Thursday, December 31, 2009

Last Blog Post of 2009

2009 really bummed me out on the friend front. More friends left for the west.

It actually started at the end of 2007 when our best "couple" friends moved to Lake Tahoe. I figured they'd be back in two years...2009. That didn't happen and I'm still not over it.

Then, one of my closest girl friends of over 10 years decided she'd go to Montana for grad school. Tears happened, lots and lots of tears. Bittersweet.

Oh, and remember Mango, our cat? I'm pretty sure when he went missing he hitched a ride out west too.

Then just before Thanksgiving, it happened again. Friend comes to see me at work after a trip out west. She tells me she's moving to Colorado. I tell her through tears, "I'm glad I didn't invest too much."

I hold my friends close to my heart. I miss you all and to those of you that remain living along the Ausable, know that in 2010 I might be holding on a little bit stronger. I hope to spend more time with old and new friends, near and far in 2010!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Santa Visits the Gargoyles

I couldn't sleep last night because I was anxious to see if Santa brought the Gargoyles anything for Christmas this year. Without waking the Gargoyles I noticed that "Santa" had indeed delivered!

Apparently the Gargoyle stockings were too small to hold the PEZ that Santa brought and must have run out of wrapping paper too because they were propped up against the wreaths.
I hope that no wild animal discovers the PEZ before the Gargoyles find their surprise from Santa!

Merry Christmas! Ho Ho Ho!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

There's No Place Like PO for the Holidays!

Last year I took a break from the Holiday rush and enjoyed the Holiday Movie Matinee at the Upper Jay post office. This experience made me fall in love with this ye olde government establishment.

After the post office in Jay told me they were out of postcard stamps yesterday, I knew the postmaster in Upper Jay wouldn't let me down at this time of year. Not only did he have all of the stamps that I needed for my holiday postcards, he even had them in polar bears! Very appropriate for the 20 postcards I sent out as Winter Wishes.

If you've never paid a visit to the Upper Jay post office, I assure you a pleasant experience, especially during the holidays. This year the postmaster has a different movie selection and is showing "The Snowman" and "A Good Tree".

If you still have cards or packages to mail out and address, a movie showing next to the "fire" at the post office might help take the seasonal stress away.

There's no place like home or the post office for the holidays!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Bargain Christmas Tree

I hate to brag, but I found the best bargain Christmas tree ever! I found it at Devin's Garage and Deli right in Jay, only half a mile from our house.
We were debating getting a tree at all this year with the new kitten, but finally decided since we are actually spending Christmas day at our own house this year, we had to have one.

Earlier in the morning, I spotted the tree at Devin's and convinced myself that I could compromise beauty and size for a $17 tree. When I brought Drew back to get it, I had misread the label and we put our small Charlie Brownish tree in the back of our trunk for only $7!

Can you believe it? A $7 Christmas tree! Victory!

As we were setting our little tree up and placing the lights on, Bella acted very curious.
This curiosity made me very glad we didn't spend $40 on a tree. Did I mention it was only $7? I decided to only hang non-breakable ornaments this year in case she decides she'd like to climb the tree and pounce on the pretty dangling decorations.

With only one string of lights needed and less than an hour later, our little $7 Christmas tree is looking pretty darn good.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Mystery Intruder

Do you want to hear a story? Well, pull up a chair...

Last Friday, I went down to the basement and discovered that it was freezing down there. I looked up and found that there was a pane broken in the window.We've had issues with this particular window before because when we had it open, our cat Monty would jump seven feet up, sit on the sill and chew the corner of the screen so he could escape to the great outdoors. Look through the broken glass and you can see the torn screen.

Drew had replaced the screen a few times and Monty always managed to bust through. He was like a teenager sneaking out without parents knowing. We put an end to his disappearance act and closed the hinged window for good. After our beloved Mango went missing, security was heightened. Or so we thought.

One morning I was in bed and noticed that Monty was outside, not inside! We called him in with his treats and he came down to the basement with us to inspect the window. He showed us how he jumps seven feet up, hangs like a rock climber, pushes his paws under the window and flings it open so he can drag his body into the window sill. After that, we made sure that the window was closed tightly and there would be no way he could escape. So, when I noticed the broken window, I formulated different stories in my head about how he tried the same maneuver and either the window broke when it slammed down behind him or since we were not home to let him in and it was cold, he had to break in himself.

