This is a short one, but he’s so cute!
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
As you can see, he’s doing just fine! This is exactly what he’s NOT supposed to be doing, but I let him out just for this video. This is why he must be kept in a pen for about three more weeks.
I now realize that I should have turned my iPhone sideways to take these videos and they would have been wider and more easy to see. I’ll know next time!
I made this quinoa salad yesterday. I’d never had quinoa before, but I saw this recipe the other day and wanted to give it a try. Remember we’re doing the healthy eating thing now. (I lost 6 lbs in the first 10 days!)
Aren’t these ingredients beautiful?
Cooked quinoa cooling on a cookie sheet.
This is what the quinoa I used looks like.
I used the whole box, about 2 cups.
This is really good and so fresh-tasting. We both think it needs a little more dressing though, so I’ll be making more today to add to it (minus the oil). I got the recipe HERE, but I changed the name of it. You really do have to “chop your ass off” when you make this! But it’s worth it. *Edited to add: Add more craisins instead of more dressing…they’re fantastic in there! I ended up using a whole 10-oz. package.
This was our lunch yesterday…grilled chicken breasts and sesame noodles. YUM. These are salad plates so it’s not as much food as it looks like! I ended up only eating and 2/3 of my plate and had the rest for a snack last night. The chicken was marinated in Italian salad dressing (I poured out most of the oil before using it) and then grilled on my grill pan indoors to get the grill marks and finished off in the oven. The noodles are whole wheat with a little sesame oil, tahini, honey, green onions, red pepper flakes, and cilantro mixed in (I didn’t measure anything or use a recipe this time). This is one of my very favorite dishes of all time! Here is KATE’S original recipe that I normally use:
Kate’s Sesame Noodles
1 lb box Spaghetti Noodles
1/2 Cup Corn or Canola Oil (I use half of this)
6 Tbsp. Dark Sesame Oil
6 Tbsp. Honey
4 Tbsp. Soy Sauce
4 Tsp. Ground Red Pepper (Cayenne) to taste, more if you want hotter.
1 Tsp. Salt
Place oils and honey in sauce pan. Heat to just before boiling point. Add soy sauce, salt and red pepper. Simmer for 3 minutes or so.
Cook a 1-lb box of spaghetti. Drain, rinse and cool. Whole wheat works just fine.
Add above sauce to noodles. Refrigerate over night. Shake whenever you think about it to marinate all of the noodles.
Chop the following ingredients and add 20 minutes or so prior to serving:
1 Cup Chopped Cilantro
1 Cup Chopped Green Onions
1 Cup Chopped Salted Peanuts
More of the above can be added if you like. I do not usually measure this.
My mission today is to get some video of Ollie. Will post it tomorrow or later tonight.
Have a good day!
Monday, January 30, 2012
Easy Blender Salsa
I saw this recipe on Pinterest and followed the link and made some. It’s really good! It made about 1 1/2 pints. Recipe Credit: http://www.mountainmamacooks.com/2012/01/quick-and-easy-salsa/
EASY BLENDER SALSA
1- 14 oz can Diced Tomatoes
1- 10 oz can Original Rotel
1/2 small Onion, roughly chopped
1 clove Garlic, peeled and smashed
1/2-1 Jalapeno, seeded or not
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
Small to medium size handful of cilantro, washed
Juice of 1 lime
Put all the ingredients in the base of a food processor or good blender and pulse to combine for 30 seconds or so until all the ingredients are finely chopped and salsa is desired consistency. Taste for seasoning and adjust to taste. Serve with chips or over tacos.
Shitty Phone Camera Picture Alert
I saw this afghan on Ravelry. I think it looks so pretty and would be SUPER-EASY to make because you wouldn’t have any color changes in each square. I counted the squares and it’s 13 x 17 squares = 221 squares. (I cut that part off in the pic of my document I made) They’re not regular granny squares, but regular ones would work. These have a circle in the middle which you can’t see in the above pic. She didn’t give a link to the pattern she used. Anyway, I’m filing it away for future use. I’m all about SUPER-EASY these days.
