Thursday, November 24, 2005

Bird Feeder

Mom let me know that she has been checking this site everyday... and that I haven't updated anything. SO since I have an audience of at least one, I thought I better add the latest project. This is a pretty good size gourd that I got from Mom, which seemed to be better suited for a feeder than a house. It is supposed to be flowers and ladybugs in the grass. There are butterflies on the otherside. I don't think the birds are using it, but there are a few "normal" feeders in the yard too. I need to get some more started, Christmas is coming you know.

It is Thanksgiving and I have nothing to do. Kinda nice this year, but I sort of miss the mess. HA We are on our way to Bill's sister's house for dinner, so I better get going.
Updated 26 Nov
Turns out I was wrong on two parts, Dave chimed in to let me know I have at least two viewers and the birds ARE using the feeder. They actually sit inside to snack. Once I get my Christmas present (camera with 12/4 zoom) I can take some pictures of the birds.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Bill Joins Up

This week was pretty uneventful until Thursday. A normal day for me is pretty much work and sleep. This Thursday started with a dental appointment, then my supervisor came down from Fairmont to complete my annual eval... only 6 months late, last year was 11 months, but next year looks promising for on time delivery. I will miss the back checks though. HA After lunching with him and talking about the past year and the future, my day was pretty well shot.

Then I had to get to a hair cut and make it to Concord by 6pm for Bill's induction ceremony. He was asked to join Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society for education. The man is so smart. The ceremony was kind of odd, the chapter chancellor read us a story. We were all inspired to make a difference. Bill's sister joined too, she is in graduate school now, heading for an administration position, which she said "No Way" to a few years ago and Bill is repeating now. She brought their Mom along to see the ceremony. Good thing, she had a camera. I'll add a picture when they get developed. I really need to pick out a good digital camera. After the ceremony we went to eat dinner at the local eatery.

That was my busy day. Today, I baked bread and fed the dog. More my speed. Hey it was a holiday!

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Surviving It

Well, I survived an unplanned 5K. Back on Wednesday M. reminded me about the Pipestem Pumpkin Run and said that A. was considering doing the 5k walk. I haven't been walking at all lately, but I usually do hills when I am active. A. has been walking on a treadmill quite a bit, but not hills. I figured we would be a great pair out there on the course. Well, I am not sure if I was much help to her, but I know she helped me keep moving. We kept up pretty well with a couple of other women on the course, a man passed us, but he had a young German Shepherd towing him along, I told him I needed a sled dog too. HA We finished in 47 minutes and 19 seconds. Good enough for 6th and 7th place trophies for the walk division. Not horrible or in last place.

High points: We made it to the halfway turn around before the 10k runners caught us and the finish line before M. finished his 10k, only 70 seconds later and 2nd in this age group. Their kids ran in the fun run too, so everyone went home with a prize.
Low points: I was totally wiped out when I got home. More preparation is definately an asset to competition. I sat on the porch with the dogs for a little while and thought about curling up to take a nap right there, but figured Billy would think I had fainted and freak out, so I went in the house and landed on the couch for a while.
It was all worth the effort though and I hope to keep moving. Half of my closet is waiting for me to drop a few pounds.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Visit to the Vet

Jake had some sort of run in with something on Monday, probably very early in the morning. That night we discovered he had a 4 inch cut in his shoulder, just below his coller. I got him to the vet in the morning and they shaved his shoulder and stitched him up with a drainage tube dangling out. It would have been better if we got him there earlier, but the cut was under his hair and he wasn't even acting hurt, he even ran with the four wheeler to feed the cows. This picture is after the drain tube was removed on Saturday.

We gave him a bath to see if there was any more damage and didn't see any, but I knew he was hurting some when he didn't do the normal after bath shake, he started to a couple of times and then stopped. Well, he is home after a day with the vet, he took over Bill's chair, and looks like he is staying there for the night. He does Pitiful pretty well, don't you think?

Updated 5 Nov 05