Sunday, December 16, 2012

Saturday, December 15, 2012


Like so many others, I couldn't turn the news off last night after coming home from work.  I don't understand how people snap and go on killing rampages.  What is even harder to try to understand is how little, innocent children can be some sick person's target.  What absolute cowardice.

I've said it so many times to people I care about since 911 - take care of the relationships that are important to you.  Tell the people you care about, whether friends or family, that you  love them.  You don't know what the next moment in time holds.

I hurt for all the people in Newtown, Connecticut and most especially for the people that lost a child or loved one.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Meet Blossom!

Alissa's birthday was in September.  She has had her present picked out for several weeks and finally got to pick it up today.  Meet Blossom...a lion head bunny.  Blossom is eight weeks old today.

There is a man that lives in the next town who raises these bunnies.  He handles them all and they are so calm and trusting.  He gave them a starter kit and told them how to litter train her.  She will be living in Alissa's bedroom and will be a house rabbit with excursions in the fenced in back yard.

If I didn't have so many cats, I'd just have to add one or two of these to my menagerie!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Critters, Curtains and Creating

Happy Monday!  What a beautiful weekend we had here with temps in the upper 60's and mild nights...perfect weather!  I could have spent all weekend outside but I didn't.  I finally tackled some sewing projects and got one Christmas gift completed.

I stopped by my new little quilt shop in town to get some backing fabric and Suzanne, the owner, asked me if I would sew a stocking to donate to a local nursing home, where there are so many people sitting alone with no family visitors.  This is the time of year we should all be giving back in some way - whether to humans or animals - and I told her I'd be happy to.  So along with completing a gift to give a family member, I also sewed together a stocking that was pre printed.  All I had to do was cut, sew and quilt.  I'll post pictures of it later as I still need to add a few things to it.  I'll take it back to Suzanne this Saturday and she will deliver all the stockings.

While I was at my sewing machine, I had a little visitor trying to climb into my lap....Miss Pumpkin.

Princess was on her bed, which is near my sewing machine.  I put a little night light in the socket above her bed to help minimize her confusion when she wakes up during the night.  She's doing so much better this week and only has a slight head tilt now.  This morning she was in the back yard playing with Zoe!  I was so happy to see that.  She still isn't eating great but will take several small meals, so that's still ok.

Smudge was on my bed.  I don't like that but oh well...
I had to go into the laundry room to put some clothes in the dryer and there were the two black panthers - JoJo and Topaz.  JoJo is on the left - he has the most pointed face of any cat I've ever had!

Now to jump subjects.  I've been using hand-me-down burgundy drapes in my kitchen since I moved here 12 years ago.  They were faded and somebody told me that I would pay extra to get that look from the Pottery Barn, so it never really bothered me.  And they looked really good in the kitchen when it was yellow.  But last year I painted my walls a nice beige and changed the color scheme in that room completely.  My granddaughter, Alissa, asked me last winter if I was going to get new curtains.  It just hadn't occurred to me that the burgundy drapes really looked odd there now so this year I started looking around.  To make a long story short, I hit the jackpot at JC Penney's.  These were $40 per panel and I got them both for a total of $36.  They are lined and will help block some of the cold from the sliding glass doors.  And you know I love leaves, so these are perfect.
While I'm on the decorating topic, I wanted to show you the little lantern makeover I mentioned a while back.  I've had this brass lantern for a gazillion years - maybe pre-divorce, I really can't remember.  Anyway, it was looking really rough so I decided to take the little oil well out of it and paint it black and start using it again.  Here it is before - so tarnished and rusty that it almost looks black.

Here it is after some black spray paint.  I stuck a couple of pinecones in it but will make it prettier by adding some pine in it soon.
I managed to crochet another jacket for a rock, which I gave to somebody.  She actually liked it.

Well I have more work to do on Christmas gifts and this stupid computer takes forever to upload pictures, so that's it for tonight.  I hope you have a great week.  I still have to get my little Christmas tree and finish putting out a few decorations.  I seem to do less and less every year.  It's so much work to clean up the mess afterwards!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

More Than $200 Worth Free!

I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving.  I spent mine with a friend and her big family - lots of food, people, kids and confusion - just the way Thanksgiving is supposed to be.

