Thursday, September 13, 2012
Amber started growling about an hour after we arrived at our home in the mountains. She was so aggitated that we finally looked to see what had her so upset. That's when we saw the javelina (it's a wild pig) wandering around in our front yard. They do not have very good eyesight, and she (or he) was rapidly walking up and down the line of the chain link fence, seeking a way to get out. They can be pretty harmful to dogs, so I kept Amber inside but DH grabbed his camera and took a few videos, as the javelina got more upset and tired out by the minute. Can't blame her, it was probably the equivalent of a 2-mile run!
She just couldn't figure out that when she got down near the road she had to jog around my bed of mint and then there was the gate. She would hit the chain link fence for all she was worth about every 5 or 10 feet -- so I'll bet somebody has a really sore NOSE today. When I saw that this little scene could go on for a
L O N G time, Amber and I went for our walk, and we left DH to handle it.
DH finally chased her out, and she was still huffing and puffing as she went down the road. She was spotted by a couple who were out walking, and they said she looked like she was in a hurry to get away. Lucky she didn't have a heart attack. Well, at least SOMEONE got their exercise for the day!!
Saturday, September 08, 2012
My scale moved up a wee bit today and I knew that I had not exercised enough yesterday. Plus I did a little mindless nibbling in the evening. I didn't write it down, but you know how those "bites" add up!
So today I figured I'd better get out in the yard and do some raking, there are always a few leaves that have blown off the oak trees, plus acorns and miscellaneous little weeds to pull.
I think it took me about 30 or 40 minutes (it was actually really nice out so I'm not sure of the time). Then late in the afternoon I walked one mile with Amber. Her tongue was hanging out the whole way. We had a funny little thing happen to us too!
Looked in vain for an emoticon of a goat -- there were two of them along side the road, one black and one white. Amber had never seen a goat before, so we walked toward them. When they noticed we were coming their way, they quit eating grass and began to walk toward us!
When they were still about 30 feet away, Amber decided it was close enough and we started walking in the other direction. She's a brave little dog when there is a fence between her and the "other animal" but when it's coming right toward her, it's another story. I was laughing my head off, and Amber kept looking over her shoulder as she headed up the road. After about a fourth of a block the goats stopped, and Amber was relieved! Big Adventure!!
She's recuperating now -- and I'm proud that I got more exercise today!!
Friday, September 07, 2012
We have 3 producing apple trees (all dwarf) and although we have thinned the apples to one per clump -- to get bigger, nicer apples; there is still an overwhelming abundance of them hanging on our trees. Next year there will be even more, as we're planted 2 new trees last year. As we have thinned the apples I toss them over our fence where there is a large field, and the deer and javelina come and enjoy them.
Anyway a couple days ago I picked a few - maybe a dozen or so, plus gave a couple of the big ones to a neighbor. Last night, as there was nothing to get my attention on TV, I decided to make some homemade applesauce. These apples were just a little tart, so I added a small amount of sugar, less than half a cup. I simmered them on low for about an hour, adding only a small amount of water. Also a sprinkling of cinnamon -- until the kitchen had that mouth-- watering smell of freshly baked apple pie. I left them uncovered for the last 15 minutes or so, not wanting any water left.
This morning guess what my breakfast included! Right! A bowl of homemade applesauce topped with a stingy spoon of Cool Whip Lite! Very yummy and only 105 calories!
Another plus is that my scale rewarded me too!
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
It wasn't actually raining when I got up this morning, but the humidity was high; but instead of whining about it, I decided to "grin and bear it." After all, it was quite cool out, so maybe it wouldn't be too bad. I get on shorts & tennies, put Amber's leash on her, and away we go. Several feet from our front gates I noticed some bushy weeds growing -- and I thought perhaps I would pick them when we returned home.
By the time we had gone 1/2 mile or so I could start to feel the humidity, but every so often I would feel a little breeze, so it wasn't too bad. And as we were getting nearer to home we saw a small dog out in the front yard with her owner -- a very elderly lady that I always stopped and said a few words to. That helped cool us off just a bit too.
So we get home and I put Amber in the yard where she will be safe -- and I get the trash container, which is still out on the street, and I go up the road, picking weeds as I go. It took
about 20 minutes to pick them all, but it looked really nice to have it all cleaned up, and I was a sticky mess by then. Amber, of course, had not gone into the house -- she was patiently waiting for me by the gate.
We got in another walk tonight, so that made a total of 1.7 miles walking, and 20 minutes of pulling weeds. Not bad -- a small step in the right direction!
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