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Cobbler #2

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

The other day for my husband's birthday, I decided I would make a blackberry cobbler using the blackberries and strawberries I had just picked. I pulled it all together as Abe sat in the kitchen and watched me. When it was done, I sat it on the counter to cool off. I decided I would run out to pick him up some soy vanilla ice cream for it - since afterall it was his birthday. So out the door I went and was gone for exactly 20 minutes (you do see where this is going don't you??). I opened the door to find the empty licked clean cobbler dish blocking my way in. I find a dog whose ears looked like they were dipped in blackberry juice (well duh, because they were!). And most of all I find my entire kitchen floor covered with berry juice DOG PRINTS. Thank god I have wood floors! I was FURIOUS and yet I should have been tipped off that he "helped" pick berries earlier. He had been gently pulling ripe berries off the bush and eating them. he got put into his kennel while I cleaned up the mess. There was no birthday dessert for the mister.

So today, enter round 2. My sis in law is coming in tonight and I have been doing some prep baking. I made blackberry muffins and promptly put them DOWNSTAIRS, ie where Abe won't go (he is afraid of the stairs). And I made another cobbler - bing cherry blueberry which is now DOWNSTAIRS. I am pretty sure I heard him mutter DRATS!!

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WILLMAKEITCOUNT 10/10/2008 12:47PM

    I'm not sure which I'm more amused over-the fact he ate it all with blue ears and footprints, or the fact he won't tackle the stairs for a dessert he obviously loves ; )

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SCAROUSEL1 9/4/2008 1:04PM

    I am SO sorry but...
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I can envision Abe gently picking the blackberries because Brutus does the exact same thing. I've also discovered that I will need to fence my garden or something. I've caught him eating strawberries and raspberries this summer and yesterday he was eyeing my almost big enough to eat zuchinni... GRIN!
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SAYRAH-M 9/3/2008 8:57PM

And dog like Abe are smart.
Not smart enough for stairs but smart.

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Stuff You Didn't Know

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The longest one-syllable word in the English language is “screeched.”

“Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”.

Almonds are members of the peach family.

The symbol on the “pound” key (#) is called an octothorpe.

The dot over the letter ‘i’ is called a tittle.

Ingrown toenails are hereditary.

The word “set” has more definitions than any other word in the English language.

“Underground” is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters “und.”

There are only four words in the English language which end in”-dous” tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconio
sis. The only other word with the same amount of letters is
ioses, its plural.

The longest place-name still in use is Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipu
ngahoronukupokaiwenuakitanatahu, a New Zealand hill.

Los Angeles’s full name is “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula” and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size, “L.A.”

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.

Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

In most advertisments, including newspapers, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.

Alfred Hitchcock didn’t have a belly button. It was eliminated when he was sewn up after surgery.

Telly Savalas and Louis Armstrong died on their birthdays.

Donald Duck’s middle name is Fauntleroy.

Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

The muzzle of a lion is like a fingerprint - no two lions have the same pattern of whiskers.

Steely Dan got their name from a sexual device depicted in the book ‘The Naked Lunch’.

A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

The Ramses brand condom is named after the great phaoroh Ramses II who fathered over 160 children.

There is a seven letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters, “therein” the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, ere, therein, herein.

Duelling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.

John Larroquette of “Night Court” and “The John Larroquette Show” was the narrator of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra’s “Its A Wonderful Life”

A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

It was discovered on a space mission that a frog can throw up.The frog throws up its stomach first, so the stomach is dangling out of it’s mouth.Then the frog uses its forearms to dig out all of the stomach’s contents and then swallows the stomach back down again.

Cranberries are sorted for ripeness by bouncing them; a fully ripened cranberry can be dribbled like a basketball.

The male gypsy moth can “smell” the virgin female gypsy moth from 1.8 miles away.

The letters KGB stand for Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti.

The name for Oz in the “Wizard of Oz” was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence “Oz.”

The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

‘Stewardesses’ is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.

To “testify” was based on men in the Roman court swearing to a statement made by swearing on their testicles.

The combination “ough” can be pronounced in nine different ways.The following sentence contains them all “A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed.”

The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.

Facetious and abstemious contain all the vowels in the correct order, as does arsenious, meaning “containing arsenic.”

Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards, and are on the Australian coat of arms for that reason.

Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.

The word “Checkmate” in chess comes from the Persian phrase “Shah Mat,” which means “the king is dead”.

