Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Happy April Fool's Day!

I have already fallen for 2 different April Fool’s jokes and the day is not yet one hour old. J

I hope you enjoy a bit of fun and frivolity today and get a chuckle or two outa being fooled maybe just a little bit by someone you love.

And that’s no joke!

Happy April, everybody!!!

XOXO,
Lucky Dog J

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Very Thorough Instructions

So, ya know how I’ve been reading through the Old Testament again, but this time, one chapter at a time, right?

And I’m reading it outloud, so that maybe I can understand it better, right? Well, of all things, I have discovered that saying the word “ceremonially” outloud over and over and over again is somewhat difficult for me! Who knew? J

But I digress…

So, I’m in Leviticus, which is an exercise in perseverance in itself… Oy.

Anyway, I’m not quite halfway through the book, and I’m reading all about how they are supposed to take care of things like mildew and skin diseases and stuff.

(T’wasn’t any Clorox in the desert, after all.)

And then I looked ahead at tomorrow’s chapter:
Bodily discharges.

Yikes, I can hardly wait.

Well, nobody can say the instructions weren’t thorough enough,
I guess! haha

XOXO,
Lucky Dog J


Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sunday Scripture


Psalm 37 verse 4

Delight yourself in the Lord;
and He will give you the desires of your heart.


Saturday, March 27, 2010

Mr. Furball

Apparently, when God closes a window, He opens a door. J

When things didn’t work out for the little rescue dog in Kansas,
I thought that was it. Silly me.

I’d love to introduce you to Mr. Furball, our newest family member:

He is a little rescue dog, 7 years old, and from what we gather, he was quite the stud muffin. The rescue people hadn’t even had him a week, and had already arranged for his little surgery on Thursday, and Mr. Man picked him up on the way home from work yesterday. So we haven’t even had him 24 hours, and are already in love.


Oh, and just in case you were wondering if he had ears:

He is absolutely adorable, and we couldn’t be happier.

XOXO,
Lucky Dog J

p.s. Oh, and it looks like I didn’t have to worry about Lover Boy after all. (!)


Friday, March 26, 2010

Quote o' the Day

"Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything."

-- Wyatt Earp

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Trust Your Journey


Here is my newest piece, combining my pastels with my colored pencil calligraphy. Gosh, I love dry media!!!

XOXO,
Lucky Dog J

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Quote o' the Day

"Oh bother," said the Borg, "we've assimilated Pooh."

-- Unknown


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sunday Scripture


Here's another verse for my star-gazing husband:

Psalm 147 verse 4

"He counts the number of the stars;
He gives names to all of them."


[To me this implies a finite number of stars...
What do you think??]


Saturday, March 20, 2010

First Day of Spring??

Okay, we didn’t quite get a blizzard like they predicted, but we have gotten a few inches of snow, with a few more on the way.

I put out extra deer corn yesterday afternoon, hoping that the deer would chow down before the storm hit, but apparently there is a little left somewhere under that slush.

Thank heavens, too, because one of the 3 deer that came today was Gimpy.

Gimpy must’ve slipped and hurt her leg this winter, probably in one of our other snowstorms, because she limps and hobbles her way around the woods. (That’s the only way we can distinguish her from the other females. It’s not like they look that different from each other otherwise.) It’s just so sad and pitiful to watch.

And because it’s so hard to see her limping across the woods to come and see if there’s any corn, I don’t need much more motivation than seeing her to make me grab those buckets and put more food out.

You can see how she holds her little leg up.

But ya know, she actually copes pretty well. Despite her injury, we’ve even seen her leap across the creek a time or two.

Maybe she has tendonitis like I do. I wrecked my right elbow when I was out cutting up all those crazy sticks the other week. (Aarrgghh!) So hopefully, we’ll both heal up eventually. Those tendons really seem to take their sweet time, though. Of course, it would help if I rested it more, but everything I do uses it! And all that walking around the woods, probably doesn’t help Gimpy, either.

Hopefully, we’ll get some more apple corn out there today, despite the snow…

What a cRaZy first day of Spring!

XOXO,
Lucky Dog
J

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Dogs and Doctors

In addition to having sweet cats, we were privileged to have the world’s sweetest dog for 14 years.

We lost him to cancer one year ago this week, and we can only just now look at our photos of him without it hurting too very much.

Again earning my title of Google Queen (!), this week I found a Pomeranian at a shelter online that looked just like our little baby. The resemblance was amazing.

In fact, I showed him to Mr. Man and he said, “I don’t remember that photo.” I said, “That’s because we didn’t take it. This is a rescue dog in Kansas that is available.” He couldn’t believe it and neither could I.

