Monday, June 30, 2008
The first words that greeted me when I woke up this morning were, "Mom! Can you come here?" As I stumbled out of bed and across the hall to inspect my daughter's tummy for a rash (which was rather innocent looking, I think she had too much sun), I thought longingly of the past two mornings and my "Girls' Weekend". Why is it that the really fun things we do, pass too quickly like it was all a dream, and bad stuff seems to take forever to go away?
Our Girls' Weekend was wonderful to say the least. Forty-eight hours of being self-absorbed, lounging and shopping and being in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Five of us "girls", who have been together in a Bible Study group for over eight years, and known each other through the challenges of raising kids and raising husbands. We rented a condo in Breckinridge where the warm, sunny, 70 degrees of the village belied the freezing air and snow-capped mountains that hovered over us. It was a weekend of staying up too late, sipping wine, trading stories, pouring out hearts. Then waking up late and gathering around the table for breakfast, all bed-headed and in p.j.'s, until late in the morning and three pots of coffee later, we decide to get dressed and do some shopping.
Not having sisters to grow up with, it's experiences like this that give me a glimpse of what I missed. Five women sharing two bathrooms, make-up bags scattered all over, trying out someone else's colors, talking hairstyles, sharing blowdryers when one catches on fire (no, that wasn't good). Many hands make light work in the kitchen. We work together so easily and it's fun.
Saturday afternoon we walked the main street in Breckinridge. We went through all the shops, admired the gorgeous flowers growing in baskets and planters all over town. The pansies, daisies, labelia and columbine thrive in the mountain air. It was pure joy to stop at an art exhibit and listen to a street musician without kids tugging on my arm to "let's go, I'm bored." About mid-afternoon we found a cafe with a balcony that overlooked the town. We feasted on drinks and appetizers, then shopped a bit more before heading back to the condo. Supper was a smorgasbord of snacks that everyone chipped in. So simple, but better than a meal served at a five-star restaurant.
Ending the weekend was hard, but made easier knowing that we'll do it all again. And not a bit too soon:)
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
We calmly formulated a plan to scan the neighborhood, while I was scratching my head wondering how a 13-pound puppy could move 35 lbs of brick and rock.
Soon, Emily rounded up some neighbor kids to help with the search and had started the requisite sobbing, certain that her dog was gone forever. I called The Dog Catcher aka Animal Control and, as an aside, was surprised that the officer on duty works until 8 p.m. on weekdays? I left her a message and soon after, Luke spotted her truck on our street. We all headed down the street to talk to her, scanning the back of her truck as we approached, only to see empty cages. BUT. . .she had the news that she had picked up our Pesky Puppy only an hour before and taken him to the pound. Which is only a quarter mile from our house. And she would meet us there in 15 minutes to release him. After she went back to her office to get her Recipt Book. For the fine.
I was expecting the fine to be $80, since that's what I paid the last time Abby got out. That is a story in itself. She often escaped our yard when, Lacey, our back-door-neighbor-dog, would break through our fence to our yard, then dig them both out of our side yard. They would run through the neighborhood, free at last. Dan dubbed them Thelma and Louise. But I digress. The Dog Catcher must charge by the pound, because Pesky Puppy's fee was only $35! Oddly, I felt the thrill of having bought something on sale.
Soon, Em and I were on our way to rescue P.P. while Luke was settled in front of the T.V. watching ESPN. I have to admit, the puppy looked a bit bedraggled and happy to see us. I filled out the required paperwork and couldn't help but notice the name and number of the woman who called to report the dog at large. There was also a notation next to her name: "Would be interested in adopting the animal." Nonchalantly, I copied down her name and number.
Today, we'll go to Petco to get a collar that can be worn with the "bark collar" and hold Pesky Puppy's tags. Our dilemma has been that the i.d. tag won't fasten on to his bark collar, which is what he wears when he's outside for long periods of time. Bark collar: $67 on e-bay. New collar: $5.97 at Petco. Fine for animal at large: $35. Look on little girl's face when her puppy is found: Priceless. But I think she would have been just as happy had she found a pet hamster. My family is right. I should have my head examined.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Outside my Window... It is slightly overcast and the higher moutain peaks still have snow on them.
I am thinking...that I need to get outside and weed the rose garden while it's still cool.
I am thankful for... being able to stay home with my kids, especially in the summer months.
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Friday, June 20, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Emily is playing softball again this year and is a catcher. Luke is a pitcher and I enjoy watching both of them play. But, I do have a house to get ready to sell (yeah, we're still at it), so there's much to do around here. Our goal is to have it ready next week (didn't I say that last week?)
Whatever your plans are, have a good weekend, everyone!
Emily behind home plate
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
I am thinking...about what Emily and I will have for supper.
I am thankful for...being married (for 24 years as of yesterday) to the best guy ever.
From the kitchen... not a lot going on in there tonight or tomorrow night:) It seems we are on the run this week.
I am wearing...denim capris, a white v-neck tee, and Land's End sandals that are soooo comfy.
I am creating...
I am going... to Target this evening to buy dog food, a lamp, Raisin Bran and ziploc bags.
I am reading... Our Lady of the Lost and Found
I am hoping...to sell our house and be settled in an new home by the end of the summer.
I am hearing... Jimmy Buffet on the radio
Around the house...things are in disarray as we are still getting our act together to list the house next week.
One of my favorite things... summer mornings on the back porch, drinking coffee, reading a book or doing the crossword puzzle. When is this going to happen???
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: softball tonight, baseball tomorrow, lunch with my friend Renee on Thursday, baseball tournament this weekend and a Sayanara Party for our Japanese exchange student.
Here is a picture I am sharing. . .we've had some incredible thunderstorms the past couple days. And some awesome looking clouds leading up to them. Here's one. . .