On Friday morning I decided not to pack a lunch and instead go out.  I’m glad I did.  It was a very pretty day which is good for my SPOD series and turned out to be good for hawk spotting.

There’s an empty building near work that has a parking garage overlooking some farmland.

On this day there was a good dozen hawks looking for food and fighting over territory.

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Jalapeno Cornbread. The Gateway Food to Evil

Who knew?

I’ve always loved JCB (what all the cool people are calling it) but I never suspected it could turn a perfect little dog into the epitome of evil.

It can take those you love and make them do unspeakable things.


Evil incarnate.

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Interesting things – Denton, home of happiness

Today Susan and I went up to UNT to do a short Irish dance class.

Afterwards we went wandering around downtown Denton and stopped in to the Abbey Inn restaurant (and pub) for lunch and a few beers.

Susan had soup and salad and I had a wonderful seafood stew stew and grilled-cheese sandwich.

Yum. Highly recommended. Click the picture for more pics of good food.

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My Dog Is Awesome

OK, so this won’t be original any more than the umpteenth “LOL Cat” video, but it has to be written to show my love for this little dog.Chip hoping for a treat

Two years ago Chip the Miniature Schnauzer became part of our pack. Here are a few things I absolutely love about this remarkable dog, in no particular order. These behaviors are part of his nature; we have not taught him any of this.

  1. Chip can sit directly in front of people food and not even try to eat it. I’m talking chicken, cheese, and tortilla chips — he may look at us, look at the food, look at us, to say “Wouldn’t you like to share?” but he does not sneak a bite, even if we walk away.
  2. If you pretend to throw a toy for him, he runs to the spot where it normally lands and bounces like a cartoon character while looking for it.
  3. When we humans come home, Chip gives a greeting growl, grabs a squeaky toy, and races around the house squeaking it for joy.
  4. He loves meeting other dogs with an open heart and a tail spinning like a propeller.
  5. If a human offers a tasty treat like cheese, Chip gingerly takes it without accidentally biting or slobbering on the hand that feeds him.
  6. Chipster is allowed to sit beside us on the couch, but he waits to be invited and curls up on his towel. Well, sometimes he does inch closer to the people and off the towel but only for good reason like the need to have his head or tummy rubbed.

Chip spent his first three years of life in a dreadful puppy mill before it was turned in to the authorities, the dogs seized, and this boy sent to the Miniature Schnauzer Rescue of North Texas. They cured him of a severe case of heartworms plus other parasites and injuries. Now Chip is strong and healthy, runs and walks with his humans, even 3 mile walks, which keeps him in fine form at 15½ pounds. If you have room in your home and time to devote to a fabulous family member, consider adopting a Mini Schnauzer from MSRNT. They’re great!

Chip after grooming 7-7-2010

Interesting things I saw today 5/20/10

Yet more dinner. This time with more ‘ritas

I started off with the “World’s Freshest Margarita”

Susan has nothing to worry about, at all. They claim they use Patron but they also use some orange liqueur that is way too sweet.

Next some fajitas and a tall Blue Moon. Oink. yum.

Followed by a brownie sundae. Double-oink.

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