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Sunday, December 27, 2009

This was a different Christmas season for us. We weren't traveling down to my fathers like we usually do on Christmas Eve. My husband normally works on Christmas Eve until 2pm and then we make the "mad dash" (read extremely slow crawl) down the interstate to my fathers. The trip is normally a two hour drive but during the holidays it doubles in time. This year my husband had Christmas Eve off but all the family members wanted to bail out on the dinner (finances, weather, etc). We decided that I would just cook for our family and a family friend of the kids. Sounds relaxing right? emoticon

Wednesday I ended up picking up Aliegh early in the day (mama was on overstim) so she and I finished up the last minute shopping for the dinner and a talking duck toy for Ms Aliegh (we had decided to not exchange Christmas gifts this year but of course, she is the exception). We came home to find pig dog, aka Abe had done a search and seize thru the house. He had tried to get stuff off the top of the refrigerator (unsuccessful), got into my bags of yarn searching for food (did I mention he is food obsessed), and clearly was trying to chew thru his tupperware bin of dog food WHICH he managed to knock over (and pop the lid off). It was clear he had managed to inhale his way thru about 6 cups of food...maybe more.

Aliegh and I began to bake a pie for the next day's dinner. Abe normally is right there in the kitchen, waiting for scraps. Instead he was just hanging out watching. Within a couple hours, he began whining, pacing, and trying to get sick. Weimaraners are prone to bloat. Now he has gorged himself before and we just ended up with a massively gas producing dog. This time it was clear to me that we were in trouble. I ended up having to pack up Aliegh and Abe and heading to the emergency vet hospital since time is critical (their stomach can flip and it can kill them in a couple of hours). An xray determined his stomach hadn't twisted but WOW was it full. So Merry Freakin Christmas, I was greeted with my option was to pay a deposit of $965 so they could sedate, pump his stomach, do another xray and keep him overnight OR ?? What the hell - like putting him down is an option? But sheesh the option of coming up with that kind of money after just moving, etc... Thank god for American Express (yes I will be scrambling to pay this since I have 30 days to come up with the money)!

Christmas Eve I went to pick up Abe who was back to his normal pig dog self. I moved his food to a babyproof cabinent. I then proceeded to cook Christmas Eve dinner in sessions (ie around Aliegh's nap schedule). I found out Aliegh LOVES to sit on my kitchen counter and "help". Of course her version of help meant stealing blueberries out of the pie filling before I got the crust on top. It meant hugging the ham and trying to chew her way thru the package. It also meant trying to drink her grams coffee, By that evening, I was exhausted! Somehow the Christmas Eve dinner which was suppose to be more relaxing than the LONG driving down to my dads - not so emoticon

Abe and Kaos (old neighborhood friend's dog) getting beach walked on Christmas Day (which WAS quiet and relaxing thank god!):

And finally my "ham" enjoying the ham:

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HONKEIE 1/25/2010 12:28PM

    haha I love hams!

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MSEMBERSTORM 1/1/2010 6:24PM

    Awe what a holiday. But it will be memorable! LOL Keep smiling and enjoy the new year. Try to get some rest!!!!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 12/29/2009 4:09PM

    Great pics! I am glad that Abe is fine now. Your ham is just delightful as always. I hope you have the best year ever in 2010.

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MAMAGOSS 12/29/2009 7:09AM

    Now that I know Abe is okay I can tell you I laughed my butt off picturing this bloated pig dog! Your helper is adorable of course - she is getting so big, they grow so fast! It's great you get to spend so much time with her - I know you love it and are a great influence on her.

Happy holidays to you!

