Thursday, October 29, 2009

I May Be a Little Crazy!

First - Isn't that a pretty picture???
Second - I just went a little crazy.

For the past several weeks - maybe months we have been getting calls from the NRA. Now, first let me say for all of you hunters out there. I do believe in our second amendment rights and know that this is a hot button issue with many. HOWEVER, I am sick of phone calls from them. Most of the time, thanks to caller ID, when they call, I just let it ring. Lately though, I have been irritated enough so I have been answering - nobody is ever there - UNTIL TODAY. Here is how the conversation went.

MAN: "Hello, Is mister Evhislingkunslsh there?"

ME: "Excuse me."

MAN: "Is Mister Enfmkosinlfdjka;ushjsh there?"
Now our name may be a little long - but not that difficult.

Me: "No, he isn't - This is his wife."

Man: "Do you know where he is?"

Me: (First Like it's any of his business, second like I am going to tell him. Well, ok I did) "He isn't here."

Man: "When will he be home?"

Me: "Can I help you with something?"

Man: "No, I need to speak to him."

Me: "What is this in regard to?"

Man: "HIS Second Amendment rights."

Me: "I can tell you we are very aware of our second amendment rights and do not need to talk to anyone about them."

Man: "I will call back when "the head of the household" is home - when will that be?"

Me: "That is not necessary and I am tired of phone calls from the NRA."

Man: "I will call back."

Me: "If there is something you need you can talk to me or don't bother calling back." By this time I guess I was just a little more irritated and messing with him.

Man: "I cannot talk to you - YOU WOULD NOT UNDERSTAND - I need to talk to your husband regarding HIS second amendment rights and being able to bear arms."
(DID HE JUST SAY THAT? I WOULD NOT UNDERSTAND? Well for anyone who knows me, you will know that was definitely Not the thing to say to me. - I was just ticked enough to mess with this butt head.)

Me: So I say - "How do you know I won't understand? Don't you think women have guns? Isn't it my Second Amendment Rights too? Why do you think this is just something men will understand. Do you really think you are doing your cause any good by talking to me and other women this way? Why do you think you are superior to women?........." (After about 5 minutes - I did stop talking and asking him questions and he was still on the phone.)

Man: "Women just don't usually understand this stuff so we need to talk to the man of the house."

Me: "You have got to be kidding. You aren't married are you?"

Man: "Well, actually I am."

Me: "I bet she doesn't own a gun does she?"

Man: "I don't understand."

Me: "Think about it."

Man: "I willl call back later and talk to your husband."

Me: Hang up

So, tell me, do you really think everyone that works for the NRA is this stupid? Do you think he will call back? Part of me wishes he does. Maybe I will mess with him again.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sweet Little Boy

Yesterday I was out on inspections and had to make a bit of a detour to pick up some carpet for the float that will be in the parade on Sunday. I stopped at my aunt and uncle's house for a short visit and got a bonus. My cousin and his wife were there with their new baby boy. He is absolutely adodorable. I had so much fun taking some quick photos of him. These are SOOC but I had to post just a couple. He just kept smiling. What a good baby.

He is a thumb sucker - I love it! Even sucking his thumb he was still smiling. I can't wait to do some fun photoshopping on these.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Where have you been all my life?

As many of you may remember - I get cravings - for ice cream. (It comes from marriage to my husband.) It's in their genes and I am not sure how it passed over to me, but it's there. If you will also remember by my previous ice cream fiasco, I had a bit of a problem that day indulging in the sweet delight.

Well today as I was making supper, the Schwan's man came. As usual, I had no idea what I needed or wanted, so he handed me the catalogue to look through. As I am flipping the pages, he tells me, "Ice cream is on sale - two for $9". So I begin checking the flavors. And there it is..... Dulce De Leche. I have never had this ice cream before, but if any of you read the comments I received on my ice cream post, Lynn told me that this was the best. And, of course, since she also has Emmerich blood in her, I assume she is an expert. So, I say "Let's try the Dulce De Leche and the Autumn Treat".

He goes to his truck and returns with these wonderful treats along with an array of other goodies I purchased. I pay him and take the bag to put in the freezer. But...... I couldn't help but remember Lynn's comment about "how good that ice cream is". Ok, I'll try just a little. Now for those of you who never have the Schwan's man come to your house, you may not be aware that their truck is kept at a chilly -700 degrees. I open the container, waiting to taste this creamy delight and try to put my spoon into the container. It is like scooping into a BRICK! But of course, I won't give up - I can't. I try again, no luck. Well, let's get out the fancy Pampered Chef ice cream scoop with the antifreeze inside. Maybe that will work - Again, no luck. I think it actully curled up and ran when it saw the newly arrived Schwan's container. However, for anyone who knows me, I am persistent (ok, stubborn) I wanted to taste that ice cream. After 10 minutes of trying, I did manage to get a small chunk out of the corner. Not sure if I finally got lucky or if it melted enough to get it out.

