Monday Thoughts

Okay. I was ready for summer. I got up feeling prepared for another hot day. But all that was left from the weekends weather was some humidity, that rapidly turned into heavy rain by dinner.
Greta had all her shots today and she came with me while I did my errands. She loves doing this because it means she gets to go visiting. Greta went to the Post Office to see her pals there, to the Dry Cleaners, to the Flower Shop and then of course to the Vets.
Meanwhile, at home, Shubi was quite miserable without her little friend. Hubby said she sat by the door waiting for Greta to return and cried. When we got back she was so happy to see Greta she jumped all over her. Quite happily!
Tomorrow is Dentist Day for me. I have real dental phobia. I had found a great dentist up here and I really liked him, but he has retired and sold his practice to some new guy. Now I have to go through a whole breaking in period with a new guy. Very stressful. Growing up, I had a terrible dentist who would tell my mother he used novocain, and charge her for it, but never did. I only remember terrible pain and actually biting this guy. Very stressful indeed!

The End of a Beautiful Weekend

Can you believe it? We had sunshine, HOT temperatures and no rain all weekend! I think I am in PARADISE!!!!
Today was spent shopping for food amongst the tourists in the rather crowded grocery store, and selecting and planting a new lilac bush for our yard. We are supposed to be in an area that does well with plants, I think it is zone 4-5. But we get the Montreal Express bearing down on us, and have such horrible cold and wind in the winter that many of our bushes and shrubs have croaked. Slowly we are replacing them with things we know can handle the cold. Lilacs!!!
Now we’re waiting for the big kettle to bring the salty water to a boil and then we will toss a couple of Lobstah’s into the pot. A couple of ears of butter and sugar corn and a piece of Strawberry Rhubarb Pie for dessert is the perfect way to end a weekend!

Vegetable and Beef Chili

1 tbs. oil
1 cup chopped onion
2 large cloves garlic minced
1 lb. hamburger
1 large can whole tomatoes broken up with the juice
2 tbs tomato paste
2 tbs. chili powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 – 1 cup each chopped : carrots, celery, green pepper
1 large can kidney beans, (drained and rinsed well)

In sauce pan heat oil, sauté garlic, onions and beef. Cook until beef is brown. Drain fat. Place in slow cooker, or large soup pot. Add remaining ingredients, except kidney beans. Simmer slowly several hours. 20 minutes before serving, add kidney beans. Serve with some grated cheddar cheese on top.

*Note: I like to use the Penzy Spices Medium to Hot Chili Powder. It’s delicious!

Saturday Thoughts

I want to tell you about something that happened this week. It will once again be proof that insanity does run in the family. Or at least, that I am insane. (or perhaps have a healthy imagination)

I was cleaning in the kitchen and I looked out the back glass doors. There is a stone wall along the edge of our property. I saw something odd sitting on the stone wall. I squinted, trying to make out the shape. It looked like a mountain lion or some sort of wild cat!

Me: “What is that?”

Hubby: Not really looking. “Nothing”

Me: “It looks like a wild cat! Maybe a Fischer!”

Hubby: “I told you it’s nothing.”

Me: (getting the binocculars and trying to see with them) “Darn. I can’t use these stupid things because of my eye! You look!”

Hubby: “I told you, it’s nothing.”

Me: (totally annoyed and worried this mountain cat will eat Greta and Shubi, maybe kill Fritz too) “Well, I’m going to go out and see, cause I don’t want it to kill the dogs! If you hear me scream call 911”

Hubby: “I told you, it’s nothing.”

So I walk slowly out the door and start to walk up the hill in our yard toward the unknown creature. My heart is pounding in my chest. I know I will die. This thing will surely kill me! I still can’t see worth a darn, but I feel for the safety of the doggies I need to rule out a dog eating cat. I walk and walk until…
I can see it is a stupid tree stump that our neighbor has laid on the stone wall!
Slowly, I walk back down the hill and come into the house.

