Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Finally, seeing the light at the end of the tunnel

I am finally feeling a bit better. I never fully got the flu, but did get the symptoms. It was horrible. I'm finally over it and the congestion is leaving my body, too. Everything is still a blurr from the past few days. I need to get better y tomorrow and clean up the house and rabbit shed.

Though I've been ill, I have not forgotten my babies. They are all doing great, including the boys. lol

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

What one does when feeling ill

yes, feeling ill gets me mischievous. I took self pictures and well, they came out horrible! I felt even worse when I saw my "double chin"! LOL I saw this and remembered a good friend of mine's words, "I used to be beautiful"! Yes, that was Allison when she underwent so much stress at work. Now, this is me. LOL
I keep thinking about exercising, but feeling ill I cannot do much but sit around moping and trying to recoup my energy.




Monday, September 28, 2009

Two wonderful rabbits

This is Jack. I took the picture at night when he was having problems breathing. I tried to get a picture closeup of the clogged nostrils, but was unable to. He came out good, despite having problems breathing. He is doing good now.

This is Road To Angora's "Rigoberta Menchu". Okay, I finally came up with her name and I like it. She is looking great, too, and cannot wait to show her in October since we missed this past show due to illness.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Been neglecting the blog

These past few days have been hectic. I began a new job and have been working with many kids so it has been a great experience. The only setback is that I got a bit ill. I recently took the flu shot and that has helped me tremendously. However, I managed to pick up some strep from the schools. I've been attending ARDs and other meetings with the children as an advocate, but I just never thought I'd get ill like this.

I started feeling ill on Wednesday and by Thursday, well, the body aches were so bad. Good thing is I had some Amoxicillin I had bought in Mexico during a recent trip. This has helped my immune system, but I still am a bit weak. Needless to say, I didn't have much time to write and post on the blog.

Through out this "daze", we almost lost Jack, our cute Angora to issues with possibly snuffles. I had not had the energy to blow the coats or be with the rabbits, so Johnny helped me out. He said the rabbits were all doing great, but on Saturday, he noticed that Jack was not moving much and he is very rambunctious. Well, I finally got off my couch and went to check on the rabbits. I saw Jack not moving much and with droopy eyes. Before anything, I took him out and used a stethoscope to hear his heart beat and respiratory system. Well, he had this horrible wheezing sound when breathing. I was not sure what to think and it was late to take him to the Vet. I checked him more carefully and saw that his nose was almost clogged up with some hair and mucus. Poor baby was not breathing and was suffocating. I quickly used some saline solution and a warm moist towelette and cleaned his nose. It was a bit tough as the mucus and hair was really stuck. I had to use some small scissors and i managed to clip off the "clog" and then utilized more saline solution to clean the nostrils. He quickly stopped wheezing and his heart beat got back to a normal rhythm.

I kept going back during the night to check up on him and he was doing well. Today, he was bouncing up a bit, eating well and drinking lots of fluids. I cleaned his nostrils again, but he did not have discharge like last night. right now, I checked on him and he is looking great. However, we still will take him to the Exotics Vet on Wednesday for his check-up as we do not want to take any chances.

So many things happen when one gets ill!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Being Lazy

Okay, I've been feeling lazy lately. I have not had time to knit or spin since I've been taking some time for personal rejuvenation. I changed jobs, well, am working on my own private practice again so it is taking a bit of my time and I've just been plain ol' lazy to take pictures to add to the blog.

On a good note, we've been having really good rainfall! Yes, we used to have lots of hot weather, but now, it is nice cool and moist! Thus far, the rabbits coats are growing and looking good. Though I have to admit, the regular grooming is a must due to the moist from the rain.

I'll be taking pictures tomorrow of some items I've been knitting and maybe of our rabbits, as they continue being prepared for the upcoming show this weekend. I am having second thoughts, though about going to the show as driving 4 hours does not sound too appealing. We will see.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Upcoming Show 9/25-26/09 in Cleburne, Texas

The Johnson County RC (Gaye Sparks fbbarn@our-town.com ) and SW RBA (Debbie Hill dwarfh@verizon.net ), are hosting a Triple Open and Youth Show on Friday, September 25, 2009 and Saturday, September 26, 2009, in CLEBURNE, TX.

You can download the JCRC/SWRBA show Flyer by visiting Bunnyrabbit.com, the local vendors.

We are planning on attending this show, though it is a 4 hours drive. We will be leaving early on Friday to show our rabbits. I almost decided not to go, but I feel we need to go and have fun. Also, we want to register 3 rabbits and visit with all our Show friends.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Swine Flu Paranoia

I got this picture from our friend, Janet, and I just had to post it. It is so funny!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

It is cake time!

