Monthly Archives: June 2011

George, cooking, and sunflowers (long post)

George has had a cloudy left eye for a couple of months now. Negative testing for glaucoma, and it was initially treated as a tick born disease. This seemed like a logical diagnosis b/c we switched from Frontline to Comfortis for flea/tick protection in August not knowing that Comfortis only treats fleas. So, George had no tick protection during the spring. He was a on a 14 day course of Doxycycline and some steroid drops. His eye cleared up but got cloudy again. Today, the kids and I took him to the Vet Specialty Hospital in Cary to have him seen by a vet opthamologist. George has endothelial degeneration. It is age-related, our sweet Georgie will be 11 next month, and it is common in Basset Hounds. There is no cure, but we can give him eye drops which will slow the progression. For now, George is not in pain, and the vet said that in most dogs the drops will slow the progression down during the lifetime of the dog.

What George did not like was going to the vet hospital. He hovered near me in the exam room and wanted lots of petting from Aidan and Samantha. I am glad the only treatment he needs is eye drops.

This summer I am committed to learning how to cook. Now, I know how to cook the basics, and I have a rotation of 5-6 dishes that I can cook. But Rahul is skeptical, understandably, because I have made this cooking commitment for the past 2 summers and failed. This is what usually happens: I get some cook books, make 1-2 new dishes, 1 does not go that well, I revert back to my 5-6 safe dishes. I am proud to report that I have cooked Sunday-Wednesday…and none of my meals were heat and serve from Trader Joe’s 🙂

Here is a pic of tonight’s dish. Wish me luck with my cooking commitment.

Lastly, check out our sunflower! I never thought that of all the veggies planted in the garden, that the sunflowers would need the most water…they guzzle it daily. But, I have to say it was worth the extra water when I saw the first bloom tonight.

Just another day in the life of the Shimpi family. We try to keep things interesting.

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the week of pool playdates

The Barnetts came over for a playdate yesterday. Today, Samuel and Nana came over. Later this week, 2 of Samantha’s friends from school will be coming over.

The highlight of today’s playdate, however, was not the pool…it was a black widow spider under the deck steps railing. Samantha found her with a web of babies. I took the picture below then killed the spider. I put the web of babies in a bag and sealed it, then sprayed wasp/hornet killer (was not sure what else to use) all around the deck railing.

On a lighter note, I did get a pic of all the cousins together. They do love hanging out together!

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goodbye beach

We had to say goodbye to the beach this morning (at least until the second week in August 🙂

We did our farewell walk along the beach and explored the right hand side of the coast. It is much less crowded, more jellyfish and crabs, and includes a rocky island. I am determined to find out the real name of the rocky island and its history before we return. For now, enjoy some of our last pics (including a group shot of the Kowabunda surf camp).




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black and white pics

I have been playing around with some of our beach pics. I love black and whites, so here they are…. the last pic is one of the kids playing on the beach with friends they made today. Good times, good memories.




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what is it about the beach?

For the past 2 summers, I have gotten baby fever while at the beach. Rahul, with his calm wisdom, assures me this is because life is less stressful at the beach. Who would not want more kids when life is less stressful? The bigger question to ask is who wants more kids when life is normal, chaotic and crazy?

As I rapidly approach 40, I am thinking a baby in the traditional way would not be such a good idea to consider. Then, I think about how we have gambled twice with international adoption and have 2 awesome kids. What are the odds that we could be that lucky again?

Anyway, not sure what it is about the beach that gives me baby fever. I am hoping it goes away once we are home…or maybe the Shimpi family was meant to be larger. Time will tell.

Kristan

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beach pics

We are having a blast at the beach! Here are some pics of our fun.




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surf school

We saw some surf school lessons happening near our beach house yesterday afternoon, so I called to see if Aidan could join in the fun. I think it is important to note that he watched yesterday’s lesson for over an hour. Luckily for Aidan, Kowabunga surf school had a spot for him this week in the 8-10am camp (and he got some special attention since he missed Monday’s first lesson). Here is a video of Aidan’s second attempt on the board.

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Needless to say, Aidan had a blast and wants to surf the rest of the week.

Samantha had no interest in surfing. She was however interested in a special trip to Wings for some goodies for her. The more shells glued on an item, the better 🙂

We love the beach!

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