Sunset

AFTER I picked up all the shredded plastic that Roscoe had all over the yard, I walked down to the front gate with Greg as it would not open using the keypad (suspect batteries may be dead).  Anyway, I decided to come back to the house as it was getting dark (and there are no lights to guide you back to the house – we live in the country!).  Don’t know what made me turn around again when walking back, but I am glad I did.  The sky was the most beautiful blue and peachy pink fom the sunset.   How beautiful!!

 

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And Take – 3 (or 4 or 5 or……)

Well, Roscoe was at it again.  I went out earlier and found a plastic bag ripped up in the driveway, so I picked up the pieces and stuffed them down a box in the trash.  Just a little while ago I went out and saw this mess – thought it was the same plastic bag but it was part of the packing from the TV!  I put all the boxes outside, which included this packing and some styrofoam which I am expecting to see torn to bits soon!

Here we go again!
Here we go again!

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BIG Screen TV!

A few weeks ago, Greg decided he wanted a bigger TV.  I thought what we had was fine.  Well, that was going to mean we had to alter our entertainment center in order to fit a bigger TV.  He recruited a friend, who makes cabinetry, to come out and assess the situation.  I could tell by the look on his face that he really didn’t want to cut in to our entertainment center, but he said he would do the job.  The guy came back a few days later with another friend of his who also makes cabinetry, and they help each other out with ideas.  After looking over what was going to be done, the other guy suggested rather than cutting away at the cabinet, make a piece that would fit in to the cabinet where Greg could screw it down to secure it and then mount a TV bracket to that so the TV could be hung from it.  I was SO relieved (and the first guy even said he really didn’t want to cut in to that cabinet!).  Plus, this was cheaper!!  The new TV came in Friday and it is all mounted and I have to say I really do like it (Greg kept telling me I would!).  Watching Netflix movies on this thing will really be nice!  We went from a 32″ to a 58″ TV!!!!!!!

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The original TV in place

 

Our "old" TV.  We bought this in 2005!
Our “old” TV. We bought this in 2005!
This thing ONLY weighs 160 pounds!!  Took two guys to move it!
This thing ONLY weighs 160 pounds!! Took two guys to move it!

 

What saved my cabinet!
What saved my cabinet!

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New TV still in the box
New TV still in the box
Back of TV
Back of TV

 

Reading directions (ugh, I hate to read directions!)
Reading directions (ugh, I hate to read directions!)
The bracket is installed
The bracket is installed

 

And - the new one is ready to go!
And – the new one is ready to go!

“That Dog” Strikes Again!!

UGH!!!  I was outside yesterday draining our hot tub and went inside for a bit.  I left my sunglasses on a table and when I came back out, they were on the ground – chewed up!  Roscoe strikes yet again!  Well, he got to spend time in “prision” (the dog pen) all by himself for a little while until I was done with the hot tub.  From not on, all sunglasses, gloves, hats, whatever will come with me in the house when I am working in the yard.  I really need to get that dog some chew toys!!!

Beyond repair!
Beyond repair!

 

That Dog!

This has become a common saying of mine lately.  Apparently, Roscoe gets bored VERY easy and has to chew on something.  The plant incident happened yesterday and then I went out to feed the dogs tonight and found boxes chewed along with the box I stored all in (just sighs…….)  I need to get that boy a chew toy (or two!).

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It’s Play Time!

Yesterday, we got a little bit of rain and it cooled off quite a bit (got down to 80 degrees, get the jacket out!).  The dogs were a little frisky in the cooler weather.  One of Roscoe’s favorite things to do is to nip at Remi’s back legs.  He especially loves to do this once I let them out of the dog pen in the mornings.  Well, Remi was getting some nips in too as well.

RAIN!
RAIN!
Let's play!
Let’s play!
Hey!
Hey!
Let's go for the leg
Let’s go for the leg

 

MY turn!
MY turn!

 

Dog Gone Good!

Greg bought a new charcoal grill the other day and this one is a doozie.  I call it R2D2 as that is what it looks like!  It is insulated, similar to The Big Green Egg grill.  Today, he cooked a pork loin, some ground deer and beef ribs, which in the past, I have not been that fond of because they (the beef ribs) didn’t taste that good to me.  Well, I was very pleasantly surprised that these ribs were SO good, but I shouldn’t have been, as Greg, in my eyes is a Master Griller!  He knows how to season the meat just right and cook it to perfection.  The dogs enjoyed the rib bones afterwards (yes, I know some of you will beat me up for giving our dogs bones, but we have never had any issues with this in the past and they so enjoy them!).

"R2D2"
“R2D2”

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MEAT!
MEAT!

 

YUMMO!
YUMMO!

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I sit pretty for my bone
I sit pretty for my bone

 

Too anxious to sit!
Too anxious to sit!
Yum, yum, yum, yum,yum....
Yum, yum, yum, yum,yum….

 

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Took me about 5 minutes to devour this bone!
Took me about 5 minutes to devour this bone!

Mud Daubers

The Mud Daubers have been horrible this year!  They have built nests everywhere.  Greg got the ladder for me the other day and there were even a couple on there!  There were a bunch on the front porch along the eaves so I started knocking them down.  Some, I sprayed with water to soften them up so I wouldn’t scrape off the paint.  Both Remi and Roscoe had to help of course, by chasing the nests that I had thrown on the ground and even chewing on them (ICK!!) But, my mission has been accomplished!  All are gone, unless there are some that are hidden that I didn’t see, which is entirely possible.  Those buggers need to get out of town!

Mud Daubers be gone!
Mud Daubers be gone!

 

Nests
Nests

 

Inspirational Quotes

I follow several other blogs and today, I received notification of a posting from Strong Blogs.  I particularly liked the posting today under the category of Inspiration – 37 Inspirational Quotes That Will Change Your Life.  My ultimate favorite is – “Life is like photography — you need the negatives to develop”.  I LOVE this quote!  I truly believe we grow and get stronger by the “obstacles” that are put in our path.   If you have never read “Who Moved my Cheese”, I highly recommend that you read this short book, it is one of my favorites and honestly, I don’t read many books.  That has just never been my thing.  But this book is a must have.  It talks about overcoming obstacles and going past them.  I know in my life I have hit several hurdles and learned to go over them and I am a stronger person because of those hurdles.  Life teaches us many lessons, we are always in the classroom!