Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Sleeping Beauty

I took these pictures after our photo session with Sherrie. My sweet girl was so tired! I have so few pictures of her sleeping, I took advantage for a few more shots!

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Picture this

My good friend, Sherrie, is a painter. She has done (painting over photographs) portraiture for years. Now, she is ready to venture into free hand work. Fortunately for me, there are 5 horses of hers that need yearly vaccinations, and there are always barn cats needing to be spayed/neutered.

We are doing trade out work (the only way that this wonderfulness comes our way) for portraits of our children.

Here are pictures of Kate she made today. There were many that turned out so well. We got some great pictures - good enough for her portrait! It interested me how different a look you need for a classic portrait, versus a photograph. I learned much from her today! We even let Kate hold "Baby Shasta" and "Oscar" during her pictures.

I won't tell which one we are going to use - you can decide! And, when she is finished I will post a photo along with Sherrie.

For those in the Montgomery area (or otherwise), she does a fantastic job and I would love to refer you to her! She does full portraits and bust portraits.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The spoon rest

Isn't this adorable?! I just love it. I hot glued some old cloth to the bottom so that the ceramic wouldn't scratch my cooktop. Beside it is the hamburger pie I cooked for supper last night. It is the best!

Kate wanted me to take her picture... and just HAD to put her panties on her head first...
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Saturday, June 20, 2009

What I've been up to! (warning - long post!)

I have been doing so many projects around the house lately! And, we are still not finished. I don't think we will EVER be finished.

Let me take you around my home for a show: {snicker}

1. On the upper left you will see a new shelf that I installed in our spare bedroom. There is also another picture of another shelf (same kind) that I put up in the bathroom (see 2 pictures on lower left). Got those at Lowes last week, on clearance, for $10.00 each! I have been eyeing them for a while, but didn't expect them to go on clearance. (originally $30.00 a piece). No, I'm not finished with the one in the bedroom, but the one in the bath is. I had gotten that black frame on clearance at Michaels for $6.00 over a month ago and hadn't used it. I love the picture inside it (click to view closeup). The frames on the shelf in the spare bedroom (top left) were from TJMaxx at $6.00 each.

2. The second picture from the left are our new french doors. No way did I install these myself. Dad (HUGE thank you inserted here!) installed them for us. These doors needed replacing when we moved in, but we just waited because of the expense. Well, we saved most of our stimulus check from last year to purchase the doors, and were able to get them 20% off at Lowes during their Memorial Day sale. :) Since getting them put in, I have been caulking the frame and seemingly endless nail holes, and have only the painting left to go. They are beautiful - and hopefully more energy efficient than the older ones.
3. Third picture from the left is the doorway into our guest bedroom. I have needed to patch the sheet rock where the we had a door put into the pass through, making it an officially closed off room. I love to mud sheet rock! I even had to use tape on this job. I also spent the better part of a morning caulking the door jamb. Still more sanding and mudding to do. Still need to paint the door - but like I said earlier, painting is next on the job list.
4. Top right picture is of Kate's room and the bi-fold doors that I hung several weeks ago. If you have never hung these doors - they are a HUGE pain in the neck. But, they make her room look so nice. The old doors were the slatted kind, and they had such grease and dirt on them that they weren't worth painting. Neither of the kids have had closet doors since we moved in. 2 years ago. Yep. And, they too still need to be painted.
5. Middle picture on far left - some old ceiling tins that I found at a flea market in February. I ended up hot gluing some chocolate ribbon to hang them with. I love them above the pass through to the kitchen. You can easily view them from the dining room table.
6. Center picture is my growing "for real vanity" room of the kids pictures; i.e. the spare bathroom. I printed out some more b/w pics and added them to the window frame (top left glass pane).
7. The middle picture on the right is of our (sort of) china cabinet in the kitchen. It was a bookshelf when we bought the house, and I had the trim carpenter make doors for it. ONE DAY, after I get them painted, I need to get glass cut for them to make the doors official. Now that we moved the curio into the dining room (that description is coming) there is more room for the china that I have to display. It certainly looks less crowded. *And, I forgot to take a picture of the cutest spoon rest I got from TJMaxx for $4.00!!! It is lime green with white polka dots. It is the same color green as the tray in the cabinet in this picture.
8. On to the center picture on the bottom row. This is the cabinet that Dad made for me in high vet school (I think) to display my Breyer horse model collection. It really hurt my heart to put those horses away (I am NOT going to sell them), but I really thought that I would get more use out of the piece to make it a china cabinet. I really like how it turned out, but Dad really LOVED how good it looked. He was proud to say he built it seeing all my Great-Grandmother's china displayed in it. I have always been proud of it!
9. Last but not least, Kate's bed! I have put some tender loving care into this baby - and it is just as pretty as I imagined it would be. I am in the process of actually giving her room some style. Neither of the kids rooms have had much attention since moving here. I am thinking of painting it a pretty blue to match the horse picture above her bed (I will move the horse picture - that is just where it hung before we put the new bed up). I also took the side table out of her closet (where it did live) and made a side table out of it. I really like it there.
Just sitting here and typing this I realize how I seem to just bounce from one project to another. I will be glad to finish just.one.room. But, are you ever truly finished? Really?
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Words from our kids

