Friday, November 30, 2012

1st Christmas in our New Home

So as most of you know this will the first Christmas in our new house! To say I'm excited doesn't even begin to cover it! Not only will their be an adorable corgi butt under our tree this year but that tree will be in a place that we own... well will own in 30 years or so lol but its really OUR place. That alone makes Christmas a magic time.

But I do have to admit trying to decorate our house was well... kind of a nightmare. I was far to excited the morning of Black Friday to decorate the while Gregory was out with his Dad and sister picking out real Christmas trees for their homes (We unfortunately can not have a real tree as I'm allergic to pine) so Gregory and I are stuck with the fake ones!

The first thing I attempted to tackle was the tree... We lucked out as the previous home owner left their pre-lite white light 7ft tree and our original tree was a hand-me-down from my parents who got it from my aunt and uncle... Yeah, I don't even know how old the tree is but it is surprisingly in amazing shape but doesn't offer the luxury of being pre-lite and seeing as I'm a whopping 5'1" and was home alone attempting to string lights on the tree would have been rather comical for someone watching and probably frustrating to the point I'd more than likely end up tackling the tree and throwing it out in the yard... [Can you tell I have amazing patience?]

So after hauling the tree out from under the stairs and getting all the Christmas bins in to our living room I pulled the tree out and started to shape the lower third of the tree.

Pre-shaped tree with only one section plugged in.
Once I finished that I moved to the 2nd third of the tree and realized why the original home owners left the tree... After two... Yes, TWO hours of searching I realized that the tree had two plugs instead of the usual connectors that link the tree all together then you use only ONE plug to light the whole tree up... Instead I had to fully shape the tree and twine an extension cord into the tree to get the whole tree to light up...

2nd section plug... seriously?!
I really hope the person who made our tree got fired after that incident... I'm not kidding when I say I still have battle wounds from trying to scour the tree looking for the connector plug! But after much patience and a couple times of walking away from the tree to avoid throwing it out the window I solved the problem with my good old extension cord! LOL

Our pretty pretty Christmas tree!
Next project I decided to tackle was decorating our stairs, one of the main reasons I fell in love with out house! I had previously hit up Wal-Mart with my mom a couple days before [I am not one of those brave souls that go shopping Black Friday] We picked up some pre-lite white garland. I decided to start at the top of the stairs and after getting the first section up I decided it looked more like I was attempting a Charlie Brown Christmas than a "Hey, its our first Christmas deck the hell out of the halls" feel...

Pitiful looking right?!
So I went back to the drawing board and remembered we had some pre-lite garland Gregory's grandma had given us our first year in the apartment and hauled that out.

Much better right?!
Night time view
Teaches me to go the cheap route when getting decor huh? After I straightened out the top railing mess I worked my way down the stairs and came up with this combination of things...

Cute right?!
I have to say I'm pretty proud of my set up, I even attacked my kitchen with decorations nothing to crazy but just a little hint of Christmas cheer!

Subtle & Cute

A few other decorations I set our around the house were my Holiday vase which I opted for Pine cones  ornaments (my aunt bought me) and a small 25 strand of white lights. As well as two battery operated pillar candles.


This little guy was another decorations Gregory's Grandma gave us. Pretty adorable right? You slide his broom forward to power it on and he lights up in different colors (red, white & green)


And my last and final decor has to be one of my favorite! I absolutely adore Snoopy and my mother-in-law found us this darling nightlight!

To cute right?! Well that's about it for my Christmas decor! What do you guys do to decorate for the Holidays? I'd love to see, I'm always looking for new ideas & inspiration!

Meet Eleanor!

You know how I told you guys we found a new breeder and we're going to meet our furry little daughter?! Well the day has come, I can finally show you guys the newest addition to the DelFab family!

Introducing the cutest furry corgi butt around Eleanor!


We made the 3 hour journey last Saturday to Kemptin, Indiana where I was able to choose between two darling female corgi pups! Let me tell you this was not an easy decision!!


I mean look at those faces!!! Would you be able to decide?!?! After an hour of playing with the pups we decided that our little Eleanor was going to be the pup on the left. The one of the right was darling but she was quite the voice-tress and attention grabbing pup we were worried that with us both working we wouldn't be able to give her all the attention she'd need. I mean look at her!

Such a little ham right?!

