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HeatherMcNally last won the day on February 26 2015

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  1. Hi Everyone! Today is looking good. Hubby's home (even though he's spending the day snoozing ...at least he's home!) and the sun looks like it wants to put in an appearance as well. High 50's for the day. Kits are getting louder every day! Which is awesome as it means they are healthy but it can get a bit LOUD in my sitting room lol. Funny enough its only until they can hear in a few weeks that they make noise. Its almost like OMG... was that ME!!! I better hush! lol An another odd English thing... they think that anything Mexican must be coated in chilli and jalapeños .. which means my husband wont eat it as he has a super sensitive pallet. Anything tart, sour or spicy is just too much for his mouth. I decided to try and show him that just cause its "Mexican" type food doesn't mean it has to burn last night. I made Chicken Quesadillas and He really enjoyed them.. Yay! Think I bust the myth there! I am not a fan of HOT foods either but love a good tex mex... enchilada or chimichanga, etc. and really look forward to stopping into a good restaurant when we go back to the states each year. Perhaps this year He'll come with me! Hey Jim! I'm jealous! and I still have 2 cruises to do this year lol.. I'm sure you'll have a blast ! What's the weather like in the Caribbean in Feb ? still swimming weather? Marylou, I've had those days... LOTS of those days lol... would love to find the "Do Over" button on my Duvet! Till Next time Heather
  2. Good morning everyone! Sounds like a few of us had a nice weekend planned for the holiday.. hope that all went well! Shari, Marylou.... I want a cleaner... BAD LOL.but i'm afraid i'd be one of those that cleans before the cleaner arrived too.. which i really feel defeats the purpose LOL so I guess I'll just have to stick to doing a half done job myself ! I think there has been odd weather fronts coming through... not only do we get cold and dreary and warm and sunny off and on all day long for the past week but my joints are killing me. I'm young for real arthritic pain I know, but I have suffered since I was a young teenager. My dr called it growing pains when I would be flat out on my back on the floor in pain. Yeah well... basically its not Rheumatoid Arthritis but is IS a degenerative nerve type of grinding in the joints ... soo... Especially when the weather fluctuates I suffer a bit. This is only getting worse as I get older. Today actually feels a bit better, I haven't needed that tylenol just yet and feel a bit more agile lol The kits are a week old now and looking fat and happy. Just how we like em! Now just to entice a few more adoptive "ferrants" into our midst and I'll be set for our holiday. My husband says we'll manage of course but you know how it is. I do this so we can enjoy the trip and want to make it work. I'm sure it will. I got 11 more weeks! So that's me. Hopefully Russ is done at 4pm today and then off till Next Monday! Yay! We've an appointment at hospital tomorrow to have his CPAP mask adjusted because its causing him too much trouble to wear at night. So hopefully I'll be sleeping with a little less snoring next to me after tomorrow lol talk soon Heather
  3. Morning everyone! Jan - You're not alone! even within a very passionate ferret community there are so many myths and half truths that you do wonder how so many manage! We're quite lucky to be in the position we are that i can observe and learn hands on... I learned a long time ago to toss the myths and half truths out and just watch my animals and see what they really need! Today has started well. My kits all ate well yesterday evening so I was able to get to bed after the last check in at 2 am. Even nicer, my husband, Russ, had to get up early for work so did the first check in on them and let me sleep in till blessed 8 am .. yay! I do a daily weight check on each kit and the biggest one weighs exactly 1 ounce today... which is good ...little monster is finding his way to the milk bar first methinks! We never did get out yesterday afternoon as Russ had some errands to run after work. Maybe this afternoon. In between kit care and mom care I have a few house keeping chores to sort but those will hopefully get done by the housework fairy LOL. Tomorrow is Russ's first day off in 10 days so He'll either sleep or maybe we'll just hang out... either way it will be nice just to spend the day together! Hope you all are enjoying your holiday weekend! Till next time Heather
