Saturday, February 2, 2019

Dog Songs - Mary Oliver

The Poet Mary Oliver passed away last month (January 17, 2019).

While I didn't read her volumes of poems, I loved lines from many of them.

I was so surprised to find that she had a book of dog poems (35 poems & one essay!). I immediately searched for it and located it at a local library.

Two poems particularly spoke to me: Little Dog's Rhapsody in the Night

and The First Time Percy Came Back.

I especially loved the second one, as it reminded me of Remy. This poem was just validation for me of the blessings I've received. I tried to read it aloud to Omid, but could only get half way through. He read the poem out loud and thought it was pretty great too.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Hello 2019!

Hello! Its been six months since I've updated this little blog. Is anybody still reading?

Here's what we've been up to:

January 2019:
We visited the Rose City Classic Dog Show. It did not disappoint. We got to see our favorites, the Vizslas (no surprise there!). Remy's breeder wasn't there, but her daughter was. We spent some time chatting with her and it made my heart so happy that she remembered Remy. He left his mark on everyone.


Front row seats for the Vizslas!

Matty turned 23! We hosted a birthday party for him at our house. He is vegan now and has lost about 25 pounds. We had vegan and non-vegan dishes for the guests.
Happy 23rd birthday Matty!!

December 2018:
Naseem was lucky enough to have PDX layovers on both Christmas Day AND NYE! For Christmas, she invited the crew to join her at our house for Christmas dinner. We had a great time and hope the crew did too! We couldn't bear the thought of them having room service for Christmas dinner. Our friends the Kelloggs also joined us. Sadly, we were having so much fun, we only took a few photos.
George (Pilot), friend Margaret, Laura (FA), Matty, Johnny (FA) & Naseem

In December, I also turned the big 5-0! Naseem was able to be in town for that too! Lucky me!!

Omid converted our garage refrigerator into a kegerator! He installed two taps. We've had pFriem IPA, Deschutes Fresh Squeezed, 10 Barrel Apocalypse IPA and Fort George Vortex IPA. So far, pFriem IPA is our favorite!
Come over for fresh beer!!

November 2018
We hosted Thanksgiving dinner. My entire family, plus our friends the Stevens were here. My mom brought her new (to her) toy Poodle. His name is Otis and is super cute. His story: he was found roaming the streets of CA with a Chihuahua.
Matty & Otis

October 2018
I spent a weekend with my sisters in Westport. We visited the town of Seabrook. So very cute! If you haven't been, you should go!

We also skipped the annual WSU pumpkin for Halloween, and carved a Vizsla pumpkin in honor of Remy.

Remy loved Halloween! He always went to the door with us to greet the trick-or-treaters.

September 2018
We travelled to WSU for a football game. This year, Omid and Ward drove over and Lin and I flew (ON THE WSU PLANE!!!!!). That was very cool! We flew into Spokane where Omid and Ward picked us up. We met up with our friend Katie for breakfast, then drove into our favorite town in the state. The Cougs had a GREAT season with Gardner Minshew II as their quarterback and we won the game. I hope to get a selfie with that kid someday!

Pullman has the best sunsets.

The lattes at Zoe Coffeehouse have school spirit!

Victory selfie! GO COUGS!!!!!
#3 for Tyler Hiliski

Over Labor Day Weekend, we travelled to Miami to see Naseem! She lives in a teeny-tiny 350 sq foot apartment that is attached to a house. We had a super fun time and tried to pack in as many adventures as we could.

Nas picked us up from the airport. We took our first ever red eye flight.
I don't think we'll do that again. #sotired

Nas' teeny tiny apartment.

Yummy mojitos on Ocean Drive.

South Beach palm trees



Stone crabs at Monty's
 I really, really wanted to visit Key West since we were so close. We took a day trip there. I loved it & wish that we had spent more time there. It's so cute!
Key West, FL

August 2018
We took our friends Lin & Ward butter clamming near Netarts Or.
We got some really big clams! Its fun and dirty.

July 2018
Matty and I attended an outdoor concert at The Shire in the Gorge. Hunter Noack played the piano. It was very cool. Everyone got headphones. If you wanted, you could wander around the property and listen. If you ever get a chance to see him in concert - DO! We found out about him on OPB's Oregon Art Beat.

