I am a self-confessed word nerd. I don’t use uncommon words in an attempt to sound smart. I enjoy the English language and the words that we have to choose from. I will admit, I’m apt to use words that will make the average Joe scratch their heard. Evidently, I […]
Sometimes I know instantly what photo speaks to the week’s challenge, other times it takes an ah-ha moment. This was one of those…
There were all these puddles last weekend when Coe and I went for our walk. The ice was just floating in the paw and shoe prints.
In response to this week’s photo challenge.
Coe and I got out for a walk this morning after a storm last night. Tree branches now littering our path are the only signs something happened last night. I wish I could see the pond at this hour to see how much it got filled. Down here, people talk about any rain in inches. When my mother was visiting she asked if I had a rain gauge. That is knowledge that has no (direct) bearing on my life.
I’m having such a hard time with the darkness and getting my walks in. Coe and I have no problem walking in the morning in the dark. But when I get home in the evening and it’s dark again, I have trouble getting myself out for that walk. By then the darkness makes me want to curl up and enjoy a glass of wine.
The snack cart is in full swing and has been going gangbusters. It’s so popular, we’ve actually been running two carts some days and selling out! I’ve mastered boiling 30 eggs at a time. A skill I never knew I’d need.
I forgot to put my phone in my pocket yesterday, but I’m pretty sure I got my 10k +++ steps in.
Happy Hump Day all!
My friend Kristin had someone tell her once “when I die, I want to come back as one of your pets because they live such spoiled lives.” Isn’t that what we as responsible pet humans are supposed to do? Treat our pets as members of the family, because that’s what they are.
Well, in my house, my pets are my children. I opted out of breeding more humans because the planet is full enough without me adding any more. But today, sadly, my household became one member smaller. Eliot (or Monster or Smelliot) was 14 and had stomach cancer (arthritis and a thyroid issue it turns out as well, but he never complained, so who knew). He put up a good fight, brave little monster to the end. But this morning, he woke up and said he had had enough.
Cross-eyed and bow legged he was adopted as a foster kitten from the local emergency vet clinic. Poor neglected middle child for most of his life, but loved his little sister Coe. When Peitre (big fat orange ruler of the roost) moved on, Eliot’s purr-sonality shone through and became quite a lover and a talker.
My awesome, supportive friends helped me celebrate his life. So here in a small pictorial, I celebrate with you.
I raise my margarita to my monster and the good long life he lived…
Sorry but this is one of those posts that starts off with look at the fun thing I did and you didn’t 😉
This past Saturday was New Deal Distillery’s 3rd annual Season’s Eating event. We had 10 different local artisan food vendors and it was a food raiser for the Oregon Food Bank. This year topped the last in so many ways… Not only did we have more people (over 600!) but we filled 3 BINS (last year we only filled 2).
I came home with beautiful porchetta from Tails and Trotters, goat cheese from Briar Rose Creamery, yummies from Olympic Provisions, a cream cheese and candied (?!) tomato hand pie from Random Order, pickles from Unbound Pickling, Thai vinaigrette from River Wave Foods and some awesome coffee Water Ave.
But how often do you get to have so much fun doing good?! I love being such a good do-gooder. I try to do something good each month. I took a huge bag of groceries in for our food bin, but this time of year I also make sure I ALWAYS have change in my pocket so I can drop coins into the Salvation Army tins.
While December is the month that we all seem to be reminded to help others, I want you to remember to do good all year. A few of the things that I do, that are not a stretch for you to add to your daily routine, are:
Buy school supplies for your local schools (just drop them at your local school- they’ll be thrilled)
Donate pet food, cat litter or collars to your local animal shelter
Pick up trash in your neighborhood park
Prune bushes or pull ivy at a park (this would of course be in conjunction with your local park service)
Help an elderly neighbor with some simple home repairs or organization
Clean out your closet and donate professional clothes to a local charity
Buy a few $5 gift cards and hand them out to needy individuals
Take books or magazines to the local hospital
I also will buy a gift card at Starbucks and give it to the cashier with the instructions to buy drinks for the cops that come in that store
What other creative ways do you help contribute to your community? I love Cooking Spree’s idea for donating to her local food bank.
Since it is December, go get some new unwrapped toys and drop them off for Toys for Tots before it’s too late. Happy Do-Gooding!
(this, by the way, is my 50th post- yea me!)
I have meaning to write this for a few days and to be honest I’ve been at a loss for words. I’d like to thank Rae of Chi Speak for honoring me with the Liebster Award. Rae is in her own words “a thinker, writer, drummer, gadget hoarder, techie, and foodie who endeavors to learn from every experience without regret”. I like Rae’s blog because she’s a girl and a self embraced “geek” and enjoy her writing, recipes and photography.
I had the thought for this bog for a long time before it came to fruition. The blogging community is great and through which I’ve learned and been motivated by many. so without further ramblings…
Here are the award rules:
- Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them. (check)
- Reveal your top five picks for the award and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog. (see below)
- Post the award on your blog.
- Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the blogosphere – other bloggers.
- And, best of all – have fun and spread the karma.
Now, here are my picks for blogs deserving attention:
1. Margie of Late bloomer Buds whose images and kind words motivate and inspire me!
2. Neil and Emily of The Socialist Kitchen who bake creatively and inspire with their generosity.
3. Kristin of Trainer, Crafter, Kristin who keeps me motivated to be both creative inside and out! (and she’s really the reason I’m blogging)
4. Humphrey of Finder Dog is a recent discovery. Humphrey is telling the tale (tail) of life with his humans. This is a great perspective on the world.
5. Allison of Allison Eats who I’ve recently discovered but in whom I find a kindred spirit. Her love of food and cooking is contagious.
Now, let me enjoy my celebratory martini while you go off and read about those other neat folks 😉