But after a LOT of thinking and after telling Gregory we just need to get both and he declined that idea [Hey, I tried!] we decided it was best to go with the other corgi pup as she was content keeping her self busy and didn't need constant attention. I mean don't get me wrong, Eleanor will hands down be probably one of the most spoiled pups on the planet but with Gregory and I working full time and Gregory sometimes working close to 60-hours or more a week we wanted her to be some what independent.


She's already knows that Daddy is a total push over and is already walking all over him! LOL I'm so glad that after the nightmare and difficult path we went down that we were able to find a new breeder who is AMAZING! She was a normal person who showed us the grounds, let us meet Mamma Corgi & Daddy Corgi both of which were super friendly and totally ready to cuddle! Several months back I had an incident with a doberman and was bit so I have to admit I've been kind of skittish when it comes to meeting new dogs but all her dogs were super super friendly and were very excited to be pet! Hands down dealing with our new breeder was amazing! This is how it should have gone! 

If you're looking for a corgi pup and don't mind heading out to Indiana I recommend going to Beth & Dennis Stewart of Stewart Quarter Horses! They're friendly and raise amazing pups!!! Our little Eleanor comes home in just 8 short days and I hope you are all prepared for the millions of pictures and post of our darling little corgi that is sure to come! But before I head out how about another adorable sleepy Eleanor pic?! Okay, if you insist! LOL

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Corgi Momma Drama

Remember November 4th when I said our family would be getting bigger? Turns out this would be the beginning of a nightmare...

November 4th, we sent a breeder a deposit to secure our position in a littler of Pembroke Welsh Corgi to be picked up December 22nd.

November 8th, we received our receipt for our deposit which stated:
"By signing below you, are placing a Non Refundable deposit to hold 1 Pembroke Welsh Corgi Puppy. You, by place this Non Refundable deposit do agree to accept this Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy on this date 11-5-12. Full price of this puppy is [agreed upon price]. Previous deposit of [our deposit amount]. Balance owing is [remaining amount for pup]. Puppy must be picked up no later than 12-22-12. Time to be picked up T.B.D. If puppy is not picked up on 12-24-12 said puppy will be resold and any and all deposits will be forfeited."

There was more but you get the gist. On Sunday, November 10th, I contacted our breeder and asked her if Mom had given birth yet and she informed me no but she expected them any day. Tuesday,  November 12th she called to inform me that the mom has gone in to labor Monday night and lost all the puppies due to complications...

CUE THE WATER WORKS....

I immediately called Gregory in hysterical tears telling him our little Eleanor had died... He brought me home my favorite Starbucks drink and even went and got me a piece of Portillo's chocolate cake. For anyone who hasn't had it before lets just say its... well OUT OF THIS WORLD DELICIOUS! But I had absolutely no interest in it.

To say I was heart broken didn't even begin to explain the depth of my sadness. I'd been dreaming of a corgi going on two years now and with finally having the house that dream was suppose to come true... The breeder had told me on Tuesday that if I wanted to wait for the next litter I could or we could have our deposit returned. I explained to her I did have to talk to my fiance and that I would get back to her on Wednesday.

After speaking with Gregory and my aunt who was a dachshund breeder for many years we decided to get our deposit back. Why might you ask did I want my deposit back? Let me explain.

After speaking with my aunt she said that not only was the breeder breaking AKC rules but also State & Federal laws by selling a puppy to be picked up at 5 weeks old. As well as there should have been no reason all the pups in the litter should have died. There were anywhere from 5-7 pups in the litter and you have a 2-hour window between puppy births. She said the first pup got stuck and they couldn't dislodge the puppy till later and by then all the pups had died and Mom had tore internally. Now how is it possible that if you took the Mom to an emergency vet did you lose ALL the puppies?! We we're starting to think that these puppies never even existed...

CUE THE ANGER STAGE OF GRIEF...

