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March Madness.

14 Mar

It’s March Madness.  No, not basketball related (although I realize that is going on right now) but it’s my schedule.  Pure Madness.  I feel like we have been running around non-stop lately.  “Doing what?” you might ask…even if you didn’t ask, I am going to tell you.


Duddley got his first haircut of the year!  I just absolutely LOVE him with short hair. 1) He doesn’t shed as much which makes my house, clothes, and life in general less dog-hairy, 2) He is SO soft that I just want to snuggle him all the time, & 3) He looks and acts like he is 7 years younger (he’s 9 btw).

And since he was such a good boy for the groomer, Duddley got a nice, big bone as a reward.  I came home and found it like this…

How does that even happen?  In what situation did this bone drop out of his mouth and end up like this in my kitchen?  I need a nanny-cam to watch what he does all day.  I am sure the footage would be fascinating.

Banana Pancakes

Have you ever made banana pancakes?  What about pancakes literally made from only bananas and eggs?  Yep.  When I first heard the recipe, I was like “There’s no way that will cook like pancakes, much less taste like anything I want to eat.”  I was so wrong.  They cook EXACTLY like regular pancakes and are absolutely delicious.  The most simple ingredients ever : 2 bananas, 2 eggs. period. the end.  that’s it!  And that makes a serving about like this one on the right…

Joseph typically eats two servings and I have one but it has become a bit of a staple treat for us ever since we discovered their tasty glory.


You ever have those days where you think, “I just need to go back to bed and try this day again later”?  I definitely had one of those days recently.  I was already running late (which seems to be a common occurrence for me lately which is strange because I used to be early to everything) and just filled up my big YETI cup with water because I take it with me everywhere.  I picked up some stuff to leave, reached for my YETI and made the awful mistake of grabbing it by the top with my tiny little leprechaun hands and this happened…

That void you see up there to the top right?  That was my purse…WIDE OPEN.  So not only was I running late already, I just gave the inside of my purse and all of its contents a nice bath.  Thank goodness it was just water!  And anyone that knows me well would be happy to know that I refrained from having a “Neeley siezure” (what my family likes to call my temper-tantrums/extremely short fuse that goes off all the time and comes directly from my dad) and actually just laughed because at this point, what else can you do about it??  At least it forced me to mop up my dirty floors…

Sign Battle

So I was walking in TJ Maxx and saw a delightful little message in the random block-signs section.  You know the one I’m talking about.  I chuckled and added one that said, “Follow your dreams” above it.

I came back down the aisle a few minutes later for something different and noticed it had been changed.  Then I thought to myself, “Great.  Someone thinks that this 28-year old girl with her Starbucks and a sense of humor put up the whole thing, ‘JACKAS’ and all.”  Ah crap.  Someone is judging me but I didn’t even start it.

Then I thought to myself…”Wait a sec…you thought the sign was bad and needed Jesus but the part you replaced was my addition of ‘Follow your Dreams’?!”  Makes perfect sense.  If anything it kinda seems like you are calling our Lord and Savior a ‘Jackas’ which is WAY more offensive than anything that was already up there.  I thought about going into a full on signage battle but then figured it’s best to leave this one be…

Street Tacos

There’s a place that popped up a little while back close to our house in an old gas station parking lot selling fresh street tacos.  There was ALWAYS a line there when Joseph and I drove by and we kept saying how we needed to try them.  We waited for a night that if we did happen to get deathly ill, we wouldn’t miss anything important.

And boy were they totally worth it!  We immediately knew exactly why their line is always so long.  They were only $1 each and were SO delicious.  And bonus points – we didn’t get sick!  So I totally recommend trying the closest street food around you…you just might be pleasantly surprised!

Flower Beds

I hate working in my flower beds.  But I also hate not having flowers/having an ugly flower bed and I hate spending money on things I am able to do myself.  So I work in my flower beds.  I cut back my rose bushes and it killed me a little inside because they were already blooming!  This crazy weather has all of my plants so confused.  But since I didn’t want my rose bushes to be out of control by the end of the year, I trimmed them back anyways and just stuck the blooms in a vase to enjoy.

They were so pretty and actually lasted a decent amount of time.

Baby Ducks

WE HAVE BABY DUCKS!  They are so dang cute!  and EVERYWHERE in our neighborhood!  I have found two sets so far – one with 12 babies and one with 13!

Aren’t they adorable?!


Speaking of adorable…Did I show you our dog? Maybe a few times?  But how can you resist bragging about a cute, little face like his?? This is how cute and snuggly he is in the morning.

He even tucked himself in!  Y’all.  This dog LOVES pillows so much.  It is hilarious.  All of the extra throw pillows we have on our bed are stacked in the corner of our room at night and he will knock them over so he can lay his head on one.  Sometimes I look at him and love him so much that my heart hurts.  I mean, look at that sweet face!

