Friday, February 28, 2014

End of February


It is the end of February already! Where has the time gone?

Isabelle slept thru the night, thank goodness. It helps that she will now go out at night before we go to bed.

Got up and made breakfast sandwich for hubby. Then made eggs for dogs.

Hubby ran outside to get Bud's poop for his Vet appointment today.

Sat together on the couch and watched Torchwood before hubby left for work.

After hubby left, I did dishes & laundry.

Grilled chicken & made more bacon for hubby's morning sandwiches.

Flat ironed my hair, put on makeup! (big red letter day - first time I am out by myself since my surgery!)

Called the NW Specialty Hospital to find out if they had submitted billing to insurance company. Somebody named Dee called me back & said she would contact billing to find out what is going on with the insurance submittal.

All the other medical submissions have been paid by the insurance company. Good thing that hubby and I decided to go with the more expensive policy that covers everything! High Five!

Took Bud, Ben, Maggie & Lil Bit with me to the Vet.

Bud weighs 121.1. He has gained 4 pounds since his last visit. The boy is all muscle.

I drove to Lil Town Market for lottery tickets and eggs.

When we got home, Bud settled down for a nap. The shots had made him drowsy, otherwise he looks ok.

Hubby got home at 5:30; he was sick tonight. Had Apple cider & chicken noodle soup for dinner. We watched the new episode of Hannibal and then went to bed. Hubby drank some Nyquil for his cold. He said that he had a headache & muscle aches.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Apple Brown Betty


To keep Lil Bit from barking all night, I closed the doggy door. Hubby and I got up at 5:00 to potty so I opened the dog door at that time.

Lil Bit went out for a while, then came upstairs to join us in bed.

Got up and made breakfast sandwich for hubby. Made eggs for dogs.

Hubby left for work. It was cold this morning. Only 27 degrees.

I did laundry & dishes.

I made Apple Brown Betty. Cut up all the apples and the leftovers are for the deer at the park.

Apple Brown Betty

Hubby came home at 5:00. He brought dog food & bird seed.

He sat on the couch eating dinner. He complained about his Brown Betty. Said too much betty and not enough apples. The apples had baked down into tiny pieces. Weird. I think they were too old.

Then he went down to the shop for a while.

We watched a new The Big Bang Theory together.

When hubby came home, he fell asleep on the couch until it was time to go to bed.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Propane Filled


After Lil Bit barked all night, he came upstairs to get into bed with us. Finally some rest at 4AM.

Got up at 6:30 and made breakfast sandwich for hubby and eggs for dogs.

No more snow today, thank goodness. It started melting. Some of the snow fell off the house roof.

Isabelle stayed downstairs all day today.

The propane guy, Steve, came to fill it at 9:45. He was nice enough to re-light the fireplace for me.

Bud slept in the sunshine

 Bit sleeps with fireplace warming his belly

I turned off all the other heaters that were on in the house.

Verified online that the insurance company finally paid my hospital bills. The main hospital still has not submitted their claim yet. Odd.

Cleaned out the vacuum, took a bath, did the laundry & did the dishes.

Took some epsom salt & water. 

Hubby came home at 7:00 and brought toilet paper & lottery tickets.

Watched new premiere season show of The Americans.

Went to bed at 10:00pm.

Monday, February 24, 2014



Awful night. Lots of nightmares and sleep was disturbing.

Got up and made egg sandwich for hubby. Made eggs for dogs.

I had coffee & oatmeal.

Did dishes & laundry.


Lots of snow today. Blizzard.

KRN said that Matt was sent home early because of the weather.

Hubby came home at 7:00 with groceries. He did not work OT tonight and only came home this late because he had to drive home at 35 mph. Roads were icy & snow covered.


Got up and made breakfast sandwich for hubby. Made eggs for dogs.

Vacuumed, cleaned house. Shoveled snow that fell on the side deck. I was exhausted afterwards.

Took nap.

Hubby came home at 5:00.

Benjamin's feet are SO bad. We will have to take him to the Vet again. In the meantime, we are soaking his feet in Epsom Salts every night.

 Infected paws

 Ben in Bath

Ran out of propane.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

More Snow & Clouds


The storm moved into our area on Sunday morning instead of Saturday night like the weather forecasters predicted. It started about 6AM snowing.

