In other news…

Not too much has been going on at the Meyer Manor lately. Work, work, and more work really. But we did bite the bullet and buy a new couch!!!! What??? I know, we’re crazy, we have two crazy destructive dogs that are the very reason why we had to replace our old couch, and then we went out and bought a new one?? Couch that is, not dog, we’re not THAT crazy!! haha.

Here’s an example about why we needed a new couch…
Lady in couch

You see where Lady’s foot kind of disappears there in the pic? That’s because her foot is INSIDE of our couch. Legitimately inside. She ripped the seam out of the middle of the entire cushion, and likes to hide things in there…like bones and other fun stuff. Also, on a regular basis there was white tufts of fluff from the couch, tumbling across our wood floors with the rest of the dog hair tumbleweeds. It was getting real bad. You may also notice the duct tape on the far right side corner of the loveseat…sigh. We are officially rednecks.

Fun story about that loveseat…it was the first piece of furniture we bought as a couple. Joey had bought a couch cheap from an old roomate, we both really liked the look of it, it wasn’t real leather, but it looked nice and was comfy. I really wanted to find a love seat or chairs or something to match it. The roomate told us he had bought the couch originally from Big Lots, to which we were like “Big Lots sells furniture???” YES, my friends, Big Lots does sell furniture. Cheap furniture and it’s pretty well made too, or at least as well made as anything else you can buy lately, Ashley and Signature brands. Well, as fate would have it, our Big Lots had 1 loveseat left, and it was on clearance because it was being discontinued. We celebrated our good fortune, and then when they brought it to us from the storage room Joey had the good sense to unwrap it and check it all out. Thank goodness he did, because it had a giant rip in the fabric across the back. It looked like someone had taken a box cutter to it. Womp Womp. I almost cried.

Instead, I called every Big Lots within 100 or so miles. Marianna had one and would hold it for 1 hour. So I threw Joey in the car (begrudgenly I might add. I think it may have been the first time I had ever made him drop everything and drive an hour plus for a deal…but it wasn’t and most certainly wouldn’t be the last). The one there was in perfect condition and it fit perfectly in our townhouse (and future house). It was my second favorite thing we bought in Marianna. Second? You ask… The first is this guy:
Bowtie :) I never get tired of looking at baby pictures of Chief. I wish we had known Lady as a baby.

Anywho… After having the couch 8 + years (not including the time that it was owned by other college age dudes previously), and the love seat for at least 4, it was time to retire the set. Especially since they had endured hopefully the worst of the puppy years of our dogs (I say this while knocking on a lot of wood!!)

We had actually planned to buy another one from Big Lots, we had one picked out and everything…but it wasn’t in stock and we didn’t want to order it sight unseen…So when our friends Julia and Matt told us that they had bought a new one at Turner’s Budget Furniture here in Tally, well we told ourselves it couldn’t hurt to check it out…we don’t have to buy right now…haha. Famous last words.

We fell in love with this one:
Couch in StoreBut then we decided to get a little crazy and order it in fabric instead of leather. They had this material as an option that was fabric, but it kind of looked and felt like leather in texture. It appeared to have good wipe-ability which is important with our dirty beasts. It’s hard to describe, you really have to feel it to understand. But they told us it would breathe better than the faux leather does (which was Joey’s biggest complaint) and with the easy clean, AND the extra stain guard treatment and insurance, we said let’s do it!! So we did, we ordered it and we waited anxiously for 8 weeks for it to be delivered.

Finally it came, and it’s pretty great!

COuch 1It’s definitely comfy, and seems to be holding up pretty well to the dogs. It is a LOT bigger though, and taller than our previous couches so it took me a little while to decide if I liked it or not. Visually it still overwhelms me a little with it’s height and size, but it’s growing on my by the day.

Couch 2 Especially when it holds up to our everyday life so well. It’s already endured multiple wine spills, and a dog war or two, and it hasn’t stained or had any weird booze smells, and best of all, no tooth marks from the big golden baby. Hooray!! For these reasons alone, I kind of want to hug it and high five ourselves everyday for choosing this fabric.

Joey says it’s working better for his back, and the dogs definitely approve. It’s perfect for them to lay back and watch their Dog TV stories.
Dogs on couch

Although Lady says it needs more pillows…
Demon dogAnd while it didn’t arrive quite the way I had envisioned it would in my head, I’m pretty happy with the durability and the purchase as a whole. We feel like we’ve officially arrived as grownups, and it’s nice to not have to strategically place pillows and blankets over holes, rips, and duct tape when company comes. lol. It’s the little things in life right?

