This is my garden.

Enjoy it, play nice, and don't forget to stop and smell the flowers.

about to start on new garden

Posted By on December 4, 2012

Ok starting with kale and onions….

Liberty Update

Posted By on July 13, 2010

We had Liberty’s teeth checked out today. The news was not pretty. Somehow she had managed to wear down almost all of her bottom teeth. The only teeth she has left in her bottom jaw are her canines. We don’t know how it happened, but given her tendency to bite the lead when we have her on a leash, we suspect she may have been chained up outside and tried to gnaw her way through a the chain until her teeth were literally gone.

Other than that, the Vet said she only had some mild tartar and gingival pockets. A bit of cleaning and scraping will fix that right up.

Liberty has an appointment on Sunday to get chest X-rays to see how far the heartworms have progressed, which will help us to figure out how aggressive the drug treatment can be. If the parasites have already invaded her heart or lungs, the treatment will have to be much slower and drawn out. As the heartworms die, their little pieces can clog arteries and cause all manner of problems from a heart attack to a stroke, even liver or organ failure if they block blood vessels supplying crucial oxygenated blood to that organ. The more invasive the infection, the slower we have to go with the treatment and the longer her hospital stays will be to monitor her for complications.

It’s not a pretty picture, but we’ve raised enough money to get started. All told we’ve raised $500 towards her vet bills. We’ve still got a long way to go, but I’ll keep ya’ll posted on her health as we find out more.

Any funds received in excess of the amount of her vet bills will be donated to a local animal charity or no kill shelter.


Posted By on July 11, 2010

Late on the 4th of July, this little angel found her way onto our front porch.

Walking out to my truck late at night, I heard a rustling in the bushes planted in a garden in our front yard. Emerging from the shadows walked another odd looking shadow. It was dark, and late at night, and this creature made a bee-line for me, initially giving me a fright. But I soon saw the head down/tail down posture and recognized a horribly submissive dog. She came right up to me and sat down at my feet, looking up at me with these sad, deep brown eyes. We named her Liberty.

Liberty literally came to us begging for food, water, and a safe place to sleep. This took a lot for such a timid dog. While we don’t know her history, she had been spayed at some point before she found herself on the streets. She’s very shy and cowers at the slightest touch, and yet she’s incredibly affectionate and wants nothing more than to be pet and cuddled, though it takes her a while to warm up and relax.

After taking her inside and letting her get accustomed to our other rescue dogs, Espresso and Rascal, we inspected her and found her covered with fleas and ticks, her hair falling out, and her ears infected and filthy. Her claws had not been trimmed nor worn down for some time – they were so long that her toes for forced to splay out. That couldn’t be comfortable. First step: grooming and bathtime!

I can’t recall the last time I saw water that brown. She was a very dirty girl! We also washed off and killed literally hundreds of fleas and a half dozen ticks. It took a couple of treatments of permethrin based dips to kill all the fleas, but after successive baths she was finally flea free. We took the time to trim her nails, being careful not to trim too far and nick the overgrown cuticle.

Finally, it was time to take a trip to the vet for a checkup. Everyone at the vet’s office immediately fell in love with our shy little angel. But the news was not good. Her ears were inflamed and possibly infected from the dirt and grime in them. They found tapeworm evidence in her stool, and the skin problems looked like more than just a flea allergy. It was very likely that she has demodectic mange as well.

Then came the worst news. She tested positive for heartworm. It wasn’t so long ago that heartworm was a death sentence for a canine, and my heart sank when I heard the news. The Dr. said that it wasn’t a death sentence, that there were cures, but they weren’t cheap and would take weeks, even months, before she would be cured. Costs could exceed $1,600 just for the heartworm.

