We’re Back!!

I have been a major slacker in blogging over the last six months!  We have had a lot of things going on; big things; life changing events….and all for the better!  Now that life has slowed down and settled down, I can get back into the swing of blogging again and catching up with all the blogs I follow too!  I have tried to check in periodically to see how our blogging friends are doing and what they are up to, but have not been consistent and need to get better at doing so. I do enjoy reading your blogs!

In January, we took at trip to Dallas,Texas to visit our good friends Ernie and Deb. It was the first opportunity we had to visit them since they moved from Virginia back in 2010.  First to Colorado then in 2012 to Dallas.  We had a great trip!  When we got back to Virginia, we continued plugging away at our bathroom renovation.  We ran into quite a bit of issues with moisture in the walls, which delayed our progress and with Mitch working night shift (a different schedule every week), it became a drawn out project.  We called in contractors to help with plastering and tile work.  We learned that a bathroom renovation can be much more challenging when trying to save part of what is already existing. We finally got it all done and were thrilled with the results!

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To the appreciate the after, you had to see the before.  This bathroom had not been updated since the house was built in 1965.  We did update the doors previous to starting the rest of the renovation.  Took hours for me to paint but the result was worth it.

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Demo is the fun part!

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But can make a huge mess.

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Putting it back together is the challenging part.  We tried to salvage the original cast iron tub but we had a rotten sub floor and the only way to get the tub out (it was extremely heavy!) was to break it into three pieces.  I did have a melt down that day when the old tub came out.

But the new tub was nice and fit perfectly so we soldiered on.

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At the same time as our bathroom renovation was coming to completion, we got the exciting and amazing news that Mitch had been offered a job at Texas Instruments!!

We finished the bathroom just in time to put the house on the market and prepare for our big move across the Country!  We had bought our little fixer upper house in February of 2012 and were on the market to sell it on March 12th, 2015.  We had four showings, with a fifth scheduled in the first 48 hours of the house being listed for sale.  Received three offers, selected the best one for us and were under contract in 72 hours!  It was a whirlwind weekend to say the least.  Our move date was April 28th, which meant we had a little bit over a month to find a house in Dallas, Texas, pack and move.  We got it all done in the nic of time!  The day the moving truck arrived, we were still hurriedly packing boxes to put on the truck!!

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And our small U-Haul for the items we would be devastated if lost during the move.  We had heard bad things about using moving companies and had never used one before so we were a bit nervous!  In the end, we only had one box go missing.

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We are so happy in Texas!  It is a perfect fit for us!  We had been wanting to move to Florida for years, but Texas has won over our hearts.  I lucked out and got transferred with the company I worked for in Richmond to a Cardiac Surgery practice here in Dallas.  After a debacle with the first house we chose in Dallas falling through, we ended up finding the house of our dreams.  Everything fell into place almost perfectly!  We had two minor hiccups……we could not move into our new home until May 16th so we were living in a hotel for 2 weeks and our belongings had to go into storage, but outside of that, everything else worked out perfectly!

We have been in our home for a little over two months now and there are only 2 boxes remaining to unpack.  I think that is pretty good progress in that short of time. 🙂  I have had so much fun decorating this house!!  The pups have been incredible troopers!  They did amazingly well with the two day trip (driving nine hours) each day across Country, living in a hotel for two weeks, and then settling in to our new home!  Greyhounds are just awesome!!  So awesome!!  They adjusted so quickly and love their new home and yard.  We found the most amazing doggie sitter, Ms. Vicky, and the hounds and we love her!  She is awesome and I love getting her update every day along with pictures and occasionally videos of our pups and how they are doing.

And as me for me, I am loving the warm weather!!  It is warm here, but it is a dry heat with a constant breeze.  It is like the beach minus the water and sand.  Absolutely perfect for me!!

I have not taken many pictures with my good camera since we packed up and moved.  I am getting back into picking up my camera again.  It is still fairly new to me and I have so much to learn!!  But here are a few pics of our new house.  Not great quality, as they were taken with my phone.

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Since our last post, Pippi celebrated her 10th Birthday and sixth Gotcha Day on February 19th!  Ziva celebrated her 2nd Gotcha Day on July 1st and Cueball celebrated his 12th Birthday on July 16th!

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We are having an awesome 2015, our best year yet!!

Our next post will have lots of hound pictures and some pics of our new home town!  We have a weekend outing planned to try some of the Texas wineries next weekend!!  So happy to be back to blogging again and looking forward to catching up on all your blogs!

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New Year, New beds

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Just a quick post.  One can never have too many dog beds!  Our hounds are enjoying their new beds from Costco.  I may have to make another trip back to pick up a few more of the plush style beds.  They love this style the best and I don’t fault them one bit.  It feels like you are laying on top of a soft teddy bear.  Who would not like that?

Catching up…

It has been a while, again, since I have logged in to my lap top to update the blog.  I think about it all the time and have good intentions, but don’t seem to make the time to get it done.  I am hoping to do better in 2015.

We spent Thanksgiving weekend at my Mom’s this year.  We had a lovely meal and enjoyed some outdoor time with my Mom and her dog, Jenny.  She is a lot of fun and still very much a puppy at her young age of 2.  My mom had asked me to take some pictures of Jenny so they could get one framed.  At first Jenny was very fearful of my camera but with the help of my my mom and a lot of patience and positive encouragement, she became comfortable and her personality came out.

