Monday, March 11, 2013

Weekend Recap - Ponderings & Photographs

This past weekend was my husband's birthday!  Our birthdays are 6 days apart!  So this next weekend is mine!  With everything that has been going on with his sinus issues and many near and dear friends and family members of mine and their health issues it makes me thankful the only issue I have is a 'bum ankle/foot/arch".  It really pushes me to try better and work harder in daily stay positive, to continue learning, try and stay as healthy as possible, and be grateful for everyone in my life while they are still here.  I don't take any of that for granted.

I'm thankful I have my digestion issues under control and I am very happy with my diet and lifestyle changes.  Now that I know my discomfort in my leg/foot was an arch issue I am now working toward "fixing" the problem or at least living with it and working around it.  I've been feeling consistently 90 to 95% better!  With that in mind and moving forward - this week I hope to increase my physical activity - slowly and gently.

The weather this past weekend was very nice!  It even got up to 64 yesterday!  But tomorrow we could get more rain and snow!  I seriously cannot wait until spring and summer!  Most of the photographs from this weekend are of the Dogs!  Suzie has always LOVED her picture taken!  She's always been a ham! 

Towards the end of last week - she was 'fired up' when I got home...more than usual!  She would run around the house and it was a wonderful sight to see!

Here is this weekend's photo of Riley!  He's been receiving a lot of attention on Instagram.  It's amazing the communities and sub-communities that are on social networking sites!  It's refreshing and fascinating to me!  Corgi's are one of the sub-communities I have found to be in the mix with.  There are a lot of great Corgi and Corgi-Mixes on there!  Chihuahua's are another - which of course the BABY OF THE FAMILY - will have some photo's in this post, too!

 In other Riley news...his ears are starting to bother him again, which isn't a surprise - every other month or so they tend to - so I will start in with some of his ear solution again this evening.  The last medicated tube our one vet gave us seems to work better than the others and in less time!

Once again we found some great deals on Dog Sweaters at BigLots this past weekend!  They were $4 or less so we grabbed a few for Paco!  Someone told me he "looked very dapper" in this one!

That put a smile on my face!  Dapper!

Paco has gotten to really like his sweaters!  He's not fond of the Snuggie, tho, but these type of sweaters...he LOVES.  In these photos you will be able to see parts of "Daddy" in them.  Pardon the "ashtrays" in this are NOT mine...I do NOT Smoke!  Just HAD to add that disclaimer!

This was just 'by chance' lighting!  No filter or anything.  I LOVE the little collar but it won't stay up. 

I also have been 'washing' Paco's eyes, too, I think between his tears and Riley's ears it's due to weather changes a little, too!

This is one of the longer sweaters Paco has now!  Even tho the 'body' fits on the other ones they aren't as long!  But he still likes them!

We have multiple nick-names for all of our furkids.  One of the many for Paco is "Chi Monkey"...well, because he's a Chi (Chihuahua) and because he's a little monkey - he runs, jump, hops, and climbs EVERY WHERE!

So when we saw this sweater we KNEW we HAD to get it for him!  Of course it doesn't hurt it has Syracuse Orange colors in it!  You can see it even better in this next photo, tho!
I totally LOVE this little Monkey!  It's adorable! 

I do have a lot on tap for this week!  It's Irish Foods Week, for one!  Plus I have LOTS of new products to share with you!  I'm so excited!  I have more giveaways this week, too!

My husband's Grandmother gave me a Waffle Iron and I hope to post some Vegan Waffle's SOON as well!

One thing I want to mention today, is one of the many Raw Revolution Bars I have been chomping lately!  Today I want to share with you the Almond Butter Cup Flavor! 
Organic Almonds, Organic Dates, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Sunflower Seed Kernels, Organic Chocolate Chunks (Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Chocolate Liquor, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Soy Lecithin, Organic Vanilla Extract), Organic Sprouted Flax Seed, Organic Sea Salt. Contains Tree Nuts, Chocolate Chunks made in a facility that handles milk. PEANUT-Free
NUTRITION FACTS: Serving Size 1 bar 1.8oz (51 g) Amount Per Serving: Calories 230, Calories from fat 120, Total Fat 14g (22%DV), Saturated Fat 2g (10%DV), Trans Fat 0g (0%DV), Cholesterol 0mg (0%DV), Sodium 10mg (1%DV), Total Carbohydrates 23g (8%DV), Dietary Fiber 3g (13%DV), Sugars 15g, Protein 7g, Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 6%, Calcium 6%, Iron 15%, DV=% Daily Value.
Check this out!  This bar packs a lot of great stuff in a small bar, doesn't it!?  When I first bit into the bar I LOVED that I could taste the Vanilla and Almond Flavor right away!  It seems the older I get the more I enjoy that little bit of Vanilla Flavor in things.  The BIG chunks of 'chocolate' are awesome!  They are randomly placed throughout the bar and are not over-done but certainly fits the bill with those who may have a sweet tooth!  I love the nuttiness and the chewiness is great, too, the texture is perfect!  The Dates give it that wonderful sweetness and it's gently salted.  The flavor ratio of sweet, fruity, salty, chewy, nutty couldn't have been more perfect!  This is a terrific bar!

I have LOTS more on tap this week and I do hope you come back and visit.  In the meantime...I would LOVE to hear about your weekend!  Drop me a comment or two!


  1. Your furbabies are so adorable. I want to hug all of them. Do any of them do the full body wag? Our neighbors chocolate lab does that. It's so adorable to see big ole Bass wagging his entire body.

    Let's see... I planned to sew costumes this weekend but the surprise visit from my brother put a stop to that. Good thing I'm making first century clothes they're are rather simplistic. :) I made big country breakfasts both days he was here... Vegan and non-vegan fare was on the menu. I meant take pictures, but too busy catching up with him that by the time I remembered to take pictures the food was gone.

    Of course, in my earlier vegan days it most likely would have been vegan only... but over the years (I went vegan in the early 1990s) I've mellowed and will make non-veggie fare for others. After all, if I was willing to accommodate my ferrets with a raw food diet (raw meat - their obligate carnivores) why can't I show the same consideration for those I love?

    1. Thanks Opal! Riley does the full body wag! LOL - his whole body goes back and forth! lol!

      I'm glad you got to spend time with your brother!

      Yeah...I know what you mean with 'mixed house holds' DH isn't veg at all but I don't 'fiddle' with stuff...if I can put it in the oven or microwave I will but won't get too involved :)

  2. Hooray your Captcha is gone. I found it frustrating at times since the code would occasionally be illegible and while I typically avoid blogs that use Captcha code, I made the effort to comment on your site.

    1. I didn't even realize it was on there! DOH! So sorry! I really hate those things!!! Thanks for letting me know! And thanks for taking the time to fight with it to comment on my blog even tho it was there! If it ever shows up again let me know!

  3. So true on not taking life for granted! And adorable pup pics! My weekend went by too fast! :-) But it was a great weekend with hubby seeing a movie and eating out.

    1. :) Thanks! Yeah...Weekends are too short! I hope to watch that movie, soon, too! I'm glad you posted about it!!!

  4. Love the puppies!! Happy Day! We're really glad it is TUESDAY and not Monday any more!

    1. Thanks RE: Pups! I hear ya re: Tuesday and NOT Monday!! OH!!! Go to the main page! I just posted a 2nd one today! WAFFLES and WINE :)