|Playtime in Kennel|
|Playtime in Kennel|
A friend of mine told me that I focus too much on the other animals and not enough on the cats. So this is to share with you that the barn cats are healthy, a bit fat and very sassy.
We do have a bit of a problem with the chickens bullying the cats and eating some of their food. But I have a plan to solve that issue. More in a few days!
|Banana Coconut Brownies|
|Baking ripened bananas|
|Add cocoa powder|
|Coconut is always good|
|Don't forget coconut flour|
|Eggs added before blending|
|Mixture pressed in pan ready to bake|
After chores this evening, I stayed outside awhile with the dogs. I could tell by the clouds along the horizon that the sunset was going to be beautiful.
I had my cell phone with me. Although what I was seeing wasn't changing very much, by changing the perspective of the camera I was able to get a good variety of photos.
I really want to pull out my paints and canvas!
It is difficult to keep balance in our lives. I had a good day today! I spent several hours working in LinkedIn in, reviewing documents about Microsoft Dynamics AX, and working on my Web page setting up some sales items.
On the other hand, I stopped in the morning to appreciate the sunrise. I finished coloring a picture that I've been working on for several days. I cuddle with my puppy on the way to and from the vets office and I sat at the spinning wheel for a short time spinning my Llama/wool blend.
High up in the glass - less window
on the crooked frame
sits a little birdie
with a friend or two
Little ones oh so sweet
They were the first to tweet
Let's flock together
Because it's better!
It is the middle of January and I saw a mosquito flying around the house. I thought I was dreaming until I saw it resting buy some water on the kitchen sink. I guess the state bird is alive and well all year round.
Oh what a Friday it was! I was still tired from Thursday. Friday afternoon was the puppies well puppy check. We had to manage getting 11 puppies from the hobby farm to the vet. It was an event; but, we managed.
We were about a mile north of Richmond, 2 miles from home, when we found a dog running down the middle of the highway. With help of other people nearby, we manage to get the dog. We now had 13 Dobermans and one stray dog in the van together. Once we were at home the stray dog stayed in the laundry room until its owners came.
We unloaded the puppies from the back of the van in the kennel out onto the snow. It was their first time in the snow. They didn't seem to mind it most of them decided to taste it. Hopefully it stays warm enough to get them out more this next week.
When I got in the house, I went on to the Facebook page lost dogs Minnesota and registered the dog we found. I printed for flyers and quickly drove them into town. On the way back I had to stop several times to take pictures. The sunset was absolutely gorgeous. It radiated so beautifully against the background of the farm and it reminded me why I love this place. So yes, TGIF!
I tossed a picture of our trusty Gloria in with the sunset pictures. She is always so happy to greet us when we come home. She is so faithful to protect the farm when we are gone.
Thursday I went to a job fair. Selfishly I found myself praying that very few people showed up; for example, only the people that my sister and I needed to connect and network with.
They told us between employers and job seekers there 500 people registered. We were assigned tables. I was at table 45 which had three to five people at any given time even though it was set up for ten people. (God answered prayer.) It helped but I was still exhausted at the end of the day.
I had requested a special lunch "bell pepper free". They tried. They had made a pan of rosemary potatoes instead of the potatoes with bell peppers. They had chicken in a cream sauce. I could visually see what could have been bell pepper flakes. I mentioned it and they offered grilled chicken also. When they pulled back the foil, I pointed out that they had used the same bell pepper flake seasoning. I was stuck with the vegetarian stuffed mushroom which amazingly did not have bell peppers.
I am a big fan of Dr. Who. It was a little bit disturbing when I saw the screen up front. I kept waiting for Cassandra to open her eyes and start talking.
There were a lot of education seminars about LinkedIn. One of the big focus points was to have a good head shot. My sister took several for me at the end of the day. When I looked at them all, I said NOPE! I look the same way I feel "exhausted!"
Tell me how I'll be measured and that will be my guide for my decisions. Tomorrow I will be meeting up with a group and going to a job fair. I've had a very good interview with a good sound company but I don't take anything for granted.
I will have a follow-up interview on Monday. If that goes well, then I will be scheduled for an in person interview. I don't want to pass up the job fair even though I'm excited about the potential of the company that I'm already interviewing with.
I am betting by now you are wondering what any of this has to do with gluten free. Being allergic to bell peppers, I always carry snacks with me. When I asked one of the others if she'd like me to share I received the response, "sure, it's gluten free."
I was asking particularly about the haystacks (large marshmallow rolled in caramel then covered in rice crispies.) Although gluten free and delicious they are not diabetic safe. I added to them the banana coconut flour bread and banana pumpkin cookies that I made over the weekend. We now have good treats and tasty treats. :^)
One way that I enjoy staying warm is by cooking and baking. Saturday I baked oatmeal raisin cookies and banana pumpkin cookies. On Sunday I baked coconut flour banana bread, Dale's wheat bread and I cooked chicken seasoned with onions and garlic.
We are still working our way through the tasty goodies. But it did help to warm the house. No wonder why Minnesotans gain weight in the winter months.
They say curiosity killed the cat but it sends the Dobie girls in circles. They had just come in from outside. It was too cold for the outside and Dale was still out there. That equals torture to my three girls.
Their view out the windows is very similar to my favorite sunset view. Doesn't it make you wonder if animals enjoy the beauty of nature around them?
I asked the question, "what am I doing wrong but these plants keep dying? The first one got moldy. Now this one is drying out."
I received the answer "somewhere in between." They also mentioned that they were going to make it right.
When I got home from the mill on Wednesday, there was a box waiting on the kitchen table for me. I opened it up to find not one, not two, but three replacement plants. One of the plants even had a bud. I am so excited.
I will definitely order more plants from Hinterland Trading. After all if my ignorance that is killing these plants and they replaced them.
Jeanne was given several Llama pelts free. It was almost as if she had her own Llama sheared. (No she doesn't have any Llama. Maybe one day?)
Instead of processing it herself, she decided to take it to a mill for processing. I told her that I'd love to take half. She called and it was ready. I guess this is a pro for being laid off. I was able make the day trip.
I am going to toot my horn here. The mill had a new POS (Point of Sale software.) Jeanne and I were going to pay half and half on credit cards. Their program automatically submits the invoice amount to the credit card company. They had never split an invoice payment. I taught them how. :^) ....and I had never seen this software before.
Back to my day trip. We picked up nearly 65 pounds of Llama and sheep wool combined. There are two levels of brown a light and dark. When I got home, I tried spinning a little bit of both colors. It spun beautifully. I wish that I had more time this evening to spin! I will share mor about the mill on another day.