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They Confiscated Vinny! October 28, 2009

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We become protectors, saviors, dieticians, nurses, and much more after having children. Parents will do anything for their children when we see them upset. My husband and I have raised two daughters, one married and one in college. This is our empty nest time, right? Well yes except for the dog and three cats. We weren’t planning on having animals when we stated our family. My oldest daughter somehow talked us into getting a dog, then there was the cat. OK we now have the perfect family. yeah ummm right…unless you have a save all daughter who loves to take in all animals, which is how we wound up with two more cats.

As I said my youngest is away at college and she decided along with her roommates that they needed an animal. So Courtney and Katie, the Einsteins of the bunch, went and bought a dwarf hamster, they named him Vincenzo. Mind you, it’s against school policy to have live animals at school, but then again, they ARE college students. When we went to visit I was amazed and proud to see how well they were taking care of Vinny…I mean he was alive and looking very healthy with a clean cage. They had him in a ball and let him roam all over the suite. He had the life of Riley.

This past Friday my husband gets a call and on the other end was his little girl so upset, “They confiscated Vinny!” she cried. “You have to come get him!” Now mind you, her school is in Jersey. I hear my husband say, “See what you have to do to get him back and I’ll be ther on Monday.” OMG- are you freakin kidding me, we have a dog and three cats who are extrememly good at hunting rodents, squirrels, and any other small animal. He will not last in this house, not to mention we don’t need something else to take care of. Katie’s parents can’t take him unless we were going to put him on a plane and send him to Calif, so we don’t have a choice. OK it’s all settled……daddy to the rescue…the big sap….this is NOT the man I married, I have no idea what happened to him, but he used to tell people to go scratch an ass. As Frank Sinatra says, he’s wrapped around their finger!

Meanwhile my son in law is having a birthday dinner for my oldest. The whole family is coming on Sunday and he needs macaroni and meatballs. Guess what, he never made it before so my husband offers to teach him how to make sauce and meatballs. They go shopping, buy everything, go back to the house and start cooking. My oldest daughter, Crissy, thinks it’s so cute that her daddy is teaching her husband to cook Italian that she posts it on Facebook. AHHHHHH Facebook, the wonderful internet, where everyone knows all that’s happening. Courtney sees the post and calls daddy….OMG, you’re bringing me macaroni and meatballs, right daddy????? Of course, he says. Here’s the sappy man again. Ummmm, the whole family will be over, we won’t have enough to bring to Courtney. Guess what???? Sunday my dear husband now has to make another whole pot of sauce and 3 LBS of meatballs…LOL. Notice I am NOT in this, unfortunately I had to work.(awwww)

Monday morning he leaves for NJ, brings macaroni and meatballs, and takes Courtney and friends out to lunch. He grabs Vinny and all the food and accessories, straps him IN THE SEATBELT in the back seat (this is a hamster, right?) and brings him home. After cooking for 16 hours, driving for 4 hours, delivering food, and playing chauffeur, my husband has Saved The Day! We now have Vincenzo…who I must say is awfully cute.


Vincenzo in his old cag

Today when I walked in, my husband said Vinny looked sad and we needed to go get him a hamster playland. Guess what….Vinny now has his own Disneyland and I find myself liking this little guy. He’s very amusing and seems to like us…maybe because we saved him!!! Of course we had to assign him his own room to keep him safe from the cats. The things we do for our children, one more thing in the memory bank.


Vincenzo's new Disneyland


Glenn Beck’s book signing October 23, 2009

Glenn-BeckOn October 3, 2009 I went to Glenn Beck’s book signing at  BarnesandNoble in North Haven, CT. What I like about Glenn Beck is he is not bias, he goes after everyone, left or right and he’s honest, intelligent and humorous. He’s an ordinary guy giving his opinion after he does careful research. Do I always agree with him? No, but I respect that he is trying to look out for us average people.

I met some very interesting people at the signing.  There had to be a thousand people there, men and women of all ages. They came from all over the state and some all the way from Rhode Island.  I spent most of my time waiting…. out side in the rain…. with Marty and Dot, just an average couple struggling like the rest of us. We talked about how hard it is to survive just to pay your normal bills. There were all kinds of hardship stories and everyone was not happy with the government- and they ALL did not want the healthcare bill to go through. Of course there were (what I call) the crazies. People so far to the right, there will be no compromise. Then there were the veterans….my heart goes out to these people, they risk their life for all of us and they’re pretty much shit on. There were some protesters (local high school kids) they stood there with their signs that read “Young People for Peace and Socialism.” They weren’t confrontational at all and I had to give these kids credit because lots of people were walking over to them to “debate” . A reporter, Pamela McLoughlin,  came from the local newspaper “The New Haven Register,” see her article here. Pamela refers to those who showed up as “a certain camp”, which doesn’t surprise me since most media is so biased they fail to recognize that this camp is the majority of middle class citizens tired of being screwed over.

So anyway, I wait in the rain for hours, Glenn was supposed to be there at 8:00 and didn’t show up until approximately 9:30. Our number was finally called and surprising the line went very fast. You were whisked through having only a second to shake Glenn’s hand and say hello. Of course me being me, I had to get more in, so I quickly said, “Hey Beck, You need to get more active on Twitter!.” Beck just laughed- I’m hoping he’ll remember that and actually start to converse with us “little people from the camp” on Twitter.

Below you’ll see the video- I hope you enjoy it, as it’s my first video, shot and edited by Me!


Wordless Wednesday- Always Remember October 7, 2009

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The Durham Fair October 5, 2009

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Each year at the end of September we round up the troops; my husband, kids, mom, mother-in-law, father-in-law, friends, and my cousins. We all head to the Durham Fair. This is a fair you don’t want to miss. We get to eat, shop, check out animals, tractor races, the kids go on rides, and there’s always great live entertainment. We always follow our same routine….First thing…FOOD! Everyone go grab their grub and meet under the tent.

What’s a fair without Apple Fritters


Let’s go see the exhibits-

One of our apple orchards                                                                                               Huge flowers from all over


This is thee biggest squash and watermelon I’ve seen- ya think they used Miracle Grow?

Now time to go check out the animals- These little guys were getting ready for the pig races- how cute!

This hawk’s wingspan was about 3 feet and I’ve never seen an owl up close (no owls in the city)

The huge hill kills us but we have to go to my favorite place- Hot Leathers

To the shopping/craft tent but First- we need a bag of the mini donuts- Hot off the grill..YUMMMMMM

Our feet hurt, we’re stuffed to the hilt, our wallet is empty, and we’re all freezing since the temp dropped but I wouldn’t trade it or miss it. Plus I get to annoy everyone with the wooden bullfrog I bought. If you come to CT in September, check out our fairs!