Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year


Although I can't believe that tomorrow starts a whole new year...
although I can't figure out where the heck 2008 went to so fast...
although Hubs and I aren't doing anything special to celebrate...
although I didn't even realize that we don't have a roast to make with sauerkraut...
although I don't make resolutions...
although the holidays this year, just didn't seem the same for me...

After your Victorinox Swiss Army watches read Midnight tonight,
it will be the beginning of a whole new year!

I wish you a year full of good health, dreams come true, goals accomplished, special memories created, loving moments, and everything you could wish for...
I wish for you to have the very best year you've ever had!
And... I look forward to spending time with you and sharing the year of 2009 with all of you, my very special friends!

Wordless Wednesday

F.O.G.
(c) Misty DawnS

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Heads or Tails *Watch*


If you click on the graphic above, it will take you to the awesome new HoT blog where you can sign up and start participating in this fun and popular meme!

This week's theme is HEADS -"Watch".

While I was visiting Ohio in November, I felt very welcomed at my dad's (and wolf-boyfriend's) home...

Yet...

I kept getting the strange feeling that I was constantly being...

Watched...




What did you say? Watched? What?

You feel like you are being watched? Seriously?

Why would you think that? For the life of me, I can't figure out why you would think that.

(c) Misty DawnS

I really can't understand what the problem is. Why in the world would you think you are being watched?

You must just be paranoid, cuz, anyone can see that you aren't being watched.
(c) Misty DawnS

Geesh - some people really have paranoid issues, I guess.

I'd tell you about some great deals on guaranteed issue life insurance, but I'm too busy trying to figure out why I feel like I'm being watched...

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Camera-Critters #38


I was very, very excited when I heard that those who predict the weather were saying we would have temperatures reaching around 57 degrees (Fahrenheit) Friday! Considering the fact that, earlier in the week, we had wind chill advisories for two days due to wind chills of -20 to -30, this promise of a warmer day sounded exciting. I immediately started making plans of all the photo-walks I would take.

My plans, however, didn't work out. We.Had.Fog. And I mean F.O.G. - the 'you-can-cut-it-with-a-knife' type of fog. The fog was so thick you could hardly see a few feet in front of you. On the one walk I did take, I was rather nervous knowing that if a vehicle came down the road, the driver would not see me until almost upon me.

I may have been disappointed by the turn of events, but I noticed a particular critter was rather abundant wherever I turned...

(c) Misty DawnS

(c) Misty DawnS

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(c) Misty DawnS

Can you see them both???
(c) Misty DawnS

(c) Misty DawnS

Yep, pairs of my late grandmother's favorite bird species seemed to be having fun playing Hide And Seek in the fog. (...and I was stomping my foot and pouting like a child, because I knew my photos would turn out disappointing)

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Friday, December 26, 2008

Looking at the Sky on Friday


(c) Misty DawnS


My eyes (and camera) seem to be constantly on the sky this time of year, because I LOVE the birds of Winter!!! Hmmmmm, that reminds me, I need to go refill my feeders. Any volunteers to come hold the ladder for me? That is, of course, after you post a sky photo for this fun new meme... Just click on the badge and join in.

Don't forget to gather up your critter photos and join Camera-Critters tomorrow!!!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Heads or Tails *This Time of Year*


If you click on the graphic above, it will take you to the awesome new HoT blog where you can sign up and start participating in this fun and popular meme!

This week's theme is TAILS -"This Time of Year".

Sorry, I don't have a photo for you for this HoT, because I'm at work. I left early to head to work, in order to beat the Winter storm which is predicted to start in about 45 minutes. (but just because it isn't expected until 45 minutes from now, doesn't mean it won't start sooner) Which leads me to what I most dislike about this time of year...

The weather!!! No, I should clarify that... it's not the "weather" in itself... it's driving in the bad weather... that's what I dislike most about this time of year.

I'm sorry to be a 'downer', but I'm just being honest here. Driving in bad Winter weather scares the heck outta me! I don't mind driving in the snow so much anymore, because I have 4-wheel drive, but the ice.......... UGH I hate ice!!! There is NO driving on ice... you don't drive on ice, you simply slide on ice. *sigh*

I'm very, very lucky (and relieved and grateful) though, because at my new job, everyone is very, very understanding, and their motto about driving in bad weather is "It isn't worth the risk". Have I mentioned I love my new job and the people I work with?

What do I like most about this time of year?
Time spent with friends and family...
the lights...
the decorations...
the music...
the love...
the food (just keepin' it real here)...
the time off work (see parenthesis above hehe)...

and taking time to remember the real 'reason for the season'.

Happy Christmas Eve Eve Everyone!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

It's Cold and That's An Understatement

(c) Misty DawnS

The photo above is from last year's ice storm. Why don't I provide you with a current photo of the ice storm we had this week? I'll tell you why...

Because...

It is too dang cold!

