Thursday, December 27, 2007
and keeping himself entertained. He is SO OVER having foster sisters. He had a blast when Freddo came to visit.
This pic is on Miss Bunny Boo's last roach on my side of the bed. Isn't she adorable? I like this pic because she was smiling, I'd been rubbing her belly.
This is Gypsy, our newest foster. Please ignore the tall grass, we've had so much rain there hasn't been time to cut it and finally C~ broke down and cut it in the rain yesterday.
Anyway, that's the back corner where the compost pile is, so it's not a high priority but it's where the greys love to graze on our "organic" grass.
Gypsy is a cutie pie. Tiger is still pissed off that Bunny is gone, he's been pining away. For Christmas we had a quiet time punctuated with a couple of family parties. C~ bought me some Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, something that's really hard to come by - I'm guessing he found it at some specialty shop in the city. I also got a Butterfingers Candy Bar, greyhound t shirt and assorted other goodies. All were wonderful! Hubby got a Weber Smokey Joe grill and accessories. It's our first BBQ grill together. He was hoping for a big gas grill but I'd rather wait on the great big monster til we have our own house....plus I love charcoal grills. Maybe we will move up to the bigger kettle grill that can use both charcoal and gas.
We did our first steaks on it tonight and I'll be darned if they weren't the best I've had in Oz and that includes the one at Lone Star!!!!! Well, what can I say? I prefer my steaks with seasonings on them LOL!!!!!
Monday, December 03, 2007
I haven't posted lately for no good reason either, except I've been getting caught up in Spring Cleaning, etc, lots of cooking and freezing and other stuff that just needed to be done. You know how that is. Plus it's also been slightly busier at Chez Kitten with the foster pup. Last Weekend we had the GAP Christmas Party and Tiger won Best costume
Below is Tiger and me (ignore the awful hair it was above 90 that day) with his Best Dressed Award - I made him a surgeon's outfit, complete with hairnet, mask, stethoscope, and scrubs.
Above are Tiger and Bunny together, She was a Fairy Princess. She didn't win, but we think it's because the judges didn't want to have 2 winners in the same family ;)
Lately this is my favorite pic of me and the boy. This is how we woke up one morning and C~took some pics.
This shows the whole bed with Bunny at the bottom being, well...herself LOL. After she's run around, bounced all over the bed barking and doing her damnedest to say GOOOOOOOOD MORRRRRRNING VIET NAMMMM!!!!!!!!
Yup that's what my bed looks like in the morning, a war zone. BTW, Tiger is wearing red pajamas to keep him warm - I like to keep the ac on at night and he gets quite cold, even under the blankets with us.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Yes, some of us in Australia do celebrate Thanksgiving. But that's most likely because we are either Americans living here or have someone in our family that is American.
Why doesn't Australia celebrate Thanksgiving? Well the short snarky version I generally give folks "back home" is that ummmm, there weren't any pilgrims nor were there any starving Indians to trade with when James Cooke sailed around mapping the coast. Aboriginals, yes. Indians, no. Hence, no Turkey Day.
Plus, who the hell wants to pay $45 for a 10 lb turkey? I've done it in the past and probably will again, but sheesh, I'm keeping that whole dang bird for myself. That's darned 'spensive for a bird don't ya think?
So, since we don't celebrate Turkey Day Down Under we don't get a day off work. Therefore, I don't gotta spend the day in the kitchen slaving away in the heat with no ac since we are kind of backwards (And intent on keeping the planet green!) by not having ac throughout the house.
So I sit here in the sweltering heat watching The Cricket instead.
Yes, I have come to love The Cricket as we call it here in Oz. Seems odd to say "The " in front of it kind of like saying , "I'm going to turn on the tv and watch The Baseball". Doesn't feel right, but anywho. HERE is a cool explanation of Cricket by a fellow American. Both the wiki and yank versions are fairly long but informative.
If you'd like to see where you can get all the info on Cricket go to Cricinfo.com .
Now pardon me but I'm off to hang with the puppers in the lounge room (living room) and watch The Cricket. Can't wait to see Australia beat the heck out of Sri Lanka.
Monday, November 05, 2007
THe pic below is of my VERY spoiled boy, He has his very own sofa, which is next to a window and a door to the outside, in front of the window, as you can see, there's a fan blowing cool air across the Tigerman. Look at the face - utter bliss.
Speaking of fun police, screw the blog title I wasn't thinking but wasn't that the name of a movie or somethin'? Ok so I was stuck for a title and it's been thundering at night with little to no rain, bah humbug! Ok So I've got another pic of Tigez. Earlier last week he cut open his leg. It's gross, it keeps being torn open and I keep bandaging it. Right now it has some cool hot pink vet wrap on it! He soooo looks awesome in hot pink.
The above picture is a close up of Tigers wound. He acts and sort of looks like he's been in the wars. Well, he acts like a typical male by ignoring it unless it's bandaged and he rips the bandages off then whines because it's bleeding and hurts. Typical male.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Ok Ok, I put my glasses on and looked up to find a young woman. I'm guessing about 19? Hopping down her stairs and across the street screaming "HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!" at me and then she practically begged me to take some of her candy, though I tried to refuse. One nevers knows about taking candy from strangers....I'm sure I've heard that somewhere before.
Probably got drilled into me as a kid or something.
Anywho, said female bee approached with her plastic punkin and I peered inside to discover she had frosted gummy worms. WELL! I figured I'd better sample them worms just to make sure they were safe for the neighborhood kids, ya know? I mean gosh! What if they had pins in them or were laced with some psychedelic drug. Who better to sample them than someone whose parents grew up in the 60's? Or in my case , I think me growing up in the 80's qualifies me to be somewhat knowledgeable about a few illegal substances (but I'm not telling which ones :P).
Hey, it was the 80's and it's been so long I'm SURE it's out of my system by now. Well, that's my story and I"m sticking to it.
