Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Jupiter and Mercury will set less than an hour after the sun, so timing your viewing just after sunset is crucial. You'll also need a location with a clear view of the western horizon, unobstructed by buildings, trees or mountains. All the planets, along with the moon and sun, traverse an arc across our sky called the ecliptic, which corresponds to the plane in space that they all roughly share. For this reason, you could draw an imaginary line from the general location of Venus and the moon, down through the other two planets, and the line would point to where the sun went down. This line could also initially help you find Jupiter and Mercury. - Courtesy of Yahoo News.
Monday, December 29, 2008
We woke up as early as we could, hoping to get the most out of the day. We were lucky to keep the snow on the ground, even though we recieved a ton of rain Monday and Tuesday, so the white Christmas we wished for was our first gift. We started the morning with our nice hot coffee and cinnamon buns... mmmmmm. Then we noticed the tree was bare, no gifts under it. To our surprise, all of our gifts were moved from the main room, into the den under our smaller tree.
GASP!!!! I KNOW!!! Look at that pile. I guess Jay, KC, Ace, and Makita and I were very VERY good this year.
Here's KC enjoying his new bed. They are soft and comfy.
And Ace as well. If you notice, their Christmas started off with new haircuts and holiday bandanas. God are they cute.
Sadly, with all the excitement of the dogs helping open our gifts, I never once picked up the camera after this. Most of the activity was caught on video, so maybe one day, I'll get that online. We took our time enjoying the morning but of course, all good things come to an end. We cleaned up all the wrapping papers, bags, and bows and headed off to Jay's dad, Gary, house. We spent time opening gifts with his sister and brother, Sarah and Seth, and their mother Annie. They too were getting ready for a nice holiday dinner, but we couldn't stay. We had to come home and get the house ready for a nice holiday dinner here, with Sheila, Bruce and Tita. Jay cooked a great filet and stuffed lobster tail. I shouldn't have ate so many shrimp and pigs-in-a-blanket for appetizers. I barely got halfway through the filet... and I love filet!!!
We ended the night thinking about the day's events and thanking God for our health and safety. We wish that everyone else had a great Christmas Day.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Clockwise starting at top : Uncle Jeffrey, Tita, Uncle Allan, and Sheila.
The tree decorated beautifully with ornaments collected through the years.
Here was a great picture that we couldn't help but post.
From left : Aunt Deb, Shayna, Katie, Tita, and Sheila.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
To all our friends and family here in Connecticut, North Carolina, Maine, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, Georgia, and the rest of the states, this says it all. Tis the season for sharing and giving.
Share your love, and give what you can to those who need it the most.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I'm sorry. But does that say -1 degree? And that is not considering the wind chill?
I just woke up, let the dogs out for their morning business, and have confirmed, its damn cold.
I went for a second opinion and our atomic clock and thermometer agree. -1.
And the funny thing, its going to be 51 degrees tomorrow? WTF?
I swear to the god of skinny punks it better not melt all this snow. We WILL have a White Christmas!!!! You listening Mother Nature?
Saturday, December 20, 2008
I got home from work at about 2:30 and found about 4 inches already on the ground. Jay had shoveled once already but it was coming down in a furry. So I changed into jeans and boots and grabbed the kids and went out to the backyard. While playing, Jay got some good shots.
Ace waiting patiently to go back inside. He's not a big fan of playtime, since Makita takes charge.
Even KC joined in the outside games even with his disability. But just like Ace, he had enough of Makita's rules of the game.
I was able to grab Makita for this shot. If you can't tell, her energy level was on high, and all she wanted was to run around, jump, eat snow, and well, bite at your ankles or gloves. At that point, she was no longer making up the rules, it was my turn!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
In Elf Bowling, Santa Claus gets revenge on his striking elf employees by using them as bowling pins. During the game, the elves say phrases such as "Is that all the balls you got, Santa?" when the player misses their first spare opportunity or "Gutter ball!" in a silly-sounding voice when a ball is rolled into the gutter. Other potential distractions for the user are reindeer that walk up along the bowling lane that you can "hit" with your bowling ball if you press the right buttons, a frog wearing a Santa hat hopping back and forth across the player's field of vision and if you hit him with the bowling ball, his carcass is hauled away from the screen. A white rabbit also jumps and poops across the bowling lane, the elves mooning Santa asking "who's your daddy?" as they do it. Both during the game and after a game finishes, the elves do a macarena-like dance, shouting "Elf elf, baby!" in reference to Vanilla Ice's song "Ice Ice Baby." The elves can also randomly move out of the way of the ball, and one elf can be decapitated by the pin setter. It's a rather fun game. :) And I miss it. Oh well. Its the memories that count. Good times.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Then Mrs Claus told Santa her Mother was coming to visit, which stressed Santa even more.
When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two others had jumped the fence and were out, Heaven knows where.
