For the first time in over a decade I went camping. While it was only for a couple of nights I was ecstatic. I could take the dogs (see if it could become a regular thing) and I got to see family. Getting things ready was a bit hectic only because it was very little notice and my car was going in for brakes the same Friday that I was suppose to leave. Driving out to the ground (2.5 hours) I was so very excited. I had not seen the kids or my sister since Dittany’s birthday which was the beginning of December and I had yet to meet my newest niece (no special name for her yet).
Friday went over well. Dittany was excited to see me and Acacia…well he is never too excited for much for very long. It did not take Galaxy long to sniff the kids out and leave them be. However she was protective the entire weekend. I cannot say that to much happened. Friday night/Saturday morning was a different story though. J got up and when he came back into the camper he did not close the door all the way (or it did not latch but the next part is not to surprising). I woke up to mosquitos eating me alive and it took a minute or two but I realized the door was open. It took a few more seconds to realize that Galaxy was no longer in the camper. I think she pushed the door open but she was gone. I left her training collar turned on more so for the barking. I am glad I did that as I had gone outside and did not want to wake the whole camp ground up screaming her name. Then have people freak out. All I had to do was vibrate her collar a couple of times (it is good for up 3/4 mile or 1.2 km approximately) and she came barreling down the road.
The rest of Saturday was pretty good as far as the dogs were concerned. I cuddled with baby plenty. Not a the entire time as there was lots of visiting to do in such a short amount of time. I did get to introduce her Galaxy (maybe that happened Friday night) and Galaxy was very gentle. She only ever toughed her lightly with her nose, did not lick her at all. I was impressed to say the least. I taught Dittany the night before what Galaxy’s hand commands were. Dittany was able to tell Galaxy to sit and lie down with out anyone else around (we were in the camper and I was spying ha-ha).
I did get one picture and I love this picture. As long as Galaxy was in the middle and could protect every one she was fairly happy. Plus she just likes being around the kids. I realize I have not really mentioned Bullet. He is pretty much set in his ways. He wants to be around everyone but having to be on a lead makes that difficult for him. Every two minutes you are untangling him. He was never left alone and Dittany walked him which means he did get some run time in. I did have to put him in the camper twice though. He would have a barking fit and controlling two dogs of two very different sizes was not easy.
We took a walk, we also went down to the river. Galaxy did get a very little bit of off leash time since we were away from everyone. She wanted to wade in the river and I was not about to join her ha-ha. That evening I drank more than I normally would (but that is what you do when you are camping). The dogs and I slept in the tent so there would be no one missing in the morning again. Maybe next time Dittany will actually join me in there.
Sunday was uneventful. Freddy did most of the packing and to be fair I did kind of avoid it. I held out in the tent for as long as I possibly could. I had been up much earlier that morning before any one else was up and grabbed my pills from the camper. My shoulder was in very bad shape between sleeping in the camper and then having slept in the tent. When I got back the door was open (Galaxy was on her lead so no worries about strangers entering it) but I also let mosquitos in. After all the trouble we gave J on Saturday. I think they need to invest in a bungee cord or something. Slamming the door and potentially waking up kids was not something I was about to do.
All in all it was a fantastic weekend and I would love to be able to do it again. Being able to see almost everyone was amazing and I rekindle my love for camping. If not this year I want to do it again next year and be much more prepared. Like having a cot to sleep on instead of a foamy on top of the dog bed from the car. I also wanted more pictures but I do not focus on those things when I do actually get time with the kids. I gave them disposables and should be able to pull a few pictures for the album from those.
So, I was going to make a post Monday night when I officially got my offical news but I didn’t get around to it. It is now Tuesday evening and I thought (you will see this Wednesday morning) I should get this done before I sit down and do more work. I mentioned in my 2015/2016 post that Effie and Little M might be moving up here. My official notice for the official month is March!! I am excited even though it is very much unknown.
I don’t know exactly when in March (I am sure Effie doesn’t have an exact date picked out either) but it’s better than not knowing anything. I plan on talking to my landlord when he gets back from Vacation. I had mentioned something about this back in the fall just to see if it would be a problem and I didn’t get the feeling.
Effie does know the address to the blog but I don’t know if she’s been looking at it at all. Not that I put anything too personal on here anyways.
Little M won’t be here right always, which I am sad about that a little. Him and his dad are going to stay at the current house till we get things figured out. Besides with it being tax season March/April I wouldn’t be able to provide as much help as would be needed. I think it’s great that they will get lots of one on one time anyways.
I think I will leave it there. Now I am off to bathe Bullet, work on the pantry a little more, and than get some work done.
It feels like not much had happened in the previous year. I am starting to think that has something to do with being an adult. However, if I look at it in peices more than enough happened to me.
I officially ended my relationship (it was over in 2014 though)
I entered my career at full force
Effie came here to visit me twice! Only friend to do that
Left with debt
Started serious research into adoption
A few new pen pals
These aren’t resolutions by any means but it puts into perspective what I am looking for in 2016.
Cutting my debt by 1/3 at least
Effie and Little M moving up here with me
Continued research into adoption
Bringing my blog follow back up (as well as keeping current with those I follow)
Creating and continuing the stability in my life
Entering the next step of my career (my own clients and taking on payroll for the office)
It may not seem like a lot but most of it will take discipline. Also with Effie and Little M (she better be ha-ha) moving it is a huge change for everyone. There will be stress and adjustments for both of us but it’s remembering the end goal and staying strong through the rough patch at first.
This year I am crafting my Christmas cards. I don’t have any how-tos for you (but if you want one on a specific card than let me know).
The card pictured above if for my Mom and Stepdad. Black paper and I used General’s white compressed chalk. This one takes very little time but I quite enjoy the quick sketch look.
Another very basic card going out to a friend from school and pen pal for many years JL. I just used some green embroidery thread I had boughten from Dollarama, glued down with crazy glue (I do not recommend this however I don’t have a glue gun) and the star/ trunk were done with Reeves soft pastels.
This one is going out to Boo Boo and her husband. The black line work was done in Staedtler calligraphy marker (the narrow end) and I used watercolours to bring it to life. I couldn’t tell you the brand as I just used what was dried in my pots.
I can’t tell you who this one is going out to. But it was done in the same way as Boo Boos card.
This one here is going out to my Dad. Cut out some tree part from leather looking paper (I think it came from a dollar store about four years ago) and mixed some white glitter in with glossy Modge Podge for the snow effect. Oh and I glued the trees down with Modge Podge as well.
I will have more of these to show off but I didn’t want to throw it all into one post. Especially since I am not done all of them yet. They have been fun and I enjoy the mix between tasteful and funny/crude/cute.