Monday, April 30, 2007
Saturday was Grandma Harris' memorial service. The service was sad but intimate, and the DVD of pictures that I finished up with Jeramy's help on Friday night was a big hit. In fact, there are now some pictures to add, so I'll be revising it some before I send Jeramy off to Arkansas for the burial. Oh, and on the topic of Arkansas, please note that the state postal abbreviation is AR and not AK. I made that mistake with the obituary, and if anybody shows up in Lamar, Alaska for the burial I guess that I'm responsible. However, I just looked on mapquest, and there appears to be no such place so I should be safe.
While funerals are never fun, we did get to see a lot of family that we had not seen in a while. And Brittany's daughter, our niece Julia was the big hit. And as these pictures show it is easy to see why!
Sunday was spent working on the kitchen, and we were feeling pretty accomplished by the end of the day. Apparently there had been a leak many years ago (long before we owned the house) under the washer, and so the MDF board underneath had absorbed all the water. As a result it was warped and not holding together well. So Jeramy had to replace a big chunk with new plywood. Then we worked on sanding and painting cabinets. We managed to finish most of the top cabinets and the ones by the washer and dryer. We're hoping to get all of the cabinets finished before heading off to Westport for halibut fishing on Wednesday night.
Here are a few pictures of our latest progress. And note that we did not draw that man on the ground. Apparently, somebody had a little fun before laying new flooring and we found this when we pulled up the wood parquet tiles. It certainly gave us a laugh!
Thursday, April 26, 2007
I've taken a couple of days away from the kitchen re-modeling to work on a DVD featuring Grandma Harris' life in pictures to play at the funeral on Saturday. It is coming a long nicely, and I thought I'd share a couple of my favorites with you here.
Whenever we lose a loved one, it reminds me just how precious life is. It is so easy to lose your perspective and forget how important it is to enjoy your family, friends and health while you have it.
This one just cracks me up...I think its circa 1982. Jeramy is in the foreground, and yes, he still makes that face when he cries.
At our wedding in 1998 (yes...it was that long ago)
Monday, April 23, 2007
Anyhow, despite the upheaval and a few unexpected trips to the hardware store, things seem to be progressing well. Here are a few pics so that you can see how things are going...
Jeramy installing the new dishwasher
A good way for venting frustration when re-modeling
What are these crazy humans doing anyhow???
Friday, April 20, 2007
To give you a glimpse of our canine health care trevails, I thought that I'd share with you the Cujo care kit, shown in the photo above. It includes...
1. Prescription shampoo for allergies
2. Baby wipes, which we use to clean out his paws and skin flaps so that he doesn't get yeast infections there
3. Acne cream
5. Atopic...that ridiculously expensive dog allergy medication
6. Prescription ear medication and Q-tips
7. Doggie toothpaste
8. Flashlight. I hold this so Jeramy can see when he cleans out his ears.
9. Cheese. We wrap pills in this in order to con Cujo into taking pills. After he catches on to that, we'll move to wet dog food as he'll eat ever last drop no matter what disgusting powders we mix in.
So $400 later we got home from the vet and I gave Cujo his expensive pills. 30 minute later he went out to the backyard and vomited. Great. Let's hope he can start keeping these pills down or otherwise we're back to square one.
It is a very good thing that this dog is cute!
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Anyhow, to kick things off, I'm going to share with you the exciting events in store for our household over the next few months:
1. Allergies for Cujo: We are blessed with a canine with severe allergies to pretty much the entire outdoors. This includes trees, weeds, grass, fleas, and even cats. So around this time of year the itching begins, and it probably won't end until October. This picture shows Cujo in happier times, allergy wise.
3. Halibut Fishing: Jeramy and I are going with his mom and Mark Halibut fishing out of Westport in early May. We had such a good time in Alaska last summer that we put a deposit down on a trip for for the 4 of us as a Christmas present.
4. The Ultimate Road Trip: Old Faithful here we come. We are taking truck, camper, motorcycle, and Cujo and heading to Yellowstone for a week in late June along with Jeramy's dad, Vickie, and Uncle Dave.
5. Fixing up our yard: Since Jeramy and I were both in school the last couple of summers, our yard has become a bit of a wasteland. I came to this frightening realization a few weeks ago when searching for my house on GoogleEarth with co-workers. Yes, it was in the company of admired colleagues that I discovered that, from a satellite's point of view, we have the most redneck looking home within a several block radius. Then I went home and realized that it does not look much better standing on the ground either. I've already started with some weeding, new plants, fertilizer and weed killer. But there is so much more to do. And as many of you know, I'm severely lacking in the green thumb department, and Jeramy's outdoor allergies are rather similar to Cujo's if you replace the itching with a stuffy nose and watery eyes. So this will be a challenge.
Anyhow that's all for now. But be sure to check back for more fun-filled and nail-biting updates soon.