Wednesday, April 28, 2010

RUN - Squirrel!

Yesterday, after school, there was a baby squirrel in the driveway.  Mary and I thought we might be able to get a good picture so I ran inside and got the camera.  We couldn't get very close only about 8 feet away.  Then.... Charlie Cat came home.  He went straight for that baby squirrel.  The squirrel ran and so did Charlie Cat.  The baby squirrel was terrified.  

Mary and I tried to catch Charlie Cat in order to save the baby.  It was like separating a fight in my social skills class.  Charlie just would not give up.  The squirrel hid and then ran.... up my leg.  He stopped to look at me when he was near my ankle.  I took a moment to snap a picture.  He was frozen with fear.  I thought he would stop and run the other direction... off my leg.  However,  he ran straight up my leg.  At this point, I was no longer taking pictures but laughing hysterically while shaking my leg.  I was trying to get him to fall.  He made it all the way to my pockets before I finally shook him loose.  I think my neighbors heard me squealing.   

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Monday, April 26, 2010

Mary absolutely loves her farm quilt!

Mary's farm quilt is finally done.  Mary loves it.  The label on the back says made with love for Mary from Momma.  Mary did another vocabulary 4-square with the word quilt.  I think she did pretty well.  We are trying to choose fabrics fore our next quilting project.  ; )

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Geno in a hot dog suit!

The picture of Geno in the hot dog suit says it all.  I did chuckle when Bonnie put Geno in a hot dog suit - poor little thing.  Mary and I have spent the last couple of days at Bonnie's.  We've had the best time.  Geno has eaten dryer sheets and underwear during our visit.  I keep telling the little dog that he will get sick and could die but he doesn't listen!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Pastel Artwork by Miss Mary

Mary created this piece of artwork at school today.  I love the way she blended the colors in order to achieve subtle changes in color.  She did a wonderful job! 

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Friday, April 16, 2010

A mouse in the house!

We cleaned the porch the other day.  Much to our surprise we found a pile of eaten sunflower seed shells and a mouse nest in Mary's Barbie Girl Roller Skates.  It's amazing the amount of damage a little mouse can do.  The skate was eaten through.  A mouse in the house - a little mouse doesn't eat much but now Mary doesn't have roller skates.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Skunks, Spring Bike Rides and Lawn Help!

We awoke to the smell of skunk in the yard, car and house.  The smell was gone by the time we got home from school..... Thank Goodness!  When I got to school, I told one of my co-workers we got skunked this morning.... she asked me what I did.  I told her - we left!  What else could I do at 7am in the morning?

Mary and I went for a walk this afternoon before dinner (and yes - we had egg salad!  yuk!).  Nadia came with us.  We had a beautiful bike ride to Pebbleshire.  The trees are wonderful and the air was crisp and cool.  It was a perfect excursion for a beautiful April evening.  When Mary and I finally do move - we will miss this place.

Lawn help - I almost forgot.  My young neighbor stopped by and asked if he could mow my lawn this summer.  I said absolutely!  I asked him how much - because I've never paid anyone to mow a lawn (that's what Husbands are for).  The price is $20.  I said - you've got a deal.  I told him that I don't want the lawn mowed often - about once a month!  I live in the middle of no where.  He said fine and he's going to rake my leaves sometime this week.  21 oak trees worth of leaves for 20 bucks.  I think I'll pay him 21 bucks.  That sounds so cheap - $1 a tree!  Oak trees have tons of leaves.  I'll post more later about the yard clean up.

Picnic on the lawn!

Mary wanted a picnic for dinner.  We are still trying to finish our Easter eggs so I made egg salad.  I wanted to eat our dinner at our yellow table but Mary informed me that you eat picnics on blankets.  

Mary was wearing her "Mood" necklace from the National Zoo.  According to the necklace, Mary was in a very calm mood.

Our picnic was two nights ago.... we are having egg salad again tonight hopefully for the last time.  If Mary wants a picnic again - I am going to beg for the yellow table.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Mary's Dress for the wedding!

Mary and Allison (Dean's sister) try on their dresses for the wedding. 

Dresses for Bonnie's Wedding & shower

I shopped early this morning - 5:30 for dresses that I need for Bonnie's Wedding.  It was a fabulous deal.  The solid blue is for the wedding.  The sundress is for the shower.  Now- I need shoes and Mary needs shoes and a dress for the shower.  What do you think? 

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Perfect Saturday @ the National Zoo

 Mary, Charly, Roy and I had a Springtime Saturday adventure.  We drove to the nation's capital to go to the zoo.  I thought that the drive was going to be long and difficult but it was actually a very beautiful pleasant drive.  The red buds were in bloom along with the forsythia.  The kids were great.  We stopped half way at a Denny's for breakfast.  Mary brought along Sir Chum Chums her toy hamster.  The girls enjoyed showing him around the zoo.  It was fun introducing him to a variety of wildlife.  We only had a few mishaps in DC traffic but arrived at the zoo calm and ready for fun.