**They’re After Me Lucky Charms!**

** denotes that line must be pronounced using Irish accent either in your head or spoken aloud

Since this week is St. Patrick’s Day, I randomly thought about Lucky Charms…you know because of stereotypical leprechaun things and I like food.  So we had our potluck dinner with our bible study last night and I thought I would make something with Lucky Charms.  And because my mom is clearly the baker of the family with her snazzy delicious cakeballs, I decided I would go the easy route and just make sugar cookies.  I added white chocolate chips (because why not?) and the marshmallows from Lucky Charms (because who eats the actual cereal pieces?).

And they were SOOO tasty!  We were in a rush to get to bible study on time so I cut the baking time probably a minute or two early but the ooey gooey goodness that resulted was everything I’ve ever wanted.  So if you are looking for a St. Patty’s Day treat that has a minimal time and effort to crowd-pleasing ratio, get a tube (or two) of the Pillsbury sugar cookie dough in the fridge section, a bag of white chocolate chips, and pick the marshmallows out of the box of Lucky Charms then put the cookie dough and a handful (or two…I literally just dumped the chips in until it looked like a good amount) in a bowl and mix.  Then roll a cookie size amount of dough in a ball and turn 5-6ish marshmallows in the dough then bake the cookies as usual.  Mine baked for about 10 mins at 350 degrees to this deliciousness.

The one thing you shouldn’t do?  Pull the hot cookie sheet out and hold it near your face while trying to shut the oven door.  Why? Because the corner could hit you in the chin and you look (and feel) like an idiot for the next few days, possibly forever.

Hopefully your Lucky Charms will bring you better luck!  Either way, they were worth it!

National Cat Day

29 Oct

In honor of National Cat Day – which is today – I share with you…..


Baby Hemi

AW! Baby Hemi – I don’t even remember her being this small!  

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Hemi is not amused with these pictures...

Hemi is not amused with these pictures…

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Showing off her freaky feet

Showing off her freaky feet


crazy picture of her tongue while giving herself a kitty bath

crazy picture of her tongue while giving herself a kitty bath – this was right after we got her back from the emergency care place because you can see her neck is shaved.


Another Hemi Update

15 Mar

Almost two weeks ago, I was able to bring Hemi home!! So exciting!!

on our way home!

on our way home!

At first she was hiding in my closet or under my bed the ENTIRE time minus when she came out in the dark to eat or drink water.  She was super pissed at me and I totally don’t blame her.

I took her to the vet that Thursday and unfortunately we didn’t get very good news.  Her creatine levels went back up to 4.0 but Dr. Hartke was more worried about her iron levels.  Turns out, Hemi’s blood work showed that her iron levels were low meaning she was anemic.  Her iron levels were at 21 and the normal is around 26 or higher.  Dr. Hartke was really worried about this because when cats are anemic it can mean that the kidneys are not producing the hormone that is sent to the bone marrow telling it to produce red blood cells and they can die quickly if the levels keep dropping.  It was causing Hemi’s breathing to be labored like when we go into high altitude and feel like we have been punched in the chest.  Dr. Hartke said that her body can adjust to the lower levels (just like we do after a few days of high altitude) but since it came on so quickly, it was not likely her body would compensate for the low iron.  Not good news and of course I left crying.

Hemi was given a special diet that she will have to be on for the rest of her life – however long that may be.  They gave her wet food and a prescription for dry food that I could get filled at Petsmart.  She hated the wet food, which I knew she would, so I bought her the dry food and she has been eating like a champ!

We made another appointment for a week later, which was last night, to check her levels again to see if her body compensated for the low iron (decent case), if her levels went back up (best case), or if they continued to drop (worst case).

On our way, Hemi was NOT happy with me because she hates riding in a car anywhere so she buried her head by my seat belt under the center console.

hiding Hemi

hiding Hemi

Dr. Hartke took her blood and we waited around for about 15 minutes while she tested it, all the while Hemi was convulsing from being so terrified.  It breaks my heart having to take her anywhere because I hate stressing her out.  The only thing that made her stop was when I put her on the counter and leaned over her, creating a warm, dark cave with my body.

This is Hemi's "Go to hell" look that she gives the vet...some say that she gets that look from me...

This is Hemi’s “Go to hell” look that she gives the vet…some say that she gets that look from me…I think it just comes so natural to both of us.

Dr. Hartke came back and finally after over a month of poking, prodding, testing and stressing, we got our first bit of good news!  Hemi’s iron levels went back up to 26 which was awesome!  She said that the results from last week could have been due to Hemi being diluted with fluids so her blood was kind of watered down, causing her iron to be low.  Also, her Creatine levels went down to 3.6, which was a 0.4 point drop!  Still not great news but it’s better than before so I’ll take it!

We have to go back in a month to check on everything again but as of right now, my pretty little girl is stable and will be happier knowing she doesn’t have to go anywhere for a little while!


Thanks to everyone for your concerned thoughts and prayers!!  It means the world to us! ❤

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