Monday, October 14, 2013

Weekend Away

Haven't posted in a while, but mainly since not much has been going on. The wife and I spent the weekend away "recreating" out honeymoon trip to the Maine coast. The original trip lasted only 4 days from a planned 7, we got to Freeport and spent all our money at the outlet stores. This time we went there first, but didn't spend everything.

We took all the county routes, no highways, and stopped at anything that looked interesting. We hit an impromptu market in New Hampshire, a few random scenic stops, and a couple of country stores filled to the brim with everything someone could use when there are no major cities nearby.

We found it interesting that we did this many years ago with no gps or cell phones to tell us where we were, where to go, or how to get there. The trip back took us right across the top of Jay Peak, one of my favorite places to ski. It also took us by a place called "Screw Auger Falls", something that caught my wife's eye as we came upon it. We stopped and took several pics there of the granite carved away by centuries of running water.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Not what she had planned

Life throws a curve at you every now and then, and one was thrown in my daughter's life yesterday. After complaining of abdominal pain the past two days, a trip to the doctor's office yesterday resulted in an appendectomy. Shown here prior to the surgery, she wasn't quite so cheerful afterwards.

Fortunately, she had no complications and it wasn't ruptured, but this throws a real monkey wrench into her plans. Due to the circumstances involved, laproscopy wasn't an option, so she gets to sport a nice incision and scar for the rest of her life.

In the next week she had to finish a routine for her skating show, get ready for the start of track practice, and prepare for a major test at school. Not to mention having a full work schedule for this weekend. Guess things don't always go as planned.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Prom time?

Ahh, it's that time of year when young teenage girls beg their parents to spend far more than they should on a dress for the prom. Even though it's many months away, you can't plan too early on what to wear. Judging from the one my younger daughter has selected, styles have changed some...

Her date and current boyfriend is going to have to wear a white tux with a pink cumberbund. My thought was that he could pretty much wear any color tux and they'd match.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Goodbye Buddy

This morning I had to say goodbye to Buddy, who's been a part of our family for 10 years. He became suddenly ill 3 days ago and got rapidly worse. Some sort of auto-immune hemocratic disease, apparently common to spaniels, that causes the body to start rejecting the red blood cells. Severly weakened by jaundice, he stopped responding to the treatments and we made the difficult decision to end his suffering.

4 days ago he was his usual, hyperactive self, bouncing off the back deck and tussling with his brother. This morning, my daughter and I held him as he struggled just to stand. I held his head as he passed. I'm sorry, Buddy.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Change is good!

So, for the first time in 24 years, I bought a new vehicle. I've always bought late model used since my '87 Nissan pickup blew the motor shortly after the warranty expired. After 5 years and 110k miles with my trusty Dodge Durango (originally purchased with 30k miles, so was up to 140k, a long life in my neck of the woods), it was time for something new. Since I sold my moderately heavy boat recently, I was free to get something that didn't require being able to tow 5,000 lbs. This lead me to go a little "hog wild", so to speak :-)>.

I've always liked Jeeps, their rugged looks and durability, but hated the bumpy nature of the short-wheel base on the highway (which, unfortunately, is where the majority of my driving is done). Enter the 4 door version introduced in 2007. This longer wheel base is much smoother, but still retains the off-road capabilties. Of course I went with the rag top and 6-speed stick, as the former was appealing, and the latter just makes sense to anyone that goes off-road.

As to buying new, well the price point was what made the difference. In pricing out used models with 30-40k miles on them, the savings was less than $1,000. That's not much, so I made the decision to just buy new for once. Now I can't wait to go south again.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

RIP Pudgie

Today we lost our oldest pet, Pudgie, at the age of 14. He led an uncomplicated life, even for a cat: never outdoors, never sick, and the dominate male pet in the house (even the dogs gave way to him). Part Mainecoon, part barn cat, he's been with us since he was 8 weeks old (even then he was chunky, hence the name). Pudgie loved being the center of attention, seeked out those willing to scratch him and tolerating virtually any indignity imposed on him by little children.
Pudgie recently lost a third of his body weight, became anemic and dehydrated. The vet ruled out the normal "geriatric cat issues" such as parasites, kidney disease, and diabetes, but was unable to figure out what exactly was going on. This morning he was listless and wheezing, and apparently had a seizure before collapsing and passing on quickly. My daughter, Kelly, witnessed his final moments, something I'm sure will stick with her for many years.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

About time...

Ok, so I'm a crappy blogger that doesn't update too often. So what's been going on lately?

My most recent "adventure" was my participation with the celebration surrounding the Battle of Plattsburgh that occurred in September, 1814. As a bit of background for the uninitiated, this was the last time a foreign power launched an incursion on American soil. The War of 1812 in the history books centers mainly around the incidents at Baltimore, Washington, and New Orleans, but the records actually show that those were diversions. The british's true intent was to invade the US along through Lake Champlain in northern NY. Unfortunately for them, they ran into some stalwart locals on land, and were outwitted on the lake, and the entire invasion force (which greatly outnumber the US troops) was turned back. This annual event is a week long celebration of this relatively unknown victory. It's funny how time obscures history.