Monthly Archives: September 2008

The Life of Katie….

I enjoyed reading all your comments after posting Friday Trivia on Dogs.  It seems that lots of dogs get into chocolate and they have survived.  Whew.  Thats a good thing. 

Apparently chocolate contains theobromine that can cause cardiac irregularity and fatal heart attacks especially if the dog becomes excited.  It also irritates the GI tract and in some dogs can cause internal bleeding, which in some cases kills them a day or so later.  Soooooo we have all been very lucky.  Apparently it depends on the size and health of the dog also and the kind of chocolate. 

Anyway…I’ve had some comments about Katie the Labradoodle’s picture I posted.   Unfortunately she isn’t mine.  She belongs to friends of ours.   She is a mix between a large poodle and a labrador retriever.  This breed is like an overstuffed animal as Faith  commented.  Her daughter has one also and has posted some pictures.  These dogs have a wonderful disposition. 

love children….

She was given to Mickey and Molly  when she was about 1 year old.    Most people who know Mickey and Molly say they want to come back as one of “M&M’s” pets.  She sure has it better than most.

Katie gets along with her 3 feline sisters and brothers that can be found anywhere they would like to be….

in the linen closet….     

in a comfy basket on the table…. 

Katie has a beach road of neighbours who love her to bits.  Woody, lives 2 cottages away and enjoys training her.  She’ll let “M&M” know when she sees him through the kitchen window outside his house.  When they let her out she runs right to him.  He loves her as much as she him.  She’ll spend the afternoon with him and when play time is over, he tells her and she runs back home.  Their neighbours call on her and take her for walks.  Its not uncommon for her to have walked with 2 different neighbours and have spent hours playing with Woody in one day….and that is most days.

Around this area, where Marc’s cottage is also,  people like to travel the beach road on golf carts to visit each other.   Katie loves to sit in the back of a golf cart and visit too, her head held high like the Queen of Carts!   Katie has certainly found a wonderful loving home and lifestyle.


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Trivia Friday – Things You Need to Know About Dogs

I hope everyone has had a good week.  Its been a fast week, but a slow week for me.  I’ve been busy, but had a lots of time to get things done.  I guess at the end of the week that means a good thing.

I wanted to leave you with a Friday Trivia About Dogs, all those things you need to know about dogs…if you felt so inclined. I didn’t realize it cost sooo much money to own a dog!! Is there anything new here you didn’t know about…or you think is different?

– Based on an average life span of 11 years, the cost of owning a dog is $13,350.

– Dogs only sweat from the bottoms of their feet, the only way they can discharge heat is by panting.  Dogs and wolves yawn as a sign of contentment.

– Dogs have about 100 facial expressions most of them done with their ears.  Unfortunately the likes of pitbulls only have about 10 and that is because of their breeding.  Therefore these dogs gets misinterpreted by other dogs and end up getting into fights.

– A dog’s sense of smell is one of the keenest in nature. If a pot of stew was cooking on a stove, a human would smell the stew, while the dog could smell the beef, carrots, peas, potatoes, spices, and all the other individual ingredients in the stew. In fact, if you unfolded and laid out the delicate membranes from inside a dogs nose, the membranes would be larger than the dog itself.

It was recently discovered that dogs DO see in color, just not as vivid as the color that humans see

Two dogs survived the sinking of Titanic, yes that’s right, two DOGS survived. They escaped on early lifeboats carrying so few people that no one objected. Miss Margaret Hays of New York brought her Pomeranian with her in lifeboat No. 7, while Henry Sleeper Harper of the publishing family boarded boat No. 3 with his Pekinese, Sun Yat Sen.

– Giving dogs chocolate could be fatal for them, because theobromine, an ingredient of chocolate, stimulates the central nervous system and cardiac muscle. About 1.1 kg of milk chocolate or just 146 g of cooking chocolate (which has more theobromine per gram) could kill a 22 kg dog.

