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Friday, April 18, 2014

Spring brings....

....grass!  Mama says we are like cows. She doesn't like us to eat it because well, you know what dogs do when they eat grass.  Yesterday, we took turns getting her attention so that the other one could eat it.  Mama was busy talking to another lady at the dog park and the lady told her that we were eating grass. Darn lady!  She is from New Mexico and she said her dogs are used to just dirt and rocks. They haven't discovered grass yet.  They will love it when they do.  BOL!

The park is filling up with weekend guests.  We like the weekenders. They are normally very friendly and fun.  There are a lot of cabins here that people rent as well as rooms that are called "suites".  I think they are like motel rooms. There are also a few houses that they rent.  It is usually busy here on weekends.

A house that sits on the lake and is available for families to rent.
Another pretty bush here.

What's Cooking In Mama's Kitchen

The folks have had another good week of meals thanks to Emeals.  The meal last night was Italian Beef Florentine and Fire Roasted Tomato-Cheese Tortellini.  Mama found it a little challenging only because of the limited space in the kitchen.  She took ground beef and formed it into patties. She then dredged it in flour, then dipped it into egg and then dredged it in panko breadcrumbs.  She then fried it.  After it was fried, she placed it in the oven to keep warm because she needed the skillet for the tortellini.  (She wished she had a rack to put it on because Rachael Ray said that keeps breaded items crisp. It is on her wish list.) She only has the electric skillet which she is going to throw it out very soon since everything is sticking to it and replace it with a regular skillet. She is tired of wasting her money on electric skillets.  Anyway, she put the tortellini in the skillet with oil and then added chicken broth, diced fire-roasted tomatoes and roasted garlic tomato sauce.  Meanwhile, she heated garlic Alfredo sauce and spinach together.  The sauce went over the burgers.  It was quite a production, but it was worth it.  The folks both really liked it. 

Tonight's meal is Grilled Teriyaki Chicken, Fried Rice and Stir-Fried Vegetables.  Mama just looked at the recipe.  It will be another juggling act with just an electric skillet, but she can do it. 

The Greyhound Who Loves To Graze On Grass

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Pushing and Pulling

The place we are staying is full of hills.  We hike nearly every day through the woods.  This week we have been hiking for about an hour after breakfast.   I always take the lead and help pull Mama up the hills. Scout is usually in the back doing the pushing.  BOL!  Sometimes, I have to pull Mama and Scout.  It is not easy, but it how I keep my butt muscles in such great shape.  Yesterday, we went a different way and we decided the best way to get Mama up the hill was for both of us to pull.  BOL!

This was a tough hill, but we made it with both of us pulling.
 It is really getting pretty here.

The Greyhound Who Slept For Eight Hours After His Hike Yesterday

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Almost Wordless Wednesday - 4/16/2014

Scout ponders what to do today.
The Greyhound Who Wonders What To Do On A Windy Wednesday

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

We Got Chicken Livers!

 Our weekend was pretty good.  We got chicken livers!  I will tell you more about it later and show you some "food porn" as Gyeong calls it.  BOL!

On Saturday, the folks picked up the Jeep.  Dad said it was on vacation.  It had some gaskets replaced and it appears that the air conditioning is fixed.  We are all happy about that.  Scout and I were very happy to see the Jeep again.  The folks stopped at a Freddy's for lunch.  Mama has been wanting to try it.  It is a lot like Steak N Shake, but they serve custard.  They have fry sauce which appears to be very popular.  Mama said she liked the burger better than Steak N Shake.

Double Steak Burger With Cheese and Fries

Onion Rings
The folks planned on having Jack Stack BBQ for dinner, but when they arrived at 5 p.m. there were no parking spots and the line of people was around the building.  They decided to try Carrabba's Italian Grill.  It is a chain restaurant that they have been wanting to try.  Mama had a hard time deciding what she wanted.  The menu was not as good as she was expecting. 

Appetizer: Calamari, Roasted Tomato Bruschette and Mozzarella Marinara

Dinner Salad with Creamy Parmesan dressing

Veal Marsala with Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Shrimp Pasta
The folks said their food was good.  Dad said his was pretty plain though.

Sunday was a rainy day.  The folks wanted to make a return visit to Stroud's.  They ate there the last time we were here.  They have the best chicken according to Dad.  This place is very popular, so Mama wanted to get there when they opened. They arrived 15 minutes early and people were already lining up. 
Stroud's - The building was built in the 1800's
The folks were seated in the dining room on this visit.  Mama loved the view.  It would have been prettier without the rain though.

Dad ordered a half order of chicken livers for an appetizer.  He told Mama he ordered them for us.  Yep, we got the leftovers.

Chicken Livers!
Mama's salad. She said it was really good.

