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Truffles is a female seven year old chocolate Labrador Retriever.  Her owner dropped her off with her bed and food, and she immediately made herself at home.  Great no-drama little dog.

Like most Labs - she is crazy about fetch.  Omg..... seriously.  I had to hide the ball to get her to stop asking me to throw it.  lol

Hilda and Truffes got along just fine in spite the age difference.  Hilda even managed to pester her into playing (she's kind of the serious aloof type).

The owners dropped her off wearing one of  those choke type claw collars that look really scary.  Since she's about the same size around as Hilda - I fitted the harness on her for walks.  She did fine provided it was clipped at the front.  

The owner is a New Braunfels resident, so I hope he thinks of me the next time he needs someone to take care of her.  She is welcome back any time :-)
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George is a male Boxer mix about 2 years old, and Peggie Sue is a Chihuahua Mix about 8 years old.

George and Peggie Sue's owners came down from the Dallas area for a sporting event one of their grand children were participating in.  From the minute they let the dogs out of the truck I knew I was in for a challenging two days.

I brought HIlda out in her harness to greet them when they arrived.  George immediately went at her when he approached to greet him.  The owners were surprised; they said he'd never done anything like that before.  It's possible the long drive and new surroundings made him anxious.  I do what I always do in a situation like this; I told the owner we will go for a short walk together.  Sure enough - it diffused the situation. On the way back to the house George slips out of his collar and runs off.  Naturally he had no recall, and the owners were beside themselves. Luckily for everyone he ran onto our property, and he followed me as I ran into the back gate (and shut it). Whew!

What followed was two days and nights of intervening in minor spats between our dog and their dogs.  It's possible that it's Hilda because she was on allergy medication and wasn't feeling great, but she definitely doesn't have a history of any kind of aggression with other animals (or humans for that matter).  Neither dog was "bad" - Peggy kept to herself mostly and stayed inside.  George meant well, but I think he's just really spoiled and used to a lot of solo attention.  Bottom line - it was a draining stay, but we made it.  

It was a relief to see the owners arrive to pick them up.  Not the worst experience in the world but not the best either.  
Looking on the bright side - I'm grateful that we rarely have this type of experience.  :-)


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The Danes.  Storm (gray female) and Leo (black male).  What a blast these two are.  

Storm plays really good with Hilda.  She is ultra hyper about cats, and she likes to hang out when I'm cooking (hoping to get food lol).  

Leo is the alpha dog.  He is very close to Marcel; he follows him around the property while he is doing chores.  Loves attention.  When he walks with Marcel he works it so Marcel's hand is on his head or back.  He really likes the human contact.

They slept in the bedroom with us - one on each side of the bed.  We had to be careful if we went to the bathroom in the middle of the night.  I get up in the morning at 5am, and Storm got up with me and layed on the couch or behind my computer chair.  

They stayed over a week with us, and we hated to see them go.  Their owner is active duty military and, from what I can tell, travels for work a lot.  We already have two rebooking dates for them.

What If

May. 6th, 2017 07:55 am
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I wonder what would happen if the government took away two things.....
Tax Free Status (I'm talking from everyone - Non-Profits, Churches, etc. etc.)
Tax Deductions (write-offs, loopholes, whatever you want to call them)

I say this because I've witnessed so much "gaming of the system" behavior from all sectors. I feel like these two things tempt people a lot of people to succumb to greed and dishonesty.

I just wonder what the result would be.

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Murphy's owner went away for business.  

Murphy missed his owner A LOT the first night.  There was a lot of crying and whimpering at the door.  I knew he would be okay though, and by the next day he was.  I put his dog bed in the bedroom by my bed.  He slept everywhere but in his bed. lol  

Murphy is an older dude, and seemed like he might be a little cranky - well, that was only true when it came to Hilda lol.  He actually was pretty patient with her puppy ways, but he had his limits.  Eventually Hilda respected his space and the two got on just great.  He was definitely a no drama kind of dog.  When I work in the office on the computer he hung out under the desk.  When Hilda lay down by my chair (like she often does)I could tell because Murphy would growl softly.  Then I knew what was going to come...... Hilda would growl softly.....then Murphy would growl a little louder.....then Hilda would think "he must want to play!" and start batting at him (which didn't go over well at all).  This happened multiple times over the days.  Once I figured out what was going on it was fine - I just redirected Hilda to another room and off she went.