  4. Hello folks... Well here I am in the land of the crazy ferret lady lol Yes, the Darker one is Sunshine. She is the more protective of the girls with more experience as this is her second litter. She would never bite me but she is quick to jump up and check to be sure I haven't got any babies in my hands ( babies belong in the nest .. sheesh!) and that its just me. You'll often see her clean my hands when I put them in. Just a mom thing I think. Thankfully between the two girls they seem to have all the kits in hand and I actually got a good night sleep last night! yay me! No plans for use this weekend as Russ is working all weekend and on standby till Monday morning... If the weather holds maybe we'll plan a little drive on the moor or something. Shari - I hate when those nice long newsy posts go Poof! Today is just the same ole for me, tend babies, monitor the chat for any of the new "ferrants" ( ferret parents rolllllll muh eyes lol ) coming in asking questions or wanting to chat. Its part of the experience we offer to make our breeding program a bit more premium. Constant access to YOUR baby and to me. Anyone can take a badly cared for dirty baby, give them a bath and stick them in front of a pretty background and take some snaps.... with me you get to see every single moment and KNOW how your baby is being raised... I'm hoping when Russ gets home from work we might get out and enjoy some afternoon sunshine if it sticks around... seems to be a pretty day out there but i haven't seen the weather to see if its gonna last ! Till next time Heather
  5. Well Hi ! So sorry I've been MIA.... Life, once again, gets in the way. May started for us with a mad rush to organize for a TV crew... yeah.. I was asked by a national TV organization if I would allow them to film the birth of my ferrets kits for a series they are doing on Animals Births. After some consideration I agreed, with the understanding that if the girls go into labor early they would miss it as they are about 6 hours plus from me. So after a mad rush about, cleaning, sorting and revamping out outdoor enclosure.. what happens?? Yeap, my girls both went into labor early this Monday! DOH!! They missed the whole bit! Silver Lining: I got my house cleaned and outdoor enclosure redone which we've been wanting to do for months! One of my girls had a bit of trouble delivering, with breech births and a very very long labor due to a couple sad little still borns. I try to be practical about these things but its still sad. Each jill has 9 kits and my sitting room is very noisy lol The next day was even more stress as the jill who struggled was very unsettled, upset, her milk didn't come in properly initially ( perhaps because she was a little early delivering) and the kits were hurting her when she nursed. She also had 2 very small jills ( girls ) who weighed about as much as a nickel! very tiny and frail and shoved to the bottom of the nursing pile with 7 bigger brothers and sisters. I had to keep a constant vigal and the only time she would settle down is when i put her with Monday ( the other jill who delivered and her daughter) .. So a little earlier than I intended i put the whole lot together and finally .. whew.. the tiny girls started gaining weight and Sunshine ( stressy mom) settled down and relaxed... so whew.. If you wanna take a peek you can see them on the cam http://www.devoncountryferrets.co.uk/#!nestcam/cjg9 Life here will be hectic until August 20th when I take the majority of these guys to the US and I can finally start winding down for my two cruises in September.. Yay! Marylou- I am glad you had a good trip Jan - super glad your test results came back good! Hope the cold is getting better I'll try to keep up more now that i have almost come up for air lol talk soon Heather
  6. Thank you everyone for the congrats and good wishes! Alaric James is doing well after a very tough delivery. He has a bit of bruising and a monitoring a bit of a breathing issue but should go home tomorrow or the next day, happy and well with mom and dad! Ray, we live on the edge of Dartmoor here in SouthDevon with Tons of Gorse and Heather of our own. But, yes we do make it up to Scotland a few times a year. We have friends in Edinburgh and try to visit whenever we can get a long weekend. Till next time Heather