After lots of prayer and discussion over whether or not we want another dog, and taking into account various other factors, we decided to go for it. My new carpet would have to take second place. J

So Mr. Man called bright and early this morning, but we were too late. Someone else had already adopted him. As one of my dearest friends says, it wasn’t meant to be.

So, we have had to release the idea for awhile, and grieve a little bit over what might have been.

OTOH, I got a good report back from the doctor today, for which I am extremely grateful. (routine annual stuff)

So I guess it was a both a good news and a bad news day.

(Shhhhh... Lover Boy doesn’t know he came this close to being very unhappy about the new dog!)

XOXO,
Lucky Dog J


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

You Know You're Getting Older When...

Yes, some of the signs of aging are subtle, and others are quite in your face. But I didn’t anticipate this one at all.

You know you’re of a certain age when you’re watching American Idol, and instead of thinking: “that boy is so cute”, you think: “wouldn’t you like to have a son like that?”

Yikes! When did this happen??
When did we turn into the older set?? Good grief!

Now I do think one or two of the guys are pretty cute… J
But the girls. Now, some of those girls would be absolutely adorable daughters. Especially that little Katie.

XOXO,
Lucky Dog J

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Lover Boy

Here is a photo of the other love of my life… He is truly the best cat I’ve ever had, and is quite the Lover Boy.

I can count on him to sleep in my lap while we watch TV and want belly rubs, and if he’s really relaxed, arm rubs, too. Sometimes he tucks his head down under my arm, curls his toes and turns into a pool of butter.

He loves to be petted while he eats, and enjoys chewing on plastic bags from stores.

He’s the sweetest cat… And I didn’t mean to leave him out of BlogLand.

XOXO,
Lucky Dog J


Monday, March 15, 2010

Bumper Sticker Humor


"Even if the voices aren't real, they have some good ideas." J



Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sunday Scripture


Colossians 3 verse 2

Set your mind on the things above,
not on the things that are on earth.

Friday, March 12, 2010

What's on the Needles

Well, I just started a new knitting project: a little triangular furry shawl.

I know, I know, I bought yarn for a felted purse… But this came up in the meantime, and I just had to try it out first! J

(Maybe this is why knitters have so many UFOs in their stash.
UFOs = UnFinished Objects. We tend to juggle several projects at once.)

ANYway, here is the very beginning of my new project:

And the yarn is a glitzy silver eyelash! Won’t that be fun??

I got the pattern from a friend’s mother, who was kind enough to share it with me. I think she made it up herself.

You begin this shawl at its bottom point, so it will be fun to watch it grow into a large triangle as I go along. I think you can see the very beginnings of the triangle in this photo:

I decided to go with a M1 for my increase, since it’s so easy, and the eyelash yarn will hide anything. I googled “knitting increase” and got confused with all the choices, so I just went with the one I already knew. So far, I think it looks okay, so that’s good.

You know, sometimes, I wonder why I try to knit, cuz my brain doesn’t really compute knitting stuff. I think I’m one of those people who should’ve had a grandmother teach me and take me under her wing. But I didn’t, so I’ve had to take classes instead.

And unfortunately, while I’ve made some nice things (some socks, a felted purse, a felted hat, the usual number of scarves and shawls), I don’t feel like my knitting experience has been systematic enough for me. I don’t think I ever got to go from A to B to C. I think I was taking a knitted hat class when I should’ve been making something easier. So now I feel kinda scattered and deficient, somehow.

Where’s that grandmother again?? Oh yeah, heaven. Oh well.

ANYway, as I was sayin’, I plod along and struggle, and take classes, and when I get stuck, the teacher walks me through it, or even takes the needles herself. But sometimes I don’t think I actually “get” it. I think it’s been one of those “give me a fish” vs “teach me to fish” things. I mean, they’ve helped me do what the pattern wanted me to do, but I don’t think my brain clicked in, cuz I don’t think I could do it again on my own.

Like I said, I don’t think my brain was cut out for much more that knitting a scarf. But at least I don’t let it stop me! I just love yarn too much!!

At least maybe I’ve graduated from rectangles to triangles! haha

XOXO,
Lucky Dog J

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Quote o' the Day

“Is sloppiness in speech caused by ignorance or apathy?
I don't know and I don't care.”

-- William Safire

Monday, March 8, 2010

First Signs of Spring

We have finally turned a corner, weather-wise, and freezing temps are not the norm anymore. After all, the vernal equinox is right around the corner.

But I knew that Spring was really and truly on its way when I saw this gorgeous daffodil last Friday, blooming out front.
The first of many.

