Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Maggie is a Big Girl Now!

We took Maggie back to the vet yesterday and she now weighs 5 lbs and 4 oz up from 3 lbs 7oz just 4 weeks ago. I think she is sensitive to the vacinations though, she cried almost all night. I stayed up with her until about 1 am and she would go to sleep and within just a few minutes wake up and whine. She finally went to sleep at 1 am but then woke up at 3 am doing the same thing and hubby got up with her. She is usually a good sleeper, she whines just a little when you first put her in the crate but then she settles down and sleeps until I let her out at 6 am. She did the same thing after the first set of shots so I think it has to be related somehow.

I have tried to play with her today and wear her out so she will be good and sleepy tonight, so hubby won't toss her out the door for good. (Just joking, he would never do that!) Poor guy, he is the one who suffers when she cries because I don't hear anything once I take off the processor of my CI. If she were not so cute, she would be in big trouble right now!

It is a beautiful day here in S. Texas, looks like Spring has come early here. Hope you are all healthy, happy and having a good week. Blessings All!

Friday, February 23, 2007

16 years and counting!

Today is our 16th Anniversary! Hubby and I have been through a lot in those 16 years. We have lived in five different homes in five different cities in two states. Hubby has worked for either 3 or 4 different companies, although he has never changed jobs (the company has been bought out) We have worshipped at three different churches together and now have been involved with Deaf Ministries at all three.

We have mourned the loss of one child and rejoiced at the birth of another. We have been together through thick and thin, sickness and health, good times and bad, for better and for worse. It hasn't always been a bed of roses but it has always been "do able" because we are together. We are proof in some ways that "what does not kill us, only makes us stronger"

Here's to my sweet husband. My best friend, the love of my life. May we have many many more years to laugh and love together! Thanks be to God for bringing us together on Feb. 23, 1991!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Out of Order

Blogger put my latest post behind the TAKS post, so if you want to read the Meme you will have to go back two post!

Tuesday, February 20, 2007


Yahoo, Darling Daughter is done with her first TAKS test. My daughter is a bright, talented, beautiful little girl who has worried and fretted over this silly test for about 7 months now. It is wrong to put these poor kids under this kind of pressure. She has been moody and sensative for several days now and I know it is due to this test. When I picked her up today, she said it was easy and she finished it in about an hour and a half. So yeah, it is over (at least the reading part is, she will have the math part on April 17th)

--For those of you who don't live in Texas, the TAKS test is a test that the state of TX mandates that students in various grade levels must pass or they do not pass the grade level. The school districts spend an enormous amount of time preparing the kids for these test for months beforehand. There is a lot more to it than just this but you can "goggle" it if you want to know more. I am tired of thinking about it and glad it is over.

Monday, February 19, 2007

The looooong Meme

The "Lonnnnng Meme"

