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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Finding JOY on Sepia Saturday


I know. Stress is the downside of the holidays.

 Albeit self imposed, much of it architecturalized by the pursuit of some ideal which started as a figment in someone else's imagination, it is STRESS. 
So... you are killing yourself to make somebody else's ideal your reality?
Why?
All in pursuit of joy. Ehm.


Here is the thing. 
In your  relentless quest to achieve joy you pursue the perfect replica of that "ideal". That creates stress. Stress negates JOY, which is what you are allegedly pursuing.
Hoomans... they are such emotional messes!

I am just a cute Bichon. I am just an observer.
It is your world and I just observe.

How about this, take a moment to find YOUR joy.
Not as it defined by some movie, or book, or ad agency. 
But as you know it to be for you.
Hold me.

Just thinking about those moments when I am in your arms and we are sharing silence makes me smile. Like this. Pure joy, felt IN the moment.




So, chill out,  relax. 

 Sarah Ban Breathnach said:

"Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path of joy."

I am here to help you find some joy.

All of you two leggeds, grab your four legged, chill out and redefine YOUR happiness.

FIND  YOUR JOY!


'vie

Yea, I am just full of wisdom today, or maybe I am just looking forward to being carried and held and snuggled  for the next week or so. My Adam is coming home! My tootsies will not touch the ground. ")  And Dowi and Max are coming home. I will be finding lots of joy.




Thursday, December 18, 2014

I am going to PLOTZ! Thoughtless Thursday


If I have to hear to word diet again! Let me have one day without having to hear THAT word.

Just one.

I am not going to even think about DIET.

Besides.  It is THOUGHTLESS Thursday! I have NOTHING to think about .

JD

[I let him post- he now owes me one.'vie]






Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Happy Holidays- Wordless Wednesday





And now for some words...

I am beginning to like holidays.

A maple bacon cookie???? Whoaaaa!!!

Panna cotta?? YUMMMMM!

Hey could we have some Kategna?  And... sciro`? Hilbet?
I need some comfort food.

Did I see a big fat chicken named after a country soaking being brined?

Wait a second... I think St. Andree cheese would be marvelous with olives and prosciuttino.  Like a burrata but with the volume turned up! [I take my food consulting duties very seriously] SERIOUSLY! 

Getting all MY  hoomans in the same place at the same time?  Now that is what I am talking about!!!

Please take a number, wait your turn and I promise, you will get to rub my belly.

I will lower your BP.



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No, no stupid dress.

Maybe, the fancy blue one.

We shall see.

'vie

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

WARNING- DANGEROUS REED INFUSER

This was recently forwarded to us. This is not one of our cats here at Popcorn Park, but it's very important to read and share this information with all pet owners. Thanks.
"OK, folks . . . this picture is going to be a bit disturbing, but I think the word needs to get out there. This is our "office kitty," Dewey. He knocked over a cinnamon reed diffuser (you know, those things with liquid and sticks in them ...to make the room smell good). He was washed up quickly, and we thought he was OK. Turns out he was NOT.
Dewey has chemical burns over a good portion of his belly and hind legs from the liquid in the reed diffuser. He spent five days at the vet having his wounds debrided. They had to put him under anesthesia to do this, because it would have been too painful otherwise. This is what some of his wounds look like after he was treated at the vet -- there is more on his belly and on his other leg, and this actually looks GOOD compared to what it looked like when he was taken to the vet. The burns did not show up for about a week or two, and we thought he was OK and was just "stained" from the liquid. That was not the case. Dewey will be OK, in time. BUT, what if this had been a CHILD? What if those chemicals had spilled on a child's face or in their eyes? You wouldn't think the "stuff" in a reed diffuser would cause such horrific burns, but obviously this one did.


WARNING PLEASE REPOST

http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/reeddiffuser.asp     TRUE more details here



WANT THE HOUSE TO SMELL GOOD?
1. CLEAN IT!
2. BAKE SOMETHING WONDERFUL!



Hannukah latkes: Tasty Tuesday


I am in it for the chopped livah...
I am in it for the brisket...
I am in it for the roasted chicken...

But you know... these potatoes are not bad at all.

Hey I am trying to get into the spirit.


'vie


Safe for DOGS "chopped liver"

Ingredients
1 pound chicken livers rinsed, drained, cut off fat.
1 cup chicken broth
2 carrots cut in small dice
2 extra-large eggs, hard-cooked, peeled, and chunked
2 TBSP minced fresh parsley leaves
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 cup quick cooking oatmeal that has been "bloomed" in the chicken stock.

Poach the carrots, until tender in the chicken stock
Add livers in the chicken stock and cook until all the pink is gone.
Place carrots and livers in the bowl of the food processor,

"Bloom"  the oatmeal in the stock for 5 minutes

Pour it in the food processor

Hard boil the eggs and peel them, cut them into chunks.

Food process the carrots and livers to desired consistency. [we like some texture, so not too fine]

Take out of the food processor, add eggs and season and SERVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE it!


Yea yea yea, small portions. It is rich, [NAGGING WOMAN! Momma did you know that nagging ages you ???][that should slow down the nagging....]

LIVAH!  It is yummy, And THIS is safe for us !!!!!






Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday- Deal making in progress-




Whatever.
I mean... potatoes. Seriously?
Moi I am excited allright. But it is not about the tators for moi. It is about the corned beef.

Momma has put her brisket into the brine and it is turning into corned beef.

That is worth a dance.

But I will tell you what. Since you are excited about the tators, you eat those, I will help you out and I will eat your corned beef.  It is generous of me. Incredibly generous.

Until it's ready... I will join these guys and dance. Need to burn off the calories so that I can eat guilt free.

By the way... guilt... Is that like salt and pepper... I mean it comes with all food, right?





And after this, what's on the menu for Christmas?

'vie

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Black and White Sunday-- Max and Wendy



This fuzzy shot stolen  with a cell phone while pretending to pick up messages is the only evidence we have that MAX and the Wendy  canoodled.

Sure she plays coy, sure she gives that low grown when she is approached by new creatures.
BUT.

Apparently Max is not new and apparently the Wendy likes him.

The picture is as as fuzzy as the feelings it generates.But it is BLACK and WHITE evidence!

I just got the look.  I guess I better hush my mouth.

So... I won't be singing Wendy and MAX sitting on a chair
K-i-s-s-i-n-g...


Ooops is that a growl?  Fine, no more singing I will just hum quietly to myself...

The Wendy can be scary.  Hey Max will be here for Hannukah....,mhhhh.


'vie




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