Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Watch Your Step!

I'm one of those barefoot-in-the-house kind of gals, and luckily I saw this before I stepped on it. Click on the picture to see this bad boy up close and personal!

And, you never know what you're going to find when you're in the backyard scooping dog poop!


It made the job a little more pleasant, if that is at all possible!


Monday, March 30, 2009

Wasn't Meant to Be!

Coach Pitino in his good looking new suit wasn't enough . . . . . . .

Cheerleaders holding up those C-A-R-D-S signs a thousand times wasn't enough . . . . .

The Cardinal Bird firing up the crowd wasn't enough . . . . . . .

Winning it for the former coach wasn't enough . . . . . . .

The freethrows weren't enough . . . . . . .


We needed a real celebrity in the crowd!

It was fun to be there - despite the terrible traffic delay getting to Indianapolis from Louisville, and despite the ONE HOUR traffic mess in the city trying to get on the freeway to come home!


Michigan State beat us the way we beat Arizona on Friday! Congrats to the U of L Cardinals for a great season!




Sunday, March 29, 2009

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Hi, ho, the dairy-o, the bird ate the cat!

We traveled to Indianapolis yesterday for the NCAA basketball game. This is the stadium where the Indianapolis Colts play football. It is one gorgeous stadium!

It can be converted from a football field to this huge basketball arena. Hmmmm, wonder where our seats are located?

You've got to be freakin' kidding me?!!! Twelve rows from the court directly in line with the U of A basket!

Needless to say, Ted was in heaven!

Because we got our tickets from friends in Tucson, we were in the middle of the Arizona fan section. I think this paint probably goes on easier than it comes off!

We were cheering for the Wildcats even though they never had a chance! It was a blowout, and U of L broke a school record for the most points in a tournament game!


We head back up to Indy tomorrow to watch the Cardinals play Michigan State for a chance to go to the Final Four in Detroit.

And we'll have those same great seats!

And this time we'll be cheering for U of L - Go Cards!



Thursday, March 26, 2009

Rest in Peace Sweet Jazz

Jazz
May 15, 1997 ~ March 24, 2009

The day Jazz was reunited with her owner, Shalanda, after having been kept away for almost three years.



You can read all about Jazz's story from a previous post .



The Rainbow Bridge
Inspired by a Norse Legend

By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run,
When their time on earth is over and done.

For here, between this world and the next,
Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,
Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

They romp through the grass, without even a care,
Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,
Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
Together again, both person and pet.
So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
The time of their parting is over at last.

The sadness they felt while they were apart,
Has turned into joy once more in each heart.
They embrace with a love that will last forever,
And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.

© 1998 Steve and Diane Bodofsky. All Rights Reserved.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Celebrating Dad!

Today is my Dad's birthday. He would have been 88 years old. He died a couple of months short of his 86th birthday. He never seemed old to me until the last few months of his life. I'm not sure how old he was in this photo, but I'm guessing around 20.

I don't remember this photo, but knowing him, I think he did this a lot when I was little. He loved children!

He also loved to travel. He and Mom went on many cruises after his retirement from General Electric. This was a trip to Hawaii that we took back in the 80's - you can tell it's the 80's because of my big hair and big sunglasses!

He adored my mother more than you could imagine. I think she kept him young by having lots of projects for him! When I think about him dying before she did, I'm thankful because I don't think he could have survived without her.

Happy Birthday ~ we miss you so much!




Tuesday, March 24, 2009

March Madness!

If you're from a college basketball loving state, you know what all the madness is about this month! Having been a University of Louisville cardinal fan my entire life, and with Ted working at the University, we are super happy that our C-A-R-D-S are one of the #1 ranked teams in the tournament this year.

The next team they play is the University of Arizona. And there you have the problem. Because Ted is a graduate of the U of A - not once, but twice! And when we lived in Tucson, we were able to get awesome student tickets (after waiting in a hay field for 18 hours - oh, the things you do when you're young and don't have money). So, we love the Arizona Wildcats too!

