Monday, July 29, 2013

Hanzie and Bug Chillin'

On the way to camp. 

Hanz was so happy. I've been leaving them behind and every Friday they know we're off to camp, because the bags get packed and lined up by the door. Hanz cries really loud when I close the door behind me. Heartbreaking. Well, this time, there was no crying. He's a happy camper. (no pun intended) :)

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Coffee and Eggs...A New Way

You know how I've talked about loving coffee and finding the right tools to brew with and the flavors, frothiness, etc? Well, I get emails from Mark's Daily Apple, a Paleo/Primal/Hunter/Gatherer based diet and exercise life blog. A recent post was on how to make, with eggs....very similar to the way the guy from Bulletproof Coffee makes his.

I made MDA's Primal Egg Coffee. I was hesitant about putting in a 1/4 tsp. of salt. I've accidentally put salt in coffee before and it's just not good. But, I like to stay pretty true to a recipe first time around and he convinced me it would be a good thing. Well, it's not as bad as my previous experience, but I would leave it out next time, or put in just a pinch. When I take a sip, the froth holds the saltyness and I'm not crazy about it even though it's not super salty. I also added a tsp. of coconut oil and a couple shakes of cinnamon. I put the eggs in my VitaMix and whirred them on the lowest setting and started drizzling my coffee from the Bialetti into it and added the sugar/salt. I put the cover on and blended it at higher power until it got frothy. It's very much like a Latte, and it's filling. I couldn't finish it. It's been about 45 minutes now and I'm starting to feel hunger again. I'll go have the rest now.

If you try this, let me know how you like it.

PS: often times people are concerned about consuming raw eggs -- I've been doing it for years in my smoothies and haven't had a problem but I like to use local, or store bought organic, eggs.

In the comments section of MDA's Coffee post, a woman mentioned how her grandma used to make something similar to this but instead of coffee she whirred the eggs and put powdered cocoa and some sugar in it. I must try that next. Chocolate? Hit me up baby!!

It's cooler today and I'm getting Central Air on Monday -- go figure.

Have a great day and enjoy the more agreeable temperatures if it's been insanely hot where you live.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A Tisket a Tasket a Vintage Laundry Basket

Along with the store display rack I told you about yesterday...I pulled this out of the dumpster, too...

A vintage laundry cart. A friend thought maybe it was originally used at a laundry-mat. 

It would be cool to use it as a towel holder in a bathroom, or for something in a kitchen. I'll be using it for its intended use for now, as I was looking for something that could replace the wicker chair that I would pull over to the clothesline and place my basket full of clothes onto. 

It pays to visit friends you haven't seen in a long time. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Sweety Ginger and A LeRoi Store Display Rack

I had to go to a friend's house to drop Ginger off for a weekend of dog sitting, after she spent a night at my house. Her mom had to go to Florida for a funeral so Terri and I juggled Ginger. She is such a sweet girl. 13 years old. Came up from Kentucky after her elderly owner died. 

Before taking her over there, I had talked to Terri about this and that and she said she was cleaning out her house that she is selling, and that she was filling a dumpster in her driveway. She said it was mostly collected wood pieces and other debris. I jokingly told her to put a tarp over the top of it so that I wasn't tempted to dumpster dive. When I got there a tarp was covering it, but she assured me it was because of the pending rain, not because I might want something out of the dumpster. So I lifted the corner and peeked in, and saw this rack placed atop other debris. Yes. Of course. It was to be mine. 

I didn't find much information on what might have been displayed on a rack like this. What I did find was that it was for packages of children's socks. There was one image I found of a very thin almost paper size package that was children's socks. From what I could tell, it's the only thing LeRoi sold. But, I could be wrong. 

Against this wall I've had a dresser, a small display cabinet there and I have a metal cabinet in the garden with a glass front I was going to put here....most recently I was planning to put a tall, simple cabinet with doors on this wall. Boring, but I need the storage space for Pyrex bowls, casseroles and other kitchen things.  This rack sticks out further than I would want because of the closeness to the corner of the dining table, due to the additional 3" of space behind it, because of the baseboard heat unit (which still needs it's cover.) It's a little wider than I wanted, too, but it's more interesting than a cabinet. I don't really want to have stuff out in the open -- I'm actually trying to rid myself of some visual clutter  -- so I may look for some baskets or containers that things can be placed into. I'm also of thinking of mounting it on the wall so it sits back a little but have to figure out what to do below it so it doesn't look awkward, you know, like a rack with legs is hung on a wall. Then again, does it really matter? 

