Monday, August 31, 2009

Growing up is hard to-do!

Figured I would try this, "getting it together thing," one more time today and begin with a blog.

We have already fed the baby bunnies twice (more on that soon), I've stepped in dog poop, and we managed to cook an actual REAL breakfast at home! Did I mention I took the day off? Yep and I can't seem to deal with it. Ugh. I drive myself insane and then 007 has to come along for the ride. So is my world.

I have some photos to share because yesterday was one of the most gorgeous days ever around these parts. Beautiful blue sky's, puffy white clouds, and mid 60's weather wise for AUGUST in KS! Hard to freaking believe. Normally you can fry an egg on the sidewalk about this time of year. Eh... I'll take the cool weather for sure.

On Saturday it was a typical weekend day for me I was at the zoo working. As usual I get a random call across the radio from one of the keepers regarding an animal and can I come down to their range. To the golf cart I go and into the elephant and giraffe barn I wonder to find to my surprise, delight, and horror a nest of newborn baby bunnies. Right there in the middle giraffe stall a rabbit made a nest out of alf-alf hay and had five baby bunnies. The keeper in his wisdom had the presence of mind to do nothing and call the Vet Department first.

Typically and let me stress this part if you find wild bunnies in a nest no matter what time of day you should LEAVE THEM ALONE! Why? Because the mommy rabbit will return to feed them. Of course in the event that the bunnies have been born in a giraffe barn you will need to contact a wildlife rehabilitator for assistance in relocating them. Which is what I had to do.

I called left a message and short while later they called me back. I had moved the bunnies to the Vet hospital and had them all snuggled under a heat lamp until I could talk to an expert. The woman was super nice and some how along the way I caught her enthusiasm for baby bunnies and I volunteered to raise them. Yep! Because I have nothing else to do right? Of course.

That was Saturday and it is now Monday and these little buggers have to eat every three hours give or take. Guess what? The bunnies are kicking my rear! Which is why my day is starting at 11am again. Ugh.

They are adorable and already respond to my voice which is kind a cool but a bit overwhelming when they all want to eat at the same time and I only have two hands. There are five. The other kicker to this crappy equation is there is a VERY high mortality rate for wild baby bunnies, so I am really trying hard not to get attached. I haven't even named them, which most people I know will attest is a huge accomplishment for me. UGH!

I am also trying really hard not to think about tomorrow when I have to leave 007 in charge of feeding them when I return to work. I may cry because his hands are so big and I worry. Keep in mind he has helped with a ton of the feedings and done great. They are just so small and he has big man hands so I worry. They are so freaking tiny.

Anyway, send well wishes our way. Hope with us that the bunnies grow up big and strong and then take over my garden because that is my plan assuming I was allowing myself to think about the future and all.
Three Cheers for bunnies!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A photo or two to capture the excitement!

Here are some recent photos from the crazy construction happenings at Happy Tails Ranch. Just about 5 minutes ago 007 finished the kitchen tile. It still needs grouted but that is nothing compared to the insane task of tiling a floor and getting it all to look perfect!

Remember we bought this tile for our anniversary in May and it is mid-August so tiling can be a pain but 007 did an amazing job!
Look, look it's NFM delivery truck! I was home for this and drove the delivery guys a bit nuts with my photo snapping habit. Still it was so exciting and I felt just a little bad for the guys because they back the whole way up our driveway.
The new flat top stove!

A closer view. I am pretty excited about the multiple burners on this baby!
Bring in the fridge. My first side by side with water and ice on the door! I think I am in heaven. Our current plan is to angle the fridge in the corner over there but that may change.
I couldn't resist some amazing bathroom photos. The tub is finally in the bathroom! Hip, hip hooray. You can see the shelf in this photo. Still waiting for the tub to be hooked-up.Another shot of my custom bathroom shelf! Fancy don't ya think.
A closer view, see the magazine rack at the bottom. It will have trim pieces add soon.So there you have it an update on the insanity! What have I learned, well for one I was crazy for agreeing to all of this. The other thing I have learned is this has been worth every awful second of blood sweat and tears. I can't begin to tell ya how much pride goes into all of this and how nice it is to have a place that just fits our life!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The title escapes me

I am home for a brief pit stop while I sit and wait for (get excited) the stove, fridge, and finally a new mattress to arrive! The delivery driver just called and said they are 20 minutes out. I figured I could post in that short time span (hopefully).

