Posts Tagged ‘family’


Crocheting Hobbes

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Here are some more photos of the Hobbes I crocheted for my brother.



In case you’re wondering, yes, the first several photos are in the wrong order. I tried, and I missed. Oh well.

For more details on the project, check out my Ravelry page.


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Hello, Sadie!

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Yesterday we received an unexpected phone call from a family who was looking to rehome their lovely dog, Sadie. Having recently moved to a small home, they no longer had the room for her. I had originally replied to the couples’ Craigslist ad, but Matt was hesitant to jump into dog ownership again, and we decided not to go through with adopting her. They let me know that they had another family lined up.

When they called, they said the other family lied about their situation (said they lived in a house with a big yard, when in reality they lived in a hotel; had a bunch of other big dogs, etc.) and decided they didn’t want her anyway. Knowing from our previous conversation that we had a big yard and recently lost Rory, they asked if we’d like to meet her. We agreed and instantly fell in love!

Her name is Sadie (short for Mercedes), and she is a one-year-old german shepherd mix. They thought she might have some lab in her, but it almost looks like a bit of collie, doesn’t it? She is the sweetest dog, and literally the softest one I have ever felt. When Matt walked in the door yesterday, she literally leapt into his arms. We’ll have to work on that!

She’s already such a good girl; she’s never been on a leash and stays near you outside (though we’ll be working on leash training stat!) She immediately comes when she’s called, but things like “sit” and “lay down” are foreign concepts. She seems smart, though, so I’m sure she’ll figure it out in no time!

The cutest thing is that she loves to sit on my lap and press the side of her face into mine. It’s ridiculously adorable.

I’m confident she’ll be a great dog with a bit of training, and I am so, so happy to have another canine family member!

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PSA: Check your smoke alarms!

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

One of my little sisters, Vanessa, moved into her first real place just a few months ago. Unfortunately, on Sunday night, their house burned down.

From what I understand, the breaker had gone off but she couldn’t get it to stay reset. She said it smelled funny and “electrical”, and feeling rather silly and paranoid, she grabbed her kitten and laptop and took them out to her car.
When she came inside, she could smell smoke. Still feeling silly, she called 911. As she was on the phone with the dispatcher, the ceiling burst into flames.

Luckily, everyone survived (including the kitten!) but the house was a total loss.

Here’s why she deserves the Sister Of The Year Award: in the midst of the chaos, she asked a firefighter to go in the house and save my ukulele- one I borrowed her at Christmas until she could save up for her own.

I highly doubt I would have had the foresight to do such a thing. I’m a little stunned and somehow it makes me feel worse. Obviously the ukulele isn’t the important thing here, but the fact that my (very selfless) sister and her roommates are all okay.

The morals of the story are these:
-Make sure you test your smoke alarms frequently and replace the batteries regularly!
- Trust your instincts! It’s better to feel silly and paranoid than to lose your cat (or worse) in a fire!

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Flying Lessons

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

A while back, I mentioned to my dad that I might want to get my pilot’s license eventually. It’s something I really wanted to do as a kid. I grew up hearing all about legendary pilots – especially female ones. Amelia Earhart was a hero of mine.

SO for my birthday, I got flying lessons!

Well, more accurately, a collection of training materials in the hopes that I can learn on my own and skip ground school. But last Sunday, we actually went flying and it was fun. The last time I rode in this plane, I was too short to see over the sides. This time I brought my camera, though I didn’t get to take many pictures, since my dad actually expected me to, you know, fly it. (I only almost stalled it once! Yay me!)


This airplane is a PT-17¬†Stearman¬†Biplane¬†- used during WWII to train Navy pilots. It’s especially exciting given my love of all things from that era.

Stearman Biplane

The prop is made from wood.


I honestly don't know what that ribbon is for. Maybe to see if you're actually flying when you're up in the air? *shrugs*



While I can’t find much information about it on the Internet, I believe the Stearman is a rag-wing plane – meaning the frame of the wings is made out of fabric and painted over. Kind of like paper-mache, if you will. If you look closely (wish I had taken a picture), you can see the individual strips of material with pinked edges. I always got a kick out of that when I was a kid.


Planes are surprisingly light - you can easily pull/push it out of the hangar by yourself.


Stearman Biplane

The passenger sits in the front seat, and can see the pilot via a rear-view mirror.


Stearman Biplane

That's my dad. Obviously.


I'd like to point out that I was not given a briefing of what these instruments mean. At one point, he said "What does your altimeter say?" I wanted to reply, "I don't even know where it is, let alone how to read it." Except I couldn't, because it's very loud and the headset didn't work very well.



Both the rear and front seats have controls and instruments, but the rear has a more complete set.


Stearman Biplane over Lake Wausau - Copyright 2012 Natalie Matz, All Rights Reserved

All of the boats were doing loop-d-loops on the lake.


The Wausau airport is next to Lake Wausau. The runway we took off from (actually we took off from the grass; it’s better for the tires if I recall correctly) takes you immediately over the water.

Stearman Biplane over Lake Wausau

The large hill in the background is Rib Mountain.

If I had snapped a picture just a few seconds earlier (and you could see through the trees), you’d be able to see the house I grew up in. It was across the river/lake from the airport, so the sound of airplanes taking off and landing became white noise.

Stearman Biplane

When I was a kid, I really liked how the struts were N's for Natalie.

The large mountain hill in the background is Rib Mountain.


Stearman Biplane

Not all of Wausau is picturesque from the sky, unfortunately.


It was fun, and I’m looking forward to next time. Hopefully by then I’ll know a thing or two more about what to do and how to do it :)

I plan on blogging about the process – who knows how long it’ll take; I’m not really going to devote myself to it full-time (for now).

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Happy June!

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Good morning, world! It’s finally June, my favorite month! My birthday is on Monday, and I’m one of those people who gets ridiculously excited about it… yeah, I know. I’m going to be 25! It sounds like a milestone, doesn’t it? We’ll have to see how I feel after the fact.


I’ve spent the morning at Starbucks uploading and organizing hundreds of photos.. It’s a task I usually put off until it’s overwhelming. I got up earlier than anyone else, though, and none of my siblings wanted to join me, hah.

I want to participate in Blog Brunch today, but I get the feeling that it’s going to cut into some valuable family/friends time. Unfortunately, I work most Saturdays, and when I plan to have one off, it’s usually because I have something going on.

What’s going on with you this weekend? Any fun plans? Any other June birthdays?

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Attempted Hula Hooping

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

My sis and husband in the front yard yesterday.

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