Photos of Enjoyment – April 6-9

April 6: After my mom bought a pie crust, disappointing my newly found skills at pie crust making, I decided to make a crust and turn it into ickles.  Ickles are a pie crust rolled into a rectangle, covered with a layer of brown sugar and cinnamon, rolled up, and baked.
April 7: After experiencing digestive issues over the past few months, my GI decided to schedule me for a EGD (upper GI scope).  I asked for a copy of my images to share, the results showed that I have a hiatal hernia which is causing the reflux.  This is actually good news because it means that I don’t have an ulcer!


April 8: I was getting potatoes ready for mashed potatoes for Easter, and I came across this “guy.”  I decided “he” looked like a little guy with a bad hair day!


April 9: While taking pictures of Maigee wearing her new bandanna from Custom Canines and she gave me this silly shot by yawning during the picture.  I can’t decide if she looks ferocious or like she is laughing.


I Like Ike

Thanks so much for the link to my blog from How to Cope with Pain, who made this original photojournal challenge.

April 5: Happiness is…a warm kitten sleeping on your lap.

Yes, our family has two new members.  After my mom brought home a tiny calico kitten, it was decided that she was “lonely” and needed an age-appropriate playmate, as our adult cats weren’t too fond of her.  So we went back to the house to pick up another kitten.  Since the calico is my mom’s, this is my kitten, so I would like to introduce to you “Ike,” named after the nickname of President Dwight D. Eisenhower (above) and “Daisy,” my mom’s calico (below).

Why Ike?  Because this sweet little kitten is the grandson of my favorite cat who passed away 2 years ago at the ripe age of 15.  Roose (short for Roosevelt) was a black and orange tortiseshell.  When she had kittens, the lady that worked with my mom took one and named it Ginger.  That cat had a litter of kittens, one of who was named Moose.  Well, February 29, Moose gave birth to a litter of kittens, including the calico named “Daisy” who my mom now owns.  And on March 2, Ginger gave birth to another litter of kittens, including Ike.  So the two kittens are Roose’s grandson and great-granddaughter, and are named somewhat after her with Ike being named after a president (Roosevelt) and Daisy of course being a flower (rose).

Sweet Roosevelt

Update: Unfortunately, I had sad news, both Ike and Daisy have passed away since this blog post.  They will be missed.  Now we have Ike’s brother, Tyler, living with us and are praying he will continue to live on in memory of his grandma, brother, and niece.

Days of Enjoyment – April 1-4

I’m going to start photo-journaling as a challenge from How to Cope with Pain to do something enjoyable every day, but also as a way to share some of the everyday life with chronic pain.  The times when life is normal instead of just the times when it isn’t.
Pictures from the past few days…
April 1: Maigee wearing the “cone of shame” after I gave her monthly heartworm and flea/tick preventative.  She is known to lick the flea/tick treatment, so has to wear a cone while it dries.
 April 2: Found some fresh onions in the garden today while weeding and decided to make a childhood favorite side dish, “hobo packs.”  Chop potatoes and carrot, mince onion and garlic, put everything in a foil pack with some oil and seasonings/herbs.  Grill and eat!
April 3: My peas and onions are the first thing to be planted in the garden, and they are both up already.  It is ironic that I grow peas, since neither I, nor my family will eat peas, but I love how the plants look, so I always plant a few!
April 4: While at the feed store, Maigee met the chicks, actually the chicks met Maigee.  She sniffed them a bit, but wasn’t super interested.  The chicks on the other hand were quite curious about her – see the one sticking it’s head out of the wires to see her?

Edit:  If you’d like to see more pictures I’ve taken that didn’t make it to the blog, you can see my album.


One of my favorite blogs to follow, How to Cope with Pain, has started a new challenge for March. The goal is to post 3 things you are thankful for each day, so here are mine for the past two days.

March 1:
  • I had a wonderful visit with a college friend yesterday.
  • The weather yesterday was gorgeous!
  • I have an amazing dog.
Maigee and Me
March 2:
  • My dad brought home ice cream for a special treat.
  • We had a beautiful thunderstorm today.
  • My brother got a job and the interview may have saved his life by delaying him and keeping him out of the path of the tornadoes that destroyed several towns where he would have been driving.

Moon Dog

I went out and took some pictures using various settings with my camera of the Supermoon last night.  Maigee volunteered as my willing assistant .

Maigee’s Rules of Life

1. Bugs are really, really fun, but you have to watch for the stinkers and the stingers.
2. Car rides mean fun smells.
3. Amber thinks she can sing, she can’t, but she still tries in the car.
4. Might as well settle down and take a nap at the bookstore, Amber will be there forever.
5. Drinking lots of water right before bed means that Amber will be half coherent when letting me out at 3:00 a.m.
6. Cats are fun until they just lay there doing nothing, but rabbits scratch back.
7. Guinea Pigs serve no purpose other than to make interesting squeaky noises.
8. If I drop the bone Amber gives me to carry at the pet store, chances are, I won’t get it back (for a few days, anyway), if I carry it to the register, then out to the car, I can chew it on the way home.
9. If I want to be petted, and Amber is in bed, but reading or journaling, rolling around on her hands/feet is considered being petted.
10. Best way to make Amber laugh – roll around on the floor making “aurgh” noises, while randomly chewing on a foot.
11. Amber may give me homework to chew, but her professors don’t like that much.
12. When playing fetch, if you run back to Amber, you have to run after the ball again because she takes it away and throws it again most of the time. It is easier to run off with the ball, lay down, and enjoy chewing on it until Amber decides to make me bring it to her.
13. Amber teases me when I snore, but she snores too sometimes.
14. Cactus aren’t good chew toys.
15. Toenail cutting hasn’t killed me yet, but just to be safe, I should make lots of dying-dog-noises. If I squirm it just takes longer, so just the noise, no squirming.
16. Making puking noises is a great way to get Amber to stop the car fast.
17. If the microwave is making popping noises, there is a fair chance that I’ll get a special treat of the only human food I get – popcorn. Either that or Amber left metal in it.
18. Snow is full of fun games to play. But summer means swimming in the creek.
19. If outside when vest is removed, it is required to roll around in the grass or snow immediately.
20. Snow balls are super fun to chase, but very, very hard to pick up.
21. Corn husks are the bestest toy – ever!
22. The elevator at school is an attention box – Amber pets and/or talks to me when shut inside.
23. It is fun to play in the creek, but impossible to catch the minnows. And crayfish pinch.
24. Amber has fun in the swimming pool. I do not. So I shouldn’t jump in, even if she sounds like she is having fun.
25. Amber’s home made dog treats aren’t very good, she kinda burnt them. But they make a nice mess when I crunch them some, then leave the crumbs all over.
26. If Amber is sweeping the floor, it is really fun to run through the pile she has made and track it all over the floor (and it usually gets me some outside play time).