Sunday, June 29, 2008

RIP Sunshine

Friday morning we took Gabby's little buddy, Sunshine, in to our vet to be humanely put down. She was a brave little girl (both Gabby and Sunshine). I had emailed our vet a few times on Thursday and she said if we brought her in, she'd take care of it for us for no charge. We went first thing in the morning and took along the little wooden 'coffin' Gab's had decorated for her to be burried in. I tossed in a couple of old baby washcloths and they wrapped her nicely in them after she was gone. They even gave her a little ceramic heart with a paw print on it.

When we got home, we made the stepping stone kit we had bought a few weeks ago when we first thought Sunshine was going to die. We put the paw print stone from the vet in the middle of it.

Yesterday, we picked the spot and burried her and placed the stone on top of her grave. (our fat cow of a cat, Scratches, went out and peed on her today, ugh)

Saturday we also got some new additions: 6 new fish and a new fancy hamster that Gabby named Daisy (sure hope she's a girl). The new hammy is so cute, looks like a wobbly cotton ball! She seems to have a good disposition and lets us pet her and Gabby has held her several times today without incident, except for potty messes.

Thursday, June 26, 2008


I just got the call this evening that everything is all set to take Grandma back "home" tomorrow at noon. Mom's been waiting for them to call her for 2 days but apparently they had her number wrong so they finally just called me. Well, whatever, at least she can finally go home, with a few provisions. She'll be pretty much isolated to her own room until the C Dif (not sure the real name, that is just what they called it) infection is cleared. Honestly, we think she'll get over it faster by being left in her own room anyways because chances are she was re-picking up the infection by going to the PT/OT room where all the other residents go anyways. She'll also be much closer to visit - less than 5 min vs. 20 min away.

On a sad note: Gabby's little hamster Sunshine is once again knocking on death's door. Nobody ever seems to answer though so the poor little thing is left to suffer with her icky oozing blood tumor. I finally sent an email to our vet asking how much to put her down humanely. She has to be suffering with that huge tumor and she looks miserable, yet oddly enough she gets really happy and perky when we go in to talk to her and pet her.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

I can't believe

that it's almost July. Wow, each day just seems to blend into the next and before I know it, it's almost time to flip the calendar.

The kids go batty being home some days but I can't justify driving somewhere just for boredoms sake. I'll be going through enough gas once school starts so I want to try to save up over the summer.

Grandma will *hopefully* be able to go back to assisted living this Friday, if not Monday. Happy days!! The rehab center is trying to say she needs to stay until July 22nd until the course of medication she is on is finished. She developed a digestive bug while there. Her assisted living center is working with us to get her out of the rehab place because we think they are intentionally lowing then raising her dose of this medicine. Chances are she is re-catching the bacteria when she goes down to the therapy room as well since we all know they do not sterilize the equipment after each patient. Assisted living said she could come back and finish the course of medicine while in her own room, even if she needs to be quarantined. She'll probably miss BINGO and a few activities for a few weeks but I think the fact that she'll be back *home* will more than make up for it.

Saturday, June 21, 2008


The girls and I met a friend and her kids today at the playground. It was great to have adult conversation while the kids ran around and played. Natalie had mentioned when we first got there that we forgot sunscreen. Oops. I told her it'd be ok this time. Well, we were there for about 2 1/2 hours and about an hour after getting home I itched my arm. It started stinging right away and I thought "what the..." until I looked and saw the awesome farmers tan I had happening on that arm. I also have a nice square on my leg from mid-thigh to knee. It's hilarious. Natalie ended up slightly pink on her arms, but not bad. Gabby just got tan. She's got my skin from younger years and Natalie has Jeff's sun sensitive skin. I told Nat that we won't forget next time.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Ever Wish?

Somtimes I really cannot be around my kids. Natalie knows just what buttons to push to get me riled up. I swear she thinks I am on this earth to follow behind her and clean up the messes in her wake. Believe me, there is plenty of mess wherever she goes. I'd LOVE to throw away all stuffed animals. I'm also thinking I shouldn't have any food in the house because she is such a little piglet and makes a mess of anything she eats. Yes, I know that this is what kids do, but some days I'm just sick of it and want to go on strike, but I won't because I can't stand to have a hugely messy/dirty home.

