Monday, November 07, 2005

The Laziest Blogger in the Universe Returns

Well actually, it's not that I'm lazy...just overextended. Still not a good excuse for neglecting my blog. All 15 feet in the form of my two dogs (one being a 3-legger) and two cats are enjoying the cool November weather. I, on the other hand, am not! It hasn't even been truly cold yet and I've already had my furnace on several times. Wondering how much fuel might be in the tank('ya mean you gotta fill that thing?) I checked the gauge a couple days ago. All it displayed was the number 10. I'm not 100% certain about what this represents, but guess it may likely mean the tank is 10% full. However...MAYBE it means 10 drops because I have no heat at all now. Fortunately it's fuel oil and not propane. I had a propane tank when I lived in the house before this one and was often reminded to not let the level go below 30% and the dangers of propane fumes seeping into the house when nearing the empty point. I don't think I'm being slowly overcome by poisonous fumes at this very moment, but I am cold!! My mom keeps suggesting I order some thermal underwear from Laugh At The Cold (ever heard of it?). It is very warm but a bit pricey. I'll have to investigate their inventory today. Ayyy!!! I hate being cold!

Sunday, October 09, 2005

I'm Still Here!


Fall is here. September had many 80 to 90 degree days and I savored each and every one, but I knew it couldn't last. The chill is definitely in the air and for the most part I have put away my shorts and replaced them with jeans, put away the t-shirts and pulled out the sweatshirts. Needless to say, having a designer wardrobe is not top priority with me. I've been taking Louie and Chuck to the park where I ran all summer. They can't go and run off-leash in the summer because there are too many campers and too much traffic. Now there are still some campers on the weekends but things are quiet during the week. One afternoon last week it was actually a bit too quiet and rather scary! I was trying to get out in between thunderstorms but about ten minutes away from the car on the end leg of the run the sky turned black and the wind was whipping. I had to walk bent over to keep going. It was one of the rare occasions when I had no trouble coaxing the dogs into the car. They didn't want to be out in the storm either!

Chuck (Jack Russell terrier) sometimes growls when it thunders but neither of them pant or shake, as did Haley, the Maltese my parents had and later I had. She was the sweetest thing in the world but she was terrified of thunder. She would pant like she'd just run 20 miles and shake furiously. She gladly went into her kennel just for the sense of protection it gave her...or so I am assuming. She did the same thing in the car...the nervous panting and shaking. We tried to put her at ease in the car but she never did get over her fear. She had a heart murmur so car rides and thunder were avoided whenever possible! Haley also had bad teeth and horrible breath, but oh what a sweetie!! She had many admirers.

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Returning to the we were walking this afternoon there was a wedding and reception going on at the shelter house. It was a huge group! By the time we passed by the wedding was over and the reception had started. There were lots of people outside during the post wedding/pre-serious partying period. Chuck, being the attention monger he is, promptly headed over to make his presence know and get whatever attention and food he could. People usually don't seem to mind this habit of his but I'm always worried he is going to go inside the shelter house and lift his leg in front of everyone or Lord knows what else. But he is just content to sit with whoever will dote on him until I come, pick him up, and haul him to the car with an apologetic "I hope he wasn't a problem." Almost..yes, almost, 100% of the time they reassure me that he was a good boy and say how sweet he is. I won't go into the rare exceptions at this time.

I did see a hematologist about my armpit lump and low blood counts. Much to my surprise and tremendous relief he did not diagnose me on the spot as having cancer. He put me on iron supplements and told me to I needed to eat more and run less. By this time I had resigned myself to the fact that I would not be going to Louisiana to help with the animal rescue group. There were just too many things going against it.

On a lighter note, to wrap this up I have sold three things on Ebay in the past few weeks! I'm in a baking mood and see there are others selling their goods on Ebay. I will post some pictures later today (Sunday). Give me a holler if anything catches your eye!