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MYRENAISSANCE09 12/27/2009 11:24PM

  Aleigh is just beautiful! You are so blessed to have such great help in the kitchen. Glad that Abe is doing better. I think he and I have lots in common! emoticon

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 12/27/2009 9:19PM

    So much for having a calm, simple, inexpensive Christmas. Abe was free, right? We started fostering Corky today. New pics on my page. Here's to a serene New Year. Self-medicating may be in order. ;-)


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SPARKLINGHOPE 12/27/2009 4:05PM

    emoticon and I am sorry I laughed so hard. Just glad it was your dog and not one of mine. LOL Thanks for the sharing! emoticon emoticon

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COSMIC_ENERGY 12/27/2009 4:03PM

    What a ham! LOL!

I know the feeling of you're charging WHAT?! to help my dog!!!

You are a wonder Kierae! Gratitude for all you do here and for everyone! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/27/2009 3:29PM

    Loved the blog and the pictures!!

OMG!! You poor thing. We are still in debt to our son in paying off vet bills for Wheeler. Are you sure Abe isn't related to me? His appetite sounds really familiar. He has the binge part down, just not the purge. emoticon

Very cute helper there. Who wouldn't love someone who likes blueberry and ham. LOL.

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Got my wings back - sorta...

Friday, November 06, 2009

Well the pink cast is off my leg, the xrays looked great (amazing how fast I heal considering I have had arthritis all my life), and I got the okay to "start to slowly weight bear" with the walking boot (they do realize don't they that I don't do slow very well?). I am to continue to use the crutch and scooter if needed. I am allowed to take it off for short periods but am suppose to sleep with it because they don't want me wiggling my foot around. Technically I am suppose to do this for another 6 weeks but I am going back at the end of November and WILL be cut loose from the boot.

Of course the very first thing I did when we got home was to grab Abe to head outside. My husband asked where I was going. "Abe and I are going to see if I can drive!" He just shook his head, knowing better than to try to convince me otherwise. My little Toyota truck is stick shift. I figured hey this is my right foot so I just have to get a feel for the gas peddle! I kinda forgot that I also have to worry about the brake - minor details. Abe was game and he settled sideways into the passenger seat to watch the action. I got out of the driveway and figured we would head up to the little store (6 blocks along the beach we normally walk). I realized the biggest danger we were in was stalling out since I was trying to figure out where the bulky boot was hitting on the peddles. So we sputtered our way to the store traveling ohhh about 15 miles per hour. Neither of us minded since we got to see the beach which we both miss so much. We arrived at the store in one piece so we both went in to say hi to the neighbors we haven't seen for the last couple months. I picked up a bottle of wine (to celebrate with my neighbors when we got home) and Abe got a pepperoni stick. We returned home to find our neighbors waiting outside for me to return home - laughing and applauding that I managed to get out and about (without any injuries to mailboxes)!

So now I am focused on packing which still is not easy to do. I have managed to overdo so now I am packing for an hour or so and then resting to try to keep the swelling down. My kitchen is now 95% packed which I am here to say that between that and my artwork - it pretty much accounts for the bulk of my boxes. Moving truck will be here Sunday and Monday I will be in the new place waiting for the cable and internet folks to come (priorities ya

Side notes - I weighed myself for the first time without the cast and my weight was exactly where I was when I went in for surgery which was a huge relief. I think I have this maintenance thing down which is nice. And Ms Aliegh now has her bottom tooth and finally figured out how to crawl forward! emoticon

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MSEMBERSTORM 12/6/2009 12:17PM

    Wow this is awesome! What a brave brave dog you have! LOL

Wow glad you found new digs!!! Whoo hooo! Take care of yourself and good news about Aliegh.

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HHUSTON 11/7/2009 9:12AM

    Way to go girl! You've gotta be feeling great. And of course DON'T overdo!

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KIERAE 11/7/2009 12:07AM

    Not my art work! In my surfing, I came across a free desktop art site:

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COSMIC_ENERGY 11/6/2009 11:17PM

    Love the art on your background Kierae! Yours?

Would have loved to have seen the escape in the truck!

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SPARKLINGHOPE 11/6/2009 10:33PM


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    I want a pepperoni stick too!! And I want to go to the beach with you and Abe. I'm not sure I want you to drive though. LOL.

