Thanksgiving Time
 

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is almost here. Where has the year gone? Honestly the last thing I wanna think about is cooking a bunch of food and eating it. For the last 2+ weeks I’ve been sicker than I can remember being in years. A nasty cold turned into a nasty bacterial infection of the nose and lungs. Fun! I’m finally on the mend, but the antibiotics I got put on are ripping my insides apart. It’s been a long time since I’ve been on antibiotics, but I never remember my stomach hurting this bad from them! Must be one of those joys of getting old. So food just isn’t on my radar right now, and hasn’t been for 2 weeks.

However, I likely will end up cooking. I not only have to make John something to eat, but it looks like we have to feed and entertain his brother as well. I’m sure there will be some stories to tell about that. I need to make a new category. “Shit John’s brother says.” Before I knew we had him, I was pondering just going out to eat. Blaspheme I know, but I’ve never been a big fan of Thanksgiving dinner. The only part I like is the stuffing :) I don’t even like the pies. Pumpkin and pecan pie, no thank you!

In other news, our house repairs have slowed to a crawl. I am assuming it’s because the weather has turned bitterly cold. We have a bunch of new storm windows sitting in our garage and new doors are expected any day now. I would personally like to see these go up sooner rather than later. They took all our old storm windows down so now we are just sending heat out the windows! Hell, they still haven’t finished painting the house and our porch is still unfinished. Yeah, getting a little annoyed :)

 

Halloween 2013!
 

 

Halloween 2013!
 

A movie during the night and day is coming! The wind is pretty bad today, so the fog machines aren’t working very well. Oh and you can obviously get a feel for the house renovations in the day photos. First coat of paint is up in many places, railings back up, and we have rails on the steps now.

 

Local Celebrity! Well Not Really  . . .
 

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Noise Polution
 

Ahhhhh! I feel so bad. It’s been a month since I blogged! Well, here is an entry on our house repairs . . . . which need to get moving!

Our garage has been completely emptied of the crap John hoarded in there for years. LOVE IT! Though now it’s their workshop, so we can’t park in there. I actually want them to do the basement if possible :) They also got rid of all the trees and brush on the side of the garage, which I’ve been trying to get rid of for over a year now. We had trees that John cut down as they got too big, but then he left them and weeds grew all over them. They also mowed the woods down on the side of our house too (not pictured). We haven’t had the tree that needs to go removed yet though. We are getting a new porch with a built in fireplace grill for me. Yay!

Some of these I took this weekend, some I ran out this evening and took. They’ve really sanded off all the old paint from most of the front and one side of the house now, as well as dismantled the entire front porch. They haven’t really been here since before Memorial Day, but now seem to be back daily doing work.

Today I was asked “So when do you normally start putting up decorations for Halloween?” I gave them a look . . . Their response was “Uhhhhh October 1st?” I said yes, let’s go with that . . . I should be getting reading NOW! I had planned for things to go up this weekend, but I have no porch! I’m going to work with the yard areas I guess and do the porch later.

I do have to say, the sanding of the house, and hammering on it, is LOUD! There is no sleeping in anymore, as the dogs just bark and bark at them when they get to work early in the morning. Right now I’m battling some insomnia, so I’m not appreciating that. However if they get that damn porch done by October 1st, it will be worth it.

Oh, in one of the pictures (bottom left) you can see the new color of the house. There was a test splotch put up. It’s a darker blue-grey rather than the light grey it was.

 

House Repairs!
 

First, sorry for not posting sooner! So if you couldn’t tell from my Instagram photos or tumblr blog, we are finally getting some much needed house repairs. Long story we don’t need to advertise as to why John finally bit the bullet to do all this :) Expect a butt-load of my photos to be documenting this work-in-progress!

So what are we having done? So far they’ve power washed the roof, are fixing the chimneys, and are making roof repairs. After that it is painting the house. I will be suggesting they do the front first, so they don’t interfere with my annual halloween decorating of course. We are having at least one tree by the side of the house removed (I’d like a few more, but tree removal doesn’t come cheap), all the saplings cut down, the the ivy removed (as much as they can), and a new porch/patio out back built. We are looking at some kind of built in stone stove/grill for me as well. If we could only work in a Jacuzzi!