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Oh... before I go I do have to say while Chuck is always on the lookout for new people, places, things, etc., there is Louie, always at my side. He's my bodyguard and always stays with me....know what? I love that guy... Please take a look at my "inventory" later today and send any comments, suggestions, questions, or requests via email.

Friday, September 30, 2005

My Bakery Gig

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A dozen fresh from the oven chocolate chip cookies...mmm!

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A dozen chewy chocolate caramel bars. These have a cookie dough crust on the bottom and crumbled on the top. In between is a layer of luscious chocolate and caramel with a bit of coconut.

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This is a very mild but flavor packed rye bread, soft in texture unlike some rye bread. Fantastic taste!

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A dozen peanut butter chocolate bars. Here we have peanut butter cookie dough assuming the form of a bar with delightful results. The top layer is chocolate, similar to fudge in consistency, and sprinkled with plain M&M candies.

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This honey wheat bread is out of this world good. Rich in taste, soft, just the right degree of "wheatiness." ...A superb loaf of bread.


Each item is $5.00. Shipping is $6.00, US Postal Service Priority Mail, with delivery in 2 to 3 days. I will bake as soon as payment is received and ship the same day. If you aren't 100% satisfied I will refund you in full! Payment accepted via check, money order, or credit card through PayPal.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Planning My Funeral

I should have known something would further complicate my "mission" of helping the animals. In my previous post I neglected to detail exactly what I was intending to do so I will now tell you. Shortly after Katrina hit New Orleans and the massive evacuation was underway I became aware of a group called Pasado's Safe Haven and their call for volunteers to help rescue abandoned pets in the hurricane affected area(s). Immediately I emailed the contact person and had a phone call and email back within about 30 minutes. The only thing was - I had to be in Houston, flying in to meet their group in less than 24 hours. I wanted to go but I couldn't tie up all my loose ends that quickly, i.e. my job, my own animals, getting bills paid, etc. Louie and Chuck have never, ever been kenneled since I have had them, six and five years respectively. Yet I knew that was my only choice as I couldn't easily find anyone to take care of them at home. The cats would be alright, I thought, as long as a neighbor, friend, or family member checked on them twice a day and put out fresh food and water.

Long story short: Four weeks later Pasado's is still saving animals in the New Orleans area, actually still finding some just BARELY alive, unable to walk and emaciated. I let the lady know I would be leaving Tuesday morning. However, over the last few days a slightly swollen lymph node in my left armpit became more difficult to ignore. Sunday I felt achy and like I was getting the flu. Monday morning first thing I saw the doctor. I wanted to just go and forget about it but (damn it all....) knew that whatever this was wouldn't just vanish on its own. I'm now on an antibiotic and will know blood test results Wednesday morning.

Sunday night I did my research and was soon convinced beyond a doubt that I have cancer - lymphoma, Hodkin's, non-Hodgkin's, but cancer...scary word there. I am afraid - but the not knowing is making me sick in and of itself. I hope to still be helping with the animals and make the trip - I just don't know.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

"Sha la la la la la...Live For Today..."

Why Worry? - Plant Yourself In The Midwest

Living in a hurricane zone? Move to Iowa. We have homes available this very moment. We will bake cookies or a nice tuna casserole for you while you're busy getting settled. Oh, we have a bit of the white stuff for a few months out of the year but a good shovel and a strong back are all you need. Think about it folks!

P.S. I almost forgot the best part.. lots and lots of CORN!

New Study Reports Neglected Blogs Always Get Even

Now who put that there??

Sometimes You Just Know

With me such times are rare. I have a hard time making decisions and following through. Right now there are some animals and people that could use my help. Let it be said that in the past 48 hours I was reminded of some of my less than wise choices (though they didn't seem so at the time) and began to wonder if my whole life had been a series of one bad decision after another.

Hogwash! I've done a few things to at least temporarily make the world a better place. Now I'm going to do some more. Make my blog say "Just what I needed... Yum Yum! I let you live for now." be continued...

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Crazy old dude...count the chicks.
Exploring Art Session One

Monday, September 12, 2005

This is for you Ol' Hoss!!