Got up by 8:30 and made breakfast for hubby. French toast with bacon & eggs. Dogs got their eggs & pills, too.

Garage doors were stuck to the ground.

We went for a dog walk after getting lattes in Athol. Both got a 16 oz Salted Caramel. Yum. Not warm enough, though.

Dog walk in park thru campgrounds. Was very cold today & snowing. Dogs liked all the new smells. We left apples in the park for deer.

Drove down to boat docks. It was windy on the water. No eagles spotted.

Went down to Bayview to feed ducks, there were a couple guys there. One was working on the dock, another was coming down to visit his dad's sailboat.

Ducks were very scared.

We put out the bird seed & deer feed for them. They were hungry as soon as we left. Also, the seagulls came in to feed which they have never done before. Huey Dewey & Louie were no where to be seen. Saw some black birds come to eat as we were leaving. Odd.

On the way home, we decided to make our own pizza. Stopped at Lil Town for pepperoni and mozarella. Also, hubby decided that dogs need dog grog with chicken so we got rice & stuffing for them.

At home, hubby had to shovel both decks. About 4 inches snow now.

Bit sleeps

Maggie is adorable when she sleeps

I prepared the dog grog in the crockpot. Realized that our Breadmaker had broken and only has one way to make bread now. It needs to be thrown away. Switch is broken. However, I put in the dough mix and will watch for it to rise and not let it bake. Will take it out before it bakes.

We shredded Parmesan cheese for the pizza. I also made Kale chips. Yum.

Saturday, February 22, 2014



Got up at 7:30; dogs let us sleep in late. Ben jumped up on our bed and squished me between hubby & Lil Bit.

We got up and made breakfast sandwich & eggs. Watched Bond movie before we left for our walk.

I started laundry & did dishes.

Drove thru Athol neighborhood looking for dogs. Dropped egg crates off; got latte for hubby.

Went to park. Got to walk on west side of park in the sunshine. Beautiful day with no wind. It was a very long walk 1.5 miles. Isabelle got tired by the end. She was panting.

Loaded up dogs & drove down to Bayview. There were NO ducks there to feed. Only 2 Canadian Geese came over to eat some of the food we put out for them.

Drove home. Kids were here. I dropped hubby off at shop. Lots of people were already here waiting.

I spent afternoon with KRN. Watched TV and talked.

Went down at 3:30 to see if guys were done at shop. Still lots of people there. Vera & Dave R were here getting their truck worked on. Matt came up to the house with us to eat lunch salad with KRN. Then the kids left at 4:00.

I watched tv and put away laundry.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Yet Another Day of Winter

Finally Friday

Awful nightmares last night. Got up at midnight to shut the doggy door as Lil Bit barked for 2 hours straight at something outside. I made sure all the dogs were inside and did not lock anybody outside!

Hubby got up and let Isabelle outside. I told him about my nightmares then.

Got up and made breakfast sandwich for hubby. Dogs got eggs & pills.

Hubby left for work.

I did laundry & dishes.


Took a nap. Exhausted from exercise yesterday.

Sunshine for a little while today.

Hubby worked Overtime.

I ordered pay-per-view Dallas Buyers Club to watch at 7PM.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

SNOW - About 6"


When we got up this morning, it had been snowing since 5AM. There was already about 2 inches outside already.

I got hubby's egg sandwich made and eggs for the puppies. Puppies got all their pills.

We watched the morning KREM 2 New & Torchwood for a few minutes, then hubby went to work.

I did laundry & dishes.

Then washed my hair.

By this time, there is about 6" of snow on the decks. Shoveled both of the decks.

The weather warmed up to 39 degrees, the sun came out, and everything started melting.

Before hubby came home, I had enough energy to exercise for 20 minutes of elliptical. It was overwhelmingly difficult, but satisfying. I am slowly recovering.

At 5PM, hubby texted me that he would be working 3 hours OT tonight. They had a major DSL outage at Frontier and it had to be fixed on the old systems.

Hubby brought home dog food.

Went to bed early at 10:00

Tuesday, February 18, 2014



Cold this morning. Only 31 degrees. Was snowing lightly. Had already been snowing for a while. Accumulation on the decks.