The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of lore when the engines were pulled by horses.The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight

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LIL.TALA 8/27/2008 9:25AM

    great way to start my day

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RUBYSOHO85 8/27/2008 8:52AM

    These are great! emoticon

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QTCOLEY 8/27/2008 3:02AM

    wow, those were great! emoticon

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MSEMBERSTORM 8/26/2008 11:07PM

    Very cool!

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MAMAGOSS 8/26/2008 9:35PM

    Great blog Kierae. I've heard many of those but many were brand new "useless" facts that will come in handy to dazzle friends and family!

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TESSFROMWA 8/26/2008 8:36PM

    I LOVE random trivia! Thanks for posting these!

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QUILTEDCAT52 8/26/2008 6:12PM

    Thanks! I knew 9 of them. My brain soaks up random stuff like that, but I can't remember what I needed from the store, where I put that important piece of paper or if I really turned the iron off before I left home. I finally got an iron that shuts itself off!

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UP4MORE 8/26/2008 3:59PM

    Sweet - thank you!

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VIBRANTHING1 8/26/2008 2:26PM

    I love this! Thanks for all the info. emoticon

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    Gee, they call me Cliff Claven, but there is a lot of info here that wasn't in my brain. I'm off to dribble cranberries now.


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BINEMELLES 8/26/2008 1:55PM

    wow, i actually knew 5 of those! but what a wonderful list! i'm a huge fan of useless knowledge.

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SAYRAH-M 8/26/2008 1:50PM

    I knew two. That ingrown toenails were inherited and that almonds were from the peach family. Now look how much smarter I am! Thanks.

Comment edited on: 8/26/2008 1:48:18 PM

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SUPERDUPER26 8/26/2008 1:15PM

    Well if that's not a hilarious random set of facts I don't know what is! The only ones I'd ever heard before were about the microwave and sneezing with open eyes... Now I know so much more and darn am I glad I'm not a space frog!
Thanks for sharing!

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Me and the Squirrels

Thursday, August 21, 2008

My husband has pointed out to me that clearly a squirrel is one of my power animals in life. My freezer and current frenzy concurs with his assessment. I have been gathering, storing, and freezing all my favorites for the impending winter months. I don't have a big freezer but I do have two refrigerators. I use the one downstairs to hold stuff that I rotate upstairs. Eating as much of veggies that we do in this household, it has come in handy. I buy on sale, use the green bags
to store veggies and fruit in, and use the two refrigerators to hold it all. But now I am filling up both freezers - ie every time I thaw out "something" it is a food that is taking up valuable berry storage space. So okay - I am a bit obsessed...

This summer I have been collecting my fruit for the winter. I do a smoothie and yogurt with fruit every day. Normally I do a fair amount of canning of foods. This year I haven't done any canning since I am still working thru last years jellies/jams/salsa/pickles/etc. This year I have been focused on the important things. I bought a couple big halibut and salmon and packaged them up in serving sizes. And then there is my fruit! I bought 30 pounds of blueberries and packaged it up (and gave 10 pounds to neighbors so I had room for other berries). I have several quarts of strawberries and raspberries. My girlfriend stocked me up with rhubarb. My obsession with bing cherries lasted until they went beyond 4 bucks a pound. I have probably 15 plus pounds pitted and frozen. And then there is the blackberries.

I grew up with wild blackberries. These tiny little blackberries that made the sweetest blackberry pies. When I grew up, I didn't have birthday cake. I had blackberry pie. The wild blackberries are really hard to find anymore (ie non existent). What you can find is the big "local" blackberries that grow like an invasive weed around here. Some of them can get as big as your thumb - those would be the ones my family gasped at when I walked in the door with them. I bought them and they all fell over that I actually PAID money for blackberries. Hey - they were thumb size!!

Every day I walk Abe, I pick my blackberries in the neighborhood. He has learned to be patient and watches me (what the heck is this crazy lady doing???). I am seen carousing the neighborhood packing one poop bag and one bag for blackberries - and never shall the twain meet! 10 minutes of time and I can pick two quarts easily. Did I mention I use to pick berries for a living when I was a teenager? Mad skills come in handy!

So I am running out of room - okay so I am OUT of room in both my freezers. I am in negotiations with my son's freezer currently...and my neighbors. Yes I know...I need berry AA groups. But just think of the wonderful berry concoctions I will be making come winter. The pies, the cobblers, the smoothies, the nightly yogurt...the ice cream and omg, the occasional blackberry margarita. You think I am that nuts? emoticon

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SAYRAH-M 8/26/2008 1:52PM

    Boy are you multitalented at multitasking. Blackberry wine is very hard to make. Almost everything else is great though. Blackberry drinks, jam, ice cream, etc.

