The Littlest Sister

“If you don’t understand how a woman could both love her sister dearly and want to wring her neck at the same time, then you were probably an only child.”

~ Linda Sunshine

I know that I have mentioned it before, but in case you missed it, I am the oldest of five kids… Three girls then two boys.  I know all about sisters!  In any case, Erin, the middle child but the youngest of the three girls, turns twenty-six today. (Man I feel old!)

I think she had the biggest blue eyes of any of us as a baby.

And a mischievous smile 🙂

She was even Deedee from Dexter’s Laboratory one year!

Now she is a soldier in the Army who we are all very proud of.

She is in fact stuck at a training exercise in the desert today.  I hope she has a great day anyways!

Happy Birthday Little Sister!

(Sidenote: Look at that giant brick of a phone on the desk behind Erin! 😛 )

 

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Meaningful Monday: A Poem

“Walking, working, barely breathing

My thoughts, far away

Heart aching, mind racing

Sleep does not come easily, nor last long…”

~ Peter Winstanley

Also, for anyone who is wondering, the cats and I got to Florida safe and sound, although I have no desire to go on such a long trip again any time soon!

Tuesday With Thomas

It is already going on six months since Thomas turned one!

The day before his actual birthday we threw a mini-party for him at my grandma’s (his great-grandma’s) house.  It was just my grandparents, my sisters, Thomas, and I.  We stuck a candle in a cannoli and sang Happy Birthday. 🙂  It was a lot of fun to watch him eat his first cannoli!  (He is 1/8th Italian after all 😉 )

Thankfully my sister got some awesome pictures!  Here are a few of my favorites:

He really wasn’t quite sure what to do with it at first, but he ended up finishing the whole thing.  In fact, he seemed to enjoy the cannoli more than his actual birthday cake the following day 😛

 

Meaningful Monday

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Today I am taking a moment to remember the great things Martin Luther King Jr. did for our country and his fellow-man.  With all that is going on in my life, this quote is especially poignant!

Logistics

So… The other day I mentioned that at the end of the month, Pippi, Squirt, and I are packing up and moving back to Florida.  What I didn’t mention is exactly how we are going to get there!

When I decided to move to California last year, I sold, donated, gave away, or threw away most of my belongings, including my car.  My remaining belongings fit into six boxes and three suitcases.  I shipped the boxes, checked the suitcases, and the cats and I got on non-stop flight from Fort Lauderdale to LAX.

The good news is that besides buying a car, I haven’t really acquired much since I moved to California.  If anything I have purged a bunch of stuff that, after shipping out here, I realized I never use or wear!

This time around though, selling my car isn’t really a viable option!  So what do I do?

Well… It looks like I am going to ship as much of my stuff as I can.  Then I am going to pack up what’s left of my clothes, my grooming tools, and the cats; shove them all in my little 2-door car; and drive 2,700 miles cross-country!  As far as I can tell it will take me four days of driving 10 to 12 hours a day!  This means four days confined to a small car with two unhappy felines; three nights of staying in strange hotels with them.

It is going to be a really long ride!  I so wish that I could afford to have my car shipped so the cats I and could just fly back!  When I took them on a plane to get them here they did much, much better than I expected… Hopefully the same will happen for driving us back to Florida!

P.S.  If you have any experience driving cats cross-country, please feel free to share any advice you may have!