Ollie is doing just fine. He gets a new crocheted cast cover about every other day. Hee-hee. Any excuse, right? It really does help to keep him from chewing on it and keeps it clean. I’m sure I’ll get sick of making them and start washing and rotating them, but for now, I’m happy to do it. It makes me feel like I’m helping him in a small way.
You’d be shocked to see how FAST he can get around on three legs! It’s amazing! I must get y’all some video to watch. I’ll try to do that today or tomorrow since the Captain is off and can help me corral him. He wants to play with the other dogs so badly. I feel sorry for him. But he does play all by himself just fine. You can see his toys in his pen in the pictures above and below. They’re actually baby toys, but they are more well-made than the dog toys I’ve seen.
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Sunday, January 29, 2012
A pair of pretty pink fingerless gloves!
These are adult-size and made by me with Stylecraft Special DK (acrylic) yarn. I found the free pattern on Ravelry HERE. It’s a very easy and quick pattern to follow. I highly recommend it if you want to make some light gloves.
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Friday, January 27, 2012
I wasn’t going to post today, but I decided I’d better let y’all know that Ollie is okay. No problems so far. I just don’t have anything to blog about as he’s consuming most of my time and is my main focus.
Just for a change, here are a couple of plants I bought at Lowe’s before all this happened. I was feeling the need for some plants other than ivy in my house.
Don’t ask me the name of any of these because I don’t know and I threw away the tags.
All of these little succulent/cactus mixed bowls were on sale for 50% off. Aren’t they cute? Please excuse the plant stand they’re sitting on. It normally sits out on the back porch, but right now it’s just inside the back door holding these plants. I plan on spray-painting this baby AQUA very soon to cover up all the rust and wear. I all ready have the paint. I’m just waiting for a good day with no wind.
He’s doing well and settling-in to the new routine. I actually slept all night last night for the first time since it happened. I moved his pen into the bedroom during the night, and that worked out really well. The Captain is back at work for the first time today so I’m on my own. We’re doing just fine so far. I even managed to get most of his medicine in him this morning. Some of it ended up on his bed, but oh well. We did the best we could.
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
“Let me see how pathetic I can look.”
Pretty good, Ollie!
Mr. Ollie only slept about three hours last night from midnight to 3:15 AM. He couldn’t get comfortable and was whimpering and yelping every now and then when he’d move the wrong way and hurt his leg. I finally got a clue and moved him into his pen (instead of in the bed with me) in the living room. He settled in fairly quickly and then slept from 6:30-7:30 this morning when the Captain got up. Looks like I will be sleeping in the living room for the next few nights. Hopefully he’ll get used to it and I’ll be comfortable enough with leaving him alone and can return to the bedroom.
Yes, I crocheted him a little cover for his splint today. It only took about 30 minutes to make. I didn’t crochet the end closed because it would make that tip too slippery on the wood floors. He uses it as kind of a crutch and it’s all ready slippery enough. It’s going to get awfully dirty in six weeks. This way I can remove the cover and wash it at least. It’s much softer than the tape that’s wrapped around it too. He’s been laying his head on it since I put it on about an hour ago. It may keep him from biting and chewing at that tape too.
For those of you who have mentioned it, amputation is a possibility if the bones don’t heal properly, and that’s most likely the route we’d take rather than putting him through surgery and plates and screws, rehab, etc. I just didn’t want to mention it before because it was such an awful thing to think about. We’re not going to even entertain that thought until we see how it goes the next few weeks.
This is a full-time job keeping an eye on him, holding him, and making sure he doesn’t move around too much when he’s in his pen. I’m not sure how it’s going to work when the Captain goes back to work Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on 12-hour shifts. I don’t know how I’m going to get his medicine down him without another person to hold him still. Maybe I’ll go next door and get my neighbor to help me twice a day. I’m pretty sure she’s home most days.
