Sunday, September 15, 2013

My kittens are Evil

These sweet little kittens are now 4 months older. They are also evil. They are hell bent on destroying the house. Their fun moments are going into the kitchen, knocking everything off of the counters and from the cabinets and watching it shatter on the floor. They like to wake me in the middle of the night this way. 

They think they are very cute and adorable. I think their middle names are now Damien. The husband has been defending them by saying "They are being kittens." Lately he agrees that they need to go outside with the other two cats. The kittens must agree since they run for the back door every time Especially the little girl kitty. She has gone as far as the ground at the bottom of the back deck. 

I have had a lot of cats over the years. Usually I have an older cat in the house when I get a kitten (or two). This is the first time an older cat is not around to help the little ones learn the dos and donts. Or perhaps I finally got some dud kittens. I am trying my best to remain calm. We live in a small house and there are no doors on the cabinets or on the second bedroom. I cleared the counters. I have gotten the little boogers toys. We spend time cuddling and playing with them. I am hoping they grow out of the evil. Or else they are going outside. The other cats love it. When it gets freezing cold we have to hunt and trap them to get them in the house. 

Next step... spay and neuter. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Pizza Pizza

Honestly I do not know what to write about this week. We spent most of the weekend at home. I didn't accomplish a lot. We did a huge grocery shopping trip to stock up for the next 3 weeks. Yeah, exciting stuff. I watched far too much television.


We tried another pizza place. Brooklyn Boys. There are several locations in this general area. I had never tried their pizza. The nephew said it was good and that the garlic knots were good. Oh my, those garlic knots were like crack. I am thinking of hocking some personal belongings to get more.

The pizza wasn't bad. New York style pizza, which we like. The husband got a white pizza. It needed more garlic. I had a pepperoni pizza. The pepperoni was very spicy. Overall it was good for small town pizza. The price was okay.

We tend to drive 30 to 45 minutes to get to our favorite pizza place on occasion. If only they would open a location closer to us.


Monday, September 2, 2013

Military Mania

I thought this past weekend would be a stay home deal since the husband wasn't feeling great and I was sick last week. My sister in-law came to town. I didn't expect to see her since she hasn't talked to her brother in a year. We were invited to a family dinner on Friday. We all stuffed ourselves on great pasta and meats. 

Saturday they were going to the Camp Blanding Museum, so we tagged along. I have never been to the museum, even though it is not far from us. 

Hours of Operation: 

Open EverydayNoon - 4pmClosed on Thanksgiving & ChristmasClosed on Thanksgiving & Christmas

Behind-the-scenes tours of the historic space artifact collection are available by appointment. Call to schedule: (352) 256-8037 or (352) 219-2285. 

Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.

Camp Blanding was established in 1939 as a training facility for World War II. It is currently a Joint Training Site for the National Guard and other Reserve Components and some Active Component training. 

The museum is inside what used to be barracks. It is filled with Camp Blanding and war items. The admission is free, but donations are welcome. They even have a small gift shop. We wandered around outside and looked at the vehicles and planes. Here are some of my favorites. 

I love amphibious vehicles. If I could I would own one. 

Tanks are always cool and they had a variety. 

This looks like fun to drive. We wondered what they were watering from the bowl underneath. 

I think I need a plane. 

A model of Camp Blanding in 1939.

Beyond the museum is the actual entrance. 

More tanks!

The big guns. 

Jeeps are even cooler when they come with an axe. 

Cool and old.

After the museum we went to Green Cove Springs in search of the thruster tank from the space shuttle. Months ago my father in-law saw on the news that the tank was coming to a space museum going into the Keystone Airport. We were like, oh my, a big time thing coming to little ole Keystone. 

Fri–Sun, 12 – 4 p. m.; Mon-Tues, closed; Wed-Thurs, by appt.

The father in-law and sister in-law had gone to the airport's space museum the day before. Although it is not set up they said they had a personal tour by a volunteer who knew about everything. He explained that the tanker was not at the museum because there was still red tape to deal with to get it there. The tanker had come down the St Johns River by barge and was sitting in Green Cove. 

We went to the location and were able to get a close up look at what got the space shuttle into space. 

This is HUGE!

The pointy top cracked me up. 

The father in-law told some people who drove by about the tanker and the museum. Yes, he is their PR person. Then we went down the road to the Military Museum. Yet another place I have seen but never been to. 

Museum hours: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday thru Saturday and

I didn't take any pictures inside. The museum is inside a Quonset hut. It has all sorts of things. The volunteers were helpful and friendly. It also had a small gift shop. 

I love the big trucks. 

They had all sorts of vehicles outside. 

Huge aquatic vehicle. 

A close up of the side. 

Huge tires. 

I wanted to walk the ramp, but I behaved. 

The mural on the building. 

Even though I was still coughing from my sickness and it was hot, it was an educational and interesting adventure. Plus we didn't have to travel far to find all of these museums.

I found the military museums more interesting since I have found out recently that I have multiple relatives who have served in the military - World War I and II, as well as the Revolutionary War. I found that my father's side of the family has been in the United States since the 1700s. Also they have lived in Pennsylvania in the same county up until my father. I will continue to do research and find out more about that side of the family. My husband is also researching his grandfather who was in World War II. 

13 in 13: August Update

1. Sell 150 items: 
40 items sold in 2013. Slow going.

2. Weekly Blog Posts: 
4 posts

3. Read a Book Per Month: 
I didn't read a thing. 

4. Track my Food to Lose Weight: 
No changes.

5. Monthly Adventures: 
St Augustine

6. Get serious about starting a family: 
No change in this one.

7. Save Money: 
I am saving the rental money.

8. Watch More Movies:
Arthur (2011)
Kinky Boots
Hansel and Gretel

9. Improve at Work: 
It is a ongoing struggle to keep up to date on everything due to volume of people I see. I did get a job offer with the new company. Now to see how that changes things.

10. Take a Real Vacation: 
Well, we were able to change the week of our next vacation so I can take it before we change companies. Now to figure out how much money we have for it and where to go.
11. Try Something New: 
I keep trying not to be bossy at work. That is something new.

12. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: 
We took all the recycling. I gave away some soda cans for the father in-law to make money from. Still generating more recycling than trash!

13. More home improvement: 
Painted one wall white for the projector a coworker gave me. The husband is wanting to give away our stove so there could be a new one in my future... with the new kitchen project.