Rockie lives in a nice neighborhood in town with big oak trees, pine trees and well manicured lawns - just the opposite of where I live.  When I left her house, I passed a couple of houses where the owners had raked tons and tons of leaves and pine needles (referred to as pine straw in the south) to the curb for the city to suck up in their ginormous vacuum cleaners.  Well, always keeping an eye out for something that I can use I drove back the next day and knocked on the stranger's door and asked permission to haul his pine straw away.  He looked at me like I was nuts but said "sure".  His little girls asked me if I was from the city and I told them no.  Then they asked me what I was going to do with all the pine straw and I told them I was going to put it in my yard.  Now don't you know they thought I was crazy too?  After all, I'm betting they had to help their daddy rake all that stuff to the street and why in the world would somebody want to put it in their yard?!?

It took me multiple trips Friday to stuff as much of the pine straw into my car and handy, dandy utility trailer as I could each trip. Because the trailer doesn't have a cover, I had to weave rope all across the top to keep the stuff from blowing away while driving back up the highway about 15 miles where I then had to unweave the rope, unload the pinestraw from both  things, and head back down to get more.

It took me most of the day Saturday to spread it all around this very large area I have in my front yard.  I've used old carpeting as landscape cloth (to spare the landfill) and allowed leaves to cover it, but it's never been properly mulched with anything because, frankly, I don't have enough money to buy as much as I need at one time.  Well, I am so happy to now have a properly mulched natural area.  Granted the pinestraw isn't "clean", meaning there are a lot of oak leaves mixed in with it, but for the $200+ I saved, I don't even care about that.

I could easily use twice this much but I was so tired after hauling and spreading this, that I left the rest.  If there is any left this weekend, I'll get some more.  I had a big mess in my car to clean up but took care of that Sunday.  It won't look impressive to you because you don't know what it looked like before, but here are a few pictures of just part of the area.

My poor "new" car...
It was really cold Saturday night and the fountains and waterers were icy Sunday morning.

For those of you who commented about my Princess, I want to let you know she is on the mend.  I think her head tilt is permanent and she's still a little off balance, but she is feeling much better.   She is flirting and trying to get Pete to play with her, and she's excited when I come home from work again.  I have to walk beside her going down the stairs so she can lean on me to keep her balance - thank goodness there are only five steps.  Yesterday I got an appetite stimulant from the vet to try to get her to eat more food.  I was cooking chicken for her every day and have already spent what I usually spend in a month for her on food.  Sunday it occurred to me that she might be milking the situation and I had a little chat with her.  I'm slowly weaning her off chicken and onto canned cat food (vet approved).  She's never been a good eater and is on the thin side since her thyroid surgery, so I can't let her lose any more weight or we might get into serious trouble that can't be reversed.

So my little Princess appears to be pulling through yet another malady, and we are both very happy about that.  That's just one more thing that I am so thankful for this week!  I hope you counted your blessings on Thanksgiving day too!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Rough Week for Princess

I was so excited about starting Princess on vitamin supplements to help with her dementia.  The Melatonin definitely has helped her to sleep better at night and I'm very happy about that for my own sanity.  But when I came home from work Tuesday, something was very wrong with her.  She could barely walk and couldn't keep her balance at all.  Her head was tilted to the left and down.  I had to carry her outside and back in.  It was heart breaking to watch her stumble around and fall.  She also didn't want to eat.  I was afraid this was the beginning of the end.

I immediately stopped giving her the Ginko Biloba and Fish Oil, but did continue with the Melatonin.  I purchased her a new orthopedic bed and put a little night light above it to hopefully ease some of her confusion at night.  I bought chicken breasts and cooked dinner for her every night to get her to eat something.  I held myself together at work - few people there would understand how much I love this dog and what the big deal was anyway.  There are other big worries bearing down on me now but I tried really hard to focus on work and zoom home every evening to be with my girl.

By Friday, Princess seemed to be doing a little better.  Her balance was better but her head was still tilted to the left and down, and it didn't take much to lose her balance.  But it wasn't as bad as it was earlier in the week.  Saturday morning I took Princess to the vet.  I thought maybe she had something neurological wrong.

