Monday, September 29, 2014

September 29, 2014

This has not been the best day. My car is trying to be kaput. I got 2 stores serviced here in Woodland and was just about to head to Davis to get bunny greens from the co-op ... but, then my car started hesitating and sounded awful and the check engine light came on. I had to really baby it to keep it running long enough to get home. So, I got home and spent about an hour getting my eBike tuned up to head to Davis. Of course, I hadn't used it for a while, so hadn't charged the batteries recently ... so, a bit more pedaling than I liked! But, I got home fine and the critters won't starve. My neighbor, Martin, now has one of those code readers and hooked it up to the car to find out what was wrong. It is a malfunction in one of the ignitor circuits ... So, now, I have to figure out how I'm going to get that fixed ... in the mean time, I'm on the bus and my eBike for the foreseeable future. I'm probably going to have to give up at least one of my stores by next week because I can't get to them by bus (no connecting routes) and they are too far by bike ... That's my new Arbuckle store, for sure ... not sure about a couple of others.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

September 28, 2014

I'm having another Pumpkin & Pecan Pie smoothie for lunch. So good. I just got finished painting before it started raining! Yay! Rain! But, I got done what I wanted to do.
Look at that lovely, cloudy sky!
So, now, I just have 2 sections to finish at the front (about 2-foot each at the front of the carport awning and the front of the deck awning) and the side of this deck awning. I can't get in between our awning and the neighbor's (I think ... still have to test that out next week ...), so I will most likely have to do all of it from the roof ... fun ... :/

Saturday, September 27, 2014

September 27, 2014

It's been a busy morning of cleaning cages and exercising the critters and not killing Nikky. She was driving me insane with her whining and carrying on ... and she tried to claw the sliding screen door more than usual. I had her out on the deck while I let the doves fly around in the Critter Room. So, she got put to bed until I was done with all the cleaning.
I moved Cassia into a bigger tank, now that she is nearly full-grown. She was very happy, I think! Lots more room to move around in. I put her in the tank Zihna had been in and moved Zihna into my big 30-gallon tank.
Cassia is worn out!
Zihna is checking things out.
Damian will sleep through anything. Love how all of his hair has grown back. It doesn't look moth-eaten, now.
Zihna and Damian bred on Friday night, so if it actually took this time, the pups will be due on October 12.
The rabbits got to run around and graze while I cleaned their cages. My mom sat outside with them.
Kayla is about half-grown, now.
Sheriff knows he's handsome!
Robin loves to dig. He had to stop and wash his face, though.
Ready for food and a nap in their clean cages. It's nice out, so they won't come in until about 4.
I found this yummie smoothie recipe last night and had to try it. Pumpkin and Pecan Pie smoothie -
It is really good. I subbed raw milk for the water. So creamy.
Ezra's hair has been feeling so silky-soft since he's been eating raw food. Love it!

Just finished making some cute things for someone's birthday next week. Need to mail them Monday. I'll post pics of what I made once they are received.

Nikky is still being a little brat. Jumping against the cabinets the hamsters are on ... I keep telling her they are not ready to eat, yet! haha!

Just brought the rabbits in. It's been a really nice day. Nice and cool. Will heat up again next week, though ... back in the 90s ... Yuck.

Picking out some beads to make some jewelry tomorrow. I have a couple sets I need to finish, too. Gotta start selling some things.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

September 25, 2014

Rain! What a lovely sound to wake up to this morning. Coming down pretty hard.

The hamsters love raw ground whole chicken. They each ate some off of a spoon. Last week they had ground chicken hearts and gizzards. Next week they'll have a beef and turkey mixture. It's the same raw food I feed Nikky and Ezra. The co-op makes the grinds for pets. Easier than me always doing it!

*(@^$(@*&#@($&@&!@&*^# I just got back on the internet. I don't know if was my damn modem or the cable company. Five hours I've been trying to get my connection back. And, at 8pm, bang - it's back! GRRRRR.

