Merry Christmas 2017! We post our photos each year so family in other states can join in. Not everything is pictured! This year, it appears our pets took a big part in our happy day.
We start with Pente who dressed up for the occasion. She enjoyed her new cricket and mice A LOT!
I think there was some herb in the mice given her behavior. Look at that face!
The obligatory pre-gift-opening pose with the cat!
Dave and his kitteh!
Pente ensuring everyone is looking at her
A harmonic from Rachel and Jim
Shark socks for me from Rachel and Jim. I received about 10 pair of socks/stocking this year. I was in need.
Dave's battle with rabid and house chewing squirrels continues - tshirt from my folks
I received the matching bird t-shirt
My folks sent Dave an Amazon Echo
Useful sleeping mask from Rachel and Jim
An egg pan that works on our induction stove from my parents!
A set of three stainless glasses from my brother and SIL
Jeweled rivets (for bag making) from my mom and dad
A super sexy gift from me to Dave - three silicone spatulas. I know you are jealous!
Funny bird sign from my parents
Caught Dave not making silly face
Slippers from my sister and Jim
I told you there were a lot of socks!
The cat was holding down all nearby boxes
Dave gave me some super sharp kitchen shears so I won't starve to death due to an inability to open food packages. Look for a soon-to-be-posted blog about stitches and a hospital visit!
A couple or crow glasses I gave to Dave
A commissioned chalk bag with Pente's face that I gave him.
She's still whacked on catnip
Some Grand Mayan tequila that I gave to Dave. He was out of this type.
A yard bird from my sister and BIL
Staring into the void
Henri. He is 38 now and will celebrate his 39th b'day in January. He's doing well, though looking a bit scrappier. It's harder to do a lot of self care given his balance is not as strong (grip strength down too). That's all to be expected. He's still happy as can be and will try to fight any male he views as a threat!
Dayle's Instagram page is well liked by people all over the globe. At the time I'm posting this, he has more than 11,100 followers! It's been fun meeting other disabled birds, birds, and others who love birds so much. Instagram (at least his page and those of his followers) is a happy place. If you've not checked it out, you should: @Daylethespecialamazon.
Lori C and I flew to Chicago for a fun long weekend at a sewing retreat. This was a first for me, and it was awesome! The retreat was hosted by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness. We ended up making a Necessary Clutch Wallet (day one), an some Crimson and Clover train cases then next 1.5 days.
We were walking distance from some nice places to eat. Our first evening, we wandered over and got a nice salad. We then went to the hotel lobby to meet the others there for the retreat.
It really was great fun!
The sewing room was open until midnight each night and we used every bit of time. It was cool that there was a room set up with a bunch of Bernina machines, irons, and other necessary equipment. We just showed up with our material (precut and interfaced) and got busy.
Another treat was meeting Janelle McKay of Emmaline. She's lovely - as were all the other people who attended from all over the USA.
Dave has been able to get out and play a lot this year. I have been working a ton. I completed the Methods book in June so I couldn't play as much. Still, I thought I'd share a blog of random Callie stuff. In the future, I hope you see more of me playing and less of me working!
This first photo is Dr. LeBonde - a great avian vet. He is trimming Dayle lower bill (with a dremel). We don't have to do this often, but sometimes we do.
March 21-27, I headed to KCMO for the ACJS conference. Family was supposed to come up and join me, but they did not. As a result, I was stuck at the hotel mostly. Turned out getting a rental car was impossible. Crazy. I had a hotel room on the second floor with a nice view.
I did get to spend time with my cousin Wanona. We went to lunch and hung out. We drove by Grandma Waterman's old home. It looks great really.
I also had dinner with my uncle Robert and his wife Abbey. Luke their son was around, but I didn't end up with a photo of him.
This is a building on Independence Avenue a few blocks from grandma's old home. I love this building because when we were little, seeing it meant we were almost to grandma's house. I adore this bldg.
Here's an old photo of sassy grandma Waterman!
Pente has continued being very Pente this year. I am sitting on the bed working (on the methods book no doubt) and this is what I have in my face. Some things never change.
In April, while in High Island Birding, we stopped at my parent's home for a couple of days. For once, we remembered to get a photo!
In April also, Dave and I went to the School of Public Affairs banquet in downtown Denver. It's always a blast to go. And it's fun to get a chance to dress up.
And of course the parrots are fabulous. This is a picture of sweet Grace.
Dewey - aka Dew-bug.
I got a pair of socks that I'm crazy about. Easy to wear to work under slacks. They crack me up!
Pente lounging in her kitty pen on the back porch. As always, she looks pretty stressed. Not!
In early May, I went on a tour of a sheet metal shop. SO MUCH FUN! Cool equipment.
I got to make this excellent box. I blinged it up when I got home.
I was in Denver on May 9th when Denver got pummeled by the biggest hail storm I've ever seen. That isn't snow on the ground - it's hail.
Walking out to the bus stop was treacherous because there was so much hail and everything was slick.
More hail. The next day, coming into the office, there was STILL hail piles all around.
Here is sweet Dayle enjoying a clementine slice. He and Dewey have been with us for two years now and they are a joy. We're happy they are here, and I think they like it too.
If Dayle sees Dave on the bed, he wants to go in and snuggle with him. It's adorable.
Also in May, behind our home in Tantra Park, we found Mutton Mowers! Someone had brought in a bunch of goats (and a llama for protection) to keep the grass cut.
Pretty fun to see them. They did not seem too interested in us.
In June, I purchased a 20 fish tank. I'd been wanting one for years. When Ferne was a baby he loved to watch the fish in my 55 gallon salt water tank in Houston. It's taken that long to get a new tank. Dave was resistant at first, but when I got him to the fish store, he was psyched. The fish store brought back a ton of memories for both of us as we recalled fish we had when we were kids. We ended up with some fantail guppies, cardinal tetras, two koi angelfish, and a catfish.
We later added three Oto (algae eaters), one bristle nosed picasamous (spell? also an algae eater), and SEVEN shrimp. We've also since traded out the plastic plants for real ones.
I especially love the shrimp. They are hilarious to watch. Can't eat shrimp ever again now!
Also, my orchids are doing well. Lots of good blooming. I had my first one get mealy bugs. NO GOOD. I managed to get him away from the others before it spread. Months later, he is still hanging on but barely. I may have to let that orchid go.
With the book done, Dave and I have been able to get out on the bikes together again. No bike tour for us this year - but hopefully we can next year. It's just nice to do something other than work!
look at that sweet little Dewey smile!
Dayle in his bed/loft/box.
Dayle loves to sit out on the back porch with us in the evenings still. Recently, this month in Aug/Sept he has been working on some words. He said "good good bird" recently, and seems to be trying other things. Just yesterday I heard Dewey trying out some phrases (that I still can't understand). I think that Clover has been teaching Dewey some things. Grace says "good good bird" and "good good girl" so I wonder if Dayle picke that up from her.
Another beautiful orchid bloom. This is a fragrant one.
With the book done, I've been sewing too. It's been fun. I know how 72,495 wallets and bags if anyone needs one.
A video of Henri in the shower. Hope it loaded correctly!
And a sweet, relaxing video of a sleepy Dayle. I can't get enough of this clip.