Monday, January 31, 2011

Tease

Mother Nature is such a tease!  So much for the beautiful spring weather, we are back to a high of 50 with rain, fog, and dreariness.  Is having an early spring too much to ask, it appears so.  The pups looked quite sad this morning when I put their rain coats on.  This weather is suppose stick around for the next couple of days.  One positive... at least I have to be working while it is raining, that is better than being stuck inside studying while it is beautiful.  Oh, that reminds me, my week of hell is FINALLY OVER.  Discussion Leader was tough, a couple of the students were brutal.  

I hope where ever you are it is raining, cold and dreary.  

Well not really  

Okay, really!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Weekend Recap

Today is gorgeous, earlier this week it was cold, dreary, and wet.  Yesterday warmed to 55 degrees and today, it is suppose to be 60 degrees... in January!  Of course rain is forecast to come in tomorrow but what a great weekend it has been.  I think the dogs have spring fever, they were crazy this morning running around and the cats have ventured onto the deck for the first time this year.  Even I have spring fever, it has been hard to sit at the computer and study. 

DB's parents came over yesterday morning and assisted with the water change.  It went swimmingly.  We have decided to create a sustainable salt water tank, so I have to wait for the breeders to have fish available.  After seeing how many fish are harvested from the coral reefs and die in the process, I just cannot purchase a fish that came from the ocean.  

DB attempted a new recipe last night.  Fried Oysters!  They were quite yummy, he did a great job on them.  Given that DB was in the kitchen frying the oysters, I was left in charge of the steaks.  DB gave specific instructions, the meat thermometer must read 135 degrees for his steak.  Well... I could not remember was the temperature was suppose to be.  I ended up pulling the steaks off at a temperature of 131 degrees.  Much to my surprise (and Doodle's), the steaks were good, cooked almost perfectly.  Score one for GB! 

That is the extent of our super-duper exciting weekend.  Signing off....

Friday, January 28, 2011

Where were you in 1986?

Do you remember where you were twenty-five years ago today?  I do, it was my generations, JFK or Elvis moment.  I was sitting in a classroom watching the Challenger Space Shuttle launch that featured the "first teacher in space".  The entire school had gathered for this special day, classes were instructed show the launch, we are making history.  History was certainly made, for all the wrong reasons.  Take a moment today to remember these fallen heroes.  

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Dreaming of Spring





It is cold and rainy today.  This has been such a dreary winter.  

How many more days until Spring?  

54... I just counted.  

Today I am dreaming of sun, flowers, and warmth.   

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Good Morning Sunshine

Morning is my favorite time of the day.  

Taken this morning from front porch
The house is quiet, the street is quiet, the world is still.  I have my coffee, Doodle is sleeping, Rio has taken up her new post on my lap, and Mo is sitting in the window waiting for the sun to rise.  I have always been a morning person, I generally wake before the sun rises, I wonder if this is because watching the sunrise is one of my favorite things.  The sun breaking over the horizon, the world slowly stretching, spreading its wings.  

Few minutes later... if only the house was not in the way

I take pictures of sunrises all the time, if one looks particularly magnificent, I'll run outside in my pajamas and snap a few shots.  I am grateful the neighbors are still sleeping when this happens!  When I look back on them later, I can still remember the way the morning felt, clean, new, fresh.  Mornings remind me that everyday you have a new chance to do the best you can, you cannot go back and change yesterday, so make a difference today.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Snails, Snails, and More Snails

Huddled together afraid for their lives
That got your attention didn't it!

As you all know Nemette came to live with us just before the holidays.  Since that time, I have added absolutely NO new fish... however, I have added six, count them, six snails.  About a week ago, the tank was growing green algae and Nemette was not eating said algae.  After a quick call to Imagine Ocean, snails were the answer.  Not a cool algae eating fish (too advanced) but snails.  

Fresh green algae... YUM... my favorite
These little creatures are so cool!  I never thought I would say that about a snail... NO, I have not named them.  Although, the thought did cross my mind.