It didn't take long for the vet to make a diagnosis - vestibular disease, aka, vertigo.  She said it comes on suddenly and they don't know the cause.  It can last up to three weeks per episode and Princess may have more episodes in the future.  She prescribed an anti-nauseous medication to help improve Princess' appetite.  She told me to continue the Melatonin and Fish Oil, and to also give her Vitamin D.  Her appetite still isn't that great but as long as she's eating something, it's a good sign.'s one day at a time with my girl.  I was so relieved that she still has time left to spend with me on this earth.  This dog of mine looks like a frail wimp of a dog, but she has survived skin cancer surgery, thyroid cancer surgery and multiple wounds that needed to be stitched up - not to mention a severe case of doggie flu last March that I was sure would do her in, and after that a poisonous spider bite.  No, not this little girl.  She keeps getting right back up each day and greets me with a happy face and a wagging tail.

My girl two winters ago.


Update - my vet called me to see how Princess is doing.  She's still quite tipsy and isn't eating well, so in addition to the anti-nausea medicine, she is now taking Dramamine to help with her dizziness.  We will both be glad when this passes!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Canine Dementia Disorder

My precious Princess is more than 14 years old now.  For the past few months there have been some changes in her behavior.  She can't sleep through the night and I'm used to getting up once or twice to let her go outside.  I take a break myself because if I don't, I know I'll just wake up later on my own.  So we two old gals have that in common and I'm quite understanding of that.

A few months ago, she started waking up during the night more frequently - like two to four times between 11:30 p.m. and 4:30 a.m.  I've been letting her out and assume she's been taking care of business.  Once back in the bedroom, she will pace and go from dog bed, to dog bed and just stand there.  If I make her lay down, she will get up a couple of minutes later and pace again.  Poor Blair is such a good dog that if Princess paces over to the bed that she is sleeping in, Blair will just get up and move to another bed.  Bless her heart.

After Princess finally settles down and I fall back to sleep, I am woken up again by the smell of dog poo.  What the heck - I just let you out, girl!  This doesn't happen every night but is becoming more and more frequent.  My vet knows about this and said as long as I can tolerate it, nothing needs to be done.

My vet didn't mention Canine Dimentia Disorder to me at that time.  Maybe she thought I was fully aware of it.  I told her that I certainly wouldn't think of having Princess killed just because she can't hold her poo, for goodness sake!  But the nightly pacing is really draining to deal with.  I should get up every morning for work at about 5:40 a.m. and am not getting any solid sleep.  

I work with a woman who is a dog lover and recently had her senior Pug euthanized.  She told me that her little dog had the night wanders too and mentioned "doggie dementia".   (Her little dog was very ill and wasn't euthanized because of the night wanders.)   Hmmm...made sense.  They are living so much longer, just like us and that brings new problems to deal with.

After getting up several times with my girl last night, I decided to do a little on-line research and came across some helpful information.  I found the same information in several places.  One site said that so many people euthanize their dogs too soon because they didn't want to deal with the issues.

I found this website - A Path With Paws - that had some helpful information and several others but didn't bookmark them all so can't provide the link.  There are several symptoms of doggie dementia and of them, night pacing, "forgetting their housebreaking" and getting confused and stuck behind furniture applies to my Princess.

I've decided to go the homeopathic route with my girl since I can't afford the prescription drug for doggie dementia.  My friend, Gail, has her dog on it and it works wonders.  Midnight (Gail's dog) gets up and night and barks and doesn't exhibit the other symptoms Princess shows.

Today I gave her a bath...and Zoe.  I washed all the dog bedding again and gave Princess a partial pedicure.  As of this evening, my old girl is sharing some of my Fish Oil and we are now both on Ginko Biloba.  Plus, I will be giving Princess some Melatonin tablets tonight, which is supposed to help with sleeping.  I know the effects won't be felt by her immediately, but I'm hoping that she starts sleeping a little soon.  I'm also going to purchase her a heated orthopedic bed tomorrow.  Nothing is too much or too good for my special old girl who I love so much.  And I know she loves me more than any person on this planet could.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Residing the Barn

Hi and happy Monday to you all.  I hope you had a nice weekend.

My little barn is 12 years old now and was built with exterior chip wood.  Even though it's been painted several times with oil based paint, it continues to chip away.  The fact that the chickens and goats like to chew at it doesn't help.

