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As originally posted March 29, 2006 (moved from old blog)

What to write about?

Today I’m at a loss so I will just ramble-on for awhile.  Hence – Hodge Podge! Boy is it excellent out today!  Today is the first day that I totally feel like Spring is really here. Spring and Fall are my favorite seasons because they signify change, from one extreme to the next, both having a special feeling that is indescribable. They have their own smells, which trigger memories that I can’t quite put my finger on, but I know they are there and how they feel. What is your favorite season and why?

BINGO. I recently, on a whim and out of the blue, decided to go to a Bingo game. I played alot when I lived in Virginia. I totally love it – it’s an adrenaline rush and gambling runs in our family, big time. Friday night I went and I waited for “O63” for about 10 minutes. I would have won 500.00! Instead, about 12 numbers later, someone else won. Good for that person – but I wished it had been me. I did win 75.00 that night so I guess I can’t expect to win them all. I won two games. One for 50.00 and another I split 50.00 with another winner. BINGO.

My daughter is twelve and she is about to drive me up the wall… Teen attitude…. hmmm. Are all Twelve year olds all that and a bag of chips? Mothering a teen is harder than even raising this puppy!

Puppy update: Pooping problems…. Puppy has the runs. Not only is it making a terrific mess in my house but it is a sign of a sick puppy. I called the vet and they said I could try human medicine, like Imodium AD, which I did – which didn’t change a thing. I originally had an appointment for her first set of shots next Wednesday, but I’m afraid I will have to move that date up because the pooping issue doesn’t seem to be getting any better. How happy am I that I bought that Carpet Cleaner? “It” cleans up quite well.

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As posted March 28, 2006 ~ on my old blog (I’m slowly trying to move them over…)

28 March 2006 12:43 EST | Posted by chrisseas-corner Taking Care of Business
My birthday came and went without incident. I got home from work and decided I wanted to go out – so I treated myself to a birthday dinner for Samantha and I. We went to the 99 Restaurant. I had my all time favorite, French Onion Soup, for my appetizer and then for dinner I had a seafood medley which was yummy. Shrimp, Scallops and Schrod with a newburg sauce and crumb topping. Sam had a steak burger which was so big it could have fed both of us. She brought 1/2 of it home. After dinner we drove next door and took Friendly’s Sundays (with extra hot fudge) home for desert. We enjoyed. Samantha wanted to go to a restaurant that wasn’t in Marshfield – so as not to be seen going out with her mother! I got a kick out of that… remembering when… she got the old “too bad” response to that one.
I woke up this morning and do not feel any older. I’m wondering when I’m supposed to feel like an adult. General consensus is that you actually never feel different mentally. When I was young I remember looking up to adults and wondering what I was going to be like, not knowing that I’d be the same exact person. It’s kind of strange when you think about it.

Today is my niece’s birthday – Isabel. I find it very hard to believe that she is already seven.
She was born a day after my birthday and I can already tell how much of an Aries she is…
Here are a few pictures.
Samantha is on the left and Isabel is on the right. This was taken by my sister during one of Samantha’s visits to Mass. when we still lived in Virginia. I’m not sure of the date but I think it was probably at least five years ago. Samantha looks to be about Isabels age now. Looks to me like they didn’t want to go to bed… or do you think they were up to something?

We are definately up to something....  Summer 2001

We are definately up to something.... Summer 2001

My beautiful niece, again, summer 2001

My beautiful niece, again, summer 2001

Five years older, 2006

Five years older, 2006


HAPPY 7TH BIRTHDAY TO ISABEL

Ok and now for a Puppy update:
I couldn’t leave the puppy in the kitchen this morning – she whimpered and whined so much about being locked in. She made her first little barks, too. I couldn’t leave with her making all that racket, being in an apartment, so I gave in and let her out. This was an error in judgement but what could I do? Now she will know she can whine and get her way and she will probably make a mess on my carpet too. But… what was I going to do, I ask again? I had to get to work and I couldn’t leave her barking. Yesterday she did ok. Today I guess she realized what was going on. I put her in the kitchen last night for sleeping and she managed to knock the gate down in the middle of the night. I found her curled up next to Samantha at about 3 a.m. She is just so dang cute! I don’t know how she got up on Sam’s bed. Sam said she didn’t lift her and she hasn’t yet been able to climb or jump up on the furniture… well… I guess maybe she can now.
Yesterday I bought a handheld carpet cleaner. It was only like 40.00 and it works great! I cleaned up a few of her little spots and there is no smell and no stain! I’m thrilled with this little machine! Couldn’t go without it.

