Saturday, November 28, 2009

Just about done


Plucky, originally uploaded by torri_g.

Wow this holiday weekend is going very quickly! So before it is over I feel I must post at least one last picture of the holiday and it should be of Plucky the unlucky turkey. It has been a very good holiday weekend here, but I'm starting to look forward to Monday coming.

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Saturday and I'm going to try to make sure I get a new picture shot of the girls for Sibling Sunday tomorrow.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Feline, Furball and Feathers Friday


Mia and Angel, originally uploaded by torri_g.

Mia and Angel just chilling out. I forgot all about this picture till today. It was taken a couple of weeks ago and just really kind of fits for the day after thanksgiving. Just a bunch of chilling out going on around here for most of the family. Only bad thing is that Trinity is sick and it has been a very long day for her and trying to get her stomach back to a calm level. I'm not sure just what has triggered this for Trinity but I have a guess that maybe someone got a hold of something in the yard that she shouldn't have Wednesday night. Trinity is doing better for the most part, she did eat this after noon and was able to hold it down for several hours. She has kept drinking and just laying around giving me her killer pitiful looks for most of the day. Hopefully tomorrow will bring the real turning the corner on this for her.

Anyway, it is time again for Feline, Furball and Feathers Friday. If you want to play along just post your own and leave a link in comments by next Friday.

I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving and have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Plucky Happy Thanksgiving


Plucky Happy Thanksgiving, originally uploaded by torri_g.

No guest poster for tonight. I know I'm late in the day for posting this but I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Since it is my favorite holiday I have to of course share the now traditional naming of the turkey and my own list of what I'm thankful for.
I think everyone knows about the girls tradition of naming the turkey and this year it was Binky Sues turn to name the bird. Mr. Gibbles was discussed but last year it was Gibby so that name didn't last long. Chip was tossed out there and kicked around for about 30 seconds, but then the name came to her...Plucky! So last night as Plucky was pulled out of the fridge to be checked he got his name. For something that used to bother me I think now the thought of cooking a turkey for Thanksgiving without a name would just be wrong. Plucky wasn't very lucky and probably isn't going to last all that long in this house, but he was very tasty! I am getting to the point tonight though that if I hear the "Bird is the Word" song one more time I very well may scream.
Binky Sue and Little Bug felt that art work was needed to honor poor Plucky. If you cant guess today was a day filled with silliness, laughter and all those great things that make this my favorite holiday.

Which now moves me into my list of what I'm thankful for this year. I'm thankful always for my silly girls who make me laugh till my sides hurt. I'm thankful for my Retired Army Guy, the 20 years that we have spent together, the laughter and even the tears that we have shared, and all of the silly holiday memories that we have created over the years. I'm thankful for the health of my family. I'm thankful for prayers that have been answered in the course of the past year. I'm thankful for family, and for friends who are there when I need them. I'm thankful for being found by friends this past year that I thought I would never hear from again and the pleasant journey of catching up that has gone on. The list of things could go on longer but I'm pretty tired and think it is time to just call it a day here.

Once again I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving and that it was a day filled with lots of laughter and silliness.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Guest Poster Sweetpea


IMG_7830, originally uploaded by torri_g.

Oh here it is the night before Thanksgiving and boy are things busy in the house with the baking and cleaning. So here is Sweetpea to share with everyone what she is thankful for.

Hello, I guess for this year I'll say that I am thankful for my family for being with me all my life. I am also thankful that I do not have school for two days, and have more time to stay at home and get some extra sleep. I'm thankful for being able to enjoy the holiday with the people I know and love, and be able to do some more cooking. I am thankful for all those things, plus the fact that I have a four day weekend to finish my projects that are due December. Okay, well thanks for reading (*gasp* an other thing I'm thankful for), and have a Happy Thanks Giving. Sweetpea

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Guest Blogger Binky Sue


IMG_7877, originally uploaded by torri_g.

Continuing with the "What I'm thankful for" and Binky Sue is tonights guest blogger.


Yo! Dis is Binky Sue in the hizhouse! Wat up dawg?

No, just kidding. So what am I thankful for? Hmm, good question. Actually there are tons of things I'm thankful for. But I'm sure you the readers want to stare at a bunch of words that never end so I will try to remember to keep this sweet and simple. Like PIE!

Well. I'm thankful for my family who are always there for me and there to make fun of me whenever I have a blond moment. I am also thankful for all of my buddies out there who are more than willing to drag me out out of my house and do something "fun."