Matty and I took a picnic dinner (vegan of course!).
I ate it for Matty's sake, but am happy with my meat & dairy products.
Hunter Noack

I hope you enjoyed reading about what we've been up to! 
I hope to try to get back into the blogging mode again. 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Make This!! Corn Fritters

Make This: Corn Fritters

I found this recipe on Smitten Kitchen's website this a.m.
I didn't have all the ingredients but improvised and used what I had on hand. They were absolutely fantastic! I'm happy the recipe makes a lot, as I'm looking forward to having these for breakfast tomorrow morning with a sunnyside egg on top!

Here is the link to Smitten Kitchen's recipe. My adapted version is below.

Corn Fritters adapted slightly from Smitten Kitchen

2 cans yellow corn, drained
4 bunches of green onions, chopped
1 cup arugula, chopped
1 red pepper, diced
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
3/4 tsp salt
1 rounded tsp coriander
1 rounded tsp cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp coarse ground pepper
1 tsp cayenne pepper
4 large eggs
1 cup, plus 2 Tbs flour
oil for frying

Drain corn and combine with pepper, herbs, cheese and spices.  Add eggs and mix well. Add flour & mix well.

Heat 2-3 Tbs of oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Scoop out corn mixture.  I used a 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop out the fritters and they turned out large. Next time I would use the measuring cup, and only fill it halfway for smaller fritters. Fry the fritters about 3 minutes on each side (until very golden brown).  Drain on a paper towel. I did not add more salt after the fritters were finished as I felt they were seasoned enough. 


Thursday, April 5, 2018

DoveLewis & Dignified Pet Services Shout Out

I have to give a huge shout out of THANKS to DoveLewis and Dignified Pet Services.

We originally had planned that when Remy's last day arrived, we would call an in home vet. Remy's distress came outside of office hours, and we knew DoveLewis was the place to go. Remy had been there numerous times before (they saved his life when he was five!). Remy was even featured in a DoveTale!

I am so thankful we took Remy to DoveLewis. His last 20 minutes on this earth he was so well cared for. They got us in immediately and took us to a Comfort Room. Remy was whisked away on a stretcher to be given pain meds and an IV. While Omid and I were waiting in the Comfort Room, we had time to look around at the surroundings. Some kids from nearby St. Andrew Nativity and St, Thomas More schools had painted rocks to take and remember the experience.

The Rainbow Bridge poem was posted.

The lights were low and the room was indeed comforting. I read the hundreds of pet names who had passed before and whose families had  purchased a leaf, branch or dove in remembrance.

Savanna, a DoveLewis staff member, came in to ask about Remy's remains. We chose to have him cremated and made those arrangements. She offered to take Remy's footprints for us and we could have as many copies as needed.

Remy was brought back in and was covered with a warm heavy blanket. I lifted the blanket up to see where his IV was and saw they had wrapped it in tape with a heart. So sweet.

We were given as much time as needed to say goodbye. When the time came, Dr. Jennifer Gorman came in and explained everything to us (this was our first time together putting a pet down). The whole experience was absolutely peaceful and beautiful, and not negative like I thought it would be. Again, we were given as much time as needed to say goodbye. Matty was patched in via cell to say goodbye and we FaceTimed Nas from Miami.

When Remy was taken away, we were given a pet grief journal and again, and literature for pet grief sessions and memorial art workshops at DoveLewis if needed.

On Wednesday, Remy's footprint copies arrived in the mail along with the sweetest card from DoveLewis.

The sentiments in the card alone from Savanna confirmed we'd made the correct decision.

A word about Dignified Pet Services: I had the inclination to give them a call on Tuesday morning, as I was feeling bad that we hadn't sent any photos to be with Remy when he was cremated.  I called just to find out when he had been cremated and was told that he was just picked up on Monday and was probably going to be cremated later that day. I feel it was such a blessing that I called. I emailed some photos and Christina said she would place them with Remy for me. I also ordered a cremation heart. Half of it was placed with Remy when he was cremated and that piece was returned to fit inside another piece as a remembrance. Yesterday afternoon, DPS called to let me know that Remy's remains had been returned to DoveLewis.

I am so thankful that Remy's passing was so full of love and so very peaceful; and that Dignified Pet Services took such good care of his remains. I am telling everyone I know with older pets now about how great these two companies are. I won't hesitate to use their services again with our next dog.

Thank you to everyone at DoveLewis and Dignified Pet Services!!