Wednesday evening I called the breeder and informed her that we didn't want to wait till the next litter for a puppy and wanted our deposit back. This is when she said that it was a non refundable deposit. (And where the "bitch" side of Ann wanted to escape but I reeled her in) I calmly explained to her that it was absurd she was trying to refuse to return our deposit that we weren't backing out of wanted a puppy but that there was no puppy to pick up because it had died (supposedly) and she had agreed to give us our deposit back Tuesday night. She replied with you signed a contract agreeing to a non refundable deposit. I said you also said I'd be able to pick my pup up on December 22nd which now couldn't happen. I also informed her that if she didn't return my deposit I would be contacting PayPal to get my deposit back. They then said they'd had to go to the bank and get a money order to mail out as the money was no longer in their Paypal account. (Funny how quickly they were to pull the money our of the account...) then HUNG UP ON ME! Now I can understand you being mad because you were out a large sum of money but it was your own fault that the transaction couldn't be complete not mine. You should have handled this like a mature adult.

Now let me also clarify some things on her supposed "contract"...
  1. The document in question was a RECEIPT as she labeled it on the paper
  2. I didn't sign any document she had new owner labeled as "Per Pay Pal" 
  3. Nor was my name any where on the paper.
  4. The document also states that I'd be picking my puppy up on December 22nd.
Now if there's no puppy to pick up because of fault on the breeder their "contract" was already voided. This piece of paper wouldn't hold up in a court of law either. In fact if I wanted to, I could take the breeder to court and well how do politely say SCREW THEIR ENTIRE WORLD UP?

Not only is it a 18 month to 3 year jail sentence for selling a puppy under 8 weeks old as they would be just shy of 6 weeks. Not even weened off of mother's milk! But they was also refusing to return money on a transaction they couldn't complete. As well as violating AKC rules, so their AKC license can also be revoked permanently.

All I can say is THANK GOD I emailed the breeder November 10th asking about the birth of the pups because I now have a time stamped document clearly stating the pups weren't born yet.

On Thursday, November 15th I called them to see if they had gone to the bank and mailed the money order but of course they didn't answer my call. A few hours later I received an email saying:

"I will resolve the issue as soon as I can, and will contact you when it has been completed....."

Now I don't know about you but after everything that had happened I didn't trust the vagueness of their email. So I responded with:

"I would greatly appreciative a date I will have my [deposit amount] returned."

then later added:


"I appreciate you trying to work with me however I do have a hold on another a puppy and need the money returned by Wednesday of next week (November 21, 2012) the latest so I can deliver the money to the new breeder by Friday.

Thank you,
Ann Marie"


As of Saturday, November 17th the breeder claimed to be sending my money back via money order in the mail. I'm giving them 3 business days for the money order to show up before I peruse action through my attorney.

NOW THE MAIN POINT FOR THIS POST

I just want everyone to be careful! Don't just go with the first breeder you find online. Make sure you go out to the breeder, look at the grounds the pups are growing up at. And most importantly DO NOT give a breeder any money till you have laid eyes on the pups your self! No reputable breeder should even accept your money till you've picked them out. Let alone till after they are born!

HOW ABOUT SOME GOOD NEWS NOW?!

Remember how I told the breeder I had another puppy I needed the money for? Well my Aunt had spoke to a breeder a couple months ago for me that a mutual breeder friend of her knew and recommend and she had also spoken to herself. Had put me on her waiting list and had puppies born and ready to come home December 7th and I was 2nd on their waiting list!!!! So next Saturday, November 24th, I will be making the journey to Indiana to meet our future fur ball daughter of a corgi! (If the first person on the list can make it before us other wise it will be a little bit after that) where we get to meet the dad and play with our little Eleanor! I can't even begin to explain how happy and grateful I am that my aunt found this breeder!

Pictures and updates of our adorable addition soon but I can't begin to stress how careful you should be when picking out a furry new addition to your family! You don't want to end up heartbroken & out a lot of money from the wrong sort!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Corgi Mommy!

I ALMOST FORGOT TO TELL YOU!!! 

I don't know how as I've practically been doing cartwheels through the house with excitement! But the DelFab family will be getting a little bigger come December 22nd!

We're getting a CORGI! Yes, this corgi crazed lunatic is finally getting her adorable corgi but! Gregory just put the down payment down today! We are picking out a tricolor female due to be born November 10-13! I get to lay eyes on her for the first time November 18th and bring her home December 22nd! Just in time for Christmas! I'M GETTING A CHRISTMAS CORGI! I can't even begin to explain my excitement... As I'm typing I'm bouncing up and down on my chair with the dumbest grin on my face!!!

