Tuesday, April 27, 2010
In other animal news, make sure your dog never eats grapes. Sunday night Lila ate probably a pound of grapes that had accidentally been left out, and she's been in the animal hospital ever since. She was in kidney failure within a couple hours of consumption. Twenty-four hours ago the news was not at all good, and we were mentally preparing for the possibility of having to put her down. We went to visit her last night, thinking it might be one of the last times we saw her.
This morning she has amazed everyone by being completely normal. It doesn't appear that there is any lasting damage, and she should come home this afternoon (some $700+ later). So, it seems that everything will end well, but don't risk it, grapes are dog poison!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
A couple of those comments were left by the courageous Anonymous on my post entitled Confessions of a Lazy Mom and Housewife. That post was an expose of some hot spots around my house, and things I tend to let slide. Here is one of those comments:
"i think your[sic] all lazy if your[sic] a housewife and cannot even bother to do an hour or two of cleaning a day, you should be fired....Sure, things can slide when you have kids and cleaning dust isn't the most important, but it shouldn't be forgotten and should get done! I have [a baby] but I still manage to make my home acceptable."
That irked me a little bit, I guess. It's not that I don't agree with what she's saying; as a housewife I have a job to do, but lighten up a little bit! Nothing in my post was staged, but at the same time it was meant to be somewhat tongue in cheek. Who doesn't have some clutter around the house? If there wasn't any stuff, it would be a museum, not a home. Believe me, I work around here, and my home is completely acceptable!
And, the finches did build a nest, and there are six eggs! I hope all goes well.
Friday, April 16, 2010
I’m not even kidding. I have been to Walmart everyday this week except for Monday. I always forget something. Or perhaps it would be more fair to say that no matter what I just bought, tomorrow I will need something else, and unfortunately, Walmart has pretty much everything and the lowest prices, so back I go.
So, the most exciting thing I did this week is color my hair. I’ve never done it before. (Well, there was that one time in high school when I let my friend try to color my hair with one of those temporary party colors--true red!--but it didn’t work.) However, in the last year, I’ve been getting more and more grays, and it was becoming increasingly more difficult to hide them.
I’ve actually had the box of Natural Instincts for almost a year, and it’s taken me this long to get up the nerve to use it. Since I’m a complete novice, I was a little afraid that it would turn out badly. Last time I got my hair cut, I asked my stylist for tips. She said use semi-permanent, so it uniformly washes out and doesn’t leave roots, and don’t pay attention to what the color is called, go by the pictures.
And now for the reveal.
From this (random photo taken in Dec ‘09):
To this (photo taken yesterday to try to recreate above photo):
Who needs Everest when they've got this kind of excitement?
Monday, April 5, 2010
The season change always surprises me with how it seems to sneak up on me and happen over night. The first truly cold days of fall depress me with the thought of the long winter ahead. Then by the time warm spring days appear, believe it or not I’m always a little sad that the cozy cocooning evenings by the fire are over.
Just a little. Mostly because I’m not emotionally ready to parade my winter skin around in lighter clothing. I do, however, love the warm weather, sunshine, and greening of the landscape.
Here are a few signs of spring around our house.
Last fall, Craig planted three tiny forsythia bushes at the back of our yard. I wasn’t sure how much to expect from them this spring, but they actually produced a few little yellow blossoms.
He has also been working on our square-foot garden for a month or so now. He’s got the whole crop rotation planned out for the year, and covers to protect from rabbits, scorching sun, or cold. A couple early crops went in a few days ago. He’s really into this. Hopefully it goes well and is fruitful.
Our lawn is greening up, I put the spring wreath on the door, and Saturday I bought two Boston ferns to hang. Pretty soon I’ll get some flowers going in my chair planter.
If you look really closely, you can see a bird on the chain of the fern on the left. Pretty much as soon as they were hung, a pair of purple finches took a strong liking to the ferns. I’m not sure if they’re going to build a nest or what, but they’re fun to watch out the front windows.