I baked a nice moist yellow cake for dessert. I let the boys pick the icing and since they chose chocolate, again, I decided to add a twist to the chocolate. I spread some strawberry marmalade and mixed it with the chocolate icing and the taste was totally awesome! The taste was a refreshing with a nice punch of sweet/sour. Needless to say, the cake was eaten in less than one hour!


Saturday, September 19, 2009

Finally, my traditional Mexican Dish

Okay, the boys and I wanted to eat a traditional Mexican plate, "Arroz con Mole".

Here you can see the traditional Mexican rice. Notice Mexican rice is not mushy or sticky. The spices give it all the flavor it needs. Only regret in this dish is that I did not use the chicken broth to cook it, pity, it would've given the rice an extra punch with the taste of the chicken.


Mole, yum! Some people believe that Mole paste is "dried animal blood". No, it isn't. It is a paste made with chile and other ingredients. The paste is dissolved in the chicken broth when it is very hot. Then, one adds the chicken to the Mole and voila!
I don't like to add the full chicken bones and meat. I like to let the chicken cook long enough that the meat falls off easily. The boys like it this way, too, as it is easier to eat and less messy.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Messin' with Martin

My sons and I have been moving things around so that we can steam clean the carpet. I bought a new carpet cleaner, which is really cool. While Martin was in the room, Johnny and I decided to play a trick on him.

After emptying the box Johnny got inside it ...



I closed the box and called Martin asking him to take the box outside next to the trash can...

Unsuspecting Martin picked up the box and it was quite heavy for an empty box! As he picked it up, Johnny got scared he was going to be dropped and tried to get out and yelled, "Surprise"!

Ha ha, we all had a great laugh at the prank we pulled on Martin.

Martin didn't want to let Johnny out of the box as he got duped.
And.....this is the way we have fun at home.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

A deer running happy

As I looked out the window in my office I saw this cute little deer running across the front of the building. It is such a great sight. However, as luck will have it, the batteries in my camera went dead. I was able to get this awesome picture, but I was not able to get the other deer that kept starring at me while I was taking the picture.


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Weather is better in San Antonio

The weather has been really nice, lately. We should continue to enjoy this wonderful weather for the rest of the week and, hopefully, month!

The rabbits are more relaxed and happier. I've not used the A/C as much as during the summer months, but the fans still work at their pace helping circulate the air in the Rabbit Shed.

We've also had lots of rain, which is wonderful! Let's see how the weather continues to change for the better.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Patrick Swayze, 1952-2009

It is so sad to hear that the actor, Patrick Swayze, died from pancreatic cancer. We love the movie Dirty Dancing and Ghost, which I believe are the most popular and awesome movies he starred on--well, not to leave out "The Outsiders".

Such a sad loss.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Party for the Twins

We had a wonderful time down the Valley visiting family. So many activities to partake, but one of the best was the birthday party for the Twins, Stephanie and Samantha. The only thing that bothered me was that the boys ended up skateboarding on the street with their cousins, so they missed the pictures.







Saturday, September 12, 2009

Life's a beach!

Family visit during Labor Day weekend lead us to the beach!






Friday, September 11, 2009

On September 11, 2001, a horrible tragedy hit the USA. It was a scary ordeal from which ordinary people became heroes.

I still remember that day clearly when I awoke to the news of our Nation being under attack. The fear I felt was real and unmeasurable. Just the past weekend, 9/6-8/01, my sister and I, were in Chicago, IL, attending my nephews graduation from the Naval Academy. We visited several places in Chicago and had a great time. However, on the date of our flights, my sister and I, were scheduled on the same flight home. Unfortunately, due to chance or something else, we had to be separated from our destination to Houston, Texas, whereby we would each depart to Brownsville, Texas and El Paso, Texas.

My sister was allowed to go on the same flight, while I had to board a different American Airline flight.
I still remember feeling that something was wrong since my flight got cancelled 3 times and then I finally flew to El Paso in the wee hours of the morning on 9/9/01 through American Airlines.

I wondered the peculiarity of the flight cancellations, but thought nothing much of it. However, 2 days later I awoke to the frantic telephone call from my sister telling me to turn on the TV. My heart sank as I saw what was happening and the devastation it caused.

I quickly got dressed and went to work at the Child Guidance Counseling Center, in El Paso, Texas, and we were all in shock and awed as the news kept pouring. Some clients cancelled, others came in panic, it was a tough ordeal. However, in the midst of chaos this country banded together in solidarity and ordinary people became heroes. We lost so many lives of children, women, and men, but all through this our Nation prevailed.

Nothing, not even the disturbing attempts by ignorant and hateful individuals will ever kill the American Spirit!