I hope you enjoy the new house.

Little Miss Aliegh is growing up fast!!

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    That's a great story. I love your attitude.


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BETTYAHE 11/6/2009 7:30PM

    Wow, you were a brave soul! Don't think I would have tried it yet, but good for you! Your blog was quite entertaining! Congratulations on maintaining your weight! That is fantastic. Do try to be somewhat cautious so you don't end up reinjuring your foot!

Hope the move goes very well. Have a great evening and a wonderful weekend!

Hugs, Betty

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 11/6/2009 7:23PM

    Sweet. Love the description of your adventurous trip. LOL! Sounds like you are doing great. So glad the weight was the same for you.
Go Alleigh!!

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11 more days!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

I have 11 more days until this cast comes off my foot. I still have to wear a splint/boot but at least I can take the darn thing off! Then I can get a better idea how my weight maintenace during this rehab is truly going. You should see me now - I weighed when I got home from the hospital - teetering on the one foot with the cast just resting. I used that as my "maintenance" weight. I weigh myself daily and make sure I stay within 2 pounds up and down of that weight. I know - crazy but hey when you can't really do much exercise (I can get some done but not alot), I can only do this by watching what I eat. I worked too hard to lose this weight to suddenly have to deal with a 10 pound gain.

You know for someone who is basically stuck at home using a knee scooter, I manage to stay really busy. Busy enough that even though I set a goal to update this blog at least once a week, I still manage to blow that goal We have been searching for a place to live. Managed to miss out on the small cottage on the beach by our house. Clearly it wasn't meant to be and to be honest, I was a bit stressed on figuring out how I was going to fit my "kitchen" into the tiny one that it had. My hubby kept mentioning how I would have to downsize my kitchen - you know, go thru appliances, gadgets, and the horror - my spices? HELLO - I am not tossing these things out when I would just end up buying them again! emoticon The compromise I came up with is that most of our stuff (read MY stuff) would have to go into storage until I could go thru it all. Basically my daughter and neighbor has volunteered to pack everything I can't do (which let's face it - is most of everything). It will be easier to move it into our storage until I can deal with it. We have an appointment with a property management company on Monday to see another house which is in the next town over but within walking distance of a different beach. Keeping our fingers crossed on this one because it has a woodstove AND a fireplace AND a kitchen that is the same size of my current one. Priorities ya know...hehe.

Ms Aliegh is now crawling easily backwards and still working on forwards - she has faceplanting down pat though! She is such a cuddle bug. She has decided that when she is tired, she needs to be in my lap. She will cuddle until she falls asleep. God forbid if I try to put her down though! I have become quite efficient at typing with one finger and using my laptop while she sleeps! The lastest in baby food cooking adventures: I decided to make teething "cookies". She still hasn't had a tooth surface but is shoving everything in her mouth and drooling up a storm. So I found a simple recipe (1 cup rice cereal, 1 cup flour of choice, 1 cup unsweetened juice) and tried my hand at it. We shall see how well they work for her when she comes over tomorrow (of course Abe will help if they don't work out).

More Halloween madness:


Chicken eating her "cookie"

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HEATHHILL 11/2/2009 10:35AM

    Great pics! It's good to read your upbeat posts. I'm sure you'll find a great place soon. You deserve it.

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MAMAGOSS 10/30/2009 7:48AM

    Good for you - stick toyour guns on that kitchen - you spend a great deal of time cooking and enjoy it so you need it!

Hope the cast comes off soon and you weigh less than before LOL! I'm sure you maintained - you are so good at this lifestyle.

Aliegh is adorable - how many Halloween costumes can one small child have - unlimited if her Grandma is Kierae!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 10/26/2009 6:56PM

    Take care of yourself and keep up the positive outlook. I know you'll find the right place for you and your family. Such cute pics!