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Our current Dog, Parker

Our current Dog, Parker

I am in love with German Shepherd dogs.  I think it stems from my father giving me one when I was a little girl.  Her name was Sheila and I believe (I don’t remember this real clearly) that we had to put her to sleep because she bit a neighbor friend of mine.  I don’t think I was even yet in kindergarten, but loving the Germans has stuck with me all my life.

I introduced Samantha to German Shepherds a few years ago ~ and she too, now loves them. Unfortunately we haven’t had great luck ~ the first two we had both were hit by cars and killed and a week or so ago the Shepherd we have now (pictured) was hit as well.  He is ok but has a ghastly gash on his rear leg and I’m praying he makes it without developing an infection.  There is exposed bone and it’s quite ugly.  I’ve been treating him with some left-over antibiotics and hydrogen peroxide, and so far so good.  I can see it healing, slowly.

Rubie, our first, we got in March of 2006.  Here is the post from my old blog ~ as written, March 26, 2006:

Rubie
Samantha got a German Shepherd puppy Saturday. She is 7 weeks old and pure-bred. She really is a dream dog…. so very awesome. German Shepherds are so smart and I can already tell she is going to be brilliant and our best friend! We’ve started training her and even though I’ve read on-line that 7 weeks is too young to expect her to be trained, she really is picking right up on it. We take her out every few hours and she goes to the bathroom right away. The few times that she tried to go inside, we caught her before she got finished and were able to run her outside where she could finish her duties. I bought her a gate and dog bed this afternoon. She will be alone from 9am – 2pm everyday and she will be staying in our little kitchen area during these hours. In essence this will work just like crate training because my kitchen is rather small.
She is so very much like a real baby. She whimpers and whines, doesn’t bark yet and is still unstable on her feet. She doesn’t like to leave our sides. She’ll come over and curl up at at our feet (if standing) or curl up tight next to us (if sitting). So far her main activity has been sleeping, with a few little bouts of energy every hour or so.
She is just so very precious… I wish you all were here to meet her! Everyone we’ve come across with her has just adored and praised how pretty she is. Samantha is so very proud to have such a great little puppy! Her name is fitting, Rubie, for she is truly a precious little jewel!

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Looking Back

Samantha, bathing beauty, 1994

Samantha, bathing beauty, 1994

Last night Samantha was checking out the new Chrisseas-Corner. She was reading my list of gypsy moves and mentioned that she didn’t remember living on Smith Mountain Lake. “You wouldn’t remember Sami Rae, because you were about 9 months old at the time”.
It dawned on me that I had a videotape of that summer, which included Samantha at 9 months, a special trip my sisters made to VA from MA and a few visits with my aunt Colleen.  I pulled out the video and Samantha and I were immediately addicted! We started it at 10:30 p.m. and watched until way past her bedtime ~ it was a good 2 hours long.

My girl, a baby and not even fully walking yet. My sisters, Beth & Molly, teen & t’ween. My cousins, Josh & Dylan, true young boys. OMG, how did it all go by so fast?  Joe & Colleen, inseparable and looking good. My X-almost-parents-in-law, bright & cheerful.  And wow, Me… young and a lot cuter!

On the video we watched a trip to Mill Mountain Zoo; a trip to Twin Falls (which is now totally off-limits to visitors and I’m SO glad I got it on tape); a tour of Samantha’s Dads families land on a tractor ride; an overnight stay my sisters made to Colleens, complete with trampoline jumping and a visit to “The Saddle” overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway; and Colleens crew visiting our house for a cookout.  Not to mention, of course, Samantha at 9 months old, thru-out!

Papa & Samantha Rae, 1994

Papa & Samantha Rae, 1994

Watching the video was very poignant. My Papa, who is no longer with us, had done what he was so good at and put the end result together, creating the finished video to send to his family members. I will cherish it always.  It brought tears to my eyes to see how time has changed everyone and to remember back. Very nostalgic, to say the least!

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