Last year I covered the entire barn with roofing paper as a temporary fix to the problem.  My intention is to cover the entire barn with exterior siding and it wouldn't hurt to have an added layer to block drafts through the cracks anyway.  Well, the little goat family immediately took that as a challenge and started tearing the paper off.  It was a big job to measure, cut and staple all the roofing paper on by myself so I didn't appreciate that it only took minutes for them to ruin some of my hard work.

Last year's project beginnings...

The next step I took to buy more time was to attach chicken wire all across the barn.  I can always use chicken wire around here so when I was at a point where I could put up proper siding, it wouldn't be a waste of money.  As you can see, the little goat family still found a way to tear the paper on the front of the barn.

What it looks like now...

Because I can't afford to pay somebody to help me with work around here, my options for siding are limited.  What I really need to cover the barn with is hardy plank.  This stuff is incredibly heavy and requires a special saw blade to cut it with.  I knew I couldn't man-handle those planks by myself so continued looking for another material.

I would love to use cedar shakes - not only would it make the barn look very cute but they are affordable and easy to install.  The problem with using that material is that they are tacked individually and that would make the interior walls look like a torture chamber with all those nails poking through and would hurt the goat family. I thought about vinyl siding but passed on that.  I don't think it would hold up to the goats (darned little critters).

Pressure treated plywood would have been perfect but it too is very heavy and I don't think I could have managed it by myself.  That left me with exterior grade paneling.  I love the look of it and it isn't heavy.  No wonder.  I discovered when I unloaded it that it is particle board.  Great...the mice will chew through this in no time.

So, I purchased all the material on the way home from work Friday afternoon and headed up Saturday morning bright and early to pick it up with my handy, dandy utility trailer that my son-in-law bought for me a couple of months ago.  (I still can't back up with that thing and have to drive in very large circles to maneuver it.)

My goal for the weekend was to get the north side of the barn covered with the new siding.  The entire bottom edge of that side has rotted or has large holes chewed by a gazillion little field mice who call the barn home.  I've patched as much as I can and with winter coming, this job had to be tackeled now.

The first panel went up without too much trouble.  The second one didn't line up exactly as it should have because it was difficult to hold it into position and nail it in place.  These panels are 4 x 8 feet each.  The third panel has a big gap at the bottom of it, which I will patch today.  I am not a carpenter and didn't think to take into account there is a slight slope in the pasture, which meant I shouldn't have cut as much off the last two panels.  Darn it!  And it didn't help that I was tired after installing the first two and was beginning to feel like I had bitten off more than I could chew.

The first panel without the trim board attached.

 All four panels in place and trim boards attached, before I cut the pop door - a good stopping point.

 After the panels were up, I needed to cut a new "pop" door for the chickens and finished that just before dark last night.  I've taken most of today off to secure the pen and tack hardware cloth all along the bottom of the panels to try to deter the mice.  And I think it will help if I attach flashing all along the exterior bottom edge to slow down rot from rain but won't be able to do that till this coming weekend.

Before winter actually sets in, I need to stuff some insulation under the eaves.  Nothing will make the barn warm but it will cut down on some of the cold air coming in.

What a job!!  I want to make the pen look a little tidier and will take care of that today.  Having animals is fun most of the time but they sure do create a ton of work and cost money.  I wish I had the means to have everything built professionally and look nice like I see out in blog land, but don't so I do the best I can with what I have.

Tomorrow will be cold and rainy but please make sure you vote (unless you're voting for "the other guy")!!


Monday, October 29, 2012

A Garden Cloche and a Rock

A couple of weeks ago when I took the trash to the recycle center, somebody had thrown away a rusty, pink birdcage.  The bottom was missing and the top where the hanger used to be was just a big hole.  I immediately saw the potential as a cloche and grabbed it from the dumpster.

I spray painted it with hammered bronze paint and bought some washers - 2 medium sized and 2 large - to cover the hole and fit the pretty "finial" (actually a drawer knob from World Market).  I am very pleased with the way it turned out and can use it in so many places.  For now, it's setting on my concrete tree table.

Here's the before...

Here it is after some spray paint...

My poor angel vine - the deer keep eating it down to knubs.  It will be safe on my patio instead of in the front yard.

