Happy Anniversary!

Wow! It’s hard to be believe that 29 years have passed. Where does the time go? We are celebrating our 29th wedding anniversary today. There have been lots of ups and some downs but how very grateful to have been blessed to spend this time with the love of my life and my best friend! Here’s to the next 29! ❤

Happy Mother’s Day to my Guardian Angel

In honor of all mothers everywhere, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! I especially honor my own mother today. She was the best, inside and out! She joined Dad in 1995 and I still miss her terribly. I am so happy to be blessed with the knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the knowledge that we are sealed together as a family for time and all eternity. I know I will be with her again.


 

 

 

Black & White Sunday – Traces of the Past

Paula at Lost in Translation is hosting Black & White Sunday: Traces of the Past. I decided to post this one as it brought back happy memories. Summer of 1986, the last time I went horseback riding. It was at a women’s retreat outside of Dallas, Tx.  Way too long ago! I have always had a love for horses. I think they’re amazing creatures.

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Goodbye Sweet Pippin

It has been too long since I have posted anything and I am extra sad to return with this post. But I must pay tribute to one of the sweetest little creatures ever to have walked the earth.

You took your last breath at 5:45 a.m. on Monday, October 3. We’re not sure what transpired to have you leave us so soon. We were not ready. You are missed but now you are with all your furry little siblings who have gone before.

I remember the first day you came to us. I was in the house and suddenly Bobby (our Boston Terrier) and Emmy (our Maltese) started raising such a ruckus in the living room. I looked out the picture window to see what was the matter. There on the sidewalk in front of the window sat a forlorn, skinny, little Poodle just looking at the two dogs inside. I was afraid if I went out, he would run away from me. But I had to take that chance. I walked outside and spoke softly to you. You walked over to me and rolled over. I was completely smitten. But you were covered in burrs and fleas. Something had to be done. So I took you into the garage and you let me bathe you and cut those burrs out of your hair.

Shortly after that, we began the search for your parents.  I just knew someone had to be looking for you. We posted pictures and went to all the vet clinics within several miles. I got very upset at one clinic when the tech sneered and said, “I saw that dog hanging around my neighborhood for a week.” I went ballistic.  Needless to say, that vet clinic lost any business from me and mine. But I digress. We notified the Humane Society and Animal Control. After a couple of weeks and no reports or inquiries regarding missing Poodles, you became ours. I think by that time, I probably wouldn’t have given you up even if someone had come looking. 😛

You fit right in from the start. You were always the sweetest and most loving little dog. You will always be in our hearts and in our minds. We look to the day when we can all be reunited in Heaven.

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DP Weekly Photo Challenge: State of Mind

Oh, boy. What a state of mind! Here I am just sitting at my desk this morning trying to catch up on a few things. I’ve just been moping around feeling sorry for myself because it’s cold out and I miss my Florida home, family and friends. Moving away from all of this and out of my comfort zone (not speaking of the weather on this one…well, maybe a bit) was not an easy thing for me.

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I’ve been wanting to post more about our new surroundings but haven’t braved the cold new world. So I’ve been pretty much staying inside going through and catching up on my emails, some Facebook and trying to figure out when I’m ever going to get consistent again on my posts. Waaahhhh! Big baby.  When lo and behold! What to my wondering eyes should appear out my window?  It’s too late for reindeer! But wait, there’s a whole herd of gorgeous deer (that I have yet to get any pictures of).

Not taken on our property but in Blairsville (give me time)
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They’re so beautiful! And I watched about seven or eight of them just dilly-dallying on the hillside down from my window. Of course, I tried to sneak out to snap some group pics but, no matter how quiet I was, I think my black jacket gave me away! So off they went on their merry way. Well, all in due time. Now, can someone here in North Georgia please tell me when hunting season is over? We’ve heard shots (albeit in the distance but still sounds too close for comfort) since we arrived in the middle of December. I’m nervous for my new friends because I’ve been hearing shots all afternoon. If I could just explain to the deer that if they hung around our house, they’d be safe. We’re not hunters; we’re feeders.

At the closing on our house, the previous owners told us about how in the spring it becomes so beautiful around here with all kinds of flowers and plants, etc. I can’t wait (but I guess I have to).

