These are random musings of my life journey, the people, animals, places, and events which have woven, and continue to weave, a tapestry that is me. We all know there is no real destination, only the ongoing experiences which blend together, creating the trail. Each step gives a glimpse of what is to come, without allowing me to see the end result. It is exciting. I have a home base that is mine, that gives me a place to rest. This is it. This is where my heart is, no matter where I journey...................

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Rainy day

To continue on the dog food thing for a paragraph, this morning I decided to be creative again. I supplemented the dry dog food with some corn kernels, some brown rice and some blueberries. OH ..... MY ..... GAWD! You would have thought those dogs had not been fed in several days! Usually they eat a few bites, then wander away and come back later for a few more nibbles. It gets consumed within a couple hours, but rarely does any one of them stay there and gobble it all up in one sitting. I'm not certain what ingredient they were loving most, but they loved it, fer sher! Even Jazi who is ho-hum about mealtime was unable to pull her head out of the bowl! In fact, she cleaned her bowl first. I don't know what to think, other than I'm glad I dropped the dinner roll for Jazi to snarf up and let me know they needed a change.

My area was under a flash flood advisory most of the day, but it has expired. Where it would be a problem is down stream from water sources, and I'm not near a stream nor a downhill gully that would carry much. I would not typically have a problem under the circumstances, and while it has rained all day long, it has actually been a pretty gentle rain. I've accumulated about a half inch, so it has had time to really soak in. That's the best kind of rain.

I was admiring my garden this afternoon during one of the lulls in the rain. Most of the things I've planted are really beginning to take off. I lost a number of those beautiful South African ground cover plants, partially because the deer pulled them up the first night they were in the ground and replanting didn't work for all of them. The rest of them are blooming like crazy, and I think they are already beginning to spread! That is exciting! The marigold, deer repellents, are gorgeous! I'm not crazy about marigolds, but they are so hardy and the blooms are huge, that I'm beginning to like them. The only things that are struggling are my lilies. The deer nibbled on them so often that they are still less than a foot tall, and I don't know if they will bloom or not. I can't think of anything else to do to save them. I've bought a deer repellent spray, and it works well so far (stinks to high heaven!), but while it is raining, it is useless. Maybe I'm not meant to have lilies. The deer didn't eat them last year or the year before, so I don't know what's different. Maybe they are like my dogs, having a change from the previous boring diet?

I bought a new rain gauge on Friday when I found that my old one had a crack in it. No wonder I was never getting more than a fourth-inch in it! I should have paid more attention. the new one is so big that I can read it from ten feet or more away! I just realized I can probably see it from my bathroom window in the daylight, so I may not have to walk out onto the deck. Boy, that's the height of laziness, isn't it?

Yawwwwnnnnn. I think I need to go to bed. I stayed up too late last night watching a good movie, but I'm paying for it now! Later, 'gators!


  1. I had no idea the deer would go for the lillies.... we have a lot of deer here in Kentucky and sure do enjoy the various aspects of country life in our neck of the woods.... I can only imagine how frustrating it would be to have them eating my flowers though!!! My dogs love rice too. I have heard it is good for their fur to feed them rice. I never thought of blueberries... will have to try that!!
    Lisa in Kentucky

  2. My dogs like rice too and mashed potatos and chicken and lots of stuff plus their dry dog food. I think we probably had 1/2 inch of rain during the past 24 hours. It is bedtime for me too.

  3. As far as veggies go, I've found corn is not very digestible. Tends to come out like it went in!! Green beans or peas seem to work better. I think eating the same, dry food each day would be boring. I mean, I love pizza but I wouldn't want to eat it every day for years and years. My pups also love sweet potatoes which are really good for them. If you are just adding a few healthy, real food things to their dry food they will be excited to eat every day.
    We had rain last night too but unfortunately for Charlie (and me!) it was accompanied by hours (or so it seemed at 3:00 a.m.) of thunder, leaving Charlie shaking and panting most of the night! We too need the rain though. I was just glad I didn't lose power!

  4. Moni, Max is especially glad for this change. He is the one who lived on the streets, and I"m sure his diet was mostly cast off human food, so he's in heaven!

    Deb, I knew the corn was not ideal, but I mashed it before stirring it in. I'm sure I'll be seeing the kernel "shells" as I clean the yard! These guys love sweet potatoes, too. When I peel one, the hope I drop the peelings, but they need not worry, 'cause I cut them up and feed it to the kids.


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