StacyBee

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Our new driveway March 31, 2009

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Before, as it was being dug up:100_2396

During:100_2398After:100_24001and…100_2401Very nice…I’m hoping this will reduce the amount of mud tracked through the house!  Plus, it looks like it will be a great roller skating driveway for these two:

100_2393Here’s my dad and Wendy. 100_2391

His company just got a contract with the Coast Guard and he will be moving to the Newport News, VA area in April.  This is good news for him!  Now Zach and I will have to figure out how we will do all the nice things around the house that my dad was doing.  Teddy will miss him a LOT.  And so will we!

 

Any suggestions? March 30, 2009

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teddyhair-004I talked to my neighbor today about the cats roaming around our house and using it as a litter box.  He said that his boys really liked the cats and they fed them whenever they came around.  (I was actually wishing he would say that he didn’t like them pooping, too.)  Unfortunately, he wasn’t very helpful, and we kept our conversation brief and forcedly friendly.  I don’t think either of us want an enemy for a neighbor, even if it is just over cat poop.  I wouldn’t normally have a problem with this…I mean, everyone poops, right? Problem is, Teddy loves these tasty little morsels.  They are his treat of choice any time he gets into the backyard.  We never know where the cats might decide to do their business.  I think we should be able to let Teddy in the backyard without having to clean his mouth out every time he comes back in.  I had a few thoughts, and I’d appreciate any feedback.

1.  Catch the offending cats and send them to SPCA (bad – b/c I’d be on the neighbor’s bad side and I might be responsible for the cats’ death if they didn’t get adopted.)

2.  Keep buying $10 boxes of pwdered repellent that only lasts a week and doesn’t work very well. (already tried it…if you miss a square inch in the mulch, that’s where the cat goes.)

3.  Cover the whole yard in rocks. (costly and heavy.)

4.  Never let Teddy outside (umm, no.)

5.  Watch Teddy very closely outside (not easy to do…you can’t catch him before he finds the goods)

6.  Let Teddy live outside most of the day for a week and see if any cats decide to come back.  (has potential…but would they come back when Teddy isn’t there?)

7.  Put covered litter boxes around the yard and hope the cats go in them instead of the mulch and dirt.  (has potential, but still expensive.  Also, would I have to be cleaning litter boxes for cats that aren’t even mine?)

Any suggestions you have would be appreciated.  I’d like to know what you’d do in our situation.hair-and-zach-001

 

my friends… March 24, 2009

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This past weekend, I went to Lake Lure, NC with 5 of my closest friends from college and had a lovely time.  Edith, Melanie, Annie, Leigh, Cynthia, and I have been meeting every year in the spring to reconnect.  This year, we got to be at a lake house in Lake Lure because Cynthia’s new husband’s family owns the house.  Very nice.  We laughed a lot… harder than what I’ve laughed in a very long time. 100_2378

100_2366My friends also said that I wasn’t posting enough pictures of Wendy, so here are some…100_2352100_2354Wendy went in for some shots today…she is 15 pounds and 25.5 inches…both above 50th percentile.  I guess she’s healthy!  She loves to be upright and sit up.  In fact, she’s sitting in my lap right now, watching me type.  She can roll front to back but not back to front yet.  Pulling her socks and playing with  her feet is a favorite pasttime as well as drooling, yelling, and laughing.

100_2337And not to be left out…Teddy!  This picture was back a few weeks ago when it snowed 8 inches or so.  Teddy loved it.  We don’t let him run around in the backyard too much because our yard is the neighborhood-cat-litter-box.  Teddy loves cat poop and then brings his dirty mouth inside.  So…until I get up enough courage to talk to the 90-year-old neighbor who feeds the cats, I guess we just have to keep dealing with the problem.

This winter has been really rough for us weather-wise.  It seems it is never warm enough.  It has been so cold, and I hear that it has been unusually cold this winter.  I dread next winter already.  It is still cold today, in late March, getting down to 28 last night.  It’s hard not to dream of Florida.  Really hard.  But, spring is somewhere around the corner.  The trees are blooming, and it’s fun to see what’s sprouting around the yard.  I’d really like to get a small garden going this year, but I don’t know if it’s too late.  There are also plenty of other projects that have to be done besides a garden.

pict0150With Cousin Caleb over Valentine’s Weekend.

pict0157With Cousin Ethan over Valentine’s weekend.

And a few pics just for Zach:

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