Sunday, June 29, 2008

Booze-a-licious

Let me apologize for no pictures. I had every intention of getting a few shots of the drinks for the Bachelorette party I hosted at my house last night. And damn it if I didn't get pictures of the food either! Piss! I don't entertain often and when I do I sort of freak -- trying to keep all the food flowing and drinks that everything else, like getting photos, goes out the window. However, the websites that I found the recipes had photos so I put them here for you to see.

The most popular was by far the Raspberry Mojito. It was light, refeshing and sweet. For me, a little too sweet. Next time I will knock the sugar down from 1/2 cup to 1/3 cup. The best part was the Raspberry Coulis. Holy crap. It is lip smacking good! I had some leftover and drizzled it over some vanilla ice cream. Good Lord in heaven it was dreamy.

Next was my famous Sangria recipe (no photo). I found this recipe a couple years ago on About.com. Since then it has been my go to recipe. The reason why I love it is because it uses Gin instead of Brandy. This way I can have Gin and tonics with the leftover Gin. Another one of my summertime favorites.

Then came the extremely refreshing Peach Martini's. Surprisingly these are not as sweet as you think. The peach nectar and peach schnapps are perfect partners with the vanilla vodka.
With all this booze you would think all of us would be hugging the porcelain god, but nope. All of us were shocked that we weren't feeling the booze. We think it was due to eating a lot of food and large chunks of time between each drink. Huh. Who would of thought.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

So Proud!

I can't tell you how proud I am of Sophie. She is doing so well in her agility class. Even the instructor commented on how well she is doing for being a...cough...greyhound.

Last week we started working on contact. Dottie, the instructor, told us she is going to be really tough on us because she is huge about teaching dogs to do contact. She has seen way to many dogs fault on the contact. Contact is the area that the dogs feet have to touch on certain obstacles.

We worked on the a mini A-frame. Dottie had us use targets (a plastic coffee can lid with a treat on it) to get our dogs to stop at the bottom, but still have their back feet on the contact. We reinforce with lots and lots of treats, then release. Sophie did rather well. She LOVES the target. :-)

We also worked on the teeter. Oh god the teeter. The dogs were a fair distance away from it. When Dottie hit the end of the teeter down we started rewarding when our dog didn't react to the noise. Then we worked to get the dogs closer and closer. Everyone did very well. Eventually we got everyone around the teeter and few of the dogs even walked down it!! And Sophie actually put her front feet up on the teeter a few times which got her BIG rewards and praise.

I can really tell that she is getting much more confident.

John Update

John is doing great. He is still having problems with his backend, but he is back to his normal goofy, face rubbing self. We have made an appointment for July 18th to start acupuncture treatments.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

The story of John

Previously I have written about John's neck problems. The last episode was pretty bad pain wise. We put him on pred. and he recovered. Well, on Tuesday he started showing problems with his back end: Weakness, unsteadiness and pain. It was time to find out what the hell was going on and I scheduled an appointment for John to see our vet specialist in ortho.

In order to get the films needed John had to be put under so they could manipulate his hips/spine. We pick our boy up and the films showed he has a compressed disc in his neck. When he get overzealous in his playing the disc starts to bulge which causes his extreme pain. He also had sciatica that is causing the backend problems.

We have had 3 of our greys put under the same anesthesia. No problems. Friends of mine have had their greys under the same anesthesia. No problems. John. Had problems. HUGE problems.

We go to bed and John goes to his usual spot the guest bed to sleep. At midnight I hear thrashing in the guest room. John is having a seizure. It was awful. He is so heavy - 90 lbs. and he is on hardwood floors. I am trying to get him out in the hallway and Bill comes out and we finally get him on his side in the bathroom. The seizure is a grand mal. He is convulsing, snapping, foaming, the whole nine yards and lasts about 2 minutes. Afterwards we let him lay there for awhile to calm down and we can get him up. Frantic calls to the emergency vet proved useless. Call back if he has another one. WTF!

5 a.m. he has another one in the yard. It was just as bad. 8 a.m. we are at the specialist office. The only thing we can figure is that it was a reaction to the anesthesia be it extremely rare. We make a compromise. We can take him home and keep watch over him 24 hrs and if he has another it is to the ER to be hospitalized.

I am happy to report. No seizures. Thank you Lord!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Lime + Tofu = Heaven

Sweet Chili Lime Tofu
Damn. Damn! Double damn is this good. Thank you Lindy Loo for turning me on (ha!) to this recipe. For more details on how to make this lime of tofu goodness check out her blog for the recipe.

The only thing I changed was I used bok choy instead of collards because I didn't have any collards, so nah!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

WonderHound!

This week Sophie started to learn weave poles, A-frame and table during agility class. I was very happy with how well she did on all of them. The weave poles took a lot of coaxing with cheese. She was like a little ant eater. I would lay a trail of cheese down the middle and she would snarfle up the cheese without realizing she was going through the poles. Ah, the power of cheese!

The A-frame she had no problem with at all. I was shocked! She just tooled her little butt up and over like she has been doing it for years.

I think she is really enjoying the class and so am I. We have only a few more before we need to decide if we are going to continue and I think we will.

So DAMN cute!

Isn't this the cutest little jalapeno pepper in the entire universe! I can hardly wait till I can pick this little fella.
We have been getting a lot, and I mean a lot of asparagus in our produce box each week. We love it, but it was starting to back-up and I had to do something. That something was to attempt to make pickled asparagus. Hopefully I did it right and won't die from botulism.