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Bits and Pieces

Whew, I have been busy!


I have had Ziva about 3.5 months now, so here is an update. 

Ziva and I are still going to dog training classes. She is doing excellent!  She walks by my side with a loose leash, sits, lays down, comes when called, stays, jumps through hoops (literally), and mostly leaves everything alone, including other dogs and treats just around to tempt her. 

The two cats have accepted Ziva as a family member and everyone gets along now. The cats sleep on the couch and Ziva sits close by. If she starts bothering Sunni, the cat just swats at Ziva’s nose. 

Ziva loves playing outside – except when it is raining. So I got her a little raincoat. Now she will at least go out in the rain to take care of business. 



Sleeping in is sooooo nice! I am reading a lot and even finding time to get some cooking/baking done. 

Above is some apple monkey bread I just made. Easy to make and tasty. 

I try to plan things for each day. Some days are really busy. For example, today I did some laundry, paid bills, got a flu shot, quick stop at drug store, put gas in the car, and grabbed a pizza.  

And because today was a nice day – meaning it was not raining – I worked outside, preparing for winter. I have a flowering thundercloud plum tree that was damaged in some strong winds last May. Last week another wind storm was predicted and I got worried. The tree was leaning towards the house. So a friend stopped by with a saw and we lopped off the branches. 

The branches will be cut into smaller sections and hauled off soon. But today, I cut off some of the smaller branches and put them in my yard waste bin. 

Yup, retirement is hard work!  



My little raspberry plant is yielding red yumminess!  

 And then there is a freeze warning for my area. So I took some old leaf bags and covered up my tomato plants. 
Cross your fingers that they provide enough warmth. 

A Little This and That Sunday

Not much going on around here, but here is a little update. 

Yum, fresh tomatoes. I was craving a BLT when I saw this tomato that needed plucking.   Alas, I did not have any bacon. So I jumped in the car to bring home the bacon (literally).  On the way home I was craving ice cream. I was jumping the gun by a day. Sunday, June 19 is National Ice Cream Day. So I did my part and stopped at Dairy Queen to get a peanut buster parfait. 

By the time I finished that giant treat, I was too full to make my BLT. Oh well. 

Today is Sunday and I often make a crockpot meal that lasts several days. So I froze the bacon and am whipping up sweet and sour chicken.  When done, I will have at least four meals. And I also have some spring greens so I can enjoy the tomato on a little salad. 

I recently ordered several items from Amazon. The cats were dancing in joy after seeing all the boxes. Miko was especially ecstatic, though this picture could not contain her excitement.   And there of course there are the mundane chores to be done on Sunday. It is so hot, I have been drying clothes outside. It is in the mid-90s, so they will be dry soon.   Oh, and I did my nails. Sparkly polish for me.   

Now I am just lying around alternating reading and watching Seinfeld on Hulu. I had forgotten that it is a great show about nothing. 

Tomorrow it is back to the grind. But I have meals prepared and clean clothes. 

A “Must See” Movie

A lazy weekend. After all the fruit adventures on Friday, I did almost nothing on Saturday.  I didn’t even watch fireworks. There are so many fires in the area, it just didn’t seem right. 

One thing I did do was trim back the neighbor’s bush. As you can see in the picture, its leaves blocked the sprinkler. I just went out there with pruning shears and hacked away. Ugly, but hopefully the burnt grass will be rejuvenated with a bit of water. Sunday morning, daughter and I usually meet for breakfast downtown. She was supposed to run with friends, so we decided to meet in the afternoon and see a movie. 

I had a Groupon for movie, unlimited popcorn, and drinks for two at a funky independent theater that is across the street from the vegan place we usually eat at. 

This theater is tiny; maybe seats 50 people. They serve drinks in glass glasses and popcorn in metal mixing bowls. Best popcorn ever!!

We went to see Love and Mercy, a true story about Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys.   My daughter was the youngest person there. Everyone else was in their 60s-70s. You know, people who grew up worshipping the Beach  Boys. 

An excellent movie and I didn’t even notice it was 2 hours long. Even my 20-something daughter enjoyed it. 

After the movie, we jay-walked across the street for a late lunch. As always, it was exceptional. 

We both got no-bake cookies for later. Mine was 2/3 gone before I even got home. Oats, raisins, peanuts, sunflower seeds, and chocolate. Absolutely the best no-bake I ever had.  Vegan, gluten-free.   

And that’s my exciting 4th of July. I am guessing most everyone else had more excitement than I did. Good on you!!

Hot, Fruit, Hot Fruit

It is still hot here. Currently it is 101 F. And the wind is kicking up. Already there are three brush fires in the area. Hope they can be squelched quickly. 

This was taken from my back deck. Getting a bit smokey.   Due to the heat, I (and Daughter) went raspberry picking at 8 this morning. It was already getting hot. I only lasted about 50 minutes before the heat got to me. And the picking were slim.  Then I stopped at a local fruit stand and grabbed some blueberries and blackberries.  And Daughter wanted apricots.  Since it was so unbarebly hot and I had hurt my back, the plan was to just stay home in the cool cool basement. 

So we watched two movies from Red Box, Black and White, and Unbroken. We fixed a lovely fresh salad with farmer’s market lettuce, cucumbers, and tomatoes. 

And then we ate fresh-baked apple-huckleberry pie. The pie was baked in the oven in the morning so as to not totally heat up the house. It did a bit, but we stayed downstairs so as not to be affected. 

I am full of fresh veggies and fruit. Daughter is off to her house with her share of the fruit bounty. Dang if she didn’t pack up the pie too!

Oh well, blame the heat. 

Llamas and Cookies

My daughter went to the local Pride parade this weekend. She sent me some pictures. I am sharing this one because I wonder what it means–if anything.  Yes, llamas at the Pride parade!  I think it was just a fun thing to do. Or am I missing some inherent meaning?

Daughter also brought me this scrumptious vegan cookie from our favorite vegan bakery. Beautiful and yummy.  I haven’t been doing anything except work and read. My eyes should be sore because I have read three books just this week. Guess I better get started on # four!

It’s Planting Time

Yup, the snow is off the mountain; no more freeze in the morning. Guess it is time to start planting!!

But before we plant, we must fuel. Here is a picture of the most delicious waffle on earth. Vegan pumpkin waffle with chai butter and syrup. This is becoming a Sunday morning thing with Daughter.   

So now that we are fueled (and full), it is off to grandma’s house. We planted purple petunias in her planter boxes, as we do every year.   

Then back to my house to plant pretties along the upper deck. (Sheesh, the deck rails are looking a little worn.)



Isn’t this an unusual petunia?


Ended up planting over 100 annuals, and there are at least six more planters to pretty up. Next weekend will be busy.