Monday, June 30, 2008

Sleepy Family

Where have I been? Well, my computer died, leaving me with only the laptop. I don't have my photo editing software on the laptop, and working with my photos on the laptop is slow business. I kept hoping the computer would un-die, but no luck. Hopefully I will have some help, since my computer guy arrived back in town last evening. So I'll try to catch my week up, but not all in one post.

Kallie continues to be of intense interest to Cosette. By the way, Kallie has been back to the vet AGAIN, this time for shots, and a final worming. She is doing very well and in the three weeks she has been with us, she has gone from only 10 ounces to 2.5 pounds. Amazing what a little food and some TLC will do.

Serious napping seems to be the intense interest of Morgan.

Kallie seems to be interested in a little napping as well.

Same with Brooke and Libby. Libby looks so BIG when compared to Kallie.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Calling Trisha in TX!!!

Email me at because you are our blog contest winner!


Introducing, Kallie!

Thanks to everyone for their suggestions - there were some great ones! It was definitely a difficult decision!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Abrial's Announcement

Hi Blog Readers! This is Abrial speaking. Mommy, Daddy, Brooke, and Morgan are busy working at the house and trying to pick a name from all the suggestions given for the contest. We are having a bit of a computer glitch because of an electricity blink that has crashed the main computer, so I decided to get on Mommy's laptop and let everyone know what was going on. We'll try to make the Big Name Announcement for Little No Name Kitty by Monday.

Here's a picture of me and Cosette sharing a moment of sisterly love.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Lights, Camera, Action!!!

Well, at the very least, lights! Chandelier for the dining room.

Foyer light.

And pendants for the bar!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Floor is Finished!

I have finally sealed ALL of the floor. Getting the appliances out of the middle of the living room helped. :::grin:::

Now we need a fireplace surround and mantle.

Monday, June 23, 2008

I Want Candy!

Blog Candy, that is!

My friend, Kassiah, is having a blog candy give-away! Because Kassiah can never do anything SIMPLE, her blog candy is absolutely adorable and and over the top! I especially love the altered bookmark paperclip.

If you want Candy, too, check out Kassiah's Blog!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Little No Name Kitty

More pictures of Little No Name Kitty. And some insight to her personality, to help with the name ideas. We still need name suggestions for the contest.

She loves a good joke.

But she can also be thoughtful and contemplative.

And, no matter what surprising thing you tell her, she is never judgemental.

She loves frequent naps with Monkey.

And she has quite the Buddha-Belly.

There. More insight into Little No Name Kitty. We are hoping this time next week to be able to give her a permanent name. I believe everyone calling her different things will cause her to be schizophrenic. And ANOTHER schizo cat is not what we need around here.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Visiting Neighbors Again

Today one of the Chicks in the neighborhood came back for another visit.

This time, bearing a Housewarming Gift.

How sweet! Thanks, Penny!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Tuddie Bottle

When the "Baby" came almost two weeks ago, she didn't eat solid food well, so we went to the store and bought a kitty bottle and kitty formula.

Now, I nursed all my babies, so I don't know anything about bottles. But I did find out that if you only have ONE and the Baby is screaming at 3 a.m., you are NOT nice to the other people in the household who are potential bottle-misplacers. (I found it the next day, in the Suburban, thank you, Man-Who-Swore-He-Didn't-Touch-the-Bottle.)

Little No Name Kitty loves her bottle. She is eating well now, so we are weaning her from the bottle and she is not happy about it at all. She practically attacks it. Which reminds me of a story:

This is the second little kitten I have had to bottle feed. The first one was early in my relationship with Steve. We had only been dating a few months and I was living on campus at a college about an hour away. Right before finals, my room mate came back from her parents' house with a teeny little kitten that she found in the middle of the road. She couldn't keep it, so I brought it home with me.

My great-aunt, with whom I was living, promptly brought the kitty to the vet and came back with a bottle and formula for her. My great-uncle, a big "man's man" would come home on his lunch hour to give "The Baby," as he always called her, her bottle. My great-aunt ALWAYS, as long as I could remember, called a baby's bottle a "tuddie bottle."

As the kitten grew, she still loved her Tuddie Bottle and would meow at the kitchen drawer where it was stored. Steve found this completely hilarious, as he did the term "tuddie bottle." He started calling ME Tuddie Bottle. After a few weeks, he dropped it to "Tuddie" and I started calling HIM Tuddie as well. To this day, more than 25 years later, he still calls me Tuddie and he also signs all his cards to me as "Tuddie."
***Don't forget about the Name That Kitty Contest!!! It continues until Friday, June 27th.***

Thursday, June 19, 2008

My First Blog Contest

I love seeing all those great blog contests on other blogs, especially those with fun give-aways! I don't have a huge readership, but I decided to do my own contest with a prize, albeit a small one!