Back to the bee girl. She was happy I'd taken her candy and I was happy as I chewed the ever so sweet and succulent and frosted gummy worms.
My teeth are gonna ache for a week now.
Gawd I Love Halloween!
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
A Currumbin Sanctuary kangaroo mum and joey still in pouch.
Oi! What a week! Busy, busy, busy little bee I have been. First we sent Phoebe off to her forever home with Gayle on Tuesday, then Wednesday was a meeting at Albion Park for those of us that will start doing home visits and dealing with the applications of potential adopters.
THEN! On Friday afternoon I got a call about doing 2 home visits! ACK!!!!!!! Talk about fast! Yowza, Kirsty doesn't let any moss grow on her stones do she? So now it's Sunday evening, both home visits are done and both get my vote to be adopters! They were awesome! Anywho, I did some laundry and other assorted housework (always a fav pastime here in Chez Kitten, dontcha know).
I have been playing in the dirt. What? You mean you didn't know I was that kinda girl? Whellllll, there ya go. I planted about 2 dozen tomato plants a couple of weeks ago and they were nearly ready to re pot and so I did about half to see if they would do ok before I re potted them all.
I have my greenhouse all ready for the plants to go in once they are big enough. I will probably have them overflowing onto both front porch and back patio, as well as the greenhouse. I have planted some cukes, bell peppers (assorted colours), lettuce of many varieties - mostly leaf - herbs such as sage, oregano, basil, and thyme, some coriander, and chives, garlic chives, and some other stuff I can't remember at the mo'. But it's all good, I've been a busy little bee getting my fingers dirty, composting, digging, sowing seeds, watering with some odd organic seaweed mix that's supposed to be da bomb! I'll let ya know once stuff starts coming in. If it all tastes like Nori we might need to back off it LOL!!!!!
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Tigers nose inserted into couch cushions
I think that's what they call "dog tired"
A Grace of Hounds
Dr. Harry on stage with Harry the greyhound.
This morning Phoebe went to her forever home *pout* and I wasn't even here to say, "Goodbye"! I'll miss little Miss Phoebe, Tiger will miss her, and even C~ will miss her. She was a super foster dog to have, even if she did drag full 2 litre bottles of soda around. LOL!
She even dragged a full bottle of Canola oil to the dog bed in the bedroom. I don't EVEN want to know what she and Tiger had planned for that! At least she didn't eat a 5 kg bag of compost at our house (apparently she did at a previous foster home).
As you can see from the pics, Tiger and Phoebe were exhausted from the Gold Coast Pet Expo on Sunday. They got to meet Dr. Harry and Tiger and I got to be on stage with him as he taught the audience how to pet strange dogs properly....though I think he used greyhounds as demo dogs because they are fairly predictable unlike other breeds with strangers. Tiger just ignored the kids, and Harry (the dog not the Dr.) decided a nap on stage was in order.
When we got home, Tiger stuck his nose IN the couch and the Pheebster plonked on the floor and grinned like the looney toon she is.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
This this is my second attempt at a direct upload from my computer. This is a short clip of the Pheebster (Phoebe) smiling. She smiles a LOT! Great girl that she is. She and The Tigez are getting along like a house on fire probably because he's getting to sleep on the bed ALL night
This this is my second attempt at a direct upload from my computer. This is a short clip of the Pheebster (Phoebe) smiling. She smiles a LOT! Great girl that she is. She and The Tigez are getting along like a house on fire probably because he's getting to sleep on the bed ALL nightsince she's been here. Gawd I'm so gullible!
Saturday, September 22, 2007
I'm honestly not sure which it is yet as it's only half over with at this point.
This morning was up at buttcrack of dawn (aka 5:01 am) for no apparent reason but was awake, so I crawled out of bed to check on Tiger. He was on the couch in the living room as he's been doing all week. It's been hot during the days and nice and cool at night, so he likes to sleep on the couch near the open windows...but not TOO close like his bed in the bedroom is, which is just under the windows.
So, got dressed into some old jeans, T-shirt, and tennis shoes then off we went to Katy's where I had a quick showing of her home and petted Tamale and Omo, then out to the car we went where we discovered that her hubby Mark had taken the nice SUV and left us with the Jeep that was too small...whilst waiting for him to get back and trade cars with us we stood under the balcony.
Standing under the balcony we chatted for a second then BAM! I was hit smack in the face with a falling Pepper (cat) who'd fallen off after being chased off by the other cat. DAMN! My glasses were on the ground and Pepper had this laid back "I'm so cool" look going on. Damn feline! Ok, quick face check, no major scratches and no broken sunglasses (prescription Ray Ban's).
Ok so that's over with and off we go to pick up baby sitter and off to the farms. We petted quite a few greyhounds and other assorted canines being kept in the kennels. Picked up 3 hounds to drop off at the next farm, then onto the 3rd farm where we saw MORE greyhounds and 2 week old greyhound puppies!!!!!!
Ohhhhhhh poopies! Such loving has never been had by yours truly. What a bunch of luvable little guys they were. Until today I'd never seen a greyhound under the age of 2 and today I got to see them from 2 weeks on up.
Tonight I'm off to the Ipswich track to pick up a foster hound named Cherry. Still don't know if I am going to take Tiger, which was the original plan, but C~ is off at paint ball and I won't get to the track til late than we'd planned so Tiger won't be able to lead the greyhounds onto the track now - as we had originally planned *sigh*.
Ah well, at least we are finally getting a foster and I will get to see an actual true to life greyhound race.
Like I said not sure whether or not it's a helluva or a day from hell yet. Piccies will be posted at later date as I forgot my camera and have to get Katy's pics from her. I got pics of me getting all loved on by little 4 month old puppies! So sweet, even if they did try to take me down like they had 'obviously' done to that steer...there were cattle rib cages all over the runs (ohhhhh scary little buggers they were LOL).
