Thursday, December 31, 2009

Last Entry of 2009

I know that I have been down right horrible about posting on any kind of regular basis here lately. I've been horrible about picking up my camera on a regular basis which I'm sure is helping to keep me from posting. Anyway, it has been a year of so many things I'm not sure that I could sum it all up in just a quick posting, so I will pass on trying to. I do hope that everyone has a great start to 2010. Stay safe, enjoy and maybe I'll find the motivation to pick up my camera and start shooting again here soon.

Happy New Year! Bring on 2010!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas eve

Christmas eve, originally uploaded by torri_g.

We are at one hour and ten minutes till Christmas day, and I figured any picture and post was better than nothing at all. It has been a very busy week here with shopping, baking, and just a little of everything else that can be thought of, but finally there is slow down time. I suppose if I wasn't so tired I could maybe come up with more than I've had a wonderful day, but I am very tired. I do have just enough energy to say this though...I love Todd and our girls so very much and they have made today just one of those perfect busy days, and I can't wait for tomorrow morning and the terrific Christmas that I know is waiting to be had.

So with that said...Merry Christmas Everyone! I hope that the day is filled with lots of laughter, and time spent with those that you love. See you again after Christmas!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Snow before Christmas!

Snow, originally uploaded by torri_g.

We have snow here in Arizona! Well not for to much longer though. The storm clouds that brought the snow have cleared off and the sun is shinning very brightly so it is melting and just about gone. However, I did make sure that I woke the girls up so that they could see the snow on the ground and see it for a few minutes while it was still falling. Two of the three said that was nice and went right back to bed, and my Sweetpea stood there watching if for a little bit because she loves snow at Christmas time.

I hope that everyone is having a great week and is ready for the holiday.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Feline, Furball and Feathers Friday

Mia, originally uploaded by torri_g.

Mia's Christmas wish? Please let them all be for me and please let them all have yummy things for me to eat! Oh and Santa you should probably make sure that I'm up to let you in because little Mia doesn't care for anyone just thinking they can walk in the house.

Everyone have a great weekend!

Monday, December 14, 2009


Self, originally uploaded by torri_g.

I'm sitting here tonight and thinking about the day and figured that a self portrait would be most fitting for this entry. There aren't to many of those on my computer but I had shot one on my cell phone earlier in the day for some reason. Oh wait it was when I was trying to not think about other stuff which I will share here tonight.

Back in October 2008 I found a couple of lumps while doing my monthly self examine. Mammogram and then a second...oh and then a third one just because they couldn't seem to figure out just how to get all the angles done the first two times...and then the words I wanted to hear. Test results "Negative". Leap forward to April and suddenly there is another issue and I wasted no time getting in to see the doctor. After several months of frustration finally the referral arrived and in June I was able to be seen by the breast specialist. An exam, an ultrasound and finally the diagnosis and the words I had wanted to hear that all was well and just need to keep an eye on things.
Well today was the next appointment, and man in the last 6 months things have been added to the list of issues and there was a very short time of worry today while waiting for test results...but once again the words "Test results Negative" were the best words I would ever want to hear. Things have changed yet again and my doctor isn't sure just how soon she wants to see me again because of the rapid changes that are going on, but for today and right now my mind is at peace that I got to hear the wonderful word "Negative".

I may hurt like heck tonight because of all of the testing and exam and I'll be the first to say that a mammogram hurts like hell, but I will be in for my next one whether it is 6 months from today or one year from today, and I will go in to see the doctor as told to also. Tonight I would like for that to be at least 6 months from now, but I won't know exactly when she wants me back till next week sometime. She wants to be able to look at everything that was done today and compare to 6 months ago and one year ago and make up her mind based on that.

So I may have dreaded going today but I did I'm going to put on a million layers and hide before someone else wants to do another test that leaves me in pain. For a Monday this one wasn't to bad and I hope that everyone else got to hear words that meant a lot to them. Have a good week!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Simple Saturday

Sunrise, originally uploaded by torri_g.

I've been so busy the last couple of weeks that it didn't hit me till this morning that I hadn't picked up my camera since Thanksgiving day! The cell phone camera has been with me at all points in time and has been the only one that has gotten very sad really. I did get a good work out with the canon camera today taking pictures at a birthday party for a friend and I'm looking forward to sitting down tomorrow and checking out the photo's.
Tonight's picture was taken at sunrise Monday morning and I kept thinking about posting it but since you can look at the blog and see that I never did get around to it. I'm debating if I'm going to get around to doing the yearly countdown to Christmas on the blog. Heck I'm debating if I'm ever going to get any baking done early this year or be spending lots of time the day before baking as much as I can stand. Good news is that all things are starting to slow down around here as we get closer to the holiday and I am really looking forward to the slow down.

Alright, I think that is enough of a ramble from me for one post. I hope that everyone has had wonderful Saturday and that there is a very relaxing Sunday in store for all of us.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Feline, Furball, and Feather's Friday

Gypsy Rose, originally uploaded by torri_g.

I've been so busy this week I almost forgot about Feline Friday! Thank goodness I always have a ton of pictures in archive to pull from, because I think if I tried to take a photo of any of the animals today they would be nothing but huge blurs. This picture though was shot with my cell phone so not the best as far as quality but I love it because it show a happy Binky Sue with her girl Gypsy Rose.

I'm a little rushed here so just going to keep this short...if you want to join in and play along just post your own and leave a link in comments. Enjoy a wonderful weekend and hopefully I will get some time to post more this coming week.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Feline, Furball, and Feather's Friday

IMG00292, originally uploaded by torri_g.

Before anyone should we didn't get another dog. This little guy is Midnight. Midnight has an owner that doesn't seem to care if he is out running on the streets or not. The neighborhood children do care though and seem to think that every time they find Midnight out running the streets, that they need to bring him here to my house. Midnight actually had to come in the house this week for a short time because of the weather and me having to wait for his owner to get home. Guess what though, Midnight was right back out running the streets the very next day. I'm going to say once again here...if people don't want to take care of their animals then why do they get them?? I'm sure yet again this afternoon the kids of the neighborhood will bring Midnight back here and I'm pretty sure they are hoping that I will just keep him for good at this point in time. I can't though and I'm hoping that enough times of having to deal with me that his owner will get a clue in their head. I'm not going to hold my breath for that one though.

Alright so it is Friday again and that means time for all of the great felines, furballs, and feathers to come out and show off. If you want to play along all you have to do is post your own and leave a link in comments by next Friday. Have a great Friday!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Village (wordless)

IMG_8244, originally uploaded by torri_g.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


image, originally uploaded by torri_g.

Well here is it Tuesday already and it just hit me that I haven't posted anything since Saturday. So not the best picture but it is at least a quick can post photo or the mountains and the weather we had here yesterday. Pretty busy week going on here but will at least try to post new photos even if it is a return to wordless posting. Oh and yes the picture was taken with the camera phone and I still have no idea why it changes size settings seemingly on its own.

I hope that everyone is having a good week so far.