Sunday, August 6, 2017

Long live Toby


We get attached to our pets. They become part of our lives until they aren't there anymore.

I'm having a particularly hard time letting Toby go. I hurt my knee at work in 2011 and have been home since. He's been with me through two arthroscopic surgeries and a full knee replacement. Under my feet, mostly and I had to watch out for him while I was learning how to walk and strengthening my leg.

The past year Toby was failing. He needed insulin shots twice a day, and finally a tumor started near his intestines, he was in pain and never could get comfortable. Finally he stopped eating altogether. So the family had to make a hard decision to let, as we sometimes called him, Sponge-Cat-Tobe-pants go.

  But this isn't about Toby, or me. It's about my brother and his wife. They've been only married for a few years, but my sister-in-law came into the relationship with two wonderful dogs. Now in 2017, both dogs were well over 15 years old and getting sick. The humans had to make some tough decisions.  My family had to put one down the week before I put down Toby, and just last Friday they had to let the second one go. I sat down this morning and wrote out a pet sympathy card. I'm not going to use their names, but they don't need to be included:

Sorry for your losses.

Pets are animals, but they are also family. Like family, they are always there for us when we need them the most.  In happiness, a partner in crime, a compadre who shares our sense of humor; their antics comfort us, bringing us joy and laughter. A true friend who loves us unconditionally, a friend who we share and understand private jokes with. In sadness, they are a furry friend, a shoulder to weep upon.

Saying goodbye to our pets is one of the hardest things we must face. The decisions we face in their final days are heart breaking, we always rationalize that it is better for our friend, but that doesn't make the decision any easier. The emptiness we feel afterwards is sometimes worse than losing a human.

Always take comfort in the memories you store and lock away in your heart. Love and hug those still in our world. It is said that time heals all wounds. There is a small piece of the wound that will never heal. Be grateful that it never heals completely, for that small sliver, is the gateway to your long lost friend. 

 The last picture in my favorite. I had ordered floor mats for my Prius, threw the box on the floor and Toby claimed it as his own. I always made sure he had a towel to lay on, and he used that as his bed for an entire year.  Please excuse any grammatical errors in the post, I'm crying while typing.

 So. if you have a furry, feathery, even slimy best friend- count your blessing and give them a pat from Toby.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Hey! Is this thing on? I'm going to start posting more often. My last post was three years ago on the dot! Maybe I'll be taking some gusts on--- any ideas, and if you want to write something, just let me know.

Hugs to all-


Friday, August 1, 2014


Whoa!  I was inspired! A few nights ago I had a rough night of slumber- or rather lack of it. About 9 AM I went in to “Shut my eyes for a bit” and as soon as my head hit the pillow my mind shifted in to high gear and wanted to try the food presented here.

First, I had a few sweet potatoes around. My daughter bought them for one of her projects, and then she never used them, so they are on their way out. I rode with her on her way to buy new running shoes and our topics of discussions were great food and what we had in the house, the sweet potatoes were the topic.
Maybe that was on my mind when I tried to nap- but anyway, I was inspired. I raced to the kitchen and started boiling the spuds. Here is what I did:

Two medium sized sweet potatoes, diced small and boiled with:
2 ½ cups water (just enough to cover the potatoes) 1/3 cup of Frank’s Hot Sauce in the water.
My theory was is to flavor the potatoes so they come into the recipe a little different. It WORKED! After they were cooked, they tasted spicy, but not overwhelming.  I cooked them until they were starting to get soft, but not too soft. A little crunchy on the inside.

While the potatoes cooked I diced a half a package of celery hearts. A lot! But hear me out.
I mixed ½ cup Veganaise with 2 tablespoons of organic yellow mustard. To that I added ½ tablespoon of parsley, ½ tablespoon of oregano, and ½ cup cilantro. Then I folded in the potatoes and celery.
The result was crunchy, and delish!

Part 2:
The burgers!
I wanted black bean burgers, but was out of black beans. I used a can of white Cannelli beans.
I shredded some sweet baby carrots, about 2 cups worth. Added that to the Cannelli beans and mashed away. To that I added 1/3 cup potato starch and 1/3 Bob’s gluten free pancake mix, and ¼ cup Frank’s  Hot ketchup. I mixed together and it came out thick. I fried the “burgers” in coconut oil.
So that’s my lunch! It was GOOOOOOODDDDDD!!!! 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Twitter- Best of-

The singular of movies is movie. Why not movey? Moovy? 

Shedding your negative ego is the first step in shedding weight.
New idea. Stop. It would be fun. Stop. We should tweet like an old time telegraph. Stop. #telegraph

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Lunch: Rice pasta with vegan pizza sauce, black beans and salsa.

Shirt: Need I say more?

Some good friends gifted me this cool shirt. So- I'm going to promote Maine. Go to Maine. Be wicked decent!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Lunch: (late post!) Potato/pasta salad. Yes I made it with bananas!

Shirt: Will Travel For Vegan Food

Okay so I experimented. I wanted potato salad. I wanted sweet potato salad. No sweet potato. So-- I boiled about 5 small red potatoes. I added about 1/2 cup rice pasta. Then came the weird part. I mashed two bananas, one avocado and about 1/2 cup of veganaise together, and then added 1/2 small red onion, 3 tablespoons of Frank's Red Hot sauce. Added 1/2 teaspoon paprika, salt and pepper. Then I added all those potatoes and pasta. Then I tasted...

It is incredible for something thrown together. I admit there needs to be less veganaise, it came out a little mushy. And I overcooked the potatoes so they lost their crunch- very important for a good potato salad. I never, ever would have though bananas would taste incredible in a potato salad... but it did. Make this!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Lunch: Boring green salad.

Shirt: This woman is screaming because I wore this shirt again:

I really, REALLY wanted to insert a picture of a cute kitten, but I don't have a good pic. So here is a cloudy dude instead: