Bonus: Maddie And Mabel In The Snow

Here they are “duck-shoeing” around the yard


Another Day With The Ducklings

As promised. More photos and a video:

Day 2 was a bit more relaxed, Bixby was content to sleep on the couch, where he could see them if they did something that needed his attention. But for the most, he has adapted to their continued intrusion on his life.

Zander on the other hand:

Is unsure of what the hell I’ve done now. LOL

They are adorable. They are still unnamed for the next week or so…

There’ll be more updates…


Tuckered Out

Been a big day of splashing in their drinking water, covering themselves in mush and getting snuggles. They are fearless and ready for adventures.

Bixby has not really left his post all day. Silly pup.


Bixby’s Ducks

Bixby seems to be officially a dad. Ducks arrived today and he has not left their side. He’s also chased away the cats and Scout from “his” ducks.

I think it’s gonna be a long few months…

I’ll have more deets and photos, video after they get settled.

Stay tuned…

Full Dinner Menu: Pasta Jambalaya and Orange Cookies

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My goal with the dinner menus is to have a quick meal planned that doesn’t taste quick and uses fresh foods, versus over-processed frozen or microwave dinners. I think this one really meets that test. It’s full of great flavors and fresh vegetables. And the Orange cookies are a quick dessert, but you can always substitute fresh oranges for a healthier alternative.

On the board:

  1. Pasta Jambalaya
  2. Broccoli
  3. Orange Cookies

Pasta Jambalaya

  • 12 oz penne pasta
  • ½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp to 1 tbsp Cajun or Creole seasoning
  • 15 oz can black beans
  • 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 4 oz can chopped green chilies
  • 4 oz smoked sausage, sliced (I like Andouille)
  • 4 oz shredded Mexican 4-blend cheese

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Adventures in Ducks: Winter Edition

The ducks are finally back outside to their regular routine and should have good temps for the next week or so. I suspect temps will be temperate going forward, but I’m still bracing for a big spring snowstorm/blizzard, we are due. At least we have a solid plan if that happens – the bathroom works very well.

The bathroom has been stripped and cleaned from the ceiling to floor and ready for human use again.


My Life Is Weird, Part..oh, who knows at this point

I  mean,  who finds a pig in their front yard?

Open Thread: My Life Is Weird, part..I've lost count

Our Sunday was interesting…

Yes, that’s a pig.

Yes, that’s my front yard.

Anyone keeping track of how many different animals I’ve rescued since we’ve all known each other?

Clearly a “house-pig” she was housebroken and rolled over several times so I could rub her belly.  In the several hours she stayed with us, she managed to wreak havoc in the garage, getting into everything. And every time I opened the door to check on her, she’d try and force her way into the house.

I kept her in the garage, but Bixby, being well able to open any door, finally made his way into the garage, so I said screw it and let them all out into the backyard and watched them interact. I was pretty certain the dogs would behave but was unsure our guest would leave the ducks alone.

I need not have worried about the little pig and dogs, they acted like they’d been friends forever.  The ducks, however, were not amused.

While outside, Miss Pig-Pig’s people were out looking for her and I heard them calling her, so I located them and reunited them with their friend.

She was completely adorable, running as fast as her little legs would take her to her people when they came to get her. She lives close enough to hear the ducks every morning and her people mentioned she loves it when the ducks do their morning calls and she oinks along.

Maybe she didn’t end up in our front yard accidentally.  Hmmm…