Chief and JuliaEven though we increased our seating potential by another extra seat, Chief still feels that it’s important to sit on the laps of our guests to ensure no one gets TOO comfortable, except him of course. Thanks for being a good sport Aunt Julia! :)

All in all, we are all pretty pleased, and we’re seeing the house come together a little more every month!! :)

Chief Fluffybottom turns 2!!

Whew I’m late on this! Like super duper late. Sorry I’ve been MIA for so long, I’ll try to do better! I’ll make it up to you by showering you with adorable puppy photos in this post.
Chief Party Hat

Chief turned 2 on May 25, 2014 (told you I’m late lol), and we celebrated the momentous occasion with a little family party. There were party hats…which Lady didn’t quite understand as depicted below…
Lady Party HatBut they were a pretty adorable pair when we could get them to stay still. Lady’s face KILLS me in this photo below…seriously, I crack up every time I see it.
Dogs in Party HatsThere were also fancy treats…which apparently smell as good as they taste…
Birthday Chief 2We’ve gotten them those bone shaped cookies with pink and blue icing once before, and they were a big hit! Lady ran away with hers and slowly ate it, saving the pink half for last. So a big birthday like 2 called for lots of gourmet treats!!
Birthday chief 1They didn’t quite know what to make of the sprinkles, but in all they went pretty quickly so I think they were at least up to their standards…haha.

Lady jump Overall, it was a very fun day, and we’re so blessed to have these beautiful babies in our lives. Shortly after his birthday we took Chief in to see his surgeon for his one year follow-up and we were told that he is doing AWESOME! That his hip looks great, and his other hip is looking great too, and we likely won’t have any problems with that until he’s very old, but that he shouldn’t need surgery again! So we were very happy with this news!! I can’t believe it’s been a year since that surgery, but as stressful as it was, I would do it all over again for my Chieffy. :) But luckily it sounds like we won’t have to! Woohoo! Happy Birthday buddy!!

 

Mail Time

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before but our mailbox is a hot mess.
Mailbox2Ok, it’s actually a really nice mailbox, a heavy metal one, large enough to hold small packages without screaming “giant mailbox”. And I’m sure at some point it was really gorgeous, but now it’s covered in mildew which blends in with the hunter green color it is painted, but probably grosses our mailman out. Also the metal numbers were falling off and sad and I couldn’t find replacement numbers for them anywhere that matched.
Mailbox1

One day we’d like to upgrade to a brick surround mailbox (we’re one of the only ones on our street that doesn’t have a brick one), but the one we have is perfectly fine for now, at least with a little sprucing up. So I attacked it with some black spray paint. :) Our front door and shutters are black, so the green mailbox always kind of bothered me. The project was simple enough, Joey took apart the pieces that he could for me, like the little red flag and the pull on the front, which I spray painted seperately before reattaching to the finished box. But I spray painted the rest just in place, it was easier than trying to take it out and reinstall it.

Red Flag

Red Flag

I started by cleaning the box with just some regular old Lysol wipes…and then once it was dry sprayed a coat of Rustoleum primer. An hour later I was able to spray with a semi-gloss coat of black paint. It instantly improved our look. :)
Mailbox after1

The project was really easy and straightforward…but I have a couple of tips if you try this at home:
Tip #1 use your phone camera instead of your fancy camera when taking blog shots for this one…otherwise your neighbors may judge you for taking photos of your ugly mailbox. This may or may not of happened to me…but now our neighbor Bob across the street thinks I’m a crazy person.

Tip #2 Keep your spray paints seperated…I was doing another side project at the same time, and managed to place the bottle of Oil Rubbed Bronze spray next to the Black spray bottle, and definitely sprayed a coat of ORB on our mailbox as a second coat. Sigh…the really sad part is, I didn’t even notice until I was halfway through the second coat…lol.

