Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Parties, puppies and other ponderings

Okay, it's mid-January already and I've only written one entry this month/year.  Geesh! 

I've been a bit busy lately...been spending time on-line, but not doing much journal visiting.  Haven't felt up to it; heck, I haven't felt like reading, anything.   Started reading True Believer by Nicholas Sparks in August and I'm barely 2/3 through it.   Burned out from reading so much between my professional and personal life, I guess.  The tree farm also tends to put us behind the eight ball (so to speak) in December and so it seems we spend January getting caught up on everything else.  So if it's been awhile since I dropped by to say hello, it's simply a matter of my being distracted away from J-Land and I hope to get things back in balance...soon!

I do hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season filled with love and delights!  We did and the best part was Dilynn, of course.  :)

Last week a couple who live down the street stopped by to invite us to a neighborhood holiday party.  Their original plan was to have the party before Christmas but next thing they knew Christmas had come and gone without the party.  So, they had it last Friday.  It was nice to get together and touch base with our neighbors...some we knew and some we didn't.  Just before we walked to their home Sam wondered if the party was a cover for an Amway party, LOL!  It wasn't.  The asshole next door was there and I dreaded the thought of being under the same roof as that man, let alone in the same room.  It's bad enough my kitchen and dining room windows look out into his back yard and I have to drive past his house every day...truth be told I really hoped he would not attend.  But he and his wife were there, and he had to be the center of attention the entire time.    Neither Sam nor I have said anything to anyone on the block about Allie.  It was a real test of inner strength holding my tongue each time that man opened his mouth; he spent the entire time cracking jokes and trying to be funny.  Toward the end the hostess mentioned some puppies her Alaskan Malamute had last month and then she brought two of the pups into the party for everyone to see with the hope of finding good homes.  And yes, the pups were sooooo cute; only five weeks old.  Way off the cute scale with their fat little fuzzy puppy bodies, short waggy tales and teddy bear like faces.  But, we resisted the temptation, difficult as it was...just the sight of them melted my heart.   True to his nature the asshole next door commented to the host and hostess that if they couldn't place all the pups, the [insert local Chinese restaurant name here] will take puppies up to three months of age (before he retired he inspected restaurants for the State health department, so I'm guessing he'd know those kind of things).  But, if ignorance is bliss surely that jerk is in paradise.  That he 1) vocalized those words and 2) thought it was acceptable in present company to do so, just speaks volumes about his character.  And now, everyone else has seen his true colors.  It just goes to show some people can hide only so much about themselves behind a mask...sooner or later the self unveils the 'real' person to the public. 

It's been so cold here the past week, with temps below freezing, averaging between 3 F and 25 F.  Brrrrrr.   We've not had it as bad as the mid-west ice storms, but I noticed over the weekend that even Southern California had snow.  Wow, I think that's possibly the second time that's happened in my lifetime



"Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead."
~Louisa May Alcott



karebear4x4 said...

Goodness, you're strong!   you and Sam both   to be even near that guy   o goodness, i don't know i could have stayed   anyhows, glad to hear from you   Life is good in NM, but having cold weather too...take care ~kbear

nhd106 said...

Lol..a jerk in paradise...that's good.   Anyway, you clearly took the higher road here and that always pays.
Happy Belated New Year...


cdittric77 said...

I'm glad that entry ended the way it did - I had a fear it was going to turn into one of those suburban key parties :).


queenb8261 said...

Belated happy new year. Sounds likes quite a party!! Y'all have been busy.
Have a great week. Barb  

grofsand said...

We're all still here...waiting for you with a smile :)
May 2007 bring the simple pleasures to your heart....everything else can go in the closet!.....Peace   Marc :)

gaboatman said...

I admire the inner strength and quiet resolve you and Sam displayed at the neighborhood party.  My hat's off to you both.  Glad to hear you had a nice Holiday Season and it's good to see you posting once again.  I haven't posted yet this month but hope to do so in the next day or so.

ajquinn354 said...

Oh dear, glad he's your asshole neighbor not mine.  Can't imagine having to deal with someone like that on a regular basis, would be hard to keep my mouth shut. But, glad you went and got to enjoy yourself and meet some of the other nice neighbors.  Have a good day....Arlene (AJ)

robinngabster said...

I am looking forward to Valentine's day!  So glad you posted a count down.  :)

stupidsheetguy said...

I would imagine if the world was completely devoid of morons who don't know the limits of humor we'd have a little more trouble figuring out who the class acts really are. Guys like that always remind me of that little quote: "Better to keep your mouth shut and have people assume that you're stupid than to open your mouth and confirm it to them"

So, how'd you manage to resist the pups, huh?


boiseladie said...

It must have been terribly difficult to be there with the bad neighbor.  I guess he showed his true colors to the rest of the block.  Still so sorry about Allie.