Monday, June 30, 2008

CNN and Larry King Live!

Larry, I love to watch your show, but as I sat here in my chair, browsing the web looking for used exercise equipment, I nearly snapped my neck to see why on earth you'd have Paul Lynde (isn't he dead?) as "Templeton" from Charlotte's Web" discussing oil leases, the price of gas, and our position in the world economy.

My gut reaction was WHAT?!

Then, I see that the voice is actually that of Robert Kennedy, Jr. Sorry Robert, I meant no offense, but that is what I wondered.

Not to be rude, but what's the deal with the Paul Lynde "rat voice"? They're uncannily familiar.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Metamorphosis: Sweet Baby Angel to Howling Screeching Demon!

Someone come save me! Well, not really. We've finally got this under control, and Baby Sprout has been the dream baby from Day One. But this past few days to a week, she's been a nightmare. I've never heard such noises, and my sassy little teen was nothing like this when she was a baby, I swear! Poor little Sprout. Anyway, we finally got to the bottom of this problem: This kid as at least 12 teeth, and she bites like a fiend to show them off. I am going to have to break her from that, somehow!

Now, when you hear these kinds of noises, you go through the mental checklist: Has she been hurt? Is she hungry? Does she have a messy diaper? Is she in pain - or is she having a massive temper tantrum - and if so, for what reason? Is she fevered? Has she been possessed by an evil demon? Ok, not really this last item, but you get the point. She's stubborn, too. Very stubborn, so trying to look into her little mouth is like trying to find the Holy Grail. Nearly impossible - and it takes forever.

Anyway, I've been using Baby Tylenol to ease the pain, teething rings, ice-cold 100% pure white cotton washcloths so she can chew on them, and (lastly) MY ARM; trust me, this is not offered up voluntarily!

Generally speaking, she is really a very good baby, really, a TRUE BLESSING, but this past week has been just horrendous. My teen has sworn that she will never have kids as a result of this week with Sprout. There's been no soothing or pleasing her. To look into that little mouth, you have to tickle her, or let her get so mad that she wails (with her uvula flapping away. I hate that. This little kid can be really loud)! Anyway, these teeth are nearly through; so, maybe she'll go back to being "Little Miss Easy-Going Dream Baby" soon. I hope so. Hopefully life will return to normal - until the next set comes in. They are coming in pairs, but those "two-sided" teeth are really something!

For anyone who is in the same boat that I am, here are some
baby teething tips. You can never be too prepared. Trust me.

PS: Baby Orajel only ticks her off. It numbs her little tongue and makes her scream even louder.

Monday, June 23, 2008

More photos added to the wedding album!

Photobucket Album
We just made it!

Whew! The storm passed us!

Good thing, too. I have my van sold, and I was really worried about any potentially damaging hail. Thankfully, we had none! I'm so relieved. No more flooding or anymore messes!

Crystal and Tyler's Wedding! CONGRATS!

This album has been significantly revised due to frequent power outages and upload interruptions. See the latest here!

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Hell's Bells! George Carlin is dead, and we're getting the storm of the year, now?!

I am so proud of Crystal and Tyler's wedding photos (I *just* got them uploaded and that is it - the power keeps tripping - and I've lost my connection too many times. It's time for me to GET OFFLINE - NOW)!

Anyway, George is messing with my connection, I just know it. He is evidently bored where ever he has been sent to. I have been hurrying to get them uploaded so that the family could see them (in Texas, in Mississippi, in California, and in New York), and now we're about to get hit with the worst storm - maybe ever! Will these storms never end?

The weather alerts just went off, and we are about to get HIT HARD!! REALLY HARD with winds up to 60 mph, heavy hail, damaging winds, and cloud to ground lightening. If you don't hear from me for awhile, you'll know why. In the meantime, take a look at yesterday's wedding photos!

Congratulations and best wishes to "the kids"! We love you, and we're so very proud of you two!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

What the heck?!?