Well, I got my work day entered finally! Just finished feeding and putting the critters to bed. Bred the hamsters. No time to go through all my mail or the medias, so I am closing up to watch TV.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

September 24, 2014

I made a very good dinner tonight! I am stuffed. So good. I found these recipes: Coconut Flour Pop-overs and Honey Mustard Chicken And, I mixed a few frozen strawberries with mascarpone to top the pop-overs. And, there was raw milk with potato starch.
Did my usual for Wednesday - cleaned cages and vacuumed ... also made my mom sit outside with the bunnies while they ran and grazed in the yard. It was Kayla's first time out there. The temps were nice.

No go with the hamsters again ... will try again tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

September 23, 2014

I forgot to post my dinner pic that I took last night. So, here it is!
My mom had tried to make pancakes with a gluten-free flour, but she made the batter way too thick. So, she poured it in the muffin pan! haha! They were actually good biscuits, I thought!

I painted today! But, I didn't get as much as I wanted done because the sun was in my eyes! But, I got almost as far as the deck awning.
This was the part of the house that was the whole reason for painting to begin with and I finally got it done. The paint had peeled so badly on this section that you could see the original dark brown. The park owner thought it was mold ... jerk. So, after a year, I finally covered up the spotty mess! ;) I need to get more brushes before I do any more painting this weekend.

I do not like water kefir. I finally got a good fizz going, but I just cannot get a good flavoring that covers up the horrible taste. So, one more bottle and I am done with it. I will stick to kombucha and milk kefir.
Lots of bubbles!

And, tonight's dinner was Llano Seco pork ribs and baby potatoes topped with raw butter, and raw milk with potato starch.

Put Zihna and Damian together last night, but she wasn't ready. Tonight, again.

No go with the hamsters ... maybe tomorrow night.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

September 21, 2014

Exhausted. I am. But, I got the red trim done on the back of the house!! Whew. I am not afraid of heights, but I was getting a little dizzy up there near the peak. But, it is done! Next week will be the deck-side trim!

It's weird how two different angles make the color look so different!
I made dinner a little early. I adapted this recipe: Taco Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe 
I had to modify the taco seasoning, as I was out of several of the ingredients! Must remedy that tomorrow. And, I used ground buffalo. And, I used purple bell peppers ... but, they faded. But, it still tasted pretty good! We also had organic grapes & raw milk.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

September 20, 2014

The sky is still funky from the King Fire this morning. I could even look at the sun because it's got smoke haze in front of it ...

Got all the cleaning done and exercised the doves and rabbits. Didn't bother the hamsters, though. No baby hamsters. Sad. I'll have to breed them again tomorrow night.
It's a nice day, so I still have the rabbits out on the deck. I'll probably bring them in about 2pm.
Mono Lake
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Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I'm so worn out! I spent the last few hours re-arranging my room. First time in about 4 years ... Still have to set my TV up so I can watch videos on it (it's not hooked up to the satellite ...) I haven't used it since I got rid of the cable. I flipped and turned my old mattress, too. And, I'm on my 4th load of laundry ...

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Friday, September 19, 2014

September 19, 2014

I decided to take today off! Ha! And, I painted! I finished the red trim on the carport side of the house!!!

I'll be starting on the back on Sunday! I hate that there are already water stains on the gray, from overnight condensation. I wiped a lot of it off. If we'd ever get some rain, that would help to rinse it off ...

My hands smell like marjoram. Not a bad smell. I'm making frozen herbs. Fresh organic marjoram, raw butter (heated slightly to melt it), ice cube tray. Simple.
I wish I had some stainless steel ice cube trays ...

These will be great in eggs, potatoes or other dishes.
Ugh. Damn FreeCyclers that don't follow through.

Dinner will be rotisseried rabbit; sautéed Padrón peppers; ginger strawberry sorbet; raw milk with potato starch. Mmmm.
Wow. The smoke from the King Fire is starting to really settle down here in the Valley. I just took Nikky outside and the sky is a weird pinkish-gray.

Rabbit is in the rotisserie.

I bought a little gadget last month to play audio in my car without burning to CD. It just plugs into one of the cigarette lighter sockets and I can stick a jump drive or SD card in it. I've been loving it! Playing lots of music. But, now, I'm going to start listening to podcasts and audiobooks, too. I just converted some Daniel Vitalis podcasts to listen to next week.

I am stuffed! Dinner was sooo good. I will definitely make peppers like that again! Melt in your mouth while setting it on fire! haha! Of course, my mom complained that I didn't take the seeds out ... grrr ...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

September 18, 2014

Well, I did it again. Broke a toe. Badly. The exact opposite of the one I broke a couple months ago that hasn't really finished healing ... I did it late last night, so it's really colorful now.