  7. Good morning Everyone.. Today i'm Celebrating a new additon to our family. A new baby boy born around midnight! 8lb 6oz.. not too bad for 2.5 weeks early!! It was odd and very different from when I had babies. I sat on Facebook chatting with my niece while she was in labor for a long time. 5,000 miles away and she's comfy with her epidural and chattin away with all her buddies! Its especially poignant and lovely to add this little boy to our family Love, because we have lost quite a few in the past 4 yrs. My niece's sister at age 13 to Cancer followed by my mom 2 yrs later to cancer and then my dad's identical twin the next year again to cancer. Bringing a special new life to our family has been such a blessing! Enough of the soppy stuff though! Marylou --- ohhh drool.. i want good corn beef!!!, and congrats and thank you for the inspiration, a lifelong love like yours is more and more rare these days! Andi --- Fingers crossed we get the people in to snap up the little darlings but yes! it does seem like my cruise fund will be filling up nicely in a month or so! Jan --- We've been the Griswolds many a time ourselves LOL. I took your advice and spoke with a travel agent who dutifully got on the phone with their cruise specialist. However, not only were we already getting more then £300 pound better deal on our cruise on the dream, but they told us while they could take over the booking they could only give us the same deal as Carnival already had given us ?? and therefore it wasnt in our best interest to pay their commission on top to change it over? All the best for today... i'm off to shop online for a baby gift and flowers for the new momma. Heather
  8. well Shame on the Son in law.. obviously didn't want something fun like that for his kids bad enough! Your Jim sounds like a stand up guy! Tough break on the deli lol.. you'll get there! I hate it when that happens ! I'm the one that usually forgets to check on stuff like that ... oops! Luckily I have a rather laid back hubby who doesn't the small inconveniences.
  9. MaryLou, Helping out a neighbor is always a good thing. In today's world fewer and fewer neighbors help each other out. I'm sure you'll have a great day out and even better knowing you've done a good turn. Garlic Icecream wouldn't float my boat either.. they did have some chili icecream there. I didn't try it! I'm not a spicey person and couldn't figure out how that would taste nice lol... The stand was right next to the chili chocolate table too. odd people lol Thanks for the good wishes! Heather
  10. Hi Everyone, I did this long post a couple days ago and it all disappeared .. ugg.. hate when that happens. So i'll make a shorter one. Last week, Russ was off work so it was a lot of down time. A few chores that needed doing got done, but mostly sat in the sunshine at the ponds and went to the food festival in Exeter. They had hundreds of food vendors there from all over the southwest of England with lots of yummy cheeses, sausages and cakes and stuff to taste. Some how we managed to rein it in and only brought home a nice jar of blueberry chutney, some local juice drinks and a wedge of an amazing triple chocolate brownie cake which I scoffed on the couch with a glass of milk. As you all know my spring and summer revolve around my little monsters.. Both girls appear to be pregnant so thats a good thing and we've even had interest already in the resulting kits which wont make an appearance until mid May still, so that is reassuring. I'm waiting anxiously today as my niece is being induced. She is a couple weeks before her due date but not too far from it. Blood pressure and -pre-eclampsia makes it better for her to deliver now. So... around 5-6 AM Central time they are hooking her up to the meds and getting the show on the road. Poor girl is more than ready though, been at 4 cm and 90% effaced for the past few days... So i'll be anxiously waiting for updates on Facebook from family! Hope you're all finally into some real spring weather! I've seen that some places are still getting a bit of that nasty white stuff!!! I'll try and keep up a bit better this week! Hopefully things will get back on schedule as they should lol Heather
  11. Shari, The English LIVE on tea.. its drunk like Coffee is in America and those addicts that drink all day every day?? yeap.. they are here too.. but for Tea!... Most have tea with Milk with or without sugar. ( that would be English breakfast Tea from the grocery stores in the US) If some one asks for tea.. or asks if you want tea.. thats what you'll get. Now Cream Tea is very different. Cream tea consists of a scone cut in half with Clotted Cream and Jam served with the every present cup or pot of tea. It looks a bit like this.. There are two different traditions for HOW to make your cream tea.. in Devon .. AKA the PROPER way says my husband.. you put the clotted cream on first and then the Jam ( strawberry of course... though others are marginally acceptable) however if you live in Cornwall.. which is only a half hour drive away.. you put the Jam on first and THEN the clotted cream... Sacrilege!!! And then you have Afternoon Tea.. which is a bit like a fancy ladies lunch perhaps... a bit like this... When i first moved here my new mother in law use to make these kind of lovely Afternoon Tea type spreads for us. I love the little tiered cake plates and have a nice collection of my own.