Below are a few pics I took of this sweet girl.

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Then Christmas was upon before too long.  The pups seemed to enjoy having dog beds close to the tree.

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Pippi and Ziva spent an evening sharing the couch.  I can’t remember a time when this has happened with these two girls before.  I enjoyed every minute of it.

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Pippi put up with me “smothering her” with motherly love.

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The pups enjoy their special Christmas treat.

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As a gift to myself, I had these pics printed on Canvas.  We have one of each our fur kids now.  I really love the way they turned out.  It is my new favorite way of transforming photos.  During cyber week several companies were offering great deals (70% and higher off) making this very affordable!

Our rainbow bridge fur kids: Maggie, Booyah, Misty and KC.  Always in our hearts.

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Our fur kids who are with us now:  Ziva, Cueball and Pippi.

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We spent our Christmas with close family.  We wouldn’t have it any other way, it was a perfect day!

Mitch and I also were treated to brunch at The Jefferson Hotel. We had a table right in front of the 15 foot Christmas tree.  I love this old, historic hotel and it is a must see at Christmas.  They decorate it beautifully!

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We are looking forward to a fantastic 2015!!

The Beauty of Fall

Fall is our most favorite time of year.  The scenery is just beautiful and the weather is perfect for the pups to be out and about all day.  Last weekend we took a trip to one of our favorite parks in Richmond, Maymont Park.  The leaves are beginning to change and the colors were just gorgeous!

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The start of the fall season also brought changes for our family.  After 5 years of being in business for himself, my husband Mitch, closed Air Repair and began working a new job.  It was a good 5 years, but being in business for yourself comes with a unique set of challenges. I am proud of him for taking the leap. He has worked really hard and the future is looking bright.
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With the closing of the business, it was time for us to obtain a “new to us” vehicle since the work van was not practical nor economical for every day use. Mitch also was not too keen on driving the minivan on a daily basis. The Pilot will also allow for us to purchase a camper next year and get back into camping. We both tent camped alot growing up and quite a bit before we adopted the pups and miss those adventures.

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The pups have given it a 12 paws up approval!  We of course took them out for a ride the first day we owned it.  🙂

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We took a ride out to wine taste at Lake Anna Winery and Cooper Vineyards.  The skies were beautiful.  The leaves were just beginning to change color on the grapevines.

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The girls and I took some selfies.

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We drove by Lake Anna on our way to Cooper Vineyards. Very pretty.

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The pictures on our last post for Black and White Sunday were also taken at Cooper Vineyards.  We have one more trip planned to see some beautiful fall foliage before the trees lose all their beautiful leaves and the dreary winter arrives.

BBH 2014, Ziva turns 5! and 2015 Celebrating Greyhounds Calendars

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After a two year hiatus, we finally made it back to Beach Bound Hounds…… one of our favorite greyhound events!  This was Ziva’s first time experiencing the beach/water.  She had a great time playing in the water and had a no fear attitude.  She kept wanting to go out deeper and deeper.

The weather was not ideal for sunbathing, but was perfect for having the hounds spend their days with us laying on the beach just enjoying the sights and sounds.

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Also made for nice leisurely strolls on the beach with the hounds.

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It was overcast with rain showers every day.  The storms made for some great waves.

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We knew we would be packed up and gone when the group had their Blessing of the Hounds ceremony so we had our own little remembrance on Friday the 27th, which was Maggie’s Birthday.  We watched as the waves took their sand written names into the sea.  Gone, but never forgotten.

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We also enjoyed watching the pigeons and seagulls fly and scavenge for food. I only brought one lens with me on the trip so it wasn’t the best choice for these type of pictures, but they turned out okay.

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Ziva celebrated her 5th Birthday while at the Beach (9-28-14).  She shared her Birthday cake with her brother and sister as well as some of her fellow greyhound friends.

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She also snagged a new toy….literally snagged a new toy from a vendor table at the event.  We were promptly told of the rule “you bite it, you bought it” so she ended up with another toy about as big as she is!  She carried the toy from the conference room where the vendors for the event were back to the hotel.

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It was a great trip and we hope to attend in 2015 also!

Speaking of 2015, the 2015 Celebrating Greyhounds calendars came out last month and we were very happily surprised to see all three of our fur kids made it in to the wall calendar!!

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We have some neat trips planned over the next few weeks.  The leaves are turning and the weather is perfect, welcome Fall!  Stay tuned.

Grey Dayz of Summer

Eeek!  It has been a month since I updated the blog.  It has also been a month since I picked up my camera and took any pictures.  This is out of character for me.  We have been busy.  It seems these days we stay busy and I really don’t see any slowing down.  We have had some exciting life/work changes, but I will save that for my next post. 🙂 

You may remember Zola from my last post.  She went back home to Canada on August 17th. We still chat weekly via Viber, love that app.  She is doing very well.  We miss her a lot.  After 6 weeks of staying with us, she had become part of our family.

As for our furkids, they have been doing a lot of this:

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They sure do have the good life!