Till this date, I still have problems watching at the twin towers collapsing and the other videos of the attack. I keep thinking of the people that died not knowing what happened and the despair of those that survived. Overall, I remain in awe and admiration for the ones that without fear or hesitation ran into buildings to save people, only to be received by the hand of death. Those fallen heroes and all that gave their lives deserve the best remembrance ever as their blood was not shed in vane. Their blood shed did not destroy, but instead, invigorated this nation of ours!

P. Ricardo G0nzalez & Sons

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Diego goes to work, Part 2

This is part two of the pictures taken when Diego was at work. I had to darken all the faces of the children and the staff due to confidentiality reasons.

I just have to say that this experience was a rewarding one for me and the children. I wish you could see the expressions on the angelic faces as Diego hopped around and flirted with all the children and staff. He seemed to notice he was the center of attention and he truly worked it!

In the past, I've taken Delilah, our Chihuahua bitch to work with some teen-agers and they loved her. However, she is a bit too rambunctious for these children so Diego was a great source of help during the group meeting.




Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Diego goes to work, Part I

Diego goes to work! Yes, I decided to take Diego to work with me. I've been telling the children about our awesome rabbits and they wanted to meet one of them. After receiving constant requests by the kids to see a rabbit, Diego came to save the day.

The children I work with have special needs, but are awesome in their own ways. They love people, animals, and they love life! They were extremely enthused and excited to see Diego.
The children were able to keep their attention focused on the information of how Diego flew to San Antonio, Texas, all the way from Canada! Yes, they loved the story about how we waited patiently for him and the show experience.

There were many questions as to what kind of food Diego eats, as well as his favorite treats. Of course, I took the opportunity to share that Diego loves to eat healthy, not too many treats or his teeth will require Dentist intervention (grin), yes, I had to help them understand the importance of hygiene. Of course, we discussed how Diego receives his grooming and blowing of his coat in order to keep it nice and soft.

Overall, it was a wonderful experience for the children and Diego. I will post more pictures tomorrow and continue sharing Diego's awesome work experience.

(Due to confidentiality, the faces of the children were either cropped or blurred).


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Many things going on.

These past few weeks have been a bit tough. Many things surfaced at work and new plans for our family are occurring. The fun part for me is that I've been knitting along these tough times. Knitting is a source of relaxation, invigoration and rejuvenation. Well, spinning, is, too, as well as playing with the rabbits! :)

I've been participating in our KAL and am working on a cotton towel with a bull dog picture in it. Well, I hope it is coming out good. I will take a picture of the work in progress tonight. Thus far, I have the legs completed!

This past weekend our family went to the Rio Grande Valley and we visited my parents and sisters. We had a wonderful time. Pictures of that will also be posted on the blog along with a very special segment I want to share with you all. The segment is "Diego goes to work". Yes, Diego, our English Angora that we acquired some time ago from Bumblebeary's English Angoras, went to work and boy did he make a splash! Kids and adults loved him! I plan to take him back again soon.

Hopefully, with the new prospectives coming along for our family I will not neglect our blog.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Friday, September 4, 2009

KAL is fun!

I'm a member of a yahoo knitting group and I'm excited to partake in the KAL (Knit Along) for September. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MonthlyDishcloths/cal
Knit-A-Longs (KALs)

This group holds 2 KALs per month. A “KAL” is a knit along. An email is sent to the group with about 7 lines of a pattern a day and continues for about 7 days. After 7 days we should have a wonderful dishcloth to use or pass along to someone special.

You can also go to our BLOG at: http://monthlydishclothkal.blogspot.com/
A good idea is to bookmark this site!

1st of the Month KAL: These KALs have a monthly theme and usually have a picture of something pertaining to the month/season. Usually a solid color is best for pictured dishcloths.

Hope people joins the fun!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Allergies Galore!

Ugh, San Antonio weather has turned on me! Although the weather has been really nice, lately, the mold and other allergens are extremely tough and many people, myself included have been having a tough time dealing with the allergies.

The good thing is that the temperatures have been quite bearable and pretty nice for the rabbits. We've been grooming and blowing coats and excited September finally arrived. Summer is finally over! Well, here in San Antonio, Texas, the summer tends to linger at times up till October! :)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

We've been keeping an eye on Hurricane "Jimena" in Mexico

We've been having nice weather Monday and Tuesday here in San Antonio, Texas. Let's hope it continues to be that way, rather than extremely hot.

In Mexico, our family and friends have been tracking Hurricane Jimena, which is Category 4 and might hit land in Cabos, this evening. The news has reported that many people in Cabo are refusing to go to shelters due to fears of looting their few possessions.

My friends and I have a scheduled trip for October and we will be visiting Cabos in Mexico. We're going on a cruise around the Mexican Riviera so, hopefully, the area will be pleasant, but right now our concerns are with the people in Mexico and the Hurricane that is approaching.

We need to keep the people in our prayers and trust that they will be spared and can deal with the situation safely.