My head dropped. I was prepared to spend hundreds of dollars to get our little angel healthy and happy, but we just don’t have the thousands it would take to cure heartworm. The vet told us that starting her on a heartworm preventative would reduce the lifespan of the parasitic heartworms that made their homes in the blood vessels between her heart and lungs. While that would reduce the amount of damage they would do, it would not prevent it all, and she could still suffer horrible damage to her heart and lungs. Damage that would seriously impact her health and quality of life, or possibly even kill her.

We’re determined to find a solution however. I spent the few hundred dollars we could afford for the vet services and started her on a flea treatment and heartworm prevention regime. In the meantime I put the word out to friends of ours across the internet and across the nation. We’re exploring our options right now, but time is limited. Every day and week that goes by is more damage that is being done to her heart and lungs.

Edit: OK. Too many people are asking to help, and as much as my pride says not to, I’m going to open this up for donations. I feel bad doing it, so here’s the deal: If you donate $50 or more, my husband will host a website for you for free for up to two years at his web hosting company. If you are in the Dallas / Fort Worth or North Texas area and donate $100 or more, my catering company will prepare and deliver a custom designed cake (serving up to 30 people) to the event of your choice.

Any funds received in excess of the amount of her vet bills will be donated to a local animal charity or no kill shelter.

This paypal account is linked to my husband’s Web hosting company account, so that’s the email you’ll see if you choose to donate.


Posted By on November 25, 2007



Posted By on November 19, 2007

I have been working out now off and on for 15 years, and my wrists can no longer handle my body weight for pushups. So, I went to wally world and found this new work out gadget that I’d seen on TV “yours for just $19.99!!” and dragged it home. I can only do knee pushups right now, but I hope to be able to do a regular “guy pushup” soon. I’ve been using the “Perfect Pushup” for only a week, but already I can see and feel a huge difference.

Pictures to follow 😀

My Fluffy Kitty

Posted By on November 14, 2007

Dr. Evil’s bite is getting so small now. I’m still amazed that it took 5 long months for him to heal completely, but as you can see in the photo, his wound is now just a tiny pink spot.

He looks so happy in the leaves.

Dr Evil in Leaves


Posted By on November 12, 2007

I made home made fat free yogurt last night.

Got cheese cloth today and dumped the yogurt in the cheese cloth and strainer in order to make a yogurt cheese that I will later salt and add garlic to to make a lebanese style laban.
Just sliced up eggplant, soaked it in a salt bath, browned two julienned onions and 1 pound of beef (even better with lamb) (Moussaka) to make a Greek lasagna, but used eggplant instead of pasta.

For the harvest gathering tomorrow I made a pesto with 3 different types of basil harvested from my garden and blended with extra virgin olive oil, pine nuts, sea salt, and parmesan cheese.

Ok: now for some wine, and “Ghost Whisperer “

Wisdom Teeth update

Posted By on November 9, 2007

Yesterday was my first day with out pain. I ate pretty close to my normal diet (no crispy salad yet) and I did my first work out since the extraction.

On another note:Chartreuse liqueur is my new favorite bed time treat. I had dreams in my dreams.

I feel like my old self this morning. I forgot how good it was to be myself.
So yes I am back;)

Wisdom Teeth Update

Posted By on November 4, 2007

I have dry socket. It can take a week to a month to heal. I have a wonderful Dentist. She took good care of me, and let me know that it was not my fault, dry socket just happens sometimes. I feel better knowing that I’m not as big a baby as I thought I was. Thanks to all who have sent me love and energy, and to a good husband.

Oh ya, my oral surgeon retired, and no one from his office ever bothered to call me back. I had to find out from my Dentist.

Wisdom Teeth Update

Posted By on October 31, 2007

I’m still in pain. Azreel came home to a tired and painful Dezi, put Tiger Balm on the outside of my cheek, and in 5min I felt better. The Doc will not refill my pain meds, but I am having a very difficult time sleeping, or eating due to the pain keeping me up. At times I have a great want of putting a hammer to my head.
Dressed as a wench today for halloween. Maybe I will get pictures to post after work.

Love you all