Friday, November 27, 2009


Yup, that sums it up

Baking with Grandma

Finally, the real thing! Grandma is here and we are baking. Four kinds of cookies in only two days. Let the fun begin!


Sammy loves having time to do playdough. She is using it to get warmed up for baking with Grandma.


After another stay with the vet Kurtis is home again - this time we hope it's for good!

Like Mrs Dean

"When I get big I am going to be a singer just like Mrs Dean"

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Kurtis is Home!

Well Kurtis is going to have his name changed to Rocky, he is quite the fighter! Last week he became very ill and we didn't think he was going to make it. He had pneumonia and we had to leave him at the vet for four days. He picked up a virus at the shelter and since he was so young it almost killed him. He is home now thanks to the care of Rockingham Vet Clinic. He has to be kept secluded for a few weeks so he doesn't get Sky and Raymond sick but he is still not 100% so it's not as hard to do that as it would seem. He keeps having little coughing sneezing fits and stinks to high hell but day by day is getting better.

He is so glad to be home he purrs when Maisie manhandles him - that's a tough kitty!

Thompson Visit

We all had such a great visit with Jen and the kids. Abby and Sammy are two peas in a pod. Jen taught them how to knit so they knitted and sewed. They made Maisie a doll - it turned out pretty cool - especially since it was the first one either of the girls had ever made. They worked on various projects during the visit. They even had time to type out a newspaper!

Will, Jack, and Ben had a great time playing Playstation, talking YuGiO, and playing outside.

It makes me so happy to reconnect with friends from years' past and it is great to be out here and be within driving distance of friends and family!

A Visit from the Thompson Family

Jen, Abby, Will and Jack came for a visit. What a great time we all had! We went on a hike in hopes of tiring everyone out but Jen and I were the only ones who tired out. Jack was tireless and actually RAN the last of the hike in order to be the first one done - that kid has ENERGY!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

A New Zink

No, we are NOT having a baby. We got a kitten today. He is very cute and yes, he is cat number three. The local no kill Shelter "TARPS" (the animal protection society) is very overcrowded right now with cats/kittens. The kids and I read their column in the local paper every week and have been talking about adding a new cat to our herd. You know... Ben is hoping we can eventually open a cat farm (don't ask, he really does dream of it). Well we won't have a cat farm but since we have the room and the resources right now we figured we'd do what we can. His name is Kurtis (which was a plus) he is very snuggly and mischievous. He will fit in perfectly with Raymond, Skywalker (and of course Rizzo). He only had to bite Maisie twice today. You will notice she is the only one of our kids who is NOT holding him in a photo.

I am going to pass on a bookmark - it is a web site to vote for shelters to get grant funding and it is decided by votes. Vote for TARPS in Chester, VT. We know, it isn't local to you but if you saw the shelter you would understand. The cats & kittens need help and the funding provides them with food, shelter, and vet care until someone like us takes them home. No public funding goes to this organization - it is all volunteers.

Vote early and Vote often - sign in daily:

Thanks, we miss you!