Tip #3 If it’s overcast outside…don’t attempt this project. About 5 minutes after I sprayed the mailbox with ORB, it started to rain. At that point I went inside and told Joey we might be getting the brick mailbox sooner than we planned…haha. Luckily it was just a light rain and didn’t seem to affect the finish. Later I just went out and dried it and applied a 3rd coat, this time in black. :)

I’m very pleased with the outcome. Joey’s a little upset with my paint choices…he never noticed there was a fleur-de-lis on the front until I painted it, and now he’s devastated that our mailbox not only has the Saints symbol, but it’s also black and gold. Which is apparently unacceptable in our Buccaneer household. Although I can safely say there will never be a pirate flag on our mailbox, we’re not that big of fans. :)Mailbox after2_edited-1

Life Lately

Well once again it’s been awhile since I’ve checked in here…sorry about that…Things got crazy busy with work for both of us after the holidays and we both just kind of have been vegging when we get home both on the week nights and week-ends.

There has been a lot of this going on lately

There has been a lot of this going on lately

But I’m pleased to announce that all that hard work has certainly paid off, because Joey got a HUGE promotion at work!!! I’m so proud of him, and I know he’s really honored and pumped about it. Although now he’s even busier than he was before, which I’m not sure we anticipated was possible…but apparently it is. :)

It’s been about a month since he started in the new position, and I think we’re finally getting adjusted to the craziness. So hopefully there will be less vegging and more productivity in our future.

Especially since spring feels like it’s coming finally! We’ve had a really cold winter, and even earlier this month we thought we were actually going to have some snow! Sadly…we mostly just had freezing rain and icy roads…it was miserable and we had to go to work still, so it was overall really disappointing.

Lady waiting for snow

Lady waiting for snow

The dogs are settling down a bit, but still rowdy. They’re happy that it’s warming up and they’ve been playing (aka digging) in the backyard a lot lately. They’re also getting really good at snuggling. Sometimes even each other like the photo below:
SpooningI still can’t believe I was able to document this moment before Lady growled at him and army crawled away from him. lol. But all in all, other than work we’re pretty boring these days.

I’ve got a few projects we managed to get under our belt this year so far, so I’ll be sharing those very soon! :) More posts to come, please don’t give up on me even though I’m so sparatic with my posting cycle!

Lady window

Happy Holidays

Christmas CardMerry Christmas from the Meyer family! This is our Christmas card this year, that of course won’t be delivered this year until AFTER Christmas…Sorry family and friends. Don’t ever use Walgreens as your print source unless you’re going for fashionably late Christmas cards of course.
Our cards were not delivered until the end of the day on Christmas Eve…Thanks Walgreens!

Sigh…so they won’t even go out in the mail until after Christmas. But that’s o.k. it’s the thought that counts right? :)

Anyway, we’re spending this morning with my parents and my brother and then hitting the road to spend the rest of the week in Land O’ Lakes with Joey’s family. We hope that everyone has a safe and happy holiday with their loved ones and that Santa treats you all as though you are on the “nice list”! :)

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…

Well Thanksgiving came and went, and we were so busy that I never got around to taking many pictures, which is sad since we had lots of wonderful family in town and I failed to document it. :(

I did manage to document this awesome cheese ball turkey that my aunt Janet made though!

I did manage to document this awesome cheese ball turkey that my aunt Janet made though!

Joey’s parents came up and stayed with us for a few days, and we had a wonderful weekend together! My uncle Gary and aunt MaryAnn came down this year for Thanksgiving as well, which was nice! And then of course we had our usual crowd, in total I think we had 15 people this year.
Jess and DebeeBecause Thanksgiving came so late this year I started getting itchy to decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving was even upon us. So the day before Turkey day I cracked and we hung wreaths on the windows of the front of the house. They had just come in the mail, and I was soo excited to get them that we just had to put them up!
exterior

I love this addition, and plan to step it up next year with candles in all of the windows and maybe adding some LED lights to the wreaths.
dogs with wreathWe also added some net lights to the bushes in the front of the house. At least the bushes on one side of the house…haha. Our house is odd and has no outlets outside in the front or sides, so we’re limited when it comes to putting up Christmas lights. So we decided since it was so late this year to just throw on some net lights and call it a day. Next year we plan to have an electrician come out and install some outlets so we can light the bushes on the other side of the house, and maybe add some icicles to the roofline.

I picked up these luminaries last year at Goodwill, they were really sad and pathetic before they got a nice coat of silver and gold spray paint perked them up!

I picked up these luminaries last year at Goodwill, they were really sad and pathetic before they got a nice coat of silver and gold spray paint perked them up!

