Another out of the ordinary day!

Pooches, I continue in my efforts to get things back to normal around my pack but my manservant keeps throwing stumbling blocks in my way!  Early this morning, determined to force him back into his routine of an early morning walk/run, I once again attached a leash to my collar and thrust the other end into his hand, announcing that it was time for our walk/run.  He said no.

I slowly turned my gaze toward him with a “WHAT DID YOU SAY” look in my eyes.  He replied that he wanted to go on his walk/run at his walk/run park.  I thoughtfully agreed and we were soon puttering down the lane in the Hybridmobile.  Alighting on the walk/run trail, we began a vigorous walk/run around my creek.  Pooches, for much of the time we were the only ones there and enjoyed the solitude and peace of the early morning.

On our ride back to our den, my manservant suggested that it would be a good day to ‘cocoon’ after performing a few housekeeping duties.  I looked at him suspiciously, knowing he was trying to get out of an excursion.   “Excursion?” I asked.  He replied by suggesting that we cook a breakfast banquet upon our arrival at our den and take a breakfast excursion.  By going early, he reasoned, we would have the remainder of the day to cocoon with no interruptions.  I agreed, although I was still quite suspicious.

My manservant headed to the kitchen upon our arrival and began gather supplies and bang pots and pans around in an effort to prepare a “breakfast banquet.”  I hurried to tell Starlight of our plans and she was quite excited.  We headed to the kitchen to help with the preparation of our excursion meal and were asked by my manservant to go to the fig tree to pick a few figs for breakfast.  Pooches, our fig tree has a bumper crop this year and we have been distributing figs far and wide.

The figs were plucked, breakfast was completed, the picnic hamper was packed and off we merrily went in the Hybridmobile to my Saturday park, a favorite of mine when we are having a fine meal.  The tablecloth was placed in position and, with plenty of geese around for our audience, we dined in fine style on roasted potatoes with scallions and bacon.  After eating our fill, because the hour was still early, a long stroll around my park commenced.  The smells were top notch from the visits of all the nocturnal creatures last night!  Starlight and I had a jolly time.  It was, indeed, a fine excursion!

Pooches, we’re back at our den now and my manservant is retrieving mops, pails, vacuums, dust pans, and is getting ready for his housekeeping responsibilities.  I think Starlight and I will head to the top of the stairs to observe all of the activity from that vantage point.

Sunshine

I can see why you usually come to this peaceful place for your early morning walk/run.

I can see why you usually come to this park for your early morning walk/run.  It is so peaceful.

Pausing during our exercise regimen for a bit of contemplation.

Pausing during our exercise regimen for a bit of contemplation.

We're all prepared for a breakfast banquet!!

We’re at my Saturday park and all prepared for a breakfast banquet!!

Sunshine, I think he gave you a bigger piece of fig than he gave me.

Sunshine, I think he gave you a bigger piece of fig than he gave me.

After a big breakfast like that we need to work it off by taking a vigorous stroll around my Saturday park.

After a big breakfast like that we need to work it off by taking a vigorous stroll around my Saturday park.

 

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Anything BUT normal Monday.

Pooches, we have had an out of the ordinary weekend and an even more out of the ordinary Monday.  I’m not particularly happy about it!

It seems my manservant was a bit “under the weather” after a minor dental procedure last Friday afternoon.  Pooches, you would have thought the world was coming to an end:  great gnashing of teeth (well, maybe not that), groaning, and demands for sympathy were our themes of our weekend that we had to endure.  I told Starlight to be patient with my manservant and things would get better tomorrow.  Well, tomorrow turned into the next day and then the next day.

Trying to achieve a return to normalcy, this morning I forced my manservant on an early morning walk/run through the poochhood.  He had some difficulty in keeping pace with me (more so than usual), but I managed to get him upright and in forward motion for the duration of the walk/run.  Upon our return to the den, my manservant had the audacity to say that the walk/run had been the excursion for the day!  It was his intention to spend the day in the kitchen cooking!  I chortled and pointed out the he couldn’t eat much anything.  He responded, “No, but I CAN cook!”

