Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Independence Day!

An outtake from the engagement photos.
Last night I watched a documentary on the Biography channel of Benedict Arnold that almost made him seem like a hero. As an outspoken military leader who was prone to taking great risks, maybe he didn't receive the recognition he deserved. Because he was unpopular he was passed over for promotions when others took credit for his accomplishments. In some ways Arnold reminds me of George Patton, except Patton didn't switch sides and fight for the Germans when he didn't get what he wanted.

Letters written by Arnold and given to George Washington confirm that Arnold was a traitor who sold American military plans to the British. Arnold did many things to weaken the American army, including selling American supplies on the black market for personal profit. Even after the war was over and he moved to England, Arnold had a very questionable reputation as businessman for his unscrupulous acts.

Today I'm creating a day of packing and relaxing. I've stayed inside the house all day watching a marathon of Sons of Liberty on the History Channel. I wish that the producers, directors and/or writers of such programs would stop messing with the true facts of American history. For example, all of the signers of the Declaration of Independence weren't present to sign the document at the same time, and yet that's what is continually depicted. I want these people to stop rewriting history!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Sweetness and Girafferty.
As Mr. B says, it's Africa hot outside. I'm not sure how he knows how hot it is in Africa since he hasn't been there, but I won't argue with him that it is hot.

TLP is feeling better today. His nose is still runny. His eyes are still red and puffy. But he doesn't seem to be as congested as he was yesterday. He had a fever last night so we gave him some Tylenol. Dr. Mc was able to reach the doctor on the phone. She told Dr. Mc we were doing the right things and to call back if his fever spiked to 104 degrees. Dr. Mc and I agreed that before his fever got to 104 we would have him at the hospital!

Today I'm creating a day of getting items ready to take with me to Santa Fe. Tomorrow, which is July 4, will be a day of cleaning house before I leave for Santa Fe on Sunday morning.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Making a funny face.
TLP has a runny nose today. I'm not sure he has ever sneezed before so every time he sneezes it kind of surprises him. Dr. Mc has put a tube in his nose to clean it out. TLP really doesn't like that!

This afternoon I met with a woman who is producing Pop Vows in Houston on July 10 for gay marriages. I'll be out of town or else I probably would help her. I know that some readers aren't going to like that I would be associated with gay marriage, but I think everyone has the right to be in a loving relationship.

Today I'm creating engagement photos with Sweetness and Girafferty. Speaking of everyone having the right to be in a loving relationship, their wedding date gets closer and closer.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

TLP only has eyes for his great-
grandmother's necklace.
I love this photo of TLP and his great-grandmother. Iris is Big Daddy's grandmother who moved to Houston from Park City, Utah several years ago. She lives just a few blocks from Big Daddy's parents who keep TLP on Tuesdays. She often visits them and sees TLP on Tuesdays.

Iris has a colorful toy in her hand, but in typical fashion TLP is going for her necklace. I'm sure he was trying to put the bling in his mouth. After he finished with the necklace he probably went for her eye glasses and/or earrings.

Today I'm creating blogs, two bios and a press release. I was in and out of the office while it was raining and got soaked at least five times. I'm now home with dry cloths on, which feels really nice. Once again it's raining so hard that parts of Houston are flooding. At some point tonight the news stations will take over with non-stop weather reports. Thank goodness for cable television.

Monday, June 29, 2015

He would be a happy camper if he could only
figure out how to get on his knees.
It's not every day that I'm called upon to be the peacemaker in the family, but today semi hell broke out between Sweetness and her dad. Richard is such a mild mannered man and he was upset. Then Sweetness was on the phone crying and swearing that she was going to call off the wedding. Well, she said that she and Girafferty would just get married and not mess with all the wedding stuff. This was breakdown #2 of what I'm sure will be many more before the wedding on September 18.

My morning was spent with TLP. Dr. Mc said he didn't sleep much last night so I was expecting him to  have a long nap this morning. Instead he had a short nap and woke up cranky.

Today I'm creating an afternoon of meetings. At both I was put in a holding pattern. This seems to always happen before I go on vacation. This week will be calm and next week will be crazy.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

It stormed last night in Houston. The rain was heavy, but what really scared me was all the lightning.

I leave the heat and humidity of Houston for a week in the high desert one week from today. In preparation, I did some online shopping last night. I'm not sure why I felt I had to buy new clothes for SFe since I've been going there for the past 10 summers. My bad that I always buy new clothes BEFORE going rather than buying WHILE on vacation.

Today I'm creating reservations for Mr. B and me to go to Sonoma Valley in August. We have been to Napa Valley, but neither of us can remember the year. Where has my memory gone? Whatever year it was, we spent most of our time in San Francisco where it was very cold in August. One day we rented a convertible and drove across the bridge to Napa where the weather was beautiful and warm. This time we'll be staying in a house in Sonoma. Very relaxing!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

It has taken me a day to recover from an afternoon of shopping with Dr. Mc, Sweetness and TLP. Yesterday we were looking for a dress, shoes and jewelry for Sweetness to wear in her engagement photo. I'm determined to get pictures taken. Sooner rather than later. We're now a step closer.

Our shopping expedition didn't start out well because not long after we got in the car we started arguing about where we were going. We decided on The Galleria and I'm happy to say that, with time, we were able to find everything. It's hard keeping up with the lovely McCarley sisters. They divide and conquer the racks, leaving me in the dust. Probably the hardest thing for me was spending time in the Nordstrom's shoe department, during a sale, and not buying anything for myself.

Today I'm creating a day on the couch. I just realized that I'm leaving for SFe in a week. Can't wait! The pic-of-the-day is of The Richards' garden in SFe. Look at the beautiful lilies!