Chickalay = Chick fil A
Frosted Snowflakes = Frosted Flakes
Nana = Banana
Bewy Tot Tart = Blueberry Pop Tart
Queen Darius = Dairy Queen
Peaches = Mandarin Oranges
Pasketti = Spagetti
Hick um ups = Hiccups
Banket = Blanket (also = necessity)
Callapitter = Caterpillar
(thanks Aunt Laura - forgot that one!)

Well, that was a first

I had a client yesterday that made a difficult process even more difficult.

Her dog was old. He had cancer. She brought him because he hadn't been able to urinate all morning. Sure enough, he has a stone blocking his urine outlet. Because he is old, surgery isn't an option. However, surgery is the only option to fix this problem. So, she was left with only one decision.

And, the following conversation ensued:

Client: "I really wanted to wait until my husband could be here. He won't be home until 7 or 7:30ish."

Me: "You can't wait that long. This is a very painful problem."

C: "OK. What is involved in euthanasia?"

M: "First I will give him a sedative so that he will be really relaxed. Then, I will put him to sleep. It is painless - only an injection in his vein. An overdose of anesthesia that will stop his heart."

C: "Well, how do you know it is painless? I mean, the animal can't tell you it doesn't hurt?"

M: "That's what I was taught in school. I'm not sure how they know that."

C: "Well, maybe it's not true? You shouldn't just take things without proof."

M: "I'm sure that studies have been done to prove this. Perhaps they have connected EEG's to some animals to detect brain activity, and when there is none, there is no pain perception, right?" (WHY AM I HAVING TO EXPLAIN THIS?)

C: "So, how do you know he's in pain right now? He doesn't act like it. See, he's just sitting on the table - "

M: "Do you know what it is like to be on a car ride and needing to go to the bathroom? And, FINALLY getting somewhere you can go, and then finding out that you can't go? That is what he feels like!"

C: "Oh, I understand that. But, he doesn't act like he is in pain."

M: "He is."

C: "I'm sorry I am asking so many questions. I always wanted to be a veterinarian, but I guess I wouldn't have made such a good one, huh?" (smiling)

Uh. You think?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Family update

Haven't gotten much done today. I needed to get the laundry caught up - which I did. I also got several cards written and mailed (albeit not today, because the mail lady came early! These days are hot!). I also got our CAVMA meeting booked and scheduled for next month.

I went to TJMaxx Friday night, with the fam. I found some great deals, including several chunky picture frames and the cutest spoon rest ever! It is a lime green with white polka dots. Just adorable! I would post some pics but my camera is so slow to upload pictures!!!

Mom bought Kate some children's scissors and she had the best time yesterday. Mom said that she cut on construction paper for over 1 1/2 hours. That's my girl. I bet Brooks wouldn't spend 2 minutes on it. She had inherited her patience from me!

I am working 3 days again this week. I am so glad - we have made almost 1 years of car payments in 3 months. It is a blessing to have an employer who wants you to work more, esp. in this economy. I would love to have Lightning paid off in 1 year, but it may not happen. I hate car payments.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Krispy Kreme conversation

Kate had asked to go get a doughnut after VBS two nights last week. I suggested we wait until Daddy could come with us. So, after church we stopped by KK. We bought 4 doughnuts and 2 milks (white milk in red container and choc milk in brown container). The doughnuts were good but the conversation was better...

