Welcome to my life. It's a whirlwind of kids, chaos, pets, people, family, art, and being home (most of the time; I like to get out here and there). We unschool, so the unexpected is, well, expected...

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Week In Review

My friend Schuyler http://waynforth.blogspot.com/ tagged me.
The game is to talk about your past week through these 4 questions:

What did you accomplish?
Did anything not go as expected?
What was the highlight of your week?
Did anything exciting happen you did not expect?

What did I accomplish this week.....Hmmmmm....well, I finally finished doing the back side prints of some t-shirts that the local fire academy here in Socorro, NM ordered. It was really bugging me doing this job because everything seemed to go wrong with it, so much so that I stopped and they've been sitting in the garage for a while. I still have more shirts to print but the screens aren't ready yet and it's for the fire department this time and not the academy.

When I was a kid, this is how I earned money. My dad had a screen printing shop in the garage and we did that for extra money as a family. My dad always paid me well and it sure beat working at the local burger joint! It turns out that I was actually pretty good at it and I've used it as a job skill to fall back on here and there. Since the girls and I are in NM staying with my parents for a spell, I thought I'd earn my keep so to speak. Here is a picture or 2 of where we are staying...






Getting that chunk of shirts done was a big relief. Now I just have to do the rest!

Did anything not go as expected this week....
It seems that nothing is ever expected from one moment to the next. The most unexpected thing for me was that my Chamille got sick, just a cold, but she NEVER gets sick. For someone who never gets sick, being sick is a really big deal! She played a lot on her Neopets the Darkest Faerie video game. She is systematically going through the game. It was a nice way to rest for her and still be doing something!

The highlight of my week was most definitely rescuing a dog and one of her puppies. What have I done!!!???? I keep asking myself that because that is a lot to take care of! The mom was pregnant when we brought her here and ended up aborting, probably due to her horrible living conditions in which we rescued her from. She was tied up here...














This thing backs up to an alleyway. What you can't see in the picture is all the garbage. She was tied up to that trailer on a 5 ft tether without food and water and 4 puppies trying to nurse. Before I cut the line, I fed her for about a week. One of her puppies got hit by a car, one we actually captured and one we captured a few days later and took to the pound and the last one we couldn't ever catch, so it is still there and hopefully someone is feeding it because I can't keep going back there to the scene of my dognapping crime!

Here is the mom and the one puppy that we kept...















I seriously don't understand how or why people do this to animals! It makes me sick!

Although not related to my dog rescue, this is the depths that I will go to help out a pet...












Do you see those nice big prickly pear cactus paddles? Yes? Well that sweet little dog in the same picture, My Kaipo dog, on Thanksgiving day, she fell into one of those and my mom and I spent about 5 hrs pulling out stickers, some as large as 2 inches long! And that wasn't all, I spent about 5 more hrs over the next week working on getting all the little ones out. We renamed her "stickers". It's her nickname now!

And last but not least, did anything exciting happen to me that I didn't expect? Well we got snow and it's been bitterly cold here. Of course the snow didn't last but it did come on Christmas, along with my husband, so that was pretty cool! On New Year's it was so cold, niether of the girls wanted to even do sparklers. They each did a couple and they were done. Here is a picture of them that night...



You can't tell how cold it is in the picture, but it is well into the teens with a strong wind chill factor. When the sun isn't shining it is really cold here in the winter. My great great grandfather owned this land and much more of it that other people own now. It used to have a spring, but there was a water war a long time ago and my great great grandfather didn't win it. Part of that water is here now after it was diverted oh so long ago....



It still isn't on my paren't property, just adjacent to it. This land that my parents own comes with water rights which is a huge big deal here in NM. So, they could dig a well and build a nice little adobe house. My sister and her family live right here too, just a few steps away in a very long single wide trailer. I like to tell people that she lives in a trailer in the middle of the desert with her 4 kids. Mostly I like to tell people that because it makes her mad, and that's kind of fun sometimes! She homeschools, so her kids have been around to play and that's been kinda cool!

Well that's about it for now and I guess I will have to tag some folks....

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Very Busy!

We've been very busy and loads has happened since last October. Perhaps I can relate things over a few weeks. For now, though, the biggest thing, is that we are currently in New Mexico, temporarily. I will perhaps write more on the matter later.

That's about all I want to write, right now. The girls are doing okay, although Chamille isn't really thrilled with being in the middle of nowhere, so we've been making excersions to Albuquerque to satisfy her big city needs.