Lemme tell ya about my week (since I'm sure you're just dying to hear about it).

On Tuesday, we had a Winter (snow) storm. I was sent home from my new job at 1:30 pm. The ride home usually takes me between 35 and 40 minutes. I got in my front door at 3:00 pm.

I went to work on Wednesday and was informed that an ice storm was in the forecast, and it was expected to start late morning/early afternoon on Thursday. Therefore, they told me to not bother coming in to work on Thursday, because I would get there, then the ice storm would hit, and they didn't want me attempting to drive home in an ice storm. Sooooo...

I stayed home Thursday... and waited for the ice. And, I waited... and waited... and waited some more. NO ice?!?! At 5:50 pm (the time I would have been walking through the door after a day at work), the ice started. HELLO!!! That's not exactly "late morning"! Which means I miss a day of work I didn't need to miss... which means I missed a day of pay we desperately did not need to miss!

So, the ice storm proceeded throughout Thursday night and into Friday morning. Friday morning, the roads were a solid sheet of ice. Finally, after fretting about how we could not afford for me to miss more work, Hubs took me to work and then visited his great-aunt at the hospital and perused some stores until it was time to pick me up from work.

NOW - we have severe wind chill advisories... and, trust me, the wind is blowing, and, in case I haven't mentioned it...

It's dang cold!

Yes, I think wind chill temperatures of -25 F (-31.67 C) qualifies as...

DANG COLD!!!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Camera-Critters #37


Special
Delivery

From: All of us at My Dogs Keep Me Sane, a.k.a. Misty's Musings


To: All of You, a.k.a. Our Very Special Friends, a.k.a. Our Blogosphere Family

(c) Misty DawnS

Regardless of which holidays you do or do not celebrate...

We wish you joy, peace, love, happiness, and good health.

We wish you dreams come true, prayers answered, and wishes granted.

Most of all, we wish for all of you to know and remember that

we hold you close in our hearts as our very,

very special friends.

Love now and always,
Misty Dawn, Molly & Maggie May...
and Tag & Hubs (even if they are big Bah Humbugs!)

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

I promise to stop speeding
when pulling the sled.

(c) Misty DawnS

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Heads or Tails *Anything Round*


If you click on the graphic above, it will take you to the awesome new HoT blog where you can sign up and start participating in this fun and popular meme!

This week's theme is Heads-"Anything Round".

So, I give you this photo of some ornaments hanging 'round someone's Christmas tree. I ask you to look at the three round bulbs in the middle / top of the photo. Then I ask you to tell me what's wrong with this picture...

(c) Misty DawnS

Give up???

OK, I'll tell you what's wrong with this picture...
1. This Christmas tree is in Missouri, and those are Ohio State and a Cleveland Browns round bulbs. (hehe you can take the girl out of the state, but you can't take the state outta the girl, I guess)

2. This is the worst thing about the above photo... there's NO Cleveland Indians ornament!!!!!!!!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Fuel for the Fibro



I've got so much to do!
I've already done several loads of laundry, washed dishes, and made cookies for a Christmas party (Yes, after all the holiday treats, a lot of people will be looking for the best diet pill). However, even after doing all that, I still have so much left I need to do.

Right now, I should be rearranging clothes in my bedroom. I need to get out all my dress clothes, because I start my new job tomorrow. However, I just can't get up the energy. My body is really, really sore today. It's probably the Fibro rearing its ugly head... stress, worry, and strong emotions often get the Fibromyalgia all stirred up, and then it starts making me feel like I've been run over by a truck.

I've been on an emotional roller coaster ride with the excitement of the Ohio trip, the devastating news of my aunt's cancer, the preparation for interviews, the waiting for news after the interviews, the excitement of getting the new job, worrying about driving to work for my first day with the possibility of a Winter storm hitting tonight... etc., etc., etc. Yep, that's enough to feed the Fibro Monster.

I need to find a calm and happy 'place'. I'm thinking a nice warm shower and then visits to the many Camera-Critters throughout the world is just what the doctor would order. ;-)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Camera-Critters #36


Santa, preparing for the big night, called some of the crew
together for a meeting.
In attendance were:
Molly aka Santa's Helper
Taggy the Black & White Reindeer
and
Maggie May aka Tiny Elf
(c) Misty DawnS

Finally, Santa called the meeting to order,
and the crew came to attention.
Santa's Helper complained that, just because he has antlers,
Taggy the Black & White Reindeer thinks
he can push everyone around.
Taggy the Black & White Reindeer responed
that he could, in fact, push everyone around
and he would, in fact, push everyone around.
And, if someone didn't like it, he'd show them
right out the door, with his great reindeer herding instincts.
Finally, Santa had heard enough and told them both that
they were going on his LIST!
Meanwhile...
(c) Misty DawnS

Tiny Elf wondered...
(c) Misty DawnS


Do ya think they're distracted enough for me to eat this hat?