Got up really early 6:15. Hubby was sleeping on Maggie's bed with Ben, Maggie & Lil Bit who was between his legs. Lots of dogs!

Made breakfast egg sandwich & a meatloaf sandwich for hubby. Made eggs for dogs.

Hubby left. Told him to watch himself on the slippery deck.

I did laundry & dishes after he was gone.

The snow turned into rain by 9:00.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Raining Hail


I had to potty at 5AM, and hubby could not go back to sleep. He left the bed and Ben jumped in with me.

Got up at 6:30 to make breakfast for hubby.

After hubby left for work, I made Raspberry Aioli.

It started raining hail around 2:00.

I made meatloaf. Cooked up the ground turkey for the dogs.

Then did laundry & dishes. My right arm was really hurting today.

Took a hot bath.

Hubby came home at 6:15. He had meatloaf & potatoes for dinner.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Warmer Temps & Windy


Slept late today. Did not get up until 9:00. Hubby was already downstairs making breakfast.

I had apples & juice for breakfast. We got dogs ready for walk.

Went to park and walked in Horse area. Very windy. Same walk as when the kids were here, but I did not get tired at all. I am healing!

On the way out of the Horse area, we saw a flock of wild turkeys. Hubby dropped some of the deer food off for them to eat.

Then we drove down to Bayview to feed all the ducks. We had brought all the bread I had baked and some of the deer food. The ducks, geese, and seagulls went nuts. We stood at the top of the dock and rained bread down on them. All of them were quite full by the time we left.

We came home and had naps. I did the laundry & dishes.

Then we went to get groceries in Spirit Lake at 4:00. Saw Buzzy Bouton in the parking lot. After we were done shopping, we drove around the lake. They tore down the old Lodge that sat right on the edge of the lake. They are building a park.

We came home and unloaded groceries.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Feeling Better!


Feeling better. Woke up and Ben was in bed with me. Got up and slept on the couch for a while. Hubby was already sleeping on the other couch with Bud.

Hubby made breakfast eggs while I got dressed. We watched TV. I had apples for breakfast.

Took dogs for a short walk in the park. Ben's leash broke & hubby fell down on the ice. There were LOTS of cars everywhere walking dogs today. We had to go to the very end of the park. Very disappointing walk.

Went to Bayview to feed ducks. Huey, Dewey, & Louie were there along with 4 Canadian Geese and about 80 ducks. They were all hungry.

Stopped to get yeast & eggs at Lil Town Market.

We got back at 10:30AM. Guy was here to appraise one of the boats in the shop. Also kid with Toyota in shop. So I took the Excursion to the house.

I made bread today. It was quite fun to bake so much. Will feed it to the ducks tomorrow. I used several different recipes. Soda Bread, Grandma's Home-Made Baked Bread, Simple Bread. I used my bread machine for a couple loaves.

 Rising dough

 Baked Bread

More Baked Bread

 Even More Baked Bread

Hubby came walking up to the house around 1:00. He said nothing to do at shop.

He stayed at house watching his shows while I made bread for the ducks.

Friday, February 14, 2014



Happy Valentine's Day 2014

Our baby turns 29. Her last year in her 20s. It seems just like yesterday that she was born on this date.

I ordered her present online and it will be delivered tomorrow. Since I have not been feeling well, there was no time to get any cards or presents for her. I did not feel well enough to go over to their home.

I ordered an Edible Arrangement for her. Should be ok with their eating healthy. Also balloons & a little bear. Cute for her b-day.

Made hubby breakfast sandwich. Made eggs for dogs. Hubby left for work. It snowed lightly until NOON. Then it started icy raining. That stopped after about an hour. The weather started to warm up slightly. By 4:30, it was 41F degrees.

I went out to get bird seed to the squirrels in the front of the house. Bud came out with me & ran around. It made Bud happy to run around.

Joe Jr came over to plow out in front of the garage.

I did laundry & dishes.

Baked the lasagne that somebody had given to use after I got out of hospital. It was awful. There was melted, watery cheese & the person had added SUGAR to the lasagne! WTF? Who does that?

 Sugar Lasagne

I also baked the hot dog bites and gave them to the dogs.

Paid bills.

Hubby got me a card and a Solar Dog. It is cute but does not work...

