By beckysdad on Dec 6, 2013 at 3:08 PM
I'm glad to hear your buggy is still reliable in the cold weather. That's pretty critical. Snow blowers...I've heard of those...not much call for 'em round these parts. Did you finish off that cookie baking? I got more active than I anticipated this afternoon. We did go for a second walk after lunch and then I mowed the lawns. I figured it was a good time to do that since we have this rain "storm" coming tonight. Adtucally at this time of year it will probably be two or maybe three weeks before I mow again so it feels even better than usual to get it out of the way.
By Sylviag on Dec 6, 2013 at 11:47 AM
Wonderful! I was afraid it might be more painful this morning. Still snowing and supposed to all day and stay cold. Bryan just started up my buggy, the Tahoe, and took it around the block. It is not under cover here and he wanted to make sure it still ran with as cold as it has been. All the snow blowers will be going. Here in the winter they have those all lined up in front of Lowes and Home Depot. I do hope you get more than just a dribble of rain cuz I know you really need it. I promised myself I would get off at noon and do the rest of the cookies and it'sa lmost the witching hour. I can fritter away all day here having fun :)
By beckysdad on Dec 6, 2013 at 11:20 AM
Ear skritches have been delivered and they were much appreciated. Becky seems like she's right back to normal this morning. I was able to touch her incision this morning and she didn't flinch at all. I did give her one of the pain pills anyway with her breakfast and other than the dawn walk she's getting the day off. We'll resume normal duties tomorrow. I did finally get up on a ladder and clean out my gutters. I had to rake part of the roof as well since there were a bunch of leaves still hanging out there. They say there's a 70% chance of rain tonight so I wanted to get the gutters clear in advance of that. It probably won't amount to much moisture but I'll feel better knowing I prepped. It was a task that was long overdue. Your remaining cooking tasks sounds awfully tasty. I suspect that throwing a container of treats in the freezer slows down the munching process. Why is it I never do that? I'll bet that fire was just the thing on a cold morning. How bad is it there today?
By Sylviag on Dec 6, 2013 at 7:26 AM
Great news on Becky! Give her an ear skritch or two from me (and a very soft treat :) How is she doing today? When does she go back to the vet? Don't see Paws so power out likely. Nasty ice storm across a large swath of the interior. Got hung u on this, that and the other yesterday. True that on quantities as far as sweets go. Actually counting the candies, it's more like 17 different kinds :) By the time I mail and gift everything we're usually down to just one container that will give us treats through Jan. I only defrost a few at a time to keep us from going hog wild :) Glad we did our grocery shopping and ran other errands yesterday as we are due to get more snow today - a winter storm watch out. When Bryan gets up I'll have him start a fire and we'll hunker down. I could do it, but he feel it's a manly thing and he can do it better LOL Thanks on the comix. Just love the lights. Do u decorate for Christmas at all - toss around a few red bells or something? All I have left to do today are the anise biscotti and macademia butter cookies.
By beckysdad on Dec 5, 2013 at 6:20 PM
I just brought Becky home and she's fine. She seems comfy and she's just laying on the carpet behind me grooming. She's not fussing with her stitches or the bandage where they gave her the IV. I'll take that off before bed tonight. http://cheezburger.com/7940038400 I'll have some dinner now and she'll get some too after that. They told me to go easy on the food tonight and the exercise for a couple days. We'll see how it goes. Stay warm!
By beckysdad on Dec 5, 2013 at 5:55 AM
I love desserts but I get into enough trouble with main dishes. Things could really get out of hand with dessert. I can cook a single serving of dinner. I can't bake two cookies and if I have them around I eat them. I make a pretty fair chocolate chip and a decent peanut butter cookie but that's it in the cookie category. Dessert-wise...I like making pies and I do cream puffs and molten chocolate lava cakes. I used to make boston cream pies but I don't spend much time with cake as a rule. Did you say you made eleven different varieties? What's your line-up? I'd have a blast taking deer pics on your property on a regular day but with the babies I'd be nuts. What a great opportunity. Becky has been fine around horses and cattle so I suspect she'd be respectful of deer. Very small creatures like squirrels could have a bad time if I'm not around to keep her under voice control. It's nearly time for a shower and then our walk before the vet. It will be nice to have this one behind us. Enjoy your day. The Christmas comix is amazing...very festive.
By Sylviag on Dec 4, 2013 at 11:55 PM
The best pic of the deer is in the bottom panel. They're always around so I hope to get better pics of them especially in spring when they bring their babehs. http://cheezburger.com/7938765824
By Sylviag on Dec 4, 2013 at 9:48 PM
I'll be putting on some extra insulation too if I don't stop taste testing the cookies :) You love to cook and are a good one. I can tell even though I've never tasted your food just by the descriptions of what's for dinner. Do you make cookiesor desserts ever? Besides blueberry scones :) Please be sure to drop me a note on ho Becky did tomorrow. We have errands to run in the afternoon but I'll be thinking of her in the morning. Not put up the deer pics yet. They're uploaded to the main PC and I'm on the laptop and being lazy. If I want to use them I have to email them to myself. Becky being well behaved would likely quiver a little bit and want to checked out those critters more closely.
