Hi all. Mr. Monk and Sophie demanded equal time after Noah’s guest post, so here they are.
Hey. I don’t sniff. I don’t chew. And I don’t put up with the guys who do. Stick-boy better mind his own business if he knows what’s good for him. The only thing he got right in that post was the description of the skinny-faced bitch the queen.”]
The Queen’s retort:
My Loyal Subjects [editor’s note: play along with her delusions of grandeur, will ya. We all do around here. It just makes life easier.] Really, its beneath the dignity of the crown to respond to the ramblings of a mere commoner. As a side note, I will say that I am glad m’lady has brought a prison cell [editor’s note: crate] into our humble abode. And that is all I was doing. Someone must keep order in the kingdom [editor’s note: living room.] As for his description of the queen, [editor’s note: Noah described Sophie as a skinny-faced bitch] well, the huddled masses have always been rather jealous of the delicate profile of the nobility. That is all.
Allright. Enough of the doggie talk. Let’s talk about something more interesting–me. Hehe. Hey, BTW, MargieAnne gave me another one of those bloggie awards where I’m supposed to tell you seven things you don’t already know about me. What could possibly be left for me to tell? If I don’t quit getting these awards I’m gonna be forced to tell you that I had warts all over my knees in junior high school, and that I am having a rat problem in my yard right now. Oh My Gosh. Did I just blog that out loud??? Well now I guess I have to explain. Neither one is really my fault, although it sounds a little too close to wicked witch action for comfort.
The warts on my knees in junior high. Could there be anything worse that could happen to a self-conscious young girl in JUNIOR HIGH??? It was terrible. Sometimes I had bandaids plastered all over my knees. Sometimes I wore those above the knee knee socks. (Yeah, for you younger readers–oh, that’s all of you–they didn’t let us wear pants to school back then.) Of course we did the doctor stuff. We did over-the-counter stuff. Oh, that was great. Then I had warts painted white all over my knees. Anyhoo, one day they just magically went away all by themselves.
And the rats in my yard??? I can’t believe I’m telling everyone in the world about this. Here’s what happened. I only had three chickens left. I free-fed them. They always had plenty to eat. Yes. You can see where this is going. But I didn’t, obviously. One day I saw a funny movement in the chicken yard. So I walked over and there were five pairs of little eyes staring out at me from under the chicken house. So I made plans to finally find a new home for those chickens, but in the meantime, I tried to limit the chickens to just enough food for each day. One day I’m sitting here at my computer and glance out at the bird feeders that I love to look at. YES!!! It looked like a ratty smorgasbord.
To make a long story short, the chickens have found a lovely new home, the birds are on a diet for a few days, and things are being taken care of .
And yes, I have a cat. A useless cat who lives on top of the hot water heater, and occasionally walks five paces outside to take a dump. Oh good. There’s the third thing you didn’t know about me.
Hey, here’s some good dog groomer advice you might not know. Doggie shampoo is way too concentrated and so its hard to get into your dog’s coat and down to the skin. Use an empty dish detergent bottle, and dilute the shampoo about 10:1 with warm water. It works really great. If your dog doesn’t have sensitive skin, and has an oily type coat (like Cocker Spaniels) use Dawn dishwashing detergent, diluted the same way. Gets the dog really clean and smells good too. This counts for the fourth thing you didn’t know about me.
And here’s another piece of doggie advice that I will claim as the fifth thing you don’t know about me. If your dog gets sprayed by a skunk, DON’T use tomato sauce. It doesn’t work, and of course, it makes a mess. This recipe really works. Unfortunately, I know from experience. Mix 1 quart hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda, and 2 tsps. dish detergent. Wash dog thoroughly.
Okay, that’s enough of that. THANKS for the award, Margie. JK.
Noah’s Excellent Adventure
Started the day out with custard oats topped with some fresh cherries (me, not Noah.)
Actually didn’t like the cherries with the oats that much. Picked them out and ate them mostly separate. Still a great way to start the day. Because my food intake was EXCELLENT today. Only ate when I was actually HUNGRY. Victory.
I really wanted to have a relaxing day today. I know. Seems like that’s what I always want. Anyway, Noah was a little barky this morning, so I changed gears (I’m getting a little better at that) and we loaded up the car and headed down the hill to Sutter Creek. Thought it would be fun to walk in a different area. This was Noah’s longest car ride to date (30 minutes.) He is getting better and better in the car. And we did have an excellent walk. No running today–knees and back hurt.
We walked about an hour and saw some nice scenery. Noah is really getting to be very good around all kinds of distractions–barking dogs and cars, no problem. He was a little suspicious of a bike rider we saw.
Noah amusing himself in the back seat. Oh, and does this make me a real ‘big-time blogger?’ I took these pictures while I was driving. Or does that just make me an idiot?
On the way home we went through the Starbuck’s drive-thru and got me a coffee that I enjoyed with the snacks I had brought–homemade protein bar from the freezer and 28 grapes.
WASN’T HUNGRY for lunch until 3pm, and had one of Vicky’s excellent turkey breads. A small but mighty meal. I’ll have to take a pic for you one day. Noah must have been worn out from the ride and the walk, and he relaxed and let me sew all afternoon! I guess Sophie and Mr. Monk were worn out too. Don’t know what they did while we were gone.
Didn’t eat dinner until I GOT HUNGRY. Unfortunately, I had not pre-planned dinner. Fortunately, I had stuff mostly ready. Score! I took a piece of already cooked salmon out of the freezer. Took some leftover cooked broccoli out of the frig, and then sauted a couple slices of chopped onions. Added the broccoli, one of those pre-cooked rice cups, and some lemon zest and lemon juice. Quite yummy and enough leftover to add some chicken in to make a different dinner.
And now I will sign off. And can you believe I HAVE MORE TO TALK ABOUT? Here is what I will have for my snack after I say good night to you all.