In other news...
Today K and I celebrate our 38th wedding anniversary. After this many years, we don't go all-out in celebrating, though. I think we'll probably order pizza for dinner and then watch the Tigers and some hockey--a REALLY big night for us. ;D And it's not as if we are/feel so old, it's just that 'special' days aren't all that different from any others and this far into the marriage, we don't necessarily need to make big deals out of them. That being said, K DOES do extra nice things on big days. Today he gave me a beautiful matching necklace/earring set as a gift and he also brought flowers home. I really did get one of the 'good ones' when I married him.
The NHL starts its new season tonight and the Wings begin theirs tomorrow night. I should NOT be this happy. ;) While other people wait for Christmas, my biggest day/night of the year is when I finally get to watch hockey again after a very long off-season. I'm warped, I know.
I have been playing around with my nookCOLOR and have been having far too much fun. Finally, I got around to trying to load some DVDs onto it and I must say it is EASY! Surprisingly, the picture is fantastic when seen on the nook and I'm amazed at how nice it is to watch something on a 7" screen. Now, all I have to do is take the time to transfer some things onto the nook--it IS VERY time-consuming--and then I'll have movies/TV shows with me at all times. I also found out that transferring music onto the thing was super-easy, as well, so I can always have music going while I read, if I want. I am very much loving my rooted nook and can't wait for 2-3 years down the road when I get myself a full-time tablet. (I am waiting a bit before getting a tablet because there just aren't that many options with Android right now. I WILL NOT buy an iPad, so I will wait until things settle down and a clear front-runner is named in the Android market. I'm thinking this will be an anniversary gift I get myself in a couple of years...)
With fall here, I'm looking to get back into some crafting. I have been doing a bit of sewing now and then and need to get into it much more. I have baby shower gifts to make--one of the babies is almost 4 months old already--and bridal shower gifts. Of course, I ALWAYS have things I need to make for the grandkids. Last night I made a reusable, cloth snack bag. I think it will do very well for dry snacks--trail mix, pretzels, etc--and will be used a lot by the friend I made it for. I used ripstop nylon to line the 'bag'--which is made out of cotton material--and put Velcro as the closer. It came out pretty neat and is one of those things that I have to make for the granddarlings. The original instructions called for using oilcloth as a liner, but I didn't have any in the house, so the ripstop was used as a replacement. I think I'll be getting some oilcloth and trying that variation, too. So little time to do so much. ;)
I have mentioned how the neighborhood dogs come to the house on a regular basis to beg me for treats. The dog from across the street is a daily visitor. The poor thing is getting up in years and every day I notice how old he is looking. He is getting more and more 'pigeon-toed' as time goes on and his joints really seem to bother him when the weather 'turns.' I hate to say it, but I don't think he will be with us for much longer. To top it all off, his face is getting that 'old dog' look--the fur is turning whiter and whiter. He still is happy and smiles whenever I give him his treat--he will be missed when he is gone. (However, I will NOT miss him using our yard as a toilet...) Here is (as K calls him) my boyfriend:
After he got through his 'puppy' years--which lasted until he was almost three--he became one of the nicest, sweetest dogs I have ever been fortunate enough to know. But, I really don't know how many more winters he'll be able to last.