But looky, looky!! White Down Pointing Backhand Index + Emoji Modifier Fitzpatrick Type-1-2

I’m thinking daffodils? I don’t know my flowers at all but I suppose it’s time I started learning! Are they usually early bloomers? I know the weather has been absolutely crazy.

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And what wonderful new friends we’re making here. I’m just loving the people we have met here. All of our new friends at church — I just love them to pieces already! And this week, we’re going out to lunch with two of our neighbors. We’ve been emailing but because the weather has been so off-putting, we haven’t met face-to-face yet. Well, we’re going to change that! I’m excited! The good Lord has sent us here for a reason. One of these days, I’ll find it out! I still don’t like the cold one bit but this too shall pass! Right?!

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: State of Mind

Now where was I?!

Oh, yes, I was talking about getting moved into our new home here in North Georgia. Omigosh, that was such a while ago! Where does the time go? We had some pretty decent weather in between then and now and we did manage to get a few things done. Still lots to go. But I’ve let so much time go by, I’ve forgotten all the fun stuff I was going to write.

Writing Hand So moving on!

The day the moving company brought our stuff was a nice day. But major glitch.  They couldn’t get their truck up our driveway! Delivery Truck So, they ended up parking the truck at the base of the drive. These two young guys were going to have to haul all of our stuff up that hill. The driveway is probably at least a couple hundred feet and about a 25-30 degree angle (mostly 30 towards the top!). Then Tom had a great idea. We have the pickup, so he told them to take the truck, load what they could and bring it up that way. It probably took them a lot longer than they anticipated, but at least they didn’t have to walk all that way. I’m afraid I didn’t take pictures of them moving stuff, but here’s the driveway. Well, at least I told them I changed my mind about having the piano go to the second floor!

Musical Keyboard  They did such a great job and were wonderful to work with. It was O’Neill Transport out of Orlando and they do long distance moves. Yep, it’s a plug for them!

View from the bottom up
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View from the top down
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So, between this driveway and the stairs that run from the basement to the second floor, I have no need of a treadmill ever again! HA!

To this day, we are still trying to find places for things. I know, I know, we probably still have too much stuff.  But, hey, ya gotta keep some stuff! And one of these days I’ll get back to more inside pictures as we go along. There is so much beauty up here. This winter anyway, I’m still too much of a wimp to go gallivanting around sightseeing. By next year, I hope to get some real winter clothes and it won’t matter (as much)! Hey, can I help it if my body is still programmed for a Florida winter??

And, coming up shortly, what you’ve all been waiting for. The finished CATIO! Yay! Well, the catio itself is finished. I still have things I want to do inside the catio, but all in good time. And, yes, I have some brave kitties who like going out in the cold!

We Interrupt the Moving Saga for a Brief Announcement…

I knew it was bound to happen. Everyone said it would. I tried to ignore the warning signs. But, omigosh, now what?

IT SNOWED!!

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So it’s pretty. And how many of you are out there laughing because you’re buried under several feet of snow at the moment wishing this was all the snow you had. Well, it’s the first snow I’ve had to contend with in 30 years. And since this is the first, I’m sure there will be more. At least by Monday, the temperature is supposed to be up around 50 again. YAY! And, yes, I still miss Florida. That’s our downhill driveway behind the tree that we can’t get down at the moment because it’s too steep and too slippery. And we have no winter clothes. It’s on our list. Okay, we have some light jackets and we each have a sweater. We do have a couple of sweatshirts.Even when I lived in cold climates, I never liked bundling up. Oh, well. Gripe, gripe, moan, complain. Okay, I’m done. The bright side is we get to go shopping (when it warms up) and start acquiring winter clothing.

Here’s a couple more views from our porch.

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Well, I’m sitting here at my new desk looking out my window onto a very similar scene. We know there are deer up here. I’ve only seen their tails as they bounded down a hill. But I have high hopes that one of these days I’ll be able to capture a photo. I will say I do believe that when spring arrives, it will be beautiful around here with all of the plant life. We’re looking forward to trying our hand at a small garden.

In the meantime, I’ll just stay inside my toasty little house and be content looking out the windows. I’ll be posting a bit more on the actual move-in shortly.