Travis and Becky Fletcher: November 2006

Monday, November 27, 2006

I'm a wuss.

So I took Chloe in to the Vet to get her 3rd set of boosters. This was the first time I have taken her in. She was SO GOOD!! She didn't make a peep once when they took her temperature with a thermometer that probably went halfway up her body, from the back end of course. She sat nice and still while they looked in her eyes, ears, and felt her intestines. She didn't even flinch when they gave her 2 big needles. I am a very sympathetic person. If anyone is in any pain or if I even think they are in pain, I feel for them. So it got real hot in that exam room. I did have my winter coat on, but it kept getting hotter. So when we got back to the waiting room I had to sit with my head between my legs. I almost fainted. I am SO GLAD that I decided against becoming a nurse. I can't even watch my puppy get shots! So after a bit of sitting I felt better (although very embarrased in front of the whole waiting room) and all was fine. Its funny, I have come thisclose to fainting so many times, but I always catch myself in time to sit and let the feeling pass. SUCH a wuss. They offered to take her in without me next time. Next time will be in a year so maybe I'll have toughened up by then. We could take her in in a month or two to get her spayed, but we are planning to breed her so thats out. Lots of research on that to come.

P.S. She's 5 lbs 15 ounces. I think she'll grow to be about 8 lbs.
P.P.S. I just put her in that pink sweater, and its pretty tight.. but still oh-so cute.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

The Best Cookies In The World

Oatmeal Toffee Crunchies

1 Cup Butter
3/4 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup White Sugar
1 Egg
2 tsp Vanilla
1 3/4 Cup Flour
1 Cup Rolled Oats
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 pkg Skor Bits
3/4 Cup Butterscotch Chips
1/4 Cup Chocolate Chips
3/4 Cup Sliced Almonds (optional)

Cream butter and sugars. Add egg and vanilla. Mix in remaining ingredients. Roll into balls and place on baking sheet. Bake at 375 for 8-12 minutes. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Soft, Chewy and Sweet. And the edges get a bit of a crunch. Soo soo good. I doubled the recipe, and made almost 7 dozen cookies for the two of us. I guess three now, since Derek is here. Also the best dough I have ever tasted. Anyone who has a recipe blog is welcome to post this recipe. Trav said they are the best cookies I have ever made. Baking schools cooking any day. Can we just have cookies for dinner?

Friday, November 24, 2006

How lucky am I?

Tonight when I was done work (waay later than extected, Christmas shoppers are CRAZY), I walked out to Travis waiting patiently in the van with Chloe and Kita. Why a VAN? Well, this is the not so lucky portion of this post. For over a month now, the starter has been going on my car. As in, sometimes I sit there for about 10 minutes trying to start my car. So, about a week ago we took it to the farm for Trav and his dad to replace the starter. Sounds relatively simple, right? So they took out the old one, put in a new one, and then...... Nothing. It sounded like the starter was working.. but something else had gone wrong. So they worked on it for hours trying to figure out what the heck happened. Nothing. So Trav's dad took it to a mechanic and they worked on it this whole week, and NOTHING... Nobody can figure out what the heck is wrong. So now it's at a dealership. Can you say $$$$? But I feel bad for Trav's dad. He spent days trying to get it to work. And I know its nothing he did, because he knows his stuff. So if you are reading this, THANKS, DAD! I really appreciate all that. But now they (Mom & Dad in-law) are on their way to New York and then on a cruise!!! To the Western Carribean, I think. And my parents are coming home from Hawaii tomorrow! They are so lucky.

As I was saying..... I am so lucky to have the husband that I have! Trav is so understanding, and patient, and giving, and so many other things. It's been amazing, even if I haven't said it that often. I have a great life, even with a car in the shop and a job in retail. Speaking of which, I do like my job, for a retail job. But as far as that goes, I still feel embarrased when people ask me how work is going, or when they see me at work. I can just sense them thinking.. "doesn't she have a diploma?" And I know I shouldn't care what they think, or maybe its just because that is what I think sometimes too. But its temporary. Come April life as we know it will change forever.

Life is Good.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Extreme Makeover: Guest Room Edition

So I finally have our house in a state where I like all of the rooms. Well, except for the office, but that's Trav's room. Anyway, I am super happy with how it turned out. We got rid of all the boxes and extra gifts (poor us, I know), and I got a really pretty purple Duvet Cover! I don't know how Derek will feel about the purple when he comes on friday to stay with us for 2 weeks, but thats O.K. We will have other people staying. Anyway, here's the before & after!

You likey??? Come and stay!!

