Saturday, June 29, 2019

6 Weeks Left

Then this year's deployment will be over.  I am horrible about writing.  I really should do it more often.  The weather is all over the place here.  By mid-next week we will be looking at 100 degree days again.  We had 100 degree days back in April I believe.  We have had near flooding rain and now we are dry.  So much that it has impacted my flowers.  I had a double lily in one of the bulbs I planted last year.  Sadly one of those two burnt.  I also lost a lily bud on another plant because it burnt.  The lilies started to come up right after Nathan left in early April.  I thought for sure they would have bloomed and passed by now.  I currently only have one bloom.  The banana plants are about the same size now as they were this time last year.

Lilies today - June 29th, 2019

Lilies last year - June 30th, 2018

Banana plant today - June 29th, 2019
Banana plant last year - June 23rd, 2018

I didn't blog at all about my little niece last year.  The oldest of the Tyner boys had a little girl last year.  She turned one this week!  I crocheted a cute blanket for her last Christmas.  For her first birthday, I didn't know what to get her.  I knew she would likely get clothes and toys so I sent to her a journal.  Not a blank journal but I had been writing since Christmas 2017 when my brother and sister-in-law announced that they were expecting.  I wasn't sure it really was appropriate.  I sent the journal with a note to her parents that I was okay with whatever they decided to do with regards to the journal; wait to give it to her or read it to her.  The gift was a good idea and my wonderful sister-in-law sent a little video to let me know.

Niece's blanket drying after its wash - December 2018
Angel is getting older and unfortunately has some arthritis in her rear hips.  She is on a daily doggie aspirin.  I don't take her out for walks and the walks I can get her to take are to the corner fire hydrant, we live at the corner.  She spends most of her day sleeping now.

June 2019 sleeping on blankets while I was changing sheets
May 2019 sleeping in late

April 2019 a couple days after Nathan left
I flooded the kitchen about a week and a half ago.  I was changing the water filter which is located in the bottom venting area.  Apparently, you can't put those filters in half way and assume they are in all the way because when they pop out the water is running.  There must be some time of valve that opens and closes when installing and removing the filter correctly.  I managed to get the filter installed.  I tested to make sure there wouldn't be any leaks.  It worked fine for 6 days and then popped out and started leaking again on Wednesday night, as I was getting a glass of water to get ready for bed.  This time I knew how to shut the water off to the refrigerator so I didn't go through nearly half as many towels as the first flood.  I managed to reinstall the filter with the water off and turned it back on again after.  So far we are okay.  I will keep you posted.

Before Nathan left he hid some mini Cadbury Creme filled eggs for me around the house.  There were 10 in total.  It took me about a month to find them all.  I have only eaten two of them.  I am appreciative that he did that because ironically I seemed to find the eggs on days that were not so good.
Collection of treats as of April 25th, 2019
Back in May the youngest of the Tyner siblings graduated from College.  I can't believe that!!  I am seriously old.  Kelli also graduated with her doctorate the week after.  She is officially a DNP, Doctor of Nursing Practice.  I was unable to get out to see them both graduate.  Traveling with Angel alone now would be too difficult.  I, however, was able to watch all the ceremonies and parties online.  Thank You technology!!

I hope to spend the next two weeks trying to figure out a vacation plan for when Nathan returns.  I have spent some time working on my family tree via  I might spend some more time with it now that I am not working full time.  I am only working a couple of hours a week.  I also have some paperwork and small odd and end things to get caught up on.  I might even jump back into scrapbooking.  I hope you all enjoy your summer!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Hurricanes So Far

Appreciate everyone looking out for us. We are well prepared and have been through a few hurricanes now.

These are ones I remember or Rikki blogged about, I'm sure there are more we have forgotten

Tropical Storm
September 12
Category 3 hurricane
September 14
Category 1 hurricane
October 3
Category 1 hurricane
July 15
Category 1 hurricane
August 16
Tropical Storm
August 12
Category 4 hurricane
August 13
Category 2 hurricane
September 5
Category 3 hurricane
September 16
Category 3 hurricane
September 26
Category 1 hurricane
October 16
Category 1 hurricane
October 29
Category 1 hurricane
September 14

And typhoon Ewiniar during deployment in 2006

Saturday, August 25, 2018

5 days in Asheville, NC

If you have not spent some time in Asheville, NC I recommend it.  We stayed in a cute little cabin that I booked through HomeAway.  It was pet-friendly and very convenient to places I hoped we could see.  Renting a place via HomeAway was cheaper than any hotel I found in Asheville and came with extra accommodations that I thought were well worth the money.

