New Veterinary

When it came to finding a new veterinary clinic for my puppy, I did a lot of research. I reviewed their websites, reviews, and information about the veterinarians at the clinics. Part of the decision making process included phone calls to ask about vaccinations. In the end I finally found a new clinic that I thought would be good. The real test however was the first visit.

Bandit loves car rides. So getting him into the car is simple, just open the door and he jumps inside. Pulling up to the veterinary clinic raised his suspicions though. He started to vocalize his concerns about where we were at from the moment we got out of the car. When we went through the “dogs only” entrance he turned his head around and growled at me. As if I tricked him into going to the place where he gets shots. One of his least favorite things after the one veterinarian years ago didn’t do it right and it hurt.

“What you have to get shots?” I stated.

“No, I don’t.” Came the semi-growl moan back. He continued his discussion about the matter as I ignored him in order to get check in done. The second he stepped onto the scale and the number flashed he stepped off. I picked him up and set him on the scale. He shook his head.

He resigned himself to being there and stopped his chattering once inside the small exam room. Bandit stood on the anti-slip material they had on the exam table. The technician came over as Bandit looked at me. She got out the thermometer and quickly picked up his tail and inserted it. The second she did his head snapped around and he let out a growl, “what the heck are you doing?” I smiled; yet the laughter crept out. He turned his head and gave me a dirty look, “this isn’t funny, do you know where she put that?” and then back at the technician, “do you mind?”

The visit went well with the veterinarian. They had a technician hold him while giving the shots, which worked really well. In the past when I had to hold him while he got a shot he would climb up my shoulder, and dig in with his claws. Then came the bad news. Well bad news for Bandit. Popcorn is one of his favorite snacks. According to the veterinary he is to have a few plain pieces. He shook his head and sighed heavily as he gave me a look, “Don’t listen to her.”

The other night I put the plain air popped popcorn to the test. Bandit is picky about his food. Only those pieces of popcorn he decides are good will he eat. So, in one bowl I had a few pieces of plain popcorn. In the other my buttered popcorn. I gave him one of his pieces. He sniffed it, took it in his mouth and then spit it out. He inched closer to the other bowl and sniffed. Then turned his head to sniff the bowl of plain popcorn. With his paw he tapped the buttered popcorn bowl and stared at it.

I tried to give him another piece of plain popcorn. It wasn’t even acknowledged. I took the piece and placed it into the buttered popcorn bowl. Then took it out and gave it to him. He sniffed it, and then reluctantly ate it. So long as the plain popcorn was placed into the bowl with the buttered popcorn there was a higher chance he would eat it. Just straight plain popcorn; no way.




After years of the weather people predicting snow I had little hope that we would get any. Then one day they forecast an inch of snow and we got a little dusting instead. At that point it was a bit tempting to believe that maybe the weather people might be capable of being right. The small dusting of snow melted away and the cold weather clung onto the area. Every day they seemed to forecast snow, they were resilient that some day it would show up in the quantity that they predicted. Really it would. Only it didn’t. The anticipation of a genuine snow day came and went. Then they forecast a day of freezing rain followed by light snow. Instead I woke up to find this seemingly infinite amount of snow on the ground:


Lots of snow.

Okay it wasn’t infinite, yet it sure seemed like it when it didn’t stop snowing for a day.  The weather people scrambled to catch up to mother nature. The weather coverage seemed endless, as did the “breaking news updates” that restated what they said the last time. On the rare occasion there was something new; like kids waving and playing in the background as the news person tried to be serious.

At every turn mother nature proved the weather person wrong. They would claim it would stop by noon. Noon would come and go and there was not only more snow; it was snowing harder. As the snow piled up a path was dug in the yard for my puppy dog to use.

Small pathway.

He uses the path at times and at others he doesn’t:

Path, what path? This is more fun.

The snow clings to his fur in a very uneven, clumpy, manner. While he is playing outside he sometimes ignores when his name is being called to come back inside. Once inside he wants to get warm and dried with the hairdryer. My shoes end up relaxing against the fireplace bricks to get dry and warm.

Nice and warm.

All of the snow creates a vastly different horizon than before. Looking out the window as the sun shines down and reflects off the snow it provides for a relaxing ambiance.

Pretty snow.



