Friday, November 30, 2018

#Chewy Influencer, November ---- Eating by Colors

My other product to try this month was Temptations Cat Treats
Holiday Dinner "Edition."

When I give Riley treats, I usually give Maddie some pieces of her kibble, which seems so unfair.  I have been giving her these, though.  (Don't tell the vet, K?)

Maddie gobbles them.  Riley --- my hand on this --- eats the green ones first.  Like they were M&Ms.  The treats are "turkey and sweet potato," but I don't know if one color is one flavor and the other the other, or if all of them are the combination.  Whichever way, Riley prefers the green.  

Kids, huh?

I am part of the Influencer program, where I am allowed to try one or two products monthly in return for my honest review(s).  There are no monetary transactions.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

There's A Hole, There's A Hole

A couple of days ago, Tap hit on a spot in the side yard and started digging.

Now, I didn't have a clue what all the fuss was about.  He was determined, though, so I found myself torn between stopping him lest he uncover some sort of. . .  I don't know. . .   thing, or let him dig away.  He was fast and he was focused and the thought crossed my mind that maybe digging would tire him out.

Every.  Single.  Time he and I went outside, he tried to make a beeline for that spot.  (It's far enough away from the house to not pose a danger or threaten the "landscaping."  Besides, he was building up a nice pile of red Georgia dirt;  it wouldn't be difficult to fill the hole back in.)

By the way, I think "red Georgia dirt" is a more pleasing phrase than "cellar door."

Yesterday, he had gone so deep, his entire head fit in the hole:
I told you he was fast and focused.

He started sort of whining and wagging his tail, and I started steeling myself against a mole or something being pulled out, but

it was a root.

Not even a big root.

He pulled and he bit and he shook his head until that little root cleaved in two, and he was done.  No interest in the hole anymore whatsoever.

Kids, huh?

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Thanksgiving with My Boys

The new pecan pie recipe was a hit, and Tap discovered that Briton's feet are rather comfy-cozy.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

State of Play

It's going to be an All Sides --- well, Mostly Sides --- Thanksgiving here.  (There'll be baked ziti, so.. . .)  Since our favorites are things that taste better the second day, today was the day I cooked.

Pecan Pie (A new recipe, so the jury has yet to come in.)

Scalloped oysters (Don't give me that face.  I get that face every year.  But my mother always made them for Thanksgiving and I love them and I simply must have them.)
(Also, as easy as they are to make, I don't make them any other time of the year.)

Green bean casserole (There's really only one kind, right?  No need to get more specific.)

The aforementioned baked ziti.

Only stuffing remains for tomorrow.  Yes, it's Stove Top.  Well, the Kroger version of StoveTop.  I'm allowed one shortcut, aren't I?

Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

#Chewy Influencer the First --- I Really Didn't Think This Through

Among the products offered for trial this month were several with Christmas-y feels.  The little Planning Voice in my head said, "Great!  These can be Christmas presents!"

Except I have to give reviews before Christmas.  

Do you think Tap, Madeleine, and Riley will notice if I tape the containers back up and wrap them for Christmas morning?


First, Blue Buffalo Santa Snacks for Tap.

His reaction to these each time I offer him one is to snag it enthusiastically, run away with it, and hide it.  Scattered around the house are little gingerbread men and stars and trees with single, maybe two, bites out of them.  Maybe he's squirreling them away for Christmas morning himself? allows me to try products in-home each month in return for honest reviews of those products.  There is never an exchange of money.

Saturday, November 10, 2018


Wearing a hoodie, sitting in my Daddy's chair, watching football, knitting, occasionally taking Tap out into the crisp, chilly air.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Raining, Pouring, and a Dork

There's a cold rain coming down today, which pleases me.  (Sorry, Kathy.)  The curtains are pulled back to allow for viewing.

Rupert's ashes have been returned. They're on the fireplace mantel now, but I'm not sure that's where they'll stay.  It was sad picking them up, but it's comforting having them here.

I don't think I've mentioned that my washing machine has stopped working.  It filled up with water, washed, but then didn't drain.  It took me two days to bail it all out.  Thank goodness there isn't much laundry to do with only one person in the house.

Then yesterday, my internet and TV service kept going in and out.  Let's all say, "aggravation."  A technician is due to be here "between 4 and 8" today.

In amongst all the bad stuff of late, I did come across a breed of dog which might answer all the times "What kind of dog is he?" has been asked about Tap.  Behold the Dorkie:

And behold Tap:



Dachshund and Yorkshire Terrier.  Now, obviously, Tap isn't a purebred crossbreed, but these are pretty good matches, don't you think?

(PS --- Interesting app available out there: Dog Scanner.)

Saturday, November 3, 2018

A Little Love

I've been trying and trying to think of something to say here since Tuesday, and. . .  nothing.  Those of you who have had, and who have lost, pets know the crush that it brings to you.  I miss Rupert so much.  In the shower, considering things to post, I realized I was grinning.  He was funny.  And sweet.  And a little slow on the uptake.  My friend Amanda called him "a little love," and that's perfect.  He was a little love, and he's still making me smile --- that's what will carry me forward.

Not a very productive week, as you might imagine.  Did manage to finish a pair of socks in green KPPPM;  sorry not to have the number.  There was enough left over to cast on for a Sock Yarn Cowl:
There are a lot of nice sock cowl patterns on Ravelry.  This one caught my eye because of the welting --- I like the look of welting, and I enjoy knitting it.

Scrolling through my Ravelry library, I realized there are pages of dishcloth patterns.  They are easy and fun and don't demand intense concentration, so I'm going to make a few of those. My hands have practically ached for knitting this week, as both elixir and passer of time.


For some reason, this year I am constantly moving Christmas stuff around the house.  I'm not sure why things are so unsettled, but they...