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LIFEASMRSA 10/26/2009 4:08PM

    om my goodness! she's SO ADORABLE!!!! :) and you take care of yourself Kierae!!! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/24/2009 11:03PM

    Always fun to dress up a little doll.

You need to hold out for a good kitchen. I would never part with so much as a spatula from my kitchen. I cook 3 meals a day seven days a week and I am not skimping in this area. The thought of a tiny kitchen almost makes me claustrophobic or sick. LOL. My husband liked this other place that had a full basement when we were buying a house and it had a corridor kitchen. I said, "No way in...........!!"

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PRIMALMICHAEL 10/24/2009 9:23PM

    Great news - getting that cast off soon!
Those are great pictures, too!

As for moving, wow! I hate moving. It's so hard to keep our routines and keep organized while moving. I'm moving in a few days, myself. The house is a total wreck, boxes everywhere, absolute chaos!

I hope your healing and your moving goes as well as possible!

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MSEMBERSTORM 10/24/2009 9:15PM

    Wow it sounds like things are moving along. I am excited for you for the possible new digs! I will keep my fingers crossed for ya!

Congrats on the countdown to getting the cast removed. Woo hooo!

Aleigh is so cute!

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BEFIT014 10/24/2009 8:42PM

    Cute pix!

The new house sounds wonderful! Keeping my fingers crossed that you get it! emoticon

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 10/24/2009 8:14PM

    Great pics!

I think you are right to make the kitchen a priority in your search for a new home. You just wouldn't be happy, otherwise, would you?

Here's to your 11-day countdown.


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JAZZIELORI 10/24/2009 7:51PM

    Love the pics! Good Luck with getting the home you want! And thank goodness that cast is coming off!

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LLTS01 10/24/2009 7:42PM

    These pictures are just too cute. Good luck finding a new place to live. I know that the kitchen is always a biggie for me too since that seems to be where I spend most of my waking hours when I am at home.


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COSMIC_ENERGY 10/24/2009 7:21PM

    I admire the heck outta you Kierae. The fact that you keep moving every second of the day has got to help burn the calories! Know you're looking forward to getting the sucker off.

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Rehab time

Thursday, October 08, 2009

I have been keeping myself busy considering I am gimped up. My surgery went exceptionally well. I am sporting new hardware and now the hot pink cast for the next 4 weeks. I have about 10 more weeks before supposedly I am cut loose to walk but if I was a betting gal, I bet I can cut 2 weeks off that time minimum. I am doing some web work to keep myself busy (like I don't have a laundry list of things to do) but I am adding product to my spouse's employer's website. I have started the winter craft spree since Christmas is coming. And I am trying to find us a place to live - since Ms SlumLord has quit speaking to us, leaving us in limbo but paying full rent for half a house. Always interesting trying to move when you can't walk!

I am still tending to Aliegh who is now 7 months old. I can't tend to her overnight quite yet but we do okay hanging during the day. She LOVES riding around in the basket on my knee scooter. We are two wild scooter chicks tearing it up around the house. I have also had great fun making baby food! I love to cook and I never made my own kids baby food. But my girlfriends who had just visited me hooked me up with a fantastic cookbook and a food mill. So Ms Aliegh is dining on sole cooked in orange juice and blended with leeks and carrots, chicken breasts with sweet potatoes and grapes, and a variety of different fruits. She is loving it, I enjoy doing it, and of course Abe LOVES helping her by cleaning up at every opportunity!

Abe helping clean off Aliegh's cracker crumbs:

Abe going in for the cleanup of sweet potatoes!

Scooter chick - beep beep!

Bonus - not only beep beeps but great to chew on!

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MSEMBERSTORM 10/19/2009 4:47PM

    Glad your on the mend. She is so darn cute!!!! I miss mine being that little. Good luck on looking for the new digs! Keep smiliing!

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LIFEASMRSA 10/9/2009 2:51PM

    she's gettin so big! :D and beautiful!