Hubby: “Well?

Me: “It was nothing.”

I was at least grateful that he didn’t say anything flip, like, “I told you so.” Somehow he knew it was better just to keep his mouth closed this time. But, even now, when I look out the door and my eyes wander up the hill to the stone wall, I can see the “Dog Eating Cat” waiting!
Yes, a mind is a terrible thing to lose.

Sunshine, Movies and Magic

I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to have had two days, back to back with bright sunshine and hot temperatures! Yahoo! Does this mean that summer is finally here? Of course, with the advent of the beautiful weather, comes the arrival of “The Summer Tourists”! They’re Baaack!
Hubby and I decided to go and see Cinderella Man today. Wow! What strong performances by Russell Crowe, Renee Zellweger and Paul Giamatti. The story was a good one, and the direction excellent! I’m not a boxing fan at all, but even I was into the fighting scenes. So much so, that I found myself holding my breath in spots.
After the movie, I went to get my head dipped in the fountain of youth. Mother Nature has not been very kind to me. Instead of waiting until I was truly old enough for gray hair, she laughed and hit me with her wand and it happened rather prematurely. Therefore, I am justified going to my “youth counselor” for a dose of her magic elixor! Now it is done and I look my, ahem, age!
So sunshine, movies and magic! What more could a girl want in a day?

Meg’s Friday 8

Friday Questions…

1. Have you ever purchased anything from a telemarketer? From an infomercial? From a spam email? From a pop-up ad?

Never have, never would

2. When something is funny, do you usually laugh raucously, hiss, snort, chuckle quietly to yourself, or smile and nudge the person next to you?

Sort of a combination of all of the above. It sort of depends on the comical event.

3. If you had to go into a witness protection plan and start from scratch, what would you look like, do for a living, and where would you live? [Thanks Michelle]

I’d go to the midwest, have long flowing blond hair and wear only overall jeans, and I’d farm

4. How comfortable are you with human contact? Hugs, kisses, PDA?

I love that stuff and I sort of crave it. Tells you why I have three dogs. They are great little huggers

5. What is one of your favorite souvenirs brought back from your travels? Where do you keep it?
Baby Shubi

Shubi. I had gone to Germany on vacation and sort of found her there. She was so wonderful and I fell in love with her and brought her home.

6. What social issue fires you up?

The entire Terri Schiavo case fired me up. It doesn’t really matter what side you are on. I think it evoked strong feelings in a lot of people.

7. What are the top three qualities that first draw you to someone new?

sincerity, kindness and a sense of humor

8. What experience has taught you most about life? [Thanks Krista]

Surviving “the great tragedy”. Which I will explain at a later date.

I think my Karma is changing

I think things are turning around. The dishwasher repair man fixed the machine and now the machine not only works, but is quieter than it has ever been! And I swear the dishes are cleaner too. Hubby claims that the problem was a long time coming. That’s probably true, although I am not a good observer of such things.
The computers have been running beautifully since the tech on the phone, got the problem fixed for us, and got us up and running.
And the heat valve hasn’t stuck again!
Shubi slept through the night and is her usual perky little self this morning. Just to be sure her tummy thing is over, I will keep her on the ID food for another week. I think this is probably a good idea.
I had an appointment with my doctor yesterday and his office is on the 5th floor.

Continue reading “I think my Karma is changing”

Shubi Update

It’s late morning, and the little bugger has perked up. I called the Vet and they said to give the antibiotics another day to work. Seems she is a little better now. So, I’ll keep her on the bland diet and the meds and see how it goes. Talk about being a nervous mother!


My little pumpkin isn’t much better this morning. Shubi got me up at 5:45 and was out with the tummy ache again. I’ve been so careful feeding her the Science Diet ID food and I cleaned all the dog water dishes with bleach. But still she isn’t well. So at 8:30 when the office opens I’m going to call the Vet. I’ll run her in and see what they have to say. Maybe a change of medication, or something would help.
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