Solar Dog

Thursday, February 13, 2014



KRN has only 1 day left at age 28! Her birthday is tomorrow. My Valentine's baby.

Got up and made egg sandwich for hubby. Made eggs for dogs. Hubby fed eggs to dogs with their pills.

Hubby left for work.

 Bud Sleeping

I did laundry & dishes.

Kootenai Elec idiots were down by the shop installing new poles. Dogs barked at them.

It was warm today, but cloudy. Not a lot of sunshine.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Winter Temp of 48 Degrees!


Only 2 more days until Valentine's Day!

Got up and made eggs for hubby. Fed leftover eggs to dogs with their pills.

I made juice and decaf coffee.

Shoveled off the light snow on decks from last night. It was raining lightly this morning, but stopped later.

 Bit Sleeping

Sunshine came out and the high temp was 48 degrees!

I did laundry & dishes. Vacuumed.

Hubby stopped at Walmart. Got milk, decaf coffee, shredded cheese & a Valentine's Balloon for me.

He had dinner. Then fixed the fish filter.

Went to bed at 10:30.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014



Got up this morning at 6:15. I slept the night thru and did not even have to get up for potty.

Hubby said he was up at 2:00 with Isabelle. She had to go outside for potty.

I made eggs for dogs & egg sandwich for hubby.

Hubby left for work. The temperature was well over 20 degrees! A HEATWAVE.

By Noon it is 38 degrees. Snow has fallen off the roof. The water is falling off the roof like a spring downpour!

Sun is shining. It feels like a good day.

Hubby texted me to say that he removed his coat, hat & scarf. He is warm!

I shoveled the snow off the side deck. Broke up the ice that had accumulated on the deck.

Monday, February 10, 2014

8 Inches of Snow


Got up and made egg sandwich for hubby. Gave eggs to dogs with their pills. Hubby left for work.

He remembered when he reached Athol that he had forgotten his cell phone. He returned home.

I did laundry & dishes after he was gone.

It started snowing.

Snowed 8 inches today.

Bud Watches the Snow

Ben Sleeps

I had to shovel some of the deck so that Isabelle could go potty.

Hubby came home after 2 hours of OverTime; he brought pizza from Pizza Hut for dinner.

We watched tv. Hubby shoveled decks.

Went to bed at 10:30.

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Kids Come Over


Hubby and I both woke up with headaches. Hubby was still really tired.

Made eggs for breakfast. Fed eggs to dogs. Hubby had an egg sandwich.

It was too cold to go for a walk yet. We decided to wait until this afternoon when it warmed up to go for a walk in the park.

Watched Dr Zhivago on tv. Hubby had never seen it before.

Kids came over around 11:30. KRN brought a latte for her dad. She brought flowers for me.

Matt & Hubby went down to shop in an effort to fix their snowblower.

While they were gone, KRN dryed her hair & curled it.

Guys came back 2 hours later.

Kids ate lunch. Hubby boiled the crab he had thawed.

Loaded dogs up and went to walk in park. We parked at the horse area & walked thru deep snow. It was tiring.

Kids left and we came back home. I was exhausted.

Went to bed after watching new Walking Dead.

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Still Tired


I wake up and am still exhausted. Had to let Isabelle outside at 4:00 this morning. KRN called this morning and told hubby they were coming over tomorrow.

Hubby made me breakfast & made eggs for the dogs.

He stayed around home until 10:00, then shoveled the decks & went to the shop.

I had to get dressed & take his phone down to him. He had forgotten it at home.

Then we took the Excursion to Athol because he had to get a latte.

Dogs were excited to see me home even after I had only been gone a few minutes. They missed me.

At 2:00, hubby came up to the house and got me. He changed clothes. Took me to get my nails done.

He went to get dog food at Big R in CDA.

Then he picked me up again. We got malts at Dairy Queen. My stomach was feeling upset.

Got burgers for dogs at McDonalds.

Stopped at Hardware store to get parts for toilet at shop. It had frozen in the cold weather.

Came home & watched TV.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

No Sleep At All


Another night with no sleep at all. I just toss & turn all night long. There might have been a few minutes I dozed off, but it seemed like nothing at all. The fireplace kept coming on so many times because of the cold snap, but I got up and turned it down to 65. When the fireplace kicks on, the light disturbs my sleep & I get hot/sweaty.

