Monday, February 25, 2013

Roger Went Home


TWO Saturdays ago. I couldn't write about it. I've been a little 'off' all week. My heart is still a bit heavy, but it's better. I didn't think I would feel this way. His energy mixed with Bug's felt pretty chaotic around here. They played, Bug picked fights, they rumbled and tumbled, they laid together, they acted like true siblings. I wanted that peace again in the house. But I miss him. I miss his joy of life, his hopping and bounding in the yard, his excitement to be awake at 6 a.m., I miss they way he looked at you and cocked his head to listen better. He is just a smart and awesome boy. 

Bug is back to being more her relaxed self. It is quieter, which really is nice. R. made a comment this morning that Bug was her happy self again. That's what's important. Although they were so happy when they were playing, Bug was not the best that Bug is. Without that extra whirlwind of energy, Hanz is more comfortable, too. 

I'm concerned for Roger's happiness, which is soooo silly. He had a rough first day, too much activity and meeting and greeting, he vomited 4 times. He's following his new mom around everywhere and laying at her feet. People see this as a good thing, knowing Roger, I see it as him feeling a little lost and overwhelmed and that breaks my heart. I know he'll be fine. I've witnessed it so many times. He's getting attention and love, being spoiled and doted on. This is what happens when a really good dog is with you for a few months, you get attached, you worry. This is the part that sucks about fostering. But the good is that he now has a home that will be a good fit for him, it will just take a little time for him to get comfortable with it...

...and a little time for me to get comfortable with it, too. 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Mid-afternoon Green Smoothie

Looks bad....

Sounds bad...

2 cups + of kale
handful of red grapes
3/4 c. pinaeapple
2/3 c. green pepper
1/2 c. red pepper

Surprisingly....tastes good!!

Sometimes I just throw things together and hope for the best -- fortunately, this worked in my favor. I thought it would have a very strong kale taste, then, with added peppers combined with pineapple? I was worried, pineapple can be tricky sometimes. It came out to be light, just sweet enough and rather refreshing.

All measures are approximate as I just tend to grab and dump into the Vitamix.

Try it, you might like it, too. (except you Lois, I know I know, you want to chew your food. wink wink)

Thursday, February 21, 2013


Started out to be a drinkable smoothy, but is so thick you need a spoon. I don't like to dilute it with liquid and have already added liquid so I will eat it as a spoonable smoothie instead. Yum.

1 banana
1 avocado
a bunch of pepids
3 florets cauliflower
handful of kale
1/2 can coconut milk
1/4 c. water
3 ice cubes

Did You Know

That Tipnut is an 'online guide to crafty and clever ideas?' Grab a cuppa and have some information gathering fun!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Did You Know

That there is another place like Pinterest that you can waste your time at? get overly stimulated? has lots of eye candy? can give you a plethora of ideas?

I just found it this morning...Juxtapost. Maybe you know about it already, but for those who don't, be forewarned you will get sucked into the vortex of imagery.

One thing I do not like about it and it's annoying enough for me to limit my time there, when you click on an image and it brings you to the original page, when you go back, you go back to the category but not to where you left off, but almost to the top. So if your at the bottom of the page and still have more you want to look at when you go back there, you have to scroll and find where you left off. To me, that's an annoying time waster, and I don't like that kind of wasted time.

FB does that, too, which will quickly limit my time on there as well. I suppose these can be good things!! LOL

Did You Know

It just popped into my head, this story that was on a news program (maybe 60 Minutes?)....

that when you use a copy machine, a personal one or at a local business, that your information from that copy stays embedded in the machine's computer? and they don't get cleaned off before being sold when a new one is to come in? that your information can be retrieved by whomever gets that copy machine?

Questions were asked like what can be done about it? I guess there is some technology that can erase it but it costs money to do so and companies aren't doing it.

Just something to think about the next time you go to copy your tax forms or any other personal information. This also goes for your personal copy machine, be aware before you resell it or give it away. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

From Skillful Small Needlework Art to Large Pieces Made From Trash

I'm taking a few minutes to peruse some blogs I follow. I'm always in awe of the skill and design of Susan Elliott from Plays With Needles. Her pieces are small and very detailed. Her skill is on a very high level...she must be a very patient woman.

I found my way to Margherita Marchioni's website (I love the butterflies made from eyeglasses) via Unconsumption,  She plays with garbage. I have my own collection of "garbage" that piles up with plans to make things...but most ideas never come to fruition and I run out of I throw it in the garbage can or recycle bin, and eventually start another pile 'cuz I can't help myself. I have plans man. Well, she has plans, too, and she carries them out. Some of her pieces are very interesting and gives me reason to stockpile.

