Williamsburg Virginia

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Dave is an an Army brat and retired from the Air Force in 2006 and is now working as an AF civilian. Debbie works in real estate for a local firm. We both enjoy the outdoors and being 'tree-huggers' as we have been called. As tree-huggers, we enjoy feeding 'our' herd of backyard deer and their friends the squirrels, birds, foxes, possums, and raccoons. Between us we have seven kids and eleven grand-kids spread out from Virginia to Texas, to Idaho to Washington.

Monday, September 19, 2011

TIGGS 1997-2011 - A MEMORIAL

Once again Debbie and I must make an announcement that we both dread.  On September 17th, we lost Tiggs, our bigger-than-life, kind-hearted, cowardly-lion tabby.  It seemed Tiggs always had some kind of ailment almost his entire life although after he lost his brother Maverick in October of 2010, these 'little ailments' started to take their toll.  They seemed to get worse when his sister Bristol passed away about 2.5 months ago.  Finally, about a weeke ago it got to the point he wouldn't eat and then that developed into his inability to get around without hurting.  So, we decided to take him in yesterday to relieve him of his suffering.  We so much didn't want to let him go but we knew the 'Last Fight' was upon us.  It was the right thing to do; as it was when the time came for Mavies and Bristol.  Tiggs was my contribution to the family of cats and had literally lived across the land in the last 14 years.  Starting out in Massachusetts, moving to Virginia, then to Texas, and finally back to Virginia in 2003, he was a regular traveller.  All-in-all he took all the moving well enough but over time he developed a personality that bordered on the paranoid.  He never quite got used to having people around and was not a cuddler (to Debbie's chagrin) to say the least.  He was scared of his own shadow and if he heard a noise out of the ordinary (and that would be ANY noise) he would jump out of his skin and head for the nearest closet. 
His worst fear was thunderstorms - he was absolutely petrified of thunder and would not venture out of his well-defined hiding place (his two favorites were in the pantry or behind the washer) until the coast was not only clear, very, very, very clear, but vitually noise-free.  The same reaction happened when visitors would come over - as soon as he heard unfamiliar voices he was gone.  He would eventually wander out from his hiding place once he had convinced himself that everything was okay.  Having said all that, once he got used to you he would love you to death - although he would never drop his guard - always keeping a wary eye out for something that would make him rocket back to his pre-determined hiding place.  The odd thing about all of this? He was BY FAR the largest of the three cats and people who saw him for the first time would always comment "He looks like a little lion!" Yea, he was big, but he was your typical gentle-giant. He will be missed.

So, in the course of less than a year, we lost all three of our beloved friends. It has only been a couple of days since we lost Tiggs but the house is so empty without them.

Tiggs is buried next to Mavies and Bristol - they are together once again!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


Once again it is with great sadness and heavy heart that we announce the passing of one of our beloved family members.  Bristol was not herself over the past couple of months but we could never put our finger on it despite several vet check-ups.  This past Sunday she was her lively self (or so we thought) but on Monday she completely quit eating and drinking and stayed under the bed without moving.  Today Debbie came home at lunch to find no change so she got her a walk-in appointment at 3:30 at the vet.  When Debbie came home at 3:00 to pick her up she knew the end was near - Bristol was now breathing through the mouth and her tongue was out - just like Mavey in his final hours nine months before.  We knew then what we had to do.  Having lost Mavey under similar circumstances in October we knew putting her to sleep was the best for her (The Final Battle - see Mavey blog).  So, at about 4:30 on 5 July 2011, Bristol went to join Mavey.  Bristol is also buried next to Mavey in our back yard (pictures tomorrow).

What can you say about Bristol - or as I affectionately liked to call her - Psycho.  She was lively to say the least and was known to back a German Shephard up in a corner - not to mention a few hundred people and the local squirrels and racoons.  She had her own special warning signs plastered to the side of her kennel and her vet records ran red with further warning signs.  When we did take Bristol in for vet appointments it was sort of comical (at least for Debbie and I) to watch what transpired.  If the attending assistant or vet hadn't seen Bristol before they surely noticed the warning signs plastered everywhere and took several double-takes when looking eye-to-eye with her - almost as if to say "Really?  She doesn't look that rabid."  If she had to go to the back they doned gloves and a heavy towel in order to pick her up.  What can you say - she was who she was - and we loved her.

To most everyone who really knew her, Bristol was a sweetie but you never really took your eye off of her just in case she was in one of her 'moods.'  But Debbie, of course, and I were immuned to her moods and took it in stride.  Lately Bristol took to following me to the couch and when I laid down, there she was saying "Okay, don't just lay there, pick my #$% up and be quick about it."  I did as I was 'ordered' and she would then proceed to knead me and lay down across my chest or around my neck and go to sleep.  I dared not move - at least not quickly.

Like Mavey, Bristol enjoyed going outside and on good days she would sit by the door waiting for someone to open it and when it was opened she would dart out like she had pulled a fast one on you.  If we let her, she would have stayed outside forever.  She liked to scamper between the back yard deck and the front porch but she never wandered far no matter what.

We will miss her terribly of course but she is in a better place and is not suffering.  Like the 'Final Battle' says under Mavey's blog, she fought valiantly but in the end, the disease was too much for her to bear.

Bristol - we love you and miss you - say hi to Mavey for us!



Wednesday, October 13, 2010


There comes a time in any pet owner's life when they have to say goodbye to a much loved 'family member,' one that created a constant stream of happy memories and possessed personality quirks that will forever bring a smile to one's face, and that which made them so very special from the very beginning.  And so, it is with great sadness that Debbie and I let you know that our beloved Maverick, aka Mavs, aka Mavelinski, aka Mavies, and finally, aka Mavey went to sleep, free of pain, for the last time on Tuesday, 12 October 2010.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Water Country USA Divers - Williamsburg

The previous post talked about the good time everyone had last weekend.  Part of that good time was the trip to Water Country USA.  This post deals strictly with the diving portion of the day.  The divers at WC are professional divers as well as former collegiate divers.  They dive from various heights as well as a very high platform dive - into 12 feet of water.  Needless to say, "Better them than me!"

Water Country USA - Williamsburg

Well, we had a house-full to say the least.  Last weekend, Jennie, Melissa, Megan, Tori, Ethan, Lexie, and Megan's good friend Lauren came down for the weekend, arriving on Thursday night and leaving on Sunday.  Friday was spent at Water Country USA - were there for the opening bell at 10:00 and for the closing bell at 8:00. 

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Landscaping Around the House and a Raccoon Visitor - again

Well, I'm sitting here INSIDE since it is about 105 degrees OUTSIDE right now (and supposed to be hotter tomorrow).  I did spend a little time outside this morning watering getting read for the roaster that was to come today ... and it hasn't disappointed.  I did the yardwork on Wednesday (much cooler to do after work) so I am yardwork-free this weekend.  But, we have done our usual landscaping this year (although at a lower scale).   

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Quick Visit to Georgia

While Debbie took off to Wyoming for a week-long visit to Jared and the grand-kids, I took off down to Jonesboro over the 4th of July weekend.  The weather was hot hot hot .... did I mention that it was hot?  Take my word for it - it was a roaster in Jonesboro.  Drove down on Friday before the 4th and headed back on Monday with an overnight stop in Evans (Augusta) at Kenneth's and Barbara's.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Myrtle Beach - Family Album

Here are the family photos from Myrtle Beach 2010.  Don't forget, you can save these pictures to your computer by right-clicking and doing a save-as.

Myrtle Beach - 2010

I am finally getting around to placing some beach pictures on the blog.  I didn't take as many this year as in year's past - no particular reason really - except maybe I slept in more often than not this year ... :P

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Visit to USS Enterprise

Part of the perks in being in Government service is being able to go to some places the general public is not apt to go to.  One such occasion occurred last week when a tour was arranged for some of us in the office to go tour the USS Enterprise docked in Norfolk Virgina.