The snails have eaten all the algae and are keeping the tank quite clean.  I have thoroughly enjoyed watching them. The way they move is quite amazing and so far only two have turned over needing a rescue.  

Next weekend will be our first water change, thankfully Doodle's wonderful parents are coming over to ensure that nothing goes wrong and that we do not kill anything.  After that... watch out Imagine Ocean, here I come!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Laughter

Doodle and I laugh all the time.  I think it is one of the things that make our marriage really work.  We laugh at one another, we laugh at the cats, the dogs, the fish, and at ourselves.  This morning, while brushing my teeth, I asked Doodle "be sure and tell your parents, hi"... Doodle said you want a "ham bone tomato"?  Now I realize I had a tooth brush in my mouth but come on, a ham bone tomato, what in the heck is a ham bone tomato?  

I believe being able to laugh with your partner is one of the greatest gifts.  Laughter can diffuse a tense situation and bring you closer together.  So, laugh, each and every day!


Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.  ~Victor Borge
 
 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A History Lesson

150 years ago, January 19, 1861, Georgia voted to secede from the Union.  At the time, the state capital was located in Milledgeville.  During the lead up to the vote the general population of Georgia was about evenly divided between seceding or not.  However, there were more elected pro-secession delegates.  Below is the final paragraph of the Georgia Declaration of Secession.

"...their declared principles and policy they have outlawed $3,000,000,000 of our property in the common territories of the Union; put it under the ban of the Republic in the States where it exists and out of the protection of Federal law everywhere; because they give sanctuary to thieves and incendiaries who assail it to the whole extent of their power, in spite of their most solemn obligations and covenants; because their avowed purpose is to subvert our society and subject us not only to the loss of our property but the destruction of ourselves, our wives, and our children, and the desolation of our homes, our altars, and our firesides. To avoid these evils we resume the powers which our fathers delegated to the Government of the United States, and henceforth will seek new safeguards for our liberty, equality,
security, and tranquility".   

In February 1861, the seceded states created the Confederacy of Southern States.  

On April 12, 1861, the Civil War began with shots fired on Fort Sumter, South Carolina.   

Monday, January 17, 2011

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

12 facts about Martin Luther King Jr. 
  1. Born January 15, 1929. 
  2. He was born Michael and later changed his name to Martin. 
  3. He graduated high school at the age of fifteen.
  4. He attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, graduating with a B.A.
  5. He received his graduate and doctoral degree from Boston University.
  6. In 1954, he became the pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. He was 25 years old!
  7. In 1957, he was elected President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
  8. In 1964, he was the youngest man, at age 35, to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
  9. Between 1957 and 1968, he traveled over 6 million miles, spoke over 2,500 times and wrote 5 books.
  10. Time Magazine named him "Man of the Year" in 1963.
  11. He is best known for his "I Have a Dream" address he gave on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial front of 250,000 people. 
  12. On April 4, 1968, while standing outside his hotel room in Memphis, Tennessee, he was assassinated.
Facts courtesy of Nobel Peace Prize. 

Sunday, January 16, 2011

50 Years Ago

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was inaugurated 50 years ago this week.  In his now famous inaugural address he challenged the citizens of the United States to be better, to act with courage on behalf of themselves and the less fortunate.  

     "And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.
     My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man". 

I fear that America and the world has forgotten the true meaning of President Kennedy's words.  

Brent Budowsky of the Huffington Post wrote "So let's honor President Kennedy as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of his inaugural address but honor him not with our words, but with our deeds. Not with our talk but with our actions. Not with big platitudes but with great aspirations. Not with shallow talk of things that are easy, but with the can-do American spirit of achieving great goals that are hard".    
Video courtesy of CSPAN

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Rio

Thank you to everyone for your kind words about Peanut, it means so much knowing others understand that grieving over a cat is normal.

