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We’re the Class of ’99..

March 29th, 2009

This past weekend I headed back to my good ole Alma Mater, Mary Baldwin College, for my 10 year College reunion. 10 years.. YIKES!

sign-11We all stayed at the Historic Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center in downtown Staunton.  The original hotel was built in 1924 and under went a full renovation in 2005.  One of our well organized classmates, broke out her clipboard of fun, and made sure we all booked our rooms early.  It was the perfect spot for us all to stay, as it was in walking distance to both campus and all the hot-spots downtown.

For those that aren’t familar with Mary Baldwin College, it is a all Women’s Liberal Arts College located in the Shenandoah Valley.

It was great being back on campus and seeing all those familiar faces.  The friendships I made in those 4 years will be with me forever. Much love to all my squirrel girls!

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A Squirrely Mess

March 7th, 2009


** No squirrels were hurt in the making of this post, just relocated to someone else’s attic**

Yup, that’s right.  To our surprise today Mr. vB caught sight of a furry scoundrel sneaking into our attic.  We were outside talking with some friends, when he looked up to see the squirrel go into a hole above one of the attic windows. (see arrow below)


So off to Lowe’s we went to look for a humane animal trap but came home empty handed.  Apparently they don’t sell them. We did, however, score some new recessed light fixtures for the upstairs bathroom!  It didn’t quite occur to me though that we were going to have to get into the attic to do the wiring part for these new lights. Mr. vB went up first to fight off any squirrels but they must have been all out to lunch because the coast was clear.  Mr. vB got to work on wiring the new lights and while he was at it, decided to finish venting out the exhaust fan up through the roof.  So up to the roof we went.

As he was busily working on the vent, I was sticking my head over the ledge to see what was going on in the front yard.  That was when I came eye to eye with the squirrel.  He was back and wanted in our attic.  I think my scream probably ran him off and that’s when Mr. vB got the idea to straddle, yes, straddle the dormer window, lean over and fix the hole from the outside.  I so wish I had taken a photo of this for you all to see, but I was scared to death that he was going to plummet to his death any moment so I didn’t dare leave his side.  Instead I photo-shopped this to help your imagination.


Now the hole is fixed, and our squirrel friend is looking for a new place to live.  We are just hoping he didn’t leave his girlfriend or kids behind in the attic.  We’ll keep you posted!!

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One Snow Day is turning into Snow Days….!!!

March 3rd, 2009

Well Mother Nature finally felt that it was time to bring us some snow.  And man she brought it! Most of the city was shut down yesterday and today, but I didn’t have a good reason not to work since my office is at home!

I think this is the first time Boots has ever seen snow and he wasn’t too keen on having to “potty” on it in the backyard. Mr. vB, was working from home as well yesterday, so we thought it would be fun to take both the boys down to the lake to check it all out.  Boots was like a wild man.  In this photo he actually only has 2 legs touching the ground.


Here are some photos of our neighborhood covered in the white stuff.


And here is Swan Lake down at Byrd Park.  I really forget how lucky I am to live so close to such a pretty place.


Sounds like schools are closed yet again tomorrow. It’s amazing that something so pretty can really wreak havoc on a city!

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So this is a bit harder than I thought…

March 1st, 2009

I spent most of last evening looking/brainstorming at other people’s blogs debating the look, content, and feel of each.  As I am still in the process of deciding how mine should look, please excuse the mess. My hubby has promised that he will help me today with the basics!!

In the meantime, as said hubby is still sleeping, I guess i should figure out what my first major post should be about. Hmm.. Well I am researching recipes for meals this week.  Maybe I will come across something that inspires me.  I will report back later.

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New to Blogging…

February 28th, 2009

After religiously reading other people’s blogs like and, I realized that I should give it a go with my own. I have a Martha Stewart/Nate Berkus/Rachel Ray side to me that everyone may not know about.  Feel free to stop by daily to see what ideas I have, and maybe it will spark some creativity in your life. Stay tuned!!

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