Thursday, February 14, 2013

The best kind of VD?...

Hello All!
Hope you are doing well and things have been great on your end.

Where to start...hhhhmmmmm......
I think we'll start with this late post. Last Friday, after a typical crazy day at work, I got home to discover that our cable modem was..well, dead. No ifs, ands or butts! After a semi-lengthy telephone call to the cable company - after finally making them understand it was the modem not the cable - we are up and working again. They couldn't get anyone here until Monday. So I was without internet all weekend. It's amazing how much you don't realize you use something until you have to do without it. Now we have a nice new little black box. And I am connected again. YAY!
That was the reason there was no post this past weekend. I didn't die, despite popular belief. :)

Can you believe another year has flown by? I can't believe it's my birthday again. Wow, I'm a whole 2 this year. Don't roll your eyes (I saw you). It's true....4+7=11. 1+1=2. See? Yes, it's 47 this year. Creepin' closer to that half century mark. And to be honest, I'm kinda feelin' it today. The first thing I did this morning was to promptly dump my coffee all over myself. I banged the cup with the door and whoosh, I was wearing it. Not a good start to the day. The trip to the tag office was pleasantly uneventful. However on the way home, I was given a minor heart attack courtesy of the local fire department. It was at a crossroad, obscured by trees when they decided they should turn on their sirens. I swear I jumped so hard that my truck came off the road. Other than that it has been a quiet day. The wife is taking me out for dinner tomorrow night. Reservations and all. :)  Not a clue where we are going. Surprise!
And it's Valentine's Day again. :)  May the Love in the World find it's way to your door! How's that for mushy sentiment? LOL
Happy VD to YOU!!

I've been trying really hard to stay on track with my exercising as well. I've missed a day or two in the past few weeks but I've managed to keep going. So far it's simply been the stationary bike but that's better than nothing. Right? Sure it is!! You can check out how I've been doing here or by using the link on the right hand side of my blog. I still can't believe it's been three weeks since I've started back to this.

A few weeks ago I had to take my puppies to the vet. They were itching to the point of making themselves bleed. Roxxy had scratched the hair off her sides and Pixie had chewed most of the hair off her bum. She was also bright pink on her belly. They gave them both shots and medication. It helped for about three days. They were getting baths every other day. On Monday, my wife called me to tell me that Pixie had chewed herself raw and was bleeding again. So after I got home I packed them in the truck and off to the vet we went...again. I saw the 'senior' vet (also the owner) this time. He walked in the room and said "you haven't figured out what this is yet?"  I said NO. He says 'it's Poison Ivy' (possibly poison oak).  He then told me that he knew that from experience. That was why they thought it was an allergy last time. They seem to be doing better now. They have to go back on Saturday for a follow up. So I will be spending the weekend in the backyard trying to find it and get rid of it. Wish me luck!

Normally on my birthday I get a new pair of boots (from me). I found some that I really liked and was considering which of them I wanted (narrowed it down to four pair). I finally made up my mind and then discovered that three of the four didn't come in a double E width (fat foot). So I thought I would stop by the local boot store, they too did not have any that I wanted in my size. Bummer!! So, no new boots this year. Instead I got Corel Painter 12!! Got it loaded, can't wait to use it! Who knows, maybe you'll see some new work soon!
Speaking of...I got the table ready to be used for sculpting! Just before I sat down to write this. I've had a huge urge to sculpt this past week and now it's finally time to get busy!! I invited my daughter to come and join me, I hope she does. It will be fun!
down to four choices...
alas, no boots this year  :(

got this instead!

And now for the slightly creepy.....
This past Tuesday, around ten pm, I was standing at the back door having a cigarette before going to bed. I was facing out and I felt someone put their hand on my back/ they were trying to get around me. I turned thinking my wife had gotten up and came into the kitchen. Wrong. There was no one there. But it wasn't an 'OMG' feeling. It was just 'like wow that was wierd'. The following night I was telling my wife and daughter about what happened...the dogs were outside and I stepped out on the porch to check on them and realized that the 'kiddie' gate at the arbor was knocked over. So I ran down the stairs to close it before my daughters dog could get out. As I got to the arbor, I realized that the swing gate was open too. Which means it had to be unhooked and opened. Both gates were open and none of the dogs would go over there. I think we had a visitor. Not sure if they left or just went visiting down the street. Haven't had a weird one like that in quite a while. Just a little freaky.

I think that's all for now. I will hopefully be back on schedule (post on Sunday) and will hopefully have some new artwork to share next time around.

Have a Great Valentine's Day! Be sure and let those you love know it!

Be Good, Be Safe, Be Happy!



  1. I bet you anything that a loved one who has passed on came visiting because it was so close to your birthday.... If you believe in that sorta thing :) I had a similar incident a while back when I still smoked. I was sitting out in the sunroom... the only place to smoke besides outside. I remember I was in a sad mood and thinking about something and all of a sudden I felt a warm hand squeeze my upper arm as if in sympathy. Surprisingly it didn't startle me.... it was comforting :D

    Hope you get the poison ivy taken care of 'cause it will run rampant like ours did. Something we will have to tackle ourselves come Spring! All along the fence line :(

    Once again Happy Birthday and don't you just love surprises? Will have to let us know where you went!

    1. Thanks Summer!
      It was really weird how 'non-scary' or 'non-threatening' it was. It was simply matter-of-fact. :)

      could not find any poison ivy or oak anywhere in the yard....have to look again. Lots of work out there still to do.

      Thanks for the birthday wishes! will post soon

  2. Happy Birthday! Sorry about the boots, congrats on the painter 12 and don't worry about tipping coffee all over yourself.

    Creepy thing on the porch? We have a hair twiddler that like to follow people around when it's dark. *twitch*

    1. Thank you Miss B!
      The boots were a bummer but 12 is going to be great! I've been using 9.5 since it came out. :)
      I was more concerned about wasting my coffee. :) Hows that for a coffee drinker? LOL

      a twiddler? that would be a little dis-concerning I think.
      *definitely a shudder*

    2. Thank you Miss B!
      The boots were a bummer but 12 is going to be great! I've been using 9.5 since it came out. :)
      I was more concerned about wasting my coffee. :) Hows that for a coffee drinker? LOL

      a twiddler? that would be a little dis-concerning I think.
      *definitely a shudder*