November 2017 archive

The Good and The Bad: An Attempt at Thank You

When I posted my first post in July of 2013, the first of the 415 I’ve published since, I had no idea what I was doing.  Actually, most days I wonder if I’ve learned anything in the last four years. I’ve had an on and off relationship with this site.  Every time it starts to …

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Annie: Sept 2012-Nov 2017

Things took a major turn for the worse with Annie overnight. I got a call this morning from Dr. Nesin at the Chester Animal Hospital.  Annie wasn’t getting better.  In fact, she was declining, and doing so rapidly.  Her liver was still in failure, and now her kidneys were, too.  Her white blood cell count …

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Annie’s Saga Continues

Annie Golden Retriever and Gabe at Vet Office

We got home this morning around 6 a.m. Firstly, thank you to those who have reached out with support.  Here’s what we’ve been up to since my last post. Gabe and I went to visit Annie last night and see if she’d take some food for us.  We were hoping she’d be better enough to …

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Man! If It’s Not One Thing, It’s A Sick Dog

golden retriever Annie

Things were going pretty smoothly for Thanksgiving week.  I should have known the other shoe was going to drop.  It always does, right? The company was great.  The turkey was perfect.  The Christmas shopping was going along swimmingly (online, of course).  The only hitch?  Annie wasn’t feeling well. It’d been 4-5 days since she’d really …

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Your Cousin, Jacob Ryan Whitehouse

Jacob’s cousin Drake is away in Texas going through basic training for the US Air Force. The kids have been writing him letters to keep him encouraged and to let him know we’re behind him here in the Pine Tree State. Last night Jacob wrote to Drake.  Beth said to let Drake know what Jacob’s …

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He Made JV!

Never in the history of junior varsity has a kid been so excited to have been made part of the team. We’ve discussed this in length, with Should Jake Play Basketball?, Jake Has The Final Word, and more recently with We Got The Basketball Schedule, and Now We’re Freaking Out.   Tonight was night two of …

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Introducing MrsWhitehouse.com!

I’m not going to lie, I was a little nervous before heading to Medway Middle School this morning.  I’ve never taught before.  Sure, I’ve given lectures to student groups and adult classes, and even family support groups, but never have I had to give the same lesson to four back-to-back classes. It was a lot …

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Getting To Try Some New Things

I’ve been a blogger now for about 408 posts, and I’d like to think I’ve learned a thing or two.  Maybe three.  No, more like two, who am I kidding?  But hey, even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while. This is Beth’s first year teaching writing at Medway Middle, and she has …

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I Really Don’t Know Why We Bother Leaving The House

Maybe we’re getting too old.  Maybe the kids are. I can’t find anything they want, and I certainly can’t find anything I want to get for them. I HATE Christmas shopping in stores I’m a good shopper.  I am better prepared to find my way around the Bangor Walmart in the dark than I am …

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Happy Golden Anniversary To Bob and Skip

Today, Harold Alton “Bob” Lyons Jr. and Paulette Ann “Skip” (McLaughlin) Lyons celebrate their 50th anniversary.  What a milestone! Their love has borne four daughters, who have given them eleven grandchildren,  and six great-grandchildren to date, with one on the way! Bob and Skip have been an inspiration to me in my marriage.  I was …

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A Dog Died During Liv’s and My Special Night

I couldn’t believe it.  The dog died.  I mean, I should have realized it was going to, I just didn’t see it coming until it was too late.  It was on-the-nose funny.  We were the only ones in the theater laughing.  This was a better reaction than I got the other day.  Remember this post? …

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Anybody Else Read The Books I’ve Read Lately?

I got into a kind of learn/personal development kick this summer, with a sprinkling of fiction in there to keep me sane. Problem is, I don’t know anyone else who’s read these books, so I have nobody to talk to. Here’s my list: NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Silberman …

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