Monday, December 29, 2008

A Busy-ish Week

It's hard to believe that Christmas has come and gone and 2009 is just around the corner. For really not accomplishing that much, it's been a busy week.

Once again, the weather in Michigan has not been "shy". It's been 35 degrees + the last couple days and the ground cover of snow is basically gone. Yes, what was once over a foot and a half, is now gone. All that is left are the piles from snowplows. Of course this drastic temperature drop was accompanied by MAJOR fog to the point that I couldn't see much past the end of my driveway all day on Saturday. And all the melting has caused MAJOR floods in the area. With the ground still frozen, there is no place for the water to go. My mother's "river porch" was an unfortunate victim of these floods. What was once a great hangout, covered patio right on the river is collapsed. Hopefully it can be saved or somewhat salvaged in the spring. Also, if you look in the distance of the picture, you'll see that the river is up to the top of the bridge over the street. Yipes!

So besides flooding and collapsed porches, Saturday was "Grace-aversary". My little Gracie has been with us for one year. Two days after Christmas last year I went to the "bad shelter" in the county (hint: it's NOT a no-kill shelter) and brought her home. She was spoiled this year with tuna and new kitty toys.

Finally, today is my Gramma's 85th Birthday! Happy Birthday Gram! We're headed out to dinner to help her celebrate tonight at our local hot spot (ha!).

Nothing from Russia yet... still waiting on pins and needles, but it may be a long wait with their "holiday" shut down happening this week through Jan 12th.


Roger and Joanne said...

Bummer. I had hoped you would have heard something before the shutdown. I hope time passes quickly and you get your call.

Tamara said...

Amy - Happy New Year! My 2009 wish for you is that you bring home little T quickly, safely, and with minimal smells. OOh .. and may your flight(s) not have to be referred to as 'the flight(s) that shall not be named'. :) Happy New Year!

Barb said...

Yikes - that's one high river! Thanks for the encouraging blog comments. Today was pretty much the least confrontational for awhile!

Heather said...

Hello Amy. I have just now had some time to read a few blogs. I have read your journey from beginning to end. I have enjoyed it. And now we both continue to wait. Send me an email at and let me know if your Tatiana was in the Bee Group. The group right at the top of the pink stairs. If so I may have some pictures I can send. We'll see. I am fortunate to have two amazing children at home to help keep me busy. Hang in there. I am sure you will be freezing in Vlad before you know it!

findingourdaughter said...

My 2009 wish for you is to get that baby girl home ASAP and then we can party down in FL--since I'll probably just come down by myself.

Wish we could meet up in Vlad....but doubt that will happen :(.

Happy New Year and lots of love,