Tuesday, September 17, 2019

What a Week!

Last week!  It was one that I don't want to repeat
any time soon!

First, Maddie woke up with a bat in her room on Saturday!
She and I both hyperventilated!  We were able to 
throw a box over it so that -- you know -- Animal Control
could pick it up to test for rabies!  Since it had been in a room
of a sleeping person for who knows how long --Animal Control
will provide that service!  Then a long wait as the bat person
was out on Monday.  It wasn't until late Wednesday that
we were informed "no rabies."  
Did we google bats and rabies?  Oh yes, you bet we did and
that made us all more nervous.  No one wants to have rabies
shots - happy we were able to avoid those.
I'd insert a cute photo of a bat here - but no such thing exists --
there are no cute bats!
New dishwasher - 2019
That same day, Mr. Tennis informed me that my dishwasher
was leaking!  Why is that appliances belong to me when they break?
Anywhooo - I've  had my dishwasher since 1995!  Wow-- they
made them to last back then.  No parts available so it was
off to dishwasher shopping. It's arriving today - fingers
crossed for easy installation.

Muffy puppy - July 2010
The bat issues and broken dishwasher were nothing 
compared to the news we received on Thursday.
Our darling Scottish terrier, Miss Muffy, is very ill.
She has cancer in her spleen and liver.  Her pancreas is
inflamed and her poor belly is extended and very tender.
As you would guess, the prognosis is not good.
The cancer is a fast-growing one. 
 She is severely anemic which is the answer to why she has been so incredibly tired 
the last couple of months.

We are keeping her comfortable,
taking her on short walks (she really can only walk very short distances), 
and giving her treats and love.
We are simply heartbroken.
Best. Dog. Ever. 

We love our sweet Muffy!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Recent Happenings!

This happened recently!
Senior Picture time!

It was such a fun evening!
Meg Slattery took Maddie's senior photos a couple weeks ago at Pioneers Park. 
They had so much fun together.
I think Maddie and Meg laughed the whole time!
What a blast!

We waited somewhat impatiently and just received photos yesterday.
Some photos have been shared already on FB and IG,
but more will be coming here soon!

Stay tuned!

P.S. How Can She Possibly Be a Senior in High School?!!!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

More Summer Wrap-Up

Ahhhh - I did not mean to go so long without posting on the blog, but time got away from me again!
I have all these posts floating around in my brain,
 but haven't taken the time to put pen to paper --
really I mean, fingers to keyboard to blog (!!) and post something!
It's time for me to put on my granny panties and buckle down!

 Hotter in Lincoln than at my sister's in Florida in July!
That is just not right!  

Maddie had a couple of adorable swimsuits this summer with . . . 
bigger bottoms -- you guessed it . . .  kind of granny panties!  
She looked adorable and asked if I wanted her to order me a "granny panty swimsuit! 
Ummm, no thanks on that. 
The granny panties I need are the spanx ones 
and I'm not showing you those!

So, a little more on summer!
Weather-wise - it was an odd summer with some very hot days and tons of rain!
Good for the lawn and water bill, but
not so good for pool time, but we hit the pool 
when we could and especially on the last day!

And now it's really hot and humid again and
the pool is closed!

So, saying goodbye to summer and the pool!

Fall temps we are ready and waiting for you!

Friday, August 30, 2019

Yes or No on Monograms?

Now that school is in full swing,
August is nearly over and
cooler temps will be here soon (hope),
we're in the hunt for long sleeve t-shirts.
Long sleeves work great for M to wear
with jeans or whatever and she can wear under 
her school uniform polo shirt for extra warmth!
Because, you know, high schoolers don't
wear coats! 

We LOVE Monograms and all of these items can be personalized
with a monogram -- who doesn't love a monogram?
We've bought these long sleeve t's
in the past and they are good quality.
I always wait for a sale and they have sales often.
In case you would think I'm becoming an "influencer blogger"
[I wish!]
who gets paid for posts -- nope -- we just like these and so 
I wanted to share!

Here are a few favorites!

This one is so Maddie -- she LOVES the Hallmark
movies and has me addicted as well!
This sweatshirt and sweat shorts look perfect too.
I kind of want this myself!
The curlicue monograms are adorable, are they not???

Miss M was thrilled that PSL is back at Star*bucks and
this t-shirt would get worn a lot, I'm sure!

Maddie has this t-shirt and actually  needs a new one as it has been 
worn so many times.  Star*bucks and Chick-fil-A* are her 
favorite places!
In case you or someone you know needs a monogrammed
t-shirt, here's the website for United Monograms
Fall sale going on currently!

Have a wonderful long weekend.
Happy Labor Day!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Summer Wrap-Up

Since summer activities are winding down 
with the opening of school books, 
here's some of what Maddie did during the summer.

She completed all of her senior service hours!
Pius X (Maddie's school) requires seniors to perform 36 hours of
volunteer service work at school and/or in the community.
While 36 hours may not sound like a lot, when you're 
only getting a couple hours here and there, it takes a while to get to 36!
Maddie did all of her hours working in the Pius uniform shop!
It takes a lot of unpacking and organization to sort and have polos, shorts,
shirts, pants and sweatshirts ready to sell and package up for over 1,200 students!

After working mornings Mondays through Thursdays at the
uniform store, she spent Friday mornings playing and reading
with the Littles!  They had so much fun together and
it was great for her to spend time with them
and to give Philip and Catherine an extra pair 
of hands!
She also got some fabulous photos of the kids!
They are growing up fast!

Jane - 9 years old (4th grade)

Walt - 8 years old (3rd grade)

Harry - 6 years old (kindergarten)

Dorothy - 3 years old (preschool)


Gloria - 5 months old 

Aren't they just adorable! 
 Maddie had so 
much fun with them during the summer!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

First Day of School - Senior Year!

Maddie enjoyed two First Days of School
this year for her senior year!

Pius X First Day - In Uniform
She started her senior year at Pius X High School
where she has attended all years of high school.
Their first day was a little later than her other first day!

TCA First Day - civilian clothes
She's also attending our local public school 
dual enrollment program with Southeast Community College - called
The Career Academy (TCA) program.
Maddie is taking two college-credit business classes and one
high school English class through TCA.
She takes her other high school classes at Pius.

Basically, she's at Pius every morning (in uniform)
and then off to TCA for the afternoon (no uniform).
It's a busy schedule and
she's enjoying it so far!
How can she possibly be a senior in high school?!!?

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Well, Hello August!

Oh dear -- it's August already?
I'm not really prepared for August, are you?

Miss M starts her SENIOR YEAR of high school on Monday!

So, since I am in denial about all things related to the "S" [school]
word, here are some random photos to distract myself.

National Lighthouse Day -
here's my favorite lighthouse from the Happiest Place on Earth,
of course!  Wishing we had another trip planned!

At Hollywood studios!

I forgot to finish my vacation update,
here are a few more photos!
As you may or may not be able to tell,
it was super hot -- 98 degrees every day
plus humid so heat index was 108!
I was melting!
On this particular day - we started at dawn
and went to all 4 of the parks!

On Seven Dwarf Mine Train - LOVE that ride!

At Epcot -- do you see the Eiffel Tower in the background?
Such a fun trip - even with the extreme heat.
Can't wait for the next one!