Monday, December 31, 2012

Goodbye 2012

Winding down the year of 2012 with a small supper with The Wife and Youngest Boy. Don't know if we'll be up at the stroke of midnight. Well I may be up, waiting on the Oldest Boy to come home from his night out.
Here are a few observations/news/notes from the past year:
  • President Obama re-elected to a second term.
  • Neil Armstrong passed.
  • Super Storm Sandy
  • Curiosity lands on Mars
  • Newtown, CT
  • Whitney Houston passed
  • A 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Alloy Gullwing sold for $4,620,000.00
  • The Mayan's missed their mark
  • Costa Concordia runs aground in Italy
  • NY Giants win the Superbowl
  • Putin wins presidential election
  • James Cameron dives to Challenger Deep
  • Michael Schumacher retires
  • The Summer Olympics
  • Apple 1 computer sells for $374,500.00
  • South African police fire on protesting miners, killing 34
  • Jerry Sandusky and Joe Paterno
  • Giants win World Series
  • Chewie became a Murray
Interestingly seems there's always more bad news than good being sent to us over the airwaves. That's something that needs changing. 

Last sunset of 2012 for us.

Happy New Year kids. 

Let's make this next one better.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Good Week So Far

Chewie update!
He's still with us. The woman who picked us to foster hasn't contacted us about getting him back so we are just now contacting her to find out what's going on. But for all intent and purposes he's staying. He and The WOF have now been playing in the yard together and now seem to get along great. And as I type this they are both asleep and The WOF is snoring good.

I started framing up another bedroom upstairs a few days ago and have made some good progress.

Start (ignore the crap in the back)

After day one. My Father in Law helped me with this work. 

Yesterday I got the closet framed in, two cubby holes framed in, and set all of the boxes. 

I am going to start the wiring this weekend then will probably wait to finish the rest until after the new year. There is a lot to do and I can do most of it myself which saves a lot of money. This room will eventually be for The Youngest Boy plus help with overflow when family comes to visit. We can actually add another bedroom, a rec room, and a bathroom. The builder already installed the rough- ins for another hvac unit and plumbing so that will help in the future. Long road ahead on these projects and they will get done when I get the time. I've yet to get the garage ceiling finished but it's too cold to do that work now. I have a lot of items on my "To Do" list which seems to get longer and longer. 

Watching Northern Exposure again and The Wife is on me to post this so there will be another one tomorrow. 

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!

We're getting close now. Christmas Day is almost upon us and we're as ready as we can be here on the homestead. The homestead has actually gotten larger by one. We have picked a 'temporary' addition to the house in the form and name of Chewie. 

Go ahead with the Star Wars sound effects. That's The WOF on the left above. The Wife and I went shopping a few days ago and found him in a chain pet store. They were looking for a home for a few days so we brought him to ours. Things between The WOF and Chewie have been surprisingly smooth. He's a six year old mix and knowing that most people won't look towards older dogs near his age, we took him for fostering. He'll more than likely stay as he's a good dog. 

Well, Shop Around the Corner is on TCM so off to watch it and order seeds tonight. 

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas Movies

Sitting here today watching The Santa Clause 2. I love Christmas movies although I am partial to the classics, back when they didn't try to make too much nonsense out of the season. This one is a good if you like Tim Allen. 

One of my favorites is It's a Wonderful Life.

Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. Great movie! Also high up on the list are Miracle on 34th Street, The Shop Around the Corner, The Bishop's Wife, The Bells of St. Mary's, A Christmas Story. The best though.....

A Muppet Christmas Carol.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas is Coming to the Dogs

And it is at a record pace. And I have been gently kicked in the arse for not posting for a while so I'll let everyone know what's going on in our neighborhood.

Well this past Saturday The Wife and I cruised out to do a little shopping and to see what's what. My main objective was to go to a pet adoption "show" at a somewhat local mall. I wasn't really interested in the shopping but we did get some done. We have been kicking back and forth about adopting another dog for the family as we are dog people, and since I lost my old cat years ago I don't think one could ever replace her so off to the hounds. I had originally started out looking for a Golden Retriever puppy, but we don't support puppy mills nor dog breeders that want $600.00 for a puppy. We are pound people, plain and simple. So at the adoption "show" we saw a few (they had a total of 5 dogs) that we really liked. Actually being said we'd taken all of them. Just the house couldn't take them! These people would take dogs and foster them out as they are a no- kill organization. Great people. We had a nice long talk with one of the foster's and he helped us in the right direction for adoption. What brought this on in the end? I found an older gentleman of 9 years named Bucky. Gray beard, probably a slow gait, needed a house with a ramp. My kind of guy.

Just found out that this great guy is being given a home. Sorry, we love dogs. We'll keep looking.

On the Christmas front things have been busy around the house. The Wife got the inside decorated with her 50,000 Santa's that she may share with you. It's kind of creepy sometimes. I worked on some of the outside and got it looking somewhat good. Not truly up to my usual standards but pressed for time. 

I got some planting done this weekend of Pansies and checked on how the cabbage was doing. 

That's Kale with a few Pansies thrown in. 

I do have a better post coming with more info but right now I need to get back to work. Oh, WOF of the Week. Long time for this so I'll let the picture do the talking. 

It's about what we are all feeling right now. Until next time (which will be real soon) keep your tails wagging.