On the way to Asheville Angel had herself in quite a unique position.  She had fallen asleep and managed to end up on her back with her feet in the air wedged between my seat and her bed, while her head was hanging down to the side.  Did I mention that I should start a blog section specific to The Things Angel Does/Gets Into?!

On Tuesday Nathan and I spent the day at the beautiful Biltmore Estate.  I paid a little extra for the rooftop tour so we could take in some beautiful mountain views.  Nathan was rather impressed with my selfie skills.  When you pay for admission to the estate that includes access to Antler Hill Village and Farm.  We saw those two places last and I didn't get any photos while there.

Wednesday I was hoping we could do a day of trails at the North Carolina Arboretum.  The trails are pet-friendly and I was hoping a good day of exercise for Angel to help her lose some weight.  We did one two-mile trail and walked around the main buildings and then had to call it a day.

On the way back home on Wednesday we did stop at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center.  The Mountain to Sea Trail connects here.
On Thursday Morning Nathan and I hiked up the hill and mountain side where we were staying in Asheville to get on the path to the Mountain to Sea Trail.  That was an emotional experience for me.  I didn't have the trust in myself with regards to foot placement to think I could get up to the trail and then back down off the trail.  Where we climbed up to get to the trail was rather steep and there wasn't a very well laid out path through the woods. Anyway, it was about a half mile hike on the Mountain to Sea Trail to the first lookout.

Thursday afternoon we thought it would be neat to learn a little history about the town of Asheville.  We followed the Asheville Urban Trail in downtown.  It was very neat.  It reminds me of the Freedom Trail in Boston that you can walk.  Downtown Asheville is also quite busy like Boston which was a surprise considering the difference when compared to the area of Asheville where we were staying which was woods on a mountainside and very quiet.

On Friday we were back on our way home.  This time Angel didn't have herself contorted.

Sunday, August 05, 2018

He is Home!

It is Sunday.  Nathan has been home for a couple of days.  I am ecstatic to have him back home!  These three pictures below are of Nathan leaving back in March.

The below images are of his return home August 1st.

The day before he came home that last lily opened up.

We both had the day off from work the day after he got back.  Then we both worked on Friday.  Nathan brought home some cute gifts for me for our Anniversary and my birthday.  Meet my new friends.

Vacation next week.  I am looking forward to that.  How is the end of your summer?

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Homecoming this week

I have one lily with one bud on it that is just getting ready to bloom.  If it is still on the stem on Wednesday that will be a wonderful gift.  Nathan says, saving the best for last :)

I sent to Nathan earlier this month for our Anniversary a large flat rate box filled with things that he likes; Oreo Thin Mints, KitKats, dark chocolate, chocolate covered blueberries, beef jerky, granola and some other items I can't remember and an anniversary card of course.  Nathan sent me the cutest card with stick people wearing conveniently, the same color clothes as our wedding outfits.  Plus Nathan gave me a call and we were able to talk for half an hour.  Communication has been mostly email with a once a month phone call.

My birthday was very nice.  Lots of messages, calls, texts from friends and family.  Nathan sent a card 2 weeks ago but it still hasn't arrived.  He also called.  There was a full moon that night and I snapped some pictures just before I went to bed.


Yesterday was a lunar eclipse for part of the world.  Unfortunately it wasn't visible here in the states but I did watch it online for a good portion of the afternoon.  It was unbelievable!  It will be interesting to see how the Lunar Eclipse in January compares to this one.  The eclipse in January will be visible to those here in the states.  Nathan was lucky enough to be in a location to see this one.  I will let him talk about that when he gets home. 

I usually go cleaning crazy before Nathan comes home.  I am cleaning but not to my extreme OCD like previous deployments.  You know I am starting to think that self cleaning ovens are a good and bad thing.  It is 83 degrees in here right now.  The smell and the slight watering of the eyes is not fun.  But even with those annoyances I am grateful because I can never seem to self-clean an oven properly where we aren't charged for it and I honestly don't have the time nor the energy for it anymore.

I have grocery shopping and dusting that I will do tomorrow.  I will change the sheets on the bed and vacuum on Tuesday.  It really isn't too bad in here.

I hope you all are enjoying your summer!  My understanding is that some kids go back to school around the end of August.  Be safe and appreciate each other.