Hello everyone! Sorry the blog has been quiet for a week. I've been having blogging withdrawals, but hopefully starting tomorrow things will be back to normal.
I had to take a break from the blogging mainly due to computer troubles (and also just plain being busy - we went away for a few days, it was the hub's birthday, my brother-in-law visited, my sis and I were prepping our entries for the fair - anyway, posts & pics to follow on some of that!).
The computer was definitely the BIG problem though. My laptop died and I was forced to go out and buy a new PC. I'd known I needed a new one for a while but kept putting it off because I was overwhelmed by the options (Mac or PC? Laptop or desktop? Touch screen??). But when your computer dies, your forced to do some quick shopping.
I decided to get a desktop (since I have an iPad I didn't really need a laptop anymore) and also decided to stick with a PC. After being a PC user for ages, I just didn't think I could make the switch to a Mac, much as Microsoft makes me nuts. (Don't get me started on how annoying Windows 8 is. Luckily I've been finding work-arounds!)
Then once I got the new PC up and running and all my old files recovered and restored, I started having internet troubles. After many phone calls with tech support for both my ISP and my router, I discovered through some research that that also seemed to be caused by Windows 8. Oy.
Anyway, I'm finally back in business. Even though today I'm posting this from my iPad (thus no pics...) because I'm typing while waiting for the hubs in a doctor's office. Remember when he had meniscus surgery on both knees back in October? Well, the one knee got better but the other one refused. So now we are on to the next phase of Operation Get the Hubs Back Up and Running (Literally). This phase involves pulling stem cells from the bone marrow in his hip (doesn't that sound like fun??) and injecting them back into his knee. They are also taking some fat from his butt (if you've seen my hub's butt - which is actually kinda concave - you will know how funny this is) and shooting it into his knee for padding.
I offered to be his fat donor, but, alas, it doesn't work that way!
While I sit and wait I thought I'd catch up with y'all cuz I missed you! (I hope you missed Rita and I too.)
There's actually not that much to catch up on (although I'll post pics soon of the Santa Barbara trip and the fair entries!), but I did want to share some exciting San Diego dog-park news....
If you've been reading the blog for a while, you know we LOVE Fiesta Island - a huge (I believe it's over 100 acres) dog park/beach/bay off-leash area for dogs. It's Disneyland for Dogs. For the past several years there's been a certain contingent of boaters/paddle-boarders who want to split the island up and add a road and some storage facilities. Obviously the dog-people (led by Fiesta Island Dog Owners - FIDO) are not keen on this idea.
Well, this weekend the mayor of San Diego came to visit Fiesta Island and said he's on the dog-owner's side, and he thinks what we have here is "rare" and special and needs to be preserved! Hopefully that will be the case. We'd hate to see this fabulous place broken up.
Oh! I managed to add pics, even from the iPad, so here are a few shots of Rita romping at Fiesta Island. It's her favorite place in the world, just like it was for our angel Abby. You can get an idea from the second shot just how HUGE the park is by the expanse of green behind Rita. If you're ever in the are, you have to stop by with your pup!
That's it for now! Hopefully bak to my normal blogging schedule tomorrow!