Monday, September 17, 2012
It seems that everywhere near here the Oktoberfest is in September, not October. I don't know if it is that way in Germany or not. This weekend I found out they had it in Parker. Mostly it was a craft and business sales show, but they did have some German dancers and German band that I enjoyed watching and listening to. I had not been to an Oktoberfest for years, so it was enjoyable to go to it. They also had Brats and one place even had German Potato Salad, which is hard to find around here (the potato salad, not the Brats), so I did have to splurge and have some of it.
On the way to the Oktoberfest there was a booth still open at the farmers market in Parker where the guy sold only heirloom vegetables (mainly tomatoes). Now I have found I like tomatoes if they are in a sauce, sliced on a sandwich or cooked with seasonings and usually melted cheese. The man handed me a taste of one of his tomatoes, though, and it was so sweet that I bought one of them (couldn't afford more as they were $2 each). I have never had so sweet and flavorful a tomato, even with growing my own tomatoes.
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Today I decided to go to a Farmers Market a little way from here. They were pretty expensive there, but I still got some tomatoes, berries, and fruit, plus a loaf of bread. It was the berries that got to me, though. Tomorrow is a friend's anniversary and she once told me that her husband liked blueberries. I don't know how to make rhubarb pie, so I decided to make him a blueberry pie and I got her a big bouquet of carnations. Of course, I have never made a blueberry pie from fresh blueberries and had too many, so I have two pies. But that was fun. I just hope it turns out.
For the carnations I needed some fern to go into the bouquet, so headed to a flower shop nearby, which turned out to be closed down. I ended up at a nursery and got some plants, then found a flower shop they told me about. I think that it turned out pretty well. And, there were enough carnations left to have a small bouquet in my living room, too.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Monday I had to make the terrible decision to send Blue to Rainbow Bridge. His auto-immune disease just got too much for him and he couldn't get up when he fell. He tried so hard to keep going, but I couldn't help him anymore. Blue was the one puppy that Annie had that no one wanted. He just didn't have the right conformation. But he was Annie's (my bitch) baby and I would not give up on him. Those puppies deserved as good a life as any, even if they weren't perfect. I guess other peoples' rejections pushed his insecurity and he would get upset if I left him, even for 6 feet during a stand-for-exam in Obedience. But he could sure figure things out, too. Clicker training him was fun, because he would stop and study what he was getting the praise for. When the light came on he would run to complete whatever it was he was supposed to do. He was also my little escape artist. Not that he went real far. I left him outside once last year and found out that he had opened the gate latch and gone across the street to try to play with the dog over there. He could also always open his pen that I had to use to keep him and his brother separated. That one he just pulled on with one paw.
He had a habit of grabbing my arm with his paw and holding it until he had completely licked my hand. He was always showing me his love that way, but he didn't want me hugging him until the last few weeks.
His brother is now very sad and has looked for him a few times. Even when they don't get along, these dogs miss each other if one is no longer around.
So all you who have fur babies in your lives, give them your hugs and accept and return their unconditional love. It is all too soon that they might be gone.
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