Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas, Happy Festivus

To all of my milspouse and non military readers - have a peaceful and happy holiday with those you love. If you are like me, in deployment mode, I hope you have a good friend or other family members who will be there, will help, and can make your holiday a good one.


Sunday, December 20, 2009

Happy Anniversary to us

Thirty two years. This one is sad, not only because he's down range again, but more because our dear daughter in law just lost her dad to cancer on Friday. It's a sad holiday season for our family.


Friday, December 11, 2009

Fort Hood - Support our Military Community

Support Ford Hood Community Strong

On Fridays, if you look around, you'll see a lot of people wearing red - some of us wear it as a tribute to wounded warriors, some for deployed servicemembers, and today - it's for Fort Hood. The USO has been working with the Community at Hood, and this Friday, December 11, Fort Hood and the USO - with the support of Fort Hood FMWR and AAFES – is proud to host "Fort Hood Community Strong," a day for healing, fun and entertainment. Held at Hood Stadium, this event will feature free carnival rides, games, food and top-notch celebrity performers. The biggest gift we can give the community, however, is to honor them with our sincere thanks and support.

Since the November 5 shooting, the USO has stepped up to provide support for the community in any way they can. From grief counseling to the two Mobile USO units providing meals - the USO has been ready to assist the troops, families and command at Fort Hood however needed.

We need to take time to support that Community, to support our military family. There are so many who need that support, who are having their own quiet crisis, and need that shoulder to lean on, that ear to listen, that hand to hold. If you can't be there in person for someone, if you aren't near Hood or another base, if you can't physically do it, there are so many groups that are trying to do this. Find one, and tell me about it.

There's a Wall of Remembrance from the USO, a place to put down in a few words a thank you, show support for Hood and the rest of our military family.

This post was created as part of the USO’s Community Strong event at Fort Hood –a day for healing, fun and entertainment to uplift the spirits of the Fort Hood community in the wake of the Nov. 5 shooting incident. You can help show your support for Fort Hood and its more than 349,000 military personnel, family members, retirees and civilian employees by visiting the Community Strong website, Tweeting your support with the #CommunityStrong hashtag, leaving comments on the Official USO Blog and donating to the USO’s ongoing efforts to support our troops.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Little Old Man Cat

It's official, JJ is an old man cat! He started acting "off" Monday evening when I got home, and on Tuesday I knew he was sick - couldn't jump up properly, was so clingy and upset, I figured he was coming down with something. Off to the Vet$$....and after lots of very expensive tests - the little guy has a heart murmur and High Blood Pressure and probably hyperthyroidism. he burst a couple of blood vessels in his eyes, so he's having a little trouble seeing, but that should go away as the blood reabsorbs. I asked why he was acting so peculiarly, according to the Vet, he must have had a monster headache! So - if you want some bizarre- go to a civilian pharmacy and get a prescription filled for blood pressure medication for a cat. Filled out a Store Card, and got his RX at a reduced price. Telling the pharmacist that no, the patient didn't need to get counseled about the side effects - cause he's a CAT!!! Priceless.

So from a rainy DC area, and with the little old man cat on my lap, talk to you later.


Monday, December 07, 2009

househunting (part deux)

Oh... I saw one yesterday - and I'm in deep deep lust for the kitchen. only downfall, no deck. but Chief is ok without a place to sit and BBQ... got an appointment to see another one in that same area. Giving notice to this place today. now that they made it even less convenient by rescheduling the bus, instead of every 20 minutes, now every 40 minutes. so if you miss the bus - you wait for 40 minutes at the Station... no, not so much, y'all.

time to start getting boxes and packing. books first!

wish me luck - and patience!


Thursday, December 03, 2009

house hunting - not so much fun

I'm househunting (townhouse, to be specific) first, we don't want a SFH, mostly because the yard work, I just don't want to be worrying about a yard that isn't mine, and when he deploys again (and c'mon, y'all, we already know he'll be doing another one in the future) I'll have to hire someone to do the heavy work, since the neck doesn't allow for a lot of hard digging!

So, in the tipping rain I saw three. First one, the yard and deck was great, but the kitchen was small, and separate from the living area, the bedrooms were ok, but the closets were terrible. It was tired, worn out and just not what I want for the $$$.

Second, the master suite was gorgeous, huge jacuzzi tub, closets etc but on the 4th floor! the other bedrooms were tiny, the kitchen was a small small galley, no yard, no deck. and parking was a nightmare

Third - decent neighbourhood near a friend, kitchen was large but appliances kinda worn out, master suite was ok, good closet, large bed/bath on the 4th that would be great for an office, deck/yard right across from the neighbours. and what a mess... owners moving out and just piles everywhere.

think I'll keep looking! I saw one on a listing, that was already gone, that was PERFECT. and one that I was supposed to see (and would have grabbed) but it's been withdrawn... sigh.

on with the sucky week, my IT guy has driven me completely crazy all week, and it's still not right... so wish me luck