This post was inspired by the daily prompts: CapableSomeday, Cling, Uneven, Shine, Infinite, Specific, Tempted, Year, and Hopeful. It was also inspired by the weekly photo challenges: Ambiance, Names, Resilient, Path, Anticipation, New Horizon, and Relax.



Bonsai Tree

Bonsai tree’s make good perches for squirrels to eat lunch on:

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Yummy walnut.  🙂

I just wish they would clean up the debris after they are done.

Ask A Stupid Question Day

Today, in case you didn’t know, is Ask A Stupid Question Day.  Apparently the holiday was created in the US by teachers in the 1980’s to encourage students to ask more questions.  It happens either on September 28 or on the last school day in September.

So, for my “stupid question” I want to know why my wonderful little puppy dog has to leave the tennis ball in the middle of the second stair on the staircase?  It is usually right about the spot where it isn’t easy to see.



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May the Fourth Be With You

May 4 among Star Wars fans is Star Wars Day.  It comes from how close it comes to “May the Force be with you”.  Apparently the phrase was first used by the U.K. Conservative Party when Margaret Thatcher took office on May 4, 1979.  They took out an ad in the London Evening News that said, “May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations.”

May also is the month in which the main six movies (episodes 1-6) were released.  Episode 7: The Force Awakens actually breaks that trend by having a December 18, 2015 release date.  May also includes George Lucas’ birthday.  So overall the month of May is pretty important to Star Wars fans.

Here is a really cute parody video of episodes 4-6 using dogs.

Here is a video of John Williams conducting the main theme song of the movie:



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Avoiding a walk

A cat plays dead in order to avoid going for a walk.


It’s Cold

The weather has definitely changed to winter.  It is very cold with some snow today.  I love the snow.  Inside wrapped up with a blanket, a warm drink, and a good book; I love snow.  When it gets deep enough I do love to go out and see if it’s good enough for making something in the snow.  It is on days like this that I particularly am appreciative of having a roof over my head, and the Russian Fireplace.  They are also known as Masonry Fireplaces.

For those who aren’t familiar with a Russian Fireplace they are made differently than a regular American fireplace.  The firebox is longer and compact which causes the wood to burn quick and complete.  That leaves a bed of coals that still produce heat.  All of the heat then flows through flues that wind their way inside the brick before going up the chimney.  The fireplace also does not touch the ceiling.  At the very bottom of the fireplace is an air vent that pulls in air.  There is also a clean out spot that allows for cleaning out anything that fell into the fireplace from above.  The clean out spot is also an indication of how well the fires are being built and burning, if there is a lot of soot in that box then the fires aren’t burning hot enough.  Once the fire dies down the dampers are slowly shut 3/4 of the way to contain the heat.  It basically makes the entire brick structure one large heat sink inside the house.  Long after the fire turns to ash the brick is still radiating heat.

On a cold day the bricks allow for a warm place to heat up at.  The biggest trouble is that Bandit also loves to sit on the brick seating area next to the stove.

Bandit and Fireplace



Laundry Packet Problem

Back in 2012 I wrote a post about the Laundry Packet Problem.  For those of you unaware several laundry detergent companies in 2011 came out with little pods that are brightly colored.  They look just like candy and toys that can be ingested and squished.  When the outside comes into contact with liquid it dissolves and releases the highly concentrated chemicals inside.  The chemicals can cause excessive vomiting, difficulty breathing, lethargy, sleepiness, severe eye irritation, burning of the skin, and gasping.

As I mentioned in my post between Jan 1, 2012 and August 31, 2012 the Association of Poison Control Centers reported 2,950 exposures to children age 5 and younger.  According their website the number of exposures are:

  • 2012: 6,343
  • 2013: 10,395  One seven month old boy died in Florida
  • 2014: 9,935  (Jan 1 to October 31 2014)

There have been some manufacturers who have added a double latch lid and made the packaging colored so children can’t see the pods inside.  However the chemical makeup of the pods remains highly concentrated.  It is highly recommended that consumers keep laundry detergents, and other detergents, behind a locked door.  Education of parents and other care givers (babysitters) who may not know of the dangers of the pods is also important.

If your child or pet is exposed to the contents of the pods seek medical attention immediately.

You can report all incidents to:

  • Your local Poison Control Center: 1-800-222-1222
  • The Consumer Protection Safety Commission,

If you use the products Consumer Reports would like to hear your story:



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