Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Another lo-o-ong day

Another lo-o-ong day has begun in the neighborhood. And it began at 6 am this morning.
The equipment moving in all its' 'beeping' glory. One would think Mr. Bettis would be accustomed to it by now but no, he isn't and so the barking commences.
They accidentally cut the main line last week and we were without water for hours. The construction crew was concerned that Mr. Bettis had water. Say what??? how about Mr. Bettis's caretaker who didn't have water for coffee or tea? I need something to keep my sanity.

Mr. Bettis keeping watch on the activity. Doesn't help matters when the crew has dubbed him their mascot and whistle at him calling him, Big boy etc.
His owner is not a happy camper because he's at work and can't 'play' with the boys (as chanknits pointed out).
*sigh* we only have 2 months and 15 days to tolerate Mr. B and his incessant barking unless of course it rains/snows and backs up the process. But...hey! Mr. Bettis will have water.

The sky was beautiful at 6:30 am so I snapped a picture.
Yeah I know, 'Red sky in the morning, sailor's warning.'
It's supposed to get to a balmy 60F today. Where's winter?

p.s. Someone wanna 'splain why the construction crew MUST walk thru the front yard, inches from the window? It only causes Mr. B to run back and forth from the window to the door trying to decide which area to monitor (barking of course). And lest we not forget the 'chirper' Molly who monitors from the back of the couch :/.

Friday, January 06, 2012


Christmas is over and the New Year has commenced. 2010 had ups and downs and I'll try not to reflect on the downs. Christmas week was a busy one and is now a distant blur of activity but I'll give a quick run-down.
In spite of Mr. Bettis's chronicled and non-chronicled antics, Santa Paws came to visit. Mr. B is the only one who received a purchased gift, a new bed. He was a happy dog and promptly flopped down. An ortho bed is on his wish list next year so here's hoping he's a good dog for 2012.

All gifts were handmade this year (what little I managed to finish), handknit wool mittens, hats, scarves and gloves. Unfortunately the temps were 50 degrees and I felt as if I was handing a sled to kid with no snow on the ground.
Our son and DIL arrived with the grand. Santa notified my dad (her great-grand) that she was getting a doll for Christmas so he made a doll bed for her. We were able to watch her surprise on Christmas morn via webcam. We are also the proud grands of a new grandbaby who was born in early December.

Lo and behold we finally received snow (other than the Halloween freak snowstorm). It didn't amount to much but it was enough to keep Mr. Bettis entertained. I have no idea where winter is hiding but it can appear at any time. There's nothing like a cup of hot chocolate, sweatpants and knitting needles in hand on a snowy afternoon.