April 30, 2008

Windows open

windows open

With the mild winters here it seems strange to think I’d hunkered down and have now spent the month of April emerging from the gloom, but that’s how it seems.

The first weekend of April my parents came for a special long weekend escape from the extreme Wisconsin winter. We had a great time exploring new parts of downtown, including the Marriott Marquis hotel and checking the progress of spring at Arabia Mountain. They were also the first to receive the full-on Thailand recap, complete with SB’s fantastic massaman curry.

The following weekend SB and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary with a long weekend on the coast, exploring Savannah, Tybee Island and Hilton Head Island. Our first night we joined a haunted pub tour, wandering the bars of Savannah, hearing ghost stories and the history of the town. We didn’t see anything supernatural but others on the tour did, which made for much fun. The next day we explored Fort Pulaski where civil war re-enactors were shooting guns, firing cannons and making bugle calls. In Hilton Head we loved standing on the edge of water again and realized that we can be to the ocean in just under four hours.

The weekend after that we found Lola and since then it has been one change after another as we all learn to live and love a puppy.

In other notes, the TV house next door is now officially on the market. We went to an open house on Sunday and found what we expected, half-finished, poorly done trim work and a layout lacking the vision of a designer who wants to live in that space. I hope it sells but wonder who will be attracted to a house like that.

In May we welcome a weekend house guest, in town to see Alton Brown, and we have big plans for our first major home improvement project, adding a screened porch to the back of our house.

April 29, 2008

Rose season begins

My first roses of 2008.

rose

rose

April 23, 2008

If a tree falls…

fallen tree

If a tree falls in the middle of the night will you be able to find it?

In the early morning hours SB and I were rattled awake by a huge crashing boom. It was like a sonic blast, shaking all our windows and our bed. I leapt from bed and started looking out all the windows. Was it another tornado? Had we been bombed? Did something in our house explode? The sky was clear, with a beautiful sunrise poking above the trees. My nose detected no smoke.

I lay back down but had trouble falling asleep. Not knowing what it was and being half asleep my mind wandered to all sorts of catastrophes and I started to think I heard helicopters in the distance.

After a fitful last couple hours of sleep I awoke to the sound of chainsaws. In the full morning light it became obvious that the neighbor down the street’s tree had fallen over. Luckily it fell into the street, missing every mailbox and trash can, landing safely if loudly.

Our local firemen, with full ladder truck, lights blazing, were out in our street, cutting up the tree and clearing the way. It looked like they were having fun and we wondered if they get bored in their fire house in our quiet neighborhood. A great way to start the morning.

April 21, 2008

Lola day one

lola

Sunday started out sleep deprived and grumpy. I couldn’t sleep Saturday night, after all the excitement of getting our new dog and knowing she was out in the other room. We have decided to crate train her so she was spending the night in her crate in our office area, being very quiet, which just left me in bed wondering how she was doing.

I got up at 3am and SB at 7 to take her outside where she would promptly sit down and look expectantly up at us while not producing any deposits for our thirsty yard.

When we got up for the day Zoe came out to the office, rounding the corner in obvious hopes that the dog would be gone, only to find Lola sitting in her crate. Zoe hissed and ran off. This set the tone for the day. Zoe would make drive by hisses at the dog and then run back to “her” room and the dog would sit quietly wondering what was going on.

The cat proceeded to eat the dog’s food and drink the dog’s water while Lola spent the day not eating or drinking much of anything. We invited our friends who also have a new puppy over to help Lola feel more comfortable. They got along great, with much puppy tumbling, water drinking and snack eating. After the puppy visit Lola took a long nap in her new bed and was starting to feel more comfortable and adventurous.

Then it was time to load her in the car, which she loved, and take her back to the rescue organization. First thing this morning she was off to the vet to be spayed and micro-chipped. Tonight we will get her back, much to the disappointment of Zoe, who has been happily prancing the puppy free house.

April 19, 2008

Meet Lola

lola

Welcome the newest member of our family, Lola. We adopted her from a local rescue organization this afternoon. She is six months old and part to mostly Australian Shepherd. Right now she’s under twenty pounds and no one knows how large she will get.

Zoe, our cat, is handling the new addition like the lady of the house that she is. There’s been a little light scolding and some pointed paw shaking, puppies are smelly. Tonight they both ate from their own dishes in the kitchen at the same time. I’m calling day one a huge success.




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