December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas Blog Readers!

Mike, being a true photographer, didn't mind laying in the dirt to take this picture of our Christmas lights reflected in my Beetle.

I just wanted to take this time to wish everyone a safe and Merry Christmas. And, I wanted to post a heartwarming story for Christmas:

Dog Saves Elderly Woman After Icy Fall

Pooch Finds 91-Year-Old Injured In Freezing Temps

POSTED: 9:32 am PST December 19, 2007

Mary Hartman's friends say a heroic hound is the reason she's still alive today.

Hartman, 91, slipped on a patch of ice as she was attempting to deliver cookies to a nearby neighbor. But it was a 3-year-old dog's insistent nature that prevented Hartman from freezing to death as she laid on the frigid cement, reported WNEM-TV in Saginaw, Mich.

Hartman called for help, but it was a cry that only neighbor Judy Sawatzki's Jack Russell terrier mix, Taz, could hear.

"He would run to the window and come back to me," Sawatzki said. "He would whine and bark, and then go back to the window again."

That's when Sawatzki let Taz outside, and the terrier mix shot down the driveway barking for her to follow. Taz led her to Hartman, who was crying for help on the icy driveway.

Hartman had enough strength to lift her head just above a snow bank that was keeping her concealed from anyone driving by.

Hartman broke her wrist, shoulder, injured her hip and was trapped for nearly an hour in the snow until Taz brought help.

Friends of Hartman said they hope Taz is always around to watch over them.

"I don't want him to go no place," said Kay Devereaux.

And neither does his owner.

"He's one heck of a dog, that's all I have to say," Sawatzki said.

Taz is thankful, too: He was a stray until just three months ago.

Hartman is recovering at a local hospital.

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December 22, 2007

Done! Done! Done!

Today, yes, Today! I finally finished my Christmas shopping. I had to get something at a local brick and mortar. Fortunately, it's a small obscure shop, so it wasn't crowded at all. (I can't say the name of the store, because the person I was shopping for reads my blog.) Then, afterwards, I hit the local See's Candy shop to get a gift for my boss. Last time I was there, was two weeks ago. There was a line going around the store. I dreaded today, figuring it would be even worse, this close to Christmas. However, they had a cashier who knew her stuff and she was ringing people through quickly. Now, I just wait for some things to come via snail mail that I ordered over the internet. I'm biting my nails and hoping that they will come on Christmas Eve, or else the people I bought things for will have to wait until after Christmas to give them their gifts.

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December 14, 2007

The Big Dope Meets Santa Claus

I wrote about Max, the Great Dane in another blog entry. In that entry I wrote about bringing him home from work to babysit him for a couple of days. Recently, his owner took him to Pet Smart to get a picture taken with Santa. She told me that Max was scared of Santa Claus. But, you would never know, with that tongue lolling out. It looks like he is smiling. Calling him, Big Dope, is a term of endearment. I love this dog. If we ever get a decent sized property in the future, I wouldn't mind having a Great Dane.

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December 09, 2007

I'm Going to do It!!!!

Everything Thanksgiving, I make the pumpkin pies. I don't make them from scratch. I buy the Libby's pumpkin in the can and follow the recipe on the label. Well, a Christmas tradition around here has been a pecan pie after Christmas dinner. I used to buy the Mrs. Smith's pre-made pies at the grocery store. Just pop them in the over and bake. But, they have been harder to find lately. So, I just looked up a recipe online at Seems simple enough. I need to buy the ingredients. I will let you know if it comes out okay, or if it turns out to be a complete disaster.

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December 05, 2007

Don't "Leave the Light on For Me" Anymore, Motel 6

So Mike takes this little trip back in September. When he could, he wanted to stay at Motel 6. So, he checks the credit card bill when he gets back. And, they charged him for a night he didn't stay in one of their motels. Calls the credit card company. "Try to resolve it with Motel 6 first...." Okay. Easy enough, right? He sends them an e-mail. No problem. You would think all they would have to do is punch it up on their computer and see that he didn't stay there that night. Or, call that particular location and verify that he was/wasn't there. But no, nothing is that easy. Especially when it comes to getting one's money back. They want him to call an "800" number. After that, we get something snail mail from them apologizing for our problem and it will be resolved in 15 days..... That was several weeks ago. Last Mike talked to them, they wanted him to fax some information over. He did that. Never received any acknowledgment. He's done everything that was asked of him, yet nothing has come out of it. I've been checking the credit card balance online every damn day waiting to see if they refund our money. It's at the point now where, whether this is resolved in our favor or not, I will no longer stay at Motel 6. I will eventually be taking a cross country trip to deliver some items to our daughter, when she they finally get title to their house. I will stay at Best Western. They have a really nice hotel in Oklahoma City. We stayed there last time we drove to Arkansas.

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December 04, 2007

Bet You His Neighbors Hate Him

I have to admit it's impressive. But, I wouldn't want to live next door to this guy. Can you imagine all the people coming by to see this? Stomping all over other people's yards and the street clogged with cars? It's a long video, but it is really something to see.

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December 02, 2007

This is the Life

So I have Windows Media Center on this computer. Which means I can watch TV, DVD's, videos, etc. I'm sitting here watching Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration, on my local PBS station. I have it on a little TV screen in the upper right hand corner of my monitor. While, to the left, I surf the 'net and do my Christmas shopping. The house is nice and warm and I'm kicking back and drinking a Diet Coke. No traffic, long lines, pushy people for me. I'm doing all my shopping online. This is great!

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