I’ll be making popcorn for my movie tonight. Now I just need to wrestle the remote control from Hubby . . . .
I’ve been thinking about this past year and all the things I have to be thankful for . . .
1. My health – no complications after the hysterectomy. Except for the hot flashes, mood swings, and night sweats.
2. Hubby’s health - blood pressure is finally under control. Yippee!!
3. MIL’s health is fairly steady. No "Family Fall Health Crisis" this year.
4. Mom has had no other problems since the hip surgery.
5. I found a new job without even trying. Even though I’m still getting adjusted to the job, I think it was a good move for me.
6. Hubby’s fishing rod repair business. It’s just steady enough to keep him happy.
7. Jr. (my step-son) has a job and a girlfriend that’s good to him.
8. Princess (my step-daughter) is patching up her relationship with Hubby
9. Blacky and Luci. Maybe I should put them at the top of the list?
10. My blogging buddies. Catholic Mom, Nadine, Beth, Sherry. You always bring a smile to my face. =)
Ooohh, time for the parade!!
I’m up early – because the doggies needed their breakfast – and because I have to do a little cooking for dinner at MIL’s today. Very little cooking, because she is the queen of holiday cooking. But that’s another story for another day. I’m making my famous macaroni and cheese and deviled eggs. I get to make those because she doesn’t make either of those dishes. I’ve always found that very strange since they are staples at the family dinners with my side of the family.
The weather here is dreary. Cloudy, cold, chance of rain. Luci loves this kind of weather. Yes, the mud room and the kitchen floor is a mess.
I’m watching the parade and will be watching the dog show later . . . and football later this afternoon.
Dinner at MIL’s is at 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. – depends on when the SIL shows up. We don’t go to dinner with my folks . . . again a long story that we’ll discuss later. But I did get over to see them on Tuesday. And from what I hear, it should be big fun at Mom & Dad’s this year. My Oldest Nephew is bringing New Girlfriend to Thanksgiving dinner. I will have to call Little Sister later to get the scoop.
Hope everyone has a Wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving . . .
It’s almost my favorite time of the day. Bedtime. I love the end of the day. Everybody heads off to bed about the same time. Hubby makes sure the front door is locked and goes upstairs. I take Blacky and Luci outside to go potty one last time. They do their business and I turn off the back porch light. Tidy up the kitchen. The dogs come in. I lock up the back door and turn off the kitchen light.
Luci, Blacky, and I head up stairs. Hubby’s already in bed. I brush my teeth. Brush my hair. Put on my jammies. The doggies are already snuggled up on their doggie beds as I get into bed. We have a heated mattress pad so the bed is always cozy and warm. I snuggle under the blankets and enjoy the warmth. Before I drift off to sleep, I listen to Hubby as he starts to snore. I’ve always been comforted by Hubby’s snoring. I remember a time when he was an over-the-road truck driver and he was gone most of the time. I missed his snorning and I always said that if he came off the road, I’d never complain about his snoring ever again. And I don’t complain. Ever. But he always complains about my snoring. Yes, I snore. Very loudly, I’m told. But that’s a story for another day. Then the doggies start snoring . . . usually it’s Luci that snores . . . and it always amazes me how fast she goes to sleep and starts snorning.
Just when I start to think that this is a great way to end the day, I drift off to sleep . . . .
I got tagged by Catholic Mom. Here are the rules. (1) Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves. (2) People who are tagged need to write a post on their own blog (about their eight things) and post these rules. (3) At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names. (4) Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.
Took me a while, but here it is. Eight Totally Random Things About Me.
1. I’ve always wanted a large family. I’m one of 6 kids and had a wonderfully normal Midwestern childhood. I wanted my kids to have the same kind of childhood that I had. My mom has always said you better watch what you wish for, you might just get it. I got my wish for a large family . . . I never specified that they should be human kids. All my kids have four legs. Over the years, Hubby and I have raised 7 "kids".
