Friday, December 30, 2011

Prometheus...the prequel to Alien




Who does not remember the large alien with his chest blown out on the crashed alien ship on LV426. Apparently the film "Prometheus" takes place long before the "Space Jockey" crashed his ship.

Early reports are that the film will be PG 13 and in 3D. In the early moments of the trailer we hear a womans voice say "I was so wrong.....I'm sorry". The movie comes out in June 2012 and I'm sure we will see more trailers.

Looking forward to June.

Laraine

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Awesome !!!


Over the holidays my next door neighbor and friend Kathy, better known as Ms. Fixit came over to install new lighting fixtures to my master bath and second bath. Kathy works odd jobs in our small town. She was able to purchase several styles of high end lighting at auction and was more than happy to sell them to me, with her doing the install. I must admit, I love the result. Totally awesome!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Missing You "Tuffy" So Very Much


He was "just" a dog............just a dog.

My sweet little man....you do not know how much you are missed. I miss your demanding little bark for a treat when you came in from outside after doing your business.

I miss the way you barked at the cat at sunset.....letting me know it was time to put the cat out and get ready for bed. You were impatient for me to den us up in my room because you knew I could deny you nothing. You would stand at the foot of my bed and with a sharp bark, you asked for one more treat.

Why are little dog hearts programed to beat for a set amount of time. It's not fair. I am reminded of the song lyrics....."all your money will not another moment buy."

I miss you so much it hurts.

Laraine

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Walking with Cavemen



If you have a chance to watch something interesting and educational on netflix over the Christmas holiday, may I suggest the BBC 2 part series "Walking with Cavemen".

It traces all upright apes to what may be our ancestors, the Neanderthal and the Cro-Magnon. All the actors are human with wonderful make-up and very little computer generated effects.

I remember being intrigued as a child learning about a young prehistoric child being buried surrounded with flowers. Just recently in England a small child was found in a prehistoric grave with a toy hedgehog carved from stone.

Their lives must have been so very hard. They say the skeletons of Neanderthal looked like they were rodeo riders. Fingers and ribs were broken many times in the course of every day life.

Have a good day

Laraine

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

I'm Dreaming of a Pastel Christmas





Just did a google photo search for shabby Christmas trees and snagged these beautiful photos. I even ran across a alum Christmas tree with the exploding pom poms on the ends just like mine for $379.00. I did not use that tree this year but opted for the smaller table top trees.

At this point in time I am thinking of just calling all my children and telling them, I am just skipping Christmas this year. I feel like the joy of the season has been sucked right out of the marrow of my bones.

I miss my dear husband Jim and I miss my dear puppy Tuffy. I am sure Jim was waiting for Tuffy at the rainbow bridge.

Jim has such beautiful blue eyes. They sparkled with enjoyment. He was happiest when he was surrounded by those who loved him. The shih-tzu's loved him dearly. He was always gentle with them and lavished much love and treats on them.

anyway..............I am feeling a little worn out and sad this year. Not depressed.......but I just feel like being by myself.

Have a peaceful and blessed day

Laraine

Friday, December 16, 2011

I Am Sure Jim And Tuffy Have Found Each Other


Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.

There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.

There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.

The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

- Anonymous

Have a Calm and Blessed Day

Laraine

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Have Yourself a Tackey Little Christmas





What do you do, if you have a "elcheepo" $10.00 fiber optic tree that no longer lites up?

Well..........I took my wire cutters and cut off all the plastic ornaments.

I then went to my local handyman shop and bought the very last can of pepto pink paint. (He gave it to me for half price because it was the last can and even had the young helper shake it up and make sure it worked. )

I sprayed the heck out of the tree....even managing to spray paint my feet as I held the tree up side down.

Then, I then decorated it with a group of late 50's early 60's vintage tree ornaments.

Looks Tacky to me !!!

Have a blessed day.

Laraine

Monday, December 12, 2011

Saturday, December 10, 2011

One Day At A Time


Here in our little cottage, we are taking one day at a time. I am hand feeding Tuffy and carrying him whenever he needs to go outside. I have put a pee-pee pad next to his bed in case of an accident.

Much to my surprise I have noticed little "Sport" spending a lot of time near Tuffy.

It could be anthropomorphism............if so I don't care.........It brings me comfort to think Sport is trying to comfort Tuffy.

Have a blessed day

Laraine

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Reflections on Life



I was laying in bed last night thinking about my beloved Shih-Tzu Tuffy, and it occurred to me how some things never change. I have done all this before......... Let me explain.

Over the Christmas season 2001. I was knee deep in caring for my beloved husband Jim. I did everything I could to keep him alive until he finally gave up and died in January 2002. He had always told me he was ready to go to God and would not fight. I, on the other hand am a fighter and when I go to God...the drag marks will be mine.

I now find myself in a battle for Tuffy's life. Tuffy is 15 years old and the last time he saw a vet he weighed 14 lbs. Two years ago Tuffy developed a large growth on his neck, just behind and under his ear. The vet told me at the time it was cancer and it was not causing him pain and could not be operated on. She said he was nearing the end of his life cycle and since he was still feisty, I should just let him be.

He weighed only 8 lbs when I came home from my daughters house for Thanksgiving. He was not eating and only got up to use the bathroom. I thought it could be his teeth and perhaps he needed wet food.

I have purchased wet food and special treats for him and have been feeding him by hand for the last few days. I am happy to say he has gained one pound and now weighs a little over 9 lbs.

Yesterday, I trimmed his fur and gave him a nice warm bath. I put his favorite sweater on him and put him in bed with a small electric heater near him to keep him warm.

I told myself when I went to bed last night that if he was worse today I would take him to the vet.

The little bugger is better this morning and came into the kitchen and barked for his food and even got up in the cat's face and barked at him. He ate a good breakfast, mostly hand fed by spoon by me and went back to his bed.

This is just tearing me up. I have told my Daughter that I cannot leave him and will not be going to her house for Christmas. I realized last night as I lay in bed....I have done all this before.

Have a blessed day.

Laraine