So we have this new kitty. She is the cutest little tortoiseshell and she reminds me so much of KitKat. Our dilemma: She needs a name. I can't face the receptionist at the vet's office one more time (yes, we've already been twice in a week) if I go in with her AGAIN as "No Name Kitten."

I said Kat-arina. Groans were elicited from the younger crowd. Steve says to just call her Kat-tastrophe. :::sigh::: The girls keep coming up with names left and right, but nothing seems to fit.

I would love to have her name have some connection to KitKat (who was named by Joshua, not myself, because he said she looked like all the colors of a KitKat candy bar all stirred together).

So come up with names for me, please! I need help! I'll leave the contest open until June 27th, next Friday. The person who comes up with The Perfect Name for little Miss No Name Kitty will win a $15 Petsmart gift card.

So put on your thinking caps and leave your suggestion in the comment section.

Monday, June 16, 2008

The "Chicks" Came to Visit

Today we had some neighbor "chicks" come to visit.

They just popped in, didn't call first. They just walked around checking out progress on the new house.

They liked the new bar in the kitchen.

They were distressed to hear about the little "'naccident" in the ceiling and were glad Steve didn't break his leg.

They'll be glad when the temporary electric pole is converted to underground lines. In their opinion, it makes the yard look tacky.

Their "man" was waiting over the back fence for them, so they decided to cut their visit short and go home. Perhaps they'll come visit again.

Cat Hater Strikes Again

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Handy Gal for Hire

I have learned quite a few new skills over the course of building this house. In addition to staining and finishing concrete floors and painting, and installing doors, I've learned some other new things in the past two weeks.

I can install doorknobs (and learned to use a drill for the first time - I told Steve I need my own pink screw gun/drill).

I can install lights, ceiling fans, and receptacles. This is easy because I know my colors (white wire to white wire, black to black, copper wire to green screw) and chemistry. :::grin:::

I can install cabinet hardware (this one is a no brainer).

Today I learned to install cable lines. Tomorrow, who knows! I may decide to put in the sewer line myself.

Or maybe not. :::grin:::

Friday, June 13, 2008

June Hostess Club

Sorry for the lack of posts. I was having quite the glitch in my computer that needed attention, then it was topped off by the shorting out of the keyboard by Someone Who Shall Remain Nameless spilling a glass of ice water into it.

Today was Hostess Club and we did a one-page layout and a Father's Day card. Here's the layout:

Page Recipe: Cardstock - Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Brocade Backgrounds Designer Series Paper. Stamps - Baroque Motifs. Ink - Chocolate Chip.

Journaling and title square were done on the computer. The title says, "You are not a hero because of what you do, but because of who you are." Journaling: "Husband, lover, friend, life partner, provider, father of my children, keeper of my heart, builder of our home, guardian of our gate. Steve, you are many things, but they can be summed up in two words: My Hero. I love you, Ginger." The picture was from eons ago - a 1992 company Christmas party when Steve was in nursing school.

The card was CASE'd from this blog. You can find complete instructions there. What an adorable idea! One will be for Steve to give his Dad for Father's Day and I'll save the other for a man birthday. Everyone loved this card!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to You!

Happy Birthday to You!

Happy Birthday, Dear Delilah!

Happy Birthday to You!

You're Nine To-Day! (Yeah, I feel that way about getting older, too!)

Monday, June 9, 2008

A Wee Little Orphan

Today my nephew came to visit. Bearing gifts. Or, rather, gift. This gift....

The first thing I thought was, "It looks like KitKat!" My second thought was for it's left eye (gummed shut). My third thought was, "Steve is going to kill me."

So I did what the obedient wife of every cat-hating husband would do - I gave it a bath and fed it. :::sigh:::

Cosette is in love. I think she believes the kitten is HER baby.

Anyone looking for a sweet kitten?

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Are These the Dog Days?

Today, I, Abrial, will get a turn at blogging. Cosette just hogs the blog, doesn't she?

Mommy took us for a walk to the New House. It was a very hot day and by the time we walked over, our tongues were hanging out. And it only takes about five minutes to walk from the Old House to the New House.

Morgan climbed this big gym looking thing. Mommy called it a scaffold. I don't know why it was there, but it sure scared me when Morgan climbed up high. Cosette and I went up the stairs to rescue her, but then we needed rescuing because we didn't know how to get down across the scaffolding. We were glad Morgan could help!

On the way back home, I decided to show you where the rabbits hide.
We didn't see any today, but we sure smelled them!