Have a wonderful weekend.


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Food Thoughts…

My mom is coming over this afternoon and I’m taking her to an eye appointment.  Then we’re having dinner at my place and she’s spending the night.   I made our dinner last night for tonight so we don’t have to take time for cooking.  It is a  Cheesy Chicken & Salsa dinner.  It looks yum and was easy to make.   If you haven’t subscribed to that FREE magazine you should.  Its available in Canada and the US.  It arrives about 4 times a year and the recipes are generally quick and easy.

Our office will find any excuse for a potluck and its the fastest answered email when we announce what it is we’re bringing to it.

So on Friday we’re having a potluck, “What would you like to bring to a deserted island”.  So I know its going to be a feast.  There are 13 in our office.  Yummy.  I am bringing a caesar style coleslaw which is cheating because I’m buying the premade bags of coleslaw mix.  I’m going to add 3 different peppers and some carrot slivers to the recipe above.  I think it’ll be just perfect! 

As I sat here thinking about food I remembered my sister-in-law’s 60th birthday this past January.  Her hubby planned a birthday party for her and we had such fun.  The food was fabulous and I want to share her cake with you.  It was made by a close baker friend of theirs.   

Carol loves to travel so I think thats where the theme for the cake came from.  This is another angle.  Isn’t it great?   and I believe the bottom suitcase layer was chocolate and the upper part was…hmmmm…another flavour and it not only looked great it TASTED great which is very important.  hmmmmmm…I think I’d love to have a piece of that cake right now.   

This is a picture I like of my eldest son and I taken at the birthday party.    

 Anyway thats what I wanted to share with you today.  This same lady made gingerbread houses for her son’s wedding.  There was one on every table and they were VERY nice.   We played a game and I won the one on our table and gave it to Madeline.  The head table had a lovely gingerbread chapel. 

Have a great day.



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Wine Tasting Evening & Enter to Win at Edie’s

There’s a giveaway on Edie Marie’s blog.  To celebrate her 100th blog she is giving away 7 random vintage cup and saucer sets.  They are beautiful…and so is her blog.   Click over to her site and enter to win.


This is a lifestyle, not a diet.  Enjoy the journey”…. author unknown to me.

On Saturday the Love Bunny and I attended a Wine Tasting Evening with 4 friends at a restaurant in town.      We purchased our tickets ahead of time.  It all started at about 7:00 p.m.  We were introduced to some new wines, and were served a different one with each of the 6 courses.     The dinner was so yummy but these pictures really don’t do justice to the food.   It really looked lovely on the plate.  In some cases I forgot to take a picture until I had just started eating so that ruined the presentation some.    We started out with tomatoes, hand pulled mozzarella and tomato salad with balsami reduction and arugala greens.   

The next course was a creamy butternut squash soup that had dried tomatoes and chives.    which was soooo delicious. 

    The third course was a wild mushroom flan “Brulee” and endive salad sald with julienne cut celery root.        

This was followed by baked sea bass with barley pilaf with green onion and pumpkin seeds, roasted turnip and rutabaga batonets, carrot and parsnip.  mmmmmmm..      

 Next we had a herb roasted pork loin, with garlic potatoes, turnip and strip peppers.

And for dessert we had apple crisp, poached pear and vanilla ice cream.   The ice-cream was melting a bit for the picture but it was very yum.   Oh my! 

The whole dinner lasted about 3 hours so we had a a lot of time for a  nice evening, yummy food, good conversation and fun.    …. and to end the evening a Bathroom Snapping Diva Picture.  I just couldn’t get the flash off though!


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Blue Monday

Another Monday and its a Blue Monday! 




Sally is hosting Blue Monday.  Click over to her blog and see what she and the other ladies are sharing on this Blue Monday.   I am sharing with you a darling bird’s nest teapot that I came across recently in my quest for finding interesting teapots.     It has a blue bird feeding its babies.  Isn’t it cute?  I’ve been thinking of how it will become the next Teapot Garden Party birdfeeder.  