Then when he began to load the sleigh, one of the floorboards cracked, the toy bag fell to the ground and all the toys were scattered.
Frustrated, Santa went in the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum. When he went to the cupboard, he discovered the elves had drank all the cider and hidden the rum. In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the cider jug, and it broke into hundreds of little glass pieces all over the kitchen floor. He went to get the broom and found the mice had eaten all the straw off the end of the broom.
Just then the doorbell rang, and irritated Santa marched to the door, yanked it open, and there stood a little angel with a great big Christmas tree.
The angel said very cheerfully, 'Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn't this a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to stick it?'
And so began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Christmas 2005 - This tree was HUGE!!! And look at the walls. This is before any of the remodeling took place. Those old pine tongue and grooved panels. And that tv? Its as big as the tree! :)
Christmas 2006 - Much slimmer but taller tree. And look... a new tv. :)
Christmas 2007 - We decided to move the tree to the other side of the room next to our new down chairs to feel more cozy. It works out much better, especially when walking in the house presentation wise. Its the first thing you see.
I love this time of year.
Wishing everyone a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season!
We love you all.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
But first, we always have our little christmas tree in the house, year round. This year, we put it in the den and decided to decorate it as well. Using a bow from our large wreath last year, we topped it and worked our way down. Adding nice white lights, gold and red bulbs, and some bright red cranberry-like garland.
Here is a view into the kitchen. We added some pine garland along the 1/2 wall, with lights and cranberrys and some pointsetta spikes.
And here he is.... the 2008 Cottage on the Rocks Christmas Tree. TA DA!!!
He stands about 8 feet tall and maybe 4.5 feet wide. He's a skinny version this year compared to last years. A view with the lights on.....
Saturday, December 6, 2008
We decided to put the stocking up on the loft, for them to hang high above.
It took some cleaning and alot of dusting to get them up there, but I think that's going to be a tradition from now on.
We also go pick out a tree at Angevine Tree Farm in Warren, CT. Here's our pick for this year.
But its only a sneak-peak as he's all wrapped up. I have to get Jay to send the pics from the farm from his phone to post those, so more to come!
Here's a quick look at the entry way.
Garland and lights and big gold bow highlight the mirror in the dining room.
Jason's Santa collection sit on the sidebar. And last but not least, Cozy and Cuddles sit with hurricane lanters.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Congratulations Chas and Nate!!!! Welcome to the family Bryson!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
I thought the pic below was really neat, seeing the snow sit on each branch. I'm just glad I didn't go off the highway taking the picture!
Below you will see my parent's front yard. I believe this was about 30 some odd inches of snow. Pretty, right?
Here's the front porch. Poor little christmas tree was almost covered by one of the snow banks Dad created with the plow. And no, people do not use the front stairs to come in the house. Don't worry.... we believe in Safety First.... now go to the back door, and TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
World Aids Day 2008 will embody the collective commitment of our government and society to adopt a bold and brave new approach to HIV and TB.
We urge you to join us on this day. Act now. Forward this message.
Spread the word! Be safe.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
He stopped and asked the boy, “Where did you get that turkey?”
The boy replied, “What turkey?”
The game warden said, “That turkey you are carrying under your arm”.
The boy looks down and said, “well lookee here, a turkey done roosted under my arm!”
The game warden said, “Now look, you know turkey season is closed, so whatever you do to that turkey, I’m going to do to you”.
If you break his leg, I’m gonna break your leg. If you break his wing, I’ll break your arm. Whatever you do to him, I’ll do to you. So what are you gonna do with him?
The little boy said, “I guess I’ll just kiss his ass and let him go!”
May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey be plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have never a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!
- From our friends Brian & Joyce ;)
Friday, November 21, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Lili was born on Tuesday at around 5:30. Heather started experiencing some headaches and had a Dr appointment anyway, in which the doctor advised her it was time to deliver. Heather has been on maternity leave for the past 10 days already due to preeclampsia, same as she experienced when carrying Lexi. This time, they were prepared. The doctor had already started prepping Lili to grow her lungs faster as a just in case. Good thing they did.
Last I spoke to Sean, they were all doing well and are in Westchester Medical Center.
Once I have more details, I will fill everyone in.
