Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Here is our list of things that we would like to accomplish ~ weather permitting of course:
- Plant Canna lillies
- Plant veggie seeds in the garden
- Buy and insert new pond pump
- Sharpen lawnmower blades
- Clean out gutters and install gutter guard
- Finish Mowing
- Start weeding flowerbedsThis is my starter list. If I could get all of this done this weekend plus the regular laundry and cleaning, I will be very happy. If not, there's always next weekend.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
(3 of the members of the 4 by 1 relay) The boy in the red hat hands off to Matt and the boy to the left of Matt is the last leg)
Matt and BF Sam
Cute story: Matt's track coach is one of his teachers. Every time they have a meet, the coach/teacher sends Matt and Sam to make Gatorade for the team. Apparantly it takes them exactly 1 hour (the full 7th period) to make this Gatorade. An hour? It does not take an hour to make! Funny thing is, everybody on the track team kept saying, "Man this is good Gatorade"! Even the coach was saying, tmmm this is really good! Funnier yet, one of the other schools at the meet kept spitting their Gatorade out because they said it tasted bad! The poor girl that made it was constantly reminded of how she cannot make Gatorade right. Maybe they should have Matt and Sam make theirs; only downfall, they need at least an hour to make it or a class to miss!!!
The Fort Chiswell Pioneer Boys and Girls team won!!! They beat three surrounding county schools: Bland County, Grayson County and Narrows. The Pioneers are still UNDEFEATED - WOO HOO!!!
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Since the days were so crappy, we rented movies. I loved I am Legend and Juno. Knocked up was very funny and had a cute story. As for Enchanted, I wasn't too crazy about this film. My daughter on the other hand enjoyed it!
Monday: showers and cool
Tuesday: drizzly and cool
Wednesday: I hear more rain and cool. . .
Matt has a track meet at home (first home meet this season) on Wednesday so I hope the rain will hold off! HEHEHE This will be the first time EVER me seeing him compete in track and field. He does shot put, discuss and some sort of relay.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
It's amazing that everyone says they know exactly where they were when 9.11 happened.
Do you remember where you were 4.16.07?
Equally hard to imagine are the depths of profound and limitless sorrow felt by all members of the university community, particularly the families, friends, colleagues, and classmates of those who died here that day. They have lost sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, spouses, friends, classmates, and professors in a sudden and senseless act of horrific violence, and they must learn to live with agonizing absences that will never be filled. As a part of the larger Hokie family, we grieve alongside them, our hearts filled with sadness and sympathy.
In the aftermath of such tragedy, it is difficult to determine when it will be time to move ahead and how we will do so. Yet even as I write, I see that our campus sidewalks are crowded with those who have come to mourn and those who are here to learn. Students and faculty are back in their classrooms and their studies are important because teaching and learning are at the heart of this university and will be the foundation of its recovery.
We at Virginia Tech form a special family, one defined not by a single tragic event but by our storied past, a community not frozen in the present but poised to invent our future. The events of April 16 have changed us, to be sure, but they have not--and will not--set us back. Today, we are pressing ahead with a renewed commitment to the university, a deeper understanding of the quality and depth of its character, and a steadfast resolve to excel so that we may honor the memory of those we have lost.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
We sorted through all of our empty canning jars and separated them by quart, pint and jelly. The ones that are still full of food were straightened up and grouped. Tonight we are going to start putting lids and rings on EVERY jar we have (Lucky Walmart!). Thanks to a lady at my husbands work, we added approximately 70 jars to our collection (on top of the hundreds of others).
I am so ready to begin canning. This year: Pickles, jellies, jams, preserves, peas, corn and salsa. Green beans are a NO NO this year. We still have 118 quarts leftover from last summer's 200 quart canning.
I also bought this incredible juicer last year so I am hoping my grapes, peaches and apples produce so I can make juices to can. MMM MMM MMM.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Saturday Matt and JD went to play golf at Skyland Lakes and Kristin and I went to the movies and saw Prom Night. We really both enjoyed this movie. It had scare factor and of course there are a few of the "I know what's coming next" moments but it was a good movie.
He was a great baby! He didn't cry much, he was a healthy eater, well behaved and slept 10 hours a night at 6 weeks old. On a not so good note, he was a projectile vomiter and couldn't entertain himself.
Bill Clinton was in office and the unfortunate Waco Cult compound was the significant news event.
Indecent Proposal, The Sandlot and Aladdin were the Hit movies and stirrup pants and boots were the fashion craze!
Matthew's favorite toys were Bert and Ernie and Kitty. (If you look at the pic in his playpen, they are there. They went everywhere with us! He loved to play horsey (bouncing on my knee) and giggled when playing peek-a-boo! You also share your birthday with Sarah Michelle Geller, Abagail Breslin and Anthony Michael Hall.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Enough about work, when I left yesterday, I could not believe the weather. What a gorgeous day! While practicing my safe driving skills, I took a picture of the temp ~ 81 degrees.
After looking at this pic last night, I realized there was another anomalie. I am living in SouthWest Virginia and above the temp, it shows I was traveling SW. I thought it was cool. It doesn't take much anymore.
Another thought while driving was how nice it would have been to have the hardtop off of my Jeep so I could put the rag top on and go "topless". However, with the cost of fuel, Jeepers may be keeping her top on this year!
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
It seems that a dove got into the feeder because he thought the food there was better than the other feeders I have filled with birdseed throughout the yard. I actually felt sorry for the dove because he was beating his head on the glass because he was so scared.
Getting it out was the plan of attack. We pondered over gloves, etc.. then JD just grabbed his tail feathers and pulled him out and off he flew! We sure hope he is ok! We know his butt is probably sore from losing quite a few feathers and he probably had a concusion; but he's alive! If he wants to be mad, he needs to be mad at either the squirrels for tearing the feeder up thus causing him to go in and get stuck or blame himself for being curious!
We had this feeder in our yard when we lived in Winchester for approximately 7 years and it suffered the normal wear and tear but not like it is now! Poor birdie!
Then last night I took another and settled in until I had to go to the school to pick Matt up after his Track & Field meet. I dozed off on the couch and awoke in a sweat to no messages that my kid was back from his meet! I finally got a text message that they should be at the school by 11pm. They actually arrived around 10:45pm but my son forgot to factor in that his school is 20 mins from our house....ugh!!! . After picking him up, we got home around 11:30pm. I immediately slugged into bed and again, wide awake. I must have dozed off again then was woken by JD's alarm at 2am. (he had to be at work at 3am). Getting back to sleep was not an option. The dogs thought it was time to get up and would not go back to sleep. Wouldn't you know I feel WORSE today than I did yesterday. Thank goodness the weekend is near for a little R & R. Well, sorta! We have to mulch, mow, clean house, laundry and anything else that creeps up on my list.
I did manage to take a few pics of the pond before the water is added:
Our Peach Trees are blooming!!!! We are excited since last year they were hit with the snow we got on Easter weekend.