Drew repaired the middle pane with some heavy cardboard and duct tape. We figured this quick fix would work for now.
Please don't pay attention to our unfinished basement, the rest of the house is coming along quite nicely.

And so the story continues... in bed this morning, we heard some kind of crash and just figured it was the pizza pan I didn't put away last night. About 30 minutes went by and there was cat screeching and growling with the sound of broken glass! Drew was in the bathroom getting ready for work and I was half in the bedroom, half in the hallway. I have quite an imagination and it gets the better of me sometimes. I grabbed my cell phone to call 911 in case it was a human breaking in or maybe another bear!

I opened the basement door and saw Monty on the stairs. Rather than being brave and going downstairs myself, I put on my slippers and ran outside to see if I could find the intruder. There were no foot prints up to the window because the snow had melted next to the house.
I noticed some kind of darkish thin animal race across our lawn past the house next door and into the field. This was definitely not a raccoon. I'm thinking cat, fox, bobcat? Could it have been Mango wanting to come home finally? Probably not, because this animal was darker and longer in my head. The footprints in the snow looked larger than a domestic house cats and I was also surprised to see that there was about 3 feet between prints.

These are not great pictures, but it's all I have to go by.

While I was outside investigating, Drew was inside patching up the broken window again. This time with nails and luan plywood!

The only person that really knows what happened is Monty and he's not saying anything.
In fact, he just sits on the stairs waiting for the intruder to come so he can scare it away with his fierce cry! Who are you mysterious creature and what do you want?

Monday, December 14, 2009

If I Had a Kid and not Cats...

If I had a kid, I'd probably blog about it, but instead I occasionally write about our cats. For the most part this blog is child free with a trickling in of adventures with Ruby's Mom and my favorite 6 year old lady, Ruby.

Today I got a kick out of another 6 year old girl that snuck in a snowball into the Museum without her parents knowing. I saw the snowball in her mitten and had to help her hide it behind a tree outside.

You know what's cuter than a kid bringing a snowball indoors and thinking all will be fine? Bella in a winter sweater!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Holidays with the Gargoyles

Lance and John are in the Christmas spirit and are all decked out in wreaths this year!
They both have mini stockings that should probably be checked to see if "Santa" brings them a litttle something Christmas morning.
The Gargoyles continue to bring me joy no matter the season. I hope all of you have a wonderful Holiday season filled with joy!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Finally A Workshop I Can Attend!

I work every weekend and it really gets in the way of being able to take advantage of all the fun activities that take place on Saturdays and Sundays. When I saw that a Paper Marbling class was being advertised to take place on a Wednesday afternoon at the Wilmington Library, I immediately wrote it into my day off and made plans to go with my friend Elizabeth.

The closest I ever got to paper marbling before was when I bought a little address book in Florence, Italy. I was really excited that this workshop was being offered and did I mention it was free?

After splattering paint on top of the water and using different techniques to create a variety of effects you become anxious to see the outcome. There's such mystery to the craft of paper marbling because as a beginner you have no idea what the final product is going to look like. I'm sure those Venetians and Florentines have it down to a science. Everyone got really excited to see each other's papers since they're all so unique. You can see all the hands getting ready to peak at Elizabeth's paper.

I am so thankful that there was finally something I could take advantage of on my non-traditional days off. I came away with three different papers that I have since turned into bookmarks and holiday cards.

A big thank you to Jan and the Wilmington Library for holding the workshop!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Winter is Here?

Elizabeth and I left my house in Jay with green grass and thriving parsley and thyme in the garden. We chucked our skis in the back of her truck and drove to the base of Whiteface Memorial Highway and it was a landscape with snow. It's amazing what another 1000 feet of elevation does for snow and weather conditions.

After I stopped moaning about the uphill, I developed a blister on my left heel and we turned around about 3.5 miles up. The wind was wicked in a few spots and if we had gone to the top I suspect we would have been a tad cold with only light layers on, needless to say my angry feet wanted to turn around too.

I was excited to share with all of you some fun pictures of the adventure, but had some issues downloading them and they got deleted except for this AMAZING action packed video. No offense taken if I put you to sleep. Winter is here!