Well moral of the story - I am not sure if I am angry that Lynn introduced me to yet another high calorie sinful delight or if I should thank her for the introduction. (I'll let you know when I finish the container.)

BTW - I also tried the Autumn Treat - Yummy!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Aubree School Pics

Aubree finally brought home her school pictures. It seemed like it took forever. They are always so cute. She had to wear her new outfit that Nana bought her when we were shopping. You can't see them but she also has black "fashion" boots on. When she got to school all the little girls came up to her and said "I like your outfit Aubree". And she just "hated" all that attention. Ha ha. She says it is her Hannah Montanna outfit.

Here is a close up - Don't you love that smile???

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Halloween Decorating and Brock's B-day

Today is Brock's Birthday - Happy Birthday!!! Last night we went to their house for dinner - mmmmmm - lasagna. Anyway, I took a few photos and wanted to share them. Here is Brock with his girlfriend Miranda.

My sister loves to decorate for Halloween and although she said she didn't have much "up", I had to take a few pictures. Her house is decorated so cool for the holiday. This first one is a pic of her living room. She has these "creepy curtains" on all the windows and openings into the room. See the witch in the corner. Below it there is a bowl with a hand in it as well as lots of other small gooley items.

Closeup of the witch.....

A trunk of bones and skulls......

Another shot so you can see the bones a little better......

An here is the creature that greets you as you enter the living room. I know they are all named, but I can't remember its name. Anyway, awesome Halloween decorating, great food and such a nice time.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Winter Splendor

I should be working...... but I had to go out and take a couple of pictures this morning and capture the beauty of the day. (New outlook on winter?) Not really, I can still come in and have coffee by the fire - which I did. This afternoon - a little painting. Trying to get a few projects done around the house. It is "nesting" season.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Winter and Morgan's B-day

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow - NOT! Well as some of you know we got snow. I hate snow. I did inspections today and I was cold and wet - Yuch. There are still leaves on the trees for pete's sake. However, I have to admit, it was beautiful outside and kids love it. Pickles is no exception. They came over tonite for Morgan's birthday and we had to take a few pictures in the snow. Of course, a snow angel.

Pretty impressive.............
And then there were a few snowballs flying. See the snow on Papa's back. Pickles has a pretty good arm.
And here is a picture from our dinner at Red Lobster on Saturday. Happy Birthday Morgan. We are so glad you are a part of our family.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

I shot a buck!

OK - With a camera. On Friday nite, my husband and I were leaving to go on an inspection of a new home. As we walked to the door of the garage, he noticed a deer just inside the edge of the woods by our house. Of course Annie was with us, but she never noticed (good watch dog). We stood there for a second and I said I wanted to see if I could get a good picture so I went around the side of the garage as he stood there. After a few minutes he came looking for me. I was able to go around the garage and sneak up on him. Every time he looked away or put his head down I would take another step or two. I didn't have my zoom lense on so I wanted to get as close as possible. I got about 25 feet away from him. For some reason, he either didn't notice me or he didn't care. I got my hair colored that morning and the wind was going in his direction so he should have been able to smell me. Go figure?

He must be living in the area because we have seen him from time to time during the summer. Last Sunday he was at our daughter's house. She called while we were tearing down after the quilt show at church and said it was standing outside the patio door and Aubree had opened the door and was waving at him. He just stood there.

I really don't understand why guys have such a difficult time hunting these????? OK - I know, I am just talking smart. Try to get that close when hunting - Not. Anyway, he is a nice buck - not as big or old as John's but I am sure if Lorin sees him again, he won't be around long.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Vail Wedding - Photos

For the past several months I have had people asking me where the pictures of the Vail Wedding are. It seemed like everytime I thought about posting them, there was a reason to wait. Well, I am waiting no more. Here are just a couple of my favorites that I took that day. I think this first one is one of my all time favorite photos. The bride was being walked "down the aisle" by her son.

Here is a similar shot of the wedding party. Aren't the mountains in the background beautiful.

The wedding ceremony took place on the top of a mountain in Vail. This is actually known as the Wedding Deck at Eagle's Nest. You take the gondola to the top of the mountain and then walk (or take a golf cart) to the edge of the site of the wedding deck. The first time we went there, the day before, I walked there and it took my breath away. It was an abosuletly spectacular view. What a beautiful place for a wedding.

Here you can see the mountains in the background. I really like this shot. I also did a few variations of it. The red dresses were so striking against the mountain backdrop.

A shot of them leaving the area.

Here is a photo of them arriving at the reception. Angie was a beautiful bride and it was a stunning wedding. I am sure it is one not only the bride and groom will remember, but also their wedding party and guests. I took hundreds of photos that day and maybe I will post a few more another day.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

We Got a Clydesdale!