-10 degrees outside this morning when I looked at the temperature gauge in the laundry room.

Got up and made eggs for hubby.

Did dishes and laundry after hubby left.

The Pink Lady apples that he brought home last night from the store are bitter. Not sweet & tart like the other ones. Nevertheless, it is still nice to eat apples.

My dogs sleep a lot! Mastiffs are docile. They sleep.

 Isabelle Under Covers
 Bud On The Couch
 Maggie Passed Out

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Still Healing After All This Time


-4 degree when we woke up this morning. I sure do hope that people are bringing their animals inside at night so they don't freeze.

Got up and made breakfast egg sandwich for hubby. Gave rest of eggs to the dogs.

Hubby hugged everybody and left.

We had left the heater on in the basement for the fish so it did not get too cold down there.

I fed the fish, made the beds, did laundry, and did dishes.

By 12:55 it was a balmy 9 degrees. I turned off all the heaters.

Hubby came home around 6:00 after picking up groceries. He brought home ham, milk, eggs, and apples.

After a while, hubby went down to the shop. He came back within a few minutes.

Hubby moved my aloe vera plant to the table so that it can get sunshine tomorrow.

I went to bed at 9:30.

Monday, February 03, 2014

Blessed Sweet Sleep


Finally got some sleep last night after going to bed at 8:00 and taking an overabundance of allergy pills. I slept thru the night!

Also lost 5 pounds overnight. Probably because I did not eat anything yesterday. Too much nausea.

It snowed another 4 inches last night. Hubby REALLY NEEDS TO PLOW.

Got up and made breakfast sandwich for hubby and eggs for dogs.

Started chicken grog in the crockpot for the dogs.

Hubby called me at 11:45 to meet Charles down at the shop. Had to unlock the doors for him. He had to pick up lift kit.

I took Ben & Bud with me in Excursion. My keys did not fit the lock. I had to run up to house and find shop keys. Hubby would not answer his phone when I called.

I went back down & used the keys I had found. Got the mail. Charles left.


Exceedingly tired today. No energy.

Got up after sleeping all night with help of painkillers to make hubby breakfast eggs. Dogs got their pills with their breakfast eggs.

I pretty much tried to sleep mid-morning, but the dogs kept coming over to me and poking their heads in my face.

Hubby brought home dog food.

It was really cold today, but the extreme cold temperatures came tonight. Brrr. 1 degree when we went to bed at 9PM. I got up with Isabelle and it was -1 at midnight. Isabelle did a REALLY quick run outside to potty & returned to the house.

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Walking in Heavy Snow


The Groundhog got up this morning and predicted 6 more weeks of winter. Boo.

We got up (after I only got 2 hours of sleep after taking a painkiller. was hyper and sweaty all night long. no more painkillers!) and I made eggs for dogs, egg sandwich with bacon & ham for hubby, and pancakes. I decided to go on the juice diet again as my stomach is nauseated all the time now.

After getting dogs ready, we went to walk in the park. There was heavy snow, and it took an effort to walk in the 2 foot snow. Lil Bit was walking behind us in our trails. We let Bud & Maggie off leash, but they ran over to a couple in a cabin. We had to put the dogs back on leashes. Then we walked towards the cross-country trail. It was just as difficult to walk upon. We walked back to the truck.

Drove down to Bayview to feed the ducks & geese. They were all very hungry and even the seagulls came over to eat.

When we got home, hubby took an intermittent nap while waiting for his drill batteries to charge. He had to fix the doggy door that had broken at the base. Hubby had to cut some 2x4 to fit in-between the base of the wall unit so that the dogs had something to walk over when they used the door.

We watched tv most of the day. Hubby napped on the couch with Maggie.

I did the laundry. Took a shower. Washed my hair. I felt better and smelled better. No more sweat.

Watched the making of Caddyshack on Bio. Then I went to bed early. Too much nausea.

Saturday, February 01, 2014


Feb 1 2014

Already February! Only 13 days until Valentine's day!

Got up at 9AM and made eggs for dogs & hubby. Hubby took a nap on the couch after breakfast.

Then hubby went down to the shop at 10:45 to work. He came home at 5PM.

Boring night for tv; we watched Drive Angry with Nicholas Cage. Bad, bad movie.