Do you have bird’s nests in your yard?  Have you had a bird built a nest in a strange spot…over your front light…in your flower box?  My mom has a deck that has 2 levels.  A robin built a nest under the top deck so that when you walk down to the lower level it is at eye level.  Mommy bird must have misjudged a safe spot or maybe she just felt comfortable and wanted show and tell.


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I Got Mail!

Quote for Today …  “Earth Laughs in Flowers” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 


Shelley’s cute, little Lily pulled MY name last Sunday for her giveaway!  It arrived in the mail this weekend in 2 packages, a combined giveaway.    One was from Shelley and the other from April.  I could not wait to get into those packages which were soooo cute just themselves.  There were handmade hair clips and piony tail band from Shelley and lovely Nursery Posies from April.      I can’t wait to see these in Madeline’s hair and  I’m going to use the posies  as gift tags.  Thank you!  I love them!  Be sure to check out Shelly’s LemonTreeStudio and April’s JaneSays etsy shops for more prettyness.


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Fun Weird Trivia Friday Facts & Thrift Find

I hope everyone has had a good week..and now we’re getting into the weekend..yahooo…

I am sharing some Fun Weird Trivia Facts for Friday….some more important stuff (or not) that you may be interested in knowing.  Sometimes you may end up in conversation with someone who thinks they know EVERYTHING…well maybe these facts will come in handy.  Maybe you’ll show that person just how clever you really are…or…ummmm..maybe you are at a party and…you don’t know what to say to someone you’ve just met and you could say “Hey did you know that…????… well you know what I mean.

First let me share my thrifting.  Last night I did a little thrifting just looking for one thing…the 1 cup teapot sets.  I could not find any so I allowed myself to come home with one find.  Its a pretty silver tray with little feet that appears to be treated not to tarnish. 

Just perfect for my perfumes in my room.

and here is the Friday Trivia…

Tablecloths were originally meant to be served as towels with which dinner guests could wipe their hands and faces after eating.

Until the nineteenth century, solid blocks of tea were used as money in Siberia.

Tourists visiting Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is considered an insult.

When glass breaks, the cracks move faster than 3,000 miles per hour. To photograph the event, a camera must shoot at a millionth of a second.

A violin contains about 70 separate pieces of wood.

During your lifetime, you’ll eat about 60,000 pounds of food, that’s the weight of about 6 elephants.

Dolphins sleep with one eye open.

A sneeze travels out your mouth at over 100 m.p.h.

There wasn’t a single pony in the Pony Express, just horses.

Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails.





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You Just Never Know….

I wonder how we survived without internet before?  Do you ever wonder?  Everything is just a few clicks away including good friends, their inspirations, their ideas…thoughts…joys… and I so love it.

I have a lot of interests and I can be quite spontaneous.  Reading everyone’s lovely blog has given me more interests, awareness and inspiration.  Remember some time back I visited Tootsie and made what I’m calling a    Teapot Part Garden Birdfeeder? 

I made one for my girlfriend’s birthday….put one in the wheelbarrow at the cottage… ….

then I had my table “adorned” with these cute little one cuppers…    Are they not sweet???? 

A lady at work thought it would be an ideal gift to take a “High Tea Wedding” and asked me to make one for her.    I decided after making one that I’d continue making the others so she would have a choice….    

   I added little tags with instructions and  adorned each one with an organza bag of birdfeed…     and brought them all in to work.   Everyone just thought they were so cute and I sold them all.   I was sooo surprised and happy that others had the same response to them as I did.  I ended up with 7 additional orders.  The fun turned into some profit along the way.  You just never know….


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Busy Week & Outrageous Brownies and Sick!

Really tired….and didn’t realize it….

