George at the Zoo

Over the weekend, Nicole, her mom, sister and Addie went to the zoo in Kansas City. 

Zoo

Zoo

Not sure what she was watching but happy to see that George is enjoying the zoo too. That girl goes nowhere without Curious George. It’s so funny to see!

Zoo

Zoo

I’d say George is doing everything Addie is doing!

Zoo

Zoo

George may need a few lessons about going down a slide!

Zoo

Zoo

Addie seems to be having a grand time!

Worn Out!

Worn Out!

And it looks like Addie and George both are completely tuckered out!

Zoo

Zoo

I try to see Chad in Addie but all I see, from looking at her, are these two. Nicole and her sister. Addie sometimes looks more like Allison than she does Nicole. She acts a whole lot like Chad did at that age. Apparently Nicole was a very easy going, even tempered child. Her sister and Chad both were not so easy going and Addie has a whole lot of that . . maybe it’s the only child (for now) but she is hard headed . . and cute as a button, even when being hard headed!

 

An Anniversary

May 1, 2011 – Vince’s official start date in Brownwood. He was still back and forth between the job here and the job in Nevada, MO for a month or so and I didn’t move here til mid-August. Five years he’s been here.

It’s been a fun ride. Looking back, I guess like everything  . . it seems like just yesterday and in other ways, it seems like we’ve lived here forever.

I had always told Vince that I would move anywhere in the south EXCEPT Texas. I’ll never forget that morning he called me. I was making the bed and the phone rang  . . which was early for our phone to ring. It was Vince telling me that a friend had called and suggested he apply for a job in Brownwood and he wanted to know what I thought about moving. That was in late January or early February. I said . . It’s TEXAS! Vince said something like “Good . . I knew you’d understand!” I hung up from talking to Vince and called Chad. He was graduating from college in May and I told him . . Vince is wanting to move to Texas and in my gut, I think it’s going to happen so you’d better be seriously thinking about your path after graduation.

You know the rest of this story! Looking back at how many houses we made offers on . . some we could never get offers accepted, some we got all the way to the point of inspections, only to have them all fall through. I think we had offers accepted on 5 or 6 houses and something always happened and now I believe it’s all because this is the place we needed to be. Three of the houses were in Comanche, which would have been quite a drive for Vince to make one day. In fact, one of them was a good ways past Comanche. At the last minute, we found the house at the lake to rent and that was not a great experience. This place, with the great garden spot and being way back off the road, is just perfect for us . . if we have to be in Texas!  🙂

Honestly, we were sitting outside tonight and I told Vince that I could be happy here forever, if I could just see Chad, Nicole and Addie more. His answer:  Skype!  Yes, that works for a couple of months but then I want real hugs and real kisses! I was thinking . . if you like Skype so much, I’ll get an apartment in MO and you and I can Skype! No matter where we end up, or how long we stay here, I’m not cut out to be a city dweller and I think living out here, we’ve both come to realize how important real freedom – from city ordinances, and neighborhood covenants, are for us.

Even as much as I miss Chad, Nicole and Addie, I’m truly happy with our place here and how we spend our days and nights.

There’s something digging holes in our front yard. I’m not sure if it’s an armadillo or a skunk or whatever but we set some trail cams out and yesterday I was looking at the pictures. Oh, my . . we will have to change our ways if we ever move to a neighborhood. Some of what I saw on those pictures was anywhere from comical to pathetic. We go out with dogs and let chickens out just about daylight . . and we are NOT dressed for public viewing.

I wonder what the next five years holds. Lots of changes – probably retirement, maybe a move. Hopefully, wherever we are, whatever we’re doing, we’ll still be loving life and having fun.

A Sad Little Dog

Two things to remember as you read this post:

  1. Leaving home is torture for me. I have to work to make myself do it.
  2. I live 20 minutes from most anything .. farther from most things.

I had a dentist appointment for Monday to get the prep work done on getting two crowns replaced. That’s enough right there to ruin my week, right? The dentist had a funeral to attend and my appointment had to be changed to today. I thought Speck had a followup vet visit yesterday. Thank goodness I called first because it was today . . same time as my dentist appointment. The vet moved Speck’s visit up to 8:30 and my dentist appointment was at 10. I was calculating . . If I’m out of the vet’s office by 8:50, I can get Speck home and I can get back to town to the dentist. I asked Vince to please check his voice mail because I might have to leave Speck at the vet and Vince might have to go get him on his way home from lunch.

The vet found that Speck had a heart murmur and wanted to keep him and run some tests. They scheduled me to meet back with the vet at 3:30. Great . . that freed me up from having to race home and back to town. Left the vet and ran by Dollar General to see about some pans I needed for growing fodder and got to the dentist in plenty of time.

I was in the dentist chair over 2 hours! Rough way to spend 2 hours. Left the dentist, ran by the pharmacy to pick up meds, ran home, went straight to the garden. Picked peas. Left and went straight to friend’s house way out by the lake to exchange peas for milk. Rushed home to put the milk in the fridge. Rushed back to the vet for 3:30 appointment!

Speck

Speck

I had told them at the vet to be careful .. he’s gotten really snippy in his old age. He tried to bite them. They put a muzzle on him. He was fighting trying to get that off and ripped a toe nail completely out (bandage on his foot!). They ended up sedating him to get x-rays.

He does have a heart murmur but his heart is not in bad condition. He still has his sinus issues so he’s on two antibiotics. Right now he’s still kinda out of it from the sedation but hopefully, the meds will make him better.

When I walked in with Speck, Rita was so excited to see him. It’s kinda sad how much she misses him and knowing . . it isn’t going to be long before he’s not around. I’m not sure we’ll get another dog when Speck is gone. It’s pretty costly with vet bills and I’m just not up to housebreaking a new dog. I wouldn’t bet the farm that Rita is housebroken yet!

Anyway . . I’m back home after making what seems like a dozen trips to town today. If Vince even mentions leaving the house this weekend, I’m not going to be happy!