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When I was about 12 we got a Dachshund.

We named her Scarlet, but over the years daddy has started calling her Toushka - we had another dog by this name & it kinda stuck w/ daddy!!! Scarlett is about 20 by kidding. About seven years ago the vet told us she had heartworms & probably wouldn't live another two years w/out treatment. He didn't expect the treatment would extend her life more than a year, though b/c she was so old at that time anyway so my parents opted out of it...that was seven years ago!! Her face had been getting more and more gray each year, but she never really slowed down. She always chased snakes and got bit so many times by poisonous ones - we think that might be what killed the heartworms actually.

About two weeks ago she really started to slow down and her belly started to swell. My parents gave her medicine from the vet, but it didn't seem to help. While at my house during the storm, she didn't move hardly at all. When she was in the yard she just kind of wandered a bi…

Perfect timing...

immediately after I post that last entry the electricity went out again!! It was out this time for about half an hour I think before coming on again. I took the time to finish cleaning up everything. I was so glad we didn't have to sleep w/out A/C again last night...that was not comfortable. This morning we got up for church, but found that the early service was cancelled...we were going to try to find some place to go have b'fast instead, but the only few places that were opened had long lines, so we just came home and I cooked us something to eat instead - I guess the lines are so long b/c there are still a lot of people w/out electricity, but I figured by now our area would all be back up. We also finished moving everything that was in the b'fast room back out to the patio...the mosquitos are terrible out there and I am seeing them in my house. Probably from have the doors and windows open when the power was out.

Those in my hometown didn't fair so well, especially …

I made it through my first hurricane...

actually, though I don't think what we experienced qualifies as going through a hurricane. It turned so far east that we didn't get much at all. We have been without electricity since about two o'clock this morning and it just came back on about forty five minutes ago. Our bedroom was lit up several times with green flashes of light when tranformers blew out here. When it came back on the first thing I did vaccum my floor in case it went off again (we were teased several times before it actually stayed on)!!! After the rain quit we just opened the door and windows to get a breeze since there was no AC and that plus having the outside plants in the foyer brought in a lot of debris - leaves and such. It feels so much better in here now. Except for the b'fast room my house is back in order. That's where we have all the back yard stuff and b/c we're still have an occasional strong gust I don't want to risk any of that being toppled over and broken. Otherwise, e…

I sure wish I had a kite!!

It's really starting to get windy out here. I wasn't expecting to see it so soon to be honest! I had a big shelf on the back porch, but it got blown over earlier and the top and one of the inside shelves broke. The fans on the porch, which are off, are spinning constantly and the trees are waving at us now!!!

I am beginning to think those up in East Texas in our hometown are going to get hit as hard and maybe even more than we are now b/c of the direction that Rita has taken. I guess we won't know until it actually gets here, though.

Rita should be here w/in 24 hours now...

they are saying now about 6:00 tomorrow morning it's supposed to hit. We're still here and all is well. We're taking the two cars today that don't go in the garage (our third one and my parents' vehicle) to another garage today - the owners are out of town and allowing us to use it. The biggest worry there is the windows getting busted out by flying debris...b/c I don't think they'll flood & I doubt the wind would actually move the cars themselves. Better safe anyway!

We woke up and turned the news on this morning to see breaking news of a bus fire just south of Dallas. I didn't think the traffic situation could get much worse...I was wrong. The worst part is all the cars that were behind that bus. Eventually people started diverting through a field and through a parking lot to get around it b/c all the lanes, both north and south were closed. I know they have to do their jobs and investigate and all that, but this is an emergency situation...they ca…

I can feel it today!

My coworker and I worked out yesterday during lunch. I have been doing good nutritional and only half-ass when it comes to working out...worst of all the strength training part. Which is so strange, b/c all my life that was my strongest point. Cardo & nutrition were the areas that I fell behind in.

