Showing posts with label Family. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Family. Show all posts

Monday, January 6, 2014

Random Happenings and the poll

Happy Monday friends!

Gosh what a long cold weekend. I don't even know where to begin but I'll get to that in a second!

Lets talk mustache here again (click HERE if you missed our mustache poll on Friday). It was a pretty good voting turnout for me. Only a third of the post views voted but that was still several hundred people, well mostly ladies ;) but that's good for me. And sorry to the folks that obviously expect design related posts on this little blog but I'm glad that I wrote the post.

bimbo booth and mustache guy

My husband voted himself by the way and I don't doubt that he made a buddy or two vote for his stupid mustache.
Here are the results which show that most of you guys are on board with me:

Here is a virtual high five my friends to agreeing that his mustache is not nice looking! He is still in denial and telling me that I probably cheated…blah blah blah…he's a bad looser!

Back to the weekend:
The snow storm on Friday kept the kids home from school and prompted me to make the decision to take our porch cat inside. I was successful in catching the poor kitty since the negative temperatures made it huddle up in the heated igloo on the porch. The heating pad was not working that great anymore since it was way way too cold.

I managed to make a shelter for the kitty in our spare bathroom with a hideout in the linen closet.
The first evening I spent watching a netflix movie on the bathroom floor and it only took 5 minutes for kitty to crawl out of her box and curl up by my stomach which melted my heart.

The trust and love they can put into a human after being so hugely disappointed for the majority of their lives is amazing.

My hubby wasn't so kind and asked me 'what he hell I was doing'? Well I didn't stop there and ended up sleeping in the bathtub with kitty for 2 hours in the early morning hours because I heard it crying.

Night night!
On Saturday morning I took it to the vet since I had a free first exam coupon. I was dying to know what gender it was and if it was healthy besides the blind eye.

At the vet with my daughter.
Well, it's a little girl who is guessed to be around 5 years old and she is healthy. No leukemia or aids. So glad! And after doing some shaving we discovered her scar that proves that she was spayed. But which also means that she was discarded like a piece of trash several years ago. Remember that she has been around my house for around 4 years but has always been to scared to come close until this summer. She is pretty much blind on her one eye.

You can see her bad eye in this photo where she is keeping me company while blogging. And yes I'm sitting on the bathroom floor.

And she looks very similar to our 18 year old Manx cat Heidi, don't you think so?

Minus being cross eyed of course!
My husband and I have been arguing about her ever since. I totally understand that he says we can't afford another cat but I told him that I have tried to find her another home and have failed. It doesn't matter if she is inside or outside. If she'd be sick, I would take her to the vet no matter where she is. If I notice that I have a sick animal in my yard or front porch, I will take it.  Don't even think about dumping your animals on my property y'all ;) But on top of all that arguing, my other cats aren't happy at all either.
I really wish I could find her a great home where she isn't getting stressed out by other cats. It would break my heart though but it would make things easier with my husband and other furry children.

But our daughter is thrilled with her .

And speaking of finding cats a home…do you remember the little cat I found on my front porch a couple of weeks ago? She was so skinny and hungry!

A couple had picked her up an hour after posting her photo on my Facebook page! Well, I finally received some updates and she is doing great in her new home with her new family.
Here is a photo of her in her new home. I received some more photos but they were too personal to share ;) :

To me it was a successful cat rescue weekend :) Sorry for all the blurry iPhone photos, it's all I got.

Besides that we had friends over for dinner and watched our son wrestle again.

I have another chiropractor appointment today and am trying to get well. So bare with me! I will hopefully be back to my DIYing self soon. I'm planning on sharing the instructions to our basement bar this or next week. I have been talking about it for almost 2 years. Sorry!

I'm hopefully finally getting some skiing in this afternoon. I have been looking forward to this for a while now and I'm glad I don't need my arm or shoulder!

Hope you had a great weekend.



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Monday, December 23, 2013

Our year 2013

Sorry friends, I'm late with my Monday post. It was a busy weekend. Saturday our heat broke and I tinkered around with that nonsense pretty much for an entire day. Hopefully it will get fixed today. Not good timing for that to happen.

Sunday I spent watching our boy wrestle and then we went to one of my besties' holiday get-together. When I got home at 9:30 last night, I couldn't muster up enough energy to write a post. This is supposed to be my last post for this year, because like so many other bloggers, I'm taking a break until the new year. 

I failed to mention that I hurt my shoulder and I really want to try to get better over my break so I can come back full force with more DIY projects. I also have a lot of technical things that piled up for my blog, that need to get worked on. I might even end up writing a blogger series that show's how I fixed certain things.