Lets see. There is more. I'm grateful for having scholarships for me to be able to go to college to better educate me and make me a more well rounded being (before the holidays!) I'm grateful that my teachers are the cool ones that you actually learn something from than the ones that make you work, work, work and not understand a thing! I'm also grateful that I am able to see different spectrum's of where my future career will be at. I am also thankful to be in the Lions club where I can make a difference in the community.

Even more stuff. Wow. Don't worry I think this is the last of it! I'm also grateful that I have such an awesome job! Sure the pay is minimum wage and 1% tip of what the house makes. But I think this is a job where I am more than happy to work at. The people there are great and funny! I have wonderful bosses. One of them, she's sweet and awesome and loves peanut butter-applesauce cookies! The other manager likes to poke fun of me. Seriously, is there the words ,"TARGET" or "EASY PREY" on top of my forehead? And the final one....well he doesn't talk much, he does help me out when the place of my work does get busy. Hey! At least he is not the type who likes to yell and scream.

Okay I call it quits. your brains have probably has had enough! Thanks for reading.

BYE! BYE! Binky Sue OUT!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Guest Poster Little Bug


IMG_7686, originally uploaded by torri_g.

Going with guest posters this week and a set topic...What I'm thankful for. So I'm going to hand the keyboard over to Little Bug and let her share with you.

Hiya's Little Bug is here today. This year I am thankful for many things.

1.Family that cares and loves me even with all my dizty clumsy like moments.

2.Friends, because what are we with out over protective caring friends at school every day.

3.CHOCOLATE & BUTTERMILK PIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Whats life like with out these things.O.O (I want some now)

These are just some of the things I am thankful for. Thanks for your time. Babye.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Horses?? (A Wordless Week)


IMG_7824, originally uploaded by torri_g.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Taxi!! (A wordless week)


IMG_7827, originally uploaded by torri_g.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sibling Sunday


Fall Festival of Color 2009-1, originally uploaded by torri_g.

I'm just not keeping up here as well as I would like to the last couple of weeks. I'm going to try this week though and I have a good amount of new photo's to share even. I've been trying to get myself and my camera out for short bursts of time to relax and the never ending attempt to get my mind to settle some.

Anyway this is sibling day not about me time. The Fall Festival of Color was this weekend and I have to say that the girls and I were a little bit more than disappointed. We do understand that the wind played a huge roll with this weekend and why they couldn't do a lot of the things, but this morning was perfect and to only have two balloons show up for the early morning ascension was just sad.
Sweetpea and Little Bug went out with me for the Saturday night glow, which wasn't to bad...it was just cut short due to the winds. We wandered around the park and listened to some pretty good music, and bought some to expensive treats, but it was for a good fund raiser so that is good. Yes Little Bug is still on those crutches! No I didn't make her go and walk all over creation with those, she wanted to go! Tuesday we finally have an appointment for her to be seen now that everything Tricare has been straightened out. I'm guessing x-rays are something that is needed, and that she is going to have even more time on the crutches since she still can't put any weight of any kind on it.

Sweetpea had a good week and says it is really feeling like her senior year now. Of course what could help make it feel real finally? The order for the cap, gown, and announcements was turned in Friday. Hold on let me get my best happy going on here....woohoo. Nope not working, oh well maybe later. I am excited for Sweetpea and this being her year, it is the cost of everything that leaves me less than thrilled. We went with a smaller package this year and are not far below what was spent last year. Oh yeah and they increased the sales tax which was just wonderful! It is done though and that is all that matters till April/May time period. Sweetpea's Friday was made even better because of progress reports coming out and her having very solid good grades this time.

Binky Sue is feeling the stress of juggling school, work, home work, life. She completed her middle school observation and is trying to get her high school and elementary school time jump started, to bad no one seems capable of calling her back. So the plan for this week is go directly to the schools. Yes, she is planning a sneak attack called just show up in the office and see what she can get done. She has started making sure to take time on what seems to be her one free day of Sunday to enjoy things. Be it spending time with family in the wee hours of the morning for the balloons that don't show up, or spending the afternoon hanging out with a friend at the mall or just at their house. The art of taking time to decompress is what she is quickly learning. Oh and last weekend she for the first time complained about why do the weekends go by so fast!

Alright that is all that I can think of to write about for the girls this weekend. I hope that everyone is doing well and has enjoyed a great weekend spent with those you love the most. I'm going to try to at least post new pictures every day this week. Hey any entry without words would probably be great after this long rambling thing.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Feline, Furball, and Feathers Friday


Waiting for the phone to ring, originally uploaded by torri_g.

The most pitiful look of the week goes to Angel! I'm not sure who she is waiting on to call her, but at least her and the blue tooth device are ready.