He wasn't eating at first, and I thought it was because he was upset with his situation.  He would eat a treat though.  I thought "hmmmmm".  So on the third day without a proper meal I put his food bowl in the office with him and closed the door.  10 minutes later I came back and the bowl was empty.  It seems like he just wanted his privacy to eat in peace (probably because he was intimidated by Hilda?).  From then on I fed him in that room by himself.

All in all a super terrific stay!

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Yesterday I made an impromptu road trip to Corpus Christi to meet my new grandson Brody who was born just that morning (4/29).  The reason the trip was unplanned is because, for some reason, the doctor decided to or agreed to induce labor.  My step-daughter says it was because the baby was so big (well, he was just over 7 pounds....that's not too big, but whatever).  Mom and baby are healthy - thank you Universe for your many many blessings!  I am not a carrier of the Maternal Gene (the Universe gave my share to my sister God rest her soul), but I do appreciate family - and greeting new babies into the world is a joyous thing.

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Raven was the first dog we got to board via Rover.com.  She is a black German Shepherd, and she is full of spit and vinegar.  It was a good initiation into the world of caring for dogs.  

Raven's mom occasionally goes into Austin for a weekend trip, and she let's us care for Raven.  We've had her several times.  She and Hilda get along GREAT!  They are both rough and tumble, and they can go at it for hours.  

The owner is moving to Austin (if she hasn't already), so we probably won't get to watch Raven again.

Here is a gallery of all the photos I have of her.  This is over a few stays.

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Hazel & Abby's owner went on a business trip, and they came to stay with us.  The meetup prior went very well, and I knew that they would be comfortable here at the Bauernhof.  I could tell that their owner was a real dog person because these dogs were so well-adjusted and well behaved.

Abby is a Red Doberman.  When I have two dogs sometimes I get confused about who is who.  How I remembered Abby is that she sorta-kinda reminds me of the Flying Nun with her markings and her ears.  Nuns live in Abbeys..... lol  seriously

Hazel is a German Shorthaired Pointer.  Such a beauty and so cuddly.

We enjoyed the no-drama walks.  Both of them walked great on leash.  They slept together in a large crate.  They both got along with Hilda really well.  As always with our Rover guests - we were sorry to see them go.

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Zeke's mom is a college student who needed to go on a class trip to Oklahoma.

Lovable and no trouble whatsoever.  Well, he was a little needy during a thunderstorm, but he was a trooper.  We wrapped him in blankets and surrounded him with pillows so he'd feel more secure.  It helped.

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These guys' owners went on a family skiing trip to Colorado.

Macabee is an elderly Chocolate Lab. Pepper and Jack are Miniature Schnausers.

These guys were so much fun. All three of them. Pepper and Jack had some issues with Hilda but nothing serious. Macabee and Hilda got along great! We very much enjoyed Macabee who went on walks with us (the other two did not do walks per their owners).

The owners said that Macabee could be outside all the time; that he didn't do well inside and they weren't sure he was potty trained. We have him access to the house just like all the other dogs, and he did fantastic. He even slept in our bedroom with us. No accidents - no bad behavior.

We are expecting to have them again around June when the owners go on vacation again - looking forward to it!


ROVER 3/11-3/16


Apr. 26th, 2017 07:42 am
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 I don't remember how I came to get the daily Bookbub email, but looking through their selections every day has become routine.  I purchase about 15-25 books a month this way paying between free and $2.99 each.  It's crazy, but I haven't identified it as a problem (and my husband doesn't know about it, so he can't identify it as a problem either)

I am not a voracious reader.  I used to be when I was a child before the internet and cable TV though.  I fell out of the habit when those distractions entered my life.  I watch virtually no TV now, but I do spend a lot of time with activities on my phone (shopping, podcasts, social media, news).  Currently I only read at night in bed just before sleep.  This is a problem because I'm not a night owl anymore - when I lie down in bed for the night I'm pretty much ready to fall asleep.  

I buy mostly self-help books offered via the Bookbub email (they also have a website with a lot more books to choose from).  I like spirituality books and books on health.  Occasionally I buy foodie books, but I prefer those to be real books that I can thumb through in real life.  I also find myself purchasing biographies and historical fiction (

I always have one self-help book as well as one "reading" book going (might be fiction or non-fiction).  Right now I'm reading the book Doc right now - about Doc Holiday.  I paid $1.99 for it when I bought it on special (current price $10.99).  I'm also working through the book Aging Backwards which was also $1.99. I'm probably not going to read the whole book; I'm particularly interested in the sections on exercise and stretching.

