Meet the newest member of our local flock of feathered friends!

This little guy has been running around our back yard for two days. Yesterday we were afraid he would die.  Today we saw a couple of full grown jays flying around protecting our little wanderer and even feeding it down on the ground.  No flight yet, though he did make a couple of running-jump attempts down the hill in the back.  It was pretty adorable.





Good day!

Pretty Stinkin’ Funny

Dear Mechanic Shop Employee,

Today as I was in the shop to deal with noisy tires, I was exposed to some pretty awesome customer service.

Tire guys looked at my tires.  Service Manager Dave took my car for a spin.  Yeah, he’s your boss.  He pealed out in my SUV.  Did not know that was possible.  Will not be replicating the scenario.

Customer service was so excellent.  Rep Jordan took time to explain what “feathering” is to a complete neophyte.  “Feathering” is not so good, in case you did not know that.

There was even a geriatric mechanic who managed to walk past me three times – smiling.  The last time, he asked why I was standing in the garage.  When I told him I was the decoration for the afternoon he laughed out loud.

Seriously, it was a wonderful experience.  I was literally smiling as I hopped into the driver seat of my car to head off to the next tire shop on my list.  I settled in and I took a big relaxed breath.

You had farted in my car.

The End.


Gummie Bears

I love gummie bears.  There are two problems with this.  One – they upset my stomach.  Two – there is always that one flavor that is just downright awful.  So when I heard about an all natural gummie bear alternative, I got excited!  I just happened to be headed to my favorite organic specialty store and I looked to see if they had any.  And they did!!

They were delicious!  And I could pronounce and even recognize all of the ingredients.

What a novel concept!


He was about two feet tall.  Had the most gorgeous ebony skin.  And the perfect thatch of curly hair on his head.

We were walking the dogs this evening.  It is the last nice weather day for a while…gonna be over a hundred degrees for the next several days.  You should hear the weather men.  They talk like it’s the end of the world.  “Heat reaching the CENTURY mark!”  “Hitting the TRIPLE digits!”  You’d think they’d never seen a summer before.

As we came up the hill heading home Dave said, “Whoa!”.  I looked up just in time to see a tennis-ball-sized bright green rubber ball whizzing down the hill past us.  It was moving so fast that we actually stood there for a minute to see where it would end up.  It did not end up anywhere.  It just kept on going.

When we crested the hill, still laughing about the green ball, we saw him.  He was standing in the middle of the street staring in our direction.  He saw us.  He put his little chubby hands on either side of his mouth and shouted, “HEY!”  “HEY! Did you caught my ball??”  We were too far to really answer him. So we kept walking without responding.  This did not deter him.  “HEY! HEY! Did yur dog caught my baaaaaaaaaaallllllllllll?????”

At this point I was close enough to see his face.  He was distraught!  So I raised my hands in the air and asked, “Was THAT your green ball?!?!  It was going sooooooo FAST!  We couldn’t catch it!”  Keep in mind that my gestures are as big as my voice as I’m talking to this excited little guy.  His face LIT. UP.  Biggest smile.  Cutest dimples.  He jumped up and down clapping his hands and said, “YES! It was MY ball!  It went fast!  It went thuper, thuper, THUPER FAST!!!!!”

Hope you have had a THUPER day!

Carry a Big Stick

There are huge trees in our yard.  They occasionally drop huge branches.  The dogs think they are the best toys ever.

It’s best when Dave plays too.

They take off!  Down the hill!

Nearly to the neighbor’s.

Then they drag the mega-sized dog toy back.  Hehe….they are quite the team!

Can you tell we’ve been watching the Olympic trials?  Go Team USA!!!

Broccoli for Breakfast

Some of my most interesting experiment ideas come from books I read.  Last week, I read a book by Chris McDougall called Born to Run.  Great book.  A touch over-political in places.  But altogether a great read.  And so interesting.  At some point in the book, vegetarians were discussing what they eat for breakfast.  Tofu scramble?  Tempeh french toast?  Salad.  Salad??  I was intrigued.

Veggies are so yummy!  They are a fave in our diet, but unfortunately for the cosmic veggie-eating-point-keeper, I simply do not consume enough.  Like, 2-3 servings a day.  Pathetic, I know.  This salad for breakfast idea, though, now that could solve my problem.  One nice-sized, multi-nutrient-rich ingredient bowl could make up the difference in my daily intake.

Went to the local buy-in-bulk store and got a load of leafy greens and other colorful garden dwellers.  Now we were committed.  If we back down on our salad for breakfast idea, we are going to have gross, wilted veggies in the fridge.  Motivation enough for me.  Thankfully Dave is on board with the experiment.

Today is Day 3.  So far, loving it!  A few garbanzo beans and walnuts for texture and protein.  A little organic raspberry vinaigrette.