Here's a close up of the beautiful glass knob.  You'd think I planned that the green pot was going under this when I bought the drawer pull but it was another happy accident

I have been admiring Tammy's beautiful crochet jackets for stones and asked her how she made them.  She didn't really have a pattern but sent me a link to Purl Bee, which got me started.  I'm not really happy with the results of my first attempt and need to figure out how Tammy makes hers.  They are much more open and delicate looking than what I made.  But considering I didn't even think I could crochet with this fine thread, I guess it isn't too bad.  I need some smaller stones though and will be searching for them at the home improvement stores since I don't get to take walks around here.

The big storm named Sandy sure has brought cold weather with her.  We are safe here but I am concerned for my older daughter and her family near D.C.  Their power has been flickering all day and she's worried that a large tree in their yard may fall on their house.  And my dear friend on the Eastern Shore of Virginia - they already had flooding begin last night before the high tide at midnight tonight.  I'll call them both in the morning to see how they fared.

It's been an exhausting day at work with all the travel cancellations.  Both of my managers travel a lot and all flights were cancelled today, which meant setting up video conferences and change a gazillion meetings from east to west coast.  It's only 8:30 but I'm going to be going to bed shortly.

Hope you are all safe where you live!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Crafting Again!

I get so much inspiration from blogland and Pinterest and friends and have been creating gifts for Christmas. 

I recently discovered a newly opened quilt shop in my town and took a class a few weeks ago.  Yes, I could have made this table runner without the class, but I want to support this independent business.  I mean, I love JoAnns Fabrics and Crafts but do get so tired of that as my only convenient resource for purchasing fabric.  Find X Designs is a great little shop that stocks high quality quilting fabric, beautiful yarn and some sewing accessories.  She also is a Pfaff dealer and has a long arm quilting machine.  They offer classes in quilting, knitting and crochet and stay open a couple of nights a week so that you can come in and work on any project you have.  What a great way to meet other folks who have similar interests. 

Here is my runner that I made for myself and a second that will be somebody's Christmas gift.  Mine is complete except for the binding; the other needs backing, quilting and binding.  I was really drawn to using the black print for the binding but it seemed a little formal for me, so I've chosen a red coordinate.  I might go back and get the black though.

I know burlap wreathes have been all the rage for the last two years but I'm not one to jump onto fads.  While I love burlap, I didn't have the desire to make a wreath until last Saturday when I visited my friend, Gail's, nursery.  They have been holding seminars on making burlap wreaths and when I saw one in person, I was really excited by them.  A few years ago I had made myself a lined burlap valance for my living room out of the bleached burlap and have really enjoyed using it in the summer.  I had some of that burlap left so purchased a straw wreath form and went to work making my own wreath using this tutorial

My plan is to leave it up all year round and change the ribbon and embellishments for each season.  I haven't added my fall ribbon hanger to this yet and have made one of three burlap rosettes to attach to it.  This wreath took me about 3 hours to make over two evenings.  The most tedious part is cutting the 4 inch squares but other than that, it goes together pretty quickly.

My next project is also a Christmas gift for somebody.  I've been bitten by the crochet bug again and love all the free patterns and projects found on line.  Darned if I can locate the exact site I used to make this one but if you search for free crochet soap on a rope pattern, you'll come up with several patterns.  Here's my little creation complete with a yummy bar of verbena scented soap.   I'll be making one for myself and a few other people.

Somebody threw out a bent birdcage a few weeks ago and I immediately saw the potential in it.  I did a makeover on it yesterday and couldn't be more pleased with it.  I'll show you that and another make over next time. 

Right now I'm getting ready to take Pete to another adoptathon.  He needs his own home so I can save another life.  He's had a bath and looks as pretty as he's going to.  I made a little Halloween collar for him and am going to take an angel headband to put on him to attract lots of attention - wish us luck!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Fresh Apple CAke

I love to bake and now that cooler weather is here, spent some time in the kitchen yesterday.  I have two cake recipes that I make every once in a while and this one is a favorite - fresh apple cake.  Somebody gave me the recipe almost 40 years ago.  It's easy to make even though I don't have a lot of patience when it comes to peeling the apples.

Fresh apple cake is full of freshly diced apples so I consider it a health food - he-he.  There must be as much, if not more, nutrition than found in the granola bars I eat regularly Monday through Friday at work.  While it's baking in the oven, the entire house fills with that yummy smell that just makes me feel good all over.

I couldn't even wait till it was cool before cutting a big slice to enjoy.