I had to re-calculate when Zihna's litter is due. It's due tomorrow night ... not yesterday ... I kept thinking 14-16 days. But, it is 16-18 days ... so, we'll see.

Dinner was yummy. Baked wild cod; boiled potatoes with raw butter; raw milk with potato starch.
Not much work next week, so I'll be getting more painting done, hopefully.

It was really cloudy today, but no sign of needed rain ...
Flickr user Robert Cross | Lassen Volcanic National Park, California | View a larger image and leave a comment.

May the countryside and the gliding valley streams content me. Lost to fame, let me love river and woodland.
~ Virgil

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

September 17, 2014

I was up until after midnight, reading! I haven't posted the links in a while of the books that I've been reading ... so, I'll list all of them in the Melanie Travis series:
0758246331 A Pedigree To Die For
Laurien Berenson
B0099TTZC2 Underdog (Melanie Travis Mystery Book 2)
Laurien Berenson
B0099TTZRC Dog Eat Dog (Melanie Travis Mystery Book 3)
Laurien Berenson
075828747X Hair of the Dog (Melanie Travis Mysteries)
Laurien Berenson
0758213441 Watchdog (Melanie Travis Mysteries)
Laurien Berenson
1575666006 Hush Puppy: A Melanie Travis Mystery (Melanie Travis Mysteries)
Laurien Berenson
1575666804 Unleashed: A Melanie Travis Mystery (Melanie Travis Mysteries)
Laurien Berenson
0758287461 Once Bitten (A Melanie Travis Mystery)
Laurien Berenson
0758287453 Hot Dog (A Melanie Travis Mystery)
Laurien Berenson
1575667843 Best In Show (Melanie Travis Mysteries)
Laurien Berenson
157566786X Jingle Bell Bark: A Melanie Travis Mystery
Laurien Berenson
0758208146 Raining Cats & Dogs (Melanie Travis Mysteries)
Laurien Berenson
B00DQB1HBG Chow Down (Melanie Travis Mystery Book 13)
Laurien Berenson
075821605X Hounded To Death (Melanie Travis Mysteries)
Laurien Berenson
0758216068 Doggie Day Care Murder (Melanie Travis Mysteries)
Laurien Berenson
0758284535 Gone With the Woof (A Melanie Travis Mystery)
Laurien Berenson
0758284551 Death of a Dog Whisperer (A Melanie Travis Mystery)
Laurien Berenson
I just finished Hounded to Death and I'll be starting Doggie Day Care later today. It is such a fun series set in the world of dog shows and dog breeding.

Busy day. Got all the cages cleaned, etc. Vacuumed the cabinets. Scrubbed the top of one of the fridges; pulled all the toasters, can openers, extra mixer that I want to try to Freecycle by the end of the month. They all need to be cleaned before I take pics and post them. My mom pulled all the old cookbooks that were my aunt's and I'll be getting rid of all those. Mostly microwave recipes and such that we'll never use. Moved the microwave up on top of the fridge. (I'm weaning my mom off of it! She's down to just using it to defrost stuff, so this was her idea to put it up there! I may be able to get rid of it soon!) I got the chicken broth jarred. It's cooling off a bit before I put all the jars in the fridge. I revived my water kefir grains that I've ignored all summer, it seems. I thought they were dead, but I rinsed them several times and they actually look alright! So, I started a new batch. This weekend, I hope to get the kombucha going again, too.

Oh, and I made this recipe: 3 Ingredient Ginger Strawberry Sorbet to have with dinner tonight.

And ... there are no hamster pups. I'll wait until Friday to be sure and then Zihna and Damian will be bred again this weekend.

Dinner! Lamb steak; lentils; sorbet (see above link); raw milk with potato starch. We were going to have snow peas, too ... but, my mom forgot about them and they burned!
Flathead Lake, Montana
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Walk on a rainbow trail; walk on a trail of song, and all about you will be beauty. There is a way out of every dark mist, over a rainbow trail.
~ Robert Motherwell

Oh, good. Criminal Minds tonight. Last season's finalé to lead into the new season next week! Finally!