But tonight clenched it.

Here in tornado alley, this is the real sign of springtime:
a storm tracker timeline!

Yes, we had our first tornado of the year tonight. Thankfully for us, it was way out in west Oklahoma.

For those of you fortunate enough not to see a storm tracker TV screen as a familiar sight, when our weather is severe, all network programming is pre-empted with live weathercasts.
All 3 major networks and then some. Sometimes for hours and hours.

Really. You don’t have to wonder if it’s bad weather, just turn the TV on and see if network programming is on or not.

And during severe storm coverage, they pull up the maps, plot a course, and give you a pretty darn accurate time of when the tornado or storm will hit your town, city or area. Even down to the street level. (!)

In fact, our first spring in Oklahoma, I was on the phone talking with my mother when the tornado siren went off. We had the TV on already and were monitoring the storm, and she asked me if I needed to hang up and seek shelter.

I told her, no, it’s not supposed to hit here for another 20 minutes, we’ve got plenty of time to talk. J

Technology is a wonderful thing in tornado alley.

Happy Spring!

XOXO,
Lucky Dog

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sunday Scripture


Psalm 36 verse 5



Thy lovingkindness, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
Thy faithfulness reaches to the skies.


Friday, March 5, 2010

Pet Peeve #171

Ya know, I think it’s just wrong to have commercials on TV advertising mascara using girls with false eyelashes on!!
When did this start??

Is it me or should that even be allowed??
I think takes deceptive advertising to a new low.

Then again, I could be overreacting cuz I’m really jealous of those pretty eyelashes…

XOXO,
Lucky Dog J

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Sweet Endings

I have to pass along the funniest thing that I discovered lately: whipped cream as a low-calorie binding agent, instead of mayo.

Low-calorie, you ask? How is that possible?

Well, it was light whipped cream. It’s an amazing 15 calories per 2 tablespoons, and only 1.5 fat grams. People, that is less than my light mayo!

The Miracle Whip and the light mayo are both around 35 calories and 3.5 grams of fat for just 1 tablespoon. If you haven’t quickly done the math, the light whipped cream is half that for twice as much! Who would’ve ever dreamt? J

What happened was, I was making chicken salad and got everything diced (just baked chicken breasts and celery), and found out that I was out of mayonnaise. I think it had expired. And there was nothing white in the refrigerator like mayonnaise except my can of light whipped cream.

But whipped cream? Isn't that too decadent to use? That's when I read the nutrition info and was so surprised.

Well, it’s worth a shot, I thought. I sure didn’t want to run to the store right then, and I was actually toying with the idea of getting out my food processor and making some mayonnaise from scratch. Good grief!

And you know what? It was pretty good! As a binder, it worked well, and the flavor was just lightly sweet. Not weird at all. Yum.

In fact, I decided to add some raisins, to go along with the sweet theme. And if I’d wanted more calories, I would’ve added some pineapple, but I didn’t, so I didn’t. Cuz then I would’ve added some chopped nuts and sliced water chestnuts, and then it wouldn’t have been low-calorie at all. But it would’ve been good! Some other time, perhaps.

But that cRaZy light whipped cream was so good, I may just use it on purpose next time! Who knew?? It was just one of those desperate discoveries!

To happy endings to culinary crises…

XOXO,
Lucky Dog J

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Quote o' the Day


“We adore chaos because we love to produce order.”

-- M. C. Escher

Monday, March 1, 2010

Goldfinches

We have had so many goldfinches this winter! I don’t think I remember ever having so many. They are eating us outa house and home! We thought there were lots out there, and sure ‘nuff, we've counted upwards of 3 dozen at a time.

And they’re sloppy little birds, spilling at least as much as they eat. The squirrels like that, though, and spend all morning hoovering up after them. J

They are such petite little birds. I think they’re smaller than any other birds we see, although the chickadees are pretty small, too. In one of my cat mysteries, goldfinches are referred to as “wild canaries”. Isn’t that cool?

Like the juncos, we only see them in the winter. You know, that was true when we lived in San Antonio, too. I wonder where they are the rest of the year?

So now that it’s March, you’d think we’d have nicer weather, but it is still so chilly here. My daffodils and tulips have sprouted, so surely someday the seasons will change and it will be warm again. Of course, before we know it, we’ll be complaining about how hot it is. Ha!

Gosh, that’s hard to imagine, given the winter we’ve had. But I should enjoy the good sleeping weather while I still can. Winter may be cold, but in many ways, it is Rest. A break from bugs and noisy yard crews... Soon it will be planting and yard work season and tornado season!

Yikes!!!

XOXO,
Lucky Dog J