December 19, 2018

What A Difference A Day Makes


Let's see ... 6 days before Christmas in the Midwest, no coat, no hat, no gloves during our afternoon walk. Even Heidi was so excited she stayed outside, barked to show her excitement and even got airborne a little. When all that happens, the mood changes ... all at 52°. It has happened before so don't start lecturing me on Global Warming ... this is 'weather' not 'climate' ... there's a difference. Yes, the globe is warming. By the number of photos and few words you will see just how nice was today.

2018 Dec 19




I have to burn this pile before next spring otherwise after winter weather the pile will double. What's the delay? See that garden hose to the left .... huge tear, it leaks and I keep forgetting to buy an additional 50'er so I can reach the hose and water source to the pile for file control.


Stella wasn't ...


Nor was Heidi ... interested in getting off the carport right after lunch. Great weather but they were not moving, a little after 11am. When you eat breakfast kibble at 6:03am ... you get to eat lunch kibble early.


When we went back outside a little after 1pm ... Stella 'thought' it might be a good idea for her afternoon walk when I asked if she wanted to go on one.


In fact Stella was THRILLED with the idea of some aerobic exercise ... but only at her pace.


It's like an Army of yard moles have been dropped into the yard. I hate the bastards. I've tried mole traps, underground electric signals, Milky Spore lawn chemicals, a spray with Castor beans, my own mix with Dawn's soap, tabasco, water, vinegar mix, chewing gum in their tracts and even a lawn chair with a bottle of beer and a shotgun while waiting for the ground to move. A constant war living so close to a field.


One last chance for Heidi to join us from a distance of a 200mm camera lens.





She almost headed down into the gully until I moved to stop her.


Chopping my steps as she walks in front of me slower than slow. It's her 'afternoon' pace.


One of those times I had to backtrack to go get her ... she's really stubborn ... not a fan of backtracking.


Remember those skies on this morning's post "The Mind is Interesting"?  Here they are 5 hours later.







Not quite to the yard I spot Heidi over by the burn pile ... living proof she does get out of bed and off the couch. She is a great basset hound. How did I ever find her at GABR.


Stella was in shock when she saw Heidi and had to stop to comprehend what she saw. She didn't move as I walked around her.


Sprinting to the house because she heard my voice and possibly the word 'food' ... no, she didn't hear 'food'



That bark sure sounds like the one when she wants to eat.


Still shaking her ears out from yesterday ... I'll wipe them out again today with some dog ear wipes.


I have no answers about itching ... over the past three years I've gone to 4 vets, spent hundreds of dollars, tried every blend of grain free food and even weekly environmental allergy shots ..... nothing worked until my latest kibble that I have been using since February 2017.


All of that vet treatment, shots and food were for Heidi's skin condition a couple of years ago, not Stella's scratching. Stella's happy though ... on to her afternoon siesta just like every day. She picked up the pace all the way to the door.

Changes starting yesterday morning before 6am continue today.


  • Black coffee

  • No rice, no pasta (ran out)

  • Groceries today were coffee, then nothing but the fruit and produce aisle

    • Except for eggs and Kerrygold butter, nonsalted

  • I am officially serious about what I eat
I love December days like this ... reminds me of those Decemeber days living in Carlsbad California.

You never know about anything with the sudden changes in 'the tropics' of Southern Indiana. Stella got an A+ on her test today.


  1. I'm so glad Stella did well on the test and that Heidi is a free spirit girl . Now I have to go back to read that food blog again closer. I was in a hurry before.

  2. I just watched the movie The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery that we recorded off of TBS some time ago and there are a couple of funny scenes in there played by Winston, a Basset playing himself according to the credits, and I thought of you.

    Winston doesn't have many lines but his funniest scene was the second, towards the end of the quirky movie.

  3. LOL, I'll have to look for that movie.

  4. Heidi does like to do her version of roaming but always stays in the yard. When I snuck out of my car to see what Stella was doing when I got back, she was sleeping in the middle of the bed. LOL

  5. Love the Heidi photo of her barking! She's adorable.

  6. To this day over 7 years since I picked her up, I still don't understand why her previous owners let her go. Why they never went back to the shelter to pick her up. GABR rescued her from the animal shelter, vet inspection then put her up for adoption. She has been a perfect house basset hound. Lucky me.