I had a good blogging year and many good things have happened. To me the best thing that has happened to this blog in 2013 is meeting a great group of blogging friends who have encouraged me and helped me in so many ways. I'm so grateful for their support and friendship. 
I'm also so grateful for all of you who have read along and written me so many sweet emails and comments. I couldn't do all this work without you! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I was also so thrilled to have been house crashed by Young House Love this year. It was huge for me since I'm such a big fan of their amazing blog and family.

I also want to talk about some things that I accomplished this year and that I'm still excited and happy about.

I like it so much better and it was so cheap!

Our kitchen:

I love how open our kitchen feels now after I cut down the half wall 
(click HERE to see more before pictures and HERE how I cut the wall).

I love that her room is toned down a little and she can grow with it. 

Ok these are three of my favorite projects of the year 2013 but there has been so much more. 
You can see most of my projects here:

It has been a pretty good year for our family as well. Besides losing our beloved little man Harry which broke our hearts. We miss him so much and none of the other cats appreciate the Christmas tree as much as he did. As a matter of fact the others could care less and haven't snuggled under it once.

And I'm grateful that our other cats are still with us. We had a huge scare with our Lilly cat who almost died and she is doing much better now.

We got to travel to Germany again and got to show our kids lots of beautiful sights. On one of those trips we got a great shot of our daughter trying to kick her brother out of the picture. Don't you love my hubby's smirk on his face?

Great photo, right? LOL, this is exactly how most photo sessions end up being for our family. It captured the moment perfectly! 

So this is it for me for this year and I wish you all a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends. See you in 2014 and I hopefully will be able to fix my bad shoulder. Wish me luck.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year my friends!



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Monday, August 26, 2013

Visit to Praha written by my son

Hi friends, I have one last travel post for you as we prepare for our trip back to the US.

Just like I mentioned last week my little man wanted to write about his trip to Praha (Prague). He loved it and is so excited to tell you all about it. So here he goes:

Hello to all of my mom’s readers out there in the blogosphere. I'm the little man of the house and I want to show you some of my favorite places that we went to in Praha.

Prague castle was HUGE, so huge that it is the biggest castle on earth according to Guinness World Records.

inside the Palace where the Bohemian kings and royalty met
This is Golden Lane (that's where all the workers lived) in Praha castle and it was my favorite part.

In Praha my dad and I had many good dishes (mostly Czech specialties) that I have never tried before: 
  • 1st day lunch was pork, dumplings, and sauerkraut in a gravy at U Dvou Sester (ONE OF THE BEST MEALS EVER!)
  • 2nd day lunch at  the Medieval Tavern and had two smoked sausages (BEST SAUSAGES EVER!)
  • 3rd  day dinner was at Kotleta and I ate duck leg with dumplings in a gravy (BEST DINNER EVER! Ok I loved it all and can't really make up my mind)

St. Nicholas is one of the nicest churches in the world in my opinion and my dad agrees. 

We also took the "Ghost & Legends Tour" at night and it was reeeally scary!!!! One of the legends that was told is the story of "Jan Mydlar the executioner"(1572-†1664). He was sent to Praha to study medicine. He fell in love with a girl who was going to be executed for poisoning her cheating husband so Jan became a headsman to save her but failed. Surprisingly he became one of the most famous executioners ever because of his knowledge of medicine and the human body. And on the 21st of June 1621 he executed 27 nobleman which became the most famous execution in Praha history. The King had their heads displayed on the Prague Old Town Bridge Tower to send the message "don’t mess with me". (I can handle the scary history and ghost stories though, so no biggy!)

This was on Charles Bridge and we saw an amazing double rainbow. 
Charles Bridge was really nice it is similar to the one in Würzburg but better. 

It was also cool to go and visit the Sedlec Ossuary in Kutná Hora with my dad and here is some of the strange history:

In 1278, Henry, the abbot of the Cistercian monastery in Sedlec, was sent to the Holy Land by King Otakar II of Bohemia. He returned with him a small amount of earth he had removed from Golgotha and sprinkled it over the abbey cemetery. The word of this pious act soon spread and the cemetery in Sedlec became a desirable burial site throughout Central Europe.

After the Black Death (14th century) and the Hussite Wars (15th century) thousands were buried in the cemetery. (there was even a showcase of skulls from the Hussite Wars)
After 1511, the task of exhuming skeletons and stacking their bones in the chapel was given to a half-blind monk of the order.
In 1870, František Rint, a woodcarver, was employed to put the bone heaps into order, yielding a macabre result.

It was the most scary and also beautiful thing I ever saw!
We saw so many great things and these were just some of my favorites.
I can't wait to show this post (and the ones my mom wrote) to my friends in school. I learned so much on my vacation and now I even know how to write a blog post.
I can't wait for our trip to Europe next year but back to school I am in three days :(

So that was my favorite little man and I'm so proud of him and how he enjoys all the traveling and different foods.

Wish us luck on our trip back tomorrow.
Talk to you soon.



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