Now after losing nearly 30 pounds & not working on toning I can tell things are way too's like my skin got too big or something! I know that sounds gross, but I don't know another way to say it. Mainly it's just on my arms, though. My legs have always been very muscular & they still are, but not as toned as they should be...and my stomach is pretty much flat, but again not toned. My arms on the other hand are a different story! They are a lot smaller, but it's like I don't have any muscle on them at all!! They look so weak! I was afraid when I tried to lift weights I wouldn't be able to lift nearly the weight I have in the past, but I was pleasa…

There is no more bottled water in Houston!

At least not at our local Wal-Mart. I couldn't believe the people at the store yesterday. We went to the store yesterday & it felt like people were getting ready for the end of the world. I know there is a bad storm coming; I know we could lose electricity for a few days, but I really think a lot of people have blown this out of proportion. Especially on this side of town. I think we live far enough north of the coast that our home will be safe and so will we. I can deal w/out electricity for a couple of will be hot and heck, but we'll manage! We did get some water & flashlights & non-perishables yesterday in case it does go out. And charcoal...if it goes out the frozen meat in the freezer is going on the pit!! I don't want to leave my home, though. We don't have to fight the throngs of people evacuating when we have a perfectly save place to stay right here.

The Houston Chronicle has started another blog...this one for Rita. I looked yesterday fo…

Wonderful news!!!

Mother is just fine! There is no mass at all inside her pancreas! What they saw was on the MRI was, well they don't know what they saw, but when they put the scope down inside her and looked there was nothing there at all!!! She is going to be just fine! What an emotional roller-coaster...and what a blessing & relief!!!! Mother was really scared...but it's all going to be alright now!

Thank you to everyone for all your concerns!! I wasn't going to post until we knew something for sure, but there was just to much emotion going on. Now we can all breathe easy and worry about Hurricane Rita!!


they are everywhere at my parents' house!!! They chirp, almost like little birds. This one was hiding under a shoe when I was there this weekend. I wish I had something next to it to relate it to for size...b/c it's tiny! There are all sizes of them, but some are so small you can't even see them - they appear clear!! It took my parents' dog a while to get used to them b/c in the beginning she would bark all night up at the ceiling of the patio b/c they were climbing around on it!!!

I haven't mentioned this before

b/c I had hoped there would be nothing to mention, but tonight I got a phone call that could change that.

Several years about, about 12 or so, my mother was diagnosed w/ Chronic Pancreatitis. She had had several attacks of acute pancreatitis that led to a couple a major surgeries & one where they had to remove her galbladder. She hasn't really had any problems since then. She takes medicine & is supposed to be strict about what she eats.

For a few months now, mother has been having severe pains. At first she thought it was shingles, which is caused from the same chicken pox virus we have when we're children. Shingles, though usually has a rash that follows & mother never got that, but the pain was still there. A few weeks ago on one of my Fridays off mother had another doctor's appointment. We went in for a 9 am appointment and ended up at the hospital until after 1:00. TAfter talking to mother the doctor agreed it wasn't shingles & immediately ordered a…

It's been a busy day...

but before I start groaning I have two positive things to post.

First, Congratulations to Jamie & Chasity & their family on the arrival of their new niece, Tori Lynn. She really is a very beautiful baby!!!

Also, I have been playing a lot w/ Macros on my new camera, mostly floral, and wanted to share these pictures I took of mother's flowers & mine!! I really love the way they came out!
These are a couple of my favorites:

But there are lots go see!!!

I also did a photo-shoot this weekend for my neighbor. She is pregnant and wanted some b/w maternity shots. I won't be sharing those obviously, but it was fun to do & I look forward to working on them this week to get back to her!

Now, back to the's just been a busy day today & tomorrow will be too & I am sleepy! I don't know why, but I haven't been able to wake up at all today & my eyes have been glued to work non-stop today. It's just really a Monday!!! I also have a l…

It's been a while...but I'm still progressing!!

