Monday, December 29, 2014

Someone's fitting in quite nicely.....

Merry Christmas!  I can't believe I didn't post anything for a week - and I had some days off in there too!  It must be the change in routine that got me.  Not that there was anything exciting happening....

We had a (relatively) quiet Christmas.  Margene and Dallas came over for turkey dinner, and Margene and I watched movies (White Christmas with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye - she'd never seen it!!! - and Julia and Julie with Meryl Streep) while the boys played on the computers.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

All dressed up for the Christmas Party!  (no - the soft focus look was not on purpose - I'm terrible at selfies!)

Ralph decided not to go to the party last night, and he missed a fun time.  There were around 200 people there - lots of glitter and sparkle!  Today is our 27th wedding anniversary too - how did that happen!!!!

We had a surprise visit yesterday afternoon.  Mom called around 3:00 and asked if were ready for visitors......of course!  Unfortunately, Ronna's truck had broken down (in Susanville) and was towed to the dealership in Redding and she and Mom came down with the tow truck to get a loaner truck, so they stopped by for a few minutes.  It was a short visit, but a very nice surprise.  Even better, I had procrastinated about mailing Ronna's Christmas present (it was on my to-do list......) so now I could give it to her in person!

I can't believe that my vacation is over - I still have so many things on my to-do list that I didn't get to.  I do it all the time, so I'm not surprised at myself.  The more time I have off from work, the more I add to my list of things to do.  One thing that I can cross off my list today - laundry!  The repairman will be here tomorrow to see if he can save my washer.  I have a funny feeling it is toast, but.....we'll see.  I'm not looking forward to catching up on the laundry, either.  AJ brought back dirty clothes with him, so I'll have an extra load or two anyway.  Bummer!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

So much for trying to post more often - it hasn't worked well so far!  This week I was even on vacation (part of it at least) and I still didn't post.

I had my last Civil War Quilt club meeting last Saturday - I got the last of the material needed to finish the quilt, and haven't touched it.  Since that meeting is at my normal grocery shopping time, and the stores are madness now, I skipped my normal shopping on Saturday, and went on Sunday morning instead.  After shopping, I started cleaning up the leaves on the lawn and driveway.  I got most of the driveway cleared, and it started raining on me.  Bummer (sort of).  I didn't want to, but I needed to, clean up the leaves.  Since I couldn't finish that job, I went in and started my Christmas Baking.  Needless to say, I didn't finish it all on Sunday, so Monday morning, I finished my baking.  I was able to put my cookie plates together and distribute some of them - to Margene and Dallas, and to work.  That pretty much filled my day.

Tuesday and Wednesday, I went to Sacramento for a conference - leaving at 6:00 on Tuesday and coning back at 5:00 on Wednesday.  Two days of conference to learn how to fill out a 3 page form,  Wow!  It was a true line-by-line training session.  Very long and drawn out, but very needed as well.  It was the new Integrated Mortgage Disclosure that is effective next August....which means I may have forgotten it all by then!  It was a good conference, and a fun trip, but it sure broke up my vacation.

Thursday, I drove down to San Francisco and picked up AJ.  His flight was scheduled to arrive at 11:23, so I was planning on leaving here around 7:30 or so.  As I was piddling around after I put Alli on the bus, I checked his flight.....he was landing an hour early!!!  (That was some tailwind!)  I pulled myself together enough to not scare the other people waiting in the airport (it was SFO, so it would have taken a lot to scare people, but still.....I needed to do my makeup and hair!)  I hit the road around 7:00 for the scheduled 3 1/2 hour drive.  Let's just say that the map app on my phone was overly optimistic about the time it would take to get there.  I hit the toll booth stop-and-go traffic a couple of miles before the actual toll booth.   By the time I made it out of there (and into more traffic on I80 and 101) AJ had landed.  I shot him a quick message saying I was on my way, but was stuck in traffic.  His reply?  "Don't hurry - we can't get off the plane until our normal time to de-plane."
He actually got off the plane after I made it to the airport (which was later than the original plan).  Then he had to clear customs and pick up his luggage.  He landed at 10:21, and we left SFO around 12:45.  But...he was home!!!  I had a nice ride back to Redding listening to some of his adventures.