By beckysdad on Dec 4, 2013 at 9:42 PM
Brodie as just getting properly prepared for the colder weather in your new environment. I think it was very forward-thinking. A little extra insulation helps to ward off the cold. I can imagine how the other cats will respond to the new dietary plan..."Nice going, Brodie...way to spoil it for the rest of us!" Mmmm...toffee...that sounds tasty. No school today. That was yesterday and would ordinarily be tomorrow as well but since Becky has surgery I'm taking the day off. We'll get out at dawn for a romp on the school field and then a long walk and wind up at the vets place. I can drop her off between 7:30 and 8:30 and then I'll walk home and wait for news that I can go get her. I'll drive over to pick her up as I'm sure she won't be ready for a walk. She'll probably just be ready for a nap. I haven't looked...did you post the deer pictures you took? I'd love to live in deer country. I'm not sure how Becky would feel about it, though.
By Sylviag on Dec 4, 2013 at 8:45 PM
We got gigged on Brodie's weight :) We knew he was getting a wee bit chunky but so hard to control food intake with 4 of them. He's about 2 pounds overweight. Sigh. We promised to try a feeding schedule with a measured mix of wet and and dry food three times a day and no munchie bowl left out all day. That should maintain the other 3 and start him losing. I'm sure they're all gonna be thrilled with this plan - not. LOL Bryan helped me today and made the rum balls which required using the food processor which technically IS a power tool :) He got so inspired he made the English toffee too. I did some more cookies and chocolate nut fruit clusters. Down to 3 things left to make. I got some pics of deer in the snow in our front yard in the sun which was cool. The mountains were crystal clear today. Never got above 20 though. Supposed to stay cold through the weekend. School today?
By beckysdad on Dec 4, 2013 at 12:14 PM
I've never been in five degree temps but I get the sense that long pants would be in order. I'll bet it's pretty though I might prefer to enjoy the beauty from the inside of a large double paned picture window. How did the vet visit go? I hope you were able to travel safely. You're obviously in full Christmas mode. It's got to be fun to decorate and enjoy the new house. The folks do have an artificial Christmas Tree. It's much easier for them. While they still enjoy decorating it takes a fair amount of energy so they'll spread it out over time.
By Sylviag on Dec 4, 2013 at 8:37 AM
Brrrr, single digit temp this morning - 5 degrees so that snow that fell yesterday aint going nowhere. But a bright beautiful sunny day out. ED that Becky gets her surgery Thus. Brodie and Mango have their meet and greet with the new vet at 1030 and Brodie needs a booster shot of some kind. Our road is still snow and ice covered but hopefully when we get to one of the main roads it will be clearer. Made cookies til about 6 and then we decorated the tree and by the time we ate dinner as almost 8. Between ookies and some candy it is about 15 different kinds. Have 9 under my belt nd when we get back from vet will do some more as I need to do the mailers early next week. Do your folks have an artificial tree? I find most men do not get into the decorating thing except for outside and Bryan put out some more stuff yesterday. He is being limited because we need a couple more outdoor outlets that Dan hasn't had a chance to come over and put in yet. But he did get into decorating the tree. So far Squee hasnt' knocked anything off yet. Last year we did not decorate the tree at all except for some ribbons cuz he was so tiny and medically compromised that we didn't ant to take any chances on him hurting himself.
By beckysdad on Dec 3, 2013 at 11:52 AM
Congrats on your big win last night. You guys are pretty scary these days. I hope the fact that it's a home game makes a difference in our game but it might not matter with the way your boys are playing. That's ambitious dragging out the Christmas decorations already. I know that will be on my list the next time I go see the folks. I'll get the tree physically set up for them and then let them decorate at their leisure. That's not my cup of tea anyway. It was a very fun project to work on with Dad. I'll have great memories of the time we spent. How many different kinds of cookies will you be making?
By Sylviag on Dec 3, 2013 at 10:21 AM
The cradles came beautifully and what a wonderful joint project for you and Dad to do. Sounds like a great meal you had going there. I got to Paws first because of the game so u can ED about my day yesterday. It will be a very interesting game next week and we will not be at home which makes a difference. Tonight will be our lat leftovers as i will make some turkey enchiladas. A little time on here and it's cookie making. Shifting things from the big freezer to the side by side to make room for cookies. The 2 turkey carcasses are taking up way too much room :) School day today?