PS Just kidding about the steers, those were bones they were given to gnaw on not real cattle.
Saturday, September 08, 2007
I do have a coffee maker that C~ bought for me when I first came to visit him before we got married but it has remained packed away in a box until yesterday when I brought it out for dinner. We had dinner guests last night for the first time since we moved into our house earlier this year. I guess we just haven't had the time or the inclination as we have either been too busy or too tired or just plain didn't care too what with all the boxes hanging around that we had yet to unpack and didn't really have too much reason to get on with it, you know?
We knew we'd eventually get around to it, and so we did....eventually, which was last night. House was all cleaned up, boxes unpacked, turkey in the oven, and our guests thoughtfully brought a yummy pavlova for dessert. LUCKY US!
I LOVE to cook. Absolutely LOVE to cook, especially for guests. I like nothing better than to cook for holidays but here the main holidays happen to fall during the Summer which kind of puts the quietus on big, heavy meals that take hours to cook in an oven, but a few weeks ago C~ found a nice juicy turkey breast on sale ( about $20 for a 6 pounder - shocking eh?) and so he bought it knowing that I'd been wanting to cook one before Winter was over and he was also planning to ask a workmate and his girlfriend over to dinner.
So last night out came the good dishes -FINALLY! - and the turkey et al was prepared. We had roasted turkey with roasted pumpkin, fennel, and parsnips. Also broccoli casserole, salad, and mashed potatoes and gravy with homemade honey mustard dressing for the salad. Finished off with pavlova that our guests brought for dessert.
Honestly it wasn't my best effort where the turkey and dressing were concerned though they were both eaten with relish and C~ said he much preferred this style of dressing than the one I made last time. I found it too heavy and "cake like"...but he happens to like things "cake like" lol.
The gravy was also not the greatest but I was a bit rushed as the turkey took about 45 minutes longer than expected. I really hate it when that happens! Our guests had been here since 5:30 and it was nearly 7 pm so I was rushing things along as best I could. The tummy rumblings that could be heard from the next room were an indication I was about to have a riot on my hands if things weren't hurried along sufficiently....and that was just from Tiger.
Anywho, the table was already set by moving husband and I proceeded to load it down with about a half tonne of food which caused the guests eyes to nearly pop out of their heads (and Tiger's too!). So, The Tigez was ushered out onto the patio where he was temporarily pacified with a bone until about a quarter of said table food laden table was consumed and smiles replaced tummy rumblings. Even hubby who generally hates all things containing mustard, mayo, and sour cream ate the honey mustard dressing (on his turkey of all things) and proclaimed it very nice, indeed. My guests were astounded and complimented me on everything then lamented that they were wanting to reciprocate the invitation but were a little scared LOL.
Of course we told them that we'd be happy with tacos made from one of those Old El Paso box mixes. Hehehe, they didn't believe us til we showed them our stack of box mixes we keep just because we like them so much. Too easy!
What can I say? I love to cook and show off my skillz in the kitchen when given half a chance. Plus we have lots of leftover turkey and stuff to eat off the rest of the week, but I'm gonna have to get off my butt and make some better gravy, thank goodness I saved the rest of the pan drippings.
BTW, if you want an invite to dinner, just ask...but don't expect turkey for at LEAST another year or so cuz geez it's just a heck of a lot of trouble and once a year is more than enough for me to spend all frackin' day in the kitchen ya'll! Love ya, but NO! Ya'll will be gettin' frackin' fajitas or something easy like chipped beef on toast.
Saturday, September 01, 2007
For being critical go HERE and criticize moi.
Ok so be honest and I'm honestly hoping for the best lol, but I would like to know for my own interst what my faults are (as others see them anyway) so that I can improve.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Mah mummy has lawst it yawl!!!!!! I showed herbz dis linkage I'z gotz frum mah frind Katy Da Greaty at needlenoses and welll....mum's a gawnah. Herbz bin laffin awl day. Gud to heer butt...herbz sownds kinda rattly like sumfins cummin loose inside.
I finks herz is still sik. So sad. But I fawt I'd gibs yawl da linkys too cuz dey is funny cat pikshurs.
An mah fabrit : I can Haz Cheezburgahs
Thursday, August 23, 2007
The Tigez hear :
My mummy is sick so herz habs me to hep herz wite dis fuh herz. Pweeze escwuze da mizpellings cuz I's not berry gud at diz, but I's twying.
Mummy cawt a viwuss fwum sum bad persson at dat hopsitul last weekz win herz had to habs her spine injamectid wiv dem steroidz. I tode herz dat demz steroids wuz bad fuh herbz. LOL! Gud ting shez not gwowing inee hairs on herz face yet. Hahahah! Well, I's tawt it wuz funnee but herz din't beleeb me eever.
Inneehoo, herbz has a feber ob a hunnerd an wun tewday win herz wint to da doctuh ladee and lefted me at homez all by meself....INSIDE! Can yew beleeb it? Daddy tinks imma mess on da fowah (floor) but ima gud boy joo see so I dint go at all, I jus slepted on dat comfee bed mummy an daddy gotz fer us. Dey cawls it a Kings Eyes bed, whudebber dat meenz *shwug*. I certanwee dont nose whud a Kings Eyes bed iz...I'da tawt doze wuz on duh Kingz face? Who noze, but itz a big bed an Iz likes it lots n lots.
Well I bettah go now, mummy neez me to cuddle herz and keeps herz warm now.
Lubs an kissey lixxes to youz all,
Saturday, August 18, 2007
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Saturday, August 11, 2007
Hrmmmmm. Not too shabby me thinks. Also in my new place of employment, which we all know is the dental field, we don't have to see emergency patients. Yipppeeeeeeee kai yayyyyyyy! Nope , none at all. Good for me and good for you!