Mama ordered chicken. The sides include: mashed potatoes and gravy and green beans.  Dad had fries.

Cinnamon rolls are also included in the meal.
The folks ended up bringing home two bags of leftovers. The food is so good there!

Oh, if you are wondering, the hot water is fixed.  It wasn't really broke.  BOL!  The problem was the outdoor shower was turned on.  The shower itself was turned off, so no water was coming out but the faucet was turned on.  The funny thing is that Mama checked it because the hose was leaking. She tightened it. She was scared to turn the faucet too much because it is cheap.  She even told Dad she did that and he agreed it was cheap.  He turned it off before they left on Saturday, but he didn't realize that was the problem until he started thinking about it.  He got up from the sofa and tried the hot water and it worked.  BOL!  They took cool showers for a week!!!  BOL!

The Greyhound Who Is A Fan Of Chicken Livers

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Many Faces Of Scout

Scout has several different looks.

Shy or just tired.

I am so worried.

Do you have food?

I want a treat.

I have no ears!

Yippie!  I am getting a treat!
The Greyhound Who Never Knows What Face Scout Will Be Wearing

Friday, April 11, 2014

Mama says....

....that I have A.D.D. because I can't stay focused for longer than three seconds. (Dad says the same thing.)  I say she is wrong because if I see a squirrel, a cat or if I am chewing on a bully stick, I am focused. She says my blog yesterday showed that I can't stay focused.  BOL!   I think that Mama has her own problem.  I will explain.  The dog park here has seven chairs. Well, there were eight, but we think someone took one.  Anyway, there are two red, two green, two yellow and now just one blue.  It has bothered Mama since last year that they didn't have one of each color in each fenced area.  She said it just didn't look right.  She even thought about it while we were away.  BOL!  Well, she fixed it this week. 

If she could find the missing blue chair, it would be perfect.  BOL!

I think that the rest of this post will be somewhat like the one yesterday.  It is just that I have several updates and they are not big enough for an entire post being dedicated to each one.

The folks picked up the Jeep yesterday and they drove it around until the AC quit working and they took it back.  Luckily, it was blowing warm air when the mechanic looked at it.  He said it is the compressor.  Dad isn't convinced that is the problem, but the mechanic says it is. We hope he is correct. Dad thinks it is just a switch.  I guess we will see tomorrow. We knew it would be hard to figure out because it works and then it stops and then it works. 

Kansas City has been in the news this week.  Did you hear about the chimps getting loose from the Kansas City Zoo yesterday?  Yep, they did. They got them back by offering them food including chocolate malted balls.  We also have the highway shootings here.  We hope that person is caught before someone gets killed.

In January, Mama purchased the Rival Foldaway Skillet.  Here is the blog post about that.  Unfortunately, it is not holding up well and will probably be replaced soon.  Mama is so disappointed.  She thought this one would last, but things are now sticking in the circle area where the heat comes through.  It hasn't even lasted four months. Can anyone recommend a good electric skillet?  We use ours around 12 times a week.  Maybe it is just not possible for one to last when it is used that much. 

We received a few comments about the hamburger in the dog park.  The manager said he was given two of them, so they were free.  We do enjoy running around it, but are happy that we have a larger park without one.

I wish this thing was real. Yum!

Joey, what are you doing in there?

I still fit!

It smells good!
The trees are starting to look pretty.  We may get 2" of rain on Sunday, so I bet that will help the leaves come out.

We saw a humane trap set out for the raccoon this morning. We haven't seen him since Monday.

This was another exhausting post to write.  BOL!

The Greyhound Who Still Has Energy After A Long Hike In The Woods

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring Means Bugs

This post is going to be all over the place.  You have been warned.  BOL!

Our walk this morning was quite warm.  It was 60 and the bugs were out.  That is annoying!

It still looks like winter, but a few of the trees are showing signs of spring.

Scout wanted to play with me this morning, but I turned her down.

 She was sad.

When I was first adopted.  I was white.  Look at me now!  I think instead of being called UCME Bubba Sparks, it should have been UCME Bubba Specks.  BOL!

I am a speckled boy and no it is not dirt as Dad says it is.
Mama was contacted this week by a lady who has four greyhounds and who is going to start RVing.    You can follow her adventure at Greyt RV Adventures.  I bet some of you already know her.

Dad fixed our water leak, but now we don't have hot water.  Mama says the water is lukewarm most of the time, but you should have heard her scream this morning when it turned very cold during her shower.  BOL!

The Jeep is ready to be picked up but they couldn't find anything wrong with the air conditioner. 

There is a sick raccoon in the campground.  We have seen it twice.  Mama told the manager and he tried to catch it, but it took off. We haven't seen it since.

I told you this post was going all over the place.  BOL!

The Greyhound Who Needs A Nap After This Post