Month: December 2016

The stockings were hung…

We are READY and counting down for Christmas.  The kids are amped.  The tree is drowning in presents.  I’ve baked up pounds of butter into cookies and cakes.

Here’s the kids enjoying this Christmas carol

We had friends over to decorate cookies.

We went downtown for a dinner date and wandered up to the Christkindlmarkt.  I was thrilled to catch the tail end of the German dancers!

Now we are counting down to bedtime.  Merry Christmas to all!

Do NOT click Ravelry yet

This new blog has a link to my ravelry project page – and I love that.  But please do not explore until AFTER Christmas.  As usual, a few of you can expect knitted goodies under your tree.  Unless you want to spoil the surprise – do not click.

Good-bye to two old friends

Today we put both of our pets to sleep.  It’s been a sad week and a very sad day.  We feel relief and are confident we made the right decision at the right time, but it’s still immensely sad.


Molly was dwindling for months.  I’m fairly sure she was diabetic or had another renal problem.  She lost most of her muscle mass and had little interest in her food or play.  Her toileting has never been stellar, but it’s become a real problem the last few months.

Jem got sick with diarrhea before Thanksgiving, then added a cough and vomiting.  We ran bloodwork and got her on antibiotics.  She would seem to be getting better, then it would come back just as strong.  She spent most of her days laying around, obviously in pain.  More medication, no improvement.  When the vet said that the next steps would be more imaging studies, looking for masses or other causes that would need drastic interventions, we decided it was time to be done.

We have a trip coming up and then at least a month of major house work.  That’s not WHY we made our decision.  Rather,  as Ben put it, those events put up a mirror to view the pets through.  We realized we were uncomfortable putting either pet through either situation, and if we didn’t think they could handle another week without us, that meant it was time to put them to rest.

We took Jem to the vet this morning and she had a very easy, very peaceful passing.  It was good to be with her and feel her finally relax and feel good before slipping away.

A little later today a home-visiting vet came to do Molly at home.  I was uncomfortable with taking her anywhere because she hates travel so very much.  The home vet was kind, efficient, and soothing.  An expensive option, but a nice way to go.  Molly had ice cream and ham and then cuddled until she drifted off.

The kids are taking it well.  Ben and I had a lot of guilt and the decision was hard to make.  Andy called me and talked yesterday and it was really good to be validated.

Ben found some old photos of the animals today and it was shocking to see how much they had changed because it happened so gradually.  Our robust, happy animals were already gone.

We are relieved and looking forward to enjoying Christmas and travel and house remodeling without stressing about the pets.  We miss them, we cried a lot.  But we also let the kids have a movie-picnic in the living room for the first time ever.  I think I scrubbed my last daily-fecal mess.  I won’t have pet hair on everything.  We have good memories and are confident we did our best for them.


December snapshots

It’s been a holiday whirlwind so far.  Here’s some choice selections from my day to day happenings.

Sam visits Santa.

Jack visits Santa.

The Alamo put floating candles and castle walls on the hallway into the theater for Fantastic Beasts.  They also had a photo booth in the lobby.


Jem has a sick tummy and cuddles a Santa hat.

Jack has his “Star Week” and brings in a poster and show-and-tell items about himself.

Amanda manages a fire drill in the middle of Act 1 of Peter and the Starcatcher.

Jack learns to knit.

Sam will join primary as a Sunbeam in the new year.  They brought in the little ones to practice sitting with the group.  They have new matching sweaters on this day.

Didn’t my cranberry bundt cake turn out fantastic?  Ha, no.  Tasted good.  But I replenished my empty can of Baker’s Joy the next day.  Never rely on Pam for a bundt.

I bought an Ikea kitchen!!!  This is some of the cabinet style. Hopefully I will have a resplendent kitchen enjoy soon!

Found this amazing candy shop in Park Meadows mall.  Had to tell Santa about it for stocking stuffers.

MagicBands arrived!  We are so pumped!

Don’t you nap best with a mountain of manly machines to keep company?


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