This week sure has been busy.  I am again facilitating Personality Dimensions to many first year student classes.    This week I have 5 of them scheduled.  Two yesterday, one today, one Thursday and one on Friday.  Each session is almost 3 hours.  On top of that my regular work is busy.  I sure put in my time with lecturing in that workshop, then getting the students oriented on  using PD cards  to determine their preferred Temperament style.  Then we have a mass confusion while I try to get them into groups to work on some questions, they present to the class and then I tie it altogether for them.  In between that I run from front to back,  to side to back to front to side of the class, clarifying what it is they are doing.  Its rather crazy I think but I love it anyway.

Anyway…. After  6 hours of that yesterday I couldn’t wait to get home to have a soothing cup of tea and put my feet up.  At the time it never occurred to me that I really got home 2 hours later than usual as a result and it was too late for me to be drinking tea if I was going to plan on sleeping that night…  caffeine…

So I was up most of the night, wandering  around and blogging and crawling back to sleep and walking…you know?  It was not much fun.  Today I dragged myself through another busy day catching up and then I had a another late Personality Dimensions workshop and got home 2 hours later again. .   Somewhere between feeling tired and wanting to relax I had chocolate on my mind.  Somewhere I forgot the reason why I was sleepy when I decided I would make the 10 minute each way walk to the store for “exercise sake”, to buy chocolate for the Outrageous Brownies I was going to bake.  Back at home I changed into comfy clothes and started melting chocolate only to realize I had no flour!!!  I changed BACK into my outdoor clothes  and walked  my sore feet to a closer convenience store to buy the flour….so that’s why I forgot to take pics of the process of making these brownies I wanted to share with you….especially to show you allll the chocolate going into it!  This is the Outrageous Brownies recipe   full of all goodness!  Try it and if you do be sure to come back and let me know what YOU think.  YUMMMMY!

But…this is how they look coming out of the oven.  At  9:45 p.m. last night this is finally how all my dishes look after I’d cleaned up after mixing the brownies.    and like this   and this   …just a helter skelter of a wash….  It’s a bigggg pan of chocolate a whole 36 oz of chocolate … 3 different kinds and nuts too!  AND I can’t dare have a taste tonight because… know…I’d be up half the night again.   You know…sometimes you just forget how tired you are until you are realllly tired.    Nite nite….

update…now I never did post that last night.  I was just tooo tired!  Today I brought in a big plate of the brownies to share at work.  Soon after my tiredness and headachy and achey feelings of this week sprung on me and I realized I’ve been fighting some kind of “bug” thats been going around at work.   I came home and have been sleeping it off all afternoon.  I’m sitting here for a minute sending these pics to you and back to bed I go.  Nite nite again….

Hope YOU have had a lovely day.



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Kathleen’s Giveaway and SuperCommenter Award Presentations

Kathleen at Magikquilter has a lovely giveaway taking place on her blog.  She is putting together an assortment from her Laura Ashley and Liberty of London fabrics and lace and buttons that will make a pretty project!  Take a look, enter and congratulations to her on her 100th post!


Thanks, Patty! Thanks, Gautami!   Finishing Business

A while backI was honoured to receive a Super Commenter’s Award from Sally.  I don’t know about all the ettiquette at blogland but I think I should have forwarded on this award.  In any case I would like to pass them along and I believe the rules are as follows:

1. You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserving of this award.

2. Each award has to have the name of the author and a link to his/her blog so that it can be visited by everyone.

3. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link of the blog that presented him/her the award.

4. The award winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link blog so everyone will know the origin of this award.

5. Show these rules.

Blogging is a wonderful form of sharing and meeting new friends and can’t be complete without acknowledging that we’ve actually been there.    It wouldn’t be as special without exchanging thoughts, comments and support.  I would like to pass the award along to 5 Super Commenters who brighten my day with their comments:   Kathleen , Shelly,  Faith , Dawn, and Penny .   Visit these ladies and their lovely blogs and don’t forget to leave them a comment! 

I never know what I think about something until I read what I’ve written on it.
William Faulkner

Have a lovely day!



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