Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Scrapbooks and Skype

As many of you know, I love Scrap booking.  My two favourite places to shop is the Scrapping Turtle and of course Lasting Impressions which is owned by my in-laws and can't forgot my sister in law Kathryn who designs and manufactures her own line of acrylic stamps, you can find her creations at the Lasting Impressions store in Sarnia or at her own website Willowgrove Stamps.

Sometimes I like to go to crops and have a few drinks and some laughs with my friend (note:  sometimes alcoholic beverages and scrap booking don't mix, but that is a whole other story)   This weekend I was able to crop with my best friends Denise and Marissa all from the comfort of our individual homes.   We Scrap booked and Skyped.  Skype?????  You are probably wondering what the heck is Skype.  Skype is a program you can download which allows you to talk to your friends through your computer.  It is fabulous.   I was able to crop with my friends and still have all my supplies and tools at hand in my room.   

I finished a number of layouts that I had already started for my Disney Trip album.  We went to Disney World back in 2006 and I am finally finishing it.  Almost done.   Some of this posts will be going onto the forum  at the Turtle Soup as part of the Git R Done club I am a part of.  I hope to get these layouts and more on the forum sometime in the next couple of days.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Ear Infections and vet visits

We have had our fair share of ear infections in our house, especially with Amanda. When she was a toddler until she about 6 years of age we were regulars at the Doctor's office with ear infections. She even had tubes put in her ears when she was 2 years old which helped a fair bit until they fell out.

Monday morning she woke up with ear pain, and it was a holiday Monday of course. By Monday night after dance she was in severe pain with the flushed cheeks and everything. She usually doesn't complain about ear pain, the girl has had her ear drum rupture a few times with no complaint other than a crusty ear. Kept her home yesterday from school, took her to the Doctor and sure enough she has a roaring ear infection. Poor baby. Needless to say she is home today and possibly the rest of the week. Contacted my good friend Jennifer who does reflexogy and recommended some pressure points and an ear drop solution of water and vinegar (which is the same solution recommended by Amanda's ENT awhile ago I just forgot the ratios, thanks Jenn!!). Amanda is starting to feel better though she says her ear feels "full" and "stuffy", but hey the pain has subsided at least and she has started her antibiotics which should kick in tonight.

Now we have to get Dave repaired. Less than two weeks until his hernia operation, and he can't wait, it is getting uncomfortable for him.

On a lighter note, I took Dalwhinnie for her yearly Vet visit. She was all excited about going for a car ride. She had a great time hanging her head out the wind, her ears flapping in the breeze, and all those neat country smells. We pulled up to the vet's building, she thought all the smells she was picking up were AMAZING!!!! Then I opened the door and she got the smell of the vet's office, she stopped dead in her tracks and tried pulling me back to the van. "Come on let's go back to the van!!! Please don't make me go in there!! He pokes me with needles and sticks a thermometer up my butt!!!! How would you like a thermometer up your butt?!?!?!" Sorry mutt, in you go. Of course her anxiety kicks in with the rapid breathing and the pacing towards the exit. Another dog finished with the vet and got to leave, Dalwhinnie wanted to leave with them. The vet opened the exam room for us to come in Dalwhinnie sat on her hind end and pulled back with all her might "NOOOOOO!!!!!! I DON"T WANT TO GO IN THERE WITH HIM!!!!!" Unfortunately for Dalwhinnie she is helpless against the Halti. Managed to get her on the table, she buried her face in my chest while he gave her the needles, he managed to get nose drops in her, take her temperature, and take some vials for bloodwork while she shook, panted and tried to escape. She got off that table and out the door soo fast. While I am paying the bill (which was incredibly painful for me) she kept pulling me "Come on let's go!!!! Get me out of this horrible torture chamber. I can't believe you let him do those things to me. The agony and pain it causes me. I THOUGHT YOU LOOOOVED ME?!?!?!" Gee that dog has a flair for drama :)

She curled up on the front seat on the way home and wouldn't pop up to hang her head out the window until we were almost home. Now she is exhausted and is sleeping in the front bay window hoping not to experience anything like that anytime soon.............little does she realize I plan to take her to the groomer's next week. Bwhahahahaha!!!!!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I am a Killer

A dandelion killer that is.

When I started this blog I thought what would blog about. I don't lead an exciting life like a lot of other bloggers out there. I don't have cows poking their heads into my living room window like Pioneer Woman does, nor do I get myself locked up in a chicken coop with a crazed rooster like April from Coal Creek Farm does. So I must make up my own excitement.

Yesterday for excitement I decided to whack the heads of dandelions off with the lawnmower. Dave and I are natural lawn care kind of people, with three kids and a dog we are not about to spray our lawn with chemical pesticides and herbicides therefore we have a gorgeous lawn of yellow flowers in the backyard. Amanda likes picking them, and Dalwhinnie likes to roll in them because they make her fur highlighted with yellow streaks.

As pretty as those yellow flowers are, I needed to cut the grass and since Dave is unable to since I broke him a few months ago (we hope to have him repaired in the first week of June) it is my job to cut the large piece of suburban property we have. Here is a pic of our backyard just before the massacre began. The pretty happy yellow flowers were enjoying their day being pollinated by the bumble bees and just soaking up the fertilizer I spread last week. Then the horrendous sound of the lawn mower kicked in, fortunately I couldn't hear their cries for mercy over the sound of the mower and my manical laughter as I showed no mercy (the manical laugh might explain why I didn't see any neighbours that morning). I did have a couple of bumble bees dive bomb me a few times though as I disturbed their pollination, but that didn't stop me in my rampage of death and destruction. Dalwhinnie, my accomplice, stood guard making sure no one would disturb me.

After about 4-5 hours of lawn mower work and whipper snippering my job was complete (as I said before we have a rather large piece of propery and just an electric lawn mower). There were a few whimpers here and there from those that survived the wrath of my blade but they soon quieted down. Here is a pic later in the afternoon when every thing was done. Looks more green now doesn't it?
As you can tell in the picture Dalhwinnie was enjoying the quiet time of a temporarily dandelion free yard chewing on a bone she dug up after it has fermented in the ground for a couple of weeks. The dirt must make them extra tasty.

Unfortunately, the dandelions used the quiet of the night to rally their troops and this morning their yellow heads were seen popping up again. I have lost this battle........for now.
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