Consider the Lilies..: May 2017   

May 22, 2017

Bunch of stuff..

I think everything is starting to go back to normal now.
Clay goes back to work today but it's possible this will be his last hitch in Africa, which is good because he's pretty sick of it!
Russia is finally happening, and it's rotation so we don't have to move.  He'll have an apartment there instead of a room in a staff house and he will be working under Lindsay again.  Lindsay is the guy that created the position for Clay in Angola.  They have worked together in 3 other countries and have become good friends.  It will be nice for him to be working under a guy he can trust again.
Plus he will be working somewhere I would actually like to visit :)

The floors are done, the dumpster has been filled and taken away, the garden is planted and the trees are trimmed.  It's been a busy few weeks!
We had the puppies neutered.  I really didn't want to, but Gunner kept lifting his leg on Sky's closet and he was starting to bully the cat and Buster so we just decided to get it over with.  His surgery went well and he is recovering quickly.  
They sent him home with a cone but that didn't go over well.  He freaked out so bad I was afraid he would tear out his stitches so we got him a Zen Collar.  Much better!

Then we took Keisel in.  Things didn't go as well for him.  The poor baby.
One of his "boys" was so far up into his abdominal cavity that they had to perform major surgery to get it out, so now instead of just one small one inch incision, he has three; two one inch and one six inch with 10 staples and his whole belly is bruised.
Let me tell you..  Keeping two Australian shepherd puppies calm is literally impossible.
They both were prescribed sedatives, but the sedatives they gave Keisel are so strong that he couldn't even lift his head off the bed and he had to be carried outside and then held up so he could go potty, so we have decided to only give him a sedative at night and just give Gunner the ones that our vet prescribed him.  His don't do much, but they do calm him down a little so we are sort of hoping that if he's not super hyper, Keisel won't be either.  It's sort of working.
Sort of.
At least right at this moment..

Mother's Day was awesome like always.
Clay and Sky always do pretty great on Mother's Day.
Sky got me another rosebush and planted it in the back yard (the dogs attacked the first one). so she put a fence around this one.
And brought Sushi home for dinner.  Best daughter ever!

Clay got me a ring with Sky's birthstones
And some of my favorite perfume (well one of my favorites)

And he brought up the patio furniture from under the deck, bought a new cushion for the lounge chair,
 bought some outdoor candles for the tables and even put up an awning so I can sit outside and still be out of the sun.

I think he's a pretty OK guy..
(Gunner keeps photobombing my pictures).

Sky wasn't completely happy with her haircut so she went back and had more cut off..  I absolutely LOVE it now.

She starts the day shift again today so instead of working 2 pm until 12:30-1:00 am, she goes in at 6:00 am.  
They opened a new department so she will be the assistant manager of that department as well as the lead welder.

I guess I've covered everything.
Oh wait!  This stuff.
The best hand cream I have ever used.  For reals!  It's pretty pricey for such a little bottle, but I use way less of it than any other brand and I only have to put it in twice a day.  
I normally use a lot of hand lotion..  I'm over 40, and if you're over 40 you know how your skin gets drier more often.  
So this stuff is bomb-diggity.
It's made by the same company that makes LipSense.  *shocker huh?*
Turns out they make a lot of stuff and so far everything I have tried is AWESOME..
Seriously.  Awesome. 
I don't sell it.  Honestly!  Even though it sounds like I do.  I don't even get a discount for plugging it so much.  It's just really good stuff..

Ok, that's all.  
Happy Monday!

May 12, 2017

Every bunny was kung fu fighting..

So we have a crazy bunny that spends most of the day in our front yard.   I was watching Clay do man stuff outside and noticed that one of the rabbits that wander around the neighborhood was following him..  He stayed back a few feet but wasn't afraid of him at all.  Then later in the day I happened to look out the window and saw that he had become quite territorial, chasing squirrels and other bunnies away whenever they ventured into the yard and then later that evening I saw him again, but this time he was hopping around the yard with a big tuft of fur in his mouth.  Apparently he is the boss of the yard now.

The Dumpster was delivered yesterday. Yay! 
Clay is finished with the floors. He just needs to finish the trim on the seconds set of stairs and it will all be done :)  Then we get to clean out the garage, attic, yard, and declutter.  I looove to declutter!  There is something satisfying about purging all the junk we've accumulated.  It's crazy how much stuff a family can manage to collect in just two years.

Sky looks a little different now.
She had her hair chopped off because it was too hot at work.  They don't have a/c which is insane to me. Seriously, they work with fire, heating up metal all day wearing welding hoods, heavy gloves, and welding jackets all inside a metal building.  I would think that a/c would be a requirement.  But no.
Even with her hair in a ponytail it was still on her neck and making her uncomfortable so now it's all gone.
I snapped this picture of her in the kitchen and was kind of surprised to see how much we look alike.
People say she looks like me all the time but I don't usually see it.  This picture I really do though.

 She decided that she didn't want her garden in pots on the deck anymore so we went to HomeDepot to get some fencing to put around the little garden that she wanted to build. 
I honestly don't think she has ever walked through a HomeDepot before.
So before she left for work she planted the garden..

She planted a rosebush on the other side of the yard too but I forgot to take a picture.

I haven't been doing a whole lot, just mopping up puppy prints and having staring contests with Gunner..

I had to unravel about 32 rows of Alyssa's blanket.  I was so mad.  I didn't realize until I was over halfway finished that I hadn't made it wide enough.  Dang it.  

It occurred to me that I haven't been doing much at all for quite some time now.  Crocheting and playing with puppies all day is a pretty cool gig, but I really should be doing something a little more productive, so I registered at Ligonier Academy.  
I'm not going for another degree this time though; I'd have to write a dissertation, and I really don't wanna do that!  
So I'm just going to take whatever courses I feel like until I don't want to take them anymore.  I have about a bazillion to choose from (might be exaggerating a little) and not just biblical studies either, I might even take some Christian living courses and some book studies too.  There are some classes on a few books written by puritan authors that I would love to learn about.  I'm thinking about starting with Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan.  I love the book and everything else he has ever written, so an actual class on the book would be pretty awesome..
So anyway, I'm a student again :)

May 1, 2017


Clay is working on the hallway today.  He pulled up the carpet on Saturday and then took a break on Sunday.  The padding underneath the carpet was really nasty so naturally I'm posting it for you all to get a good look at it too. Yay for you!  
Knowing that I have walked barefoot on this carpet seriously grosses me out now.  But Clay will be finished with the new hallway in a couple minutes.  
 Then he just has to tear up the living room carpet, put down the floor, paint the railings and put them back up, and paint the baseboards and put them back. Oh wait, he's gotta do the stairs too. And tile the bathroom floor. And put in the new vanity. And a bazillion other things :) I'm not doing much at all, just hanging out on my bed working on Alyssa's blanket while binge watching Criminal Minds. 
Gunner is working hard on a pig ear.   
I had no reason for posting this picture other than he's the cutest puppy ever and I don't want y'all to forget it.