Saturday, December 16, 2017

TWO GIFT BASKETS

Yesterday I received a gift basket from a client. It included crackers, cookies, chocolates, hummus, cheese, cheese sticks, and fruit.

Today I received another (the same) gift basket from my aunt. Since I can not eat any of it but the fruit, I am happy I am having friends over this week who will assist me in eating these snacks.

I spent my day making desserts for my friend gatherings this week.  I made my famous vegan Reese's cups and some chocolate bark with pecans and cranberries.



I also had to go get my bus pass exchanged since it stopped working a few days ago.

I went to a friend's Christmas party this evening.  I don't always do well at parties. I have a hard talking to people.  I ended up talking to a woman and her 5 year old child. I played with her child almost the whole time.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, December 15, 2017

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

Tonight I went with a group of friends to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi. We are a group that goes to see Star Wars, DC and Marvel movies. They are super fun to go with.  After the movie they go out after and talk about the movie. I usually can't do that because I have dogs that need to go out after a 3 hour movie.

Star Wars was really good. I don't want to give anything away. There is a new "character" that looks kinda like an owl. It is called a porg. It is super cool. I bought a small stuffed one to put near my Hedwig owl from Harry Potter. 



The other new cool thing in Star Wars is an Ice Fox. They are also called a Crystal Fox. The way they move is very life like.

I would see Star Wars again. I recommend it.

A client sent me a gift basket today. It has cheese, crackers, cookies, hummus, chocolate, cheese sticks, and fruit. It is a lovely basket. Great for entertaining.

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, December 14, 2017

NO BIG PARTY THIS YEAR

This year I decided not to have my annual holiday party. I think many of us are just exhausted. I know I am. With natural disasters, sexual harassment claims, budget talks, internet votes, holiday preparations, work, family, dogs, getting sick, it is all too much.

I decided instead to have small groupings over for dessert.  I had my first person over tonight, my friend S. We spent 2.5 hours catching up and eating cheese cake and shortbread cookies (vegan of course).

I got my pulmonology test results back today.  I do not have interstitial systitius.

I do have nodules on my thyroid and in my lungs. They will have to retest in 6 months. Nothing to worry about.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

HAPPI'S TESTS CAME BACK PERFECT

I got good news about Happi today.  Her blood and urine tests came back perfect.  That put my mind at ease.  She had a tough night last night waking me up at 5 am.  She has been very playful and eats like crazy.  She has started drinking more and that is really good.  We are keeping her on the flagyl for many more weeks to see if she has a tummy infection. 

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

SHORTBREAD COOKIES

I got up at 5 am today and made the decision to take Happi to the drop in at the veterinarian's office before going to my clients. We saw the doctor and he thought Happi looked better. He agreed to run blood work and urinalysis. I think it will make me feel better knowing her blood and pee are okay.  I get the results tomorrow.

Yesterday I began making vegan shortbread cookies. I made the batter and put it in the refrigerator.  Today I took it out and it was too crumbly. I thought about it for a bit and decided to add some water.  The batter came together and I was able to roll it out.



I was able to make a bunch of shortbread cookies. They taste okay. 

Until tomorrow...

Monday, December 11, 2017

VEGAN SHORTBREAD COOKIES

I tried to make shortbread cookies tonight.  The batter is dry and "sandy" but it tastes very good.  I am not sure what to do.  I read somewhere I should put a tablespoon or so of water to the batter until it pulls together.  I will try that tomorrow.  I have the batter in the refrigerator.

I am really excited to make vegan shortbread cookies.  

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, December 10, 2017

POTLUCK

Today was the neighborhood potluck.  I brought the chocolate bark that I made yesterday.


It was a hit.  Everyone said it was good.  It is always fun to go to these neighborhood events and meet up with folks I usually just say hi to on the street.

Update on Happi:  I seem to see a change in Happi that is good.  I took Happi in a walk for the first time since she had her dental work.  She did great.  Her back legs did not tremor at all.  She wanted to sniff everything.  She drank a bunch of water.  I am really hopeful that she is recovering from the past weeks and months of tremors, stuffy breathing, teeth chattering, chills, sleeplessness and listlessness. 

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, December 9, 2017

MADE SOME BARK

I spent the day with my friend's foster son.  First we went for burritos and bird food.  Then we got the ingredients to make Chocolate Bark.  I am going to a potluck tomorrow and need to take something with me and I decided to take Bark.  I thought it would be a fun activity for us to do together.  We each made our own flavor.  E was in charge of melting the chocolate and we each prepared our ingredients.  I was in charge of getting the parchment paper ready on the baking sheets.

E's bark is a peppermint candy cane bark.  I had a taste and it was good.

My bark is a craisin and pistachio bark.  It tastes AWESOME!  It should be a hit tomorrow.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, December 8, 2017

MAGIC POOP SPRAY

My new dog walker did the nicest thing today.  I came home and he cleaned all the dog poop from my backyard.  The other day I noticed that there didn't seem to be the same amount of poop in the backyard but I thought I was hallucinating.  Then today all the poop was gone. I felt bad because I was supposed to clean up the poop last night since it was trash night but I was at the protest pretty late and it was dark. 

I texted him to ask him if he did it and he said he has a magic spray to make the poop disappear.  He is very funny.

He needs a special holiday present!

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, December 7, 2017

NET NEUTRALITY

I took Happi to another veterinary appointment.  I am very worried that this teeth chattering is getting better but it is not going away.  I have done some research but I can't figure it out.  The other symptoms she had (shivering, tremors) went away.  She is still licking but not like she was.  Her mouth seems dry but her nose is wet.  She is yawning and teeth chattering periodically.  This new doctor thinks her stomach is bothering her.  We now have her on Flagyl and something to calm her stomach that I have to give her 1/2 hour before she eats.  I said I would give this a try and see if it does any thing.  He says those symptoms can be a sign of pain and he is thinking that the drugs upset her stomach.  She has been having strong (run you out of the room) gas for weeks.

I went to a Net Neutrality protest today.  In case you have not heard, Net Neutrality is the thing that keeps the internet free.  Everyone has access.  No Internet Service Provider can slow it down.  Keep the internet free.

Until tomorrow...