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Thursday, May 31, 2007

The Prom

Well, I'm still catching up a little here. The Apex Prom was May 12 and Kelsey went with her boyfriend, Elliott and a bunch of her friends. With a dress that I bought her on eBay and a limo, she and her 10 friends went to The Melting Pot, the Prom and then spent the night at her dad's house (he got "coolest parent" award from the kids and the other parents). It's hard to fathom how fast she is growing up. She will be a senior in just a few weeks and to college!

Shasta (The Wonder Husky) 1994-2007

Today I had to put Shasta to sleep. Two years ago she had a tumor on her leg and we had it removed in May of 2005 and again in Feb of 2006. But, the tumor came back late last year and the doctors didn't think she would survive the surgery. So, we've just been trying to keep her comfortable but it had become harder and harder for her to get up and down the stairs. She'd lost over 20 pounds over the last two years and finally it was decided that it was time. I took her in this morning to see if there was anything else to be done and the doctor suggested that it was time to let her rest. So, now she's with Saffron (Saffy)...her "bestest" friend. Saffy came into the house in July of 1995 at 12 weeks old and Shasta came 3 weeks later at approximately 14 months. Even though I'm not sure Shasta wasn't always in agreement, Saffy decided that Shasta was just some really big furry cat and basically decided that Shasta was her friend. Saffy would constantly rub up against Shasta and lay across her feet when Shasta was lying down. Shasta would just look up at us with those long-suffering eyes and you could almost hear her sigh with having to put up with that goofy cat.

Saffy died of septis in November and Shasta's tumor had reappeared about the same time. I kind of thought to myself that they came into the house together and perhaps they would leave together...but Shasta made it another 6 months...but now Saffy can lie across Shasta's feet again and rub against her face. Won't Shasta *love* that!

We miss you both and we are happy to have had you in our lives.

Friday, May 04, 2007

April 2007

After Kelsey's birthday we had my birthday (We went to Red Lobster!) and a Spring Chorus concert, Band Banquet and Kelsey's trip to Chicago with Honor's chorus. In the midst of all of that, Kelsey had an accident in her del Sol and totalled it. Fortunately, she and her friend, Elliott were okay. The car hydroplaned during a rainstorm and she ran into the back of a Acura SUV. The poor little del Sol finally had had enough:

Kelsey was very specific about what car she wanted to get in place of the del Sol (she had the insurance money as her base) and it took about 3 weeks but I finally found her a 1993 Toyota Celica Convertible on eBay and David and I went to pick it up on April 29th. (I will post pictures when I get them downloaded)

More of March

Duncan had surgery on his hand on March 12th...right before he turned 20 on March 20th. Fortunately, it turned out to be a benign tumor and he came through surgery fine. Kelsey went to DisneyWorld with the Apex High Marching Band at the end of March and got to march in the DisneyWorld parade. Here is a picture of the Color Guard waiting for the bus to take them to their Color Guard Workshop:

While she was there, she and her friends had one of those custom pictures done. They chose "The Munsters" and decided to have all boys be girls and all the girls be boys (Kelsey is Grandpa Munster):

She had a great time and got back in time for her 17th birthday. Her friends took her out for a birthday party at Chuckie Cheese

Catching Up-March 2007

In March we went down to Laurinburg, NC to participate in an Autocross with the 84 Targa. We decided to make a weekend of it and also visit some country seats. See our county seat blog for updates on that...( After finally finding the airport, David found that he had been scheduled for the first heat which had already started so he had to wait until the end of the 2nd heat and participate in the Fun Run. Here he is getting ready to run:

And here he is taking off from the starting line:

His time was about 95 seconds and he's looking forward to running the Autocross in April to better that time.

After the autocross we drove around a little and then went to our hotel. The next morning we heading towards Rockingham (a county seat) and found these ruins on the way:
Turns out they are the ruins of the Great Mill that burned to the ground in 1972. This is what it used to look like:

It's amazing to see these ruins just sitting my the side of a major street. Spooky and wonderful all at the same time. There is a waterfall behind the mill (seen through one of the windows):
Better view of the Waterfall

The sound of the rushing water was so beautiful. We spent about a half an hour just walking around and made a point to do some research on the mill. It's nice to see a piece of history even if it is no longer "pristine".

Blogger problems

Well, Blogger has been a pain to log in to. I've had to come through the "back door" by posting a comment to my blog and then getting to dashboard through that (thanks to someone on the Help Forum who suggested this). The Help Forum has been useless as far as response from the Blogger people. Everyone's computers could not have gone "blooey" all at the same time. It's got to be on the Blogger/Google end. And the "customer service" attitude has been sadly lacking as well. They also seem to think that because only 100 people are complaining that it's a small problem. They apparently don't know that statistically for every 1 person that you hear from, 10 more are having the same problem but not complaining.