We didn’t do much decorating at all the first year in the house, we were still adjusting to having Chief, and tired from all the events in 2012. So this year I was really pumped to decorate, and I plan to continue to add a little more each year for the next few years.
Living Room

We got the flu in the second week of December though, so we lost steam about half way through. Luckily we got the outdoor lights and the tree lit and indoors before the flu officially hit, but our tree didn’t get decorated until just last weekend. And we didn’t even bother with putting on all of the ornaments…just the ones that we truly loved and have sentimental value with. Partially because we just weren’t feeling up to it, and partially because I didn’t want to put any ornaments too low for fear the dogs would get them.
Tree

So far they’ve been ok with the tree, much better than we thought they would be. But they also don’t get much in the way of unsupervised opportunities for destruction, so I can’t give them too much credit. Lady has slinked around the tree a few times which makes me nervous, but so far so good, she’s so agile that sometimes I think she does stuff like that to test her skills. If Chief attempted something like that, the tree would certainly come crashing down and he would wind up twisted up in lights. lol. Poor baby lives his life like a bull in a china shop, and doesn’t know the meaning of the word gentle or grace.
Nativity

We had our friend Jaclyn take some holiday pictures, she interned awhile back with our wedding photographers that we love, and we were so thankful that she was willing to take some shots of us! Although trying to get our dogs to sit still long enough to be photographed was pretty comical. Lady mostly cooperated, Chief on the other hand took a little more work, and we have some pretty funny outtakes. But Jaclyn was very patient, and took some great shots so we’re very happy and thankful that she was willing to do that for us! We didn’t have any pictures as a “family” so it’s nice to finally have some. We need to work on the dogs with the “stay” command before we attempt something like that again though. :)

Would have been a great pic if Chief wasn't being a goober!

Would have been a great pic if Chief wasn’t being a goober!

We’re finally starting to feel better so it’s nice to feel like DOING stuff again, and not just laying around in bed. But speaking of laying around in bed, our dogs have been SUPER snuggly lately. Its been a nice change of pace…
Sleeping ChiefSleeping LadyThat’s about all that’s been going on around here…we’re just gearing up for the holidays! Hope you are all having a safe and merry holiday season as well!! :)
Christmas Stockings

Forgotten Cookies

Well it’s very near the holidays, and it’s getting to be that time of year again when I crave one of my favorite cookie recipes (to eat and to prepare) so I decided to make a few batches to share with our co-workers.
Forgotten Cookies 9I don’t usually share recipes on my blog, but this one is so good and so easy, that I felt guilty not sharing it. Forgotten cookies are seriously one of the oldest and easiest recipes in the book! But if you’re unfamiliar with them, they are basically little meringue cookies that melt in your mouth and deliver a yummy crunch of chocolate and/or nuts.

Here is the basic recipe:
2 egg whites
2/3 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips (any flavor)
1 cup nuts (if desired)
Forgotten Cookies 1

The first thing to do is preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and then line a cookie sheet with foil (shiny side down).

My highly sophisticated method of separating egg whites

My highly sophisticated method of separating egg whites

Next step is to beat the egg whites until foamy,  I’ve found it’s best to use a stand mixer if you have it, but definitely an electric mixer either way!

Beat the eggs until foamy

Beat the eggs until foamy

Then you gradually add the sugar to the egg whites, and then continue to beat them on high until the mixture forms stiff peaks (this is critical or they’ll come out runny and won’t harden).

This is a "stiff peak" But think less dirty and more delicious..

This is a “stiff peak” But think less dirty and more delicious..

Next, add the vanilla and the chocolate and/or nuts and just kind of fold them in.
Forgotten Cookies 4Then you drop them by the teaspoonful onto the foil lined pan. No need to space them too far apart, they don’t expand or anything.
Forgotten Cookies 7Once you’re done, put them in the preheated oven and promptly turn it off. Then
forget about them! Leave them in the closed oven overnight (no peaking or they’ll crack!!) and in the morning pull them out and put them in an airtight container until you’re ready to eat!
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Usually I’m a purist and I just go with old faithful semi-sweet chocolate chips and no nuts (because I’m against adding healthy things to cookies). But this year I made not only the semi-sweet chocolate ones but also experimented with chocolate mint chips (AMAZING and I highly recommend!! Makes them even more Christmasy) and white chocolate chips (these turned out ok, but I think I prefer mint chocolate chip or regular semi-sweet). But use whatever you like! It’s all delicious!