Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Redneck Freezer

This is our freezer. I think, by now, everyone knows my husband is a die-hard hunter. But I often forget how die-hard. So take a look in our freezer...........From the outside it's your average up-right freezer. Then you look up............... ....and see the turkey fan sitting on top of it. This came from a turkey Garrett shot last year down in the valley. It tasted great! But honestly, what are we going to do with the feathers?!?!

So I open the freezer and look for the rack of pork spare ribs I know we have in there somewhere. Is it behind the deer steaks we have crammed in there? Nope. Then something catches my eye.
And yes folks, it's a whole duck! A buffle-head, to be exact. (I'm actually guessing, but I am sure that's what it is.) Then I remember I have to put Welch's grape juice on my grocery list. Whatever, I can get past the duck.

And then I remember where the ribs were last seen. But first I have to move the bobcat from his resting place.

And there they were! Yum, can't wait for dinner!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

2010 Is Already A Bust

So I thought we were off to a great start this year. My newest niece was born New Years day! YAY! I can't wait to meet Lauren! But our 2005 Tahoe is in the shop getting a new transmission. This car is NOT old, we have taken very good care of it, and we have NOT done anything to cause it to lose the transmission! Fortunately, we did not skip out on the warranty when we bought the car. We got the best warranty they offered. I am told though, "I don't know why they covered the damage." As it turns out, our warranty company doesn't cover the damage when they can't figure out the reason for the damage. There is no reason why the transmission should've gone out. But by some miracle, they're going to cover the expenses. All I can say is THANK GOD! We can't afford $4000. But then I am told that it's going to take several weeks to fix my car! I can barely make it thru this week with no car, let alone 3 weeks. So I have to call either my car insurance company, or the warranty company and see if they cover rental cars. They should, but at this point, anything's possible.

On another note: I thought I had our last beagle sold. But then the lady called this morning and said she wasn't interested. All I could do was cry. It's not even a big deal, but every little thing is bothering me right now. I'm trying desperately to find that silver lineing, but can't quite find it yet.

I could really use some good news right about now...

Saturday, January 2, 2010

2009 IS OVER!

I am so happy to put 2009 to bed! It was a stressful year full of financial hardship (thanks governor) and family up's and down's. Our financial crisis seems to be getting better. I've had to take on some work. No big deal. When it comes to sink or swim, the Giessners will ALWAYS swim. For all my family still wondering about my mom, we still haven't located her. I am confident GOD will point her in the right direction toward us. It's been hard, but I've had great friends to lean on, and not to mention my supportive husband and kids who are always there. That's been a little of the downside on family. The upside is the birth of 2 MORE nieces! Little Hadley Hewitt, and Lauren Giessner! I still have yet to meet Hadley, and Lauren just arrived yesterday! I couldn't be more thrilled! I have 8 nieces and nephews now! On Garrett's side of the family there is only 1 boy, and that is Chase. He has been disappointed that there is not another little boy for him to pal around with, but have been trying to tell him that it's pretty special being the only boy. He is responsible for protecting all his cousins, is what I've been telling him. Despite his reactions to more girls, I know he secretly adores his 2 oldest cousins, Tessa and Taydem. And I know in time when he gets to know Hadley and Lauren, they'll have him wrapped around their little fingers as well. On a different note, we've sold off all but 1 of our little beagles. We're down to 1 female! The finish line is in our sights, and I can taste freedom! What a crazy, cruddy, surprising, shocking, thrilling ride 2009 has been. And I'm looking forward to a slower, less eventful 2010, with more up's and less down's.