I’m hopefully going to also convince them to do some other yard waste removal as well. We shall see. Namely the trees John cut down by the side of the garage and LEFT there, which have become a haven for weeds this very wet summer.

 

Ears Up!
 

So I made it back to Jersey last weekend. Ebbie is growing leaps and bounds. I want to put her in an airbag at night to keep her tiny forever! Both of her ears are now fully up, and she’s found her voice. She still has a puppy bark, but John says he hears a real dog bark in there trying to come out. That needs to just wait for awhile. She definitely has no fear. Nikko still growls at her from time to time, but even big ole “don’t like no other animals” Moo Kitty lets her jump all over him.

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I have a few posts to make soon that aren’t about the new puppy :) I have some movie reviews, as well as some product reviews to share. I have betrayed Apple and got myself another tablet device . . . well mainly cause it came free thanks to credit card points. More on that soon!

 

Home In Virginia
 

So I came down to Virginia for a quick visit as my Aunt and Uncle from Florida were up. My aunt has two Westies as well, Kira and Hammish. It was her and her Westies that got me interested in the breed actually. Her’s are a bit bigger than Princess though. Poor Nikko was the odd man out among all five. It was fun watching them all play with one another in my mom’s yard (video below, Aunt’s Westies have the blue and yellow scarves, Princess has her summer cut).



Poor Ebbie tries to keep up with the big kids, but can’t move as fast. Princess and Nikko have this game where they race out my mom’s back door, down the steps, take a flying leap off the porch and run to the back of the yard to find and chase squirrels up a tree. Ebbie can get up the back steps, but down is another thing. So we have to carry her down, and she gets so upset she’s not with the others that she starts squirming to jump down. I need to get a video of it because it’s so cute!

My Aunt and Uncle have left now, and I’m returning to Jersey soon. I was hoping to meet up with an old friend from High School I haven’t seen in twenty years. We reconnected on Facebook. However she has a sick dog of her own right now, so it’s hard for her to get out of the house. I’ll probably see her in September though at our 20th year reunion . . . I can’t believe it’s been 20 years! Ack! I have yet to officially pay to attend though. I’m waiting to see if a few other friends from that aren’t local to the area decide to go. If they do, I’ll go. If they don’t, well I can meet up with the few who remained in the area another time now that we all reconnected on Facebook. My high school didn’t get it’s act together quick enough, so our reunion is a family friendly day at a local park in Manasssas. Yeah, sounds thrilling!

 

Ebbie It Is!
 

I finally named the pup, and Ebbie won out in the end. She and Princess are getting a long great, as long as she doesn’t get too close when Princess is eating something. However they play with one another a lot. Even the cats don’t seem to have a problem with her. Nikko however, is slow to warm up to her. She tries to play with him, but he growls at her. This morning he snapped at her and Princess charged Nikko and they started fighting! I had to yell and pull Princess off him. I’ve never seen them fight like that! She seems very protective of the pup, and she keeps Nikko in his place.

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The bunny meanwhile finally seems to be on the mend. No more nasty force feedings every few hours. He still needs to lose weight, but that will be a process over time.

I’m heading to Virginia for about a week to see family. I’m hoping Nikko will learn to play with Ebbie when they are all racing around in my mom’s backyard. I’ll be sure to take lots of photos of them all.

 

Puppy Love!
 

So the new puppy is finally here! I picked her up last night, and she slept through the night in her crate without a peep or an accident. I’m sure as she grows that will change.

Today she’s been very rambunctious around the house. Princess was initially annoyed by her, but is now used to her. Nikko just seems to avoid her, so she has mainly been entertaining herself or playing with Princess. The cats have hissed at her, but nothing major. So far everyone is adjusting.

As for a name . . . . well I was settled on Luna, but today I was struck by the name Ebbie, because Christmas was on my brain as it was the premier of the Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments today. Ebbie is short for Ebenezer Scrooge, which is my all time favorite Christmas Movie. Yeah I know, it’s also the name of the Susan Lucci version, but fortunately Ebenezer’s little sister calls him Ebbie in several versions of the film :)

Below are some photos! At some point I’ll need to change the header of my page to “three” little dogs. I’ll get to that at some point. I need to do it in Photoshop though, so I’m not exactly in a rush there.

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