Thursday, June 2, 2016

Happy Birthday Mom....

Today would have been my mom's 88th birthday. She has been gone these ten years and I miss her. Was going through my dad's house and found a ton of pics....some I'd never seen. Found this one...she was a beautiful  girl....
Love you mom and miss you.....

Thursday, May 26, 2016

I Did it Again......

Well I'm happy to be back spending a little time writing after these last three weeks. Some good things were my father's 90th birthday party ( he was quite shocked) , and beautiful Adam getting adopted. Basically though I've been cleaning my dad's house, throwing stuff away, organizing and getting ready for an estate sale, then sell the house. What a hassle, my friend, Denise, can attest to that, she has been so helpful but both of us are really tired of it. Just when you think you have most of it done you open a closet or a drawer and it's full of more stuff!!! Oh well, next weekend is the sale and move on from there!!
The dogs are really hating me right now....obviously I don't spend as much time as I should with them...at least that's what they tell me. I really don't see the problem since they are usually like this.....

The title of this post, however, refers to birds. Last year I had a family of birds grow up in a soda box on the ledge of one of my windows. It was great fun watching mom and dad build the nest and then feed the babies as they were growing. Unfortunately, the day they all decided to fly I wasn't paying attention, let the dogs out and two of the babies fell off the fence and on Lizzy. When she swatted them off she killed both of them....very sad. So a month ago when my son was here he was having a cig and told me we again had a family in that nest in the box. All winter I said I was going to throw it away so that wouldn't happen again.....right.

This morning...
I know it's hard to see, but today they were out of the nest so I knew they would take off soon. I just went out to check...they were all gone but hanging in the lawn trying to fly. The dogs are still in and I hope they get a chance to get away. I'm rooting for you!!! The box will go in the trash tomorrow...as fun as it was, just too nerve wracking for me.....
I have an adventure coming up this weekend...will see how that goes....
Have a great afternoon....

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Happy 90th

My dad is 90 today. I've been thinking of things to say, but that is pretty terrific considering he is still going strong. I know he has problems, but I have friends 20 years younger that have health issues he doesn't have. I have been posting on this blog that I am going through his house and getting things ready to sell the house since he has moved into senior living. Very daunting task, but found so many pictures had to ask him about today. We went to lunch and I caught him off guard as I showed him pics I'd never seen.
Asked him about this....his high school basketball team(6th from the left) he was fifteen . He remembered every guy on that team....that was 75 years ago!!!
So this one....
My dad went to basic for the Navy at 17....WWII... they needed bodies. His basic was outside Chicago and then he went  to school to be a radio tech. This was taken by his mom before he was shipped out to the Pacific. He was shipwrecked not long after, everyone survived!!! His motivation was the GI Bill....his parents had grade school educations and he wanted to do something better for him....he did get a PhD in chemistry thanks to that. Smart man!!!
Last pic for today....
1955...back from the war...married to my beautiful mom. They were a beautiful couple!!
Dad...I know we have had issues, but those are long gone....I love you and am so glad you are happy....see for your party you have no idea is happening Saturday.
Have a wonderful afternoon, I had a great day with my dad....
Happy Cinco de Mayo.....

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Keep Your Fingers Crossed......

Adam....our beautiful big boy, finally had a great family send in a foster application for him. We have been taking him to shows trying to get him some attention....don't know if that was it , but that's the story I'm going with. They came to see him last Friday and just fell in love. He is great with small kids, not all larger dogs are, and their one year old and three year old had a great time!!! I think they really wanted to adopt him on the spot....but he has one small problem. He's very storm phobic. We were going to have another round of storms that weekend and wanted them to be able to deal with that. The great thing is that the mom works from home so he will always have someone around. Haven't heard anything so hope no news is good news......
This beautiful picture was taken by one of our volunteers after she took Adam for a  walk....


Have a wonderful evening and keep good thoughts for our boy!!!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A Lot of Work.....

This last week has been so busy. First cleaning up after that terrible storm.....some of my friends had flooded houses....and we were really close ourselves. I have been getting my dads house ready for an estate sale and then house sale and planning his 90th birthday party for next week. But when those things weren't happening we did manage to get some dogs out to a show or two.
We have been taking Onyx, Liesl and Adam out....they get along pretty well together. We have gone to two shows with these guys and they sure had a lot of fun and so enjoyed all the human interaction....but pictures speak louder than words!!

Onyx getting a  friendly pet.....

Liesl and Onyx having a conversation....

Adam getting some love....

This young man loved petting Onyx....

Dogs make good pillows too!!!

Adam on the way home....

Such a cute pic of Onyx I couldn't resist!!!
I'm hoping we will get in some applications for these sweet kids.....they all deserve wonderful forever homes!!!!
Keep us in your thoughts , seems we are going round 2 with Mother Nature this weekend....just what we need more rain!!!
Have a wonderful evening.......

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A New Definition of Crazy....

I figure everyone now knows that Houston is screwed. 16 inches of rain in some parts of the city....where I am in the northwest part of the city I have about two square miles I can drive , everything is completely covered. I can't get to my rescue dogs to help and worse I can't even get to my Dad to visit him. The pictures I have are from my general area....the sad part is it's supposed to rain again today and the creeks around me are continuing to rise...after more rain I don't know what will happen.

The street my Dad just moved from....


From the driveway....
Grant Road.....
There has never been water on the streets of my Dad's old subdivision.....that's with about 5 hurricanes and tropical storm Allison......
The worst for me personally is that my son came to visit on Thursday from Michigan. We had a great evening and he left to visit some friends in Austin Friday but was coming home for the next few days yesterday. Of course he couldn't make it and there might be a chance that he will just have to go straight to Michigan without coming home again.......damn rain.......
Please keep a good thought for all of us stuck in this mess.......

Monday, April 4, 2016

Bittersweet......

I've been MIA the past couple of weeks......very busy. About 3 weeks ago my Dad decided to move into an independent senior home. He's been living in that house for 42 years....but in the last few days since he's moved he seems very happy. I know he hated living in that big house by himself....since my Mom died ten years ago he had the place to himself. We spent the last two weeks packing and getting ready to move and now I get to figure out how to get all the furniture and other things out of it and then sell it. I was happy he had no problem just walking away.....thought I was going to be ok too.....till yesterday. I realized I have spent every Christmas there for those 42 years as well as birthdays, thanksgivings and every other holiday and fun time imaginable. It was strange to think that all we will have now are the memories. I know change is good....this one for my Dad especially...we will all move on to a new phase in life.....
I wanted to post a pic I found just last week when I was cleaning out some drawers.....
This is a pic of my grandma, me , my son and my dad about 25 years ago. Those blinds and wallpaper are still there!!!
Here's to moving forward.......