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Dogs , dogs everywhere!

Saturday, February 05, 2011

I'm about at the end of my rope! You see, from the picture, there are 3 large dogs at my door. I call them, "the Germans". The 2 Shepherds are mine......
The Doberman is my son's. He (the dog)- will be residing with us, until Friday, Feb. 11th.
That is 6 more days.
We have already had him 4 days.
Now, don't get me wrong--- The Doberman is a good dog.
It's just that he is a "dog"---another dog, in my house-----in my living room---
I am used to having 2 large canines roaming around.
I really am trying to get used to having , now 3 .
It means one more dish of food to get ready each day---
It means, putting one more dog out several times a day--
It means, that every time I go to town, I drive in the driveway, hoping that there hasn't been an upsising with the GSDogs, against the Doberman-
It hasn't happened yet--
There are 6 more days to go.
I must remain calm---

I suppose there is a good side to this-- I'd like to see anyone try to break into this place!

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KATHRYNLP 2/6/2011 10:39AM

    Love the picture.. I raised three Dobies and two girls, so I know that "dogged-in feeling". All were gentle, and obiediance trained, (including my girls), so there was always a calm and respectful attitude. Also, no pushing the girls over. LOL

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CAHUNO2 2/6/2011 8:46AM

    Great picture! Good luck and hope there is no "battle".

And love the "Chuckle" Sunny332! emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 2/6/2011 4:07AM

    I think you're right re security - only a burglar wanting to live dangerously would try to rob your house, lol!

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OILOVETEA 2/5/2011 7:47PM

    I think the three of them together look like good buddies, and I bet you're doing an awesome job keeping the peace :)

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I.M.MAGIC 2/5/2011 6:28PM

    What a SAFE place you have!

...I have a black lab/shepherd mix... and two cats! Plenty for me! LOL

Kathy emoticon

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MRE1956 2/5/2011 6:05PM

    Oh, my - I can just imagine the potential for, ahem, "personality conflicts"......


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SUNNY332 2/5/2011 5:43PM

    Loved the photo and understand the dilema. You do have your hands full. Hang in there.

Hugs, Sunny

You Know You Have Too Many Dogs...
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When you have more grass in your driveway than in your backyard.

When you neighbors find ANY dog running loose and automatically
bring it to your house.

When you want to watch TV and you have to sit on the floor
because all of the furniture is "occupied".

When it takes you longer to wash your dogs' dishes than your own.

When you have to use a wash tub for a water dish.

When you have to run an obstacle course to get to the phone.

When you see one of your dogs doing something bad (like chewing
something up or leaving a "dog deposit" on the rug) and you have
to run through the entire list of dogs in order to yell at the right one
and by then it is too late.

When the hazmat team comes to your house on trash day to handle
the "deposits" that you have placed in your trash can.

When you have all of your dogs in the back seat of your car and it
automatically changes lanes when they move to the other side of
the car.

When you NEVER go anywhere for a vacation because it costs more
to kennel your dogs than to go to Hawaii.

When you have an extension on your king-sized bed so you all fit.

When Eukanuba makes home deliveries.

When you move your bedroom into the garage and put a king and
queen sized bed together so all of your Rottweilers, I mean dogs
can sleep with you.

When you can't remember all of your dogs' names and just call them
all 'brown dog'.

When you take your dogs for a run in the park and people think it is
a dog show.

Thought you might need a chuckle.

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KRPBMPMOM 2/5/2011 5:25PM

  You definitely have your hands full! Have fun!

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Soup Making

Friday, February 04, 2011

Looking back over my day, the most exciting thing I did, was make soup. You can see it in the pucture, all bottled , ready for lunch next week.
I like to put it into jars , while it is hot. The heat from the soup will seal the jar. When it has cooled down, I refrigerate it. This batch of soup looks like it might get us through till Thursday or Friday. When I don't have soup made, it seems that nothing will ""fill"" me up.

Here you see my soup pot sitting in the sink ready to be washed out. It will give you an idea of how much soup I make in one batch.

Now , I know your next question is, ""How do you make this soup?" Right??

Well, I start with some kind of meat--usually a quarter pound of beef-- extra lean ground beef--or a steak Ive had too long in the freezer. You could use chicken also.
I then add vegetables--celery--onions, fresh garlic (3-4)--green peppers, a couple fresh tomatoes--carrots , zucinni, a can of tomatoes, parsley, perhaps a container of beef broth----Of course, everything is chopped as fine as I have time to do---

My husband , being Jamaican, loves to season the soup pot with hot peppers. Sometimes he has been known to add too much and me (the cooker of the soup)---has been known to chastise him.

So, there you have it!
There is one problem however with my soup making.
Every pot turns out almost the same.

Would you care for a bowl of beef vegetable soup--------- or a bowl of beef vegetable soup?

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KSHAGGY 2/4/2011 9:47PM

    I love soup, homemade though.....it is perfect soup weather!

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SUNNY332 2/4/2011 7:44PM

    I love vegetable beef soup and just recently started adding Rotel tomatoes instead of just canned diced tomatoes. I love the kick it gives and I also add barley for some fiber. I am like you in that I love soup and try to start my meals with soup. It is comforting and also adds to the "filled up" feeling.
I so understand that statement.

Take care and thanks for sharing your soup with us.

Hugs, Sunny

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    Looks like you have been busy today.
Soup is a good thing to have around, quick to warm up and filling.
Pepper, ribs up your metabolism. emoticon yum

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KASEYCOFF 2/4/2011 5:46PM

    Oh, soup is so perfect this time of year - there's nothing better on a cold winter day! I know what you mean about the 'hots.' I've had to resort to putting in as much as EYE want, and handing the Tabasco bottle to him so he can doctor his own portion, lol...