The mother is sable colors (red & white) and the father is a tricolor. Prepare for lots of pictures to blow up on my blog November 18!! More details coming but Gregory and I are going to curl up on the couch and watch a movie so good night!

Corgi Crazed over and out!

Recipes :: Minestrone Soup


Makes 8 Servings.
Recipe from: HERE

Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 1 medium onion, chopped 
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped 
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped 
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced 
  • salt 
  • fresh ground black pepper 
  • 1 (16 ounce) can chopped tomatoes 
  • 5 cups low sodium vegetable broth or 5 cups chicken broth 
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil 
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley or 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley 
  • 1/4 lb fresh green beans, stemmed and cut into 1-inch lengths 
  • 1 (16 ounce) can cannelloni beans, rinsed and drained 
  • 2 medium zucchini, quartered and chopped 
  • 1 cup raw small shell pasta 
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
 Directions:
  1. In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot and celery and cook for 5 minutes, or until the vegetables begin to soften. Add the garlic, season with salt and pepper and cook for 2 minutes more. 
  2. Add the tomatoes, vegetable or chicken broth and herbs, bring to a boil and turn down to a simmer. Add the green and cannelloni beans and simmer for 2 minutes. 
  3. Add the zucchini and pasta and simmer for 10 minutes, or until all of the vegetables are tender and the pasta is al dente. Season with salt and pepper. 
  4. Serve the soup in large bowls with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.
Today I got to hang out with my aunt and make home made Minestrone soup! I was in the mood to make a hearty soup that Gregory and I would both eat (I'm a bit of a picky eater!) After talking to my Aunt Maggie who was also excited to make the soup we decided to make a day of it. The picture about was under a 12 severing recipe so we could split it up but it smelled & tasted amazing! I also got to see my best friend, maid of honor & partner in beauty Jacquelyn Marie who brought me LOTS of goodies from a beauty show she went to that day. I'll blog more about that later but I wanted to share today's soup cause it came out so wonderful!


Thursday, November 1, 2012

November 1?!?!?!

Anyone else completely blown away by the fact is is ALREADY November 1st? Where did this year go?!

I had a great Halloween and am looking forward to the next coming holiday! Thanksgiving has to be one of my favorite holidays! Don't get me wrong I adore Halloween with the costumes and candy and Christmas has so much fun to be had with decorating and wrapping gifts and family but Thanksgiving is all about the food and giving thanks!

There's no special trimmings or decor, its not about what you bought someone or how big of a candy bar you got. It's all about getting together with your family and eating. How can you go wrong?

I always feel like every year this holiday get over looked and Christmas seems to come into the picture earlier and earlier. I mean they had christmas decorations out in July!!!! I mean seriously JULY?! We hadn't even had the 4th of July yet and they had Christmas trees and wreaths set up! WHAT?!?!

I'm not going to lie I'm super excited for Christmas with having the new house and can't wait to decorate for it. I've been Pinteresting for months but you really shouldn't do Christmas decor till at least Black Friday. (In my opinion)

Now if the weather is nice and you want to set your out door decor by all means GO FOR IT! But don't turn it on just yet! We have people in our neighborhood who have Christmas lights up and on already! And Halloween hadn't even passed yet! (Le Sigh)

But for in door decor I definitely think you should wait to put up till after Thanksgiving unless you have certain circumstances that you need to put them up. Like your family is celebrating early because a member of your family is being deployed (God Bless Our Troops) or family from out of town will be in but if you want to decorate just cause I don't know... Why the hell not?! I don't know... I think its just to early.. But to each their own though!

In other news we have our official wedding date! Saturday, September 14, 2013 I will be walking down the aisle and marring my best friend! We met with the Preist Tuesday night and I have to say I'm so excited we have Father Hal doing our ceremony. He is HILARIOUS! And had Gregory and I so excited we are even going to Sunday morning mass. Okay, the Preist did say we had to get more involved with the church but after our meeting I can honestly say I AM excited to go to mass on Sunday.

Tomorrow I'm meeting my mom over at The Holiday Inn to put our downpayment down for our reception hall and lock our date in! The wedding is definitely getting going! I've even started having wedding nightmares... Not that I can say I'm thrilled about it.

Waking up at six in the morning with a horrid stomach ache and cold sweats is never good in my book but Greg is always there to calm me down. I really do love that man!