Tuesday, December 29, 2009
My cousin Julie had the most incredible gifts made for them. Really nice zip jackets, black with a red lining.....
And the most AWESOME tag embroidered on to them....
We need to get a picture of them in their finery together.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
I found this picture whilst perusing The Buffalo News. I thought it was pretty cool so I lifted it. Hey, don't judge, I gave full credit and admitted my plagarism. It was taken from the top of the Liberty Bank Building.
It took me 50 minutes to do my normal 10-15 minute commute home today, what with the white-outs and piling up snow and idiot drivers. I debated getting on the I-190 for about 2 seconds. Good choice on my part not to get on....it was a parking lot.
I finally made it to my street, when to my surprise, only half of it was plowed. And guess what, the unplowed part was my part. I had to park around the block and walk home because I couldnt get up the street. Brrrrr. Actually I was better off doing that anyway because, with the drifts in the driveway, I would have never made it into the garage.
This pic here shows the depth of the drifts. Thats The Spouse getting ready to plow them out of here.
I'm spending the evening getting a start on my Christmas cookie baking. I cant think of a better way to spend a snow night.
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
I was minding my own business driving down Borden Road when I spotted a couple of our white tailed friends crossing the road. Naturally I slowed way down because if there's one deer in the road chances are there's another. Who knew it would be a whole herd of them!!! I was going less than 20 mph. I had my eye on the one directly in front of my car (and by directly I mean 3 feet in front of me) when another just rammed into the side of my car by the front wheel. It's an awful sound....vehicle meeting furry animal. In my passenger side mirror I saw the thing on the ground on the side if the road. Shit. I thought about getting out of the car for about a nano second and continued home. While I was assessing the damage (which really isn't that bad) The Spouse pulled in the driveway. We hopped in his car to go back to the scene, (cuz we're morbid like that) and when we got to the spot the deer was gone. So, I'm not a Bambi killer...I just maim.
In my defense, those deer were NOT crossing at the DeerCrossing sign.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
I shall limit my martini consumption to 2.
Maybe one after.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Saturday, November 07, 2009
Yesterday was sooooo damp and chilly you felt it in your bones.
Today and tomorrow????? Temps in the high 50's and low 60's.
Welcome to the B-lo. Don't like the weather? Wait a couple minutes.
Extreme Makeover Home Edition will be in town this weekend so I guess cooperation from Mother Nature will help dispel the old "all it ever does here is snow" myth.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Tuesday, The Maternal Unit had been on a walking tour downtown with a group of retirees that she used to work with. She recounted that she was talking and walking and then the next thing she knew she was on the pavement. She didn't remember tripping or stumbling...just landing. Being the good daughter that I am, I questioned if she had been chewing gum at the same time. My brother came up with a few good zingers during our wait in the ER too. Good thing we know how to act in these kinds of situations. Laughter is the best medicine, after all.
There was lots of texting going on....sharing info with family members, especially with my cousin Julie in Atlanta, who happens to be the Offspring of The Maternal One's twin sister.
When she went up to surgery to have the rod and screws inserted into the femur *you just cringed reading that didn't you* I made a phone call to my Aunt Twin, who coincidentally fractured her femur 3 years previous. Of course she told me to tell mom to "quit copying her" and other good natured barbs. You can see where us cousins get our sense of humor now, don't you? Anyway, when the surgeon came down to talk to my brother and I after the surgery, he stated that the sharpness of the break indicated a stress fracture and that the bone probably broke and then she went down. "we've been seeing this a lot in patients who have been taking Fosimax for more than 5 years"
WHAT???? You mean this drug that's supposed to prevent osteoporosis actually does the opposite??? how does that happen?
Fast forward to Friday morning..... I get this text from the aforementione cousin Julie...
Not a joke|
My mother just broke her leg (the right femur this time) can u fucking believe that?? Patti just called they r on the way to the hosp in ambulance
UnFREAKing believable!!!!!! The Aunt Twin falls on the kitchen floor and breaks her OTHER femur. And guess what her surgeon says. "she looks like the pictures in the medical journals of Fosimax issues and the bone probably broke and then she fell.
So now they are both laid up in rehab facilities. And Julie and I are calling the two of them The Titanium Twins.
And happy birthday to your spouse on tuesday too!
on another note, I've got quite a story to tell about my Maternal Unit and her Twin (who, from now on will be referred to as The Titanium Twins) Upcoming as soon as I have the time to compose.
Monday, October 12, 2009
3 years ago today, The TreeStorm started. We went to bed knowing that there would probably be a snow day on the 13th. It was snowing pretty hard. Little did we know there would be a week of snow days.
And when we woke up....this is what we saw.....
We didn't think this tree would survive...
But here she is two days later....I love the color of those leaves.
And here she stands today, 3 years later. Stronger than ever I think. A little weird that her leaves are just starting to change color now, isnt it?
