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Author Archives: TaMara

Moose!

Looking through my photos from yesterday I realized I never took any shots of the beautiful Grand Lake, where we spent most of the day. Oh, well, next time. The moose was fun, though. Still hoping for a more close up encounter, so the hunt continues.

 



 

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What A Great Day!

Jake is in remission and no longer needs any diabetes medication. It was a terrific surprise. Here he’s giving Maddie the once over as she wanders by.

I love my vet – Dr. Steve has an entire mobile van and is as reasonable as our old vet clinic – and today I had him not only do a routine check on Jake, but everyone else in the tribe (well not the ducks, but more on that later).  My credit card is still smoking, but everyone is healthy and happy and the whole visit was stress free. And of course the great Jake news made the whole day.

This was Bailey’s first full vet check since she came to live here (the rescue group vet did one before I adopted, so I didn’t see a reason to stress her anymore those first few months). And she is as beautiful as her photos would indicate. Dr. Steve says her bone and muscle structure are good and she doesn’t look like she’ll have any structural issues down the road.

Bixby is not so lucky – he broke a toe early on and it’s going to continue to give him issues going forward that we’ll address as needed. He also, because he’s so rough and tumble, has a continued strained muscle along his shoulder and rib cage. Not that any of this stops him from anything. Just things I’ll keep an eye on as he ages.

Right to left: Emma, Mabel and Maddie

Emma is doing well, but a little arthritis, so she got some supplements, but for being the oldest member of the family, she’s doing excellent. She and the ducks seem to get along together.

Zander is oh-so photogenic. He didn’t need a visit today, but he did get weighed and his share of treats, so he’s all good.

Dr. Steve is looking for a family for the Ladies and I have to tell you, I felt a real twinge as we discussed it. We’ll see what he comes up with before I go all to pieces.

Now that I’ve lived here a year (!!) I’ve finally felt comfortable letting the cats out for backyard time. So far we just spend time together while I drink my coffee in the morning and they get to wander around. They are really enjoying it. Still limited because there are dogs on all sides and I don’t trust them not to try and jump the fence, Zander already tried, so supervision for the near future.

Emma seems fine with that….



 

Such a Night, Elvis

One of my favorites:

Beware The Eclipse

White Moose

Wow.

Summer Menu: August Week 2

Tonight’s bonus recipe is Key Lime Pie Gelato (click here)

The second week of August and many kids are heading back to school next week. For me, summer doesn’t end until the leaves turn.

Thank the stars JeffreyW has photos to match with just about every menu this week. Here’s his salsa.

This week, Tuesday features Fresh Garden Salsa to top some souped up Nachos. 

Click here for the PDF of all this week’s menus: August Week 2 Menus

….and his Bruschetta

Thursday features a fresh garden Pasta with Marinated Vegetables and Bruschetta.  And Friday has a ground lamb or turkey Curry Burger. 

Spicy Lamb Burgers by JeffreyW

For the detailed and color-coordinated shopping list, click here: August Week 2 Shopping List.

That’s it for this week.  Hit the comments with any questions. – TaMara



 

Adios, Glen Campbell

When I was 8, I had such a crush on Glen Campbell, my parents had to warn me that he died in True Grit before they would take me to the movie. First crushes are always the hardest. Adios, Glen.

Birthday Zen

Spent the last week hiking the beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park. Got a little birthday gift. The most awesome rainbow I think I’ve ever seen. The camera could not capture its beauty.

It was most definitely worth getting soaked (and hailed upon).

I Always Feel Like…Someone Is Watching Me

Looked up from my work to see this….

Summer Menus: August Week 1

Tuesday’s recipe calls for Green Beans and Red Peppers, but if you’ve got an plethora of tomatoes, switch things up, as JeffreyW does in this yummy photo.

I love this time of year because of the abundance of fresh ingredients. This week’s menus rely heavily on farm stand fresh items. In addition to green beans, Tuesday has a quick and easy Pasta w/Fresh Basil.

JeffreyW’s tempting pasta

For a PDF of all this week’s menus, click here: August Week 1 Menus

Wednesday pairs up Grilled Steak and Collard Greens w/Bacon, finishing up with a perfect Apple/Blackberry Crisp.

Full shopping lists can be found here: August Week 1 Shopping List – don’t forget you can use the color coordinated list to customize it.

The week ends with Cheesy Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries.

That’s it for it this week. If you have any recipe questions, hit me up in the comments. – TaMara