By wally01 on Aug 31, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Hey. 2katmom sent me a message. I didn't see Phyllis this week or last week. I was helping at the library because the librarian here (scarletarrow) was sick. When I left work, I still had to check on The Herd before dark to feed and check water. I was so tired I didn't go by there. They had a shake-up at the nursing home. Some people were let go. New administrator and some new staff hired. I'll try to get by this weekend and let you know. Hugs, Linda
By beckysdad on Aug 31, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Ok, here's the condensed version of the bio. I'm the fourth of five kids, never married, worked as a stockbroker/financial planner and then managed a couple offices of brokers. I retired a few years back and now spend my time taking care of the folks, playing with Becky, fartin' around on ICHC and volunteering a few hours a week teaching math to fourth graders. My siblings all live within a couple hours drive so we still get together with for holidays and special occasions. The folks celebrated 62 years of marriage this last May and they are disgustingly adorable. What were your favorite parts of DC? What about work on your end?
By luvmy8catz on Aug 31, 2012 at 9:53 PM
You are right, it has been a busy day. I spent 2 hours at the Vet with ollie this morning, took care of my River cats and helped my sister with the 4 kittens. I wish you could knock on my door, I need some help with about 20 cats plus the neighborhood strays ;) I have to have Ollie back to the Vet in the morning. I don't even feel like making lol's tonight and that is not like me. I will let you know tomorrow how Ollie is doing. Thanks for being a friend. Luv, Hugs, and Headbonks, Y.O.M.
By beckysdad on Aug 31, 2012 at 8:38 PM
Love it...now when I read your notes I'll be hearing Paula Deen! I love DC as well. That was the trip I took when I first retired. I spent days roaming the various Smithsonian Museums, the memorials and Mr. Vernon. I could go back there and really spend some significant time. I'm a huge history buff so I eat that stuff up. I haven't been back to NYC since I was a kid. When I was seven my family rented a motorhome and drove across the country and back. I was too young to fully appreciate it but I have many fond and vivid memories of that trip. I could see how Jeff might not want to think of his "down home" roots as his life has no doubt become very cosmopolitan. What type of law does he practice these days? Parents are great for embarrassing their kids. I remember the first time my folks came to visit me in one of the offices I managed. I could hear my dad in the lobby say to my receptionist "Is my widdow boy here?" Actually, that didn't embarrass me. I just laughed. It's been five years since I've flown but I enjoy it when I do. I had to do a few trips for business back in the day and that accounts for most of my commercial flying. I have a friend who is a pilot and I used to fly with him when he was taking lessons and then when he bought his Bonanza. That was lots of fun. I even joined him for a flight in a tail dragger out over the coast where we did some aerobatics. That was very cool. I'm only four hours away from the Sierras so I can get a mountain fix without too much trouble. In fact. I'm thinking of doing a day trip out to Yosemite in the next couple of weeks. I was born in Southern California but we moved up here when I was three. My career was here...sitting on a mountain top is not conducive to being or managing financial professionals. I mentioned my fantasy to move to Oregon and live where it's incredibly green. In truth, I won't ever move away while my folks are alive. They live half an hour away and I spend a good deal of time with them trying to make their final years as easy as possible. You know how that is. The only Labor Day plans happen tomorrow. Part of the family is getting together to celebrate Dad's 84th birthday. I'll be manning the grill tomorrow. Mostly I'm a homebody, too. I do like to slip out for a long day of playing but sleeping overnight elsewhere is not my idea of a good time. I do plenty of long single day treks...like Yosemite.
By beckysdad on Aug 31, 2012 at 7:43 PM
That a girl! Embrace it and don't ever apologize for it. Mamas have a right to be proud. That's quite a life that smarty pants has led. Getting to travel the world like that is an education in itself. Does he speak any foreign languages? What an interesting reaction your second son had to Colorado. I think most people love home and think their locale has the best of many things. I'm more of a mountain guy than a beach guy so I would have fallen in love with Colorado and being in the middle of the Rockies. Have you lived in Georgia all your life?