Brooks (after seeing the containers): "I want that one!" (pointing to the white milk)

Me: "Brooks, you like chocolate"

B: "I want that one!" (pointing to the white milk)

M: "Brooks! You don't like white milk."

B: "I want white milk!"

Fine. Let him drink the white milk. He takes a big sip.

B: "I want chocate!"

Friday, June 12, 2009

Chickalay conversation

Today, while watching the kids at the playground, I could hear the following:

{Brooks whining because he didn't want to go down the slide}

Little girl: "He is scared. He is just a baby."

Kate: "He isn't a baby. He is a big boy! Can't you see how big he is?"

Thursday, June 11, 2009

VBS 2009

This year our theme for VBS was "The Game Plan". The characters we studied about were:

Perseverance: Elijah
Leadership: Moses
Attitude: Noah
Noble: Esther

My class was hilarious. These kids were so comical! We were the "Thunderbolts".

Have you seen my FB this week? Well, during the lesson about Elijah, I told them how God sent Elijah ravens with bread to feed him. One of the kids asked if I thought the birds pooped on Elijah. Well, I said I was pretty sure that God told them NOT to poop on the bread.

The last night, I was asking them how they should NOT treat their Bibles. One child responded, "You don't flush it down the toilet!"

By Wednesday night, all the children were tired. There were kids crying everywhere! (including my own) We all had a great time, but we are glad that it will be another year before VBS again.

My sweet girl. That smile is my favorite.

Brooks and Daddy.

My kids

They were so proud to be the Thunderbolts!
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

What do you think?

How do you like the new header? It has taken me forever to figure it out... and I did it!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Why am I not a dog breeder?

I am going to copy a word for word contract from a client who purchased a dog from this breeder. She paid $500.00 for the dog. This contract is filled with so many misspellings and grammatical errors - how can you call this business?

"It is understood the time of this sale this puppy is not considered to be of show or breeding quality but it is representative of IT BREED. structurally and suited FAR a good COMPANPANION and pet, this puppy is GURANTEED FAR seventy two hours against any irregularities, or HEATH, the buyer has the puppy examined by THERE vet, ALLSO if the vet needs to call the breeder FAR any reason please do, to the vet we have done everything in the health record, we do our best to raise you a HEAITHY puppy. We start worming at two four AN six weeks, AN EVER two weeks till puppy is sold FRIST puppy shots at six weeks AN every three weeks till sold or GET TWEVLES weeks, also puppy has never been put in a cage or CREATED. It can be if you do it a little at a time,, we guaranteed the puppy FAR 12 MOUNTHS against any thing that may cause you to LOOSE your pet, with another puppy to love, we will need your vet to send a letter on what HAPPEN. AN a health record showing you had all shots AN worming up to date, the seller is not RESPONSIBLR FAR veterinary EXPENESES."


Why did I go to college for 8 years?

(p.s. - My spell check had a fit on this one...)

Busy days at work

I worked this week Mon, Thurs and Friday. Dr. B wanted to go out of town. Well, these were the busiest yet.

My days are such a whirlwind. Now, yesterday I felt like we had things under control until around 2pm, when all chaos broke out. By 4pm, I had 2 very sick patients, another that needed a blood transfusion, and a 3rd that was a dog fight that had 1 1/2 hours of wounds to sew. We literally left work at 8:15pm last night. That was my latest ever. Didn't write up a single chart. If I had, I would have probably spent the night!

I love what I do. I love where I work. I love my co-workers. I love (well, most) of the clients. It is such a nice feeling to be working so hard and loving what you do at the same time.

But, today I am pooped. We haven't gotten much done around the house. I spent the morning with Kate at work. I am headed back there tomorrow morning before church.

On a side note, I am teaching the 3's in VBS this week. It starts tomorrow night. I have a recheck appt for my mouth on Friday and I am cooking supper for next Sunday dinner. I hope that I can keep my thumb out of the way this week! Which, by the way, is healing really well. I get really proud when my cuts heal well... (obviously, that is what I am trying to accomplish with many of the animals I see).

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Summer break!

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First rollers

This was a few Sundays ago. Kate has the most beautiful head of hair - I really enjoy styling it! I usually use a curling iron on it on Sunday mornings, but I decided to try rollers. She did great (notice I padded the ears with toilet paper) and as you can see, the results (and Kate!) were beautiful.

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