Monday, June 09, 2008

Dog Daze

The weather here has been incredible. We've had nasty thunderstorms that knocked out the power and flooded the area last week, and yesterday we had a heat wave of over 100 degrees. You know those kind of days: Hot. Humid. Muggy. The kind of day that makes a person downright miserable.

My boy, Fang, has just the perfect solution to dealing with days like that! Fang is about two years old, and he is still just a pup. He was full of energy, well, until the heat hit. We need to brush him out since he's shedding his winter coat.

The only thing to have really benefited from the heavy storms was John's Christmas Cactus. This thing shot up overnight after the flooding!

Meanwhile, it took John the whole day yesterday to rake, shovel, and pack all of the rocks and debris out of our yard. He takes great pride in a nice lawn, and the storms really messed everything up. I fully realize that what we had was not even a drop in the bucket compared to what those in the deep south face, all too often, but after this last storm, I was about ready to pack up and move. I don't know how those down in Louisiana, Florida, and Texas stay the course.

All of this debris was scattered all over our yard (and we have a large yard that takes about four hours to mow from start to finish). When the rains came, all we could see was water all around our house. We were an island unto ourselves last week, and we couldn't see ground anywhere. Gosh, that's redundant, but then again, so was all of that water.

All of the grounding we'd laid out and spread for the "camper thing" to rest upon has washed away, and somehow, we're going to have to shore that back up. In hindsight, I see that was not the best place to have located my little hideout, which serves as a craft area, an office, and a guest bedroom. I'm surprised it is still standing and didn't float on down the road. The best way to have seated this "camper thing" would have been to have poured concrete runners the length of the unit and then tied it down, but with the baby coming as quickly as she did, there was no time, or money, to go that route.

There's much work to be done this summer. Much.

Lastly, as we were working on trying to get things back in order yesterday, Sprout turned into a Dragon Queen. There has never been so much screaming, roaring, growling, and howling (well, as least since the last werewolf convention, of which she surely is the pack leader). As it turns out, I see that my sweet little girl (and she is that - normally) has just cut two more new teeth. I forget what they are called, but they are located right before the molars, and they have the double edges. Of course, she got hers in two at a time. Miss Sprout now has 10 teeth, and she uses them.


Does anyone have any body armor for sale?

Friday, June 06, 2008

Word of the Day: Procrastination.

I just read a glider buddy's comments about a hard lesson she had learned, and she felt horrible about it. Well, each of us has been guilty of procrastination, at one time or another. Sometimes, it's just the littlest things, and we mean to do them, but we just forget, or say, "Next time I'm in town" or any number of other valid reasons (or, yes, when even make excuses "just because we don't wanna, or aren't ready - and there is a difference between reasons and excuses). Still, when "it happens", whatever the resultant problem is, we beat ourselves up over it, which rarely, if ever, does any good, so we might as well move on, anyway. However, griping about how and why we've procrastinated and caused our own problems, though, does help us to move on - if only to serve as a warning to others what CAN happen when we fail to act when we should.

This week, especially, with all of the storms out in the midwest (yes, we got hit hard here, even in my little po-dunk nowhere town), we need to ask ourselves, "What would I do in the case of (fill in the blank)?"

In my case, June 3rd, at about 12:30 a.m., we got hit so hard with a severe thunderstorm that the power went out (this has happened before), but I FORGOT to buy a backup power source to keep my sump pump on in the event of a power failure. Guess what? The basement flooded, and we had water up past John's knees (and he's 6'1"). Now, I'd been talking about cleaning out my basement for forever, and I have been - a little at a time - but when you have over 14 years worth of "stuff" - it's hard to do, either because of sentimental reasons and keepsakes, or TONS of books, and, well, these things just take time.

Now, cleaning my basement has been "expedited." There's a whole lot less to think about and worry over. Now, I have to just throw most of it out. That's this weekend's fun for me.

So, what do you want to do, need to do, or have been putting off for whatever reason?

By the way, this is a great time to think about what you would do in the case of an emergency. How would you take care of your pets in the event of an emergency?