You should check them both out.  

Hello Tammy

I don't see you I don't see you I don't see you I don't see you I'm not looking I'm not looking I'm not looking I'm not looking You can't see me I'm not here You can't see me I'm not here You can't I'm not

She's shy. 

The other's are hovering. They know she's not feeling strong right now, she's put herself in a corner for protection. 

Tammy's owner died at the age of 85 in August. She fell and hit her head. I say it all the time...the Universe works in mysterious ways. The woman was a strong German with lots of life left. She 'willed' Tammy to her lifetime neighbor, Roxanne, who told me that she certainly expected the owner to outlive Tammy. 

Tammy isn't always quiet and held back, she constantly barked at Roxanne's male American Staffordshire (aka Pit Bull) he put up with it over and over again until he had enough and let her know it...and that's when Roxanne called me. Tammy was stressed out, followed Roxanne around, hid in the closet if Roxanne wasn't home. She was used to a quiet gentle home. Roxanne has 6 small dogs and a female American Staffordshire as well as the male. Too much for this sweet girl to handle. Roxanne did the best she could for her, but it wasn't enough to make Tammy feel comfortable and safe. 

So, she is here. She will get used to it. I introduced the other dogs to her one at a time because I knew it would be too much if they all started sniffing her at once. Some dogs have the personality to handle it and sniff back or run off. She just curled into herself and turned her eyes. She was making it clear she was not looking for trouble. Roger, being the BMOC (or he thinks he is) really was not sure about inviting her into the fold. Eventually he backed off. Then it was Bug's turn. She didn't act too bossy around her and did a quick smell test and went off to run outside. Hanz? well, Hanz is a delicate boy, unless pushed to the limit, and he did a quick sniff after everyone was done and he just wanted to be back on the sofa. 

When I met Tammy with Roxanne in front of PetSmart, Tammy was talking up a storm. She seemed confidant and strong but I think it was nervous behavior. After we said goodbye to Roxanne, we went shopping. She was such a good girl. She didn't bark at a human or a dog that crossed her path. She stood gently for a little girl to pet her, although she wasn't feeling so sure about it. 

The little girl was probably around 6 years old. Her mom was teaching her to ask if the dog could be pet before going right to the dog. I always take this opportunity to teach children how to approach a dog. She seemed uncomfortable that her mom was telling her to ask, so I quickly added to it and explained why her mom was saying that. I come across kids all the time that run right up to a dog because it's so cute and they want to say hi. Often times they own a dog themselves...usually a very gentle they don't realize that other dogs aren't necessarily as friendly when approached in such a manner. It causes a lot of anxiety for my Bug but Hanz eats it up. So I explained to the little cutie that if the owner says it's OK then she should offer her hand low so the dog can sniff it. Then gently pet the underside of the jaw. I explained to her that going to pet from the top of the head is threatening to dogs and is a trust thing. She was so cute...listening to me, gently touching Tammy, and then walking away saying, "bye doggy, I love you."

Cute or what????

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Snowed In

Snowy update: it was my neighbor's Jeep across the street. Ray was called out for plowing at 8pm, why he came back at 12:30 I do not know...but he got stuck. Only about two hours ago did he unearth it, snow blowed a path to his house (the street has not been plowed, yet.)

As I was shoveling at 8:30 a.m. my neighbor across the street was snow blowing his driveway and sidewalk. I secretly hoped he would come across to my side and help me out. There was 3 feet of snow on the road, he would have had to make a path to get to me. Fortunately, the snow was fluffy but after an hour and a half and getting only 1/3 of the driveway and the walkway done -- I quit. R. will come back tomorrow and bring his snowblower. He was out as soon as it started and just got to go home at 8pm tonight. He couldn't come here, the road still has 3 feet of snow on it. It's 9:38 p.m.

When I was shoveling earlier the plow came down the street perpendicular to mine and plowed a huge pile of snow into my neighbor's yard. 3 times. He had to, there was no place else for it to go. He spun his back tire, tried to back up, pulled forward, backed up, spun tires, pulled forward, backed up and finally was free to K-turn and head back up the street from which he came. Leaving my area of the street and beyond, unplowed. About 20 minutes later a firetruck came down the aforementioned street and had to K-turn to head back up because there wasn't a way for him to continue on his path past my house. 

I think I hear the plows out there, but they aren't coming near my house. R.'s town, which connects to mine, is all clear. He can't believe I still have 3' of snow on the road. We're never one of the first street's to get taken care of but....what if there was an emergency at one of my neighbor's houses? they wouldn't be able to get out and no one would make it in. Thankfully, there hasn't been one. 