On a good note, Grandma should be able to get sprung from rehab very soon. She ended up with a secondary intestinal bacteria, which is common. She's now on some liquid medicine she gets 4x a day to clear it up and we have to scrub our hands when leaving her room. As soon as she tests negative she can go back to her assisted living. She is so relieved we have a light at the end of the tunnel. She did say the medicine is helping so I think she is feeling a little better too.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Yummy Mummy

Does life get any better than brownies? I just entered a blog contest here about Yummy Mummy Brownies. They look to die for!! I need to go lose a few pounds so I can order some, and not share :) Now I need to go wipe the drool from my keyboard.

Unit Meeting Motivation

I love going to our Tupperware unit meetings, especially after big months. While I sold barely more than squat last month (about 250) I still ended up with a great prize. I got an olive oil mister, makeup case with brushes/sponges, and some silly string for the kids to play with outside later if they are good.

I'm always so pumped up afterwards and want to go out and sell and book parties. So, who wants to have a party now??? That's where I always get hung up. I hate making calls and bugging people but that is probably how I'd be able to get some datings. I sent out a large email blast last night in hopes of generating some sales at least. I've gotten 6 web viewings so far since I've done that.

There's only a few weeks left to be able to buy the dining trays, which are fabulous for anyone who ever has campouts, home BBQ's, potlucks where you have to BYO dinnerware, great for kids to use. There's just not enough good things to say about them. They have one big compartment, 2 small compartments, and a slot to hold your silverware as you peruse the poutluck line. They don't bend and break like paper plates and also you can keep your foods separated so they don't run into each other (ie: no jello flavored burger buns LOL). Feel free to check out my website to see what else is on sale this month.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Where did summer go?

So after having the last 2 weeks being hot and humid, today is quite chilly and breezy. The girls and I went to the park with some MMC mommies and we were all pretty cold.

The mystery allergic reaction is now on both palms. Still have no clue what exactly it is from, other than something outside. I think I'm gonna buy some heavy duty gloves to wear when mowing and also I'll have to wear jeans since I have a large rash on my thigh too. Drinking the kids Benedryl helps to control the itchiness but makes me REALLY tired. One of these days I probably should go and have an allergy test done to figure out what I am for sure allergic to. I also have some spray for the yard to kill all the weeds (basically my whole yard, LOL) that I'm going to spray this week as long as there is no rain forcasted.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

What could it be?

Something in the outside world doesn't like me!! LOL 2 weeks ago I battled some sort of crazy rash that swelled up my ear and left blisters, then started taking over my hand (both on the left side). I tried Cortaid, Benedryl cream and liquid, and finally used my steroid ointment which finally helped.

Yesterday I mowed the yard and now I have more rash starting on top of my left hand and also some on the palm of my right. I don't trim the grass by hand, I push the mower. One would think my legs would break out since I had on shorts and any grass/weed clippings would hit there before getting to my hands. I washed my hands and arms as soon as I was done, and jumped in the shower within half hour of being done to wash off any pollen, outdoor dirt, etc.

I'm perplexed by this.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Today Looks Like...

...a great day to mow the yard LOL. It really needs it and hopefully it will dry out a little bit so I can get it done.

On another yard related note, we've been having toads all over the yard. Yesterday one was at the bottom of the back porch steps, then when I was taking the cover off the girls pool to drain it so I can mow, there was one stuck on the cover of it. I about peed myself when I was spreading out the cover to dry it and here sits this ugly brown toad. He didn't seem to have a care in the world, otherwise he was scared silly. Gabby caught him a few times in her butterfly net :) I finally made her put him over in the garden area. I'm hoping they stay outta my way when I get the mower out!!

Sweeps are going pretty well still. I have won a bunch of Subway free Flat Earth chips coupons. I also won a canvas bracelet yesterday too. Still waiting on my big 7-11 check, but it's only been 2 weeks so I have up to 8 more weeks of waiting on it. I'm really trying hard to win some free Henry Ford Museum tickets. Seems like lots of out of state people keep winning them. I did buy some from a lady for $22 though. That saves us $16 if we lie and say Natalie isn't 5 yet, shhhhhhhhh.