I’m going to make a little video of him hobbling around on his peg leg later today so y’all can see how pathetic he is. (Like you don’t know all ready!) He has to get down and walk to go potty. It’s gut-wrenching. GAH. Poor thing.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Thank you so much for all of your sweet comments, thoughts, and prayers! You have no idea how much it meant to me to read all of your comments. Now all we can do is wait and see if the bones in his little leg will fuse back together. We go back on the 3rd of March for another x-ray and update. For now we just have to keep him isolated from the other dogs and as still and quiet as possible.
We went out and got this pen for him to be in when we’re not holding him so that the other dogs can’t get to him. He can walk between his bed and the potty pads. The vet said he can walk around some on that leg without any problems. He mostly just hops without using it anyway because it is so bulky and stiff. I’m sure we will be holding him a lot too!
He does not seem to be in any pain at all, but we do have pain medicine to give him twice a day. He is SO MUCH better than he was yesterday when I left him. Thank you again for your thoughts and comments!
Monday, January 23, 2012
I’m just sick, y’all. Ollie either fell or jumped off of my lap at about 5:00 this afternoon and broke his leg. Both of the bones in his leg broke through. He’s at the vet for tonight and most of tomorrow under sedation because he’s in a lot of pain. We should be able to go get him around 5:00 tomorrow.
The doc is going to try to splint his leg and re-x-ray it every two weeks or so to see if it is healing. He said with little dogs like Ollie, it’s not uncommon for these type of breaks in this location to not heal properly. Both broken ends just fuse shut instead of fusing back together. In that case, he can send us to a specialist who can insert a plate, blah, blah, blah.
He’s going to have to be isolated from the other dogs and kept in a small area or kennel for the next month or so while that leg is trying to heal. We’re just hoping for the best and not even thinking about “what if” just yet. Some of you might think it’s silly to ask this for a dog, but say a little prayer for Ollie tonight anyway.
Of course, I will keep you updated.
Sorry no pictures today! I really don’t like going to blogs and seeing a bunch of text and no pictures, but that’s what this entry is today. I lose interest in a bunch of yacking and no visual stimulation, don’t you? Bear with me or just skip this entry altogether.
I saw THIS POST this morning over at Coco Rose and instantly had a bad case of yarn envy. It looks so beautiful and soft! But no more yarn for me until I get rid of a bunch of what I’ve got, if for no other reason than I just have no more room!
But to be honest, I’ve really been burned out on crochet lately. I know! Blaspheme! I’m having a hard time getting excited about anything crochet lately. But this too shall pass, I’m sure of it. I’m going to blame it on January. January is just a boring, boring month. Sorry, January, but I’ll be glad to see you gone.
On the bright side of things, I have been eating well and walking regularly this past week. I know it’s just a week, but it’s a start and I’m feeling very motivated! I really never thought I’d have it in me again to get myself in order, lose a little weight, and just get healthier. But here I am doing it, and it’s not that hard. There comes a point where the physical suffering from not eating well and not moving one bit becomes harder than doing something about it. (I think the effects of that are worse the older you get.) So that’s where I am, and lo and behold, it feels good!
I hope not to bore you with it too much in the coming weeks. This is NOT going to become a weight-loss blog or anything like that. You’ll probably just notice a few more recipes (healthy ones for a change!), and maybe more outdoor pictures.
Obviously, with the 70+ degree weather around here lately, we are not going to have a winter in Texas this year. for those of you actually having a winter, I’m really enjoying seeing the snowy pictures on some of your blogs lately. Keep ‘em coming!
Enough yacking…I’m outta here!
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Updated picture of the round ripple. Six more rows and then a couple of border rows to go.
We spent all afternoon moving my office into a part of our living room, and I don’t like it! We are going to get rid of my office furniture and buy a new desk to replace this set-up very soon.