  12. Hi everyone! The weekend is a rather typical one for me this week. Hubby is off to a friends garden they both sort of maintain and we all enjoy. About a 1/3 of an acre tucked away with three big hand dug ponds and flowers and trees and all sorts put together over a 20 year adventure with two confirmed bachelors ( hubby never thought he'd marry again and then met me ) 95% of the plants and flowers have been picked up on clearance, free or at carboot sales for a flumpance... ( British for not much lol) which continues to amaze us all as the garden has matured to include something special to see and enjoy every season of the year. Some times i tag along and read in the sun or have a wander while the guys sit around drinking tea and talking about their next project. Currently Russ ( my husband) is playing at his favorite activity ... tree torture... aka tree training... cutting, bending, shaping and tying trees and bushes into the desired shape. He's making a living bench which sits in front of our memorial cairn where his 20 yr old jack russell Poppy is buried along with a few of my very special ferrets. Kind of a special little place to just sit and contemplate and enjoy remembering the good times. Today I stayed behind as the sun, while out and beautiful is still a bit cold for sitting in while not doing much and I have much to do myself this morning still. Ferrets to feed, clean out and play with, meals for said beasties to put together and portion for the next few days. ( i'm happy to say that the girls i just mated have already upped their food intake which is a good sign for me!) Got a bit of PC work ( including indulging in catching up with you guys lol ) to do and a house to tidy.. by then i hope the sun will have warmed things up a bit and i'll go down to the ponds to enjoy a bit of sun or Russ and I will go have a little drive and see if we can find a new place for a cream tea! Question about planning your cruises... Is it just me? I find myself planning, searching and re searching and re searching all the details i cant sort yet because of time restraints or money not yet in place etc... FAR more in advance than i need to lol.. I know i'll be disappointed when prices go up before i can afford to put money on the things i gotta do!! I should just leave it till its TIME ... right ? ? ? But i cant seem to help checking and rechecking rental car companies, hotel deals and multi city flight plans... all too complicated lol Till Next time! Heather
  13. Hi Jan, I really hope the drs get the things needed done quickly and safely so you can have a full recovery. Its a scary time when these questions and set backs add up! So just find an agent like in town? or online? ask if they have any group cruises for the ones we have booked now? shop around i guess to see who might offer us the best perks ?
  14. Good afternoon everyone! Well Easter weekend came and went here with little fanfare. We DID have a nice spring day or two over the 4 day weekend.. and included a day of doing absolutely nothing but snoozing in front of the tv and then another day out on Dartmoor with the dog for a good walk, a pint of coke at a little country pub and a nice drive in the country. Russ is back to work this week and I have work to do as well. We start our real work with the ferrets this week as they just spent a very naughty night with their boys last night we start counting down to 42 days till babies arrive! Always an exciting but anxious time. These little monsters pay for my cruises in September sooooooooo i kinda count on them arriving safely, attracting customers and growing up properly. They always keep me on my toes! Otherwise life in general plods on around us. We are hoping to meet with a financial planner this week to find out just how bad off we would be if Russ retired at 55 with a full works pension and state pension in place. We are doubtful but hoping we might be able to use a partial annuity to allow us to semi retire in the states. We both feel the push to get over to our own place sooner and sooner each year we go back to visit! Not to mention that while money would be tight.. i wouldn't have to pay airfare for Caribbean cruises anymore lol Its the Airfare that kills it!! I'm glad to see so many of you finally getting spring time weather its been a very long winter it seems! But spring is rushing past quick! Reading about the perks of doing a group cruise i wish i had known or known how to look for one for our two cruises in September this year.. might have been nice to have a few extras or even a cheaper rate! Ahh well i'll quiz you all on how to do that next year LOL I love reading all your little updates but i'm rubbish at keeping track of what everyone said and responding to each one.. will try harder next time lol all the best Heather
  15. I had the same problem with adding both of my cruises. Carnival Elation and Carnival Dream in September.. neither would add for me nor could i find them already added... shame ...
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