Ike's Touchdown - Everybody wins

Thursday, September 30, 2010

This Seattle story video has gotten 2 million hits on youtube. It just makes your heart soar.  KING 5 TV's new's anchor Dennis Bounds' emotional comment to colleague Jean Enerson at the end of the video is especially moving. He's well known locally for being a vocal and active supporter of Special Olympics and children with special needs.


Today is National Coffee Day

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Yesterday was
National Drink Beer Day.....



I don't think so....


I don't know what to say....

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Monday, September 20, 2010

Aurora, Autumn and Sasha have been frequent visitors to the Everett Market & there's not been a good opportunity to get a photo of them- rain, I forgot my camera, rain, I remembered the camera but forgot to take the camera's smart card out of the computer (duh) so I was happy when everything came together yesterday.

It's hard to get three large dogs to "pose pretty" so I just snapped away. Seeing the results, I've decided it's hard to get a bad photo of such gorgeous animals.

well mannered and beautiful is a great combination

just have someone stand by my sample bowl and they're riveted...

With only one more week left for the Market, I'm going to miss these visits.


Feed A Dog for Free

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Our friends over at Life With Dogs brought this to our attention.

  • Each year, more than 4 million dogs end up in shelters and breed rescue organizations. Pedigree created this site, the PEDIGREE Adoption Drive to help shine a spotlight on the plight of these homeless dogs.
  • This year the PEDIGREE Adoption Drive is raising awareness for homeless dogs by donating a bowl of food to shelter dogs for everyone who becomes a “Fan” or “Likes” The PEDIGREE Adoption Drive on Facebook. So far more than 1  million bowls have been donated.
  • Special for BlogPaws West: For each blog that posts about the PEDIGREE® Adoption Drive September 16th through September 19th, PEDIGREE® will donate a bag of their new Healthy Longevity Food for Dogs to shelters nationwide. It’s simple: Write a post, help a dog.
 If you have a blog- dog oriented or not- take 5 minutes & write something about PEDIGREE's Adoption Drive. Feel free to copy & paste mine.

Bartered this week....

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

 This week I turned my dog treats into....

...a pint jar of clover honey... for my Pumpkin Biscottie Dog Treats

3 big bunches of basil (making pesto)
big bag of green beans
20 ears of corn
zuchinni & squash

and a big bouquet of fall flowers
for Heather and Philip's dining room table... to say thanks for the wonderful dinner last week.

Thanks, fellow vendors! Pesto is done, corn & beans are blanched, vacuum packed and in the freezer.
See you next Saturday.


No time to read? Just listen...

Monday, September 13, 2010

I love to read but I just don't have the time to sit down with a book and let the rest of the world go by. In the last year I've become a huge fan of audiobooks. For little or no cost, there are thousands of great books available in wma (Windows Media Audio) and mp3 and ipod format..

My local library's website has links to Overdrive Audiobook Downloads and  Net Library Downloads.

Overdrive allows you to download up to five audiobooks and you can specify the length of time- for 7 or 14 days. I chose seven days so I can get a-books more frequently. NetLibrary allows you to get ten a-books for a set time of three weeks each. On either site, the a-books are available in different formats.... most all are available in wma not all are available in mp3 or ipod format. Check with your library to see what's available.

Now keep in mind that wma files are protected and will not play on an mp3 player. They are strictly for use on your PC Windows Media Player. That's fine if you're sitting at your desk but not so great if you want to listen in the kitchen or car. I've..uh.. done some research and it's my understanding that there are specific software programs available for about $25 that will convert protected wma files to mp3s so they will play on your portable device. From what I've learned, they convert the protected wma files in real time so if your wma format book is 12 hours long, it will take 12 hours to convert it to mp3 files. I suppose one could start the program at night and when one wakes up in the morning, the conversion would be complete & ready for your mp3 player. I suppose. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Audible.com is another good source though the a-books are not free. You can choose different membership programs to get 1, 2 etc, a-books each month. Spend as much or as little as you choose. The selection there is huge. Much larger that either of the library based sites.

I can’t tell you much about ipod files since I don’t have one. I have a cheap little 4GB Sansa Fuze that does the job just fine. After I’m done with a book, I take it off my Fuze & put it in a storage folder on one of my external hard drives,so I can listen to it again…and yes, Ive found there are a-books worth listening to a second & maybe even a third time. More about that later...
I don't really care much for earbuds. I must have oddly shaped ears because Ive never found earbuds that are comfortable- after a few minutes, they start hurting, so I use an external speaker that I picked up on eBay for about 3 years ago for about $9. It's called...I Am A Speaker... duh, wonder which genius ad man came up with that gem. It's shaped like a 6 x 12 zippered notebook and has surprisingly good sound for such a cheapy. I throw in the Fuze, zip it up and go.  I actually found online instructions on how to build a speaker in an empty Altoid tin. I'm not that frugal yet. Ther are plenty of cheap external speakers around.