To make up for that this past week has been hell on wheels. I think I helped take out more teeth in 5 days than I did in the last 6 months. I think more fillings were done, too. How does that work? I dunno but it feels that way.
I even got a gorgeous bouquet of flowers from everyone on Friday at lunch...they even had lunch for me brought it. Ok, we all chipped in and paid $5 for a ginormous platter of sammies from Subway, plus all kinds of chips and dips and desserts, and choccies galore.
SO, I start the new job on Monday, but have Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday off. Hehehe, life is so unfair. Actually, those days were already scheduled off for me as I'm going in bright and early on Tuesday to have an epidural injection of steroids ... wait for it....
in....my....SPINE!!!!!!! Ewwwwwwww. Doesn't sound good to me either, ya'll. But the doc insists that it MAY work. I guess if it does work then I could get some decent pain relief for up to 6 months. Then Wed. is a public holiday for us Queenslanders for the Ekka. Then Thursday I'm taking off just to be sure I'm a-ok to go back to work on Friday. Then the next week I'm up for an MR, woooohoooooo...2 hours in a tube, what a day to look forward too.
Back to the spine thingy. Nope, I'm not looking forward to it, but I'll be seriously sedated so I won't remember a thang. How cool is that? Apparently it's conscious sedation so I will be a wandering zomberina afterwards LOL! Can't wait to see the pictures? Me neither, perhaps I can be persuaded to share... send me lots of get well packets of Ranch Dressing mix, Smucker's Grape Jelly, and a REAL Mars Bar and we'll talk, k?
Okies, Imma run now so I can go watch something on the tube before I crash cuz tomorrow C~ and I are gonna flaunt The Tigez at the Ekka - GAP is having a promo in the doggie arena. Hopefully I won't forget the camera!
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Went out to see Fracture with Anthony Hopkins last night at the cinema. Pretty good flick. Anthony Hopkins plays a good psycho. The ending was a little trite but how cool is it that they could maintain the suspense throughout when you knew in the first 10 minutes that the lead character killed his wife, admitted to it, went to jail, then played with the prosecuting attorney to make things go his way? HAH! Gotcha, now you must go see it!
Other movies I've seen recently are: 300, Sicko, Music and Lyrics, Miami Vice (for the send time cuz Colin Farrell is just too cute), Walk the Line, Children of Men, and the first half of Bowling for Columbine. I still can't figure out if Mike Moore is advocating guns or what. I hope not. The Sicko Documentary was awesome and those of us living outside America and know how great socialised health care is can definitely relate to what his message is.
Okies, gotta fly.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
The Tigez impression of a sleeping Jedi - in plaid wool, of course.
Yep that's right, the flu sucks and I got it last week. One more thing to add to the list of what could possibly go wrong right now. Grrrrrr!
Anywho, other than that stuff seems to be moving along slowly but surely. Next month I'm scheduled for an MRI and an epidural injection of steroids to hopefully reduce the pain in my back. I'm not all that hopeful to be honest, but the insurance is covering it and at this point I'll try anything that will help, short of smearing goat poo all over myself. Oh yeah, and sex with goats is out as well, even as much as montchan seems to think it cures everything that ails you *snort chuckle chuckle snort*.
Last week was pretty nice, the weather is warmer and we had a GAP Promo at the Samford Show last Sunday. The dogs had a great time, I finally got to meet Katy the Greaty in person and not just read her blog. GuacOMOle still has a leaky willy. For your viewing pleasure I give you the linkage to Katy's manpad expose. Tigez missed Gracie who seems to be his favorite girly greyhound who belongs to Brooke. Tiger actually was SO OVER the standing up all day thing while at a Promo and he did lie down, hey! I have piccies to prove it, too!
It was great, especially after we found some spinach and cheese rolls (like sausage rolls without the sausage lol) and I bought 2 so I could share with my boy...and of course I had to share with the other food hounds as well *sigh*. But it was much nicer to intentionally share than what Mister Wally booger was doing. He tried to sneak our tea cakes off the table and ended up getting scolded but not before chomping on a mouthful of yummy plastic container whilst dragging the cakes off the table. Don't worry, the cakes were saved by yours truly and Wally was given a treat so he wouldn't think I was mad at him.
Other than that the day was nice, we talked to lots of potential adopters and Katy and I drooled over things remembered from back home that we just can't get here...you know, like REAL Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream or truly excellent Mexican food. What else are southern wimminses gonna talk about except food? Hehehehe.
Oh wait, And I almost forgot Banjo, another of Brooke's boys. He's "special" but seems to get along with Tiger nicely, they even had a bit of a snuggle during the show.
Pics later but now I gotta run. Master of the house, C~ himself calls, and we MUST watch Doctor Who episodes before we retire.
Friday, July 13, 2007
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Bishop Lord Tigez the Wholesome of Buzzing St Helens
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Wednesday, July 11, 2007
I've only been here a year and a half and my body still thinks it's time for Summer although at the same time I'm terribly grateful for the much cooler weather we are having. Or should I just go ahead and say it's FREAKING COLD!!!!!!! BRRRrrrr!
Yup, last night it got down to 6 degrees Celsius, for the rest of us folks that is 33 F. A Wee bit too cool when one has no insulation to speak of in one's house. At this time I'd like to take a brief moment to thank the Dupont company for making carpet fibres.... Oh hell yeah I'm grateful for that carpet in my bedroom because the rest of my house qualifies as a meat locker between 4 pm and 12 noon. I'd also like to thank my husband for granting me the opportunity to turn the teensy electric heater all the way up to maximum every night and tolerating flannel sheets as well.
