A casual blog highlighting my life with kids, grandkids and kitties...Also an avenue to show some items from my etsy shops.
**Please note..The other half of my life is dovoted to helping feral and free roaming cats in Walnut and the surrounding areas. You can learn more and follow our activites there at Walnut Iowa's Feral Cat Program! **
Washington Departs on Summer Deployment June 11, 2009Navy News
--> The Carrier Strike Group centered around the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS George Washington (CVN 73), departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan for its first annual summer deployment June 10. Commanded by Rear Adm. Kevin Donegan, the George Washington Carrier Strike Group with more than 5,000 Sailors, is also comprised of 7th Fleet's Forward Deployed Naval Forces veterans: Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5; Destroyer Squadron 15 and the guided-missile cruisers USS Shiloh (CG 67) and USS Cowpens (CG 63). George Washington, commanded by Capt. David A. Lausman, replaced the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) last September as the flagship for the permanently forward deployed carrier strike group. "This deployment is the culmination of a tremendous team effort that first executed the historic transition to Yokosuka, and then flawlessly completed the four-month selective restricted availability," said Lausman. George Washington Carrier Strike Group has been underway for most of the past month, completing sea trials, carrier qualifications, and a Combat Operations Efficiency evaluation with embarked CVW 5 following the conclusion of the George Washington's first Japan-based Selective Restricted Availability earlier this year. The ship and crew returned to its forward-deployed port of Yokosuka June 5 for a few days of rest after a 17-day at-sea period, and are now operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility. "Our main focus for this deployment is enhancing stability throughout the region by our underway presence," said Lausman. "The cornerstone of this is the CNO's [chief of naval operations] Global Maritime Partnerships; throughout this deployment we have the unique opportunity to work closely with many of our Pacific Rim coalition partners where we will put this theory into practice." CVW 5, commanded by Capt. Michael S. White, includes four F/A-18 Strike Fighter squadrons (VFA): the "Royal Maces" of VFA-27, the "Diamondbacks of VFA-102, the"Golden Dragons" of VFA-192 and the "Dambusters" of VFA-195. It also features Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 "Liberty Bells," Carrier Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 136 "Gauntlets," Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron (HS) 14 "Chargers," as well as detachments from Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 "Providers" and Light Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HSL) 51 "Warlords."
I had the pleasure of going to my son's girlfriend's graduation party a couple weeks ago. Its never comfortable meeting "the parents" or the family and Im sure Angel was more nervous than me, cuz I dont really get nervous about this stuff. Mostly I just wanted them to like me. This pic is of me, Angel's sister and Jeff's Angel. This is me, Angel's mom Terry (Terri?) and of course Angel.
We had to have a pic of the two of us, Cloe and Jeff. It was so sweet to see his picture there and all the pics of the two of them on her video. Yes, we cried.
Angel's family is very nice and made me feel extremely welcome. I really liked Angels Nana too. She is a hoot, and very beautiful. Thanks for the invite and Happy Graduation, Angel!
Wondering, wondering, what would be fun to do that would be special and fun. Something I could blow a little money on and have some alone time with my little girl? Lauren has wanted to see Wicked since it came out. We saw it on the Marquee in Chicago two years ago when we went to Jeff's Navy graduation. I didn't think I wanted to see it, but after my best friend, Kathy and her DIL and my good friend Stephanie told me it was so very good, I decided to get tickets and take her. We had such a good time. We ate downtown at a great Mexican Restaurant and then walked to the theatre. The play was incredibly good! I didn't get the tickets til the last minute so we were sort of in the nose bleed section, but we could see and it was wonderful. I love making my baby happy! Thank you Etsy! OK..so we didnt do such a great job taking our own picture, but we were having fun and being total geeks!
I had the incredibly difficult challenge of bringing my kitties to our Omaha hangout last week. Possum travels very well. Ricky tolerates it like a man. Lucy, however turned into psyco kitty and is just now returning to normal. The trip its self went well. I have to cover Lucy with a towel so she doesnt know she going in the crate. I took Ricky by surprise, so he was fine. I only have two carriers, so I was hoping that Possum would travel like she did when she was a baby. And she did. She sat on the hump between the front seats and watched the whole 50 miles without a whimper. Ricky and Lucy did sing me a sad song the whole time. Once we arrived, I brought Possum in first, she freaked on me and jumped out of my arms, leaving two quite lovely bloody scratches on my right wrist. It took me by surprise as she shot out and into the yard in a panic. She came right back to me and all was well. They all spend the first day sniffing every inch of the place, but Lucy was considerably angry. She brought real meaning to the term having a "hissy-fit". No one, human or feline, could get near her for days. All is well now. They are adjusting well and making some new friends. The first picture is Gertie. She belongs to Mary Alice and Bud, the people that live on the 2nd floor. We are surrounded by kitties and a new puppy named Jackson. As I can, I will get pics to share of all of them.
I will be back in Walnut on Tuesday. I will be spending the day cleaning and preparing for the sale of our home there. My friend Pam will be coming with me to help. This is a strange time for me, living between two places. It is a challenge, but also lots of fun. We are praying that the house will sell quickly and we can formally move to Omaha.
I really like the idea of this little quilt...raw edge applique could use up a ton of my fabric...why is it we think that and then do a scrap quilt and it looks like nothing has been used. Saw this quilt in the same shop as the hanky quilt.
Downloading new pics tomorrow...more interesting blog then... Off to church!