oh Tana

For a few weeks, Montana has had a small growth on her eyelid. It looks like a zit that needs to be popped. But she, nor I, really wanted to go squeezing her eyelid. Since I procrastinated on taking her to the vet (I know...bad mommy), we made the trip home and thought we'd visit the vet when we got back to MA. However, her eye worsened over the past 2 days, so we took her to the vet in Marion. They said immediate removal was our best option, so this morning, she went into surgery.

As we got out of the car and walked toward the vet's door, she started backing up and pulling us away from the office. It's like she knew. "Noooooooooo...they're going to hurt me!" We wondered if all the other dogs inside were barking warnings telling her to run away as fast as she could. She sat beside me shaking while Justin signed the paperwork. I know she's just a dog, but it made me really sad. I wanted her to understand that she would feel better after it was over.

A little while later, they called and said she was out of surgery and doing fine. And soon, she was ready to come home. We picked her up and, needless to say, she was happy to get out of that place. We didn't realize they would have to shave some of her fur around her eye, so she looks kind of funny. I don't know how we're going to keep her from scratching and pawing at it. Maybe we'll get one of those collars that looks like a funnel around her neck.

On the way home we decided that even though it cost all the money we got for Christmas plus some, she's worth it.

Truck n' Donuts

When I was little and we would go for a car ride around Christmas time, I would always look out of the window to see if I could spot Santa. I think it was because I believed he rode in the sky regularly... maybe to practice his Christmas Eve routine. With every shooting star I would gasp and hold deep secrets in my heart that my jolly friend might be watching over me tonight.

But alas, this is not such a road sighting, although you might see some similarities. Instead of Santa's transportation, you'll see a different red "sleigh" with bags in the back. In the picture below you'll see a red pick-up with a bed full of bags... trash bags full of donuts (or doughnuts, for you misspellers). When I asked the red-flanneled "feller" what he had in mind for these treasures, he replied "I give 'em to my cows." And then he entered his sleigh and rode off into the winter sky.
(Sorry for the blur. I was a bit hasty while trying to be inconspicuous.)

goin' to Carolina

Well, we braved the snowstorm that came quietly on Thursday morning and headed out on the road. Fourteen hours later, we pulled up in my parent's driveway. We encountered snowfall all the way through Massachusetts and there was snow on the ground until West Virginia. It was nice to get out of the car and not slip on ice or crunch down on snowy ground. Don't get me wrong, I would like to have a white Christmas, but it's nice to not feel like my face is going to fall off when I walk outside.

welcome (back) to blog world

My BFF and her hubby started a blog when they were visiting here last spring. I think we persuaded them it would be the best thing ever with all our happy blog talk. Well, they went home and the days, weeks, and months passed with no blog updates from them. We've seen this happen plenty of times. People start blogging, but soon find what I would call "blogger's guilt." It's that feeling like you have something that you should be saying, but it must be interesting, funny, witty, and perfect. Well, I think that's simply untrue. For me, blogging is just a fun outlet. I know that a few of you read it, so that helps, especially when I feel the need to update you on the latest weather reports. But overall, it's just kinda fun to say something and hope that it sparks conversation. (By the way, it helps when you say something back. So come on readers...COMMENT!)

Anyway, go visit the Alleys and show them some blog love.


I stand corrected. Christy reminded me that during our junior year in college, we experienced almost 2 feet of snow in Chapel Hill! I remember that snowstorm because we ended up having a snow party with a bunch of friends since class was canceled. I just forgot that it was that much snow. I wish all of my friends were here with me now to have a snow party...

snowstorm #2

A mere 3 days after our first 8 inches of snow, last night we received a new white blanket of 5-6 inches. Now it's raining and will continue into the rest of the night, which means ice tomorrow. A few days ago, I pondered, "Is this the most snowfall I've ever seen?" Today, that answer is a definite "Yes."

Oh, I wish I had a snow blower...

weather update

2:15 pm

3:30 pm


Let the blog-umenting (is that a word?) begin. Snow started to fall a little before 1pm and is now quickly accumulating. As I was around town this morning, even the locals were talking about the coming storm. I made my first I-live-in-a-place-where-snow-lasts-more-than-an-hour purchase today...a snow shovel. Last year, we used our landlady's shovel, but it broke. So, now we have our very own!

I'm taking pictures periodically so you can see what it looks like just outside our door.

The snow you see here is what's leftover from last time.


Pray for Justin. He's got a Hebrew exam in the morning, an exegesis (Greek) exam in the afternoon, and a translation of the entire Gospel of Mark due at the end of the day.

And it's supposed to snow tomorrow afternoon. Somewhere between 4 to 8 inches. Guess I'd better go buy some milk and bread...

winter wonderland

this is what we woke up to this morning.
snow in December...+10 points for New England