Now I shall take a bow, exiting stage left. I'm off to snuggle up to my male heaters a.k.a. C~ and The Tigez ( better known as The Hubby and The Faithful Dog) cuz mah tootsies are coooooold, ya'll.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Hrmmmm, Tiger got in a very unfair fight with a cat a couple of weeks ago and he lost. When I got home from work I found a very small patch of kitty fur just beyond the back steps and Tiger was moaning and whining and all gimpy and refused to get off the sofa once he got inside, so what ensued was a long trip to the vet when C~ got home a few minutes later. After a checkup and some antibiotics, pain killers, and compresses were prescribed we got home with a dopey doggy that was mighty hungry and all sooky to boot.
Tigez is all better now thank goodness but he's been following me around like he's afraid of having me out of his sight. He even comes when I call him now, too. Dunno if the cat incident has anything to do with it but whatever, it's working lol.
I've been lucky enough to have had to call in sick the past 2 days with a bout of gastritis apparently picked up from work and today is my normal day off during this months schedule so I'm trying to get a few things done but all my body wants to do is take a nap.
It doesn't help that it went from nice and warm this morning to cool and windy, either. Feels like a knife cutting through ya when it blows....brrrrrrrrr. So, that's what I've been up to other than the usual housework on top of work work. GACK! Real life sucks sometimes don't it?
Ah well, life goes on and will improve I'm sure of it.
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Well, it started out with C~ telling me that we HAD to use up the milk quickly before it went bad, so we started thinking of stuff to cook with milk. For my share I made some scalloped potatoes, he pulled out a corned beef so he could make some fritters later on this week....ugh! the thoughts of all that grease flying everywhere sets my teeth on edge! LOL. He does clean it up, though...that is AFTER he left it overnight one time and I had the mother of all conniption fits one morning upon discovering cold grease covering every inch of the counter, stove, and floor closest to the stove. ALl I have to say about that is EWWWWWWWW!
So, I made the cornbread. The scalloped potatoes took way too long to cook and I ended up not even getting to eat them with supper, but that's ok there was plenty without it.
I have had some dried black-eyed peas sitting around for ages and keep telling myself I'm going to cook them when I get the right seasoning stuff. Well, a few weeks ago I bought some Speck.
It looks wonderful...it tastes wonderful, too. The first thing I tried it in was baked beans, ohhhh yummo! It's this cured bacony pork stuff known most the world round as MEAT and oh boy is it ever good. Hey, I was looking for fatback or streak of lean but they just do not seem to carry that here, so I opted to check out this Speck stuff and am glad I did. Hey! I was about to steal one of Tiger's bacon bones but felt I'd make that a last resort, though I have found tons of recipes for their use in human food...so, bacon bones, not just for dogs anymore *grin*. Just check out any British or Aussie recipe site and you will find plenty of them ... something like a hock but not exactly.
Anywho, I firgured I'd share my cornbread recipe with ya'll since I've had to learn to improvise with stuff on hand and cornmeal is very difficult to find here and when I have it's so very fine it makes awful cornbread so I use polenta instead. This is a recipe I found on the net and have altered it to suit the ingredients I have.
1 cup polenta
1 cup self-raising flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 Tbs. baking powder (still use it because it makes it rise nicely)
1 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg, lightly beaten
PREHEAT oven to 400°F or 200 C . Grease 8-inch-square baking pan.
COMBINE corn meal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. Combine milk, oil and egg in small bowl; mix well. Add milk mixture to flour mixture; stir just until blended. Pour into prepared pan.
BAKE for 20 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean. Serve warm.
**I have also added 1 TBSP of honey to it as well to make it even sweeter and it is very nice.**
I am sooooo loving this! So far, my peas are boiling nicely and should be ready quite soon!
Ta Ta for now I'm off to speed supper up and check out the latest Torchwood episode and adventures in the T.A.R.D.I.S. . BTW, if any of you have never watched Dr. Who please check it out. You just don't know what you are missing. I feel so deprived to have had a childhood that was bereft of this wonderful show. Those in America will probably find it on the BBC Channel.
Monday, June 18, 2007
So here I am once again. I have had so much happen the past few weeks I don't even know where to start.
Last week we bought a new king size bed!!!! Yippeeeeeee!!!!!!! Now we will be able to fit the both of us AND Tiger into it comfortably. At least I hope so, it will be delivered on this Saturday, so we shall see, eh? This past weekend was spent out shopping for all the new bedroom stuff to fit the bed, like sheets (flannel ones since it's winter) and new doona and cover for it, mattress protector, etc.
We will also be moving my computer into the bedroom so I will have a warm place to sit, right now I'm in the kitchen dinette and it is damn cold!!!!! We have a small space heater that warms up the bedroom quite nicely but doesn't do much for the rest of the house lol.
Since I've switched medicines, I'm really feeling the cold like never before and even though it is a relief it has been hard to sit down and type with frozen fingertips like I'm doing now. SO many mistakes grrrrr that it takes twice as long to type anything. So now I'm off to move my bookshelf and its contents to make room for the computer and desk and also unearth more winter clothing to wear....hopefully I shall find my fleece pajamas and some nice warm socks for my tootsies.
Tata for now!
Friday, June 01, 2007
I had to Youtube it to find the episode which has her and ELizabeth Hassellbeck fighting. Wait, who the FARK is this Elizabeth chick? All I can say for sure (from watching the clips) is that she's some right-wing blonde that thinks Bush hung da moon all on his own. Ummm yeah, I like Rosie, k?
Then I read where Isaiah Washington is back on Grey's Anatomy. He LEFT? When? Ok, that I can live with because those of us Down Under are behind a season or so when it comes to the most poopular shows in America and Britain *sigh*. I can even live with movies being released later over here. What pisses me off is that unless I sit at my computer reading all the American pop culture websites or stay at home to catch Entertainment Tonight (yesterdays show in America) that comes on mid afternoon...which, of course, I do not remember that it is on or even what channel it airs on sheesh! Gimme a break...I'm still catching up with what evil Sammie Brady is doing in Salem (from last year of course!)...yeah yeah, don't give me a hard time, I've been watching Days of Our Lives since I was 12 - ever since Bo and Hope got married.