Friday, June 13, 2008

More Winnings

Today I won a canvas bracelet from Cool Mom Picks. This is my second win from them, they are very nice. I've won a bunch of free Flat Earth Chips from Subway but have yet to redeem one. I also won a free Tuscani Pasta dinner from Pizza Hut that we did order up on Wednesday. We got the chicken alfredo. Could have been a little creamier and a little less fresh ground pepper, but overall was good. The breadsticks have changed though and that is way disappointing.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Some Sneeze

So last week Thursday I was getting Gabby up and myself dressed so I could take her and Dakota to school. I was walking out of Natalie's room and across the hall to Gabby's room. I started sneezing, which is nothing unusual for me, when all of a sudden something jarred my back/neck and I was frozen in pain. I managed to loosen up enough to get dressed and had Gabby put on a pain patch across my shoulders, but I have been in pain ever since. I know, I should probably go to the chiropractor but I really just don't want to part with $35 per visit there. Sitting hurts, trying to get comfy in bed hurts, turning my head over my shoulder is painful (which makes driving dangerous). I've tried the back massager thingy we have and that feels ok but can also be a little painful. Guess I'll just have to hope the muscles heal soon.

In other news, signed the girls up for summer reading at the library today. We walked there, correction, I walked while they were chauffeured in the bike trailer by me. They did walk a small portion on the way there but then Natalie got tired and Gabby complained of blisters. Lazy kids. I even had to carry the backpack full of books on the way home too!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Rain, Lice, and all that Jazz

This weekend was Festival weekend, so of course that means crappy weird weather. Yesterday was so blasted hot and humid, then we got some bad storms and huge amounts of rain come through at night. Jeff did get the window AC put in upstairs though so it was bearable. We put up the air mattress in the next room for the girls to sleep.

Had another round of lice last night. Grrrrrr. I've been so diligent at checking. Gabby was free for 2 weeks and then was loaded again last night. It's like one minute she's clear, the next she is covered. Natalie only had a couple of live ones. They got a peppermint shampoo treatment and then I slathered their heads in mayo and covered with a shower cap for overnight. It smelled nasty but seemed to do the trick. Natalie was totally clear after washing it out. Gabby I had to pick the nits out but they came out easily since her hair was so conditioned.

Jeff butchered her hair because he is so sick of the bugs. And it was sooooooo cute the way it was. I'm still irritated he did it. I colored it with burgundy streaks today though so it at least is fun for her for the summer. They should wash out in a couple months.

We think the neighbor girl is giving it to them. It's just too big of a coincidence that everytime she comes over to play outside with them, they suddenly end up with lice. I'm removing her from the equation to see if we can remain lice free now. If not then I'll allow her back over to play (outside). If they get them again I'm going to scream!!!

Friday, June 6, 2008

10 Years

Today is my 10th wedding anniversary. I'm taking bets on whether or not my dear hubby will even remember. I even went so far as to schedule it on his work calendar. We'll see how observant he is.

Gabby is out for the summer at 11:15 today!! I really hope this means a little bit of sleeping in in my future.

Natalie has been a buster all week so I hope Gabby being home to play with her some is helpful. She's been desperate for me to put up the pool but I need to mow the yard first and that ain't happening in 99% humidity.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Holy Moly

Today was so awesome!! Natalie and I did a few errands this morning and stopped at Lowe's and picked up a mixed flat of Petunia's and Marigold's to plant in front. I got the flower beds weeded, finished raking up the mulch from the tree/stump removal, planted the flowers, then had to go to Big Lots to buy a new hose since the old one was full of kinks and sprayed all over the place.

After getting home from picking up the big girls, I checked my email in my sweeps account and about fell on the floor. I won $6K from a 7-11 sweepstakes!! It could not come at a better time because I've been looking for a part time job to help with our enormous debt, plus the higher car payment for the new van had me worried as well. I am sooooo excited, but trying not to be too much until I have it in my hot little hands. I have to go to get the affidavit notarized and send it tomorrow and hopefully will have it within a month!! Thank you to whomever has been watching over us! Mwah!

Sunday, June 1, 2008


It's now June. 5 more days until our 10th anniversary!! Who woulda thunk it LOL. Gabby is officially done with school on Friday. Steph, Dan and the kids should be up here Friday night as well. It will be nice to see her since it's been about a year.

Picked up my new-to-me van on Friday evening. Found a few minor glitches but at least they are $20 fixes for 1 and free for the other since we added on the warranty. Not looking forward to the higher car payments. I'll probably have to go get me a job soon now. I can have the Goldman's job but need to go to Flint for a 2 hr. training session. Sucky!!

Got the stumps ground out of our trees finally, now I have 2 huge holes to fill in the yard. Today looks like it'll be a nice day to do that though. JOY!!