Friday, July 19, 2013


...that a lot of research and studies have been done on the benefits of coconut oil for dementia and especially alzheimer patients?

I've been consuming coconut oil for a quite awhile now and last year a friend told me about a friend that has a father with alzheimer's and she's been stuffing him with A LOT of coconut oil and his alzheimer's has improved. He is able to remember better and make more sense. Granted, he still has the disease but his decline is being slowed and he is finding joy in life again.

Virgin coconut oil handmade in small batches, Gold Label by Tropical Traditions, has the most antioxidants than other coconut oils that I've seen for sale. It also has a coconut flavor, which refined does not. Good to know when you're making those grain free brownies and it calls for coconut oil, I do not care for the taste that comes from the oil, for me it messes up the chocolate-ness.

R's mom's brain has been changing over the last year and we weren't sure what it was. She wasn't reading anymore, she would get frustrated with words, she was anxious a lot, not sleeping, not being with friends as much, etc. We thought she just got freaked out by the big storms two Falls ago because she was without power for 8 days, and it stayed with her. They may have been a trigger. She even knew she was different and was very frustrated with it. Finally, after hearing from so many people that she should could have had a mini stroke (TSI) we finally got a CT scan for her. Yup, that's exactly what she had! Now she is on a memory med, blood pressure medication 'cuz it had skyrocketed (she's always had very low bp) and an aspirin a day. In case you don't know already, the blood pressure medication was not only to bring the bp down, but also to keep it a lower rate because a high blood pressure can cause strokes to happen.

And as of yesterday, she started taking coconut oil. She doesn't mix it with anything, just fills her spoon and swallows it down. No problems. Thank goodness. One thing I can say is that she's pretty cooperative when it comes to stuff that R. tells her she has to do.

Whether you're looking into coconut oil for yourself (because it's healthy) or a loved one, find the one that best suits your needs and pocketbook. I order from Tropical Traditions in gallons and I take advantage of their sales because this girl is not made of money and it can get costly. The cost per ounce when on sale comes out to be about 39 cents compared to other products that I've found were 49 cents and higher if you purchased by the 15/16 oz. jar. What's nice is there is a 2+ year shelf life so no worrying about spoilage. I also use it as a skin moisturizer. It's natural, absorbs fairly quickly and leaves you feeling soft.

I've heard people worry about the fat content. We need fat for our brains, joints, eat quality fat and get rid of all the other crap and no one has to worry. That's like when someone I'm talking to about nuts makes a face and says, "but aren't they full of fat?" Really? like that donut you just shoved in your face isn't? and it has nothing good for you in it? "uh, oh yeah."

Sorry, beginning to rant so I must go.

oh, and, am I supposed to say that I have no affiliation to Tropical Traditions and that they haven't paid me to put them in this post? geez, I wish they had. LOL Ha Ha

Have a great day!!!!!!

stay cool if you can, this heat is making us all crazzzzzzzy!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Why Hello Louie!

Louie is a 4 year old Schnauzer (I can't say 'Miniature' Schnauzer because he's 34 pounds, which, technically puts him over the weight of the standard weight measurements for a Miniature.)

Best of all is that he is a sweety. A gentle boy with eyes that melt you.

He is Parti Color in grey and white.

Louie came to me because his parents are moving to Florida and the place they are moving into does not accept dogs.

I was told that he knows many commands and does them without repeatedly asking him to do it. I have not tested him on this, yet, as he is still in a traumatic/perplexed state of mind. Plus, he won't walk on my wood floors. The idea of it scares him silly, so he stays on his large dog bed. I did put it close to the door where there is also a runner for him to step on but there is one corner of wood floor that he 'might' step on so, therefore, he backs off from going outside. Boy he can hold his pee for a very long time. So yesterday I pulled out a couple of bath mats and covered more of the floor with them and this has helped him make his way to the door to go out. This strikes me as odd because he came from a home where he would walk on tile. But he just looks at the floor and gets nervous.

