Tuesday, June 24, 2008

I missed it/Bill's getting a big head/Oh what a beautiful morning!

I'm not sure where to start...so let's just start at the end, go to the beginning and end in the middle..got it?

First and foremost, I missed posting on my own blogoversary! It's hard to believe that it's been two years...and all the things that have happened in those two years! Thanks to all those who stopped by to wish me a happy day and to those who have been here through thick and thin, since day one! Here's to another year!

Now...Bill....where do I start? It was a combination of things. First, I was reading the website of a friend I never met, a former radio personality in Pittsburgh. I spent so many nights with him (he was the overnight talk show host) that he became family. A few weeks ago, wrote about one of his dogs leaving home and having to retrieve him at the police station.
I wrote to him about Bill going to church. He wrote back to me that he liked the story so much he posted my letter, complete with links to this blog, on his web site!
Boom! All of a sudden, we had people from all over dropping in, including several from my home town (population 4,377). I even got two email, one from an old friend and one from a person who knew my father's family. I was thrilled. I gave Bill and extra helping of Frosty Paws, a special ice cream treat for dogs:

A few days later, I checked in and there were people from all over checking in. There were so many new people, I thought for a minute they must be arranging bus tours...
I quickly made a note to myself not to go out on the patio in my jammies for morning coffee!

Then I realized they were coming from RAVELRY! In my confused state (remember, I'm at 'that age' and I do have four children...I wondered if Ravelry might be closing it's doors and ending everyone here...

Then I realized it was Michelle from Always Casting On said in THIS Ravelry thread that she enjoyed reading this blog! I guess she's the voice of authority, because a million

(or at least a few hundred) people came running over here to see what we were about!

Funny thing about that is I always read Michelle's blog (I remember your wedding, Michelle), but lost my list in a huge computer crash and never found her again.

So...Michelle, Bill and I want to thank you for leading all these people here. He thinks they are all coming to see him and his head is swelling at an alarming rate!

Look! His head doesn't even fit in the picture anymore!

Okay Michelle, you can go to bed now. We will not talk about you. I promise!

Nighty night!

(Okay, now that Michelle isn't here, let's talk about her. Things over at chez Always Casting On hasn't been all that much fun. Her good news would make some of us weep. Let's all run over there in the middle of the night and TP her house to cheer her up!

Not sure how to TP (toilet paper) a house? There are great instructions HERE. But for heaven's sake...if you get caught, you're on your own. I don't know you!

All that being said, I had a fairly quiet weekend Mark and Tony went golfing on Sunday. Several hours later, Mark calls. He was going to surprise me by buying me (hold on to your hats..he's such a romantic devil)...a light bulb! I was sure he was going to buy me one because he knew I was tired of being the only bright thing in the house, but he said no, he was just looking for a practical gift. BUT...they walked into Home DeePot or another store like it, just when they were marking evergreens down 75%. How many did I want.

How can I tell such a sweetie that I'd rather have a light bulb (they are easier to install)? I said I'd take them all.

He was sooo excited, he never cared for a minute that they had to get out the tractor and pull out things that were already there so they could make room for the trees that weren't there. They didn't even care that our little lawn tractor couldn't pull things out without adding weight to the back...


Andy (pictured above) cuts grass and does yard maintence in his spare time and on weekends. One of the places he cuts is an empty field. People are planning construction on a wonderful house in the fall and need him to keep the property looking tidy until then.

Last week he mentioned that he had to leave a large patch uncut because a bird was sitting on a nest in the middle of the field. Yesterday when we drove by, there she was, sitting on her nest.

Of course, I didn't have my camera, but when I got up extra early this morning, I decided to take my camera and try to get a photo of her. She was not on her next, but standing nearby:

Anyone know what kind of bird she is?

A little farther down the road, I caught up with two fawns:

Don't they just take your breath away?

After all that excitement, I had to come home and put my jammies on and take a nap. Wendy, Tony's cat, and Linda joined me, Wendy on my lap, Linda on the sofa (that dogs are not allowed to sit on) beside me...

Oh wow! Mark just shouted down the stairs that it's waaaay past my bedtime and I'll be crabby if I don't get my rest. Little does he know...I'm always crabby. Rest has nothing to do with it!

Sweet dreams!


Debra said...

Hello there! I was giggling(again)reading your blog and loving the tree story, the big dog...please thank your friend for me for saving a killdeer. They nest on the ground, and she's probably been eyeing the great job he's been doing keeping the lawn mowed. One time I painted a sign to post in an area so people wouldn't turn their cars around on a killdeer's nest. These birds say their name, so there's no mistaking who they are! -Debra

jill said...

Wait a minute, don't tp'ing someone's house and forking their yard go hand-in-hand?

Debra is right, it's a killdeer. Your boys are such softies. ;o)

Teena in Toronto said...

I betcha Bill doesn't share!

Lucy said...

I really am going to have to post a pic of my Eros....don't you just lot those mastifs....Eros is getting fixed in couple of weeks....ARGGGGGGG!

Michelle said...

Sorry its taken me so long to comment, but I had some TP to clean up. Ahem, I wonder whom is responsible, Jan? Oh, and don't blame it on Bill, either!

In all seriousness, though...your blog was the first to come to mind when asked for my "voice of authority." (snort. Good one!) Your writing always puts a smile on my face and frankly, it's how I like to live my life...which is, living vicariously through someone that can deal with not one, but two mastiff's.

Happy Blogoversary! May you write forever!

Anonymous said...

I hope this let's me post a comment! I decided I want to come visit your beautiful house and stay forever. That's okay, right! I love Bill and Linda and the pond that always seems to have bubbles in it!

sherriknits said...

I am so confused...I am sure I have read this all before and it just showed up on my bloglines?

I still enjoyed it, though...glad I found you!

Shashi Nayagam said...

You are famous!! Glad that I found you again. I knew I had your link somewhere.
Your garden is like a paradise.

Veleta (Sammy) said...

thank you so much for your message to me, Lumpy Stumpy... How on earth did we get you that name!? Enjoyed meeting your hubby and your kids... Your daughter has the greatest smile! Kind of like her mom!

SweetAnnee said...

I love your pics of the Killdeer and the fawns..

twas a while ago ..

Rose of Sharon said...

You are so funny! I am glad that you are up and running again. Wow, what a whirlwind you've had! You're hubby sounds like such a funny guy. I love the deer and birds. You are so blessed!

:0) Sharon