Our oldest cat, Rio, who is, do I dare say it, (she is sitting right here) 17 years old has decided that I cannot be alone while studying.  I do not know a lot about the grieving process of cats but Rio has been much more tolerant of the youngest cat, Mo and wants to sit on my lap.  Both of these characteristics are not necessarily normal for her.  Rio was the first cat I got when I moved to this forsaken place Georgia.  When Rio was the only cat in the house, she was very loving and in your face.  As she got older, I got married, additional cats came into the house, she became frightened of everything.  

Four years ago after Two Sox passed, I think his essence infused Rio, she was back to being loving and wanting to sit next to you.  Today, she wants to sit on me, she has wedged herself between the desk and me.  She also decided to just claw on and hang from my leg... Peanut use to do this.  I told Rio, that is one trick she needs to unlearn!  Rio weighs much, much more than Peanut and my leg just cannot take the pain.  (Whimpy, I know!)

This weekend Doodle and I will watch Rio and Mo closely to ensure they are handling the changes.  I hope this will bring them closer together, it is only the two of them now...

Friday, January 14, 2011

Blog Party


Amanda is hosting a weekend blog party, this is a great way to make new friends and find some wonderful new blogs.  Check her out at Serenity Now 4 Amanda

Freedom & Snow Blessings

The snowy grip is loosening on Georgia, we are back at work today.  After cleaning and organizing the house, I was ready to return and have things get back to normal.  

However, our house will never be the same.  Yesterday, we had to put our middle cat, Peanut, to sleep.  She was in fourteen years old and in renal failure.  She had stopped eating and had dropped several pounds in the last couple of weeks.  The blessing of being stuck in the house for days, was lots of time spent holding and loving on her before her final time.  I will miss her daily grunts and big paws.  

I love and miss you Peanut.  You are forever in my heart.
 

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Still Home

They canceled work again today.  I am honestly ready to go back to work, this is too much!  I have gotten slightly head on my reading and papers for school, cleaned the house, organized my closet, cleaned under the bathroom sink, organized the pantry, cleaned out the kitchen drawers, thrown away the expired food from the refrigerator, and it is only 10 am!  I am now working on organizing the office, which after two years of neglect will take quite awhile to get cleaned up. 

Help!  

Someone get the roads clear before this house is so organized that we cannot find anything!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Cabin Fever

We are home again today from work and it is official... I have cabin fever!  It actually started yesterday afternoon, I can only read about stuff that is difficult to comprehend for so long.  Instead, Doodle and I shoveled the driveway (who knew I would have to shovel snow in Georgia of all places)!  Between the two of us, we got the majority of the ice and snow off the drive and thanks to our neighbor who added rock salt, the driveway is clear.  

Doodle has decided to venture out today.  His office is not closed, so once the sun is shining he will be testing the four wheel drive and the roads.  Looking out the window, where we cleared the snow, it is dry and fine, every where else, looks a bit slick.  I will be spending another fun filled day inside, reading.  The books just have to get better, right?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Still Snowed In

We have been blessed with a second snow day or is it cursed?  It is all in how you look at things, it is a blessing that I am getting extra study time this early in the semester; however, I am getting cabin fever!  The driveway, porch and street are still icy even though we saw people slipping and sliding their way down the street.  The pups slid out the back door and even the squirrels have decided it is too icy for them to sit on top of the feeder.  Given the weather forecast, a high of 35 with overcast skies, I am not sure they will get the roads cleared today or not.

Last night we watched "The Hurt Locker"... yes, we are that far behind on the movies!  The movie won an Oscar for Best Picture of 2009.  I was honestly not sure about the movie, we watched it strictly because it won an Oscar.  I realize the film was not based on facts, but the underlying themes running through the movie are true to life.  The movie made me uncomfortable.  Uncomfortable that we place our soldiers in harms way in a foreign land.  Uncomfortable that our soldiers come home injured or worse, they do come home.  Uncomfortable that our soldiers may believe the only thing they love is rush of being danger.  If you have not had a chance to see the movie, watch it.  If for nothing else then to remember that we have young men and women fighting in foreign lands.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Snow Day

We awoke this morning to 6 inches of snow in  Georgia.  All businesses and schools are closed today and given the amount of snow I would guess tomorrow also.  This is excellent news for me, extra study days!  DB could not wait for the snow to begin last night, we were outside looking for snow at 11:00 pm, 1:00 am and finally at 2:30 am snow was seen and sleep could begin. 

