May 31, 2009


As I mentioned last time, Cameron and I headed to Tucson to see my parents over memorial day. I hadn't seen my parents since February and Cameron hadn't seen then since Christmas - this would be his first visit to the new house. We flew in late Thursday night. My parents picked us up at the airport. Their friends Betsy and Paul were kind enough to stay up for our arrival (they were also in town to visit my parents and had arrived the day before). Except for my dad who still had to go into work Friday, we all stayed up until 1 AM catching up (and getting to know each other).

Cameron had Friday off but I had some work to do. Luckily, I worked hard Thursday so I didn't have much. By noon, Mom, Cameron, Paul, Betsy and I were headed to the nearby town of Tubac to check out the local shops. It's a cute little town and once we're in the new house look forward to shopping for items to put into it. We came across one store full of area rugs. Not only were the rugs gorgeous, but the owner's dog was too. We fell in love with it! It's called a Rhodesian Ridgeback. This one was a cinnamon color with black muzzle. At only 2 years old, he was very docile but also quite friendly. Best way to describe him is regal. You can see him on their web site The owner said that all he does is run him in the morning and evening and he's quiet the rest of the day.

Saturday, Cameron's step-sister and niece drove from Phoenix to go to the Desert Museum with us. We arrived at the museum just in time to sit in and listen on a lecture about rattlesnakes and geliamonsters. This included these such animals on a table near the lecturer. Yes, they were alive. Every time that dahm rattlesnake rattled, I jumped. I did learn that the so-called rattlesnake vaccine for dogs is a hoax. The lecturer said it's not been proven in any clinical study to help and actually gives owners a false sense of stability. Always take your pet to the vet if bitten by a rattler. Good to know since we will be moving to rattlesnake country with the new house.

Saturday evening, my mom made all of us a delicious dinner. Sunday, the guys went golfing, while Mom, Betsy and myself spent the morning baking Cameron a chocolate cake for his birthday and then went shopping that afternoon. After a nice lamb roast dinner, we celebrated Cameron and my birthdays. Cameron definitely enjoyed his chocolate cake, too.

Monday it was off to the airport and back home. I had the week off due to furloughs, so I spent it trying to run again...I have a long way to go...and packing. I've got a good start on non-essential kitchen items and the hutch is completely packed up. I'll continue on with pictures and such as the next weeks go by. I have another furlough week the first week of July, so I'll get real serious on the packing then.

As for this weekend, Cameron and I have been dog-sitting for Matt & Lynde. We love Cody, but boy does she have energy. We took her on two walks yesterday and a very long one this morning, but the second we get home she's all wiggles all over again.

The pics above are from the Desert Museum.


May 27, 2009


After a long week plus of waiting, our house is finally on its way to being framed. Stayed tuned as I am sure we will have more pictures throughout the we went to Tucson for the long weekend to visit my parents, so pics and stories from that to tell as well.

May 16, 2009

What a Day

Today was a great day for Cameron and I. We originally planned on going to the Strawberry Festival in Galt today and the Auburn Home & Garden show tomorrow. Vicki had wanted to go to the Strawberry Festival as well, but had switched the day she had free and the day she had our niece's school carnival this weekend. After a quick phone call this morning things were cleared and we headed for the home and garden show in the early afternoon.

The first good thing was the show. We had a great time walking around and getting ideas, as well as talking to the various vendors to see what they offer. We found a great group of guys that focus on backyard needs - landscape, concrete and customer BBQ areas. Plus, they're willing to do what ever we don't want to do. We're very DIY (Do it Yourself) kind of people, but we know there are somethings we just don't have the time or energy to do.

The next good thing happened on our way home. We stopped at Ashley Furniture in Roseville, since we knew it was on the way home and we had seen an ad on TV mentioning a good sale this weekend. In the new house we know we'll need a new living room set. Our current set is about 20 years old and will go upstairs in the loft area. The second sofa we looked at and sat in was all we needed to test. It fits the theme we are going for in the new house (Tuscan), it was comfy and priced right. Looking a little further we found a complimentary kitchen table. Plus, Ashley let us pay for half of it today and when we're a month away from moving in we can pay the rest, it gets ordered then and delivered and set up at the new house! We walked away with a kitchen table, 4 chairs, sofa, love seat, char, automan, two side tables, coffee table and sofa table. This pics above shows most of these items.