By beckysdad on Dec 1, 2013 at 12:03 PM
Ooops...right after I sent my message to you I saw that the game is tomorrow night...didn't mean to startle you. I'm glad you'll have sufficient time to fluff your pom-poms for the game. That would be nice for Bryan to have the supplies on hand to work on the deck when spirit and weather allow. Yup, walkies, football and likely a nap today. I managed to get a load of laundry done and some grocery shopping as well. The stuffing went over well but there was so much good food on hand that there were plenty of leftovers. I've had stuffing aplenty these last couple of days. I'm sure Squee would be thrilled to learn that the treats he enjoys are actually good for him, too. I wish more things I enjoyed were healthy as well.
By Sylviag on Dec 1, 2013 at 8:20 AM
How did your stuffing go? Squee e loves his little anti-B treats and hope he doesn't realize t really is a med :) That's such a nice tradition but I don't know how that would fly with our teenagers as they are at the age when sharing personal thoughts is something to be avoided at all costs LOL Aack, I had to look at my schedule, our game is tomorrow night. Need another day to prepare and get my pom poms fluffed up. Since we have the trailer and Coy i in no hurry to get it back, Bryan wants to go get a bunch of lumber so he can start working on the back deck sun room as winter weather permits. DG - sigh - between being sick and having other things to do, we have not made time for it I knew this would happen once we moved and did not have a regular crew and schedule of playing. We'll have to work on that. A day of football, walkies and nap for u today? We will have one more night of leftovers and then call it good for Thanksgiving.
By beckysdad on Dec 1, 2013 at 5:01 AM
Oh, and how is the gum medication delivery going?
By beckysdad on Dec 1, 2013 at 5:00 AM
You really provided MIL and everyone else a nice holiday. My mom got weepy too as we went around the table giving each person the opportunity to say something they were grateful for before grace. That's a tradition we do out at Mike's place. I'm so glad to hear that you're feeling better again. It takes a lot to slow you down so that cold had to be a nasty one. It's amazing how much material can build up over a series of seasons if you don't clear it out. That pine needle project was no small task but you'll reap the benefits for quite some time. Your Seahawks are going to have their hands full tonight but at least it's a home game. You'll need all that energy from the twelfth man to assure victory. The Niners won't have a cakewalk this afternoon either but we should be able to get past the Rams. Are you going to be able to get out for some DG any time soon?
By Sylviag on Nov 30, 2013 at 5:52 PM
ED and sounds like you and the fam had a great day together. I'm sure you made it up to Becky for not being able to join in :) So you got a hankering to do your ow turkey? I always say we should do a turkey at other times of the year but we never do. What I love is the turkey noodle soup a few weeks later. I froze both carcasses and sent everyone home with plenty of leftovers. MIL loved having everyone together and when she said "grace" she was almost in tears. We made a nice breakfast for her yesterday morning before we took her home. Rest of the day was spent cleaning up, laundry, putting away the silver, Tday decs etc. I had a bit of a relapse on the cold so went to bed very early. Cody dropped off his utility trailer yesterday. So we spent today loading all the piles Bryan had made and it took 2 loads. About 8 cubic yards worth. But now that we have the past 4-5 years worth of needles will never be that bad again. Still have the stuff to the right side of the house to do. Felt so much better today and it was great to get out in the fresh air. Then Costco and grocery store to get all the ingredients I need for Christmas cookies. Have to start tomorrow. Thanksgiving was really late this year and all of a sudden it's only 3 weeks til Christmas. Just glad I don;t have to do any Christmas present shopping as we adults don;t exchange anymore (except for MIL who loves to get and give prezzies) and the gkids would rather have the money.
By beckysdad on Nov 27, 2013 at 3:03 PM
Hmmm...that is indeed an interesting thought for the holiday. I trust your shopping trip went well. You've got to lay in major supplies for the troops you've got coming in. How is Squee doing today? Enjoy the time with the family.
By Sylviag on Nov 27, 2013 at 10:07 AM
In case we miss each other next two days, I wish you and your family a wonderful time together. ED Paws - have to go into town anyways and start all the cooking stuff. Son just called and they're in Shasta so will be home this afternoon. I'll be happy when they are home safe. A big hugz to you and Becky and a little thought for you http://cheezburger.com/7925050368
By Sylviag on Nov 26, 2013 at 9:53 PM
Sweet dreemz. I knew Mom would enjoy the dinner and I bet you enjoyed the steak - unless of course you had broccoli quiche :) That's great on the doll cradle. They will be done well before Christmas. Does your mom sew of crochet? I was wondering if she makes little blankies for the cradles. I have a bunch of afghan squares for my nawt yet finished afhan that might b finished before I die. If I lived closer I would make a couple little afghans for them.
