Mailbox Monday, Meme

Mailbox Monday, January 23, 2012

Mailbox Mondays

Mailbox Monday is on tour, with January’s location being at At Home with Books.

I actually hadn’t received a book in the mail at all this year until the 21st! I think that’s got to be some kind of a record for me, haha!

A Paperbackswap wishlist book:

 Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson by Lyndsay Faye

From the gritty streets of nineteenth century London, the loyal and courageous Dr. Watson offers a tale unearthed after generations of lore: the harrowing story of Sherlock Holmes’s attempt to hunt down Jack the Ripper.
As England’s greatest specialist in criminal detection, Sherlock Holmes is unwavering in his quest to capture the killer responsible for terrifying London’s East End. He hires an “unfortunate” known as Mary Ann Monk, the friend of a fellow streetwalker who was one of the Ripper’s earliest victims; and he relies heavily on the steadfast and devoted Dr. John H. Watson. When Holmes himself is wounded in Whitechapel during an attempt to catch the savage monster, the popular press launches an investigation of its own, questioning the great detective’s role in the very crimes he is so fervently struggling to prevent. Stripped of his credibility, Holmes is left with no choice but to break every rule in the desperate race to find the madman known as “the Knife” before it is too late.

I also received 5 books from my grandmother:

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Buster is three!!

January 23, 2009 – Buster was born ūüôā

2009 was a wonderful year for us. We had just bought our house in late December 2008 and were gearing up to put down hardwood floors and get everything painted and ready to move in. And then the ice storm hit around January 25th or 26th. And it was terrible. Personally, we were without power at our duplex for 5 days and without it at the house for 7. We were lucky enough to be able to go up and stay with my family so that we would have heat, but Nathan had to continue to work. So he had to make the drive back and forth until power was restored at our duplex.

I remember driving around through town and the place looked like a war zone. Everything was deserted, power lines were everywhere, trees/limbs were down. It was an absolute mess. It was unbelievable. I had never seen anything like it.

Flash forward to March of 2009. We had been¬†moved into our house for a few weeks and the urge was starting to hit us. We *had* to have a puppy! So we went on the search. I’m not entirely sure why¬†we chose to get a Westie, but it was a breed we both settled on. Then we lucked out and found a breeder only an hour away from us. So we called her up and talked to her and made plans to go¬†down and see what she had one Saturday afternoon.

We get down there and fall in love with this¬†sweet little¬†ball of fur. He was very calm and¬†sweet. He loved cuddling with us. We made our decision with very little thought.¬†And while he was technically ready to go home that day, we felt more comfortable leaving him for one more week since we¬†really weren’t all that prepared at home.

The next week the breeder was coming up and actually going right through our hometown to meet another woman buying a different puppy about another hour from us. So she said she would be more than happy to bring our little one along for the ride and we would meet at the rest stop right of the interstate, about a 7 mile drive from our house. It was perfect. I packed up the crate and a few toys and off I went to bring the little dude home.

Needless to say we fell in love immediately that night! And we’ve been so blessed to have¬†him in our lives since then. Not a day goes by that¬†he doesn’t manage to make us smile and laugh. I can’t believe that three years have passed; it doesn’t really seem possible to have been that long since we brought him home.

Happy birthday, Buster!