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Well, you're missing out on some funny stuff.
I suggest you watch.
It's probably the best new show of the new tv season.
A couple of weeks ago I got a blast from the past. A girl I used to work with when The Spouse and I lived in New Orleans called. They had just retired, bought a motor home *and by motor home I mean a house disguised as a bus* and would be up in our neck of the woods. So we met up with them Tuesday night for a couple beers and food. Blew me away when I heard that deep southern accent on the phone.
The leaves are changing and there's a bit of a nip in the air. And there's Christmas stuff in stores already. It's not even Halloween yet!!!
that's all for now
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Offspring #3 in front of the tent for the bbq competitor with the best name.... "Bobby Q and The Butt Rubbers. "
They even had a Zoltar Machine!!!! Just like in the movie "Big"! No sign of Tom Hanks tho.
Ok, then, at one point I had to relieve myself and just my luck...Porta-Potties. Yeah...we all love using them, right? So I open the door and whats in there? The newspaper. Someone made themselves at home.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
So you'll be hearing alot more from me more often now.
Now I just have to figure out how to post pictures from the phone.
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
A couple of things....
Lots and LOTS of beer mixed with 20-ish testosterone is not a good combination. The after party almost got out of control. I spent a good hour trying to get a jump on the clean up....3 big bags of garbage and a couple bags of beer cans. I went upstairs about 10:30, just to get 10 minutes of quiet time because I was starting to get annoyed with the young bucks. Woke up at 4:30 am. My 10 minutes turned into 6 hours. The Spouse and The Offspring cleaned up the rest of the mess.
Nineteen 30 pack of beer were consumed at the house. UnFREAKIN'believable.
I want to thank the following people......
- Judge Tim Walker. Anyone who quotes Dr. Seuss and Green Eggs and Ham during an exchanage of vows is alright in my book.
- Annette Szcymanski at Shelly's Flowers. The floral arrangements were stunningly perfect.
- Jim Weldy of "The Boys of Summer" for the perfect music
- Donna Ilecki for the culinary masterpiece that was The Cake
- Dave Wozniak, our brilliant photographer and friend.
- Joseph's Country Manor for their wonderful venue.
- Lee Nowicki who made the bride's dress and then delivered it as a wedding present.
- And last but certainly not least....Mother Nature herself for probably the nicest day of the year.
Sunday, September 06, 2009
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Justin won a prize in the Chinese Auction. The umbrella he models for us here, along with a two seater chair. I probably dont have to say that this picture was taken after the bottle of vodka was gone
At one point I found myself having a conversation with Mark and Mayor Brown. Later on, I mentioned to Offspring #4 that she should have taken a picture with me and Byron and after that, #4 and Justin started and all on "Who Can We Get A Picture With" challenge. #4 got a couple of the Buffalo Jills for Justin, they got me with the mayor and a state senator.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Friday, July 03, 2009
The Irish Snug
What is a Snug? The history of the "snug" began in Ireland in the late 19th century. It was typically a small, very private room that had a frosted glass window, set above head height, accessing the bar. You paid a higher price for your beer in the Snug, but nobody could see you. It was not only the well off visitors who would use these rooms. The snug was for patrons who preferred not to be seen in the public bar. Ladies would often enjoy a private drink in the snug in a time when it was frowned upon for ladies to be in a pub. The local police officer would nip in for a quiet pint, the parish priest for his evening whiskey, and lovers would use the snug for their clandestine visits.
I'm loving this bar. I believe we'll call it The Snug.
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I dragged up some of the old crusty chairs and a couple of tables from the basement and we've been sitting out there. A LOT! The Offspring and I were out last night for hours. I'm very pleased.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
AND!!! The stucco guy game today and started the side walls. Doug will finish off the ceiling when stucco guy is done and then Kevin will come and install the lights and outlets and the fan and we'll be DONE!!! Well...we'll be done when Doug installs the bar.
Monday, June 08, 2009
And this wall is all that's left standing.
There were a good number of people roaming around and checking it out.
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
All thats left to do on the structure is the stucco on the two interior walls, and the covering for the ceiling.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
And all the brick on the outside walls is done. That will be getting capped off with a white stone ledge. As you can see...some of the old siding is off and being prepped for the new stuff. Coastal Sage is the new color. We are so over that 20year old blue!!!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
And the best part..the brick work. Gonna look wicked awesome once the new siding goes up. *did I mention that we decided to reside the whole house? Budget buster right there.*
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
And we have soffits
I believe we're waiting for the electrician to work his magic and the brick guy to come and do the brick work along the lower section *across the whole lower back of the house, where the Tyvec is...wont that look cool?* of the house, then the siding can go up. Brick guy is also doing the brick and stucco on the interior.
I want it to be done!!!! "Daddy..I want an Oompa Loompa and I want it NOW!!!!"