Pooches, cooking is what we did.  All day.  First it was breakfast which consisted of a type of pork the CDC won’t let me mention (but if you’re trying for a gold medal in blood pressure, it is your best bet).  The unmentionable pork was accompanied with a nearly raw egg.  Yuck.

Upon the completion and consumption of breakfast, it was on to lunch.  Our trip to the market had revealed 92% lean organic Angus on sale for a ridiculously low price and my manservant snatched it up and put it in our jitney.  After some consultation, we decided Black Angus spaghetti would be a nice excursion lunch one day later in the week (when you-know-who can eat again).  Additional supplies were acquired for our future lunch, in addition to foodstuffs for our planned evening meal:  chicken and sausage gumbo!  Woo hoo!

Thus, pooches, our return from the market yielded an entire afternoon of activity in the kitchen.  Onions, chicken, peppers, garlic, sausages, boeuf, celery, tomatoes and so on, fulfilled their destiny and met their demise on a bevy of cutting boards under the blur of precision knives wielded by my manservant.  It was an impressive sight!  Smells of Italy and Cajun country wafted through our den throughout the afternoon and had us pooches drooling!

Starlight and I finally begged for dinner and were treated to an after dinner stroll as a way to repay us for our patience in having to put up with culinary day!

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Pausing on the second lap around my pond to let my manservant catch his breath.

Pausing on the second lap around my pond to let my manservant catch his breath during our early morning walk/run.

On our after supper stroll.  Pooches, aren't shadows funny things?

He we are on our after supper stroll. Pooches, aren’t shadows funny things?

 

 

 

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Gluttonous Thursday.

It has been another beautifully cool day in these parts, pooches, although not quite as cool as yesterday.  My manservant made the best of it and headed out this morning for a long walk/run in his walk/run park.  A large part of the morning after his exercise activity was devoted to more lawn manicuring and, ahem, weeding the gravel paths that Starlight so delicately addressed the need for yesterday.

By late morning, my manservant had finished all the yard work and announced that an excursion would be held in the early afternoon.  In the meantime, he said, he was going to run errands to the market and his fishmonger.  Starlight and I scurried into the kitchen when he returned to see what treasures he had brought back to our den.  Red snapper fillets were brought out and placed in the icebox for tonight’s fare!  My manservant then pulled out items for today’s excursion lunch:  a prime cut (eye of rib) of boeuf and a potato for baking! Woo hoo!!  My manservant pointed out that he was being forced into fasting starting tonight at midnight and he was going to make ‘hay while the SUNSHINES’ (just an expression, pooches).   We all ran out in the backyard and retrieved the charcoal grill from storage.  In no time the charcoal was blazing away!  Starlight and I danced merrily around the backyard (having been swept up in the wave of the celebratory mood of my manservant) as the boeuf was placed on the grill when the coals were at the proper stage.

What a fine meal it was, pooches!  My manservant shared generously of the meal, although Starlight and I cautiously declined his offer of some of the baked potato swimming in butter and green onions, pooches, as onions might make our breath unpleasant.  After lunch, we were barely able to stagger with our full bellies to the Hybridmobile for our excursion.  The Hybridmobile lazily took us to my overlook, where we managed to stroll about and enjoy the last of the cool weather.

We’re back at our den now and will be snoozing a bit until it is time to begin cooking the next feast for the day!

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My steak certainly looks like a fine piece of boeuf!

My steak certainly looks like a fine piece of boeuf!

 

Is it ready yet?

Is it ready yet?

Chowing down on our lunch.

Chowing down on our lunch.

Hey!  There's someone in my spot by the water.

Hey! There’s someone in my spot by the water.

I think I'll go down to the shore and see if they will take me for a ride in their boat.

I think I’ll go down to the shore and see if they will take me for a ride in their boat.

Contemplating in the tall grass at my overlook.

Contemplating in the tall grass at my overlook.

 

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Spectacular weather!