The photo on the right was taken just before we had yet another big storm. We have been having a ton of rain which is great for the garden but not good on getting the tomatoes to turn red. Still the view is amazing!

Well, it feels amazing to be getting the house finally in order. We spent a considerable amount of time just cleaning. I had no idea how much we had let the house slide during the whirlwind selling even of our former house. I mean it was gross! The good news is we are back on tack and turning this little pad into a wonderful home.

At work I had to relocate office space which was annoying but so is work. This meant that all of my many plants had to come home. At first I was overwhelmed but in step 007 and he help string my plants all over my home office. I really have a ton! It looks rather cool and this place is starting to really feel like home, my forever home.

We spent last night working on the floor tile in the kitchen. I handed out tiles been did the hard part and Orson our dog did the getting in the way moving the tile to the wrong spot part. Princes one of our foster dogs who will probably stay with us because she is so annoying nobody is going to adopt her and well we love her for some stupid reason. She walked through the mortar and then the cat pranced through the whole mess and flopped on his back and began rocking back and forth. 007 was not having any of this even though I tried to explain that they just wanted to give their stamp of approval for the nice new tile. I ended up putting everyone to be early.

We are close to being done with the tile but dang tiling really sucks! I mean it is slow going and you don't get to use any cool tools except the wet saw and that thing is just loud and well wet! At least I broke down and bought a wet saw this time. When we did the bathroom I rented one and that was a BIG mistake because nothing went according to plan and it put way to much stress on the project because we had to have it back by a set time. Now that we have our own we have slowly but easily tiled the kitchen.

Plus because we have one I have been able to convince 007 to tile the top of a little shelf in the bathroom so I can set a plant on it and other things that might get wood yucky. That turned out amazing. He also added some decorative tile above the shower. Here is a top view of the shelf looking down. To the top of the photo is where the toilet sits and to the bottom is where my claw foot tub will sit, you can see the small water lines laying on the floor maybe. This breaks up the space and allows me to cover the shelf with plants. On the side facing the toilet 007 built custom shelves complete with a magazine rack at the bottom and a smaller shelf just for TP.

This gives you another view of the shelf which might explain it better. That is the frame of the shelf before it was closed in and finished.

Next we will move on to kitchen cabinets and at some point buy a dishwasher and range hood/microwave for over the stove, I hope! Then there is also the install of the washer and dryer. I have the washer but I need to buy my matching dryer. Until than I think I am going to go with a clothes line for August.

Ugh... this process has taken to long.

Well looks like my appliances are here! Yipee;-) Photos to follow soon.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Time keeps on ticking, ticking away...

Yep... we sold it! Thank the heavens above. It was down to the wire with condition after condition but in the end when we got the call every ounce we poured into that place was worth it to be done, finally free!

So that is the high note and things are looking up but...

Well, I am bummed have been for awhile and the whole blogging hasn't really been a focal point. I've been hooked on facebook crack like nobodies business. Why? That would be the million dollar question of the year. How did I get hooked so freaking bad? Eh, it is what it is. I think I need to connect more and it is oh so good to connect with really great friends. You know the ones from the early years when life seemed complicated but sure as hell wasn't. When all you had was a big test or a pain in the butt teacher to worry about. Or of course the latest and greatest drama from whatever boyfriend or guy you had a crush on.

Ah those times have passed but it is fun to reconnect.

Back to the being blue, its my Grandma I still miss her like crazy. How do people do it the letting go, the living with only the memory? I don't understand. It comes in waves. Sometimes I am perfectly fine and then I'll catch my reflection or be out in the garden and she's there. She is right there. Like now. Its all that is left and its never enough. Don't get me wrong it's wonderful to feel her presence, I just miss her so. I'm not ready to be a big kid, to move into the next phase. I want to stay the grand-kid and enjoy the summer, just a little longer please.

However, time keeps on ticking, ticking away. So my goal and hope is to enjoy the present; one day at a time. Today I enjoyed the hammock and watering the garden. Yes, I think I had company out there. Tomorrow I will enjoy the clinic and the zoo. Getting paid for your favorite hobby, how lucky is that!

So if you can try just a bit to enjoy the present as well and all those you can connect with right now even if it is only on FB crack :-)