Sunday, December 5, 2010
Michelle (my sister) ~ November 28
Josh (my sister's youngest) ~ December 5
Kathy (my mother-in-law) ~ December 5
My birthday ~ December 6
Facebook is fun because it tells everyone about your birthday, and a lot of people leave some very nice notes on your wall. It gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling without the alcohol.
Fast forward... yikes! I got too busy to finish this post, plus my laptop got a virus. At least I can add two more birthdays to this list:
Adam Timothy St. Romain ~ December 7
Zachary Tyler King ~ December 23
And my friend, Suzanne, had her first baby Cameron Jason on January 4th!
Friday, November 26, 2010
Matthew ordered doors for the basement and had them put up. We have since moved the kittens to the basement! This has been such a wonderful change. Moldy will come in the front door in the evening, sleep through the night with us, and go out in the morning. Sometimes she stays in for the day. The kittens are happy with all of their toys, and we let them up when Moldy is outside. It has been a win-win situation.
We have been trying to get the kittens accustomed to being outside, and so far Dizzy loves it but Miles begs to come back inside. Yesterday, progress was made. Check them out!
This is what they usually look like... a blur. I call Dizzy my little fatty, because all he does is eat. Miles is going to be a huge cat. His tail is as long as he is, and his paws are big. Dizzy's fur is getting longer. I love the little white patch on his chest.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
The following weekend I drove the activity bus for my friend, Kelly, and her Honors Theatre class. They had a competition at Western Carolina. The leaves were perfect that weekend, but alas I did not get any pictures. :( Both plays received superior ratings! Kelly received an excellence in directing award, and four of her students received acting accolades.
I spent the next week sick with a head cold. I tried to tough it out, but by Wednesday I was knocked on my you-know-what. I decided to take Thursday off to recover, and I was so glad I did. I got some much needed rest.
That Sunday, I pick up my friend, Andrea, and we traveled to Winston-Salem for the NC Music Educator's Conference. We had a great time. The NC Honors Orchestra's performance was incredible! We attended several interesting sessions and caught up with some friends we only see one or twice a year at All-State events. Our hotel was amazing and took great care of us. We were on the 14 floor, which was a little strange being so far way from the earth. We checked-out around lunch on Tuesday. I did not return home but to school where my students were performing. The Fine Arts Department at West is amazing, and we showcased some of our students' hard work.
I had school on Wednesday, then I was off on Thursday for Veteran's Day. I thoroughly enjoyed my play day (aka Target shopping) with my friend, Beth. Then we were back to school on Friday... which didn't feel like Friday... it was a little strange.
This week rocked because it was only two days. Yesterday, I drove to Cashiers to spend the afternoon with my college roommate, Misty. We had a great afternoon! Her son, Cody, just turned 1, and he was all over the place. He is a cutie pie, too! Sadly, I had to leave around 5pm to get back to Mills River for a rehearsal. I am excited to play for Mills River UMC's Christmas Cantata. I was sight-reading last night, but I made it through. It is going to be a lot of fun, and I am thrilled to be playing. I never realize how much I miss performing... which reminds me... I really need to audition for the Hendersonville Symphony again...
OK. That gets us up to today!
H A P P Y T H A N K S G I V I N G ! ! !
I am thankful for so much in my life. I don't know where to begin. I have a wonderful family which includes Sutherlands and Kings. I have wonderful, loving husband. I have wonderful friends with whom I can share much laughter and good times. And my list could go on and on...
My potato gratin with rosemary crust is in the oven... my kitchen is almost clean... laundry is going... kitties are sleeping... I'd say life is pretty good! I am very excited to see my friend, Jenny, and her family this weekend, and I am excited to see my sister and her family. I miss my boys! So maybe next post will have some pictures! :)
Monday, October 18, 2010
(Sorry there is no picture for Pt. 3.)
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Matthew and I went to the store and figured it out. We purchased some plain curtains for his office (temporary, I hope), and decided to buy rings that clip to a panel. A simple panel! Why didn't I think of that? I made one complete curtain that afternoon. I made 2 more (4 panels) yesterday. It took ALL day. I am lining them which is difficult. Each panel was re-pinned at least once, but I think they look nice. Matthew thinks they help accentuate the trim around the windows.
Pinning and ironing was part of the problem. I don't have a large, flat surface on which to iron my panel. Matthew just had a great idea to lower the ironing board to the level of the table so the panel will stay flat. Great. Now he tells me. Haha!
Saturday, October 2, 2010
My friend, Beth, gave me this box for toys.
