Friday, November 16, 2007

Antique? Who you callin' antique?

My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Her Most Serene Highness Lady Marilyn the Antique of Much Leering
Get your Peculiar Aristocratic Title

I saw this on a friend's blog & just had to go check it out for myself, since it's so wonderfully funny and whimsical. And the title it spat out for me seems quite apropos, being as it's my birthday this weekend. But I do take exception to that bit about antique!

I've been fighting off a serious case of the blues for the past couple of weeks. I was dreading my birthday since DH is now in PA for his new job, DD is STILL in the hospital, and my closest friend here just lost her job and is in no mood to celebrate. Another birthday all alone. (Well, okay, not alone exactly since Darcy the Wonderdog is not only here, but needs lots and lots of attention.) So I signed up to go volunteer for part of the day tomorrow at a distribution center for the needy. Nothing like giving stuff out to folks who really, really need & appreciate it to make one feel very blessed.

And then I got a real slap in the face yesterday morning when I learned that my precious little German grandmother in Texas has pancreatic cancer. The docs who operated on her at her local hospital took what they could, then closed her up & recommended taking her to MD Anderson Cancer Institute in Houston to see what they'd recommend. But first she must get back on her feet from this week's surgery and weigh her options.

I have cried so much the past couple of days and suddenly my little case of the blues over distant family and my self-absorption seem so trivial. I've been wondering what I'd do if I thought this might be my last birthday. Odd thing is, I'm not at all sure. But I think of Oma & wonder if she's thinking this coming holiday season might be her last. What would YOU do if you suspected your next birthday might be your last?

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Poor Darcy!

Somehow or other Miss Darcy Blue managed to blow out her ACL last week, just as DH was getting ready to head for PA. Because it was a full rupture, the reconstructive surgery was MAJOR. Here she is the day after coming home.After a few days, the swelling is much improved and the Fentanyl patch (which was stapled to her skin...OUCH!) has been removed. She is on very close confinement for the next 8-16 weeks, depending on her recovery. She must walk on-leash even indoors and is only allowed outside for very brief potty breaks. I have to use a belly-band to help her down the 3 steps to outside and to cross the tiled floors and she can't go upstairs, to the basement, or jump onto her usual hangout on the couch, thus the glum expression.
This is how she spends most of her time when I'm home, alternating between sleeping and giving me poor-pitiful-dog looks. She does not understand why she has to stay in jail when I'm sleeping or at school. Even though I've had to cut her food portions in half, I can see that she's already gaining weight due to all this inactivity. Poor baby! Now who's going to keep all those pesky geese out of the yard?

Good news and bad news

Well, at long last DH has landed a wonderful new job. That's the good news. The bad part is, it's 500 miles away, at Three Mile Island, near Harrisburg, PA. So last Friday night we three went out for a farewell dinner at the wonderful French Laundry restaurant in nearby Fenton, MI. I made DD and DH squish together for a quick photo to mark the occasion.

Sweetie, we're really proud of your new position but we'll sure miss you! Can't wait to see you at Thanksgiving!

I just have to show you my adorable nephew and tell you how clever my little sister/his mom is. She MADE this Halloween costume out of a cardboard box! I think it's so creative and she did such an incredible job. Of course, it doesn't hurt to have such a cutie-patootie wearing the pants...square or not.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

An art-full event

My friend Linnet is once again hosting one of her amazing boutique art sales, this one just in time for holiday shopping. I can't think of a better place to find wonderfully unique not-from-the-mall gifts. If you go, please tell her you saw it here.

Friday, November 02, 2007

A Blaze of Glory

We had our first really cold night (mid-20's) last night and awoke to heavy frost this morning. As the sun came up and hit these trees across the backyard, the colors just glowed. I just love the way you can see the leaves in mid-fall from the trees! (Click photo to enlarge.) Sounds like we may see our first snowflakes early next week so I'm soaking up all the color I can, while I can.