Saturday, December 19, 2009

Snowed in with Gertie...

Now, you know, Gert and I have about run out of things to talk about today but there were a few really funny exchanges today. My favorite was when Mom decided that Killian, in a previous life, was a distinguished gentleman, tall, about 6'2", he was a banker - worked in the 'banking industry' actually was what she said. He had a family - a wife and 2 children - 2 boys, to be exact. Ok, at this point I'm agreeing with her until she said that he was a brilliant man in that previous life. Now, she didn't witness him eating the yellow snow today like I did...

I took Killey and Hops out in the back 40 to have a run...and, run they did. What fun it was to watch them tackle each other in the backyard. I love snowy days!

I've had the wood stove burning all day today and have finally, after 2 years, figured the sucker out. The key is to not get it too hot and burn us out of the living room. One small log an hour is all it needs. Sahweet! So, all is well in our little world - in fact, it's delightful tonight....

eHow update

Well, for anyone interested, I've been writing articles for eHow for a year now. For the last 6 months, I've made somewhere between $100-140 per month. What's really nice is that I didn't write any new articles for around 5 weeks and my articles continued to earn residual income. Theoretically, I should be able to collect for the rest of my life! Too cool. Since I write the articles mostly while sitting with Mom in the evenings, it's a fairly productive pasttime. Here's some of my latest stuff:

How to Get Cheap Health Insurance

Snow storm!

Well, we've been hit! We've got about 11" right now of a nice, fluffy snow, with a projection of another foot coming! PERFECT as I just adore snow storms. Of course, I don't OWN a pair of snow boots (d'oh!) and had to shovel in small boots that barely covered my ankles. But, I had to get a path made in the hopes that Rita would use it (no go, so far). The snow is up over her back - there's some major disadvantages to being short...So, Mom and I are watching her like hawks - well, as I type, there's a question of who is watching who as Mom is sound asleep underneath the heated throw John gave her for Channukah (GREAT present, BTW) and Rita is sound asleep in her spot on top. She and Matee fight for the prime spot of Mom's lap.

Channukah was quiet around here with a nice dinner, complete with potato pancakes which, honestly, weren't my best. But, John and Mom are easily impressed so they liked them (or, perhaps they were too chicken to let on that the pancakes sucked..)

John gave me a great present for my holiday - he had a walkway built around the hot tub so we don't track in mud, and dirt every time we climb in for a soak. Ben, my handyman extraordinaire, put the thing in yesterday; just in time for it to be buried under snow! But, it came out very nicely and we're all pleased with the results.

John and I had a fabulous cruise over Thanksgiving which I'll detail in another post as there's some great pictures to share. Sharyn took a full week off work and came up to stay with Mom - thereby allowing me to really relax on vacation as I knew Mom would be fine under Sharyn's watchful eye. And, she was.

I managed to get Mom out last week for some minor shopping. Since it's cold outside, I try to bring the entertainment inside with having frequent visits from whomever I can scare up. Most nights, it's Mom, John, Bobbi and me but, since we find each other pretty amusing, the mix works!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

From the mouth of babes...

Mom and I were discussing the demise of Tiger Wood's squeaky clean image today. Mom's profound take on the situation is:

Seems to me that he's playing with the wrong balls...