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ANGELCOWBOY1 2/4/2011 5:35PM

    I love soup and yours sounds just like mine, except for the hot peppers!

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BUGGYS 2/4/2011 5:30PM

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE soup! I often make a big batch on Sundays and freeze it...sometimes I eat it for lunch during the week. It really fills me up and satisfies me. I make chowders, minestrones, chilis...both regular and white chicken...and many others. I'm with you in that I add alot of veggies to some kind of meat and go from there and all the soups usually turn out well...some are too spicy for my DH...I'm with your DH with the spice and jerk seasonings! Thanks for the photos!

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Gung Hai Fa Choi

Thursday, February 03, 2011

To-day is Chinese New Year--I feel I am sort of, Chinese, as my husband is Chinese, but born in Jamaica. Our children are half Chinese-- Our Grandchildren are a quarter Chinese--- I guess you could say that the Chinese trait runs in our family.

Talking to my husband, Chinese New Years was a huge event , when he was a child in Jamaica. He remembers, their businesses closing for 3 days, while his family roasted pigs and cows, and friends and family came from afar to celebrate , gamble , and eat , all day and night.
It sounds like my kind of party!----*S*

As a child, his favourite memory was not having to attend school for 3 days. There were firecrackers every night, and as his uncles arrived, they presented the children with lucky money-----coins wrapped in red envelopes--

Red, in the Chinese culture, is supposed to bring good luck. That is why, in to-day's restaurants, you will find red lanterns , sometimes, tied to the ceilings. The red is supposed to ward off bad spirits.

Usually Chinese New Years is a family event. There is a great deal of food to eat, usually chicken with dumplings, Dim Sum, " long noodle" dishes (long noodle means long life)--and sweet oranges for desert- --(sweet life)-

So Gung Hai Fa Choi everyone.

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SUNNY332 2/4/2011 9:09AM

    How great is that - long noodles for a long life and oranges for a sweet life.

I have never heard of this and so glad you shared it with us.

Gung Hai Fa Choi to you too, my friend.

Have a Fab Friday.


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KASEYCOFF 2/4/2011 6:56AM

    I'm with you on this one, hon - I love Chinese New Year! Next year is the Year of the Dragon - that'd be ME, and I am planning to make it MY year, lol...

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TURTLETALK 2/3/2011 5:39PM

    Gung Hai Fa Choi right back at cha!

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    That was interesting, tell Fred Happy New Year....


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BUGGYS 2/3/2011 4:05PM

    Thanks for the lesson and Happy New Year! emoticon

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"Happy Groundhog Day"

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Ground Hog Day---such an ugly creature , that little ground hog!--And he didn't see his shadow in our area, this morning, but if he had of come out of his burrow this afternoon, he might've seen that shadow of his! Funny how we have certain days like this set aside , to predict something, or, to tell us something.
The long and the short of it all to-day, was about his "shadow"---
It got me thinking , to-day. of how much we enjoy , or fear, shadows--
Wasn't there once a radio show called, "The Shadow", and it said, "Only The Shadow Knows"-
-When someone loses weight due to illness, we usually say, ""He is only a shadow of what he was""---and we feel sad.
When a lovely summer day is ending, we see the shadows of the trees, become lower in the sky and we are sorry that day is ending.
When we were kids, lying in bed at night, we would make shadows on the wall with our hands, of rabbits or dogs, and those shadows made us laugh.
I think the best part of all, with shadows, is watching small children playing happily, with their shadows on a sunny day.
Dogs will chase their shadows and that makes me smile.

I guess you might say that we all are looking forward to an early Spring and were happy that little critter didn't see his shadow, at least around here.

Now what on earth does all this have to do with "'Spark""---?
What about ---
How much food would a Woodchuck eat if a Woodchuck went on Spark?
He's eat more food than a Woodchuck could, if a Woodchuck didn't journal.

You didn't think it would really rhyme did you?

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KASEYCOFF 2/4/2011 7:08AM

    What you made me think of was RL Stevenson's children's poem, "I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me, And what can be the use of him is more than I can see..."

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CAHUNO2 2/3/2011 8:48AM

    I am hoping for an early spring. It's minus 2 here this morning and I am so tired of winter!! Great thoughts on the the fat little beast! emoticon

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SUNNY332 2/3/2011 8:10AM

    emoticon I loved it.

Have a great day.


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DOLLBABE56 2/3/2011 7:27AM

    This was a good blog. (I think the groundhog is cute lol) You always write such great blogs. There was sun here though.....

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DINGALLSTOO 2/2/2011 8:03PM

    Funny! pondering the shadow thing, love the non-rhyme

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    Glad to see you in a relaxed, carefree day.

Maybe your journal went good today, hope so.


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Eliminate mindless

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

This was a great day. As soon as I got up, I headed for the scales, and low and behold, they said I had lost 3 pounds.-- I thought I was seeing things, so I got off, then got back onto them--They read the same amount. Now this isn't my weekly weigh-in day, but it is what I usually do each morning before I head for the treadmill.
I was ecstatic!
It is kinda sad , isn't it, that your state of mind for the day, could be dependant on those scales---definitely not right!----But------ for 2 months, these same scales kept going up a pound or 2 , or 3, then would go down a wee bit---never to this weight though---
The only thing different, that has happened in my life, is that I have tried so very hard to eliminate the mindless eating, after supper.
It appears to be paying off-------- At least I hope!

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SUNNY332 2/2/2011 10:32AM

    I actually weigh every day unlike most folks who weigh once a week.

Good job on the weight loss. You rocked it! Keep up the great work.

Hugs, Sunny

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    Keep up the good work.
Today should have encouraged you to go a little further.


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