Thursday, May 30, 2013

Is your dog bikini ready?

Obie (before and after)
 Wiener Dude is looking good!

Let me explain why I ask. I love The Weiner Sisters, our daschunds, Sara and Goldie. Our sons have tagged them with other monikers that have stuck this past year. Sara has always been overweight, thus her nicknames are Fatty and Over Chunk (fitting, but sad). Lord only knows why they named Goldie, Pumpkin Seed (kids come up with the strangest things!). When my Cutie Pie sent me a recent article, I thought of our Over Chunk and felt better about her long history of being overweight. No pun intended.

The true story is about a daschund named Obie that is probably the Biggest Loser of any Weiner dog ever! Last September this pooch took on a fitness challenge to slim down his 77-pound bulk!
This has taken him one-step at a time. Literally. Obie flaunted his 40 lbs.-slimmer physique during a Mother's Day hike. He recently has undergone surgery to remove the excess skin between his legs due to his weight loss.  A dog tummy tuck?  It’s good to have health goals and perhaps pets are no exception? Currently weighing in at 42-pounds, Obie still has about 7 lbs. to lose from his 35 lb-frame.
So, again, I ask. Is your dog ready for the upcoming swimsuit season?

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Let's Roll, Part 2 (A re-take)

 
Cramming three months in one post (okay, two) is challenging. Remind me to never blog hibernate again ...  I can't help but feel totally out of balance!
 
Hmmm. Where to begin?
Let's start with THE Furlough that is starting next month for my Teckie. Perhaps, in the picture, he is conemplating how he will spend every Friday off for the next three months? I can come up with  creative ways to keep him busy around here. Honey do this, honey do that. I should start my list now because honestly this man moves at the speed of Power Snail.

Another project I have been working on is our Woman's Retreat at chruch. Jan Johnson (www.janjohnson.org) is our speaker and our theme is Abundant Simplicity. K.I.S.S.... keep it simple sister! The retreat is far off, but these things don't organize themselves! This will be my last year planning the retreat as it  falls on our Anniversary every year. Next year is our BIG 2-0! This morning in bed we were talking about (okay, I was doing the talking) where we might go to get away to celebrate.
 He suggested "Furlough Hills." Wrong answer.
Keep it simple sister ;0)
For Mother's Day we gathered at Larryland and the Dads played with the kids while we got some R and R. Benson tried out the Slip N' Slide for the first time. Everything is "new" when you are two!
Hooray for the Dads!
On May 2, my Auntie Linda passed away in the operating room undergoing open-heart surgery. This tough lady has battled cancer for decades. I know she is healed and living in peace, but there are many "down here" that miss her. The saddest part was seeing my Dad ache over losing his only sister and dear friend. After her unexpected death, everyone pitched in to prepare to say good-bye. I created a photo wall that held 74 years of memories. I guess you could say that I've always been the family historian. It was wonderful to have The Clan all together!
My Dad at the memory wall
Good health and togetherness are the best of blessings!
The only good part of a funeral is gathering all the cousins from around
the country and spending time together. Grieving is easier when
we are together! 

Daniel's soccer team did marginal, but he had a blast and the team improved
over the season. He received the
highest award, The Lion's Award, which made us all feel pretty good!
Step away from the donut. I repeat, put the donut down!
This donut (pink-sprinkled-white-cake donuts are my favorite)  on my desk at work, represents that I FINALLY left Family Fitness (AKA Family Fatness)  after nine years and joined a new and much cleaner gym in town. The good news is that I am actually going. The bad part is that there are still donuts on my desk and hips.


My favortie part  of this time of year is hanging Old Glory and flaunting those colors, red, white and blue! I want to find an Uncle Sam costume and ride my unicycle around the hood on July Fourth. Wouldn't that be fun? Or, rather, funny? Or, both?
 

Over the weekend we hosted a going away party for dear friends moving to Missouri (of all the places). It was fun to decorate for a party and Memorial Day.  I "borrowed" tons of patriotic decorations from school and Uncle Sam would have been proud.
 
Last thought? It sure was hard rising this morning after a three day weekend. Only six school days left and I can feel (and hear) the immense energy in fourth grade. The kids are overly ready for summer. Listen to this! I had twelve kids serving time on the curb at recess for talking. Twelve! Thats half of the class!  Apparently, the closer we get to June the ability of these kids to keep their traps shut vanishes. Gone. Kaput.
June 5th can't come soon enough ;0)
 

Monday, May 27, 2013

I'm back and ready to roll!

Memorial Day, 2013! After three months of blog dormancy, today is the day I decided to post. My Teckie and Daniel left early this morning to quad ride in the Hungry Valley, trying out Daniel’s new quad. I lay in bed and prayed for their safety. I hate how dangerous those things are! Lucas slept at a friend’s house last night, so it's just me, the wiener dogs and fourteen chickens holding down the farm. Peaceful.
 
So much has happened in the past months, it’s overwhelming to know where to start. Blanche and I are still cruising the neighborhood, and although I am not training for any distance unicycle races, I find time to hop on and enjoy the gorgeous Spring weather on my single wheeler.
 
There are only seven school days left at my job in fourth grade and although sad to see another bunch of sweet kids move on,  I welcome ten weeks of summer break. Unicycle Rose and Co. have planned an exciting road trip that we're counting down to. In July, we will visit, Phoenix, the Grand Canyon, Arches National Park and Bryce National Park in Utah. White-water rafting, hiking and canyoneering are on the agenda along with spending time with Aunt Debbie and Uncle Matt. It will be a many-miled adventure! And, if all goes right, Lucas will have his driver's liscense and help out on some of the long drives (God help us).

Now, how do I fit in three months of life in one measly post? The best way to capture it may be with pictures? Well, it’s going to have to be, as I am ready to take a unicycle ride and am short on time. Enjoy!
Lucas turned 16 on March 14th! Of, course that's an ice cream cake ;0)
Six baby chickies arrived right before Easter. They lived in our bathtub for weeks and drove the Wiener Sisters crazy!
As I write this, they are so big (in such a short time)
that they are in the big coop outside!
We skipped dying eggs and decorated Easter sugar cookies instead!
We hosted Easter. Too bad the weather wasn't that great. It rained. Wa, wa, wa! 
Goldie went all "Hollywood" on us.  She didn't get the part and moved back home.
Daniel taught Benson how NOT to push him on the swing. Some lessons are learned the hard way.
I chaperoned at Sixth Grade Science Camp and had THE Sweetest six girls in my cabin. Daniel tolerated
having me in his peer space, acknowlging me MOST of the time. He is so "almost 13!"
Just home from The State Finals for Lucas's Drumline Competition in San Bernardino. One day earlier, Lucas
was in the ER with chest pain. Panic! Drama! Thankfully, it was nothing serious! PTL!

I snuck away to Santa Barbara to play with Miss Piggy and Lui! Cheers to sisters everywhere, CLINK!
 
 I talked my Dad into crafting aluminum Crosses in four sizes that I am painitng and selling. It's
been a fun and interesting adventure. This week I am bringing some to a local store to sell on consignment.
 There is so much more to this post, but I managed to delete it. I am so NOT a technical person. Frustrating! Consider this Part 1 and I will re-create Part 2 later. For now, I am ready to roll!
Peace and Keep the Balance!