Fresh Apple Cake

1 C corn oil
2 C sugar
3 eggs beaten
3 C flour
1 tsp salt
1 C chopped pecans
3 C fresh apples - peeled and diced
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp soda

Put apples with sugar and set aside
Sift dry ingredients together
Pour oil and beaten eggs over apples
Mix dry ingredients with tat
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or till toothpick comes out clean

This is an old recipe and there is a note to mix with a wooden spoon.

Make a nice cup of your favorite coffee and sit down for a tasty treat!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

What I Did Saturday

Way back in 2008 when I saw that the economy was going south and the company I worked for was starting to struggle, I cut out all unnecessary expenses.  My satellite TV service was the first to go.  I used to love watching all the DIY shows, but HGTV had become real estate TV and it just didn't do a thing for me.  All my craft shows were pretty much gone too, so it wasn't a big sacrifice.  Since getting a permanent job over a year ago, I've been very tempted a few times to sign up for the service again.  I get really irritated at the frequent freezing and stuttering using only rabbit ears, but being the practical person I am, have tolerated it...till now.

One of my neighbors has a large TV antenna in his yard and he say it works great.  I started looking on line for TV antennas and found a very small one through WalMart on-line and ordered it a couple of weeks ago.  With taxes, it only cost $43 and I thought it was worth a gamble ordering it.  I started looking for instructions on how to install a TV antenna on-line (don't you just love how you can find any instruction you need on the WWW?) and watched a couple of videos.  I was a little intimidated by what I learned and started looking for somebody to install my new little antenna professionally.  Well, I spoke to a real nice man locally who sold those huge antennas and he told me he'd install mine for $100.  I really don't like paying anybody to do something that I can really do myself and told him thanks, but no thanks.  During our conversation he gave me three important pieces of information that I didn't have - that my antenna did not need to be grounded, make sure there is a direct connection from the TV to the antenna and I just needed to point the antenna east/northeast.

My coaxial cable was still connected to my small satellite dish that I used to use, so up onto the roof I went.  I'm not crazy about crawling around up there was determined.  So, I removed the old dish and disconnected the cable.   Then I bolted the base for the mast to the roof and connected to cable to it.  This took many trips up and down the ladder - I was very slow and deliberate while up that high with nobody around to help if I should fall.  Next, I connected the coaxial cable to the antenna with the other end onto the back of my new flat screen TV I bought with part of my raise last month.  Then I had to let the TV go through setup again and search for all the stations.

OMG - it worked!  And the picture was incredible!  My neighbor explained to me that that is because the signal is pure and sent at a much higher frequency than satellite or cable uses.  Last evening, I was able to watch my British sitcoms without any freezing or stuttering.  Was I happy or what?!?  Now some people wouldn't want this on their roof, but I don't care - it's very small and looking at my house from the front, you can't see it.  All that climbing and crawling on the roof was exhausting.  I was so tired and sore last night and still am today.

My next purchase will be something called a Roku - a small device that I connect to my TV that will turn it into a computer.  Any free service like Hulu or Crackle, will stream straight to my television set.  I think I'm going to subscribe to NetFlix and those will stream directly to my television too.  I don't sit down to watch movies very often so may not do that, but I love all the old cartoon shows on Hulu and now I'll be able to watch them.

There isn't much in my yard to take pictures of right now except weeds and a few straggly flowers.  My asters aren't in bloom yet but I did find my black eyed susan vine had recovered from being eaten by the deer.

 A close up of my jasmine tree.  It has fragrant white flowers on it in the summer and they turn magenta in the fall and hold a beautiful blue berry in the center.  I don't know the name of it; it was given to me by a friend.

There are always critters though like my old girl, Princess, waiting to go inside.  Pete (my foster) is inside looking out. And you can see another set of eyes in the lower left corner of the door.  That's Topaz, one of my black cats.

Beauty - my crippled little rooster.  He sleeps in the garage at night!

Big Rooster - the sweetest bird!

And my little goat family eating their dinner.  Lola is the one with her nose in the air - she doesn't miss anything!

It is very chilly and overcast today.  I'm glad I got some mowing done yesterday after installing my antenna.  This week is going to be brutal at work so I think I'm going to cook myself a nice dinner and relax for the rest of the day.  I hope your week is a good one.