Saturday, June 30, 2012
Ha ha..... This morning, Mama and Dad measured me for a Thera-paw boot. They were really confused by the measurements, so they called the company but they are closed until Monday. Mama started looking for any place in Houston that sells them. She found that Greyhound Pets of America, Houston carried them. Dad called them to see if they could help us determine the size and they said we were welcome to come by and try them on. We piled in the car and off we went. It was an hour drive, of course. The people were very nice and Mama explained to them my history and my limping. She said that she thought is was a corn, but she couldn't find one. There was a man there who they said was a greyhound guru who looked at my foot and within 3 seconds, said "Yep, he has a corn." Can you believe that? It is really small. Mama still didn't see it until they pointed it out to her. She told them how the Previcox had been helping me and she thought that I had arthritis again. They said it could be, but I definitely have a corn. Now, I have to get rid of it. So, for all of you who said "it sounds like a corn", you were right. Mama feels really stupid for not being able to see it. She poked, squeezed and rubbed my pads and didn't feel or see it and I never reacted. I guess we will know for sure once the corn is gone if the arthritis is back.
We have been reading the websites on how to get rid of the corn. Does anyone have any tips?
I wore my boot tonight and I was allowed to walk on the gravel and the pavement. I walked pretty good with it. I feel like a clown though. I didn't hop. I walked on my foot.
Oh, I have to tell you what happened on my walk tonight. Dad told Mama to stop. He said there is a snake. She screamed really loud and jumped up in the air. He then said, "YOU JUST STEPPED ON IT!". She screamed really loud again. There were men outside and they laughed. It was a non-poisonous one, so it was okay, but you should have heard her screaming.
The Greyhound Who Got The Boot
Friday, June 29, 2012
The elderly couple that we were concerned about because they had not returned home and then we found out that they went to Alaska returned on Wednesday. They hooked up their car to their Class C and left. They were only in Alaska for a week. We thought they would be gone longer.
Mama received a call yesterday from Greyhound Companions of Missouri. My medicine is on the way! Mama is going to work on trying to get the generic.
Dip-Dip and The Bridge.
These are the ones that Mama made.
|This shows that Mama can't follow directions. She created her own stitch, we think.|
|This more what is should look like.|
We were asked if we got treats from our begging yesterday. Yes, we did. Scout is the one who does most of the work and I just join in at the end.
It's is going to be another hot day, so I am just going to put my feet up and relax. Have a nice day!
The Greyhound Who Knows How To Relax
Thursday, June 28, 2012
½ lb dry ziti pasta
½ onion-chopped, ½ lb ground beef chuck
8 oz tomato sauce
4 slices provolone cheese
½ c sour cream
8 oz pkg shredded mozzarella cheese
(Cooking spray, 1 T grated parmesan)
Boil ziti until al dente, 7-8 min. In large skillet brown onion and ground beef. Add tomato sauce, simmer 15 min. Preheat oven to 350˚. Grease an 8x8" baking dish. Layer as follows: ½ of pasta, ½ meat sauce, provolone, sour cream, remaining pasta, remaining meat sauce, mozzarella cheese, and top with grated parmesan. Bake 30 min or until cheese is melted.
|Baked Ziti - look at all that cheese!|
Why am I a lucky dog? Well, is started about a year ago when I met Teddy Palmer of Halfway Home Greyhound Adoptions. I knew it was a big day because if she liked me, I was going to find a forever home. I guess I charmed her because she chose me and the next thing I knew, I was on her website and then my future Mama and Dad saw me and in less than a month I was in my new home. Teddy was my first Guardian Angel, but then I found out that everyone at Greyhound Companions of Missouri are my Guardian Angels. They made sure I got the best care possible when I needed the surgeries on my leg. They sent me a soft crate and an x-pen to use while I healed. They were there for me and Mama the entire time. They are still there for us even though we are miles from home. They read my blog and read what happened with my medicine and they are trying to come up with a better solution for us. Mama was able to cancel the order she had placed because it had not yet been approved by the vet. It sure is nice to have Guardian Angels. Mama says she can't imagine a better group. She knows that other groups don't do nearly as much. You are never alone if you adopt from Greyhound Companions. They are always there to answer questions and support you, if you need it. Mama says we can never repay them for all they have done to help me. If you click on their link, you will see photos of me and Scout. Jack's photo still pops up from time to time.