Moldy is doing about the same. She hisses and growls at them. Apparently, I have a nice little head cold that kept me up last night. At one point the kittens were outside the bedroom door, and Moldy, curled up in the bed with us, hissed and growled when she heard them. Oh well... I am going to make her have some forced family time in the same room with the kittens today.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Matthew decided that we should go see the Mingus Mill. It is a working, turbine gris mill.
The turbine is hydro powered. Unfortunately, the mill was out-of-order. Matthew and I have been when it was working, and it is very loud. You can buy corn meal or whole wheat flour ground at the mill.
This the water flue which turns the water wheel, which turns the turbine. (That's a whole lotta turnin'!)
We had a great day hanging with mom and dad!
So we set off down our back roads through Gerton, Fairview, and Asheville where we got on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Following the brown park signs, we found the Craggy Gardens picnic area and a trail. We began walking up, and up, and up... We found a shelter at the top. From there you have three choices: 1) Go back; 2) Continue through the meadow; 3) Continue past the shelter. We chose #2 and found a beautiful view at the end. Matthew is a geography buff and can usually name one or two of the mountains we see. From the end of the meadows, you come back to the shelter where we were back to choices #1 and #3, so we chose #3 this time. We weren't sure where this trail would take us, but it was a pleasant little hike through the woods with various signs describing the high elevation environment (a little over 5,000 ft).
We hiked for several minutes and debated about turning back. We could hear road noise (which I thought was taking us back to the parking lot, Matthew knew that it was the parkway), so we found the end of the trail... at the Visitor's Center!
It was the perfect hike. The weather was a little overcast and cool, but I didn't mind a bit!
It was time for lunch, and thanks to my nifty, little Blackberry we found a restaurant on the way home. Folks in the Asheville area, or folks visiting the area, I HIGHLY recommend Pomodoro's. Matthew had a delicious frittata with sausage and red peppers. I had shrimp and polenta with sausage and goat cheese (per suggestion from our server). It was a great way to end our Blue Ridge excursion!
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Every morning is filled with the sounds of the kittens wrestling. Dizzy just loves to play on and around the dining room chairs.
Dizzy throws a paw through the slats...
"Ha ha! You missed me!", says Miles.
So it's just been fun and games here! I ordered something called "Feliway" which is a plug-in diffuser which will hopefully help Moldy adjust to the kitten smell. I'll let you know if it works!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
The kittens come out of their room in the morning and play, play, play. They mostly chew on my Chacos or play fight with each other. After a good time playing, they nap. When Dizzy woke up, he began mewing like crazy. Miles looked around, yawned, and jumped off my lap for more play.
Meanwhile, I thought Moldy might be making progress. She jumped off the bed to come into the living room window. She kept a watchful eye on those little ones. As soon as they went to sleep, she moved to a closer viewing spot. She hissed at Dizzy because he got within 3 feet. I just heard Moldy go through her door to the basement, hopefully to use her litter box. I was trying to make nice with her, and she clawed me. I let her outside before I went to take a shower. Everytime I let her out, I have a fear that she migth not come back.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
The kittens checked out and were only 3-4 weeks old! They are tiny but allowed to eat softened kitten food. Marie managed to find homes for 2 of the kittens (gray & 1 black). I met them and decided to take the tabby. He is feisty!
She was down to my tabby and the last black one hanging out in the crate together. The person who was going to take the black one decided that it wouldn't work out. Sooooo, on my way home today, I kittenapped the remaining two kittens. They are adorable!
Moldy is a different story. She does not like the kittens, but this is nothing new. In the 7 years we have had Moldy, we tried a dog, a dog, a dog, a cat, & a dog. None of these were received well, but most of them we didn't keep long enough for her to decide. The last dog we kept for a year, and she never did get accustomed to him. Here she is pleading to go outside so she doesn't have to smell the new kittens.
I have heard from several people introducing new kittens/cats in their already cat established homes, and they all say that no one gets along at first. At least right now, Moldy is curled up contentedly on a chair near me. A couple of days ago, she said, "DON'T TOUCH ME!!!" after she met the new kitten.
This will be a new adventure for me! I am not necessarily keeping the black kitten, but I am more than happy to keep him with his tabby brother until he find a home. I thank Marie and David for caring for these little kittens.
If anyone would like a cute, black kitten... let me know! :)
Friday, August 13, 2010
Lots of interesting critters hanging around...
A summer with friends and family full of good food, great laughs, & some beautiful scenery...
One week until my first workday & looking forward to a great school year!