Sunday, September 28

making hay

The weather has been absolutely beautiful lately. Instead of doing something fun, we did an improvement project. We were supposed to do this project in the spring, but things kind of got away from us.

The stairs leading to the front door of our rental property needed some work, so we've been working on that intermittently over the past week. The stairs are concrete and were painted at one point, but most recently were covered with carpeting, which was getting pretty worn. I didn't want to do carpeting again, so we removed the old stuff and scraped up as much of the paint and glue as possible. Yesterday, I patched some spots and today we painted. I would have preferred to have gone for a motorcycle ride because surely this weather isn't going to persist, but what can you do?

Friday, September 26

nine lives

Lizzy has more lives than a cat. We returned to the vet today and she was pleased with the progress Lizzy is making. She did tweak her meds a bit in order to keep her on steroids longer, but things are looking good for the little yellow dog for now.

The vet thinks it is a degenerative problem, so, without surgery, we're likely to see more of this in the future. Surgery isn't exactly an option (plus there are no guarantees with it anyway), so I guess we'll just have to take things one day at a time.

Monday, September 22

it's back

Lizzy's back problem has returned. She was perfectly fine when we brought her home from the kennel yesterday afternoon, but by last night, she was having some problems getting around. This happens from time to time, so I didn't think too much of it. But, by this morning, things were significantly worse. I called the vet early this morning in order to get her a prescription for steroids, which is what they gave her the last time. By late morning, Lizzy was unable to stand using her hind legs, so I called again (the vet was still in surgery and hadn't called me back yet). They wanted us to bring her right in. Brian took care of that. They gave her a shot of steroids there and steroid pills and muscle relaxers to take home.

Things are looking so-so. Since Lizzy has already gotten through this before, there's a decent chance that she will again. The hope is to see some improvement in her condition by tomorrow. If we do, she's probably in good shape. It could take a little longer, but if we don't see an improvement by the end of the week, it is not likely to happen. But, I guess we'll just have to keep our fingers crossed.

Sunday, September 21

mike & katie

Yesterday was my brother's wedding. All three of us were part of the bridal party, so it was an eventful day for the Law household. The rehearsal was on Friday night and the dinner was held at the Crimson Room in Portage. The wedding was held at Ss. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church and the reception at The Royal Ballroom, both in Portage.

The service was a long one (over an hour and 15 minutes--so my feet were sore before the fun even began). The day followed the normal wedding pattern--after the service there was the requisite picture-taking and then the reception followed by helping my parents with the cleanup afterwards (taking the extra food and hauling the gifts to my parents' house). There were a bunch of people (relatives, old friends) at the wedding who I haven't seen in a long time and I was truly happy to see them (high praise from me, that's for sure). There were also a bunch of people I see on a regular basis and it was just as nice to see them, too. 

I do miss my puppies, though. Due to yesterday's extra-long day, we boarded the dogs all weekend and they won't be coming home until this afternoon. I took tomorrow off work as a recovery day, so I'm sure we'll be able to get caught up on lost time. 

Sunday, September 14


This was a story about two teenagers who help out a drifter, played by Matthew McConaughey, who turns out to be a fugitive. McConaughey seems to be everywhere these days. He's also in "True Detective", which I started watching this past week. Anyway, this movie was a good enough knitting companion.

My rating: 3/5

Saturday, September 13


I promised Judy that I'd show her how to make limoncello the next time I made a batch, and this happened last night. I've been meaning to do this for a while now, but I realized recently that if I wanted to have it ready by Christmas, I had better get on the ball.

Limoncello is a pretty simple process, so we spent more time talking (and drinking limoncello from my last batch) than anything, but it was nice to have some help nonetheless. Jake even pitched in when it came time to zest the lemons so that process went super fast.

We're planning to get together for steps two and three, so that will be a good excuse to hang out again a few more times this year.

Sunday, September 7

the fall

The garden's winding down and the long range forecast is showing cooler temperatures ahead. Moments ago, I ordered garlic for the garden, which will be planted mid-October. I'm afraid the summer may be over. It was a rather hectic summer with a lot of events and the weather wasn't the greatest, so it feels like summer didn't even happen. I only had the a/c on once. I guess I shouldn't complain about that due to the cost of running it, but I think that goes to show how crappy the weather was.

I don't mind fall so much and I've come to terms with winter, but I just love summer, so I'm sad to see it go. With it getting dark earlier, I find myself with more time on my hands, which is a good thing. So, I've been trying to tackle some things that I've been putting off and I've been doing a good job with that.

But, with the way time has been flying lately, I guess summer will be here again soon enough.

Monday, September 1

labor day

We started off the weekend by going to the Ethnic Fest for supper--you can't beat the pierogies at St. Mary's church! On Saturday, we hit the Log House Festival briefly in the morning. Then, we "labored" the rest of the day by painting our living room and dining room. That was tiring, but at least it's done. On Sunday, nothing much happened. We thought about going to the fair, but it was kind of rainy and the living and dining rooms needed to be put back together, so we opted to stay in all day. This afternoon, we went on a quick motorcycle ride then I made a batch of sauce from the tomatoes from my garden. We had that for dinner and there's a bunch left over for the freezer. I guess it's back to the grind tomorrow.