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Friday, July 1, 2016

Random 5 Friday July 1 2016

Though Nancy at A Rural Journal is taking a break again from blogging, I got the urge to do another R5F post, as any more creative thoughts have fled with my Muse.

1.  Summer has come to NTX, and with it the rains have vanished.  We are using our sprinkler system, just to water the foundation, and part of the front, for a few minutes a day.

2.  The pool has been a welcome addition ot our lives.  We have made good use of it, though it has cost us a fair bit this year, with the need to buy a new heater for it.  Still, the chance to use the spa and heater in the cold months will be SO worth it!

3.  It is nice living out here, more rurally than we used to.  WE can actually buy and shoot off fireworks!  DH grew up with his parents running a fireworks stand, as a summer side business, so this is something he has wanted to share with the kids for years.  Where we used to live it was a $2000 fine if the cops caught you in possession/shooting fireworks.

4.  I'm really excited for a chance to get some real training for weightlifting in July!  I noticed that there was an Aasgaard Co. Squat Camp in Ft Worth, and there were still openings.  DH couldn't attend as he has callout (pager) duty that week.  But I got to sign up!  Aasgaard is the company that Mark Rippetoe is part of, and I really like his training info and style.  It will mean an early morning, and long (3hr) drives both ways, but I think it will be worth it.

5.  And this week marks the first time we have fostered a dog.  The local shelter, of which we are now members, was having an event last Saturday.  We went out to drop off some small supplies, and turn in our foster app.  There was a man adopting a midsized mixbreed dog, who, as a truckdriver, wasn't going to be able to come back thru town to pick up the dog until Friday.  The shelter needed a short term foster to care for her after spaying, until the new owner could come get her.  That turned out to be us!  She's a sweet thing, very gentle and appropriately submissive to our pack, but loves to give kisses.  I'm glad we could help her out.
This little foster sure knows what the kitchen is for!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Birthday pizza dinner

Today our Monkeyboy turned 13. Family tradition dictates the birthday person gets to choose the family dinner (within reason).  He choose home made pizza on the grill.

The Monkeys all said it was tasty!

Friday, June 24, 2016

A New Independence Day JUne 23, 2016. BREXIT!

OMG!  I was sure the LEAVE campaign was going to lose...especially after that MP was murdered in Britain, and she was a REMAIN supporter.  I've been following this movement since I first got word of it.  Never having been a fan of the EU, this movement to exit was intriguing.  And now I see word of FREXIT (France) and possibly GREXIT (Greece).

I also understand that BREXIT may lead to the actual breakup of the United Kingdom as I have always known it (England, N.Ireland, Scotland and Wales).  Perhaps that is not a bad thing in the long run.  After all, Britain survived the breakup of Empire, and there is still the Commonwealth, so perhaps things won't change as much as some folks think.

Besides, Scotland has wanted full self-government for a long time.  Perhaps now they should get their chance, though I think their wanting to stay in the EU as a separate country is not such a grand idea.  And a Reunification of Ireland?  It could happen, I suppose, if the Green outnumber the Orange in the North.

I will say I was quite impressed by PM Cameron's speech today.  He was not only gracious in defeat, he was honest about it, and accepted responsibility for the outcome (his side lost).  As such, he has opted to step down, and allow for a new government to be formed.
These changes will not all be easy for Britain.  But the people voted, and their government listened.  I wish them all the best.  Rule Britannia!

Monday, June 20, 2016

The Rare Rhodesian Dogfish!

Spotted in the water, here in North Texas, the rare Rhodesian Dogfish!  Yes, the Rhodesian Dogfish is a rare beastie, seldom seen in freshwater, preferring to be found in coastal shallows, such as at FIDO (Fiesta Island Dog Owers park).  But one such Dogfish has been seen repeatedly in my area...

It is a fearsome sight, as the huge dogfish swims ever faster trying to catch the swimmer!  Kids in the water, claws in the water, Dogfish in the water!  Watch  out!

It seems that our Ridgeback Ranger is an oddity in the world of Rhodesians.  Most Ridgies believe water is only for drinking, or perhaps drowning dogs in (their words not mine!).  As such, few deign get their paws wet, let alone fur, even on a hot Texas day.  But Ranger had to be different.  Perhaps it's because he hails from Florida (or is it Flori-duh?).  When he first saw our pool at the new house, he circled it once, and promptly jumped in!  Then he would get frantic whenever he saw us in the pool, especially the kids.  He would dive in after them, and usually run over top of them, resulting in several D.R.I.'s (Dog Related Injuries) from his big ol' claws.

For some reason though, this week, while my mom was visiting, Ranger decided to calm down some and have fun in the pool.  Though you can hear him grousing at me in the video, because I tricked him into jumping in first, then dove over him to race to the shallow end and relative safety.  Not only would he dive in when we were in the water, but he also started jumping in all on his own.  He knows where the two sets of steps are, so he can get out safely if he jumps in, unattended.  Because Ridgebacks are not waterdogs, we are considering getting him a canine life jacket, so he will not have to work quite so hard to stay afloat.

Happy first day of Summer, everybody!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Keeping watch...

I know they're out there somewhere.   They're plotting against us,  I've seen them before.   You just can't trust them... SQUIRRELS!