When I'm baking dog treats I'm listening to an a-book. It makes the time go faster & is infinitely more interestin than concentrating on dough, rolling pins and cookie cutters.
Listening to an abook makes my hour long drive to the Everett Market on Sundays pass quickly and I actually look forward to the drive home so I can unwind and pick up where I left off eight hours before.
I no longer fall asleep with the TV on... but the Fuze is on. Maybe it's a throwback to the bedtime story, but it's great to curl up and listen while I drift off. If I wake up during the night, I might remember to turn off the Fuze & speaker-- or back it up and listen for a while. The 3 AA speaker batteries last about a week because I ususally leave it in all night.

You can find any and every genre on audiobooks. Fiction, non-fiction, biographies, philosophy, religion  and even study aids. You can find abridged & unabridged versions.

 I love mysteries & historical fiction. So far my favorites have been Pillars of the Earth  (38 hours) & the sequel World Without End  (43 hours) by Ken Follett. Other spell-binders were The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest, all by the late Stieg Larssen.  My collection includes James Patterson, J.A. Jance, Lee Child (LOVE  his Jack Reacher series) Jeffery Deaver, Michael Palmer, Dan Brown.  Nothing heavy. I'm reading listening for entertainment.

Right now I'm listening to Carl Hiassen, who combines a fun mystery with skewering greedy Florida land developers and makes both hilarious.

No time to sit still with a book? Multitask. Find a good audiobook and listen up.


Remembering 9-11-2001

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Flight 93

The Pentagon

The World Trade Center

Nine years and our hearts are still heavy with sorrow for those who were taken from us.


Weather or not you can believe it...

Friday, September 10, 2010

The first thing I do every week day is check the weather forecast for the coming weekend, trying to gauge what to expect at the two Farmer's Markets I attend. Sometimes they're right, sometimes they're wrong.
There's a new outdoor public market a couple of towns away that I've been considering selling at, after my regular Farmers' Markets close. That would be in October. Soooo... I thought it would be a good idea to google some weather predictions and I stumbled onto this site.

See me up there in the corner? Where it says Winter's Worst weather?

No fuh-reakin' way. Not us. We don't do snow. We do rain and gray days and seasonal affective disorder and we do them all quite well.  Where the hell is Al Gore's global warming?

This is (supposedly) a retirement town- I just think of it as a town where everyone has gotten old at the same time . OK, we live on an island... with a bridge. It's not like we are isolated. But at the first mention of  possible snow, the Safeway parking lot looks like a geriatric version of the Indy 500 as we dash downtown to grab milk & bread & coffee before the coming blizzard (28 flakes does not a blizzard make) locks us in for three whole days. Forget even getting close to Blockbuster or the liquor store. I sometimes wonder if the Bailey's Irish Cream people are somehow manipulating our cold snaps. Just a thought.

We can do about three days of snow and that's it. We're done. It ain't pretty any more. Tempers flare and so do the chimney fires. The crunch of tires on snow is like fingernails on a blackboard. Make it stop. If the TV cable hasn't gone out, our only live news is Seattle's coverage of cars sliding into each other on Capital Hill.

If you' re listening, Lord,  Please don't confuse us with that other place. We are the GOOD Washington. The one with apples, salmon and evergreen trees. The one with no snow plows, no parkas and a only limited supply of Ugg boots.

The one you're thinking of is 2337 miles east of my house. Go for it.

It's not Magic- It's BARTERING!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

How do you turn dog treats...

...into a lovely peach cobbler?


So many of my fellow vendors at the Farmers' Markets have taught me a thing or two about bartering. It's easy and wonderful. Last week I traded dog treats for a bag of apples & traded the apples to another vendor for a peach cobbler. Isn't that great?! I barter with anyone who asks- even accepting things I dont really need. I'm not a huge apple fan (Greetings from WA state) but I traded them to someone who did need them & went home with a fabulous peach cobbler that I did need want.
Everybody wins.

I've been able to turn my dog treats into so many good things...

I really love the idea of bartering. In our crappy shaky lousy current economy it seems so logical to be able to exchange goods and/or services.  Why hasn't President Obama thought of this? I'd love to see the President's Council on Bartering established to encourage the practice.  I wonder if my dentist or the guy at the Chevron station down the street has a dog needing some dog treats...

"Hello, IRS? I understand the President has a dog......Have I got a deal for you!"

Dream on , Bev... but.....wouldn't it be loverly?