Tuesday, August 30, 2011

RIP Reggie Roo

It was a sad day at our house today. Chris went outside to say hi to the dogs and give them fresh water only to find that poor Reggie had passed away. 


We got him ten years ago from our local pound.  We were surprised to find a pure bred basset hound there, but we soon found out why.  I don’t think that everyone is cut out to put up with a basset’s stubborn nature or tendency to bark.  And trust me, when a hound barks, everyone in the neighborhood knows whose dog it is.  But actually, he was a great dog.  We got his barking under control and he was very, very loveable.  Yes, he had a mind of his own, and some days I wanted to strangle him, but he was a legitimate part of our family. And dang it, look how cute he was. 




This is one of our first pictures of Reggie after bringing him home from the pound.  It’s crazy how dark he was.


How many bassets have you seen out in the woods? He loved to hike, and we used to have to pick him up so he could get over logs and debris.

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Goodbye Reggie Roo.  You were loved and we will miss you!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Oh how I love the fair.

Every year, my sister Dawn and I go to the fair.

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This year, we even let Chris come with us, but he spent most of him time at the rodeo while Dawn and I looked at exhibits.  He had a good time though.  A clown called him Mr. Clean and gave him a free shirt.  See? Being bald can be a good thing.  You can get made fun of and get a free shirt out of the deal. Hahaha

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Dawn and I started our day out right with the traditional BBQ stand that sells pulled pork sandwiches. We eat there every year. Yummy!

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Like I said before, Chris was not thrilled with the amount of time we spent looking at the exhibits.

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We encouraged him to take off so that we could look at some of this cool stuff:

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We ended the day with a snow cone.  It was a pretty hot day, even hotter on the asphalt, so this snow cone was the best thing EVER!

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Bye Fair.  See you next year.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Falls Park

Last week, out preschool went on a field trip to Falls Park to check out the Post Falls Dam.  Our weekly theme is, “The Way Things Work,” so why not talk a little bit about what a dam does.  It’s the perfect opportunity to get out of the classroom and enjoy the outdoors.

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My favorite part of the field trip was this critter that we saw in a tree.  I’m pretty sure it was a porcupine, but I wasn’t close enough to really tell.  The park also has some marmots that reside there.

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Here’s a picture of a porcupine that I found online. 

I’m not positive ours was a porcupine.  What do you think?

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Kayaking Mirror Lake

I’ve been busy this weekend, but not in my favorite way.  I’ve been stuck dealing with a flat tire and doing housework today.  Don’t feel too bad for me.  It’s just a part of life and I have had some time to play around online for a while.  But that doesn’t stop me from wishing I was doing something else today.  Something more fun. Something more like what I did last Sunday. 

Last Sunday, Chris and I spent the day kayaking at Mirror lake with Chris’s mom Jan, and his brother Jesse.  We had a great time.  Mirror lake is the perfect size for kayaking and the weather was gorgeous.  We enjoyed a picnic, did some fishing from our kayaks, and paddled all the way around the lake.  It was the perfect way to spend a Sunday.

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We started the day fairly early by loading the kayaks on the jeep and we were on our way.

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Oh yeah… Let me introduce you to my kayak, Boss Frog.  He was good to me all day, and even allowed Jan and Jesse to have a turn paddling.
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We had a great day, and Chris and I discovered the perfect place to take my mom and Kirk kayaking the next time they visit.  Did you get that Mom? You need to visit soon, and bring your kayaks. :)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Old Settler’s Beans

I have been debating weather or not to share this recipe for a while.  It is an old family recipe, passed down through the ages.  When I say, “trough the ages,” I mean that it was my Grandma Sally’s recipe. I know some people regard family recipes as great secrets, never to be shared with anyone, but really, this recipe is too good not to share. Our family has made these beans for every family get together my entire life.  Everyone asks for this recipe, and since I’m a giver… well, I’ll give it to you. 

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Old Settler’s Beans
Brown:   1 lb. bacon, cut into pieces
              1 lb. hamburger
              1 lg. onion, diced

Add:  1 15oz can butter beans, undrained
          1 15oz can kidney beans, undrained
           2 cans pork and beans, undrained

Mix together and add: 
1/3 c. brown sugar
1/3 c. white sugar
1/4 c. ketchup
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
2 Tbsp. molasses
Dash Worcestershire sauce
Mix all ingredients in a crock pot.  Cook on high 4 to 6 hours.

Seriously, this is the best baked bean recipe, EVER.  Even if you think you won’t like it, you should try it anyway.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Taco Bell is Dirty Minded

A few weeks ago, I went through the drive through at Taco Bell to grab a soda.  I need to confess that I don’t generally eat at Taco Bell.  It has probably been years.  Imagine my surprise when I saw what they are advertising these days.

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This is the actual poster in the window of our local Taco Bell.  You can tell because I had a hell of a time not getting a glare from the window.  If you haven’t figured out why I was so aghast by this poster, let me enlighten you.  It is a picture of women shot from the waist down advertising 12 tacos for $10. Women… from the waist down… tacos. Are you pickin’ up what I’m puttin’ down?  Still confused? Taco is a derogatory term for vajayjay.  I had no ide that Taco Bell sold this kind of “product”. What is the world coming to?