How about Christmas.
Let's get the sad news out of the way and then it'll be all good.
My sister's and my cat Milo, whom we so lovingly shared and who brought us more joy in his 10 years than one could think humanly possible, crossed over to Rainbow Bridge with both of us by his side. It was heartbreaking. We took him to the vet a few days after I arrived in California, and we decided he'd had enough and was tired of struggling to breathe. While in the examining room, I called Eric, who was still in St. Louis, and held the phone up to Milo's ear so he could say goodbye to the friend he'd had since he was 6 and Milo was just a 6-month-old orange ball of fur. We love you Miles, Muchas, Muchas-a-bubbuszh, Honey Boy. Thank you for being our first pet and showing us what it means to love.
He was the world's most tolerant cat...even when we brought home a new puppy (Stella).
They soon became good friends (hard to believe it's the same dog, eh?)
Maysie and Mark took over as Milo's guardians three years ago.
They loved him to the end.
Here he is a few weeks before he died. Still playful as ever but he loved to sleep too. Love you old man :)
That's it. We'll always remember him, but life continued and so did we.
Christmas was just days later.
I took so many pictures that I just turned it into a slideshow.
These are some that didn't make the slideshow...
Eric and Jason looking tough. Hard to believe Jason is 6'3". He looks so short in this picture.
Eric is definitely taller than his 6'8" (and shrinking) Uncle Gary
Sunset from Dad's house in San Clemente
Taken from my iPhone, by the way
For Christmas my dad and Trudy made all of the siblings the most incredible memory book which included pages and pages of pictures, many which none of us had seen before, starting from when my dad was a little boy to when he played for the Dodgers and up to the present. They made a section for each kid, with pictures from when we were little.
These are just a few that I scanned from the book:
For Christmas, Larry got me Puppy Tweets. Yeah, he really did. I haven't set it up yet, but I'll let you know if it works.
Puppy Tweets™ is an exciting new product for dog owners that lets your dog use Twitter! Here’s how it works. The Puppy Tweets™ tag is attached to your dog’s collar. As your puppy moves, barks, eats and plays throughout the day, motion activity is sensed by the tag and transmitted to the Puppy Tweets™ USB receiver on your home computer. Your dog's activity triggers one of 500 humorous Tweets to be broadcasted to Twitter. Set up a Twitter account for your dog and then follow their Tweets!
If your dog is barking you might get a Tweet like “Bark…and the whole neighborhood barks with you!” When she’s sleeping, look out for “Had a wonderful dream about you. You were bringing me snacks!” And at lunch your puppy might say “You at lunch? Remember the two most beautiful words in the English language: DOGGIE BAG!”
Eric's school picture
This year's family picture
Pics from New Year's Eve at our friend's house, where we had dinner with a few couples and I presented my beautiful made from scratch (by the grocery store baker) dessert
Our 10th or 13th New Year's Eve together, but who's counting, right Honey?
The guys were unable to coherently gather for a picture, so it's just the wives again
Me, Larry, Jan and Scott (our matchmakers to whom we will forever be grateful :)
And to continue with the randomness theme, a picture from the newspaper website - stltoday.com. If you look closely you can see Eric on the right #30 during the Championship game of the Meramec tournament. They lost but were happy to get second place after being seeded #3 in the tournament
I haven't reported much about basketball because Eric hasn't been playing much. The coach plays the seniors and the two sophomores who were on varsity last year. That's it. The same 6 people.
I don't usually recommend books, but I just finished Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption and loved loved loved it. I'm not a big fan of war stories, but it didn't matter. I was sucked right in. The author, Lauren Hillenbrand, also wrote SeaBiscuit, which I haven't read yet but would like to as this book was outstanding. It's an unbelievable story. Go get it. Now.
As a side note: I read 145 books in 2010. A lot, huh?
I have to share with you a recipe that is delicious and simple. I made it the other night and it's wonderful...
Chicken Pot Pie
1 package of 2 refrigerated pie crusts
2 cans cream of chicken soup
2 cups diced rotisserie chicken (that is already cooked)
1 10-oz pkg of frozen mixed vegetables (green beans, peas, carrots)
Preheat oven to 325
Stir chicken, chicken soup and vegetables together in a bowl
Take one of the pie crusts from pkg (remove from tin) and put in a glass pie plate
Fill with mixture
Cover with 2nd pie crust (upside down)
Cut 4 slits in top with a knife
Salt and Pepper to taste
Feeds four people
Stray Rescue dog - Rhino
And I leave you with one of my favorite Stray Rescue dogs, Aggie. She cracks me up. She looks mean and burly with her less than feminine features, but she's a big sweet momma and I love her.
I love her and so many others there, in fact, that I walked dogs three days this past week for a total of 12 hours. No wonder I've lost five pounds. It's a win-win.
That's it! I know that was a lot of pictures and information, but I was a little, um, behind on blogging.
On January 17th I will have a 17-year-old son.
Is that possible?