If we were having coffee

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If we were having coffee I’d tell you that we have snow…and our two akitas couldn’t be happier. I have yet to see them express that amount of happiness at the sight of us or food or their beds. Snow holds an incredible amount of glee for our two fluff-balls. They simply can’t get enough of the stuff.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that lately, work has been actually fun. I work with the public and while they can be demanding, contradicting and maddening, they can also be cute, endearing and hilarious. I had a week where I spent most of my time at work laughing. Laughter, in my book, is one of the best things.

If we were having coffee, I’d share that my lovely, British hubby is obsessed with a restaurant and we’ve been going religiously to it every weekend since September. After two and a half months of the same food, I’m starting to look like the menu. If he suggests it next weekend, I might kick him in the buttocks.

How was your week? Is there anyone you’d like to kick?

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If we were having coffee

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If we were having coffee, I’d whine about my week. At work, one of my colleagues got so sick he’ll be in the hospital for months and his job has been given to someone else. My job changed as a result and, since they can’t just hire someone right away, I’m basically doing the work of two people.

So, this weekend, after a week of craziness that topped all other craziness, I got sick. So I’m moaning to you, my lovely reader, and my fluffy doggies since my hubby is away at a workshop (convenient, eh?).

If we were having coffee, I’d ask you how you were doing…from a distance so I wouldn’t share my germs. I’d tell you that I particularly liked Trent’s post about his weekend with his puppy. Puppies are the best.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you my two fluff-balls are really trying to get me to feel well by waking me up at 6am and demanding more kisses and cuddles than usual.

One of the troublemakers

The other guilty party

And, of course, I brought a ton of work to do at home…that ought to kill any lingering germs, right?

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Where Ocean is sick and I rant

Ocean, our lovely, fluffy, spoiled girl akita, has always been a picky eater. She likes blueberries, if you please, and only organic ones, please. But she won’t eat strawberries and turns her nose at bananas.

While River will almost eat your finger when you offer him cheese, Ocean will sniff it endlessly before making a commitment. At every meal, River consumes his kibble in under a minute. Ocean sits and stares at it endlessly until we pet her and encourage her to eat it. Finally, after about an hour, she will dignify the offering of food and reluctantly eat it.

Now, as picky as she is with our kibble and organic treats, she finds earth, grass and the little putrid crab apples in the yard irresistible. Another thing that temps her choosy palate are dead mice or putrid critters. And, to my horror, she’s not beyond eating sticks.

Please note, all of these things aren’t good for her. However, dogs are blessed with an incredibly short digestive system which means they can survive eating things that would kill most humans. Still, even a digestive system as powerful as theirs has its limits and at times, they have to puke some of those tempting offerings back up to avoid complications.

I wasn’t concerned when she didn’t eat supper a couple of days ago. She does that, especially since the kibble didn’t have tuna added to it. I wasn’t concerned when she took her usual 2 hours to eat her breakfast yesterday. But this morning, the sounds coming from her stomach made me think someone was dying.

I rushed to get my stethoscope (I have one for my dogs–don’t judge me) while my lovely hubby stared at her in shock. While I poked and robbed her tummy, he got her a cup of tea that Ocean promptly ignored.

So, I’m super worried. The stomach of this puppy of ours is still making all sorts of weird sounds. Ocean doesn’t seem at all bothered by it, but still.

Hubby is pretty certain she’s gone outside and eaten something terrible and, unfortunately he’s probably right. But, of course, this is the long weekend and our trusty vet is away and ignoring my frantic calls. So, I’m trying to give her a massage, plenty of water and rest.

Does anyone know how to make kibble taste better and more like putrid apples and earth? Maybe if I can manage that, she’ll eat what we give her and leave the other things alone.

My silly, little baby girl.

You be the judge

I often tell my hubby that of us both, I’m the worse driver. However, here is my bumper…

Please notice there isn’t a blemish in sight

And here’s his bumper…

That bump and those white scrapes? Not supposed to be there.

Ew

It’s horrid and even bigger than it looks on this picture. It’s just outside our house. I wondered about getting my hubby to get rid of it somehow.

But then I thought, forget out dogs, this thing is going to protect our home much better. Who in their right mind would go through that?

So, I’ve decided to embrace the horror and call him Dante.

Cooking

I wanted to cook something healthy after my trepidation with the World News this weekend. So I went to Oh She Glows for inspiration and found this recipe for Butternut, Sweet Potato and Red Lentil Stew.

Here are a few pictures of the beautiful colours of the ingredients and the stew. I had to share them with you.

Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes with red lentils

Onion cooking

Tomatoes…..just love those colours!

This is the beginning of the stew

This is the end of it

Now, you probably don’t want to burn your hand halfway through like I did and throw the broth all over the kitchen. You probably don’t want to try and clean it while the pot is cooking and basically burn yourself once again while not getting anything cleaner at all.

Otherwise, follow the recipe and things should go fine.

The stew goes amazing with wild rice.

What was my lovely hubby doing while I slaved away in the kitchen, you ask? He was playing with cleaning his truck.

 

If we were having coffee

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If we were having coffee I’d tell you that this week has been my last week off before returning to work and I’m not sure I’m ready to head back. My Day Job is working with the public and though it’s both challenging and rewarding, I’m sort of scared to head back. The introvert in me is hiding in her shell.