I read with a Kindle Paperwhite.  I lurve it!  My husband reads with his iPad.  Sometimes I use his device if I want to read a magazine or a book that has a lot of pictures.  I also have an old Nook, and I continue to add any free books I see offered with a Barnes & Noble link (usually the free books have only an Amazon link).

One thing is definitely true - If the rate I'm reading books and the rate I'm buying books stays constant, then I'm going to have a ginormous unread collection.
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Saturday I joined fellow New Braunfels residents in a "March for Science" gathering at the town square. There were about 70 of us. Puny compared to the number of people in larger cities I know. I imagine a lot of residents went to San Antonio or Austin, and that is exactly what I was planning to do. I changed my mind at the last minute because I felt it might be important to network/bond within my own community.

I made a double sided sign (I'm on the right in the picture with half of my sign showing), and I also made one extra sign (my friend Donna's granddaughter on the left in th picture is holding it). I find making signs for these events emotionally therapeutic.

I needed to leave the event before it was completely over because I was cold. As I was leaving someone said it was a pity I was going because I had the best sign. lol I handed it to him and told him he could give it back at the next event (we all seem to go to the local events). I really don't care if he returns it or not - though the double-sided signs are not easy to make, so I guess I hope he does so I can use the foundation for another sign,

It was wild watching the marches around our country and the world. People care about science. People care that our government has such a careless view of it. I think the idea that the EPA would be de-funded really alarmed people. That and all the rollbacks of needed regulation. The stupidity of the current politicians in Washington amazes me. I know it's a combination of many things - corporate influence being one of the big issues. I don't know how this is going to end. I will protest and I will vote. This is all that I know to do. If some other opportunity comes my way to change the negative trajectory we are headed on - I will certainly go with it.

March for Science, New Braunfels
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Archer is a male Chocolate Lab. His owner was staying in the area for the weekend, but the venue didn't allow dogs. 

He and Hilda were cool the first day - no aggression - they just ignored each other for the most part. The next morning things changed immediately - now they are very friendly.

Archer, like most Labs, loves to play fetch. He has a strange habit of picking up multiple fetch items at one time as if he doesn't know which one would "fetch best" so he grabs them all. If they all don't fit in his mouth, he will pick up and drop the items repeatedly trying to decide which one's he wants to go with. It's hilarious.

He's a very easy going dog except on the leash. Terrible puller. I finally put Hilda's harness on him with the clip in the front - that did the trick (amazing how it always does). Besides pulling - he is great to walk because he doesn't stop at every little thing like HIlda does - I get some actual exercise.

Archer's owner came and took him to the river on day 2 - I thought that was very sweet.




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Here are the highlights of what is currently going on in my life......

*  I seem to be on a working program to get down to my healthy weight.  Super excited about this.  I will be doing a post about the plan I devised.

*  I've made a significant routine change this month that I think is going to be permanent.  I am now waking up at 5 to 5:30 am and spending quiet time alone before Marcel gets up at 7am.  I use the time mostly at the computer doing my daily MyFitnessPal Blog Post, staying caught up on my email (an ongoing issue for me), and planning my day.  The bonus is that it's very easy to fall asleep at night now.....

*  I've been active with Indivisible protesting some of (all of?) our current president and his administration's policies.  I also started to volunteer to work with the local Democrat group, but after the event coming up at the end of the month I'm going to stop.  I'm not a Democrat (even though I agree with much of their basic platform), and I have not been feeling very comfortable.  I will do support for individual Democratic candidates running against Republicans in the future, but  no more the Democratic Party as a whole.

*  I am doing more baking for the farm stand these days.  It's on a very small scale, and I'm really not making any money (paying for ingredients and supplies  mostly).  The neighborhood is supporting it, and it's giving me a lot of experience.  Last week was all about brownies.  

*  Marcel and I are boarding dogs at the Bauernhof  through Rover.com.  This has been an awesome experience!  Never mind the money - we love hanging with the dogs and it is terrific company for Hilda who is wonderful with other dogs.  I want to do a post for each stay we do and save them with the tag "Rover".