So it is time again for all of the animal friends to come out and play. If you want to play along just post your own and leave a link in comments by next Friday.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Just a thought


IMG00160, originally uploaded by torri_g.

I would love to have just one clear thought this week. Heck I would love to be able to type one word without having to hit the back space key! I know it is only Tuesday and there is still so much left to this week, but I've already had enough! Dealing with Triwest has left me this way, and the joy of all of it is I still need to get an appointment made for Little Bug this week, and still can't get anyone to deal with me. JOY!! This morning was a couple hours of my life either on the phone or in the local office that left me with the feeling of I'm just not speaking the same language or the right one. Of course I'm not sure what would be the right one. I do keep hearing the following words though..."Well you do have coverage it just isn't the one that you paid for, but the good news is that we will retro-activate it to the first of November!" Oh and that is great, wonderful and any other number of things but...we paid for prime coverage and I expect prime coverage and the difference is that until that retro-activation happens we have standard coverage and that means deductibles to pay and that pesky extra 20%, and then pray that you will reimburse for it after the retro takes place. Hmm...and we bothered making sure that we took care of all of this before why???? Little Bug is still in pain and can't put any weight on her ankle and I still can't get anyone to set an appointment with her till this is all fixed! Great!!

Yep I'm a bit on the pissed off side of life here this week. I'm actually having thoughts of bad things that can be done with a set of crutches...to bad Little Bug needs those to be able to get around with! My next thought is that come Thursday morning I'm taking Little Bug to the MTF and just walking in to see the Dr. that she saw last week. It is Dr. R who Little Bug has seen for the last 5 years, and I'm sure hearing the tale she would be more than willing to share a few choice words with some people about all of this.

Alright, I'm done venting for now. I hope that everyone is having a good week so far.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Feline, Furball, and Feathers Friday


Mia, originally uploaded by torri_g.

I know this should have gone up last night, but I just didn't get around to it. Mia was finally willing to let me kind of take a picture of her. I had to be fast because she just doesn't seem to care for the camera pointing at her recently.

Short entry, but if you want to play along all you have to do is post your own and leave a link in comments. I hope that everyone has a great weekend.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Falling behind


IMG00140, originally uploaded by torri_g.

It is turning out to be one of those kinds of weeks here.(Yet again, like always) I'm finding that every time I think about trying to get out with my camera for a couple of hours that something comes up and but an end to that real quick. This week has been a sudden fluctuating schedule with Binky Sue, tons of other stuff, and oh yeah Little Bug. Little Bug is in a partial cast as of yesterday. No she didn't suffer yet another injury, it is because of the ankle injury from two weeks ago. She finally got off of the crutches last week and moved to using the air splint when she felt she needed it. Well, yesterday was her first day back in PE and after just a couple of steps of jogging she knew something was wrong. Her pain was horrible, and she lost the ability to put any weight of any kind on it. So off we went...well after a couple of phone calls to see if anyone could tell us where "it" was that we needed to go to. Luck was on my side and we got to see Dr. R who has been Little Bugs doctor for the last 5 years. Little Bug is now wearing a removable cast on the leg. It is molded to the shape of the foot and the back of her leg and kept on with ace bandage wraps. She is back on the crutches, and will have to be seen again next week. Without being able to see anything, due to the instant new bruising on the foot and swelling Dr. R believes that it is very possible that Little Bug has a very fine stress fracture, which of course will take a little longer to heal up right. Little Bug is not happy about any of this. She has the note for PE that says nothing until further notice now. She also has the coveted key for the elevator at the high school. Well, she doesn't want it but trust me there are other that would want it.
So busy week and already know that there is another busy week for next week. I still need to spend some time finding out just who we are supposed to take Chey to see, probably going to involve lots of phone calls and time being on hold. I'm kind of wondering if something got messed up with paperwork that we turned in with the first quarterly payment. Right now I know we have the coverage, but not the one that was paid for and we have no listed PCM in system, and we had to pick one before they would take the paper work.

Sorry, I'm rambling now. I'm going to go ahead and toss in with this that tomorrow is seven weeks for me. Oh wait let me throw on here that yes yesterday I cracked and opened that pack that has been sitting here since September and smoked a cigarette. But this time I am still counting all my time, because it was one and seven weeks ago it would have been the whole pack plus some. I'm learning and trying and every day it will just take time and I'm not giving up any time soon. However, I may give in every now and then.

Alright if I get a chance I'm hoping to get out with my camera and get some new pictures, and hopefully I will get a little bit more back on track here.