01. Are your parents married or divorced? Married...for almost 51 years :)
02. Are you a vegetarian? No, I love me some meat....my daughter is a sometimes vegan...unless there is bacon involved!
03. Do you believe in Heaven? Hope so, I am planning to relocate there!
04. Have you ever come close to dying? I have been pretty sick a few times!
05. What jewelry do you wear 24/7? Wedding rings and TX A&M class ring
06. Favorite time of day? Night
07. Do you eat the stems of broccoli? Yes
08. Do you wear makeup? Not a whole lot, mainly just lipgloss and mascara (because of my puny eyelashes)
09. Ever have plastic surgery? No
10. If you did have plastic surgery, what would you do? Don't know, can you get a whole body transplant yet?
11. What do you wear to bed? gown and usually fuzzy socks because my feet are always cold!
12. Have you ever done anything illegal? Not that I know of.
13. Can you roll your tongue? Yes
14. Do you tweeze your eyebrows? Sometimes, but they are kinda sparse like the eyelashes!
15. What kind of sneakers? Reeboks
16. Do you believe in abortions? NO!
17. What is your hair color? Medium brown with highlights around my face.
18. Future child’s name? We wanted to name our boy-Sean Patrick but don't think we will be getting a boy or another girl either for that matter. I think God has shut that door!
19. Do you snore? Not unless I have a cold.
20. If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be? Ireland
21. Do you sleep with stuffed animals? No.
22. If you won the lottery, what would you do first? Won't happen because I don't waste my time or money playing the lottery.
23. Gold or silver? Gold
24. Hamburger or hot dog? Hamburger with cheese!
25. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Lately it has been burritos from Chipolte's but probably fajitas! Maybe Pizza or Spaghetti?
26. City, beach or country? BEACH!!!
27. What was the last thing you touched? delete key
28. Where did you eat last? Friends's House for Life Group
29. When’s the last time you cried? A few minutes ago--think I am PMSing
30. Do you read blogs? yes
31. Would you ever go out dressed like the opposite sex? I think it would be really hard to mistake me for a male, no matter how I was dressed unless we go back to the question about plastic surgery....but the answer is still no, but that does not mean I don't wear pants.
32. Ever been involved with the police? only on the right side of the law. I used to have to take them with me occasionally on work related business.
33. What’s your favorite shampoo conditioner and soap? Whatever is available in the shower so I don't have to drip across the floor....
34. Do you talk in your sleep? Don't think so usually but have been known to when running a very high fever.
35. Ocean or pool? Pool...The ocean is too salty...nice to visit but don't like to swim there!
36. Sauna or whirlpool? Whirlpool.
37. Starbucks or Krispy Kreme? Starbucks....then we can stop at KK
39. Ever met anyone famous? Randy Travis
40. Do you feel that you’ve had a truly successful life? It ain't over yet...but it has been good so far. I am child of God, I have a wonderful family and all the worldly possessions I could possibly need (not want but need) so yes, I am pretty successful (and blessed!)
41. Do you twirl your spaghetti or cut it? Twirl!
42. Ricki Lake or Oprah Winfrey? Neither! Shame on them both!
43. Basketball or Football? Football (although I have been known to root for the Spurs!)
44. How long do your showers last? Usually about 10 minutes or so :)
45. Automatic or do you drive a stick? Can drive either but prefer automatic
46. Cake or ice cream? Cake
47. Are you self-conscious? Not too much. Anyone up for streaking or skinny dipping?
48. Have you ever drank so much you threw up? No
49. Have you ever given money to a beggar? Yes.
50. Have you been in love? Yes...still am
51. Where do you wish you were? Right now I would not mind being back in Maui instead of trying to housebreak this puppy!
52. Are you wearing socks? Not at the moment
53. Have you ever ridden in an ambulance? No.
54. Can you tango? No but have fun trying with daughter sometimes!
55. Last gift you received? Box of candy
56. Last sport you played? Don't remember
57. Things you spend a lot of money on? Child and Puppy
58. Where do you live? South Texas
59. Where were you born? East Texas
60. Last wedding attended? Tim and Katies in 1998
62. Favorite position? (where did #61 go?) In the arms of my sweet hubby or with my daughter curled up in my lap
63. Most hated food(s)? Liver
64. Most hated soda pop? Creme Soda
65. Can you sing? Used to sing pretty good, not so great since I got my cochlear implant
66. Last person you instant messaged? Mom
67. Last place you went on holiday? Dallas
68. Favorite regular drink? Dr.Pepper
69. Current Song? I want to be a Worker--that is the song I am teaching my kids to sign for LTC (Leadership Training In Christ)competition
70. Tag 3 friends. Whoever wants too--no pressure at all!

Excerpts from a Dog Diary and a Cat Diary

Excerpts from a Dog's Daily Diary

8:00am Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30am A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40am walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30am Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00pm Lunch! My favorite thing!
1:00pm Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00pm Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00pm Milk bones! My favorite thing!
7:00pm Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00pm Wow! Watched TV with my master! My favorite thing!
11:00pm Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

Excerpts from a Cat's Daily Diary:

Day 683 of my captivity: My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and myself are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength. The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the floor.

Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a "good little hunter" I am. The audacity! There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of "allergies." I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow - but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released --and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded! The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicating with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. The captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe....... for now....

Found this on line but thought it was pretty funny! Hope you all enjoyed it! Sorry that I can't give the author credit but don't know who they are!

Friday, February 16, 2007

That Just Ain't Right!

Maybe it is because I grew up in the South (in Texas to be exact) but I saw something the other day that just struck me as WRONG!

The area we live in is going through a growth spurt, there are new buildings going up everywhere. Along a major road near my house they have built a new funeral home. It looks like a nice enough funeral home although growing up in the south I am used to funeral homes being in stuffy smelling old houses (or Mansions- often.) This one definitely has a more "Hill Country Ranch" flavor to it although given the area that is totally understandable.

That is not what catches my attention and what the title of this post refers to.....what gets me is that there is a scrolling sign out front, with the time and date on it. The business has not been open very long so I am not sure if they will be posting who's funeral is taking place that day, you know like they do at some of the Pizza Arcade Birthday Party Places. I told my Hubby on the way to church Sunday, that something about that sign "just ain't right"!

I guess for people who always wanted their name up in lights.....you could have something like...Appearing for one night only.... come and see the Grand Finally of Joan Smith....Grandmother Extraordinaire!!!! I just can imagine this going in all sorts of directions like...someone who was a really bad person might have a sign that said ....Come pinch John Black and make sure the SOB is really dead!

I realize my examples are a little extreme but the whole things just strikes me as being wrong! As we say in the South "That Just Ain't Right!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Monday, February 12, 2007

Ahhhhh A Good Nights Sleep!

Hubby and I have needed a new mattress for awhile now. Both of us have been waking up with aches and pains and the mattress had some serious craters in it. So Saturday we went out, did a little comparison shopping and "Badda Bing" we bought a new mattress. Our bank account is a little lighter but hopefully our backs will not need the Chiropracter now!

We got a Sealy Posturpedic King Size mattress and frame to replace our old queen size bed. You would not thing 6 inches would make that big of a difference but it does. I wish I did not have to give up my headboard and footboard but hopefully can find a new one that will match my bedroom furniture (or at least not clash with it)

We bought the mattress and it was delivered within an hour. I barely had time to drop hubby off at home while I went to get sheets. I called about 10 minutes after I left the house to tell Hubby something and the bed was already at the house! Found a great sale on sheets and pillows, so in the course of about two hours we had a new bed and all new linens and pillows.

I don't know if it is related or not but I was able to get alot of stuff done around the house today. I would not be at all surprised if it was due to just resting better at night! Can't wait to try out my theory tomorrow after another good night's sleep! Blessings!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Yes, Sir that's my Baby!

Here she is, Miss Maggie Moo; all 3 lbs and 7 oz of her! She is one sweet puppy!

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Bride of Christ!

I just got back from our annual Ladies Retreat and our theme this year was about being the Bride of Christ. The place was decorated with Wedding dresses and wedding stuff. It is always good to get together with my Christian sisters and learn more about God's Holy Word. We talked a lot about how Christ choose to make us his bride by saving us from our sins and how we should submit ourselves to Him completely.

Tomorrow we begin our training classes for LTC -Leadership Training classes. We have one of our biggest classes ever, about 15 kids. We will work with the kids for about 9 weeks before going to Houston on Easter Weekend for the competition. It is fun to watch the kids go from knowing little or no sign language to being able to sign a whole song. Some of the kids are more experience and with them we get to work on polishing their performances and increasing their knowlege of sign language. It is fun to share our gifts with the kids. This will be the first year our daughter is old enough to take part in LTC and I am hoping it will be a positive experience for her.

Baby Maggie is doing great and I hope to post some pictures of her soon. Blessings to all of you!