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BEADMARIE 8/24/2008 3:21PM

    I am doing the same thing. I had a heavenly berrie smoothie this morning. In fact, I should probably post the recipe. You're not nuts. You're Berry Smart! emoticon

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HUGS2015 8/22/2008 9:57PM

    I loved this thread....mmmm berries...wild berries...OH Man!
I just saw a sign up at the family market when a man has pick your own muscadines. Do you like plums too? We used to have a wild plum tree that had the sweetest little red/pink plums on it. My My!
My mouth is watering just thinking of it!
Sounds like you are set for the Winter! Now you'll need to lay in some good books to read during hypernation season!

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KYLIEMC8 8/22/2008 9:47PM

    Stop!! You're making my mouth water!! Yum!! I always watch the squirrels..and they know when it's going to be a hard winter..I read what you're doing and watch my squirrels..I just heard the's only August! Not's going to be a hard winter! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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BINEMELLES 8/22/2008 9:03AM

    kierae, DON'T ever give abe a blackberry to try! my mom used to pick wild raspberries when walking her dog and he was always giving her the "what the heck is this crazy lady doing" look. one day she gave him a raspberry to try and from then on she had to race him for the raspberries!
blackberry pie sounds so awesome i want some right now.
i don't think you are nuts, i think you are berries!

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LIL.TALA 8/22/2008 8:21AM

    my ex husband always said I was preparing for wwIII because I had to store food constantly. I like th esquirel as power animal idea better.
I love berries. and now you got me craving pie. darn it1 emoticon

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MSEMBERSTORM 8/21/2008 11:35PM

    I love berries. All kinds! You winter is going to rock!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 8/21/2008 10:40PM

    *Ahem* I have room in my freezer and cupboards.


I missed out on the farmer's market last week and you have made me very hungry. I'm going to go eat a plateful of iceburg lettuce now.



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COSMIC_ENERGY 8/21/2008 10:34PM

    BB margaritas--yes-ma'am! Send me some of that fruit!!!

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Beach life

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

On the beach Abe and I walk daily, we have several sets of eagles who nest in the trees along the edge. One day we were walking along and I see what I think are dogs in the distance. As we get closer, I see that the dogs are a pair of eagles. One was a bald eagle and the other was a golden eagle. HUGE birds! Were they intimidated by Abe - oh heck no! They didn't fly off until we were really close to them (of course I didn't have my camera with me that day). When my godson was here, we watched a bald eagle chase down a seagull who had a fish in his beak. He knocked into the seagull who dropped the fish, swooped down and picked up the fish in front of us. Definitely an awe inspiring sight to see a bald eagle in action that close. Loving the beach life!

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SAYRAH-M 8/19/2008 8:41PM

    That is amazing. How cool to see that on a daily walk/ AWESOME!

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PUPPYWHISPERS 8/14/2008 6:46PM

    Absolutely beautiful! Unfortunately my dog would be running around and trying to chase them like the idiot dog she is...

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SCAROUSEL1 8/13/2008 12:44PM

    Wonderful just wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

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JAY_DEE 8/13/2008 12:26PM

    I share your awe with seeing nature at it's best.

We live on a small lake in Florida. There are so many different types of ducks, herons,cranes, otters, (and yes, there are alligators)

We are frequently visited by a pair of osprey. Oh! To see them dive for their dinner! There's a bald eagle who visits rarely, but he does visit.

We often have migrating birds who stop on their way to wherever they're going, and have had a few flocks of flamingos fly over.

One summer, we had a flock of Canada Geese who liked it so much they stayed here the entire summer. (Man! Are they noisy!!!)

Too bad you didn't have your camera on that wonderful "eagle day". Sounds like me..My camera is sitting in it's charger happily gathering dust.

Have a good one,

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BINEMELLES 8/13/2008 6:13AM

    wow! this is so beautiful. i never saw an eagle in my life except in a zoo. i would SO love to walk your beach!

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HUGS2015 8/13/2008 12:23AM

    Thanks for sharing the picture of the eagles. I've heard lots of fish stories in my time but this story was a good one about the fish that got away from the sea gull! That had to have been an amazing thing to see. Don't you know that sea gull was shocked to have his dinner stolen. emoticon

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A*L*P* 8/12/2008 11:55PM

    How amazing!! I love eagles they are so beautiful and majestic. It is amazing how powerful of a bird they are! Very cool pic!!