Off to the Strawberry Festival tomorrow! Pool for now with Matt, Lynde and Cody.


May 14, 2009

A Solid Foundation...

Tuesday morning I awoke to a Facebook message from Lynde: "Yeah for the cement truck in front of your house!"

Cameron and I had an appointment with the builder at 4 that day to finalize some more options and upgrades. After the appointment we headed over to the lot. Sure enough, our foundation had been laid. Wood supposedly should have been delivered yesterday and the framework should get started by the end of this week.

We had Mel with us, so we took her out to see the foundation as well. The cows were near the fence this day, so we went over to have a look. To our surprise Mel got real excited and wanted to go play with the cows, sticking her nose through the barbed wire lines squares of the fence. She walked away scratch free. The cows weren't so sure about us or her.

As for other events in our lives, Saturday was the Race for The Cure. Thank you to every one who supported me and this great cause. Next year, please join me! Kim and I had a great time briskly walking the 3 mile route. Kim's daughter Kaley even took part, racing in the Kid's 50 meter dash. She enjoyed both times she ran :). With Sunday being Mother's Day we headed to Vicki's for a late lunch with the rest of the family, stopping in to see Grandma Betty and the Nagles on our way home. Always great to see everyone. I am looking forward to this weekend to sleep in, since last week and weekend lacked in that department between Kelsey's med schedule and plans. Luckily she's down to one med, two times a day and we don't have to get up at the crack of dawn to administer it.

Looks like I'll come home to some real developments next week. Monday night I'm headed to Vegas for work, coming home Wednesday night. Thursday night we head to Tucson to visit my parents!


May 8, 2009

Kelsey Lou Comes Home

Today we received very good news...Kelsey got to come home. We thought Jake missed her...maybe we were wrong. Since Kelsey got home this afternoon, he has been hissing and growling at her. He won't even come within a few feet of her before running the other way.

And while it is great to have Kelsey home, the 4 medications that came home with her aren't as welcome. They require almost around the clock administering. Our evenings begin at 6 PM with one, 7 PM for another, 9 PM for another and the last at 10 PM. The first returns at midnight and 6 AM. Another requires a 6 AM and 2 PM doses. And one more at 7 AM. I know understand why the Vet Techs were so happy to see Kelsey go - she's not very open to the medicine either. I'm being patient and playing nurse. Poor little girl is very drugged out.

In other news, the next step to our house is pouring the foundation. Should be early next week.


May 7, 2009

Kelsey Lou at the Kitty Hospital

As you might have guess we've had a bit of excitement in the Cenedella household this week. Everything is fine now, but our little Kelsey Lou gave us a scare. We'd noticed recently that she had lost some weight, so we switched back to her old food and she seemed to be eating again. Then about a week ago she had an episode of vomiting. It was just two or three times and she seemed fine afterward.

Tuesday night she started the vomiting again. We had some Tri Tip, that we had been defrosting in the safety of the microwave, now on the counter, about ready to prepare for dinner. She threw up next to it so we assumed she had helped herself to the juices on the plate around it. Called the vet before they closed and they said she should be fine, but call in the morning if she continued to get worse. She did.

No one in our house got much sleep that night, as Kelsey was throwing up throughout it. 8:30 AM Wednesday we were at the vet. By this point she had thrown up what looked like Rafia and we suspected she had ingested more. After some X-Rays to check her intestines, they found her esophagus was 4x the size it should be - something foreign was lodged in there. She'd need to have an endoscope to see what it was and remove it. Off to the ER Vet, as this was the only place with the proper equipment.

We found out today during our visit that Kelsey has been eating my hairbands! That was the clog. She's still at the Vet as she needs to eat and drink before they will release her. Luckily, during our visit she did drink a little of the tuna juice we brought her and she was mainly back to her usual self. She even tried to eat the gauze around the IV on her foot, so she got coned while we were there. We're very glad she is ok, but she definitely has a road to full recovery. She is currently on pain meds, anti-inflammatory meds and antibiotices.

Hopefully she will be back home with us soon. Jake keeps looking for her. And I miss my little cuddle bug.