It's been about three weeks since I have weighed & I was afraid I wasn't going to like what I saw...but I've lost three more pounds! That puts me down in another "decade" of weight!!! I'm in the 170's now! Three pounds in three weeks doesn't seem like a lot, but I haven't been very good over the last three weeks so the fact that I lost at all is a success!! We've had so much going on (including my b'day) and I haven't been making healthy eating decisions. I have had fried foods & cake, just a little, but enough that I was afraid I wasn't going to get back on track very well.

I did though, especially after my stomach committed mutiny against me! Yeah...after going so long w/out eating anything fried my stomach can't take it. I fried okra at home & though it was good my stomach hurt for about two days. I just cannot take the greasy foods at all. That's good I guess b/c it will keep me away from it, but I should di…

Birthday Prezzies!

Wednesday night Michael & I had dinner w/ Elaine to celebrate my b'day and she gave me this beautiful necklace. It is so unique & the chain with it is awesome! Thank you so much Elaine...I love it! I wore it today coming to visit my parents so that I could show them, too! This morning they gave me my b'day present from them, too. I was speechless! With my new camera I really needed a bigger memory card that what I had (256 MB)...well this is definitely bigger! Thanks so much y'all!!! I love it!

Now, gotta run...gotta take pictures!

Pictures as promised

of the flowers Michael gave me!

Aren't they beautiful!?!?

And here is the card he made for me! I thought it was the sweetest part!

And since I couldn't find a link for my's a pictures of that, too!

Yes, it's blue & yes it's going to go with everything!!!!

Mr. Sandman...where are you?

It is now 2:52 AM and I am wide awake!!! Too much b'day excitement I guess!! After work today I went by the mall and bought a new purse...which I immediately switched out with my old one! I got to campus early for class so I took the time to call my Grannie and talk to her. Class was hectic...lots and lots of information and like I said before sometimes it feels like my professor is in fast forward! He talks so fast and jumps around from topic to topic and back again! I was able to get everything, but my brain felt like it was in overdrive.

After class was over Michael met me for dinner. This morning he had a bouquet of yellow roses and daisies...they were so beautiful! He had also got into my stamping supplies and made me a b'day card! I don't want to wake him up so I'll take pictures in the morning!! After dinner we were both very tired and went straight to bed b/c it was pretty late. I guess I fell asleep quickly, but only for a short time b/c I found myself tossing …

I'm 28 today!

Three years ago my long time HS friend, Nina told me she found out she was pregnant on her b'day, which is in January. Nine months later she had a beautiful baby girl on my birthday! Happy Birthday Baby Girl!!!!

Today, Jamie just told me that her little sister went into labor early this morning and that the doctor said she would have the baby today! So, happy birthday also to Miss Tori Lynn...when she gets here!!! And congratulations to Jamie and all her family and their new arrival!

And Happy Birthday to me today, too!!!!! I have to go to class tonight unfortunately, but that's just the way it falls sometimes!

Backtracking a little bit!

I didn't post about my lunch date on Friday! Chica lives just across the freeway from where my office is. I couldn't believe we hadn't got together for lunch before Friday!! We went to La Madaline ~ yummy! I love their tomato soup, which is what I always have there! It's delicious...and I found out not so nutritous! I always knew it wasn't low-fat; it couldn't, cream! But then I read the nutritional info on it. WOW!!! I had the smallest cup, which is about 290 calories, 28 grams of fat, & 9 carbs! Yeeeeooouch! Well, I had a small ceasar, which isn't listed on the nutrition page, but the menu said the dressing was fat free...and I was good the rest of the day so I guess I can have my little indulgences and not feel too badly! Besides, I was w/ great company so who was thinking about calories & fat! Needless to say I had a wonderful time & we'll definitely have to do that more often - lunch, not the tomato soup!!!!!

Football season is back!

We had a good/busy weekend! Saturday Michael's cousin got married...since the wedding was in the afternoon Jamie and I made appointments for that morning to get our nails done. While we were gone the guys took care of getting food for Sunday b/c we we having everyone over to the house for football & food! Or so I thought, but we'll get to that!