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MSEMBERSTORM 8/12/2008 11:40PM

    Wow. I bet that was an awesome site.

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COSMIC_ENERGY 8/12/2008 10:46PM

    They are very awe inspiring!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 8/12/2008 10:21PM

    Way cool!

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KYLIEMC8 8/12/2008 10:09PM

    I can't imagine seeing an eagle at a beach..I have to wait until the winter with the cold blowing winds before we can see beautiful! I hunt them down every winter..lucky you! emoticon

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The Debate

Thursday, July 31, 2008

So earlier in this week I jumped on the scale to see that I broke into the 135's and had to do a double take (AND grab my granny glasses - life of getting old!). I decided not to change the tracker until I saw the weight again. Of course I proceeded to go up and down around it for the rest of the week but once again, today I saw the magic number.

This last month of maintenance I have learned that I gain weight when I eat under 1300 calories (ie 1100ish to 1300) consistently. I found myself doing this quite a bit when I was only eating when I was "hungry". I considered it an experiment and sure enough I watched the scale climb a couple pounds. When I hit the top of my range I had allowed myself for maintenance, I went back to eating 3 meals and at least 2 snacks. I pushed my calories up between 1300 and 1600. Guess what? You got it - the scale started its way back down.

I have had to change up my workouts. I just got notified my days of dreaming of being a gymnast are over...hahaha. Actually I got the smack down that I have some L4/L5 issues so I am working with physical therapy to do some strengthening to protect my spinal cord. Kinda leaves out impact type exercises for now. Such is life - I kinda like having control of my body functions and mucking with my spinal cord is on my list of do not mess with!

So once again the debate begins. Change the ticker down a couple more pounds to my maintenance range is more like 132 - 137? See what my body does with the strengthening exercises and the daily beach walks? I have said all along that I would let my body decide where it wants to settle in at. I am not starving myself (heck I eat more food than I ever have) and I am exercising daily which is beyond anything I use to do.

Yup I am thinking a new ticker and if I can get past my camera shyness, some new pics! emoticon

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SAYRAH-M 8/19/2008 8:35PM

    I have missed you while I was missing. You speak to your body. I bet you can even hear God whisper. You seem so in touch!!

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HUGS2015 8/7/2008 2:20PM

    How did I miss you blog! Well, I see it now! Glad that you found out about your back issues before it got worse! Hopefully the exercises will help. You probably all ready know about the exercise where you try to push your belly button back to your back bone and hold for a few seconds. Do this as often as you think of it and it will strenghten your abd muscles. I've started doing it and I can see and feel the difference in my abds!
Good for you on getting to your goal weight! You have really done well on maintaining! You sound like you have more energy so that is a big plus to the weight loss!
Wait until you are in a good mood and have the hubby snap a few pictures. I enjoyed your blog! Good luck with your spine health!

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MSEMBERSTORM 8/2/2008 10:42PM

    That is so awesome. You have done so great! You are in tune with your body and that is the best way! Congrats gal!

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KYLIEMC8 8/1/2008 8:13PM

    emoticon emoticon Keep it going! I wish I could find my happy get to maintenance! emoticon emoticon

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SDTALLY 8/1/2008 12:27PM

    I know about your debate on your final weight. I had thought that if I could get to 132# that I would be happy with my weight. When I got there I discovered that that wasn't the correct weight at all.

Perhaps things have changed around with age (I'm 58 now) - not as many muscles in that 132 #'s !!

Perhaps I wasn't as slim at 132 #'s as I'm remembering (probably a lot of truth in that!).

Anyway - I changed my weight goal to 127. It was really hard to STILL have another 5 # to loose after I had reached my goal weight, but I'm doing so well that I didn't want to just "make do" with a weight I wasn't comfortable with.


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DIET_FRIEND 7/31/2008 8:22PM

    You are a weight that I would be joyful to match! I know it takes hard work and dedication--which you seem to have in spades! Tee-riffic!

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BLONDEGIRL10 7/31/2008 2:54PM

    Bring on the pics!
Good luck with therapy.
Congratulations for learning what works, and Thanks for sharing it. I know I don't always eat as much as I should, this is a great reminder for me. Thank you.

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KIERAE 7/31/2008 1:36PM

    Basic core strengthening to protect the spinal cord- with all the artificial joints, I tend to present a challenge. It will be nice to have the therapist working with me to figure out things I can do though!

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    Woo hoo! New pics! Can't wait. Isn't it amazing what we learn about our bodies when we really pay attention? What will your strength training exercises be?


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