I find it odd that living in another part of the world people just don't get that no one here knows who the heck Katie Couric or Jay Leno are. Americans just automatically assume that the whole world watches American television, even tv shows that are blatantly US-centric...like The Today Show or Good Morning America. Of course even in Oz we have our own Today Show...and even Big W (no affilation with Wal-Mart) has the big smiley signs the same as Wal-Mart does.
Another thing...of course I don't watch The Weather Channel (from the USA) because ummmm our weather channel shows only Australian weather here, so no I do not know all about the latest hurricane or tornado that hit Kansas. I guess I've become jaded and unworldy not knowing what the heck is going on all over the place at once but then when I lived "back home" all the international news was so skewed to portray Americans and America in the best light possible and didn't really realise this until I was over here during the English Subway Bombings. I was quite shocked to see the comments made by President Bush to the British people that quite clearly showed his lack of caring and concern when he obviously expected the entire freaking world to back us up when the World Trade Center was bombed. Not surprisingly this interview where GB walked out on a BBC reporter was not shown within the USA...but was shown on Australian tv.
That gives one a bit of insight into how things really are and it is also not surprising that most of the world views most things American with disgust.
So while I may complain about not being able to be very up to date on the goings on of the rest of the world I am secure in the knowledge that I now have a little perspective even if I do miss a few things "back home"....one of those things being Taco Bell, of course.
This post is most definitely tongue-in-cheek and meant as total satire. As you can imagine I am proudly American, a card carrying member of the Democratic Party, and cannot wait until I am also eligible for Australian citizenship. I like being a part of the entire world. Kind of like peanut butter and steak, you never knows what you are missing until you take a bite out of life and let the juices run down your chin.
Friday, May 25, 2007
What a wonderful feeling....I'm hap-py A-gain.......wait, wrong words but what the hay!
Wow! This past couple of weeks has been an adventure to say the least. I went from excruciating gawdawful kill-me-now pain to less pain than I've had since '98. I'm feeling better, I'm smiling, and I've even laughed a bit the past few days.
Things are starting to look up but I'm kinda scared shitless that it will all end soon, that this is all a dream or a fairytale or something. I feel pretty cool to be honest. No ups and downs, well not many anyway and I can think clearly as well as get around and MOVE! Honestly, I do move kinda slow but it's gettin better lol.
I've done laundry and washed the dishes today and I'm still upright. I worked the past two days and haven't keeled over from walking home from the train station - which is a brisk 12-15 minute walk and believe me I walk FAST cuz it's dark early now and the streetlights aren't all that bright, not to mention we don't live in the safest neighborhood - not terrible like New Orleans, but not really great either.
Tonight I MUST get on the ball and order Tigez some pj's. He was SO cold last night after supper that he was vibrating!!! I guess that's the greyhound equivalent of shivering. Poor fella. So he slept in his coat but first I stuck him in the bed with me and covered hims up like an eskeemo, turned off the ceiling fan, and cuddled with him til he started panting from being too hot...poor thang! This took a whopping 15 minutes lol, then I had to uncover him - I was freezing btw. My new medicines make me cold instead of hot, which is a nice change of pace.....shall we say Whhooooopeeeeeeee? I'd rather be cold any day of the week than hot. I mean sheesh! one can only get so nekkid, ya know? I'd rather wear layer upon layer of clothing despite the fact that I do sort of resemble the pillsbury doughboy .... or maybe the Michelin Man? *snicker*
Friday, May 18, 2007
I am having problems with my pain levels. I can't think clearly or do much of anything to be honest, just getting up in the morning and feeding my dog is about it. I have gone to my doctor and we are switching my medicine for my chronic back pain from a past surgery to remove tumour (just in case you didn't know what I was rambling on about).
Anywho, I have chronic pain. It makes me bitchy. It makes me cry. It makes me want to scream and somedays I get sort of left alone to do my thing. Not the past few months. It has just gotten steadily worse and worse so this past monday I went to my Doc and laid it on the line to her. Increase my meds, change my meds PLEASE! I am in pain, I need more, I need something because sitting hurts, standing hurts, and lying down hurts...basically just being hurts.
I have to live with this, I know it, I've known it from the day I was told I needed surgery or I would die. I consider myself lucky that I didn't end up a para- or quadriplegic which was a serious possibility after the surgery. So now I deal with pain every single minute of every single hour of every single day of my life. I try so very hard to not let it define me but that can be difficult. I know many people won't understand because they have never experienced pain to this degree but those who do will hope I get better soon *fingers crossed*.
I don't often talk about this pain with anyone and the only ones that have ever known just how serious it is is my doctors, family, and my husband. Why don't I talk about it I'll bet you're wondering. Well it's because most people can understand the pain of having a bad cough or an aching back...for a few days or maybe even a few weeks, but pain that doesn't EVER go away, and not only that but it pretty much guaranteed to last for a lifetime and get worse if anything, but never ever get any better.
The only things that have gotten better is the method of pain control. I don't mean an aspirin or even anti-inflammatories (which I'm allergic to - so that takes out an entire class of drugs for me), I'm talking about morphine type pain. Not the 5 or 10 mg someone might get for a kidney stone but 40-80mg per day and sometimes codeine to help with breakthrough pain. It's difficult to explain what knowing that I will always be in pain has done to me.
I have learned to accept it but it took months in therapy to accept that I even needed surgery and once that was over to accept my physical limitations.
I wish that having chronic pain didn't stigmatize people then more sufferers would be open and up front about it. But most don't understand that CP is as much a disease as diabetes is...it cannot be cured only controlled and sometimes control is very difficult. It causes depression and anxiety, which cause stress, which only serve to increase the pain and so it is a never ending cycle unless one can get (for a while at least) adequate pain control to break that cycle, but then tolerance sets in and the pain increases and the cycle begins once again.
