Shoes

Ok, it is official, everything I said about our sweet dog is taken back!  Especially when the taking back in question involves shoes!  The first time I found Taavi gnawing on this shoe, I popped him with it and fussed at him pretty good.  I saw him yesterday running around the house with it in his mouth and then today, he got in my closet, AGAIN, and chewed it up.  Thems be fighting grounds.  And yes, I did use incorrect grammar and say “thems”.  No, these shoes were not very expensive, but they were my VERY favorite pair of shoes!

My favorite flat, silver, pointy toe, faux snake skin shoe!

My favorite flat, silver, pointy toe, faux snake skin shoe!

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Since this is a post about shoes, here are a couple pics of Vivian two nights ago trying on my new boots.  After Vivian got her bath, Steven found her in our room zipping up my boots.  She was happy to model them for him!

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Andrea

American Jailed in Japan

HUH? 

TOKYO, Japan (CNN) — Had this custody drama played out in the United States, Christopher Savoie might be considered a hero — snatching his two little children back from an ex-wife who defied the law and ran off with them.

A Tennessee court awarded Christopher Savoie custody of his son, Isaac, and daughter, Rebecca.

A Tennessee court awarded Christopher Savoie custody of his son, Isaac, and daughter, Rebecca.

But this story unfolds 7,000 miles away in the Japanese city of Fukuoka, where the U.S. legal system holds no sway.

And here, Savoie sits in jail, charged with the abduction of minors. And his Japanese ex-wife — a fugitive in the United States for taking his children from Tennessee — is considered the victim.

“Japan is an important partner and friend of the U.S., but on this issue, our points of view differ,” the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo said Tuesday. “Our two nations approach divorce and child-rearing differently. Parental child abduction is not considered a crime in Japan.”   For the full article, click here.

If parental abduction is not considered a crime, then why is he in jail?  This doesn’t make sense.

Andrea

Nottaway Plantation – Sunday, Sept 20th

Ceiling medallion freshly painted

Ceiling medallion freshly painted

Stairwell

The White Ball Room

Fireplace - The White Ballroom

An interesting light fixture

An interesting light fixture

Dinner at Nottaway

Dinner at Nottaway

Last week, Sunday, I had the privilege of joining likeminded preservationists at the Louisiana Trust’s unveiling of the properties that made their annual 10 Most Endangered List.  The Historical Association of Central Louisiana nominated the CLSH Dairy Barn in Pineville and the Armour Building on Lower Third.  The City of Alexandria Historic Preservation Commission, in short, Melinda Anderson, was responsible for the successful nomination of three other Cenla properties.   At first, I was excited that five of our properties made the list.  However, that excitement was short lived when I realized that it really is not an honor that we (Alexandria) have so many properties listed.  It is actually sad that we had so many buildings to nominate.  One preservationist at the event said “Alexandria, you need to get busy!”.  So true. 

Nottaway Plantation was beautiful.  I enjoyed touring the grounds and the restaurant.  Nottaway just underwent a “multi-million dollar renovation” by sprucing up the main house, building two pergolas, a pool and an assortment of out buildings which host parties, weddings and other events such as the one I attended.  Here are a few pictures I was able to take.  I found it hard to hold my program while juggling my evening bag and large SLR camera.  So, basically, they are what they are.

I had a great dinner and wonderful conversation with fellow HACL members Judge Rae Swent and Dr. Phillip Tapley and other preservationists from across the state. 

Alexandria:  We need to get busy!

Andrea

Happy Sunday!

Children's Letters to God, Coughlin-Saunders, Sept 13, 2009

Children's Letters to God, Coughlin-Saunders, Sept 13, 2009

Our friends' son, Carson, was in it.  He is the one in red on the table.

Our friends' son, Carson, was in it. He is the one in red on the table.

We had a great time at the musical with our friends

We had a great time at the musical with our friends

Steven and me

Steven and me

Leah and her sons

Leah and her sons

Brad and his son

Brad and his son

Kayley...at Cane's before the play

Kayley...at Cane's before the play

We took Vivian to see the musical Childrens Letters To God.  It was very cute.  After we arrived home, Vivian spent an hour dancing and singing!  I knew she would like this!  She watches a lot of the old musicals on Netflix.

Yesterday, before we went to work on our rent house, she had to dress up and have a fashion show.  She dug out her play microphone from Cracker Barrel and made me introduce her.  She also had a solution for world peace and some other things I couldn’t quite understand.

Vivian's entry

Vivian's entry

Exit

Exit

Coming back for a curtsy

Coming back for a curtsy

Even though I was still in my nightgown, she insisted I participate in the fashion show too.  So, I strutted my stuff, complete with magic wand and all.  NO THERE ARE NO PICTURES OF THAT!  Thank God!

countertops and sink in...need to install pulls

countertops and sink in...need to install pulls

The paint it took to make this house look decent again

The paint it took to make this house look decent again

I also posted the after bathroom pic here.  I put it with the before pics so you would have something to compare it too.  It is far from done, but, progress nevertheless.

Anyway, we had a good weekend. We hope you did too.  Back to work tomorrow.

Andrea

Our Sweet Dog

Taavi…our sweet Australian terrier. He is so precious and cute. I didn’t always think that, but, now that we are hitting the five month mark and he is almost perfectly potty trained, I have decided to like him. 🙂

Taavi is a mess and a half.

You think he is trying to tell me something?

You think he is trying to tell me something?

Who wouldn't like coming home to this face?

Who wouldn't like coming home to this face?

Vivian and Taavi

Vivian and Taavi

I don't think I could have extended my neck any farther!

I don't think I could have extended my neck any farther!

I have to put him in his kennel when Vivian takes a bath, otherwise, he jumps right in!  He loves baths!

I have to put him in his kennel when Vivian takes a bath, otherwise, he jumps right in! He loves baths!

Our Hall

While I am in a sharing mood, I will post pictures of our hall floor.  I do not have the time or money right now to sand down all of the floors in our house and refinish them, so I bought some Restor-a-finish from Lowes and followed it up with a nice beeswax.  You rub the restor-a-finish into an unpolyurethaned (not sure if that is a word) floor and it covers scratches and scrapes until you can completely have your floors redone.  It looks nice!  I only did half of the hall and you can tell where I stopped!

See the difference?

See the difference?

See, I do work sometimes...

See, I do work sometimes...

hall big house

hall dogtrot restor a finish

Andrea