Wednesday, November 30, 2011

blogging buddies: Lil Mamma and Jinny

This is Lil'Mama.

Well, she actually started out as "Tink" or something equally unfitting. She once belonged to our hillbilly next door neighbors. They kept her as a strictly outdoor cat and even though I cannot 100% confirm this...I'm pprreettyy sure they never fed her.

During the summer, which was the most BRUTAL summer I can ever remember, she became a regular visitor to our back porch. It was covered and the concrete was cool. She would lay under the coffee table and just pant. What else could I do but start giving her water?

As the summer went on and "Tink" was still hanging out. And I noticed that she was just so skinny. SSooo, I kind of..sort of..started feeding her..just a little bit. Jeremy will tell you..she was so thin. Except for her growing belly. That's right. She was pregnant. Which is when I took to calling her Lil'Mama.

She had her kittens but kept them over at the next door neighbor's house. We only saw the kittens a handful of times. There were three..and then two..and then only one. Until there were none. I don't know what happened to them. I sort of don't want to think about what probably happened to them.

Our hillbilly neighbors eventually disappeared. Oh, their stuff was still at the house...still is...but they have stopped living in the house. But Lil'Mama is still here...on our back porch. We are now feeding her on the regular. She comes when I call her. I'd say she has decided to stay.

I thought, at first, that we would sort of just foster her. Feed her and care for her until we could find her a good home. That was my TRUE intentions. I even put it out there on facebook. BBuutt..she has sort of grown on me...damn it. So we have recently made the decision to keep her.

We haven't been able to take her to the vet just yet. For one, it's right before the holidays and our extra money is tied up in other things. And two, we are still waiting for the hillbilly neighbors to officially move out. We don't want to put in the effort of vetting her if they decide to come and grab her. I really don't think they will ever come back for least I hope they won't.

So, for now, until we can make sure she is healthy and safe to be around our other animals, we've set her up a little house on our back porch. It isn't much, but it gives her some place to go as the weather gets colder. I actually made her a rice pillow...from scratch..with a sewing machine. I don't sew, people. But I sure did stitch a rice pillow that I can warm up for this little kitty.

I did not want another animal. I was quite adamant that we NOT keep her. I mean, just take a look at the brood of animals we already have living in this little love cottage..just to your left there. That is FIVE animals..Lil'Mama makes six. That is just insane. But it wasn't really up to me. She picked US to be her people. And how can I argue with that?

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Thanks Jinny for sharing your story!!

We are currently seeking submissions for the Blogging Buddies series, and we would love to hear all about your pet or pets, please email us!
windshielddiaries at gmail dot com

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

busy busy busy

See that up there? Between printing and packing orders, working full time, and training Emmett I haven't had much time to take photos of fun things. I'm looking forward to getting back behind the lens in the next few weeks and documenting the last few days of what has been an incredible year. Stay tuned for  that!

Monday, November 28, 2011

a walk around our town

 It's been unseasonably warm here lately, so last weekend when M and I decided to go get breakfast, we walked to one of our favorite diners. This is the park that is a block and a half from our house. I can't wait to blog more about this park, it has amazing views!

 Walking down this hill to the diner was a lot easier than walking back up it with a belly full of food.

 I love the doors on this store. And the name, Captain Denim? Amazing.

One of our favs, best breakfast in town!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

blogging buddies: we want YOU!

Emmett's story coming soon, but right now we want to hear YOURS!

We are currently seeking submissions for the Blogging Buddies series, and we would love to hear all about your pet or pets, please email us!
windshielddiaries at gmail dot com

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

easy key lime pie

 Key Lime Pie key ingredients: 5 egg yolks, 1 can sweetened condensed milk, 1/2 cup lime juice.

 Dump key ingredients into a bowl.

 Mix until well blended.

 Pour into pre-made graham cracker crust.

Bake for 15 minutes at 375F. Let cool. Serve and top with whipped cream.

Just in time for a last minute easy dessert for your upcoming holiday meal or potluck!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thursday, November 17, 2011


Dear Indian Food,
I don't usually like you, but you were ok today. I may have to give you another chance.

Dear Thanksgiving,
Next week?? Already?? I don't know if I'm ready for this!

Dear Emmett,
Glad you are slowly getting less and less bite-y. I can't wait til your puppy crazies calm down and you are a lovey sleepy dog!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

typical sunday night

 Emmett cuddles with M while we watch a movie.

 Which of course inspires M to do "stuff on my dog..."

 ...with NES games...

Right after this picture, Emmett stretched and knocked down this masterpiece.

Typical sunday night in...

Monday, November 14, 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011


Dear Emmett,
You are doing so well in your puppy class, I can't wait to see you continue to learn!

Dear Local Radio Stations,
All Christmas Music, All The Time?! Could you hold off until we at least get a LITTLE closer to Thanksgiving? I'm not ready yet.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Monday, November 7, 2011

and MORE big news... if the new house, new engagement, and new puppy weren't enough big news for the past few months, here's some more:
We got married!

On Halloween, we went to Town Hall and had a small ceremony with close friends and family.

More photos to come as they trickle in from friends, family, and my bestie photographer Kelly!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

scenes from our housewarming party

 M set up our vintage projector and my little owl. I love it!

 Groom and Bride skeletons

 Our bedroom, with our housewarming gift from john and shelly: lighted window faux headboard

 Pumpkin Buttercream candle and a skull

 Our living room with the "Congrats C <3 M" bunting made by Amanda

 Spooky bat to greet our guests.

 Entry way radiator horror scene

Housewarming gift from Amanda and her beau: a bulldog bottle opener!

 Spooky photo hanging over the radiator in the entry way.

Our new coach light and house numbers!