Today I am thankful to God for giving me the strength to take care of our new little puppy that I introduced in the post below. Bella is a little cutie, but very time consuming. I am totally exhausted as it is pretty much non-stop, but she is a good little pooch. I've been taking her to work because she is too young to be alone until Rachel gets home at 3:15pm. I feed her at 7am before I leave for work, she sleeps until lunchtime, eats and then sleeps again until we get home around 5:30pm. I wake her up at 11pm before I go to bed to feed her again so she will sleep through the night. Yes, it sounds very organized, but I'm tired. I'm hoping next week I can leave her home because it would just be easier at work if she wasn't there. Bella has really progressed a lot this week. Her eyes are fully open and she is a little wobbly, but walking so much better. She is so cute to watch as she explores this new world she is in. This may be a crazy thing to be my Thankful Thursday post, but I always write what I feel at the moment, and this is what I'm feeling now.
Thank you to Rhondi (http://www.rhondisrosecoloredglasses.com) for encouraging us to express our thankfulness each Thursday. Be sure to visit Rhondi's blog and click her Thankful Thursday link on her sidebar to get a nice little dose of thankfulness from many others.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Meet Bella. She is Rachel's new puppy. We got Bella from a friend around 2pm today and here is Rachel with Bella on her first car ride. We think she's the cutest little thing! She is part Shihtzu and part Lhasa Apso. Bella is only about four weeks old and really should not be away from her mother, but her mother was hurt and is unable to care for her puppies. I am a little nervous about having such a young pup away from her mom, but under the circumstances, I think we will be able to provide for her better than her mom right now. We have puppy formula, a puppy bottle and a dropper. She has been eating well. She sleeps a lot, of course, and just loves to be held. Lacie is very curious as to what this new little creature is doing in her home, but she has been very gentle when allowed to come near for a little sniff.
Life will be interesting around our house for the next few days, weeks and months. It's such fun training a new puppy. Fortunately that will be Rachel's job. I plan to bring Bella to work with me for the next few days, though, because I really don't want to leave her home alone for so many hours. I am blessed with a job where I can do that.
We will certainly be sharing pix of Bella as she grows up and gets to know her sister, Lacie, better. We'll keep them separated for as long as necessary. I want to be certain Lacie knows that Bella is not a new toy to play with, but rather a new little companion to nurture and snuggle with. Welcome Bella! We're so happy to welcome you to our family!!
Legend has it, we were told, that there is a guy that goes around when no one is looking and carves trees. Apparently there are five carved trees on St. Simons Island in rather remote locations. The easiest one for us to find was right across from the Dairy Queen not far from the center of town. Isn't this amazing??
We thought these were just amazing. We heard that this was the most unique carving in that it was raised. It would be interesting on another trip there to find the other carvings. Look how intricate this is. I thought it was great!
Another view that I just loved was all of the spanish moss hanging off the trees. This may be a common site to many, but not to me. When I first moved to Florida, you would see this all the time. I haven't seen moss hanging like this in years. I just loved the way it looked. I don't think the pictures do it as much justice as being there, but I suppose we could make plans to meet there one day so we could see it together, but this will have to do for now.
I used to craft a lot of things with spanish moss. It gets messy, but I enjoyed it so much and I guess seeing it hanging from the trees like that just gave me lots of happy memories.
When we got to St. Simons Island on Friday, this was the view we had of the water.
It was amazing to see the beach the next day.
We toured the lighthouse museum. I loved the way the rooms looked. We weren't supposed to take pictures, but we didn't notice that sign until we only had one room left and couldn't leave that room out. What a simple life back then. All the things we have now in comparison!!
Happy rest of the weekend one and all!!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Took a quick jaunt before school started last weekend to St. Simons Island, Georgia. Truly a beautiful place - fun, peaceful, serene.
Walked to the top of this lighthouse, but was too terrified at the top to enjoy the view so my picture is from the bottom looking up, which was beautiful to me.
Travel the world and view many beautiful skywatch posts at www.skyley.blogspot.com. And St. Simons Island, Georgia is worth checking out too!! Happy Skywatch Friday!! Until we meet again . . .
I am thankful for all of the childhood traditions and memories that my mother and father made happen so that I may pass them on to my own children. I am so enjoying each and every moment of raising my children and we all know that all too soon it is over. Kids are usually eager to get on with their own lives and do their own things, but these times now are so very special to me and I will cherish them forever. It just makes me think of how this time was so very special for my mother and father and that raising their children was one of the highlights of their lives. I have a multitude of happy memories from my childhood and traditions of holidays, birthdays and everyday life that I hold so very dear. Many of these I have brought into my own childrens lives and I hope that even though they are running here and there as they find their way in this world, I hope that these are the times of their lives that they will always remember and take with them wherever they go.
Friday, August 15, 2008
The lighthouse was very picturesque.
We captured some great sunset shots.
There were so many pretty sites to see at St. Simons Island. We plan to return tomorrow to see more. We will also be going to Jekyll Island which is suppose to be gorgeous as well. Here are some other pretty shots to leave you with.
Happy weekend one and all!!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
I had a great day today! The day started by going to the cutest quilt shop! My MIL wanted to buy a panel to make a lap-sized quilt for me for Christmas. I love the charm and whimsy of Mary Englebreit. Mary has a new quilt for Christmas that was previewed in her Home Companion magazine. My MIL is great at quilting and I am so touched that she is eager to spend the time making this quilt for me. I am so excited!!
Around 3pm this afternoon, I took my Goddaughter, Whitney, on a little excursion - just the two of us. Whitney is leaving very soon for college, The University of Central Florida, and I wanted us to spend some time together before she leaves. First we went shopping in downtown Stuart. They have the cutest shops there and I was so wrapped up in shopping that I forgot to take any pictures there. The best little shop there with the most unique things is called April Daze. It was lots of fun and we both got some really cute things, which I may share tomorrow. Next we went to the Roosevelt Bridge and walked around under the bridge for awhile. It was so beautiful.
It was so peaceful and relaxing there and quite breezy too.
Here is the waterfront side of The Crab House.
We caught a beautiful sunset.
It was a wonderful day that I will always remember. Thanks Whitney for such a great time!!
Thursday, August 7, 2008
These pictures were taken from my office window in South Florida. Its amazing I'm able to get any work done! What a view!!
Be sure to visit the SkyWatch Friday participants at http://skyley.blogspot.com/. You will see awesome photos from all over the world and you can meet some really special people. Everything has a purpose and the beauty of the sky is a most pleasurable sight to behold. Take a moment and enjoy the splendor of the sky that many have captured for you. Untill we meet again...
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Next, I found these pretty dishes that will be great for lunch on the black placements I bought last week. I bought five of them (yes, a weird quantity, but the 6th one had an ugly chip). These were $2.00 each!!
Lastly, I bought this thing, I don't really know what it is but I thought it would look nice on the wall in my room - is that weird? This was another great buy at $3.00.
I didn't get the adorable cow butter dish, but I am quite pleased with the things I found and very happy with the prices! Guess it doesn't matter when you go to Home Goods, there's always something there just waiting for you to take it home.