Why does my camera make all the lights in my pictures so bright? It does that with the fireplace too. I don’t know enough about cameras to know what adjustment I need to make so that it doesn’t do that.
Anyway, now my living room is crammed full of furniture and the front room where my office was is now empty. I’m not real sure what to do with that room now. It’s always been a dilemma because it’s kind of the same room as our dining room but not really. I know that makes no sense. You’d just have to see it. I’d take a picture to show you what I mean except it’s a mess in my dining room right now and I’m too pooped to clean it up now.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
This is a GREAT recipe! It was so easy too…
This is a one-dish meal. Just chop and throw everything together in your sprayed baking pan. Mix well with your hands, throw it in the oven, and 25 minutes later, you’ve got a healthy meal!
We didn’t use cheese or sour cream or anything fatty on these and didn’t miss it at all. The Captain made some fresh pico de gallo to put on top after we wrapped them in our warm tortillas.
I only used two chicken breasts, about half of an onion, and 2/3 of a green pepper, and I substituted olive oil for the vegetable oil.
HERE is the recipe. I highly recommend it. No muss, no fuss, and it couldn’t have been better.
(Pico de gallo: Chopped fresh tomatoes, onion, garlic, jalapenos, cilantro, a little salt, and a squeeze of lime)
I haven’t worked on my round ripple in several days. I need to get busy and finish the last 8 rows. I did go to Hobby Lobby and get two more skeins of turquoise to finish with. I’ll be finished soon!
If you haven’t been to the RR Flickr Group Page recently, there is a finished one posted, and there are several more in different colors in-progress.
It’s 78 degrees here in sunny Texas!
Have a great weekend…
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
I woke up all weepy and feeling sorry for myself So I said to myself, “Self, pull up your bootstraps and get out of the house. You’ll feel better!”
Um, yeah. Not so much…
I ran into a @#$%^! cart return cage in the parking lot of Target and scraped down the ENTIRE side of our one month-old car!! GAH!!! The above picture was taken before I washed it off to see how bad it was.
This picture is just a portion of it after I washed off the dirt. (It rained recently that’s why it was so dirty. Really!) You can still see how gigantic the scrape is. It’s about 3 inches wide and 7+ feet down the side of the car across both doors.
I can’t believe I did something that damn dumb. Oh wait. Yes I can.
Monday, January 16, 2012
We took all the dogs to the park by our house today. It was really windy and overcast, but it was nearly 70 degrees so it wasn’t bad.
Ollie stayed in his papoose and was totally content to be there.
Fletch, Sammi, and Eli were a little harder to handle.
But we managed and they had a great time.
Not sure what we’re doing the rest of the day. Maybe nothing. We’ll at least go get some dinner somewhere because I forgot to thaw out some hamburger for a casserole I was going to make. I was too distracted by the Golden Globes yesterday evening to think about dinner the next day.
Speaking of the Golden Globes, there were so many pretty dresses! But I have to disagree with what I’m hearing everyone on TV saying about how great Angelina Jolie looked, and she was best-dressed, stunning, etc. I did not like her dress at all! There were so many others that were prettier if you ask me. I’m not a fan anyway. She always gives the impression of talking down to people, and she definitely thinks she’s God’s gift to humanity and the only one on earth who feels sorrow and pain and horror at what’s happening in some Third World countries. It doesn’t occur to her that most of America does not have the privilege of traveling around the world at will to see it first hand, but we still “get it”. We also don’t have the money, individually, to make a huge difference like she does. Don’t get me wrong…her work is wonderful and generous and all that, but she needs to drop the attitude that nobody knows it or feels it like she does. Bleh. Whatever. Charlize Theron gets my vote for best-dressed, although there were several others I really loved. It’s always so much fun to watch the red carpet arrivals and see what everyone is wearing and their hair and makeup, etc. It did not disappoint.
Now bring on the Westminster Dog Show in February and then the Oscars in March!
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Free Star Graph HERE.