Mama checked me again for corns. She hasn't found any. She has poked me, squeezed me and examined me. She did order us some Glucosamine from Greyhound Gang. She has heard good things about that company. Thanks for all your comments and suggestions. Hopefully, I am on back on the right track.
|Mama, I want a treat!|
|Handle over the treats, woman!|
|Come on, you know you want to.|
|My charm works on Mama, too.|
The Greyhound Who Has Guardian Angels Here On Earth
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
|Joey's unique sleeping position|
Mama is going to check for corns again on my foot. She has looked at it so many times, but will check it out again. Wouldn't it be something if it is not arthritis? I am walking on the pavement now with just a hop or two and if I see a cat in my path, I walk really well.
|Scout says it is so hot that her tongue has dried out. LOL|
|Yep, that tongue is definitely dried out.|
The Greyhound Who Is Petitioning To Have His Budget Increased
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
1 chicken breast, cooked and thinly sliced
2 bagels, cut in half and toasted
(¼ c Dijon mustard)
4 tomato slices
1 T diced onion
¼ c mushrooms, chopped
½ - 1 c shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat broiler and place toasted bagel halves on baking sheet. Evenly spread each half with mustard,
sliced tomato, onion, mushrooms, chicken and cheese. Broil until cheese is melted.
|Mushroom Bagel Melt without mushrooms|
I just realized last night that my oven has a broiler. Duh! I was pretty excited over my discovery. LOL
I also fixed Blackberry Cobbler. This was good, but be careful when heating the oatmeal. I burned it in the microwave and the smell was worse than burned popcorn.
(¼ c brown sugar, 1 T cornstarch)
1 cup blackberries
(¼ c flour, ¼ c brown sugar, ¼ c quick oats, 2 T soft butter)
Using a microwave safe bowl, mix brown sugar with cornstarch then stir in berries. Microwave uncovered on high until berries are thick and bubbly, about 3½ minutes, stirring halfway through. For topping, mix flour, brown sugar, quick oats and butter on a plate. Microwave on high, stirring once, until lightly golden and crumbly, about 4 minutes. Spoon over the blackberry mixture.
|Burned Oatmeal - it even burned the plate|
Last night, Dad was late getting home from work. He didn't get home until 9 p.m. We were bored. Mama went into the bedroom and came out wearing a hat. She looked really funny. I laughed. I shouldn't have done that because she put the hat on me.
|How do I look?|
Mama and Dad put the awning away for the day because we might have storms. Dad told Mama that we should get some of those noodles so that it doesn't hurt as bad when she hits her head. Grandpa used to put those on his fifth wheel. They look funny, but I guess they do the job.
Mama did laundry this morning. There is now a big sign saying that some people are being rude leaving their clothes in the machines overnight and clothes must not be left unattended. I bet the offenders still do it. Mama did not have any problems with morning and was back home with clean clothes by 7:30 a.m. She is a morning person.
The Greyhound Who Doesn't Like Wearing A Hat
Monday, June 25, 2012
Today, is cleaning day. Mama mopped the floor. She bought a mop yesterday at Dollar Tree. She didn't think she had a place to store it, so she figured it wasn't a big deal to buy a cheap one and just throw it out after a few uses. She did find that it fit nicely next to the shower, so next year she will bring her good mop with us. She had been getting down on her hands and knees to scrub the floor, so a cheap mop is a nice change of pace.
Mama put the awning out on Saturday. Dad supervised since it was the first time she had done it. She had the "classes" on taking it down a few weeks ago. We are using some straps to secure it better in wind. They are orange. Mama thinks they look a little "tacky", but Dad bought the orange so that he could see the brick that he has attached the one to so that he didn't hit the brick with his car.
See our mat in the photo? We have had it for a few years. Dad thinks we will need to replace it soon. It is not holding up well with the rocks under it. We like it because it nice to step off of the steps onto it instead of rocks. It keeps us from tracking in a lot of dirt, too.
As you may know, Mama has her own blog now, My Rving Life. She is still trying to figure out how to write it without making it too much like this one. She wants to continue to give the food and attraction reviews here, but she also wants to include those on the RV blog because she may have a different audience for that blog. You are all welcome to visit that blog because she will try to make it different, but there will be some repeating of information.
I'm signing off now, but Mama's review of the Goodson's Cafe is coming up, so please read on.
The Greyhound Who Loves Chicken Fried Steak
Yesterday, we thought about taking a water taxi around The Woodlands. Jeff thought it might be like the Riverwalk in San Antonio which we loved. I told him I didn't think it was and most of the reviews I had read were not that good. We drove around the water in The Woodlands and decided against the water taxi. It really didn't seem like much of anything. We did drive through Market Street in The Woodlands. It is really a cute open air shopping and eating area. We didn't do any shopping yesterday, but we may go back and check out the Orvis store. I have ordered from them online, but have never been to their store. I know they have good dog beds because I have one.