*  I'm slowly getting the house and my life decluttered and organized.  The older I get, the more of an issue this is.  The extra stuff is just weighing me down so much.  It hasn't been easy, and it's been a slow process mostly, I imagine, because I have that Hoarder gene that I got from my mother's side of the family.......  I want to do a proper post on this project/subject; I think that will be motivating.

*  I'm currently doing a class through Futurelearn: Body Weight: How Our Brain, Behavior and Genetics Influence Appetite and Food Choices.

*  My niece Jerrica, who has been living with us for the past couple years or so since my sister passed away, told me she will be moving to Florida to live with her sister.  I am very happy about this!  Not that I am happy to see her leave us, but that she is taking the next step towards adulthood. What a wonderful human being she is - flawed like all of us are - and working towards her better self.  My sister would be so proud of her.  

I'm sure there's more, but this is what comes to mind this early in the morning.  When I look over the things going on in my life I have to smile.  I kind of love that I live such a simple common life.  When I see how people like Oprah or the Trumps live, I feel fortunate.  There are challenges, but all in all - I'm beyond happy with the life I have.
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I'm tentatively making the commitment to make a journal post every day. I'm not sure how that is going to go.

This journal is for me. I say that because I don't want to feel I'm writing for an audience. I am not. I want to be able to come back here when I'm 80 and look through my memories (or maybe, when I am dead, Marcel or Sierra can come here when they want to remember me)

This journal is going to be 99% public - warts and all. Some things I might write privately as a therapy session though - I can see me doing that.

I'm going to post everything here and try to organize it via tags. I am not able to manage multiple journals/blogs/Diaries (except for my MyFitnessPal daily Blog which is really just a daily check-in). Here are the things I want to put here:

* My thoughts on life, politics, goals/objectives, etc.
* Photos and posts about my cookie decorating hobby
* Photos and recipes of baking projects I'm working on for the farmstand
* I'd like to make a post with pictures and notes for every Rover.com stay I have
* Althauser Bauernhof pictures, milestones, memories for nostalgia and also reference
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I finally made the move to Dreamwidth which is where I will be typing my journal entries from. They will automatically cross-post to Livejournal. Not sure if I am going to stay with Livejournal with Dreamwidth or keep both.

I've found one thing already I don't like about Dreamwidth. Your Tags don't pop up so you can select from them when tagging a post. You have to type them in. That sucks.

I found one thing already that I like about Dreamwidth. There is a spellcheck function when you post (LJ doesn't have this anymore)

The move was painless - just a couple of clicks. Setting up to cross-post was just as easy.

Happy Camper

Wish I had time to write today. I have a lot to do today (like every day I guess)
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I'm 54 years old, and I'm still trying to figure out how I feel about organized religion.  I fully believe in, my version, of God; however, my actual beliefs don't seem to match up with any religion that I know of (though some close).

That being said - I adore religious traditions.  I love the stories of the bible.  I'm fully aware that the bible has multiple issues, but I don't care.  Just like I don't care that The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy is completely ridiculous or that Gone With The Wind blatantly romanticized the Civil War.

Today is Palm Sunday (the Sunday before Easter).  Today, according to the bible, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a Donkey and the common people welcomed him enthusiastically.  They were excited about him because he had raised Lazarus from the dead the day before.  It is said the people, out of respect, waved palm fronds as he passed as well as laid them down on the path in front of him.

Why was Jesus going to Jerusalem?  He was going, like many people, to celebrate Passover.  He didn't have a very good view of the place.  Soon after arriving there was that "cleansing of the temple" event - yikes. It is also said he did healings and taught (preached?) after arriving.

His status with the people upon arrival, the incident at the temple, the healings, and all the Messiah rumors get the attention of the authorities in no time though - and things certainly escalate quickly during this week.....