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LLTS01 10/9/2009 1:32PM

    Heck, I would eat that baby food anytime. You are setting her up for a lifetime of exquisite taste.


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KEEPITMOVING 10/9/2009 10:40AM

    here's to being a good girl, shortening up your recuperative time, loving your adorable granddaughter, and doing the best you can every day! hang in there....sending healing, positive vibes your way!

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PUPPYWHISPERS 10/9/2009 7:44AM

    Aw, Aliegh and Gabe make such cute nurses! You sound like you have your hands full--please take care of yourself too. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!


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MAMAGOSS 10/9/2009 7:03AM

    Glad to see your attitude hasn't changed - you can never keep a good woman down for long. I'm not taking that bet on the 10 versus 8 weeks cuz I know you will be up and at em sooner than those docs think!

BTW can you send Abe by to clean up behind my messy bird? He tosses anything he doesn't want out of his cage and Abe could run clean up on him LOL!

A is just too cute and will be a great inspiration to keep you going - not that you need one.


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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 10/9/2009 12:44AM

    Glad to hear that you are both doing so well.

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 10/8/2009 10:48PM

    Leave it to you to find a way to care for a baby while recouping from surgery. You amaze me and A is dang lucky to have such a rockin' gramma.


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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/8/2009 10:36PM

    You are one tough bird!! LOL.

Aliegh is adorable. Such a cutie. And of course it is good to see Abe. He looks like a great baby sitter.

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OMG what are you doing to me??

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Abe thought he had it bad on Halloween! So far Aliegh has 2 costumes, this one since we call her chicken..and a frog one. If grams has her way, the girl will be dressed in a different one for the entire week of Halloween!

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MSEMBERSTORM 10/19/2009 4:24PM

    How adorable!!!!! I love it!

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MUSIC66 9/22/2009 12:28AM

    that too cute.

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SPIRITSEEKER2 9/4/2009 1:27PM

That is so cute

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 8/31/2009 7:33PM

    Too cute! Hey, if I had my way we'd all have a different one for each day of Halloween week.

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FLUFFBUSTER 8/31/2009 6:25PM

    Too cute!

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KIERAE 8/30/2009 10:24PM

    It is funny because I am the only one who calls her chicken. It started because she reminded me of a little chick looking up to be fed. I am surrounded by birds and bird energy (eagles, crows, hawks, ospreys, etc) so this wasn't lost on me. The nickname started to catch when they all saw how she responded to it. Then I took my daughter shopping for her birthday and we found the chicken costume. =)

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/30/2009 10:10PM

    Our favorite was the bunny. Our 25 year old son isn't that thrilled with the old pictures but we still love them. LOL.

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1888MICHELLE 8/30/2009 8:55PM

    I want one in adult size!!

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COSMIC_ENERGY 8/30/2009 8:07PM

    Thanks crazy talk Grandma!

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CEKNIGHT 8/30/2009 6:24PM

    Too cute. Thanks for sharing the pic!

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JAY_DEE 8/30/2009 5:13PM

    When she's a little bit older, Aleigh is gonna get you for this!!!!
She's just TOO cute!!

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MSEMBERSTORM 8/30/2009 4:17PM

    I love it! You are a hoot! This is awesome.

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LOSINGNOW24 8/30/2009 3:44PM

    She is just adorable. My son's girlfriend has a two yr. old daughter named Isabel. She is just the cutest thing. Don't know what she will be for Halloween but I am already planning what to do as far as decorations and thought I would make up some cookies or cupcakes with a scary theme. Haven't done anything like this since the boys were little. I am really getting the Grandma feeling being around her. She runs out to my car and laughs and shows me her clothes and models them with her pink panther sun glasses pushed up on her head like alittle Diva. She calls me MeMe cause I go by Amie. I was going to have her call me Grandma but thought it may be confusing if they should break up God forbid.

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