One of the things that we are doing as we travel is checking out some of the restaurants that have been featured on the The Food Network. A few weeks ago, Jeff was fishing at the lake in the campground and a fellow camper told him about a place that they love. It is called Goodson's Cafe. He said it is a little bit of a drive, about 20 miles, but it is well worth it. It is actually in Tomball, TX. They have the best chicken fried steak in Texas. I love chicken fried steak and I told Jeff that it was on The Food Network show, Food Paradise. It has been on my bucket list of things to do in Houston, so yesterday we ate there.
|The sign even tells you that have the best chicken fried steak in Texas.|
We ordered an appetizer that had fried mushrooms, okra, mozzarella sticks and onions. It was only $5.29. Very good!
|Mixed Basket appetizer. The picture makes it look small, but it was a very nice size.|
|This is the small chicken fried steak. See the bowl with the bread, that is the gravy. The gravy was excellent.|
|Had to include a photo of the coleslaw. It was a huge serving.|
Do I think it is the best chicken fried steak in Texas? Well, it is the best one that I have had. It was very tender. I could cut it with a fork. The gravy was creamy. I did not come close to eating everything and brought some of the chicken fried steak home for the dogs. I asked them if they thought it was the best and they said they needed to do more research.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
I am off my drugs. I did take some yesterday because Mama thought I was getting worse. She went to Petsmart to buy me boots, but they were way too big. We found that if I am walked slowly, I don't hop. Dad said it is back to walking me like they did when I was in rehab and I have been doing much, much better. I just prefer to hop because I go faster. Mama will call my doctor tomorrow and let him know what is up with me now.
The folks did the tourist stuff this weekend, but stayed close to home to check on us since it was so hot. Mama is going to take over from here to tell you about what they did.
I have been wanting to visit The Museum of Funeral History for a while now, but Jeff wasn't so sure about it.
The reviews have all been good and since we wanted to stay close to home, we decided to give it a try. Their motto is: "Any Day Above Ground Is A Good One."
There are several exhibits. One is Funerals of the Famous which displays artifacts and information on a variety of political and celebrity figures. The Presidential Funeral Exhibit displays the original "Eternal Flame" that burned at John F. Kennedy's grave until 1998. There is a replica of President Lincoln's coffin. There is a an exhibit called Celebrating the Lives and Deaths of the Popes Exhibit which was interesting. Visitors are able to experience the many stages of preparation for the final services and burial of a Pope. I never knew there were so many stages to it. One of the Pope mobiles are on display.
The museum showcases a large collection of hearses. The oldest is an 1832 horse drawn hearse.
The only thing in the museum that bothered me were the coffins for children. My Dad's sister and brother both died when they were under the age of 2 in 1918 and 1920 and the coffins on display were from that time period.
There was also an exhibit that talked about embalming. I did not know that they embalmed soldiers during the Civil War. President Lincoln wanted as many as possible to make it back home for a proper burial. The technique that was learned for the soldiers was used on him to get him home from Washington DC to Springfield, IL.
|Money casket - has over $600 in unused money encased. It used to have $1,000 but someone broke into it.|
|Basket used in the civil war for soldiers|
|Beautiful hearse with wood on the sides.|
|Ghana Coffins - very unusual|
|More Ghana Coffins|
|All the jewelry seen is made by human hair. It didn't even look like hair to me.|
|Hearse Bus - The casket was put near the front and the pallbearers and family members sat in the back.|
|Outside China Bear|
|Koi in pond at the entrance|
|Lotus outside of China Bear|
Tomorrow, I will tell you about Goodson's Cafe - home to the best chicken fried steak in Texas.
|Ribeye and horseradish mashed potatoes|
The Greyhound Who Loves Doggy Bags
Friday, June 22, 2012
It doesn't seem like the drugs are doing anything to help my limping on the pavement which Mama thinks means that I just don't like the pavement. She needs to follow up with the vet either today or Monday.
The ground is finally starting to dry up. We still have water in the gully though. We are going to hit triple digits next week. We should find out tomorrow if we need to worry about a storm that is forming in the gulf. A flight was supposed to made today to tell us more, but it has been canceled because right now the storm is just too disorganized. We are getting mixed thoughts on it from the weather people here. It could hit Florida, Louisiana or Texas.
The elderly couple that Mama has been worried about are fine. She asked the park manager last night and she was told they are in Alaska. They are just leaving their rig here. It's a pretty expensive way to store their rig, but that is their business.