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In other news, Ocean, our furry girl akita, has decided that her diet of kibble and treats we give her is not up to her Royal Fluffiness standards and has started to eat things outside in the yard. The yard being mostly made of grass and dirt, she’s eating said grass, some crab apples she finds and, most disturbingly, wild mice that she somehow catches. It’s this last part that worries me the most because wild mice aren’t exactly disease free. Also, she swallows the things and then has to puke them back up because her system can’t handle them whole. The entire thing is both incredibly disgusting and disturbing. How she likes to eat that when we give her healthy kibble, fruits, tuna and clean water is a mystery.

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Finally, this week my hubby has been furnishing his new office which means I’ve been drafted into helping him. Me, being incredibly strong and muscular (ahem!) I basically huff and puff and try to lift one end of the furniture while my husband curses in British and wonders why he didn’t invite his buddies to help out. I concur.

How about you? How was your week?

Weekend Coffee Share is run by Part Time Monster. A huge thanks for her for running it.

The plight of an artist

My lovely hubby is a therapist and he has just opened up a new office. When he saw one of my doodles, he decided to take a chance on me and asked me to draw some inspirational quotes for his office.

So, enjoying this sudden new job as an artist and of having my first ‘customer’, I started doodling

This was my first picture.

My hubby reluctantly accepted this one. But explained he wanted something more …more. Not having a clue what he meant by ‘more’, I drew some proposals and showed him my ideas.

He didn’t like any of them. Apparently, they were too girly for therapy.

Now, I know he’s the therapist but too girly?

Maybe this would be more to his liking:

 

Where my hubby doesn’t measure

My hubby was determined to have a potted plant. He got a plant and a pot but guess what he forgot?

The blue arrow is for the pot. The red is for our planter.

Yeap.

Where I watch a bunch of documentaries

Thanks to a new TV system-cable-thingy that we got, I now have access to a ton of documentaries. Long story short, I just watched these four.

First, a little on each one:

What the Health is a documentary by Kip Andersen where he finds out just why people are so sick and if it has to do with the food they eat. He also unearths the relationship between some of the US’s biggest health organizations and the food industry giants.
Cowspiracy is another documentary by the same person, Kip Andersen. Here he explains the effects that cattle have on the environment.
I think most people have heard of Supersize Me. I’m one of the few people that hadn’t actually seen it. It’s been out since 2004 and follows Morgan Spurlock’s experiment where he eats only McDonald’s food for a month.

Forks over Knives is a look at changing food rather than going under the knife in an attempt to eliminate or control some of the worst diseases like cancer and diabetes.

Now, a disclaimer. I’m not a doctor or even a scientist and I certainly have no interest in promoting any type of eating plan for anyone. This is just my two cents on these documentaries.

Pros:

The documentaries were informative. I like that about documentaries in general and I love that there is no violence or terrifying parts that make me shudder (like in some movies).

Certainly, there were many voices towards eating plant-based diets and a lot of those were doctors. Some had been adamantly pro-animal meat before and had only changed sides after seeing very clear statistics to the contrary.

The documentaries, in the most part, didn’t seem biased–to my untrained eye. The sight of Morgan Spurlock eating those McDonald burgers was horrifying. I could see him getting sicker and sicker with each day that passed.

I loved how easy-going the advocates for plant-based food were. They didn’t seem to be all set on convincing the watcher that this was the way to go. They simply said it worked for them and that was it. I like that they weren’t pushy.

They had certainly done their research. I have read ‘The China Study’ and it is certainly no easy task to do a research project on an entire country. That’s incredible and we should certainly take a look at the results.

Cons:

There was a point in one of the documentaries where they said to not trust the advice of your doctor because they don’t learn anything about nutrition in medical school and I didn’t like that. I am skeptic when I hear someone tell me not to trust a specialist.

I watched and watched the films completely convinced on their message. Then I was about to start this post and I saw there’s more documentaries on food, with different messages. Some are against sugar, some for local food, some for raw diets and I started to wonder how to make sense of all of them and not end up eating air.

Even though I was pretty convinced that there was a monetary gain for some companies in selling animal-products, I still can’t believe that the entire food industry is in cahoots and trying to kill people–and that was implied in some of the documentaries.

Though they did show some cancer patients who are now cancer-free after going vegan, I can’t believe that’s the cure for cancer. I hope that’s not what the movie implied because that would almost ridicule the struggle people with cancer go through and that’s just horrible.

Conclusions:

I can’t and never will tell anyone what to eat or what to do. It’s just simply not my place.

I can tell you that watching the documentaries was enjoyable because I enjoy learning new things and documentaries are a fun way of doing that.

I can tell you that I’m going to try and eat move vegetables and try to keep my hubby doing the same thing. I really think it’s better for us and our vegan experiment certainly showed results on his cholesterol level. Plus, it’s really the only way I know how to cook.

Besides that, I can’t say that watching these changed my mind or radically opened my eyes. I do believe that what we eat is important but, at the end of the day, we’re all doing the best we can to live our lives as well as we can. Maybe an ice-cream isn’t great for our intestine but it might do wonders for our soul.