And the game is being played in Indianapolis - a short ride from here! Ted calls me from work yesterday and asked me if I wanted to go to the game. Well, of course, I do, but we knew the U of L tickets were already sold out. So, we did the next best thing - called our U of A season ticket holder friends in Tucson to see if they could get tickets for us. The first thing David said to Ted when he answered the phone? Traitor! But, he came through for us, and we're headed to Indy on Friday for the first game, and then again on Sunday for the second game.

I'll be wearing this shirt on Friday. And then when U of L wins, I'll wear a cardinal shirt on Sunday!

Either way, we're winners! Go Cats - Go Cards! For those of you not from Kentucky, saying Go Cats is sacrilegious if you're a U of L fan because the University of Kentucky - our biggest rival - are also Wildcats. But, those poor Cat fans are crying cause they only made it to the NIT this year. So sad, really, we're crying with you . . . . . . . .




Monday, March 23, 2009

The Big Kahuna

About twice a year I'm lucky enough to look out the window and see a Pileated Woodpecker in our backyard.

This morning was one of those times. I made a mad dash upstairs to get the camera, and realized I was going to need the zoom lens. I just knew by the time I changed lenses, Woody would be gone.

But he was still there - eating lunch at the dead, rotted stump!

I decided to take a chance and go out on the deck. Very quietly, I opened the door, and he kept pounding away looking for goodies.

My camera was acting funny - of course, it does that when you only have a quick chance to get a good picture - and several of the better shots ended up fuzzy. I'll blame that on letting Ted use the camera yesterday. He can manage to change settings without even realizing what he is doing!

It is neat to see these birds in flight - they are huge! Do you ever see pileated woodpeckers in your area?


Friday, March 20, 2009

Just Do It!

Ahhh, the first day of spring! Not a flower in bloom in the yard, but look what hubby brought home! Could Sharon's husband - who brings her flowers for absolutely no reason - be rubbing off on Ted? No, he doesn't even know Sharon's husband!

Silly me asked, What is the occasion? Because any of you with an engineering-brained husband knows that there has to be an occasion to give flowers!




The reason was one you might typically hear from a man. It wasn't any of the following reasons:

It's the first day of Spring!

You are the most wonderful wife in the world (although he does say this but usually not with flowers attached)!

You work your butt off around here!

You look spectacular!

Etc.

Etc.

Etc.

It's official - Spring is here! No more cold weather. ever. period. exclamation point!




Thursday, March 19, 2009

How Time Flies!

Since the weather was beautiful yesterday, and Ted was taking the day off, he suggested a road trip to Georgetown, Kentucky. It is about an hour away - near Lexington.

Georgetown is the home of Georgetown College - my alma mater. I can hardly believe that I graduated 30 years ago this May!

This is the dorm where I lived the entire four years - Flowers Hall. It's interesting to see that some things have changed (we didn't have that volleyball pit), but how being on campus took me back so quickly in my mind to the years that shaped and formed who I am today.

We called it The Quad back in the 70's, but today it is the Robert L. Mills Residence Park. Robert L. Mills was president of the college for a gazillion years, and he retired the year before I graduated. I really wanted his signature on my diploma.

We went through a few antique stores and a huge Peddler's Mall. It was a great day for kicking back and getting ready to welcome spring!


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Only Time It's a Pain!

I love our ornamental grasses. They require no watering or upkeep, and they hide all the stuff you hate to see in a yard - the electrical boxes, the cable boxes, and meters against the house.

The only thing that needs to be done is cutting them back in the spring. The reason the job stinks is because they flare up your allergies like you wouldn't believe! And we always seem to pick a weekend when the wind is blowing, and I end up chasing the stuff all over the place.


Luckily, Ted is on spring break this week. This past weekend he went to his Mom's house in Ohio to install a storm door we got her for Christmas. Three days is about all anyone can handle of non-stop talking!

Today he decided to burn the six foot high pile of limbs and twigs we have collected since the winter storm. Once that burned down, he tackled the ornamental grasses. I was so happy that he didn't need my help!

Our weather has been beautiful for the past few days - I'm hoping it is here to stay!


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Wearin' 'O The Green!


Happy St. Patrick's Day!