Saturday, April 30, 2011


Sam is a little bit destructive. He's tearing Barret's big bed apart. I just listened to him ripping the fleece bit. The orthopedic foam is partially in fact Callie was playing with a piece of it last night. He also ran up to me with the head off one of his toys...and a tennis ball lasts about a day. At least he's only destroying his own stuff.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Don't Blame the Dog

For the past week or so I've been finding a puddle in the kitchen by the table. I thought Sam had had an accident. The weird thing is that I was finding it while I was home. He'd be fine all the time when I was gone to work...but he'd leave a wet spot when I was sleeping. Now I've been on vacation. I've been home more and Sam goes outside more...but I still find the puddle. It's weird too, because it's quite clear. Well today I cleaned up the puddle...again...and then got on the computer. Sam was snoozing on his bed. The cats were all upstairs. I went into the kitchen...and saw a puddle. OK. Sam could not have done it-he hadn't even gone in the kitchen. Hmm. There's a plastic bottle of vinegar on the floor under the kitchen table. Hmmm. That puddle isn't really yellow at all. Hmm. I picked up the vinegar bottle and sure enough, drip, drip, drip. The vinegar bottle is leaking in the kitchen. Not Sam. Sorry Sam, lesson learned-don't blame the dog!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Dyngus Day!

Happy Dyngus Day! You know you're in Buffalo when you go to 3 stores and 2 of them wish you a Happy Dyngus Day! I love the day to share my Polish pride, even if I didn't smack anyone with a pussywillow branch. I wore my Polish Platter t-shirt from andBuffalo as well as my Polish Buffalo hoodie from Celebrate Buffalo. I picked up my grand prize from the Erie County SPCA and almost brought home a cat. He's a 7 month old charmer-even my mom was smitten. My cats would kill me-"First you bring home a another cat!!!!!" But he is so tempting...At any rate-I got tons of goodies for all of the kids thanks to Aquinas' big win! Mom and I also stopped at Penzey's Spices where we picked up some goodies and got free stuff-yea coupons! We also met a sweet cat in the shop next door-Pudding. I also met a nice macaw who talked with me..."Hi!" It was a nice day...and I completely agree with what my mom said; what made it extra nice was the animals. Now, about an extra cat...

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

I wish everyone a joyous Easter! I actually celebrated the holiday yesterday. I took the trip to my folks house. We started with a traditional Easter breakfast: fresh Polish sausage with beet horseradish, rye bread with butter (from a butter lamb, of course) hard boiled Easter eggs, and fresh pineapple. After that Mom and I went to the cemetery. We put flowers on the graves and wished everyone a Happy Easter. Back home and the eating continued-chips and my favorite leek dip and champagne! Then dinner! Easter ham (with beet horseradish and/or honey mustard-I switched it up between the two) mashed potatoes and gravy. We called my aunt in California, then dessert-homemade chocolate mousse! Fully stuffed I made my way home to my kids. Today is a relaxing day with those kids. Sam and I had our walk early, then Harley and I had a ride. Now I'm in comfy clothes. I'm about to open the champagne and have some snacks. Then I have to clean rat cages..and perhaps work around the house...I hope you're having a wonderful Easter!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Early Start

My vacation got an early start as I did not go in to work today. Remember that sore back of which I spoke? I knew, limping around at work last night, that there was no way I could make it through today. So...I didn't go to work. I went to my doctor's office, where I got some advice (hot pads) and a prescription. My doc was out, but I saw the Nurse practitioner. Now I'm relaxing...albeit still without my TV. Well, time for another episode of Are you Being Served? with a glass of champagne and some dried sausage!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


My back is killing me, work is terrible, can I make it through two more evenings to get to my vacation?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

So Frustrated

I am so annoyed. I STILL can't watch TV. I don't know what I did-stupid new cable box. First I couldn't watch my DVDs-now I can-but can't get the TV back. Top Chef Masters is on tomorrow-plus I don't plan on paying $80 a month for no TV. What's the problem?!?!?!?!

Monday, April 18, 2011


A short time ago (a week ago today, to be exact) I posted Summer? Now, I must post Winter? The temperatures have plummeted-we're in the 30's and yesterday it snowed. Yes, snowed. It's certainly not summer, but not really winter, welcome to Spring in Western New York!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Welcome Sam

A big welcome to Sam, the newest member of my family. Sam is an 11 year old Husky mix that I adopted with the help of Big Dogs Big Hearts and Buffalo Humane. Sam has been through a lot and I hope to make his last years his best!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Photo Phriday - Phlowers

These little guys flower all over my lawn. The smell is delightful!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Last Chance to Vote

Your last chance to vote for Aquinas and Dylan is fast approaching. The voting stops at midnight EST tomorrow-April 15. So vote for Aquinas and Dylan and show the world that pet rats are CUTE! Votes cost $1 each with a minimum donation of $10. All proceeds benefit the Erie County SPCA. So if you have a few extra bucks and want them to go to a good cause-vote for Aquinas and Dylan! Thanks!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


I have a major gag reflex. Getting dental x-rays is always awful. Lately, I even start gagging when I brush my teeth-and more so when I floss. Usually I just gag a bit and stop. Not last night. Imagine my surprise when I flossed my back teeth, started to gag, then actually vomited! I couldn't even turn to the toilet to lift the seat up-I vomited straight in the sink. And kept throwing up. I vomited to hard I even popped some blood vessels under my eyes. God, that was awful. I woke up this morning feeling hot and not at all well, but I had to get up as the cable guy was coming out (yes..again...grrrr). Anyway, I feel a but better now-but yuck!

Monday, April 11, 2011


Last night I was hot all night at work. I opened the porch...and it was warm out there. I left work at 11:30PM was warm, like really warm. When I got home, my computer said it was 63! This morning, at 10AM, it's already 73! It's windy and looks like there's going to be a storm, but what happened to Spring? These are summer temperatures!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Big Changes

Big changes are afoot. I'm almost 43 and have been pondering my purpose in life, my health, etc, etc. I'm going to make some big changes and hope I can see them through. Unfortunately, I have to keep my awful job-so that misery will have to remain with the hope that things there will get better.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Not so Quick

The quick turn around didn't happen. Class was canceled and now I have to go in to work. Ugh. I was so looking forward to not working the floor AND being home this evening. At least this is my Friday!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Quick Turn Around

I'm getting ready to leave for work-and, if things go as scheduled, I'll have a quick turn around. I have to attend training tomorrow-which starts at 7AM. My shift today ends at 11:30PM. I'll get home around midnight and have to leave the house about 6 hours later. In between that time I'll need to shower, sleep, and eat. These people have no consideration for those of us working Evening Shift. I just hope they don't stop me from attending-because if I do go, then I don't have to work that evening -so I'll be off from the time class ends (around 3:30PM) Thursday and I won't return until 3PM Sunday. Works for me-although Thursday evening off will be a bust as I'll be exhausted!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

ASPCA $100k Challenge

Please help the city of Rochester, NY's animals by voting for Rochester Animal Services in the ASPCA $100K challenge. It's the first heat and only 50 shelters will get in. You can vote every day til April 15th and voting is FREE. What a great, and easy, way to help animals in need. So vote now!

Monday, April 4, 2011

World Rat Day

Today is World Rat Day, a day to celebrate the wonderful pet rat. So, how did I celebrate? Well, I cleaned all the rat cages, hiding nuts (shells on) in the bedding. They also got a big chewable bone and before bed they'll share some baby food. I hope you gave your rats some treats-and if you don't have pet rats, why not celebrate by voting for my rats who are in a photo contest to benefit the Erie County SPCA. Click here to see Aquinas and Dylan.