All Dogs Go To Heaven :’-(

I don’t even know how to start this post or what to say. Recently our hearts were broken with the passing of one of our chihuahuas. Chewie was born in January 2002, and came to live with Shannon and I shortly after we moved into our first townhouse.  They were about 3 months old.

He along with Bekka have been the fuzzy little lights in our lives for more then 15 years now.  They were our babies long before we even thought about having real babies. Abby and Joey don’t know what it’s like not to have them in their lives. To say this has put a dark cloud over our home and a sad spot in our hearts would be an understatement.

Chewie was diagnosed with diabetes about 6 years ago. Six years of controlled feedings and daily needles have kept our boy happy and mostly healthy and most importantly a joyful little part of our lives. The last couple years as the age and diabetes took their tole on him were tough. He lost his sight 3-4 years ago. Thankfully he adapted and learned to get himself around quite well. Other then the occasional (scary) fall down the stairs, he was a good little dude.

Bekka has taken it fairly well, but doesn’t like to be left alone as much as she used to. When he was alive, she was happy snoozing all day in the bedroom with him. With him gone: if we’re home and downstairs, she wants to be with us.

We will miss you Chewie. You were a fantastic dog, and will forever be in our hearts. Rest in peace little buddy.

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April snow storms bring?! WTF

Well, after 3+ years of ownership the Thruxton is officially gone. Was picked up last weekend by the new owner and driven off into the sunset. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but 3+ years is second in ownership time only to my beetle. That says something. Loved the bike but selling it helps us move forward financially and helps get closer to the new addition on the house. Hopefully in a few years once the addition is completed, I’ll have a space in the garage for another cafe racer styled bike.

With the warming weather, the Beetle has been getting some long over due attention. I’ve got a list as long as my arm of little tasks and jobs that I need to finish off, or complete on the bug to get it closer to where I want it. Nothing major, but many small finishing tasks which I have simply not done. Hoping to have most/all done by the end of May.

With lots of help from my Dad, we’ve been slowly knocking out the partially finished projects around the house. The bedroom closet finally has a door; the door to the basement has been reinstalled; the freezer in the utility area is where the old tanked water heater was – giving a ton of room for storage. Next up is some drywall work and a bunch of painting. Process for having the roof redone through insurance is making progress. It has been approved, but yet to be finalized. Hoping this week we can settle and schedule their company to fix us up. Also, with Shannons knowledge of property maps and a friends metal detector, we’ve been able to find our property line which has enabled us to do a rough mapping of the new addition. Fun news, its gonna be bigger then previous expected!

Speaking of Shannon, just has just returned home from nearly a week away for another course. Kids were fantastic for me as  always. We got the house cleaned top to bottom and managed to watch a Star Wars movie each night except gymnastics night (Wednesday). Very proud of my wifey for going back and working on even more education/masters. It’s going to take a couple years, but she’ll get there. Keep it up baby!

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