Sunday, September 18, 2016

Diana Ross and Me

I imagine no one will be looking at this, but I said I would post the picture of Diana Ross and me -- and I really like the picture -- so here it is!

Friday, September 9, 2016

All is well

Evidently I allowed my frustration with everything that's going on in my life to cloud my ability to understand basic conversations, but everything is right on track with the sale of my house.  All is well.

I am going to miss that house and the beauty surrounding that house so much, but it is way past time for me to move on and try to get back into a world without Marshall.

I have said before that I was going to end the blog because the whole purpose of the blog was to keep everyone up to date about Marshall's life and death and now that he's been gone for over a year there's just nothing left to say.

So this is truly the end of the blog.  I have appreciated so much all of the support I've gotten from everyone.  THANK YOU!!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Another Day

Made it through another day.  No word from the real estate agent so I am trying very hard to be patient.  I am hoping that "no news is good news."

Mia is coming along nicely.  We are quickly becoming very very attached to each other.  She is adapting nicely but still getting used to these surroundings.  We came upon another dog this afternoon and Mia got kind of aggressive.  I think it's because (1) she was on a leash; and (2) she was protecting me.  That should all fall into place.

And on other news, Tricia has been diagnosed with Grave's Disease.  She is still getting tests done and is working with her doctors to treat this as medication-free as possible.   And today is her birthday!  What a birthday...

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Trip to Westcliffe

The trip down to Westcliffe went well. Mia traveled well, no problems. But I don't think she liked having to get used to yet another house. She was kind of nervous.

We scattered Coco's ashes in the same spot where Marlee's ashes were scattered.

Then we had a quiet evening. I went through the house and made sure I had everything I wanted to take and I vacuumed and did a small amount of cleaning. I left a bottle of champagne in the refrigerator for the buyer.

We headed back to Thornton this morning and got home around 1:00. Mia was beside herself to get back home. She ran in the house and literally attacked both cats with kisses And it looked like they felt the same way. It was so cute.

Late this afternoon I got a call from my real estate agent with the news that the sale of my house may have fallen through. Looks like the Buyer wants to back out. I won't discuss the details in this blog but it is very upsetting. However, I should find out for sure tomorrow so I'm trying to stay positive until I know for sure.

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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Things to do in Thornton

A few weeks ago I got a booklet from the City of Thornton filled with things to do in Thornton for the rest of the year.

Last night I went through the book and found a whole bunch of things that I think I might enjoy trying (beginners' yoga, line dancing, guitar lessons, movies, one-on-one strength training, horseback riding, crafts, festivals, volunteer work, and on and on).  I made my list and today I went out to locate all of the places where these things are taking place (or, in the case of horseback riding, etc., where the group meets) and today I drove around to locate all those places.

A lot of things happen (or start) at the Thornton Senior Center (I don't want to be old enough to go to a senior center, but it is what it is).  Then there's the Art & Culture Center and the Carpenter Recreational Center and the Thornton Community Center.  All of these places except the Community Center were closed today because of the holiday weekend, but at least I now know where they all are.  I actually had the courage to go into the Community Center and ask some questions.  Doing things by myself is a big deal these days.  Found out that the Community Center mostly caters to children so I was able to mark it off my list.

This coming week I'll be in Westcliffe on Tuesday/Wednesday to spend one last night at my house.  Both the buyer and I had to sign an extension agreement so things are a little tentative right now. And I bought the buyer a bottle of champagne to put in the fridge.

When I get back I'll start getting signed up for some of the activities I mentioned.

Mia's potty training is progressing.  Slowly.  According to the trainer, I am going to have to start putting her in her crate and both she and I are going to HATE that.  So it will be to her benefit to figure this out quickly.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Meet Mia!

New addition to my household:
Her name is Mia and she is a mix of many different breeds.  She only weighs about 18 pounds, is about 3-1/2 years old and she is very smart -- knows "sit," "stay," and "down."  Since I got her home on Saturday I've learned that she is a lover of chasing rabbits and when I take her out I have to hold onto the leash VERY tightly because at the sight of a rabbit -- which are aplenty at my house -- she is gone!  And there is a very busy road in front of my house.  I thought I lost her on Sunday but she came back when I started screaming.  She appears to already be devoted to me, which of course was the point of all this.  I have purpose now.  I hope it helps my general mood.

She and the cats are getting along nicely, with just a bit of jockeying for dominance.  With what I've seen so far, I believe Jerry will be top "dog," Mia will be next, and Okie will remain at the bottom of the totem pole.

The closing on my house was set for September 16.  I just heard from the real estate agent that the closing date has been rescheduled indefinitely because the appraiser is backlogged.  I knew it was going too smoothly.  So until we get the appraisal we don't even know if the seller's financing is approved.  UGH!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Report on the weekend

I am going to be a big old show-off in this post.  But what a weekend I had.  I was able to forget totally how depressed I've been.  For those of you who want to listen to me show off, here goes:

First, I don't know much about golf, but the "cottage" I stayed in was right on the golf course:
Friday night was a demonstration by a bird rescue group called Hawk Quest.  It was supposed to be outdoors, but it was raining so we went into a corridor of the golf club.  Each bird had a handler.  Most of the birds that are in this rescue group get there by getting hit by a car or being orphaned.  Some are able to be rehabbed and then released and some can never live in the wild so they live their lives in this rescue facility.  For instance, the bald eagle that they brought was blind in one eye and would not be able to hunt in the wild.  Here are some photos -- this was SO interesting.

The handlers lined up with their birds.

The eagle and his handler:

Me and the eagle:

One of the owls with his handler:

I forget what kind of owl this is, but isn't he different?

The handler is able to do a little maneuver that makes the owl flap his wings:

This is a screech owl -- weighs 4 ounces:

This is a spectacled owl:

After the demonstration of the birds, we had a great dinner in the golf club.

On Saturday I went up to the Bartlits' house around 5PM and after signing in I looked at all the dogs up for adoption.  Came close to adopting one, but most of them were puppies and I am just not ready for a puppy.  But I got to play with them.

The setup for this function is absolutely huge and holds about 500 people.

Then they had a live auction to raise money for the Dumb Friends League (we learned later that they raised over a million dollars -- great news!!)  During the auction someone recognized Larry The Cable Guy in the audience.  So Fred got up and started revving the audience up to get out their checkbooks and he said something like "Git 'R Done -- right, Larry?"  So Larry the Cable Guy, who was in the back of the tent, grabbed the microphone from one of the auctioneers and and said he would donate his voice to the auction.  He said that for the highest bidder he would call that bidder's child and use his "Mater" voice from the movie CARS to wish that child happy birthday.  I couldn't tell what that bidding got up to but I know it was quite large.  Here's Larry the Cable Guy pointing to the audience and telling them to "Git 'R Done and get out the checkbooks."

And here's Larry the Cable Guy with my boss's grandson (sorry for the quality, the lighting wasn't the greatest):

Fred and Jana enjoying the entertainment:

The entertainer was Diana Ross:

After the concert I was given the opportunity to go back stage and meet Ms. Ross and get my picture taken with her.  It was done by a professional photographer and I won't have that photo for a few weeks.  That was so special.  She is a very tiny lady -- I had to look down to talk to her.

So as you can tell, I HAD A STUPENDOUS TIME!!