Pooches, the cold front that moved through our land yesterday evening has left wonderfully cool weather for July.  I was surprised this morning when my manservant failed to go on his walk/run because the temperature was 16ºC!  It seems he had an early morning appointment at his eye vet to get his peepers checked.  This appointment took most of the morning because it seems new spectacles are in order and are now on order.

His return to our den around excursion time and revealed that his eyes were dilated and said the glare was too much for a picnic lunch on our excursion.  The decision was made to have lunch in our backyard and undertake an excursion after his pupils returned to normal.  In a short amount of time, a BLT (humph, on white bread) had been prepared and was accompanied by Greek artichoke salad and leftover filet of boeuf.  We marched out to our picnic bench and the weather was fantastic.  My manservant squinted through lunch and we stayed outside after eating frolicking around the backyard enjoying the weather.

In mid-afternoon, excursion time was declared and the Hybridmobile (with windows down) headed to  my manservant’s walk/run park.  Starlight and I had a grand time running about the walking/running trail and enjoying the cool afternoon.

We’re now back at the den and are planning to head outside shortly for a rare “outside nap” (pooches, those usually only happen in the spring and fall).

A sincere thanks from our pack to whoever sent us the cold front!!

Sunshine

Isn't it time to dive in?

Isn’t it time to dive in?

You can have the Greek Artichoke Salad.  Starlight and I will stick with the boeuf and a little bit of bacon from your BLT.

You can have the Greek Artichoke Salad. Starlight and I will stick with the boeuf and a little bit of bacon from your BLT.

You really ought to weed the gravel path.

You really ought to weed the gravel path.

What grand weather for July!!

What grand weather for July!!

 

You sure do groan a lot when you squat to take a picture.

You sure do groan a lot when you squat to take a picture.

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Relief finally!!!!!

Pooches, the cold front just came through.  HOORAY!!!!!!!!!!

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Busy Monday!

When my manservant arose this morning he immediately donned his walk/run clothing and headed to his walk/run park, saying that is was going to be a scorcher today and he needed to get his exercise in as early as possible.  When he returned he seemed quite pleased with himself, telling us that he had finally regained the speed he had on his walk/run activities last year.  As Starlight and I began congratulating him, he walked out of the door again, filled the tires of the very surprised Velocipede, and began a cycling activity through the poochhood!  When my manservant returned from his ride, he told us he had taken it easy on the Velocipede (thinking the Velocipede might be out of shape after being neglected for so long) and only gone on a short ride (that’s my manservant, always thinking of others).

Pooches, the heat was already rising but my manservant headed to the backyard and began a manicure job!  Starlight and I looked nervously at the clock, thinking, with the worst head of the day approaching, our excursion might be at risk.

When the lawn was finally manicured, my manservant came inside, cleaned up, and promptly headed to the market.  His acquisitions at the market included a cheesesteak wrap!  Woo hoo!  The decision was made to eat it on our newly manicured lawn.  We marched outside to the dining bench and proceeded to enjoy a hearty meal.  As soon as it had been consumed we headed inside to escape the heat.  A bit of resting in the cool air refreshed us and my manservant consented to take a short excursion to my school park.  Pooches, the heat there was even worse but, nevertheless, Starlight and I bounded about the park and enjoyed all of the smells.  The heat soon drove us back to the Hybridmobile which cranked up its air conditioning to ‘high’ as we rode back for an afternoon of studying the back of our eyelids!

Pooches, if any of you are near the approaching cold front, tell it to hurry!

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Hurry up!  It is time to eat.

Hurry up! It is time to eat.

Obedient pooches that we are, we wait for the 'alright' command.

Obedient pooches that we are, we wait for the ‘alright’ command.

In her haste to grab her cheesesteak, Starlight munches into my manservant's napkin as well.

In her haste to grab her cheesesteak, Starlight munches into my manservant’s napkin as well.

Oh my!  It is SO hot today.

Oh my! It is SO hot today.

Starlight's enthusiasm it a bit too much for my geese friends.

Starlight’s enthusiasm it a bit too much for my geese friends.

 

 

 

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