Category Archives: Pets
I soaked a pound of black beans overnight and then cooked them for an hour or two. I had a notion to do a bean and corn something or other and ended up here. The corn was grilled and then cut from the cob. There are a few green onions chopped into the mix, and a bit of fresh yellow bell pepper. I dumped in the last of a jar of pickled green chilies, tried it, and added some pickled red peppers because I thought the green ones were good in there. The dressing was a vinaigrette of rice wine vinegar and olive oil with crushed and minced garlic. There is a sprinkle of ground cumin and salt. I may do the same dish with fresh roasted peppers the next go. This made a decent side salad.Here are all the pups lined up at the door with Katie showing better manners than the rest of them. Mrs J is teaching her to accept the leash and she is doing pretty well. Long road, still.Bea catches some Zs under the rhodie.And here is a young turkey wandering through the yard. There are plenty of turkeys hereabouts and occasionally we see them poking about.
We keep a broadcast feeder at the back pond filled with whole corn, set to run a few times a day. A video camera is set to watch over it and gets plenty of videos of various critters: Ducks, turkeys, deer, birds of all kinds, squirrels, stray cats and dogs, the rare coyote. Mostly, though, we get raccoons, usually at night. The other morning I trundled down there with a refill for the corn and surprised a ‘coon. He didn’t have anywhere to go but into the water. Not a very good swimmer, but he made it across.
Katie is still very shy but she is starting to fit into the daily routine. She counts the couch as her “safe spot”, a place she runs to when she is anxious or afraid. Today she jumped up there when Annie was there already, something that she had not been doing. Instead she would pace around until the couch was clear and then jump up there. Today we are learning she isn’t too thrilled with the vacuum cleaner. Like I say, she’s fitting right in.
Burgers with assorted veggies, all done on the new grill. Still learning the ropes. I’ll be a grill master with a lot more practice. The asparagus was from the farmer’s market this morning. We had the yellow squash and the portobello. All the veggies got a marinade of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and garlic. We tried zucchinis on the grill without much luck but I think we’ll give them another shot. The yellow squash worked well for us. I may tool up with long handled utensils before long, I lost a few hairs from my forearm this afternoon.It will be a good while before Katie will be trusted off a leash. There hasn’t been any serious trouble with the other dogs and cats so far, although Jack did seem a little gruff with her a few times. The family veterinarian has been contacted to get her an appointment for a good workup, and she shelter vet will be doing some consulting as well on timing for the spaying procedure.