2014 {Rough Start - Wonderful Gift}

Well we're into Day 5 of a fresh new year and I always begin them with hope and anticipation for what it has in store. Unfortunately 2014 has had a bit of a rough start.

First my car decided it was going to penalize me for not driving it for over a week while on vacation. I hopped in ready to head out for the day and nothing, zippo, silence. Thankfully it was just a worn out battery and I was without a car for a couple of days. It's not like I didn't have anything to fill my days with indoors - like taking down Christmas. But why is it when that big hunk of metal isn't sitting in it's usual spot that your head comes up with a million places you would, should and could be going?

Feline Infectious Peritonitis‎

Sadly our little five month old kitten was diagnosed with F.I.P. (Feline Infectious Peritonitis)‎ - a rare but fatal disease in which the survival rate is 2-3 weeks after diagnosis. Little Konan hasn't been with us long and we have all fallen head over heals for this little guy. He won't be with us much longer and we are cherishing every moment we have left with him.

UPDATE:  January 14, 2014
Sadly Konan passed away in my daughter's arms this morning here at home. We miss him so much but are relieved he is no longer suffering.

Time Capsule from 2000
Thankfully amidst all the crappiness there was a wonderful gift waiting for us on New Years Day. We had the kids and their significant others over for a turkey supper. Afterwards we opened our Time Capsule that we put together for the Millenium. At the time our son was 10 and our daughter 6 years old. It was so much fun looking at our local newspaper and the real estate MLS listings - average house went for around $160K in our community. The retail flyers were fun too - especially for electronics. Remember those big horking computer monitors? What a deal on VCR's! And a mammoth projection TV was only $5555.00! Then we browsed through the TV guide - remember those? The Sopranos was the latest hit.

Audio cassettes found in time capsule (interviewing the kids when they were young)
But the best thing of all we pulled from the cannister were two audio tapes (another relic) that we had completely forgotten about. I had interviewed each of the kids about their favorite things. Our son is now 23 and at the time he was 10 and our daughter is almost 20 and at the time 6. It was so special to hear their little voices again!

The kids then interviewed Mr. Frugalista and I (we won't get into our ages then and now). Oh my gosh that was so funny!

Son:  "Dad, what is your favorite part of your job"?
Mr. Frugalista:  "the pay cheque"

Son: "Mom, what do you want to be when you grow up...I mean...in the future"?
Me:  "Have a job that pays"

Moments like these trump any of the crappiness that may be going on in our lives. I will cherish these tapes forever. NOTE TO SELF: don't throw away the cassette player!


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