(More Doggy-Chrismas here)

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

(c) Misty DawnS

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Heads or Tails *Fill*


If you click on the graphic above, it will take you to the awesome new HoT blog where you can sign up and start participating in this fun and popular meme!

This week's theme is Heads-"Fill".

SOOOOOOOOO...
I really do NOT want to tell you about this box, which is filled with lots of awesome goodies, because I really do not want you to fill the requirements and fill the comments section, because that would reduce my chances to fulfill my desire to win this awesome box filled with awesome stuff.

But... alas... I will fill you in on the secret and give you the link, because, by now, you must be full of curiousity...

Check out this awesome contest... it's sure to fulfill any expectations...
http://www.benspark.com/bensparks-big-box-of-awesome.html

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Big News, Random Thoughts, & Other Stuff


I've got news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

All of your good wishes and support worked!!!

I was officially offered a new job, and I'm super relieved, excited, and happy! Not only is this a position which will allow me to reach for my potential and learn new things... I will also receive absolutely fantastic benefits! I can NOT begin to tell you how wonderful this is for me!

Now for some random thoughts...

Yesterday, I started decorating my house for Christmas. My tree is up but doesn't have any ornaments on it, because I need to find extension cords for the lights first.

My favorite Christmas decoration I own is my "Fishing Santa" that my cousin got for me the Christmas right before we moved.

I need to decorate my blog for Christmas... ummmm... immediately!

I'm strongly considering starting one of those 'photo-a-day' blogs for 2009. You think I should?

I'm super-duper excited I'll be here to spend Christmas and New Years with y'all! WooooHooo

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Camera-Critters #35


Most of you know that on the Friday before Thanksgiving, I flew back to Ohio to see my family. On the day I flew to the Cleveland airport, Cleveland was expected to receive one to two feet of snow. I, of course, did not know this, because I was up in an airplane completely oblivious to the fact that my two dads were driving 25 miles per hour on treacherous interstates so they could come and get me.

What? Oh, you're wondering about the 'my two dads' part, aren't you? Well, you see - I have my original dad... aka my first dad... aka the one who played a part in my creation ;-) Then, I have my "second dad"... he's one of my dad's best friends, and I love him more than words can express.... So, I claim him as my second dad ;-)

OK, back to the originally scheduled post...

Anyway... they made it to the airport, my plane landed, I jumped in the car with my two dads, and I probably didn't stop smiling for nine days :-D

We went back to Second Dad's house, hung out and visited for awhile, my Second Dad gave me some of his homemade pickled beets (yummmmm), we talking about remodeling stuff like how to install Danze faucets (both my dads do remodeling work), and then Dad (the original Daddy) and I left to head back to his house.

Just down the road from Second Dad's house, I saw this and said, "Dad look!"

(c) Misty DawnS


Turkeys.
No, I didn't just call you guys turkeys!
In the photo... in the field...
See...
They're turkeys!
Lots of em!

Guess someone forgot to tell them that
Thanksgiving was less than a week away!
(c) Misty DawnS

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Friday, December 5, 2008

Hectic and Hurried

Holy cow! Things will get back to 'normal' right?

Here I thought, I'd get home from visiting with my family, bore you all to tears with stories of my visits, overwhelm you with a multitude of wolfdog photos, and probably causing you to pray that I'd just go back again so I would shut up.

However, none of that has happened (except for the wolfdog photos). Heck, I don't even have my photos off of my camera's memory card yet! Things have been hectic all week, and I am definitely ready for the weekend! SERIOUSLY ready for the weekend... and Camera-Critters (woohoo)!

A couple days ago, I asked for your good thoughts and wishes, and I explained that I couldn't explain yet. Hmmmn, that didn't make much sense did it? Well, anyway, I still can't explain yet, but I need your good thoughts and wishes again today, please. I'll fill y'all in with an explanation as soon as possible. If it all works out... get out the tuxedos and the gowns, cuz we'll be having a blog celebration!!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

(c) Misty DawnS

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Heads or Tails *Shine*


If you click on the graphic above, it will take you to the awesome new HoT blog where you can sign up and start participating in this fun and popular meme!

This week's theme is Heads-"Shine".

(c) Misty DawnS

This photo was from last year's ice storm. So, no, you don't need to worry about me. We haven't had anything close to an ice storm (yet). Although, the day I flew to Cleveland, they were expecting to receive one to two FEET of snow in Cleveland that day. 

Anyway, I thought this photo was appropriate for the theme of "shine".

By the way, Hubs is now saying I'm a jinx. He explains that it was very nice weather here all last week... until it was time for me to come home. Then it started snowing and weather warnings were issued. Hmmm... maybe I am a jinx? I dunno.

I'm home now and trying to get back into the swing of things.
By the way... I have something happening tomorrow, which is quite important to me. I can't really talk about it just yet, but I would still appreciate some good thoughts and wishes (and you can keep your fingers crossed too). I promise to fill you in on the details soon.

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