Category Archives: Pets
Katie is still easily spooked but Mrs J has been letting her off the leash a little during their walks and Kate seems to be doing well. Mrs J is easily spooked, too, so anything that seems not quite right and Kate is right back on it. Katie comes when called and is “checking back” when she is off so Mrs J is slowly letting Kate go longer and father away. She has gone far enough to be out of sight but readily returned. Progress!
I cleaned all the chicken bones out of the freezer, the wing tips from all the wing dinners, and a few pork bones and roasted them all for a nice stock. I used that to braise a pork shoulder for the posole. The recipe doesn’t need much more than that. I tossed several dried chilies into the broth to soften and pureed those with garlic and lime juice, adding the chili paste back to the broth. There’s a diced onion in there and oregano with a few bay leaves.I love to fry flour tortillas in a little oil, flip them once when they start to brown and them remove them to a plate atop a paper towel to drain. Give them a sprinkle of kosher salt when they are still hot. I like to grab a piece and roll a bit of pork into it with some of the cabbage and radish garnish to make a mini taco bite. Dip it into the broth or give it a squirt of hot sauce. Yummy!This is Ginger’s momma. She’s still at the shelter but Mrs J says there have been several inquiries.
The enchiladas first. Pork and Monterey jack with a smear of refried beans inside white corn tortillas. I stirred more cheese into the beans for a side and that worked pretty well, they would make a good dip all by themselves. The sauce came out of a jar, nothing special, the house enchilada sauce from Kroger’s.These were from earlier in the day. Basic grilled burritos with the same pork shoulder I braised yesterday. These had cheddar in them. We were all stir fried out so we went Tex-Mex today.Post needs moar kitteh! Ginger is a tough product tester and not any old cushion will do. Here he tries on a recent project of Mrs J’s.You can’t expect a kitteh to work all day, now. There are kitteh union rules and Toby is the shop steward.
It’s puppy day today, mostly. Mrs J brought home a new crop of puppy pics and they are some real cuties. This one is a chihuahua mix, about ten weeks old.This is one of a pair of Catahoula Cur mixes. It’s hard to be sure of breed mixes when they come into the shelter but this is the best guess and I think it’s at least close.Here’s another one. They both had just been bathed. The washer/dryer machines at the shelter run practically nonstop with towels and assorted bedding.We aren’t yet tired of stir fry but we are approaching saturation. No idea what we will do for dinner tomorrow but Mrs J is bringing up a frozen pork shoulder so that sets a direction for me.Homer is still unpredictable around Ginger. He smacked the new guy around some more today. All the kitties have inspected the new cardboard carton play house. It’s a tight fit for Toby and Bea. Bitsy isn’t a li’l bitty kitty anymore and Homer has to crawl in, too.
Harley is in the kitty hospital. They are trying to figure out what is wrong with him…he has a weird list of symptoms and test results that according to my vet are troubling and incongruent. Sigh.
UPDATE: He’s home and doing so much better. His tests were much improved even since this a.m. I think the vet hospital spoiled him rotten. They were excellent as always. I’m still a little overwhelmed by his treatment plan…and will have to wait for next week’s tests to be sure he’s out of the woods. But I’m hopeful because he stabilized so quickly and is eating like a little tiger.
No human was harmed in the production of this photograph. You may think that the nice lady was swarmed by cats determined to wrest from her the can opener she has for the canned kitteh chow. They are aware, however, that thumbs are required and are therefore careful not to use excessive force in their attempts to “persuade” her.Mrs J was heading out to the shelter for her volunteer duty and carried up some finished pet beds and mats she sews and donates to local shelters. They were so colorful I just had to arrange them for a picture. They love her at the local fabric store! Much of the material she uses is donated and she recycles the stuffing from other items.Ginger, the new boy, is fitting in rather well. I hope Homer eases off his less than welcoming behavior. I keep a squirt bottle handy.I made a batch of steak for cheesesteak sammiches yesterday. I think the classic recipe calls for a rib loin to be cooked then sliced thin and topped with cheese and onions or peppers but I always slice the meat thin while it’s still semi frozen and then cook it with onions. I’ve been using flat iron steaks for this and they work great. The sammy above was topped with a white cheddar sauce and the hot Chicago giardiniera I love so much.An alternate method is to layer sliced cheese atop a loaded bun and then put it under the broiler to melt the cheese. That’s how I did these – they are topped with provolone and are fresh from the toaster oven.Here is one of those all dressed and ready to go. I’ve been keeping a dish of olives of various kinds marinating in a garlicy Italian dressing. I love olives.
We’ve been unhappy with the roof we had, it had dips and humps where there shouldn’t have been anything but a flat expanse of shingles, and the flying gables were sagging because the dimwit who built the thing was a dumbass. There, I said it. Dumbass. We bit the bullet and had a crew in to remedy that. They ripped off everything down to the trusses and redecked it with nice plywood. Two days, in and out. Just in time!It’s been dry, the front pond was pretty low, the rain we got yesterday and last night went a long way toward fixing that. Sigh, the gutters are not installed yet, should be soon.Ginger kitteh is exploring his new house. He is still spending a lot of time in his cage in the laundry room but we let him out when we can keep an eye on him.Homer helps us keep tabs. Homer has shown more interest in Ginger than the other cats. This is not an unalloyed positive. I was playing with Ginger on my lap last night when Homer jumped up and smacked him aside his head for no reason we can figure except jealousy.Halloween party at the shelter. They don’t really need a reason to party.This is a Lowchen/Pug mix. Lowchen are considered toy dogs, the name translates to Little Lion. Cute little fellow, about 4 months old.Here’s a tortie female with an “adopted” tabby kitten. She’s not nursing him – he’s being bottle fed by a volunteer – but she cuddles and cleans him between feedings.Another look at the sammich from yesterday. This one had a garlic/herb Monterey jack cheese along with sliced ham. Yummy!