Shen looked outside and decided that he would much rather stay inside where it is warm.  I had to walk outside and convince him to use the bathroom.  Needless to say, this is going to be a long day for the little dude.













Rio on the other hand, tried the eating the snow and I think she liked it. 

The forecast today is 2 inches of sleet and freezing rain on top of the snow, this is a great day to stay in, read and snuggle on the couch. Be safe out there!  
 

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Winter Weather

This morning it is 17 degrees.  Let me repeat that, a balmy 17 degrees.  Nope, still does not feel any warmer by adding in balmy!  I am still surprised when it is this cold in the south, DB continues to remind me this is normal; but, in my mind it just is not.  The weather forecast is for snow to start tonight and continue tomorrow.  The run on the grocery stores is already starting, with people stocking up on milk and bread.  Even DB got in on the action ensuring that the generator is operational (for Nemette) and asking if we had food that did not require electricity. 

I firmly stated "WE WILL NOT LOOSE POWER"!    

Now, if we loose power, I will have to eat crow.  What does that exactly mean... eating crow?  Have you ever wondered how someone came up with that saying?  Thanks to the nifty internet and Wikipedia; "Eating Crow" is an English-language idiom dating back to the 1850's meaning humiliation by admitting wrongness or having been proved wrong after taking a strong position.  Eating crow is presumably foul-tasting in the same way that being proved wrong might be emotionally hard to swallow".   

I got off the subject there... What does 17 degrees look like, well, I tried to run outside and get a picture but my fingers froze, (could have something to do with being in pajamas) and I was unable to push the button on the camera.  Here's hoping for the 5-7 inches of snow they are predicting!  Stay tuned. 

Friday, January 7, 2011

"Thank You" Notes

I finally got my thank you notes written from the holidays.  It seems a bit old fashioned that I still take pen to paper and actually write... not type thank you cards.  Granted, I was raised believing this task was proper etiquette; I have since come to the conclusion it also makes people feel good.  After all, everyone loves getting mail, there is something special about seeing your name on a letter and knowing that someone took the time to write you a note.

In fact, NPR had a piece about writing the perfect thank you note.  Perfect Thank You Notes "Lawyer John Kralik decided to start 2008 with a serious New Year's resolution: to be thankful for the good things and people in his life.  So he spent the next year writing one thank you note for each day - to family, friends, co-workers, even the barista at his local Starbucks.  Those notes make up his new book, 365 Thank Yous: The Year A Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life".

Maybe if everyone took just a bit more time to be grateful for good in their lives, we would focus less on the negative and more on the positive.  While it may be old fashioned to write thank you notes, I will continue and maybe, just maybe others will take up this dying art form.


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Second Semester

Wow, I thought the first semester was difficult, I am shaking in my chair just reading the syllabus' for the next three classes.  This semester, we have more reading, more papers and more tests... I am beginning to think they are trying to kill us!  

I had better get to reading, let the fun begin!

 

Monday, January 3, 2011

Starting Off with a Bang

What a rainy start to the new year!  It rained all day on the 1st and mom was unable to get a flight back to her neck of the woods.  Mom returned home on Sunday, it was sad to see her leave; but, she promised to come back once school is finished.  

I do not believe in resolutions being made each new year, I never keep them anyway, so why make a resolution only to be disappointed in myself later in the year?  DB has not made any resolutions that I am aware of.  Instead for 2011 both DB and I shall endeavor to live life to the fullest, to be present each day, and to believe in ourselves and each other.   


Be good to yourselves.