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Monday, October 19, 2009

One Year Ago....

Last year about this time, things were really yucky around here. Hard to believe how much things changed since then. We were ready to leave for our vacation/20th anniversary celebration at Disneyworld when I took a nasty fall, hitting my knee really hard and scraping it up. Funny part was the knee wasn't really the issue, but I didn't know that until I'd walked around every park at Disney and got home, and my foot started turning interesting shades of black and blue--after a trip to the doctor, discovered I also had sprained my ankle and stretched the tendons/ligaments out as far as possible without tearing anything--eeeekk!!! I hobbled around as best I could for several more months as it healed, but it wasn't pleasant.

Right after we got home was when we realized how sick Gilligan was, what an awful decision to have to face right after coming home from vacation. I still miss him terribly, but I know that what we had to do was for the best. A year later and it still makes me cry.

Then we had the whole sick puppy/Christmas/basement full of water fiasco. Throw in some of the worst winter weather we'd had in ages and stir--yuck, yuck, yuck. Finally, somewhere in the new year things finally started to turn around at long last, and overall it's been a pretty good year. Found my fun little car, went on an awesome vacation (the first we've taken in the summer in years!), got a lot of odds and ends done on the house, the Steelers won the Superbowl and numerous other little things. Sure, there were bumps in the road, but it seems to have all worked out. Keeping my fingers crossed that it stays calm. As I often say, boring is good. I'll take a whole lot of boring right about now.

The weather folks are predicting a much gentler winter for us. I sure hope they are right, my arthritis doesn't deal with it very well. We're not off to a very good start, we've had snow already (EEEK!) but it didn't hang around. Still thinking I would like to move to a warmer climate though. I guess we'll just have to wait and see............

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Road Trip!

Everything is finally starting to calm down, got my mom out of the hospital and in to her apartment--big accomplishment! She is doing much better and likes her new place very much, unfortunately she isn't as mobile as she would like to be so she's not getting out to meet her new neighbors, but as her foot heals, she thinks she is going to have a lot of fun.

We managed to get in a 3 day road trip too, the main purpose of the trip was to see how Laney would do. One of the main things when we were deciding on a breed was size and portability because we really wanted to be able to travel with whatever dog we chose. We had managed a ride of two hours without any problems, so we were hoping we would be fine for something longer, so we rented a cabin about 5 hours away. She passed with flying colors and had a great time. Here is a picture of our home away from home:
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We had a nice three days away from all the stress and so forth at home, doesn't Laney look like she's having a good time? She got a lot of walkies in, she was one tired little girl when we got back home!
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On our way home we took a little side trip to Mill Run, where Fallingwater is, but also home to a small wind farm. I was thrilled at just how up close and personal we could get to them. Don't the cows look thrilled?

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This particular wind farm has 10 turbines, all in the middle of a field. We shut the car off to see if we could hear anything and all that we heard was a faint "woosh" from them. I don't quite understand how anyone can find anything wrong with these, it certainly beats the alternative ways to generate electricity that put off all kinds of pollution and other environmental issues. After doing further research, I found out about another windfarm in West Virginia--with 44 turbines!! Time for another road trip ;)