Saturday, April 15, 2017


SUMMARY: Human Mom Actually Cooked

I've actually cooked so seldom in recent years, that this was a landmark event. Cooked for my company's holiday party the other weekend. (Yes, really. Holiday party.) This was my first cookbook and my mom's first cookbook. And this might have been the first recipe I ever cooked from. Have made it many times since then. Pretty simple, particularly if you have a Foley Food Mill, which I got years ago specifically for making applesauce!

Side note: Discovered that Chip either doesn't like apples or maybe it's the cloves. Wouldn't lick the dish afterwards. Zorro, however, took up the slack. (No photos of that part, sorry.)

How many places have you lived?

SUMMARY: I'll tell you mine if you'll tell me yours.

From a random Facebook discussion:

18 different addresses. But --

If you count places where I "lived" for at least a month, I'd add 2 or 3 more (hotels with family while waiting for homes to be built, staying with my parents' parents, etc.).

If you count the same address at different times, I'd add 3 more for my parents' house again:
  • a year at college, then back to parents' house for a year is 1 more
  • living on my own for 3 years then back to parents' for 3 months while my new house was being completed
  • 10 years then back to parents' for 3 months while my next house was going through some legal crap.)

The 18 includes:

  • 2 lodges in the Adirondacks that my parents managed
  • 3 homes that my parents owned in 3 different states
  • 4 places that my parents rented in 2 different states
  • 2 places I rented on my own (all in santa clara county)
  • 4 places I owned (all in santa clara county)
  • 3 dorms in 2 different cities

PHOTOS:  There are some gaps still. will have to come back later and fill them in.


(Following: Inside apartment, me baby, somewhere pretty sure dad has a photo of the building. Still looking.)

(Following photo: Trying to find photo of the whole building--one does exist somewhere among dad's photos. Meanwhile, here's me in front of the apartment.
OK, next one--our apt to the left, our car in carport, me playing house (each blanket is a different room in the house.)






Finchester Mystery House

Oh--ha ha--my bad; that's the WINchester Mystery House!  I need to find all those photos of the FINchester one.




My next house?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Great Old One: Boosthulhu

SUMMARY: Some toys just name themselves, especially when Elder Gods are involved.

Most of my dogs' toys have names. Most of them are pretty obvious. But some are obvious only to former residents of Arkham, MA.

Boost knew many of the names, as in fetching the toy by name. This includes the toy fondly known as "Cthulhu-Face".

(These were originally posted on Facebook in October '15.)

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Dear Taj MuttHall, Where Have You Gone?

SUMMARY: A letter to myself

Dear Taj MuttHall:

I am sad that you haven't been posting. One post in each of January, February, and March (so far)? Truly that's all?

And nothing about life with dogs--or life at all, just some nice photos. Which are nice, of course, but I was hoping for substance. And dogs.

You intended this as a journal for yourself, to look back at from your Future Life and marvel at the progress that you made with each canine beasties and all of the things that you did together. But words seem to have failed you.

I understand that your Mom died two days after Christmas, and then you went to work clearing out the family home of 48 years and putting it on the market. And that you've been wrung dry of things to say or energy to say it.

I miss you, Taj MuttHall. I read some of your older posts from way back, and they make me laugh, or think, or sing. Please find yourself/myself again.


Taj MuttHall

Yosemite Valley, Saturday vs. Sunday

SUMMARY: Wordless Wednesday

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017


SUMMARY: Wordless Wednesday (mostly)

(What the following animations are missing is the Slam! Slam! Slam! of the paws whacking the lever to dispense the food and the lever springing back into position immediately. The sound is left as an exercise for the student.)

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