I'm hoping that some gentle coaxing/training will eventually help. In the meantime, he'll get food rewards when he puts all four paws on the floor. I've started to pick him up, which makes him nervous, and place him in the middle of the floor and feed him some very tasty treats. Then I make a path of treats toward his bed. He very carefully makes his way until the last few steps where he scrambles to safety. I'm hoping that by watching the freedom of the other dogs he will learn that all will be OK. Sometimes other dogs are the best teachers.

Now that I've added Louie to the mix, I have to keep an eye on Otis causing a fight and it also changes Hanz's and Bug's personalities. Add to it that now Bug is feeling like she needs to remind Hanz that she is dominant by mounting him. He never questions her dominancy but she's feeling insecure apparently. But, they're also playing tug-toy more...well, it starts out with play and gets a little more aggressive as it goes along so I have to keep them in check.

Add to it, this heat, and it is definitely the Dog Days of Summer!!

Hope you're able to keep cool!!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Masey (aka Mercy) Got a Haircut

Masey's new owner has emailed me to keep me updated on her progress. She already has learned to ring the bell hanging on the door, to go outside. She's a smartie. She also got her hair cut and is sportin' the Schnauzer look -- quite cutely, I might add.

I wish they lived closer, I just want to hug that little munchkin! and be around her infectious puppy happiness. 

Monday, July 1, 2013

And Off She Goes!!

When the stars are aligned, things happen. 

Mercy came into my care on Wednesday, I received an email from a couple on Thursday, she went home on Friday. It just all fit. The couple was actually writing to ask me to keep them in mind for a Schnauzer between the ages of 1 and 2 for next summer. They had recently lost their two Schnauzers within four months of each other and their hearts were hurting and felt they weren't ready, yet, to bring another one into their home. 

I wrote back saying, "OK, but please keep an eye on our site....blah blah blah....and OH YEAH I have this great four month old that just came in" and ran off a list of her qualities. I, of course, added, "no pressure, just letting you know" because after emailing with her a couple times, I knew this was a perfect fit. She's home most of the day (good for training) she completely spoils her dogs, (but in a good way) her husband adores them just as much, they want to be able to travel with her (I had taken her out for the afternoon and she travels beautifully.) The two dogs they had that passed, and a third one before them, all had names that began with an 'M'. I think that was the big clencher for her, it was just meant to be to have another dog with an 'M' name. 

But, Diana was cautious. She didn't want to make a rash decision. She needed to discuss it with her husband who wouldn't be home from his business trip until around 8 pm. By this time we had exchanged 4 or 5 emails and she said she couldn't wait...she texted him her picture hoping he'd get it before he boarded the plane. I told her to take her time in thinking about it, if it was meant to be it would happen and if not, then another will come along in the future. She said she would think on it. I could tell though, she was hooked. She was nervous because they weren't looking for a puppy, weren't sure if they wanted a puppy, but how it all happened bing bang boom! it was just right. I said I'd give her the weekend. Friday morning I open my mail "can we meet her today?" The excitement jumped off the page. 

So, Friday at 3 they came by. Mercy ran to them, catapulted to them, hopped on them, wriggled around for them, she was so excited. Previous to that she was following me around like a little shadow, wanting attention or just laying by where I was, if I got up she was nipping at my heels for play....After Diana and Alan came in...I was nothing. Nada. Did not exist. 

We talked about how the name Mercy just didn't feel right. Diana had said she was playing around with some names that sounded similar but those weren't quite right either. She said she'd know it when it came to her. I said, "Mercy is a difficult name, it doesn't flow for me either, I keep wanting to call her Masey" She said, "that's it! that's the name! I knew I'd know it when I heard it." So, this little girl's name is now Masey. 

It was a match made in heaven. I only had her 2 1/2 days and she made quite a bit of noise, but I kind of miss the little bugger. Friday morning she had even made her way into Little Bug's heart and they ran around chasing each other and wrestling. That I was happy about because before that Bug was certainly giving her the 'what for' since she came.

Masey is going to have a great life.