Thankfully I have a wonderful, loving husband that is supportive and helps me out tremendously...even though I still have to do all the dishes lol.
I belong to a great support group which also helps me when I'm down and has been an invaluable source of information.
One of the reasons I haven't spent much time blogging is because I have been dealing with increasing pain and obviously I'd developed a tolerance to the medicine I've been on for the past year and some months. I had to decisions to make about my course of treatment, future plans, and whatnot. I decided to talk to my doctor about not only increasing the medicine but also changing it to something different (an equivalent) but different formulation that helps the medicine last longer. I was taking a med. that was supposed to last 12 hours but only lasted 8 for me. Through some research I came across one that is a sustained release of morphine that lasts the full 12 hours (for most people) so this is what I wanted to try, as opposed to what I've been taking which is basically a long acting percocet type of medicine.
The principle is the same with the long acting and sustained release but in reality it can work much differently for different people because of body chemistry, tolerance levels, and many other reasons besides.
I have spent the last few days sleeping, eating (barely), feeling nauseated, and very very dizzy as my bodybecomes adjusted which will hopefully happen REALLY soon! So until that time I'll be dragging my bum around attempting to continue a daily routine.
Btw, if this posts sounds self-pitying it wasn't meant to at all just kind of laying it all out there in the most simplistic manner to get it off my chest and also to explain what's happening to me at this time - and has been in the recent past.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
This is a REALLY tired boy and he doesn't mean to look so cute, but he can't help it.
Here we are just hanging out as the day sort of winds down, a few of the dogs were off for walks while it was slow. That's me petting Fred. You can't really see it well but Fred has the bushiest tail I've seen on a greyhound... it looked a bit like a possum tail, in fact, Fred was pretty fluffy ALL over. In the front of the pic as Taz (standing black female) and Amy (brindle lying down).
A good time was had by all, but it left those in our house kind of winded and down for the count. We got in, had supper and I started feeling a bit off, so I headed to bed and I think I was comatose for about an hour when I noticed that there was no hubby or pooch present. Hrmmm, a situation I needed to remedy fast. Tigez was passed out on the sofa, hubs in front of his computer. Tiger followed me back to the bed and curled up with me while I called out to hubby to come watch some tv whilst I was still sort of awake.
One out of two ain't bad in some cases. I fell asleep with Tiger on one side and hubby on the other only to wake a little while later with Tiger not having moved a muscle (unusual but not surprising since he was so tired) and hubby having rolled over and had my t-shirt pinned underneath him and I couldn't move. Aaaack!
Ok, shoved dog off bed, extricated myself from underneath C~ and drifted back to sleep. What a day, it was fun but I think I need a few days to recover.
Oh I'll bet you're wondering what happened to me. Well, last week a migraine had its way with me for 4 days and by the time I recovered it was time for weekly cleaning and back to work 3 days this week. I was pretty busy with all the stuff I had to do after being out of commission for so long. Not to mention I didn't want to read anything that might make that headache come back, so my online time was really limited.
Anywho, I'm back and feeling a bit better. I'm slowly catching up on reading blogs and housework (there's always more of that to do).
Saturday, May 05, 2007
This is a cute shot of Tigez watching our lorikeet friends in the backyard. What's cool is that he is SO intent on them. He isn't afraid of birds if they come swooping over him - well, so far he hasn't been dive-bombed by pissed off magpies lol.
He is also attuned to airplanes. It's just cool as heck watching him as he first hears the plane thentilts his head up, scanning the sky until the plane is in his sights and he stands there like a statue watching the plane fly overhead until it's completely gone, then he goes on about his business of sniffing out every corner of the yard...which he MUST do at least 3 times daily lmao!
He's like a guard dog sniffing his territory - too cute.
BTW, this pic is in our backyard, so on the upper left hand corner you can just see the edge of a bedroom window. Not much of a patio, but the carport is nice and big, we never park the car in it to give Tiger more play room.
Monday, April 30, 2007
This post is just for Adele and Fletcher. Fletcher is going to the bridge this afternoon. He has cardiomyopathy and the little guy just can't get enough oxygen to support him. Adele took him knowing this day would come sooner than later, and today has become his day. I have never met either Adele nor Fletcher, but have read her blog and waited for updates on our yahoo group almost daily to see how he was doing. I will miss seeing pics of his big sooky and innocent looking face. Adele, please try to take comfort in knowing he won't be suffering or out of breath anymore and all the bridge babies will be there waiting to welcome him and show him what a great place it is. Fly free with the angels little one.
*pic taken from the Chicken's Blog since I don't have any of my own*
Mooselet: I try never to feed any of those darn trolls lol. Thanks for all the great advice!
Prof: Well apparently when one is the "owner" of a yahoo group people sometimes get upset with the rules. But rules are there to prevent chaos and thanks to Mooselet and Tors we have a good group of moderators to generally control things, but when one person grumbles stuff comes to a head at times.
Anon: I am very much disliked because I am honest, to the point, and try my utmost to be fair. They got my blog address because I do not hide who I am and in not hiding I put myself out there to be picked on.
There are a lot of reasons people get off on causing trouble, mostly it is due to lack of self-esteem, selfishness, and a deep seated need to be noticed. We have all seen kids that when they are good they don't get much attention but when they do bad things they get tons of attention, albeit the wrong kind, but it's attention nonetheless.
Since I am the owner I'm the one that gets blamed for everything lol. I have the final say in any matter and some people do not agree with stuff that I decree. I don't see why not, I mean sheesh I am the Goddess of Everything, aren't I? *falls on the floor lauging my ass off*
I am NEVER wrong, never, ever...but when I am, I do apologise - well, once I'm over the indignation of being found wrong!
And Now I have had a brain fart. I had all this wonderful stuff in my head to say and it went poof. Buggah! Que music as I toddle off dancing to my little tunes in my head...oh wait, that's my mp3 player, never mind.
