Monday, November 16, 2015

The Ups and Downs in a Belated Quick Takes

Normally, this is called Quick Takes Friday, but the link is still open, so I'm doing it today. Lots of little things to tell you from the weekend...

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The sunrises lately have been stop-ya-in-your-tracks stunning around here. Have you been seeing them where you are?

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It's only taken about 4 months, but it seems our dogs have come to some sort of truce with the cat. She is hanging out around the house all the time now, and the dogs haven't chased her away.

She's sitting on the steps outside the mudroom door. The dogs are sleeping a mere 15 feet away. 

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I ran into one of the parents of one of the several 13 year old boys that spent the night on Friday. He said his son proclaimed that night to be one of the best in his life. From the sounds of it, the game they played outside in the dark (I don't know what it was, but it had the word presidents in it, and it meant a whole lot of running around with flashlights. I heard them and saw them from through the window.) was the best part.

Although the mishap in the morning might remain more memorable.

A raccoon was smack dab in the middle of our driveway.

Everyone, including Bryan and the kids, went outside to see why it was there. They didn't get far off the porch when someone started driving up the driveway. (A parent to pick up one of the boys)  Everyone went running towards the drive, yelling and waving for him to stop. The driver was so busy watching everyone, trying to figure out what they were doing that he never saw the raccoon. Thump-thump went the raccoon.


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At about 2:00am, I was semi-awoken in the middle of a dream by Bryan, who was moaning that he was hurt. I didn't think much of it, seeing as how I was still asleep and all, until this morning. I asked how he was feeling, referencing the sore throat he's been fighting. He said his throat was better, but his eye was still hurting. That dream I was in the middle of when Bryan woke me up? Someone had thrown a ball to me, and I reached out to catch it. Apparently, it wasn't just in my dream that I reached out. When I went to catch the ball, I nailed Bryan right in the eye.

I will no longer complain about his stealing of the comforter.

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I have a turkey cooling on the counter as I type. We have a lot of grocery stores around here, and they are always competing for business. Last week at Meijer, I could get a turkey for 42 cents a pound if I spent $20. I spend $20 within the first 2 minutes of being in the store, so I picked up a turkey. I'll be cutting it up and freezing it to make lots of dinners this winter. I'll probably grab another one today to cook on Wednesday. Bryan was surprise when I told him how cheap it was. He heard there was a turkey shortage and prices were going to be higher this year. How are the prices where you are?

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Bryan and I get invited to events (through work) all the time, and he has almost always turned them down. When the kids were younger, it was because the hassle of a babysitter was not worth it. More recently, it's because they require black tie (Bryan didn't own a tux.) or our weekends were full with activities with the kids. Things are changing, though, and we decided to start attending a few things. Saturday night, we went to a black tie fundraiser.

We had loads of fun.

His firm is celebrating 60 years, so the Christmas party is going fancy. We'll be repeating this look, except hopefully a bit more relaxed and less rushed, in three weeks.

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And while we were getting all gussied up, the little boys, thanks to Buttercup, were getting all fancy themselves.

I do believe he's trying to look like a tough football player.
Can you see that she didn't confine the paint to his face? That would be a football upright on his chest, and on his back it looks like a jersey, with "Luck 12" written on it.

That little bat on the bottom has Cuckoo's bellybutton as its face. On his back is a gigantic black bat.
Gotta say, I'm glad I wasn't there to have to wash it all off.

And lastly, can you even believe that we're all outside in the middle of November, without long sleeves, not freezing to death?


Have a lovely day!


  1. Replies
    1. 1 - We had a few lovely sunsets the week before last but last week was almost constant rain. I lost count of the number of times I got wet
      2- I'm glad the cat is staying around, she looks quite sweet. Does she have a name?
      3 - Poor raccoon - I hope it didn't suffer :(
      4 - Poor Bryan, I hope his eye has stopped hurting now. And sorry, but I laughed - at the story, not Bryan :)
      5 - Well done on getting the turkey at a good price. I haven't a clue how much they are here as I never buy them.
      6 - Glad you enjoyed the fund raiser - and you both look great.
      7 - Love Cuckoo's bats, especially the little one :)

    2. Congrats!

      1. We've had one terribly cold rain all day today. No sunset for us, either. Hope you get some sun very soon.
      2. The boys are calling the cat Mr. Tickles. I have no idea why.
      3. It looked to have been hurt before it was hit. We assume that's why it wasn't leaving the drive. I think the car just helped along the inevitable.
      4. It was a bit swollen the first day, but it's all better now. I laugh, too, when Bryan isn't around. :)
      5. I gotta find as many ways as possible to feed these bottomless pits of mine without breaking the bank. I try to keep my eye out for such good deals.
      6. Thanks!
      7. The little one was even more hilarious in person. The photo didn't do it justice.

  2. Yes, I've noticed both sunrises and sunsets from the back of our boat. Most beautiful.

    I'm happy the cat is finally not being chased off by the dogs.

    Poor raccoon. I was hoping for a better outcome.

    You hit your hubby in the eye. I'd love to hear the talk around his office. Yes I would.

    I had turkey the other night and it was soooooo good. I'm sure yours is too.

    Going out again is a good thing. I know you'll enjoy being with hubby somewhere without the kids. You both look fabulous.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

    1. Glad you are getting to see some beauty out there. Can't say I'm surprised, though. Nothing like a sunrise or set over the water.
      Me, too. It was exhausting being constantly worried about that cat.
      I know. Unfortunately, it looked to be hurt before the car got near it. We can't figure out any other explanation for why it was hanging out there.
      Ha! It was a wee bit swollen, but I don't think anyone asked about it.
      We had some turkey and noodles with some of it that first night. Delicious!
      It is nice to be able to just go whenever the opportunity arises. Thank you!

  3. Gorgeous sunrise! The sky is one of the best parts of midwestern scenery. I always complained about the flatness and endless farm fields when I was growing up in Illinois. These days I've been known to drive to the elementary school and park just so I can get a good view of the blue skys and clouds over the parking lot and playing fields.

    Glad to know I'm not the only one who has punched her husband while sleeping. This is the reason we cannot cosleep in our house...

    What a gorgeous gown!

    1. It certainly was! Now that I've lived here in the country, when I someday move back to civilization, I will miss these sunrises and sunsets the most. I don't blame you one bit for searching for the sunsets.

      Hahaha! Thank you for letting me know you've done it, too! :)

  4. good post… words and pitchas (for illustration)…. (you know you thought from time to time what a great children's book you could write… farm 'n kids and critters*
    …hold on, still running the visuals of the dream baseball! lol ("but, honey! I caught it, didn't I? and besides! we won the game!!!")

    *sure, you can even use the title!

    1. Ha! Thank you. People have told me to write a book. Maybe some day... I'll keep that title in mind.

      I am still laughing about the whole punching/catching the ball incident. Bryan...not so much. :)

  5. Stunning sunset indeed! Too bad the raccoon was stunned in a not-so-fortunate way. :( The gussied up couple is pretty stunning as well!! :D That's enough stunning for today. :P

    1. They have been fabulous! I felt quite bad for that raccoon.

      Is there such a thing as too much stunning. :)

  6. beautiful pics of you and the hubs! So glad you are beginning to get out on the town once in a while. :-)


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