For anyone who knows me, they know that as soon as fall is here, my fireplace is going. And, it is going all winter long. I love the feel of a wood fire in the fireplace, especially since I hate winter. My only solice is the fact that I can sit in front of the fireplace with my cup of coffee. That's the only thing that gets me through winter here. In our past homes, we had "efficient" fireplaces that produced heat. Since we have moved into this house, I still had the fireplace going all the time, but we didn't get a great deal of heat from it. We have been looking for a fireplace insert since we moved in here that would fill the hole. Our fireplace is huge and every insert we looked at had a tiny little glass door that would have looked silly in such a large opening/fireplace. This summer, Lorin said, "No matter what - we are getting an insert - NO MATTER WHAT!" I had to pick something. A few weeks ago we went fireplace shopping. Many were UGLY, many had little glass doors, many were inefficient. None were what I was looking for. We had our mason stop here three times trying to see if we could take our existing fireplace apart enough (it is a real stone fireplace) and add the unit we had in our last house. After much contemplation, he said we "might" be able to but no guarantees. When he starts to take it apart, it may come crashing down. So - I had to find an insert. Well this is what we came up with - and I am happy. I have only had it for 15 minutes - but I am happy.

I took a few pictures of the day. The first one is the empty fireplace. Lorin had it prepped so when the installers got here it was ready to go.

Here the installer is on the roof. I'm glad I didn't have to go up there. Anyone who knows our house, knows the roof is super steep. I think it is a 24/12 pitch. "A-frame".

Here they are installing the unit. Good thing my brother stopped to say Hi. He got out of his vehicle and I said "I am so glad to see you. You are just in time." That unit weighs 550 lbs. and I am so glad I didn't have to help lift it.

Here is the unit installed - It's called The Clydesdale because of its size, etc. It has a huge glass door, a 12 hour burn time and is supposed to heat up to 3,000 sf. Anyone want to come for coffee?

Phase 2 starts soon. New mortar, new hearth, new mantel..... Oh the living room remodeling has only just begun.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Prayers for Cindy

A few years ago my aunt, who is only a few years older than me, found out she has cancer. After battling for the past few years with several surgeries, chemo, etc. we were given good news that they were very optimistic and no cancer was detected. Last week we received news that it is back and she will again have to go through many treatments, etc. So, if you can spare a minute, please say a prayer for Cindy. We love her dearly and want her to know how important she is to all of us. God Bless her and everyone who is stuggling with this awful disease.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Trash The Dress

I have wanted to find a bride that would be willing and excited about doing "Trash The Dress". When I mentioned it to Casey, she was all excited. So the week of the wedding, we had some fun one rainy night. Casey came with several from her wedding party including her two flower girls and her two miniature brides to have a little fun. We decided a great way to trash the dress would be to jump in the pond. Here are a few shots from the night. Marie (her photographer) was here and took a few shots from the shore and I went out on the pond in the paddle boat.

It was a lot of fun and I think we had about 25 people here watching and participating in the fun. Our "theme" for decorating the wedding included a number of antiques. The wedding was at the Simek Center and we decorated the entry with old wedding dresses from her mom, Andy's mom, and two of Casey's grandmothers. We included the dress she trashed in an old antique washer with a number of pictures from the night. Lots of fun and it worked out great to add to the entry decorations.

Saturday, October 3, 2009


This week while at school Aubree had a bit of a mishap. She was out on the playground and a little boy from her class tripped her. It was such a surprise that she fell right on her face. She took most of it in the nose and forehead. Heather got a call from the school nurse to let her know. She told her what happened, and that although she was pretty upset, she didn't think she needed to go to the clinic. The nurse calmed her down and took care of the injuries. She told Heather she should just watch her for any unusual behaviou. It's healing now, but it still looks pretty nasty.
When papa saw it, he was upset. He told Aubree he was going to go talk to that little boy. Aubree liked that idea and said she would come with and papa could "hold him down for her". We had to explain to her that it was only an accident and that's not the way we handle something like that. I think she is friends with that little boy again though. She was talking about him at dinner last night and we asked, "Isn't that the little boy that tripped you?" She said "Yes, ( like what's the big deal.) I'm glad she doesn't hold a grudge. She has a lot of teenage years coming up to deal with all those "boy issues".

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Photo Sneak Peek

On Saturday, we had a wedding for our nephew Andy. His best man, one of his groomsmen and their parents are very good friends of ours. Since they looked so good for the special day, we decided to take a few family photos of them. Here are just a couple of my favorites. The first one is in our courtyard.

This next photo is of Ken and the boys.
And this last one is of Ken and Sue. I love taking photos of friends and family. Capturing their energy and personality is such a treat. They are such special friends to us and I had so much fun taking their pictures.