By beckysdad on Aug 31, 2012 at 6:47 PM
It is sad to think of Becky being that close but out in the Central Valley, people breed Labs like there's no tomorrow and many wind up in shelters. Schultz and killer had to be quite a pair. How interesting that a green tomato would become a fixation. I selected a female dog on purpose...men just have too many bad habits. The problem with having a girl dog is when it comes to naming them. With a girl you have to be sweet and respectful. With a guy you can be irreverent and funny. I always had a fantasy of having a male dog and just naming him "Dawg". If I had a kid that was a Harvard schooled lawyer and another one that's a first responder I sure wouldn't have waited this long to insert them into a conversation. I would have forgiven an opening line of "Hi, I'm Deb. Did I mention my son the first responder or my other son the Harvard schooled Lawyer?" That's something for both of them to be very proud of and for you to be very proud of as well. It's too bad that as close as you are to them that you can't get together with your siblings more often. Lives get very busy though and it's tough to arrange schedules. Our family used to be very consistent in getting together every quarter to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries. As the grandkids have grown up and started families of their own(complete with in-laws) it's much more difficult to get everyone together. I love that your boys used to get to ride the Collie. Good dogs are so great with kids!
By NCcharmer on Aug 31, 2012 at 5:06 PM
Oh girl, we can find you a kitteh. We can even have it delivered to Atlanta. No problem!!! All the available kittens were taken this week, but we have next week. I will ask the lady if any from this week could be available and get you a photo
By beckysdad on Aug 31, 2012 at 4:11 PM
That's such a tough story about Bonnie. It really is sad that she had to go through such an ordeal. I can certainly understand getting terribly attached to the little ones and the concerns for their safety, particularly around Halloween. Some humans are just sick! I rescued Becky at 8 months and she was already spayed when I got her. I wanted a spayed Lab and wouldn't change my mind about that but, having seen Becky interact with puppies and falling in love with her the way I have, I do sometimes wish I could have seen her have a litter of pups. I think she would have been a great mom. I got her at ARF in Walnut Creek. Tony LaRussa founded it with his wife. People don't drop dogs there. Arf goes out to shelters and grabs dogs that are on death row. Becky was on a 24 hour kill list in Modesto when they snagged her. How she wound up in a shelter is a mystery to me. When I got her she was house trained, crate trained and microchipped. My best guess is that some family had the best of intentions but were overwhelmed with her energy. For months after I got her she got three walks a day which bled off the excess energy. At home she is a dream with no destructive tendencies. She lays on her bed and is content to wait for our next outing. She's always game for another adventure. BTW I loved the underdog/adventure dog LOL. Jeannie is the gray muzzled dog you see in many photos. She is 75% Lab and 25% goldie. The bulldog is Solo and the adorable little girl is my great-niece, Ashley. I'm fortunate that in my neighborhood there are many sweet dogs available for puppy playdates. I have photos of many of those dogs mixed in there, too. Berg is a St. Bernard puppy and Daisy is the goldie from the video. Becky and Daisy are amazing together. That's a great story about having to decoy Peanut in order to feed the dogs. My dad had a Collie when he was a kid that was very protective of him. If Dad was due for a spanking, they had to lock the dog in the shed otherwise Nellie would be all over them. Time and energy are certainly barriers to spending time in the kitchen. It's certainly tougher to get motivated to just cook for yourself, too so it makes sense that you not devote the same time to it that you used to. Does your sister live anywhere close to you?
By elizabuff on Aug 31, 2012 at 2:38 PM
Thanks so much for your understanding words and kindness. I just love him so much. Me and my kids (who were just starting high school then) rescued Jerry and his litter mate, Fizz (who died at age 9) when they were not even weaned - someone just threw them out in the alley in a paper bag (6 little 4 wk pld babies!) and a bunch of us went to the rescue. I took the last two (two daughters so two cats). I got Lolly about 3 years ago when a friend of my older daughter found her. I love all critters but these babies are my family!
By elizabuff on Aug 31, 2012 at 1:44 PM
Jerry will be 19 in November and was diagnosed with brain cancer about 2 years ago. We decided to forego treatment for that because 1) it's cruel to my mind; and 2) just too expensive. He has occasional seizures where he has trouble walking and balancing for a few days after, so we just keep him warm and offer him food and water and the litter box. We just treasure each day with him. When he howls we answer with meow sounds and with talk and if that doesn't calm him down, we snuggle with him if he wants and just keep an eye/ear out for him. He just seems to get lost and confused and it breaks my heart. The moment he seems to be in pain or can no longer care for himself, we'll take him to the hospital - but not before. Until then we just love him and enjoy him as much as we can each day.
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