TMI Stuff

Apr. 6th, 2017 09:13 am
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My dental issue is rearing its ugly head.  Last month I needed flap surgery in one area, and I need to go back to have it in another area in June. In the meantime, my hygienist gave me a syringe with a needle-like tip to flush out two of my pockets a few times a week. My dentist and hygienist are concerned at the nose dive my oral health has taken the past 6 months.  I've had Periodontal issues for 15 years, and I've managed them well for the most part.  I have am meticulous with my oral hygiene.  Honestly, I think a good part of what caused the issue is stress.  Doesn't matter at this point though - two areas are very bad (bifurcated root) and no matter my efforts are virtually impossible to keep "clean".  Whenever I've had a flare up, I say NEXT TIME I will have all the teeth pulled and go with dentures.  I always get talked down off the ledge though, and this time was no different.  Each little section is about $900 worth of work, and I don't have dental insurance.  My dentist gives me the insured rate which is a discount, but this work is done by a periodontist who doesn't.

I haven't had a period in a few months, and I'm thinking I'm finally done with that.  Crossing my fingers.

Speaking of the changing hormones.....

I think I'm over my feelings of lust.  I'm not upset by this really - just noticing.  I'm grateful that I found a partner to fully enjoy sex with before I lost the desire.  Marcel is still somewhat interested occasionally, and I will muster up enthusiasm for his sake. Kissing and hugging are alive and well though, and those are the best parts in my opinion anyway.


Apr. 3rd, 2017 08:50 am
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When Trump announced his candidacy for president I thought "no way is this happening".  When he won the Republican primary I thought "good, Hillary will beat him no problem".  When he won the election I thought "He will be impeached pronto or will quit because he didn't want this job anyway. Running was just a publicity stunt".

Then I started to see the writing on the wall.  How the citizenry is changing.  Those on the Right are no longer containing themselves - the hatred and racism are coming through even with people that I know personally.  The GOP members in Congress are making their moves implementing the agenda we never thought anyone (even Conservatives) would ultimately stand for.  The new President is using his pen fast and loose doing things that are making people's head spin.

I don't see an end in sight.  Even if #45 finally got Impeached we would have the GOP majority and "Pray Away The Gay" as President.

My only hope at this point is getting Progressives in seats in 2018.  This, and resisting Trump/GOP agenda by volunteering with Indivisible and The Democratic Party.  I'm not a Democrat - I'm an Independent.  I'm not just saying that - Ii really am.  I am Pro Gun/Pro Life (though not to the extent that the Right Wingers are - it's more of a philosophical stand) - so I really can't be a card carrying Democrat.  The Dems are against Trump's agenda and they are organized, and they have the capability to run candidates that will oppose what the Right wants to do in our country.

I've considered a Plan B though, and I've talked to my husband about it who is willing to entertain the notion.
That is moving to Germany.

I adore Germany in every way.  I admire the people, the system of government, and how they interact with the world.

It's a move that can be made because Marcel never gave up his German Citizenship (he is a Green Card Holder here).  The only challenge would be me learning German.  This is a big stumbling block because, honestly, when it comes to languages, I am hopeless.  I learn but cannot retain.  It's always been this way (a journal post all by itself someday).

So, I am willing to wait until 2018 to see if here is any way out of the trajectory our country is on (volunteering to do my part between now and then).  In the meantime, I am going to be researching if there is a way I can learn German in a way I can retain - and start doing that.  

When the time comes to make a choice, at least I will be ready.  I've been suffering from quite a bit of anxiety lately.   Having this gameplan is calming for me.  It also gives me something positive to looks towards. :-/
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It seems like I'm back on the path to getting to a healthy weight.

Much like when I was finally successful with quitting smoking, the Universe lined up for me and gave me the incentive I needed to get back on the journey.

1.)  I gained 5 additional pounds that I could feel.  Uncomfortable and the jeans I was finally comfortable in were not so anymore.

2.) I don't want to go into the details, but I had a jolt of inspiration that convinced me that I had to get to my healthy weight and, more importantly, that I could do it.

3.)  I found a book that is going to be hugely helpful called "Binge No More" (I'm not a binge eater really, but I feel the principles in the book work for anyone who has a problem overeating.

After #2 I feel like something in me snapped into place.  I immediately began to work on a plan to be successful.

I changed my TOPS membership to online so I can "attend" meetings more often.

I upgraded my MyFitnessPal membership to premium so I can get tools that I think will be worth money spent

I wrote out Goals and Objectives and made a tracking sheet to fill out daily.  Here are links to two posts on the subject from my MyFitnessPal blog if you are interested in what I came up with:
Inspiration and Plan-of-Action
My 12/120/1200/12000 Idea
My Daily Goal/Objectives Tracker

So, that's what's up with that :-)


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