I forgot to tell you…we took the dogs to the vet this past week for their flu shot boosters. I knew it was about time to schedule Ollie for his neutering and microchipping, but I had noticed that his little testicles had not dropped yet and I wasn’t sure he could have it done before then. When I asked about it, the doc flipped him over and said, “You’re right! He doesn’t have any! And then he felt around a little farther up his abdomen and found one and pulled it down with his finger and said, “There’s one!”
What the hell? I had no idea you could do that!
And then he said, “He’s a unilateral cryptorchid.”
“He’s a WHAT?!”
“A unilateral cryptorchid…he only has one descended testicle. The other one will never drop.”
“Oh. So do I even need to get him fixed then? Is he sterile?
“No, he’s not sterile since he has one that has dropped. The other one is there, but it will never drop. You don’t want to ever breed him because it is genetic, AND you do need to still get him fixed and have the other one removed from his belly because a high percentage of them become cancerous.”
“Aww…no! My little Ollie!”
“Now don’t panic. We just need to get that other one out and he’ll most likely be fine.”
So there you have it. My little Ollie only has one visible ball. Bless his sweet little heart.
If you are interested and are in the dark like I was, I found this on the Internet about dogs with different testicle disorders:
“If a dog has only one testicle, he is monorchid. If he has one undescended testicle, he is cryptorchid (unilateral); two undescended and he is cryptorchid (bilateral). Popular but incorrect usage calls the dog with one undescended testicle monorchid and two undescended cryptorchid. Granted, you may not be able to tell whether a dog is monorchid or has unlateral cryporchidsm without exploratory surgery. Undescended testicles often become cancerous and should be removed. Furthermore, such dogs should not be bred since the condition is hereditary.”
I had no idea! And I had two sons too! Apparently human males can have the same condition. Jeez. Have I been living in the dark or what? Did everybody else know about this?
I haven’t done a Q&A in a long time so here ya go…
1. Is the bakeware I see in your photos Rachel Ray? Yes! I bought several pieces recently. (And blogged about it, skimmers! Hee-hee.) However, I am NOT a fan of Rachel Ray in general. She gets on my nerves with her yammering on and on and on and on and on and…well, you get the idea.
2. Is the homemade laundry soap safe to use in high-efficiency front-load washers? I don’t know, but if you follow the link I provided in that post and read the comments at the end of the post on her blog, someone asks that question. I don’t know if she answered or not because I didn’t read all of the comments. There are over 200 of them!)
3. Is it okay to join the Round Ripple CAL group on Flickr and just be a lurker? Absolutely, yes! And you don’t have to use the featured pattern either if you are making one. I posted a different free pattern for a round ripple on that page that is an easier pattern to follow (in my opinion) that you can make and post on the group page.
4. What kind of dog is Ollie? Were both of his parents white? Ollie is a Chihuahua. I did not see his parents, but the breeder told me one was white and the other was buff or fawn colored.
5. I love Cheez Its! Okay, so nobody asked me about this, but it’s true! I have to force myself to not buy them every single time I go to the store. I only buy them once in a while. They are so good. Cheez-Its and a Dr. Pepper on ice = heaven. (The Dr. Pepper on ice, not the Cheez-Its! Ha.) I have to be careful with all crackers in general because they are one of my favorite things to snack on. Give me a cracker over a cookie almost anytime!
6. Spaghetti is my favorite food. (Nobody asked this either, but I’m telling you anyway.) Besides spaghetti, I love ALL Mexican food and crave it. I could live on spaghetti, Mexican food, and Cheez-Its! Eat carbs much, Pammy Sue? Heh-heh. I have no idea why my ass is getting bigger by the day, do you? (That is what you call a rhetorical question. If you answer that, I will hate you forever.)
I must be hungry because I have food on the brain. I’d better go eat something.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
I saw some of the coolest rugs while out shopping yesterday. These are big rugs…5’ x 7’ or larger.
