Wednesday, July 31, 2013

HI-HO-HI-HO! It's Back to Idaho I Go!

Heading back to Idaho today. This time it's Boise. Last time it was Idaho Falls. In two weeks it will be Twin Falls. I've never been to any of these places before so it's pretty cool. I'm calling it "The Summer of Idaho" tour.

Here's the main attraction of Idaho Falls (as seen from the patio bar at the hotel):

The Idaho Falls Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple


It was actually pretty spectacular (contrast to the rest of the town).


The golden statue on top is Joseph Smith with his back to us because he is facing Zion.


I hear the temples in Boise and Twin Falls are pretty nice too. I'll be sure to report back!

See ya on the other side!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Little Stinky Sock Foot


I was in Idaho for most of last week for work and Jason did a great job taking care of the "boys" while I was gone. Four days with no incidences. I was home only a few hours and we were contemplating a trip to the doggie emergency room!

Apparently, while Crash was outside being a little maniac (and we weren't supervising), he did something to the paw on his "pogo" leg (the good one). He was licking it like crazy and when we inspected, it looked like a whole finger (claw? digit?) was gone! However, it wasn't bleeding and he was still walking on it fine - it just looked BAD. There was a little raw circle between two other fingers and he had licked so hard, the other fingers were spread far apart so it looked like something was missing. We did a quick count and the fingers seemed to match the number of pads. We couldn't just compare it to the other front paw because that little chicken wing is missing a few parts anyway.

It was Saturday night and too late to go to PetSmart and get a cone and the idea of a trip to the vet hospital made my pocket book runaway and hide itself. So we had to get creative.

We put little Stinky (yet another nickname for Crash) in the tub and let the water fill up to wash over the wound. And please note, little Stinky HATES baths and especially having his paws messed with and can get a little snappy. After getting a better look in the water, we decided it was just a scrape - maybe from trying to climb the tree? - and it would probably get better on its own as long as he stops licking it like an obsessed freak.

So we took one of my socks, put it over the paw and electric taped it to his leg. We went to bed and it worked for the night. As soon as we woke up the next morning, the sock came off and the licking began again. The tape just wasn't working.

Straight out of bed and still exhausted from traveling, I fashioned a sort of garter sock for him. I just cut the sock in half, sewed up the bottom, and attached an elastic band on both sides of the top of the sock. We put the sock on his paw and the elastic over his head and under the chicken wing paw. This worked great!

I also went to PetSmart and bought a cone - I hope we never have to actually use it but it's probably good to have around for emergencies. I also bought a toy to keep him busy and distract him from his paw. It's the red rubber thing in the photo above. It's looks like a crazy butt plug and you put peanut butter or treats in the end and the dog tries to lick it out. (Sorry to put it in porn terms but there really is no other good explanation.)

Between wearing the garter sock, nightly cleanings, antibiotic ointment treatments and the new "toy", our little Sock Foot (new nickname) was all better by yesterday. He looked so friggin adorable in that little sock but he was so happy to run and run and run when we took it off!

Thank gawd for Jason and his growing up with an Animal Whisperer mother! He knew exactly what needed to be done to take care of our little guy.

I had to take this picture of Derville watching the whole thing (they get jealous if they don't get equal photo opps.) He's like "Hey Crash, nice pink striped sock !" Actually, Derville was very concerned through the whole thing and was really sweet to little Sock Foot.

I love my guys!

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

I'm Your Dead Sea

I'm a little late to the scene with this band. They've been on our  library wait list for over a year but the Lumineers were totally worth the wait!

This song just gets me...crying and laughing.

Like the Dead Sea
You told me I was like the Dead Sea
You'll never sink when you are with me
Oh, Lord, I'm your Dead Sea

Oh, I need somebody, needed someone I could trust
 I don't gamble, but if I did I would bet on us

I'm your Dead Sea, finest words you ever said to me.



"Dead Sea" by The Lumineers


I stood alone, upon the platform in vain
The Puerto Ricans they were playing me salsa in the rain
With open doors and manual locks
In fast food parking lots

I headed West, I was a man on the move
New York had lied to me, I needed the truth
Oh, I need somebody, needed someone I could trust
I don't gamble, but if I did I would bet on us

Like the Dead Sea
You told me I was like the Dead Sea
You'll never sink when you are with me
Oh, Lord, like the Dead Sea

Whoa, I'm like the Dead Sea
The finest words you ever said to me
Honey can't you see,
I was born to be, be your Dead Sea

You told me you were good at running away
Domestic life, it never suited you like a suitcase
You left with just the clothes on your back
You took the rest when you took the map

Yes, there are times we live for somebody else
Your father died and you decided to live
It for yourself you felt, you just felt it was time
And I'm glad, cause you with cats, that's just not right

Like the Dead Sea
You told me I was like the Dead Sea
You'll never sink when you are with me
Oh, Lord, I'm your Dead Sea

Whoa, I'm like the Dead Sea
The nicest words you ever said to me
Honey can't you see
I was born to be, be your dead sea

I've been down, I've been defeated
You're the message, I will heed it.
Would you stay,
Would you stay the night?

Dead Sea,
You told me I was like the Dead Sea
I never sink when you are with me
Oh, Lord, I'm your Dead Sea

Whoa, I'm like the Dead Sea
The nicest words you ever said to me
Honey can't you see
I was born to be, be your Dead Sea

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Berry good holiday!


The last four days have been absolutely fabulous! The weather has been amazing and the days have been lazy ;-) What more can we ask for?

Jason and I celebrated our freedom on the fourth of July by taking a Nia class from our pal Carol. She's amazing! She's 62 but has a precious child-like play in her being. She's so very inspirational.
 
We also went berry picking yesterday. We've pretty much dialed-in the berry picking situation here which is awesome! We've learned to decide ahead of time if we are picking for preservation or just for the next week of fresh fruit on our yogurt. Either way we eat as much as we can handle and bring home the rest. This time we just went for pleasure - nothing makes me happier than eating warm, ripe berries right off the bush. Those are some of my earliest memories and they taste DELICIOUS!



Hope you had a berry good holiday too!

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

2013 Garden - July 3

The garden is growing so fast, that if I type too slow, these photos will be irrelevant!

So here we go, just a nice photo journal entry -

Full garden

green beans, zucchini, squash


Eight Ball Zucchini


Tomatoes (Sweet Million, Early Girl, Sungold yellow cherries, Hillbilly (hybrid)

This year we turned the cages upside down since every year ours have pushed out of the ground and fallen over from the weight. We'll let you know how this unorthodox approach works.


Snow peas on trellis. I added a few lengths of garden twine and laid it in the peas so they could pull themselves up if they couldn't reach the trellis.


Plants are so smart - they figured it out and grabbed on tight!


Tiny little bell pepper. "Cute as a button", Jason said.

Blackberries - get ready for jam!

 Garlic, onions and tons of leeks.


Radishes
 

Carrots coming up slow.

Mix of lettuce starts from Larry


Garden helpers - hello Mr. Bee!


 Crash-a-doodle-doo! 
Loves supervising from his lawn chair - thank you Grammie!