Welcome to the world Lili Kat!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Our normal vet unfortunately couldn't do any eye pressure testing that is standard on reviewing eye issues. But he advised us to see an optomologist down in Bedford Katonah (which is near Pepsi). I was to make an appointment ASAP. By then it was 9:30, and I needed to be there for a 10o'clock meeting. So I dropped KC off at home and went to work. In the meantime, the vet had already called the optomologist and made an appointment for 12:30. Great! Too bad I was already down here. So I left work at 11:00, drove back home, changed clothes, and drove all the way back. But it was worth it. Dr Mosunic is one of the best in the area. She really knows her stuff. So the evaluation is this : The left eye definitely has some extra pressure that is making the eye kind of buldge out. She gaves us steroid drops to help reduce the pressure. For just the right eye (which is the one that just went blind), she can't tell right now why he's blind. When she looks, there is a small cataract but it shouldn't be causing blindness, so she's afraid it could be pressure as well causing the optic nerve to stretch from the brain and isn't working appropriately or it could be SARDS (Sudden Acquired Retinal Degradation Syndrome), which they really have no explanation for blindness. It is really strange, as I met to other ladies at the vet center who recently went through the same thing with their dogs. So we are not alone. But, all in all, we are hoping the series of eye drops (3 in all), will help reduce the chance that this is permanent. Then it was back home to let KC rest as he's been on the go since 8, and it was now 2. I also had to go out and get all the medications, bringing it back to almost 3:30. Just in time for me to join a few meetings by phone. Phew... LONG DAY. But worth it. I just wish we could have seen this coming to prevent it. Lesson learned as Ace and Makita will now be tested frequently on thier vet visits. KC has another appointment today for blood work to analyze what is or is not effecting him. Tick born illnesses, any bacterial or viral infections, etc. KC will also go back in one week to see how his progress is with Dr Mosunic. Keep you posted and thanks for all the well wishes.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Its a quick 4 second tag line for Wrangler Jeans George Strait collection. The commercial is still in production mode but we hope to see it within the next 1-2 months. We will keep everyone posted. We are so excited and I am so proud of him. I can't wait to see what he accomplishes next.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Voting shows our peoples might, so our country won't get into deep.
But there are those who never vote, and constantly seem to complain.
Patriotism they don't promote, and their rights they choose to abstain.
Every vote does really count, to let our officials know.
For their actions they must account, or their ratings will never grow.
So come next election time (TODAY), go cast your vote with pride,
Voting doesn't cost a dime, plus the out come you help decide.
- Bernard Howe
Monday, November 3, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
LOVE IT. A worldwide call to get as many people to register and dance to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" song. They have the world record this year, doubling last years numbers of registrants. You can watch video's from around the world here.
This is something I would do... only if Mandy, Jackie, Elizabeth and Jaime would do it with me. HA!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
$2.61 on Saturday. That is down from $2.68 from Wednesday. We are loving this.
Sadly, my coworkers over in NY are still paying above $3.00. Must be the state tax that is killing them. Anyway, I only put in $25.00 when I get to empty because every day it seems like the price goes down, down, down. All gas stations around here compete very closely so it doesn't matter where we stop anymore. Coming or going, we have at least 4 good choices. We hope everyone else reading this is seeing the same drop. **** UPDATE**** I just ran down to the gas station ( oj, milk and cig run) and its $2.58!!!!!!!!!!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
We hadn't seen each other in more than 2 years. I blame her constant moving as her husband is an officer in the Army. She can blame me for laziness and she'd be right. But its not like we don't talk.... we email everyday to each other, multiple times. Its like we are neighbors. We didn't miss a beat when she got here. As I didn't take any pictures and as Jackie is the queen of her new camera, I'll just forward you to her blog so you can see our trip to the Blue Jay Orchards with our friends Sean and Heather, and their daughter Lexi. We had a great time while she was here.
I will make sure its not another 2 years before seeing her again.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
As you know, Jason and I have already entered into a civil union in CT on September 25, 2006. This allows us to be recognized by the state as legal partners and are guaranteed the same rights as married straight couples. But at the same time our union is not recognized by other states if we decided to move.
- Marriage: Couples can file both federal and state tax returns jointly.
- Civil Unions: Couples can only file jointly in the state of civil registration.
- Marriage: Partners can make emergency medical decisions.
- Civil Unions: Partners can only make medical decisions in the registered state. Partners may not be able to make decisions out of state.
- Marriage: Partners can transfer gifts to each other without tax penalty.
- Civil Unions: Partners do not pay state taxes, but are required to report federal taxes.
- Marriage: In the case of a partner's death, the spouse receives any earned Social Security or veteran benefits.
- Civil Unions: Partners do not receive Social Security or any other government benefits in case of death. In the case of the death of former Congressman Gerry Studds, his partner of 15 years was denied the government pension that would have gone to a legally recognized spouse.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
In 1962, the London Bridge was falling down. Built in 1831, the bridge couldn't handle the ever-increasing flow of traffic across the Thames River.
The British government decided to put the bridge up for sale, and Robert McCulloch, Founder of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and Chairman of McCulloch Oil Corporation, submitted the winning bid of $2,460,000. The bridge was dismantled, and each stone was numbered. Everything was shipped 10,000 miles to Long Beach, California, and then trucked to Lake Havasu City. Reconstruction began on September 23, 1968, with a ceremony including the Lord Mayor of London, who laid the cornerstone. On October 10, 1971, the new bridge was dedicated.