A lot of these reminded me of crocheted afghans.
Looks like Granny Ripples!
Furry and soft.
But not $249 pretty!
I also saw these owl mugs.
I saw A LOT of owlie things.
Owls are in, man. They are IT.
I bought nothing.
But later back at the ranch…
I made some hummus.
I’ve been in a tizzy to make some hummus the past few days. I had a heck of a time getting the ingredients together. First, I bought everything I needed, but I forgot the GARBANZO beans. They’re only the main ingredient. DUH. So back to the store I went for some canned garbanzos. In my defense, I thought I had some, but I was mistaken. THEN I realized that I had forgotten the tahini (sesame paste), which is also another main ingredient in hummus. I just plain forgot that one. So back to the store I went AGAIN.
I was so excited to finally make it and was really craving that hummus at this point. I bought these Everything Bagel Thins to heat up and eat with it. You’re supposed to eat it with flatbread, but I thought these would be better. I was right. They were delish with it! Yum, yum, yum.
Just as I got up from pigging out on some hummus and warm bagel thins, I realized that, in my haste and excitement, I HAD FORGOTTEN TO PUT THE TAHINI IN IT! GAH. I thought it was great without it! The real pisser was that I had all ready cleaned my food processor. SO…I put it all back in the clean food processor, added the tahini, and whirred it all up again. I was full so I didn’t taste it with the tahini added in. I’ll be having it today for lunch.
Here is how I made mine if you’d like to try it. I had looked at many recipe for it on the All Recipes Website the day before. After the basic ingredients of garbanzo beans, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil, it looked to me like you just add whatever you like according to your preference. I decided to just use a good amount of garlic and a handful of fresh cilantro. Here you go…
Pammy Sue’s Hummus:
2 cans of garbanzo beans, rinsed & drained
1/3 cup tahini
4 large cloves of garlic
3/4 tsp salt
Freshly-ground black pepper
Juice of half a lemon
1 big handful of cilantro leaves
About 1/3 cup olive oil
2-3 Tbsp water
In a food processor or blender, whir up all ingredients except the olive oil and water until a paste forms. Stop and scrape the sides and start whirring again. Drizzle in the olive oil and add water until it reaches the consistency you like. Serve with warm Bagel Thins. I heated my bagel up in the microwave for 20 seconds and tore pieces off to dip into the hummus. The Captain had a toasted bagel with his. It’s also good with tortilla chips. Use whatever you want! It’s healthy and delicious. And apparently it’s delicious without the tahini if you don’t want to buy any. Tahini is kind of expensive. I paid $7+ for a can. I’ll probably be able to make it at least 3-4 more times from this one can though. I had always seen it in a jar before, but all they had was canned at this store. (You can usually find it by the peanut butter at the grocery store if they carry it. Otherwise, a health food store like Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s will have it.)
I’m bored outta my mind all ready today. The Captain is working. I have no idea what I’m going to do.
And finally, some shots of my doggies. This first one I took to show you the spots on Ollie’s back. They have darkened the older he’s gotten. Now they are nearly as dark as Eli’s spots and are a butterscotch color.
The angle this picture was taken at makes Ollie look really big! Y’all know he’s not that big though. He looks nearly as big as Eli in this picture. You can see that the backs of his ears are the same color. He has no spots on his under-side.
Sammi is also bored, but content.
She’s always content. And shiny!
Fletcher wants to go outside.
He loves it out there in the sun.
Eli hoarding toys.
All of my iPhone pictures have a yellow cast to them in artificial light.
This was Ollie on Christmas morning in his Dallas Cowboys tee-shirt.
Fletch enjoying a new toy on Christmas morning.
Love that butt in the air.
What the hell are you wearing?
Eli collected ALL of the toys and wouldn’t let any of the other dogs have any. What an ass! How can he be that pretty and be such an asshole? I don’t know either, but he definitely is.
Sammi would rather sit on my lap than play with toys anyway.