Thursday, November 16, 2006


To say that we are gung-ho about Christmas would be a very correct statement. Travis and I put up our tree this holiday Monday. It's amazing how good a little tree can make you feel. It just makes our house feel warm, festive, and calm. Travis is going to put up the lights outside tomorrow. Here's for being the first on the block!

Travis was sad that I rarely write about him anymore. So, in honour of being married for 5 months and 6 days, I'd like to tell you a bit about how good of a husband he has been. Travis has really put a lot of effort into spending time with me. He helps me around the house (when I ask him to, but you take what you can get), he gives me hugs and encourages me to give lots back. Lately we've been having a competition, whoever gives the most hugs wins. I'm not sure where we are at. Trav makes me feel good, and tells me I look pretty. Actually he tells me I look sexy, but I asked him to say pretty or beautiful more often. He just makes me feel good. Even when I seem to be grumpy most of the time. There is a lot more I could say, but that's for another day.

Chloe's ears are staying up! That girl's got great cartilage. Toby keeps tackling her and then tries to groom her, while she's fighting him. They are so cute.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Olivia Faith Heigh

It's true!! Christy and Dustin had their baby girl!!! Yesterday, November 9, at 1:37, Christy pushed 7 lb baby Olivia into the world. I am so happy for them! I just talked to proud papa on the phone. Christy and baby are still in hospital. It's pretty weird to me that they have a newborn. I don't know why, I'm just used to them running after two young blondies, not breastfeeding and diaper changing and midnight feeding.

P.S. Doesn't Christy look amazing???
P.P.S. Thanks, Amanda, for the picture, and some info.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006


Some people were wondering why we are taping Chloe's ears. Well, we want them to stand up, like a Yorkie's ears should. Not all do, and they are cute when they flop over, but I really want Chloe to look like a real Yorkie, and she looks even cuter with her ears standing. If that was at all possible. So by taping her ears up for a few days, it helps strengthen the cartiledge in her ears and trains them to stand. After 3 days we take the tape off and see if they stay standing, and tape the drooping ears for 24 hours, until they stand. Could take just the three days, could take 3 weeks. They seem pretty strong already, though! Hopefully it will be closer to the 3 day mark.

And guess what! Christy's water broke tonight!!! So we will be meeting baby girl Heigh very shortly! I'm so excited to be an aunty yet again!

Monday, November 06, 2006

New Template

My wonderful hubby helped me create this new background. Me Likey. Photoshop has once again impressed me. Travis tells me I need to tell you all about his website, He also told me not to tell you that its lame. WARNING: for computer geeks only.

Flickr Slideshow

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Tape and Cookies

Tell me I'm not an awful parent..... We taped Chloe's ears today. Is it so bad that I want her to look like a show-quality Yorkie??
She looks kinda funny, we try not to laugh in her face as to not embarras her. But she really doesn't seem to mind too much. I've had to re-tape them 3 times already. And then, while the cookies I made were baking, I decided to have a little self-photo shoot.

But, unfortunately, I got a little too involved trying to look "soultry", and I forgot about the cookies. They got a little burnt.I had made these shortbread cookies at Travis' request. I asked if he wanted sugar cookies or shortbread cookies, and he said, very enthusiastically, "SHORTBREAD!!!" So I made them, gave one to him, and he has the gall to say... "There's not enough sugar in these...... And I'm used to having them with icing on them." So I said "THAT'S SUGAR COOKIES!!!" He has since apologized and said they are good... for shortbread cookies. But isn't he so cute?

P.S. I heart photoshop.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Old News

We got our wedding print a while ago, but neglected to hang it for a while, so we hung it and I took a picture:
I love it! It may not be as nice as the print that was my favorite, but what can I say, I'm a compromiser. Once we buy the CD I am going to make a print of my favorite. Before the snow came I took this uber cute picture of Chloe:And then it snowed and I took this one:
And some more that are up on flickr . I know I said I would talk about things other than Chloe. But its so hard. Tiff came over last night to watch ANTM (America's Next Top Model), and brought her teacup Chihuahua, Tate. Chloe and Tate played the whole time, and were so cute together. It's too bad Tate's neutered, or he would have made a good husband for Chloe. He can be her friend, though. I was pleasantly surprised to see she wasn't as rough with him as she is with our cat, Toby. She is always after him and grabbing his ear. I want to go get some fake poop and put it on Trav's pillow. He would freak out. And I would laugh. Hard. Such a healthy relationship. I love that guy so much. Thats a good note to end on. Tricking my poor hubby with fake poop.... To Be Continued.............