By beckysdad on Nov 26, 2013 at 9:43 PM
Zen is definitely preferable to a throbbing head. I'm glad you're back on your feet...and just in time to cook your butt off. I'm glad things worked out with Squee. It's heartbreaking to see any of our furbabies not feeling well. We had a good evening out and Mom enjoyed her birthday. We assembled the doll cradles and got a stain put on there. We still need to put a coat of protective poly-urethane on before we can call it done. They look pretty good and the construction came together nicely. They have a good, even rocking motion. No nap for me today so I'm looking forward to slipping off to be shortly.
By Sylviag on Nov 26, 2013 at 4:39 PM
I am all Zen again now that the C-clamp has been removed from my head and the cotton wool extracted LOL ED Paws on Squees antibiotics. We're back on track. She thinks there was some ingredient that did not agree with him as it wasn't a case of him spitting it out immediately, it was a delayed reaction when it hit his stomach. I am lucky with counter space as I do have a lot as long as I can keep Bryan from piling up odds and ends on whatever indoor project he is tackling on MY counter. I think it is always a treat for the elders to take them out for a meal. MIL loves that too. Enjoy the evening ROFL on the sideburns! When we're out and about and Bryan has to run into a store for some little thing that doesn't take both of us. I ask "You got enough cash?" and he says "You know what I have in my wallet better than me.: which is true cuz I check his wallet out periodically to make sure he does have cash and tuck in a a couple of 20s if he's running lo
By beckysdad on Nov 26, 2013 at 10:14 AM
That concrete fire pit sounds safe but it explains why you were thinking it would take so long. I'm glad to hear that you're feeling better today. It would be bad to be sick through the holiday. I share your dream of the double oven. Wouldn't that be nice? Lots of work space, too! What did the vet have to say? Does he thing it was just anxiety that caused Squee to vomit? I can see how a tussle might make him anxious. Mom is 84 today. We're going out to dinner at a steak house. It's going to be a good day! I just got back from getting my hair cut. I had to chuckle because the guys sitting next to me was there because his wife sent him in to get cleaned up. They discussed what she wanted him to do and then they asked what he wanted to do about his sideburns...there was a long pause...the poor guy. It seems his wife hadn't told him what he wanted to do about his sideburns. The hairdresser acted as the wife's proxy and told him what he ought to do.
By Sylviag on Nov 26, 2013 at 7:27 AM
They have a very long no burn season here and even when they do allow burning, everyone is super careful. There is a large concrete block enclosed fire pit that Bryan has been using. Feeling better today and back with the living - not quit up to my obnoxiously perky self but soon I hope. Hope to get our grocer shopping done today. We have 2 12 pound fresh turkeys on order. I love having a big enough oven now to where I can do that. Our old house had a small wall oven that was a challenge sometimes. My dream would be a double oven. Last night we actually got the meds down Squee - then he threw them right back up. Have to call the vet today to see what to do. Thanks on Bosco - I told another friend I just channel him and let him write :) I Ed that the 49rs won - glad to hear it. ED it's your Mom's birthday - a very happy one to her. How old is she? Are u having dinner there tonight?
By beckysdad on Nov 25, 2013 at 7:19 PM
Becky wasn't the most skilled dock diver there that day but she was very enthusiastic and had a blast. You said it would take forever to burn all those pine needles. I think you meant to burn them safely. Those things could go up quickly in the right conditions I'll bet. Bryan probably enjoys having all these projects to work on. It stinks that you're still feeling so punk. It's probably a chocolate deficiency...you might want to look into that. I EDd where Squee is making gum applications interesting. It's too bad kittehs struggle with that stuff so much. It's easy with Becky. Anything thrown in her food gets wolfed down with no hesitation. If I forget to throw a pill in then I just smear it with peanut butter...poof...it's gone. I lub Bosco's Fanksgibbin.
By Sylviag on Nov 25, 2013 at 4:02 PM
Kewl on Becky's dock diving. She's ready for the big time :) Who took the pic? ED you went to Point Lobos and got the pics of the seal. They are so roly poly cute. Beautiful day here and Bryan has been industrious outside clearing up the front yard by the road which is an overgrown mess with about a foot deep of pine needles. Will have to borrow son's utility trailer to take it the the dump for composting as it would take forever to burn all that. Bryan is happy to see the neighbor across the street has a bunch of Christmas lights and decs in his yard. Way too early for me but he was hoping other neighbors got into decorating. We will really miss our big magnolia that he used to decorate from top to bottom. Can't get the same effect with the big Ponderosas we have here. Did get my menu and shopping list together for Thus and hope to feel better by then. Did you try making the stuffing again? So nice to see Renadee back.
By beckysdad on Nov 24, 2013 at 7:22 PM
They judge distance by the front paws. The current record is just over 32 feet.
By beckysdad on Nov 24, 2013 at 7:17 PM