We saw the PANDA.  It was actually out!  I have been going to this zoo since the 80s and the Panda is never out.  Roy took an amazing photo of Mei Xixang - the male panda.  The bird exhibit was my favorite.  We stayed until around 3pm and then headed home.  The traffic leaving DC was a little hairy but we managed ok.  Once again, the drive through the mountains back to West Virginia was beautiful.

I saw an Elk Farm for sale - Cheap.  I have to look into that.  ; )  You never know.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Mary is Student of the Month at KPMS

Mary has been working hard all year at school!  This month her hard work paid off and she was nominated for 2nd grade - Student of the Month!  She is so excited and very proud!  And she should be - Good Job, Miss Mary!

Charlie Cat in the Spring

Charlie had a huge adjustment to make with his move from Hollidaysburg town cat to West Virginia country kitty.  In Hollidaysburg, he caught on average about 2 birds a day plus numerous other small mammals such as baby rabbits, chipmonks, shrews, mice and moles.  We had a pet door and he would often bring the animals alive into the house for the final kill.  It drove Anna and I completely nuts.  On two different occasions we came home to a bird flying around the kitchen.  The first time, we were unable to catch the small brown bird so we had to leave the house until Charlie made the final kill.  We came home to a pile of feathers.  The second time, we didn't notice that a bird was in the house for a few days.  It had been nesting (pooping) in Anna's converse high tops.  It was a startling.  Which is a horrible, yucky bird which often eats other baby birds.  Anna and I hate them.  They are large birds.  Charlie was in over his head so he gave up on catching the darn thing.  It was living on cat food and nesting in Anna's shoe.  Anna calls me at Ballet class and says:  "Mom - There's a bird in the house! "  in a hysterical voice.  I told her to quit yelling and catch the thing and finish cooking dinner.  (Anna would often cook dinner for the 3 of us while Mary was at Ballet.)  She had no success and was not happy when we got home.  I was kinda put out - told her to give me the butterfly net (our bird catching apparatus).  The silly bird scared me half to death.  It would charge at me.  I had no idea how to catch it.  Anna, Mary and I are hysterical with a combination of tears, laughter and fear.  Stupid bird!  Finally, I came up with a plan - call Roy.  I knew that he was on his way home to Scotch Valley.  We let him catch the bird.  It wasn't easy for him either but he didn't scream like we did.  We hung a blanket over the door way so that the bird had to stay in one room and he somehow caught it.  I don't remember how - I was too hysterical laughing.  Then the four of us, sat down to dinner.  Anna did a great job.  I miss her terribly now that she is in college.  ; (

Back to Charlie Cat in West  Virginia.  He hasn't caught a bird since our move the last weekend in July.  At first, country life scared the cajeebees out of  him.  He would stare at the deer in the yard and have a sheer look of terror.  As if to say - how in the heck am I going to catch one of those.  He is bolder now and actually tries to stalk them in the forbidden field.  I have a funny feeling that he will be catching something soon.  Since the weather has warmed up - he has lived outside.  In and out constantly - I have the funny feeling he is stalking a young family waiting for the perfect opportunity to catch their young and destroy their lives.

His favorite pass time is to stare into the corner trying to catch a bird at the bird feeder.  He has had no success.  Occasionally,  I have even seen a bird land on the feeder while he sits there.  I'm attaching a picture of Charlie's Bird Quest.  Notice Charlie Cat in the shadow in the corner.  He will sit like that forever!

The purple tulips are from Bonnie and Dean for Easter.  I love them!  I'm not sure where I'm going to plant them but I'll figure something out.  I also have a bucket of bulbs for Miss Bonnie.

Monday, April 5, 2010

C & O Canal Bike Trail in Cumberland

This past weekend Mary, Charly, Roy and I explored the C & O Canal Park.  Mary has a riddle for you..... What has 74 locks but no door?  The C & O Canal!  It's a wonderful bike trail.  Mary and I plan on using it a great deal this summer.  We need to build up our endurance.  We will keep you posted.  My favorite picture is of Mary looking out over the canal.   The visitor's center was amazing and very kid friendly.  They had barrels with hinged lids that Mary was fascinated with.  On the lid was a riddle about the canal - you opened the lid for the answer.  Very cool! 

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter egg hunt, play park and flowers - busy day!

Saturday was very hectic getting ready for Easter Sunday.  We arrived in Chambersburg in time for an Easter egg hunt with Andrew sponsored by a local church at a local park.  It was absolutely insane.  They hid of 1000 eggs and started the egg hunt about 10 minutes early.  By the time we got there the egg hunt was over.  The park look like it had been trampled by a herd of animals!  I'm actually very happy that we missed the stress and chaos of the egg hunt.  We stayed at the park for about an hour playing on the swings.  Lunch was provided by the church.  It was very good!  A fun time was had by all.  Mary, Bonnie, Kate and myself met Amanda, Mike and baby Andrew at the park.  Amanda is Dean's sister.  ; )

I bought flowers for Bonnie for Easter.  The bouquet was very pretty with lilies, carnations, daisies and mums.  Dean and Bonnie got me church flowers for Easter.  I haven't seen them yet but I'm sure they will be beautiful.  Bonnie and Dean bought flowers for all the mothers in the family.  Very Sweet!