Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body,
but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out & proclaiming “Wow, What a Ride!”

Monday, February 28, 2011


1   it’s hard to jump high and feel down at the same time
2   sometimes the loneliest moments are the ones that show you How Strong You Really Are
3   the riskier the endeavor, the more exhilarating the reward
4   spending just five minutes outdoors can undo hours of pent-up stress
5   don’t think of decluttering as emptying your home~ you’re filling it with possibility
6   rather than battle your emotions, make them your allies. They hold the secret to what drives you – and what scares you.
7   happiness is a fickle house-guest:  she shows up at surprising times, but when she leaves, you know she’ll be back.
8   treat an apology like a gift, accept it without peeking at the price tag
 you achieve balance not by pushing against your body, but by following its lead.
10  sing joyfully!

(10 Thoughts by Terri Trespicio- Martha’s Stewart’s Whole Living Magazine- March 2011 issue)

what's new this week

  • main page~           10 Thoughts on Whole Living - March
  • pictures~               baby panda, Po, & mom, Lun Lun - Atlanta Zoo
  • healthy living~      parsley-peppermint astringent -homemade
  • on being green~    one person at a time pact
  • meal ideas~           chili verdi - yum
  • pet info~               pet lover's gift baskets
  • books & movies~  the Book of Awesome

Berner Tails- bath by Tiffany

...have a terrific week...

next week: Gerascophobia- what's that and how has society influenced us?

Monday, February 21, 2011

new weekly posting--subject

100 things i will miss
As time passes and technology takes over I find that there are many things we have let go to the wayside, disappear, and forgotten; simple things, fun things, and the not so fun elements of our daily lives. I have started to catalog those "missed" things that when mentioned to a younger generation will cause knitted eyebrows, shaken heads, and a "what's that?” expression; now you have a place to show them just…what
Every week we will countdown all the things that I and others miss from their younger days and olden times.

(if you have that something you miss I would love to hear about it. also, i am testing this with a new blog-- so, if you would like to see that one and give me an opinion if it should stay to go- I would be very grateful, let me know.) 


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Something precious- Lily, Hope, and those adorable cubs

News about Lily, Hope, and the 2 little ones from the center’s research updates.

       With temperatures 55-60 degrees warmer than the minus 20 weather not long ago, the cubs were content to be exposed. Hope took full advantage of the situation, sometimes having both cubs by her rather than by Lily.  Hope played gently.  Even when she took a cub’s head in her mouth, the cub did not protest.   What appeared to be a bit rough to us obviously was not a concern to the cub. It reminded us of Lily playing with Hope last winter. It is hard for us humans to realize those clumsy-looking paws and claws can be so gentle. It was hard to choose just which bits to include in this 10-mins video
       The light-colored male with the light face spent the most time with Hope. When Lily checked on him in Hope’s arms, Hope pawed her away.  Not to be deterred, Lily shortly began pulling the cub back to her while Hope hung onto one of the forelegs.  Lily won the tug-of-war without a squawk from the cub, and the cub ended up back with her.
        Hope wasn’t done with her little playmate.  She reached between Lily’s legs and licked and pawed the cub.  A couple minutes later, Lily had enough.  She made a quick lunge, a throaty sound, and hit Hope with her teeth.  It wasn’t a bite.  Hope didn’t squawk but immediately yawned, probably to dissipate tension.   Within a half minute, Hope bawled and began to nurse.  The video clip ends with all three nursing together with “their motors running.”
        This is all so fascinating for us to watch. We’re aware that this truly is a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity. There will be other den cams, but the chance of another den cam on a mixed-age litter is nil.

This 10 min video is worth watching, I hope you enjoy it as much as I.

Friday, February 11, 2011

ever get that not-so-perfect gift?

"Pamper yourself," he told me. "Take a day at the spa. Get a massage. Have a facial. Get your fur and claws done. Enjoy yourself -- you deserve it!" he said.

Nobody mentioned the mandatory mud bath involved at Le Spa Daily Squee, however. And I do not. like. getting. dirty. Do I look relaxed? Do I look happy? For next Valentine's Day, I'd better get some serious jewelry. Or at least those juicy gazelle treats I've had my eye on.

[[ picture and caption from the Daily Squee website, saw it and couldn't resist it being one of my "best of the..." postings.]]

Monday, February 7, 2011

burros, alpacas, & yaks….ohhnoo!

My best friend, ranch partner, and spouse now has the itch to add yet another animal to our quickly growing ranch “wanna haves”.  A Yak.  A Yak? You ask what is or what would one do with a Yak?  Well, that was my question, but after some research and a few hours of my engineering husband’s researched knowledge, there is a lot you can do with a yak. 


Yaks were first domesticated in Tibet about 1,000 BC. They are used for their milk, fiber, meat and as a mount or beast of burden. Yaks were introduced into Europe in the 1800s and into Northern America in the early 1900s.

     “What do you do with Yaks?” The list below is just some of what I found:
  • Fiber/Wool production – A Yak produces 1- 1 ½ pounds of wool per year (being combed out). You use their fine undercoat, which is comparable to Cashmere.  *for my weaving endeavors.
  • Yak Meat – Yak meat is 95-97% lean and very low in fat and cholesterol. Yak is a high protein meat with less calories than Beef, Bison, Elk or Chicken. Yak meat is a deep red and very tender if cooked properly.  *for our own nutritional needs.
  • Driving and Packing – Tibetans have used Yak as pack animals for thousands of years. They can carry the load of a horse and need no special feed. Their split hoof is easy on trails and can handle mountainous terrain too rough for horses. They will lay quietly at night until morning when they will be ready to pack again.  *for our mountain packing trips
  • Milk – Yak Milk is a rich creamy color and higher in butter fat  (5-7% more content) than cows. In Asia it is usually turned into butter, cheese or yogurt.  *gotta have that butter, cheese, and yogurt (hum whose going to do the milking?)
  • Breeding – Yaks calve easily and can be bred at 18 – 24 months with gestation being 8 ½ months. Bulls can be start breeding at age 3. Yak cows are good mothers and their rich milk allows the calves to grow quickly. Even if calves are born in the winter the cold doesn’t seem to bother them.  *already made the deal—I take care of the little ones J and he gets the adults.
  • Grazing -Yaks are like goats, they will eat parts of a pasture that cows or horses will not, so they are great for cleanup grazing.  *make them economically great for the pocketbook , cheap to feed.
  • Protection- Yaks are said NOT to back down when threatened, such as a mountain lion, coyote, or other predators and will protect other members of livestock. * they can help our Anatolian Shepherds protect the others. I.e- ducks, barn cats, burro, alpacas….and me!

okay we’ll add the Yaks to our list; they do have a lot going for them.