2. I pre-arranged Goldie’s funeral. Yes, I thought it would be a little "odd" to so such a thing for a dog, but the staff that helped me with the arrangements told me it was actually a fairly common thing to do.
3. I once had to have a prescription for Blacky filled at Walgreen’s. The pharmacy tech looked at me a little funny when I gave her Blacky’s name as the patient. Then I explained that Blacky was a dog and she looked at me like I had two heads. She called the pharmacist over to tell him about the prescription and he confirmed that they do it all the time. That’s when the pharmacy tech at the pharmacist like he had two heads. I still laugh about that.
4. I only wear Levi’s jeans. Levi’s 550 relaxed fit boot leg jeans to be exact. I’ve been wearing them since high school. They are the only style of jeans that fit me.
5. The older I get, the more I look like my Dad.
6. I always play $5 on the lottery when the jackpot is over $100 million. I never win.
7. My favorite dessert is chocolate cake with peanut butter icing. Er, rather, my Mom’s chocolate cake with peanut butter icing.
8. At work, I have to have Outlook opened first in my task bar. If it’s not the first thing, I’ll close everything and start over to make sure Outlook is first.
Okay, I didn’t think I was that odd until I re-read this post. I’m supposed to tag 8 people, but all the people I would tag have already done this blog . . . so let me know if you’re interested in playing along . . .
I have no motivatation today. I’ve had no motivation all weekend. I’ve been a couch potato. It’s been wonderful. Okay, I’ve done the laundry, dishes, and made the bed. I went to Mass yesterday. Oh, and I’ve worked on my cross stitch. Yes, it’s very boring here at Dog Mobile Land. And I’m so happy I can hardly stand it. All spring and summer life had been so busy I couldn’t hardly catch my breath and I was dreaming of the day when boring would become normal again.
I can’t believe that it’s already November. Where did the year go? Perhaps the year zipped past me while I was dealing with my health issues, Hubby’s health issues, me changing jobs, Hubby’s semi-retirement. Yea, that’s probably what happened.
I realize, of course, that boringly normal makes for very uninteresting blog entries. Let’s see if we can change that. I’ve been tagged by Catholic Mom to list 8 random things. I’m working on that. I hope to have it done sometime this week. In the meantime, here’s some other things that are rattling around in my head.
Why in the world do people bring their cell phones with them to Mass? If you are sooooo very important that you must bring your cell phone with you at least turn the thing to vibrate. There’s nothing more annoying than to hear someone’s cell phone going off during Mass . . . particularly during the homily. It happened yesterday in the middle of Father’s homily . . . and the scathing look that Father gave in the general direction of the ringing phone was priceless.
I watched the Veteran’s Day events in Washington on CNN this morning. It was wonderful to watch the ceremony, listen to the band, listen to the speeches. What really touched me was the honor guard at Arlington Cemetary. They’re just amazing to watch. Almost as amazing as the Marine Corps Silent Drill Team.
There is one local High School football team still in the running for a state championship. It’s the local Catholic high school. The game was yesterday afternoon. That meant there weren’t a lot of people at Mass last night (which made the ringing phone all the more obvious). They just have to win two more games and they are state champs. Something that hasn’t happened in, oh, 44 years. Do you think that we might be a little excited about this? Just a little!! Go Irish!! (Yes, that’s the team name. Used to have the same logo as that big Catholic college in Indiana. That college thought our little school was infringing on their mascot and made us change it a few years ago.)
If you’ll excuse me, the couch is calling again!!
Here’s my plan for the day . . .
Hubby just left to go to the bowling alley.
Doggies are napping on the doggie beds.
I’m doing laundry and breakfast dishes. Because there always seems to be laundry and dishes to do.
Make sure all the clocks are turned back – including the clock in the Dog Mobile and Hubby’s truck.
Check batteries in smoke detectors.
Then it’s time for cross stitching and football watching.
A little later this afternoon, I’ll make a homemade pumpkin pie.
And a walk around the neighborhood with Luci.
How will I ever be able to thank Catholic Mom for the great "day of rest" idea?