10/18/16 A Walk, and Mom’s Lunch

I haven’t been feeling up to my usual self today. Mostly, I lay around, sleeping. Mom had enough of my laziness, and took me out to the woods for a walk.

Fortunately, today was not nearly as oppressively humid as yesterday. It was a good 5 degrees cooler as well. There was a nice breeze, and the sun shone in a blue, cloudless sky. It was perfect for walking. Mom cannot believe it is mid-October.

We walked for an hour. While we were in the woods, we noted the blanket of oak leaves across the trail, dotted with crunchy acorns. A busy squirrel chattered at me from high in the branches, but I didn’t pay him any mind. The geese weren’t there today; maybe they were on the other side of the pond, closer to the street. I kept my ears up and eyes open for horses, and I did see about three of those beautiful creatures!

We got home, and Mom urged me to go to the bathroom in the backyard. I never do business of that sort while on a walk – I confess, I’m somewhat of a “homer”. Today, however, I made a beeline to the shade and lay down. Mom immediately took me into the kitchen for a cold drink and a rest on the chilly floor. Perfect!

Mom decided she was starving and made some lunch. She used the same spiraletti machine as last night, but made a lighter meal. Here is a picture:


For this dish, Mom cranked one zucchini into “zoodles” on the spiraletti. She chopped some colorful cherry tomatoes, and set the vegetables aside. She heated a small amount of minced garlic in a pan with about a tablespoon of olive oil. When the oil was hot and the garlic smelling good, she threw the vegetables in and added a pinch of coarse kosher salt and some cracked black pepper. She cooked this up for about 3 minutes, then transferred it to a plate and added a sprinkle of Romano cheese. Delicious! This dish can be made vegan by omitting the cheese.

After lunch, the UPS lady came to the door with a box. I was curious about her and did something I never do – I left my post and walked out the door to greet her. Mom was aghast, and told the lady she was “so sorry”. The lady laughed and said, “She smells my puppies!” and left. Mom scolded me for going outside without permission, but said I was very good for not jumping on the UPS lady.

Later on, that darn black and white kitty was stalking through (ahem) MY yard, chasing down a bird. I raised all the hair along my spine and let out a, “Woof!” That cat had the nerve to gaze at me with a, “Well, there’s a window between us, now, isn’t there?” kind of look. He played it very cool and slinked beneath the fence. Foiled, again!

Now, it’s time for a nap with one eye open, since Mom said she would be feeding me soon.

Woof! Love, Maggie





10/17/16 Hell is freezing over!

IT’S HOT!!! Can you believe it?? Just the other day I was posting about Mom holding out against turning on the heater, and now we are struck by a heat wave! It is about 85F and humidity a whopping 83%. It’s uncomfortable!

Mom says, “Hell is freezing over and we are feeling the heat. Must be because the Cubs are in post-season!”

I can’t believe it. Tomorrow, it will probably snow or something.

Hope you dear readers are enjoying good weather, wherever you are!

Woof! Love, Maggie


10/16/16 More Vegetables!

The humans have been on a low-sugar, low-carb “lifestyle change” and now the house is filled with fruits and vegetables. I don’t mind so much, but these little gnat things come in on the Honeycrisp apples, and I try chasing them with no success.

Dad and Jamie went out to Target and bought Mom a spiraletti, so she can make veggie “noodles”. It looks like this:


Jamie tested it out on the last Honeycrisp. He used the ribbon cut setting. The apple ribbons came out paper thin, and very delicious. Mom let me taste a little sample, and I quite liked it!

She is making “Zoodles” tomorrow, which is to say, zucchini noodles. I was skeptical at first, but after trying the apple, I’m all for it. Can’t wait for dinner tomorrow! I’ll mooch a zoodle from Mom’s plate.

Woof! Love, Maggie


10/14/16 My friends, the deer

The cloudy skies have (temporarily) disappeared, and the sun is blazing forth in a blue sky with plenty of sunshine but cooler temperatures. The house is about 65F, but Mom refuses to turn on the heat. She’s walking around in a sweater and boots! She says she’s delaying the inevitable, and hoping it warms up just a tad so she can reopen the windows.

Jamie, Mom and I went for a brisk walk in the woods. I can’t tell you how good it felt to be out in the crisp air, the bright sunshine, with the smell of fallen leaves, and the the crunch of acorns underfoot.

Besides getting some exercise and a snootful of sniffs, we saw a whole line of horses smartly marching single-file on a trail ride. (The woods we walk in are across the street from a stable). There must’ve been ten to fifteen horses; all differently-patterned, with proud tails waving. I stopped a couple of times, ears up, to look at them, which prompted Jamie to remark that, “she likes horses”. Mom laughed and said, “She’d better! If she got wise with one of those, she’d get a swift kick to the head!”

Upon our return walk, as we were heading for the car, Mom suggested we cut across a grassy field. It was filled with ducks, seagulls, and geese. As we were traversing this grassy plain, Jamie looked to his left and saw a beautiful herd of deer. About six total, parents and babies included. They are a little hard to see in this picture, but if you squint, you can make a few of them out:


One thing I really love, and have never gotten jaded about, is seeing the deer. Before we put up a fence, (which we had to, for dog reasons), we would find a whole herd of deer grazing in our back yard. To some, this would be considered a nuisance. We considered it a gift. Now, we sometimes see deer in the front, but not in the back. I realize with wildlife and deer there comes its own set of issues. But I prefer to think of the deer as my friends.

As I mentioned, it was a bit nippy outside, and when we came home, I found two blankets on the couch and promptly settled in for a snuggle.


I do hope that for all of you enjoying the season of Fall, you really get to experience some outdoors-time.

Woof! Love, Maggie


I feel upset

The weatherman said today would be high of 72F and partly sunny. It is 64F, grey, and raining. Maggie and I are cooped up in the house. You know she hates to get her fur wet. I’d planned on taking her out to the woods today, but every time I ask her if she wants to go, she looks at me like I’m nuts. I probably am. I would love to get out of the house. Instead I am sitting around and thinking, over-thinking maybe a little bit, too.

I am further upset that I had to unfollow a blog today. This blogger accused one of our presidential candidates of being a witch with an anti-Christian, pro-Satan agenda. I realize this country is bitterly divided over the election, but I feel this is going waaaay too far. I was totally offended by this and promptly hit the “unfollow” button. I am upset over the choices in the upcoming election, but prefer to stick to facts instead of character assassination and name calling. Witchcraft has historically been a charge leveled only at women and said women usually ended up dead because of it. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but to me this is a slippery slope to go down.

I am upset and sad over the political landscape in America. Gone are the days when the candidates would say things like, “As my worthy opponent pointed out…” in fact, any shred of civility has gone by the wayside.

I’m going to make myself a cup of hot apple cider and hope the day gets better. While I am leaving comments for this blog open, I ask you to be respectful.

Thanks, Liz