when the cats away...

Sunday, June 27, 2010

....the mouse will do nothing! :)

Mike went to a bachelor party this weekend out of town, so it gave me a chance to catch up on ME time. I honestly didn't really do a thing yesterday. Well, I watched girlie movies all day and took a two and a half hour puppy nap with Abe. It was just what the doctor ordered. Now I know I probably should of been working on the house, but you got to have some down time every once and a while, right?

Since Mike's coming home sometime today, I need to get crackin' on my wifely duties of normal weekends....back to reailty! The plan for today is making a grocery list and go to the grocery, laundry, cleaning the house a bit, and giving Abe his bath.

I've also been hitting the quilt pattern search a little harder recently. I said a the beginning of the year I wanted to piece my first quilt this year, and look, the year is half over and I'm still where I was 6 months ago. :( I guess that's what happens when you buy a fixer-upper for a home. Anyway, I've narrowed my pattern down to 3. I may buy all three of them, and then choose later. I like them all so much that I can see myself making all of them at some point.  One of them is actually a Christmas quilt and if I started now, I think I could have it done just in time for the holidays. That gives me a deadline. I work better with deadlines....

Enjoy your Sunday everyone!


Monday, June 21, 2010

Since we moved to a house with an actually working garage, Mike's been wanting to do some wood working. I've been telling him for years that I would love to have Adirondack Chairs on my front porch. Well, we bought a house with a big front porch, so Mike made my dream a reality.

He started on Memorial Day weekend, and he didn't stop the entire weekend. It took one more Saturday to finish the four chairs and then we stained the next weekend.  He did an amazing job on them. :)

Next, will be 2 matching cocktail/side tables. I hope to have them done sometime this summer, but I know there is a lot more important things that need to be done. There is also a matching love seat version and I would love to have that as well. It would make a nice conversation area on the porch.

We've already sat out on the porch twice now and love it. It's nice to sit outside on a summer evening just watching the cars and people.

I love my handy husband!


Sunday, June 20, 2010

This post is only about a month too late, but we got a puppy!

We have been casually looking at the free dogs in the newspaper and rolla net (our local craigslist) but just hadn't found any that just jumped out at us saying "come get me!" I've really been wanting a chocolate lab, but in the end we got a beagle/patterdale terrier mix. We saw him online one evening and the next day at work, he was all I could think about. So Mike agreed, and we went and got him. It took us a couple days to decide on a name, but we ended up with Abe. When I first met Mike, before we started dating, my friend and I would call him Abe. With his sideburns we thought he looked like Abe Lincoln. I know it's silly, but it was neat to incorporate his name with something from our past. I really wanted to find a name that was from our honeymoon to Ireland, but we couldn't agree on any of those names.

I'm really happy that we decided on a smaller breed in the end. He's expected to be between 15 and 20 pounds.  It will work out better when it comes to making the trip back to Indiana.

Abe is full of energy, but loves his puppy naps on Mike and I as well. Oh, how I love it when he falls asleep on me! He loves to play rope/tug of war, he can play it for longer than I've ever played it with a dog. We can play for 20 minutes straight, and then promptly followed by an hour long nap. :)

Abe has definitely been an eye opening experience for Mike and I. Mike has never had a puppy nor an indoor dog before, and I haven't had one for 13 years. He's taught us a lot already about changing our lives to fit him in to it. I don't want people out there to think I'm categorizing children with pets (but don't get me wrong, I feel that pets are part of the family), but Abe has definitely shown me a slight "preview" to what it's like to have a child.