Mama does laundry twice a week. She likes to do it at 6 a.m. before anyone else is there. Today, there was only one washer available because someone left their clothes in the other three. Mama thought about emptying the washers out, but decided not to do that. Another lady came in and said she was going to empty them out because they had been there for at least an hour. It turns out that they had been there all night and the offender does this all the time. The park manager came in to the laundry room and told Mama if it happens again, to just take the clothes out and use the machines. She said she has told this tenant numerous times not to leave her clothes in the machines. Mama and the other lady decided to claim all the dryers before the offender showed up and took them. Mama kept the dryers going until the other lady's clothes were ready for them. The offender showed up and apologized, but according to the manager she has been rude to other people about it previously. She admitted she put the clothes in last night, but this morning she couldn't come to get them because she had to have her coffee, take a shower and walk the dog. It took Mama an additional 30 minutes to do her laundry, but she met a nice lady in the process. By the way, the laundry offender also doesn't clean up after her dog. She may end up getting kicked out because her dogs run free quite a bit and actually went in someone's camper once. We just saw the dog running around and he was bothering someone. The dogs likes to bite at people's legs. The man did not look happy about it. Most of the people are really nice here, but there are a few bad eggs.
Last night Mama fixed Pepper Steak in the Crock Pot.
½ lb top sirloin steak, cut into strips
(Garlic powder- to taste,1½ T vegetable oil, ¼
cup hot water, 1 bouillon cube,1 T cornstarch)
½ c onions, chopped
1 green bell pepper, cut roughly
14 oz can stewed tomatoes, with liquid
(3 T soy sauce,1 T white sugar,1 t salt)
Season beef with garlic powder. In large skillet, heat oil to medium temp and brown beef strips. Transfer to slow cooker. Heat water and add bouillon cube and cornstarch, stirring until dissolved. Add to cooker. Stir in onion, green pepper, tomatoes, soy sauce, sugar, and salt. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hrs or on low for 6-8 hrs. Cook rice according to package directions. Serve pepper steak over steamed rice.
|Pepper Steak over noodles|
The folks are going out for a quick dinner tonight before grocery shopping. They were supposed to have a chicken/bacon sandwich for dinner, but the bread has gone bad and Dad ate all the bacon. Mama offered to go to the store last night, but Dad said they could eat out instead.
The folks haven't decided for sure what they are doing this weekend, but will be sticking a little closer to home since it is going to be so hot. They want to be able to check on us more due to the heat in case something happens to the air conditioning. You just never know.
The Greyhound Who Will Probably Be Off Drugs Soon
Thursday, June 21, 2012
|Life is good!|
|I'm drugged and naked!|
The missing neighbors have not returned. They are an elderly couple. We hope they are okay. It's possible that they are sightseeing somewhere and didn't want to take their Class C with them. We hope that is the case.
We found out this morning that someone we know from here has been kicked out because her little dog bit someone. It doesn't surprise us. She doesn't keep them leashed and she opens the door and lets them chase people. They chased us the first day we were here. We have avoided her area since then. She told Mama that they don't like being on a leash. Apparently, the dog broke the skin on a lady and she went to the hospital. They are probably lucky that they are only being kicked out. She told Mama that she didn't think her dog could break the skin. Yeah, she seems pretty clueless. Our next door neighbor had told us previously that the dogs were really mean. We are not sorry to see them go.
It is still really soggy here. We are going to have a real mosquito problem.
|Some areas of the grass is just this wet. Lots of standing water.|
|The gully is full of water. The lake is beyond the gully. There is a bridge that we cross to get across the gully.|
Want to see a simple way to make a pizza? Mama learned it at a camping cooking class. She takes pepperoni and heats them in a skillet for a few minutes just to cook them a little bit. She removes the pepperoni. Then, pour a little bit of olive oil in the skillet and take a flour tortilla and rub the oil on both sides of the tortilla. Let tortilla cook for a few minutes and then turn it over. Spread pizza sauce or spaghetti sauce over the tortilla. Place pepperoni or whatever you want on top. Add cheese. Cover and let cook until cheese is melted and the bottom of the pizza is a little crisp. Mama also adds garlic power and parsley flakes to it. It's a quick pizza that is nice for lunch or a snack. She really likes to add mushrooms to it, but she didn't have any yesterday.
We had Sauce Topped Salmon last night for dinner. Mama is not a fish lover, but she thought it was pretty good. It was seasoned enough that it didn't taste like fish to her. Dad liked it. Scout and I liked it.
(2 T olive oil)
12-16 oz salmon fillets, thawed
Juice from 1 Lemon
(½ t olive oil, 1 t minced garlic, ¼ t basil, ¼ t each
salt and pepper)
½ c sour cream
Heat oven to 200. Heat olive oil in skillet on high. Add fillets to skillet. Cut lemon; squeeze juice over fillets. Cook about 4 min on each side. Transfer to an ovenproof plate; put in warm oven. Combine ½ t olive oil, garlic, basil, salt and pepper in skillet. Stir in sour cream until heated.Drizzle over fillets when serving.
|Salmon and steamed green beans|
The Greyhound Who Plans On Sleeping Until Judge Judy Comes On