Sing Along all you old folks who remember the Bay City Rollers: S.A.T.U.R.D.A.Y.NIGHT...
S.A.T.U.R.D.A.Y.NIGHT, dumm dee dumm saturday nighhhhhhhIIIIIITTTTTTTE saturday niiiiiIIIIIIIIIITE.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
It was becoming "not a joke" according to him - referring to how much time I was spending on the internet between my yahoo group, blogs I read, and my own blog, plus the greyhound forums and whatnot I regularly read for info. Whew, that's a lot of time logged to be honest and lately it has just gotten out of hand.
Oh! And the few snarky commenters on a particular yahoo group that is by invitation only in which someone who shall remain nameless put a linky to my blog and then all those crazy bitches decided to come over to my blog and unleash holy hell and post nasty comments on MY blog not relating to my blog entries at all but instead related to some other total crapola that I'm glad to say is over and done with - Or it had better be over and done with, let's put it that way, because if it is brought up again in one of my groups discussions then those bitches are outta there.
Who in the heck posts anonymous comments on a blog and actually thinks they can accomplish something that a nice email cannot? I respond far more nicely to honey blah, blah, blah...
I don't tolerate bullshit and you will find that I'm totally honest in all things. Perhaps too honest - blunt may be more appropiate - but you will not catch me playing nice nice just to make someone like me, either ya do or ya don't and if you don't then I've got no time for you. Talk to the hand as the teenagers say.
As for comments, I disabled anonymous comments once, but won't do it again, as I have the power to delete anything I wish and as it's my blog I'll only have stuff posted that I like....so unless you want lavish praise upon me, tell me how much you love me and my witchy 'tude, send me choccies (cyber will do nicely thankya), or beg me for nekkie pix...oh wait, sorry off in my own little dreamworld there.
Cough, cough anywho, keep up the reading, I promise I'll try to keep up better and not take such long breaks again. Even if I have to sneak in here in the middle of the night while HE is asleep *grin*.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
I do promise to write something tomorrow!!!!
Sunday, April 15, 2007
1. What is your favorite location and why?
My favorite location is New England because I love everything about it. I love how, in Maine, the mountains meet the coast and I love both the mountains and the beaches. I love the influence on culture Boston has had, I love all the cities and small rural towns. I love how they are so picturesque. I think Providence, Rhode Island is probably the most beautiful of all NE cities. My favorite time of year in NE is Autumn, but I'd go anytime of year if I could, and it is where I'd like to retire...not certain which city or town I'd like to retire in because they are all so wonderful...and I love the East Coast - it's just in my blood.
2. What is your biggest regret?
My biggest regret is that I didn't skewer my ex any worse in our divorce, I gave in too easily to his demands and he made out with far more than I did, even though I was the wronged party.
3. List your top five movies of all time.
This is kind of hard because I love so many movies, but I'll make a go if it.
1) Same Time Next Year - Fav Drama
2) Young Frankenstein & History of the World Part 1 - Fav Comedies
3) Godfather Series ( I love them all, I can't pick just one)
4) Black Beauty (hold over from my childhood)
4. What is your proudest achievement?
Graduating from College after working my butt off to pay for it myself
5. What is your worst personality trait?
My worst personality trait is that I'm extremely demanding of myself and hold myself to very high standards - I guess one could call me a perfectionist.
- Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
- I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
- You will update your weblog with the answers to the questions.
- You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
- When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
I haven't found anything funny or even cute to write about this week and I'm certain you don't want another "Tiger Story" this soon lol, so I'm posting a great email from my best friend Debbi. I love you, woman! You always know just how to make my day and make me smile. I have, however, posted a cute pic of my boy, Tigez as I found him this morning...C~ had him all wrapped up cuz he was on the sofa shivering his widdle fuzzy bum off.
"Why God made moms" answers given by elementary school age children to the
Why did God make mothers?
1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.
How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my Mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.
What ingredients are mothers made of?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in
the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use
string, I think.
Why did God give you your mother and not some other Mom?
1. We're related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's moms like me.
What kind of little girl was your Mom?
1. My Mom has always been my Mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.
What did Mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?
Why did your Mom marry your dad?
1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my Mom eats a lot
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that Mom didn't have her thinking cap on.
Who's the boss at your house?
1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's such a goof ball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed
3. I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.
What's the difference between moms and dads?
1. Moms work at work & work at home, & dads just go to work at work
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller & stronger, but moms have all the real power 'cause
that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friend's.
4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.
What does your Mom do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don't do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.
What would it take to make your Mom perfect?
1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet ? you know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue
If you could change one thing about your Mom, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my Mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it and not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on her back.
THE MOMMY TEST
I was out walking with my 4 year old daughter. She picked up something off
the ground and started to put it in her mouth. I took the item away from
her and I asked her not to do that. "Why?" my daughter asked. "Because
it's been laying outside, you don't know where it's been, it's dirty and
probably has germs" I replied. At this point, my daughter looked at me
with total admiration and asked, "Wow! How do you know all this stuff?"
"Uh," ...I was thinking quickly, "All moms know this stuff. It's on the
Mommy Test. You have to know it, or they don't let you be a Mommy." We
walked along in silence for 2 or 3 minutes, but she was evidently
pondering this new information. "OH...I get it!" she beamed, "So if you
don't pass the test you have to be the daddy" "Exactly" I replied back
with a big smile on my face and joy in my heart. When you're finished
laughing, send this to a Mom.
This is too cute....
"Dear Lord," the preacher began with arms extended and a rapturous look on
his upturned face, "without you we are but dust..." He would have
continued, but at that moment one very obedient little girl (who was
listening carefully) leaned over to her mother and asked quite audibly in
her shrill little girl voice, "Mommy, WHAT is butt dust?" Church was
pretty much over at that point...