I heard on the news that an 80 year old woman was snow blowing her sidewalk at 11pm last night. A car came along (that wasn't supposed to be on the road because there's a traffic ban) and ran her over. She died. What are the odds of something like that happening? First of all, 80 years old and snow blowing during a blizzard? She crazy? The Universe works in mysterious ways. 

What a day of doing much of nothing except reading, internet surfing and going through magazines to make a pile to give to my neighbor...when I can actually walk across the street! LOL

Nighty night. 

ps: Cindi -- thank you for your concern. I'm alive and well and the dogs wish I had shoveled them a longer path, they're not quite sure what to do with themselves out there. :)

Hello... Snow?

I do not mind your presence, but you mock me. In an attempt to keep up with your fluffy rain of white, I was diligent in my task of shoveling the driveway. But noooooo, you and the wind were in cahoots and not only made it look like I did nothing (my back does not thank you for that) but you also trapped my front door with a foot of snow piled up. Oh, how you test my good nature.

Good morning!!

This is the front of my driveway, up to where you see a tease of Burning Bush fingers popping out of the snow. See that vehicle parked across the street? It's on the side of the road, going in the opposite direction of what would be normal. I bet they slid as they rounded the corner from the street perpendicular to mine, and just behind it. Apparently they did not heed the Governor's request to stay off the road. I'm not sure when it could have happened, I went to bed at 12am and I don't believe it was there. I hope the person driving is not still in it. But where would they have gone?

I have no idea how I will shovel this madness. I was looking forward to a 'snow day' where I tinkered inside, cleaning and crafting. Mother Nature had other plans. 

Off I go to the white chilly yonder. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Chocolate Alert!

Do you like chocolate pudding? Would you rather have a healthier version of it? Then you must go right on over to 'How Sweet It Is' and get the recipe. Yes, it's made with avocados. Yes, you'll like it anyway. No, you can't taste the avocados. Don't be scared. You. Must. Try. Now.

It is very delicious. I just made it tonight. I've made a version before with avocados but the added ingredients gave it a weird taste for me, but my neighbors loved it, I think they'll like this one more. After I put the warm melted chocolate into the other ingredients and mixed it up, I tasted it and it brought me back to my mom's homemade chocolate pudding she used to make when we were kids.

I suggest eating it at room temperature, when refrigerated it firms up so it less pudding like. I zapped it for a few seconds just enough to soften it without heating it, stirred it to mix, added a dollop of real whipped cream (because I have quarts of heavy cream here that has to be used -- don't ask) and had a yummy dessert. I even waited until AFTER I ate dinner to gobble it down. THAT took some restraint. 

Ice Cream For Breakfast

OK, not really. Well, not the kind you're thinking. It started out as a smoothie wannabe but all the ingredients were frozen so it ended up being ice cream -- minus the chocolate sauce (needed for every bowl I eat, and whipped cream, which is not necessary but a nice add on.)

The ingredients are nothing like the junk in 'real' ice cream. 

bananas, cauliflower, apples, splash of vanilla and a dab of sweetener. 

Badabing! Badaboom! 

if I had thought of it, I would have added a scoop of protein powder or some raw egg. 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Vintage Thrifting

Popped into the flea market this morning as we traveled around and found this June Tailor rack of old and new thread. I was looking at it, was going to walk away from it, and accidentally knocked it over and spilled the spools. So instead of placing all the spools back onto the rack, I asked for a bag and put them in it, and offered the guy some money.

I'll add a lot of the thread to my collection and put the spool rack and the vintage spools on ebay. One day.

On My Plate

This is so good!! Fresh eggs from my brother's hens, baby spinach, cherry tomatoes and shredded parmesan.

I make this in one of my cast iron frying pans. I love cast iron, BUT on my vintage electric stove I have to be careful because it gets HOT if put up to medium high and left there. So now I do this trick (because I've overcooked or over-browned an egg or two in my life.) I put the pan on medium high until the butter melts then I put it to medium low. Throw some fork scrambled eggs in and let them spread out -- cook about a minute. Then I throw some spinach on top -- LOTS of spinach -- some cherry tomatoes cut in half and some shredded parmesan. Then I put it on simmer, with a cover on it. Then I go do something. This morning it happened to be cleaning the bathroom, which doesn't take too long 'cuz it's so small. Sounds like fun, huh?

Come back, check to make sure cheese is melted, put onto plate.

Perfect every time so far and this is the 3rd day I'm whoofing this down. The tomatoes add a bit of sweetness, the eggs don't taste too 'eggy' and ...well, you know I like to have some type of green in there and baby spinach isn't too strong of a green taste. 

What's on your breakfast plate? 

Have a great day!!