The wedding was was a beautiful church! The reception started early & after we had been there for a while we decided we still wanted to go out afterwards. So about 9:00 we headed home to change clothes and then met up with Michael's brothers Christopher and Steven and Jamie to go dancing! I don't think we've been out to a bar since we got married! We had a blast. I haven't danced in so long & now I am looking forward to planning another weekend to go! Everyone had a good time!

We got home around 2:30 & I still couldn't go to bed, though. I had things to get done for Sunday afternoon. Michael a…

Tech help...w/ Flickr Please!

pMachine is not on the list of blog programs supported in Flickr; BloggerAPI is. I found the following information in pMachine about BloggerAPI:

pMachine supports the Blogger API, which allows you to submit entries into your weblog using desktop applications, like w.Bloggar, BlogBuddy and BlogApp.

Because the Blogger API was designed for use with Blogger, there are some inherent limitations. Most notably, the fact that Blogger does not support weblog entry titles, multiple fields (blurb, more, etc.) or categories. In order to compensate for this, you must use the various tags listed below so that pMachine will know what you want it to do with your information. If you do not use any tags, pMachine will automatically construct the title of your entry from the information contained on the first line of your entry. The rest of the info will go into the body field.

Note: pMachine will offer support for the MetaWeblog API in a future release. This API is more powerful and is beginning…

Still trying to get Flickr to play right...

Flowers from Mother's Garden
Originally uploaded by Mish Mish.

I love this vine; it's called a potato vine. I think I'll have to ask mother to root some for me!

Flickr is driving me crazy!!

Originally uploaded by Mish Mish.

I am trying to get Flickr to post my photos to my blog, but it just doesn't want to play w/ pMachine!!!

Here's trying again!

This is a test post

This is a test post from , a fancy photo sharing thing.

One of my favorite shots

that I took of mother's flowers this weekend...

click here for the entire slideshow...

It was so nice outside today!

We sat out on the patio to eat lunch today! It was wonderful!!!

This weekend was good...busy! I had a four day weekend b/c Friday was my Friday off (9/80 work schedule) & Monday was a holiday ~ hope you had a good one!

Michael took off Friday, too & went dove hunting. I spent the day at my parents' house & played w/ my new camera!!! That evening we (Michael, his brother, & me) drove up to east Texas for The Stanley Cup. It's at my sister's house & they have had it for about six years or so and this is the first year I have ever gone. I don't know why, but we'll be going back...we had a great time!

We drove back to Houston Saturday evening after the shoot. Michael's brother stayed w/ us & the next morning we went to his parents' house. We all went to an annual bazaar at the church in Chappell Hill. We had a good time, especially b/c the weather was so much nicer than years past!!

Since we had Monday off Michael & I took advantage...…

Pictures as promised!

Well, I have two semi-alright pictures of me in my Old Jeans!!!

The first one has a shadow around my butt...LOL! I tried to make sure I was in front of the white door! I'll have to get Michael to take some better pictures; I just set my camera on the cabinet for these!

Uh, the scale went up one pound!

I weighed in yesterday...first time in about three weeks. Last time I stepped on the scale it said 180.5; yesterday it said 181.5. Time to get strict again!!!

The problems are obvious. I haven't been drinking nearly enough water like I was before & I have let myself have some really bad foods over the past week. I've had ice cream & cookies. Before last week I had almost cut out sweets 100%. I didn't feel denied, though. I wasn't craving them...b/c I know when you deny yourself of things you crave that's when you're more likely to fall off the wagon and binge.

My taste for sweets had just gone. It was wonderful. It isn't really back now either, I just had a taste for it, so I indulged...maybe a little too much, though. Sweets, like anything else, aren't bad for you in moderation. I would rather get my calories from better foods, though.

I have also been eating too many chips, which are salty & cause water retention...AND cravings for more! Chi…