Friday, January 22, 2010

Christmas Lights

OK - should there be an "epiration date" on taking down lights after Christmas? I was on my way to my parents house on Wednesday (about a 10 minute drive) and spotted at least 10 houses with their lights still up.

Don't get me wrong - it was pretty cold and we had some snow there for a couple of weeks. I wouldn't have wanted to be outside either. But do you still have to turn them on even if they are still up outside?

Just one of those random things.... I guess I just think that by mid-January you should have them down. Of course, what do I know when the stores have Christmas decorations out by Halloween and Easter stuff out in January. sigh...

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Bandit memorial

February 1997 to January 2010
Bandit was Rob's first dog. He had been looking for a while and saw a picture and wanted this breed. I guess it was better than the Malamute he originally wanted (until I told mom how much they shed and she shut Rob down on that one).
Rob found a breeder in Toledo and talked me into going with him. There were two 3 month old puppies. He picked the one he wanted and off we went. And about 30 minutes down the road, the dog threw up on me....thankfully we were near a gas station and we could exchange shirts. :)
Bandit was a great dog. Rob took him to college where he was very popular. In fact, the guys in his house took to walking him for Rob to pick up girls.
He lived with Rob and Abby until Lanah was about a year old. By that time Bandit was getting older and they were afraid he might unintentionally snap at her as she was using everything (including the dog) to pull herself up to walk. So Rob called our parents and they agreed he could come live with them.
Bandit wasn't feeling so well over Christmas and last week Mom had to make the decision to let him go. He earned his wings 1/8/10. I know there is another angel over Rainbow Bridge waiting for us.


Maestro is my old man kitty. He joined the family November 1994 as an 8 week old kitten. I was in college at the time. Butterscotch would have been about 2 years old. I was convinced he needed a friend. I brought home Maestro - though I knew Dad would have a fit. Butterscotch also wasn't convinced a new kitten was a great idea. He would pin Maestro down and chew on his ears until Maestro would cry. Then Maestro was neutered and they were friends from the day Maestro came back from the vet.

When I moved out of the house, Butterscotch and Maestro came to live with me. They were my friends through several moves and new homes. They even went to Texas and back.

Maestro is now the old man of the house. He is unamused by foster kittens, but has learned how to stay away from them. His favorite spot is on the arm of my chair during the day when I am home and curled up next to my pillow at night. He is my sweet bowling ball boy. :)

group shot

I finally managed to get them all in one picture - ok, so it isn't great, but at least they are all in the shot. :)
In order: Tim, Mozart, Ivy, Spud, Tommy and Maestro (with his back to the camera)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

New Year, new fosters....

These are the new kids. Got them 12-19-09. The dilute calico is Honey. The boys are Bugs and Taz. Taz is a grey tabby and Bugs is a grey tabby with white chest and paws - and his tail is only about 1.5" long....and yes, he does bunny hop. We spent New Years Day curled up together in my chair with a fuzzy blanket watching the parades and football and taking naps. :)