Tuesday, March 31, 2009

From Lowes to Petco

I promised Kate a long time ago that when we had a home and once things got somewhat settled that we could bring a dog into our lives. She has always grown up with dogs while I have never had a pet in my life ( outside of fair goldfish and random minnows I caught in my friends creek). So when she asked me if now was the time for us to FINALLY get a dog, I broke down and said yes. True, we are newly and freshly in our first home and yes there are many projects on our list... but to be fair, there will always be a project on our list.. and I did make a promise.

We opted to get our first dog from "Adopt a Lab", an organization that rescues Labradors that have been left behind, many of which are at risk of being euthanized.
We went back and forth on whether we should get a puppy or a older, grown dog. When Bella came up available for adoption, we noted that she was supposedly 1 to 2 years old, not quite a puppy, and possibly, hopefully a little more grown. In the end, we wanted to be sure that we were able to leave the dog at home for an extended time while we work.
So, Bella arrived on a Saturday afternoon in this:

We were quite amazed the she along with 22 other dogs were in this little get up!

When Bella was finally brought to us, she was FULL of energy and quite confused, after the 17 hour long journey with all her dog palls.
We also quickly determined that she is not a full bred Labrador... but she is, in fact, a Mockadore... a dog that ACTS like a Labrador. We think that she is either a Lab / Beagle mix or a Beagadore, or a Lab / Pit mix or a Pitadore... at any rate, she is mostly Lab and she is all together a cutie!

Yet we have a very happy and somewhat tearful Kate.

Once in the car, she fell asleep and was sweetly ( and somewhat oddly ) quiet the whole trip home.

And here is the happy couple together, home at last.

Well, Bella has some learning to do. She is pretty good in the house. She sits when asked, she is quite lovable and playful, as a lab should be. She was crate trained with her foster parents, so we have a crate for her which she likes quite well. Outside she is VERY, VERY excited and interested to see, smell, and taste everything. She is quite strong on the leash as well.

In the end, we think that she will learn very quickly and become a very loving and fun member of the family. And who knows, she may end up helping out with painting some walls!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

catching up with...

I've been told by friends and family that I've been slacking a bit on the blog works.
As they all know the best ways of guilting me into action, I've decided to place a few images up of the slight progress we have made.
I mentioned before about the small transition of switching the fold-down ironing board in the kitchen into a spice cabinet. Wife took on this task full force and did an excellent job. Previous to her rehab, TE and TC had removed the old ironing board, which was completly unuseable due to the proximity of the kitchen seating island.
After a quick trip to our home away from home, ie Lowes, Kate was armed and ready to complete the task.

Wife helping to guide EE to the home

EE Excited to see the spice cabinet

the new cabinet

original latch... we think

clean when closed... we still need to do a little sanding to certian exposed wood areas in the house... but that time will come.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

from sandy feet to snow and sleet

One great thing about a trip to Mexico in the depth of February is the escape from the sometimes harsh Northeastern winter.

The bad part is the return to multiple feet of snow!

We are strongly considering a permanent move to southwesten coast of mexico; with its many palaps, avocados stuffed with shrimp, racilla and bogey-boarding. Yes, the temporary departure from the sub-feeezing temperatures to literal weather perfection was wonderful. But we did miss our new home, and have now retruened, trading flip-flops for grotex lined boots; sand pails for snow shovels; and yes it is a bit odd to have a sun-burn while speading salt over icey steps...

Below are a few shots from our lovely getaway. Be sure to check out the link to our friends who call Arroyo Seco home!

Our Casa for the trip
View of the entryway
Beach-Side view of the funky lil' shack

View from the lower porch out to the harbor

T.C. and Big M back from a morning fishing trip with the catch in hand

Ladies on whale / dolphin watch

Also a great spot to catch the nightly sunset show.. still no Green Flash

One of our favorite local "Gringo" restaurants... home of the Marta-Ritta!

All in all, a great vacation. We can't wait for a return visit!