Not long after we got in, Dallas came down, and life was back to normal in a hurry.  I was cooking for an army once again, and telling the 'boys' to quiet down so I could go to sleep.  Nice!

Friday was the annual Christmas Breakfast at work, and I was assigned to bring a quiche, so I was up at dark-thirty to get it in the oven, get Alli ready, and me out the door.  I left for work before Alli got on the bus.  Breakfast was served at 7:00, and officers get to be there early to get everything ready.  Luckily I only had to bring a quiche - the 'guys' were there at 5:00 to cook sausage, bacon, and potatoes for 75 people.  It is a fun tradition, but we are getting so big it has become a big burden to prep for it.  After breakfast, I did the grocery shopping and I "think" I finished up the last of my Christmas shopping, came home and sat on the couch and read,  Period.  I fixed Alli some dinner, but that's pretty much all I did.

Tonight is the Bank's Christmas party, and I will go in at 9:00 this morning and help decorate the country club for it.  Then I need to come home and do some house cleaning/straightening etc.  Alli is going to daycare for the evening tonight, so I'll need to have her fed etc. by 5:30, and be dressed and sparkly myself, and then off to the party!!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

It's too dark to tell yet if we have any wind damage from this storm - but if we don't, it's not from lack of wind!  I don't know how strong the gusts are, but they were pretty strong.  Ralph woke me up at 1:00 and it was windy, but Alli woke me up at 4:00 and it was wild!!!  I haven't seen any major power outages (one of the big fears of the storm) yet.  We've had an inch of rain since midnight, and I'm sure that it was all sideways.  Today is garbage day, and I waited to put the cans out this morning, and by the time I put the second can out, the top of the first one had blown back.  I geared up in Ralph's rain jacket and my boots, and I'm still damp around the edges.

Luna is fitting in quite nicely now.  My dogs are so patient - she leaves food in her bowl, and they wait a really long time before they will eat it.  She's looking more and more like a husky mix.  The more I look at white shepherds, the more she isn't one.  She loooooves her squeaky toy that Dawn and I picked up last weekend.  It's missing an ear, but is otherwise holding up pretty well.  She has found a few things round the house to chew as well - bad puppy!

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Trying to fit a third dog into the family has been "interesting" to say the least.  Hema (Hindu for snow) came to us from an ad in the paper - free to a good home - 1 year old shepherd.  I didn't know that Ralph was even thinking about another dog!  Luna (the latest choice of names for her) came to us with none of her shots, un-spayed, and with fleas.  Lovely.  All the dogs got dosed with flea meds Thursday night, and Luna got another bath yesterday.  (She smelled like flea shampoo and was very clean, so I think they gave her a quick bath before Ralph showed up).  Today is low-cost (which is still expensive) vaccination day at the vet's, so Luna and I will be standing in line this morning.

She's an unusual dog in many ways.  She's still a puppy and wants to play - but Koori doesn't think anyone should be playing.  Koo doesn't snap at Luna, but she snaps at Jasper when I get Luna and Jasper playing tug-a-rope together.  Needless to say, that takes all the fun out for Jasper, so she stops playing.  It's been too wet (for me!) to go outside and see if she fetches or plays with a ball, but she loves tug-a-war.  She has a soft mouth, and is pretty gentle.  I'm not too sure about all that white dog fur, and can only imagine what she will look like after she finds a mud puddle!

She's not extremely photogenic,.., she's hard to catch with the cell phone camera (the delay on the camera has her wandering off mid-picture.)  She has beautiful blue eyes that look like they came from a husky.  She has the shepherd ears, and some of her build is shepherd, telling what she really is.  One of our biggest issues is feeding time.  She seems to be a grazer, which doesn't work well with my two gulpers.  That's getting better on both sides now.  We're still working on basic commands as well - sit and stay don't work well, but she's very polite about it. 

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Ralph brought home a surprise last night.  He had seen an ad in the paper for a free dog.  Hema is about a year old Shepherd-cross.  She's very sweet and Ralph is smitten.